Africa: Ivory Coast
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.  By Peter Dejong (POOL/AFP/File)

Icc Apologises For Gbagbo Witness Blunder

Monday, February 8, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - The International Criminal Court Monday apologised for an embarrassing blunder during the trial of former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo which led to the unmasking of several protected witnesses, and ordered a formal inquiry. What happened on Friday afternoon... is of utmost and ...
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo pictured before the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 28, 2016.  By Peter Dejong (Pool/AFP/File)

Gbagbo forces 'shot unarmed Ivory Coast protesters,' ICC told

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - The first witness in the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo gave a harrowing account Wednesday of being shot at by troops loyal to the ex-leader during an unarmed march after 2010 polls. I was dragging my leg and saw that the bone was sticking out, the first pros ...

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo pictured before the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 28, 2016.  By Peter Dejong (Pool/AFP/File)

Gbagbo troops 'shot unarmed Ivory Coast protesters,' ICC told

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - The first witness in the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo gave a harrowing account Wednesday of coming under fire from troops loyal to the ex-leader during an unarmed march after 2010 polls. I was dragging my leg and saw that the bone was sticking out, the firs ...
Ivorian ex-militia leader Charles Ble Goude denies any wrongdoing in the bloody standoff that left 3,000 dead after a controversial 2010 poll.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

I.Coast ex-militia leader Ble Goude tells ICC 'no blood on hands'

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - Former Ivorian youth militia boss Charles Ble Goude Tuesday denied any role in deadly post-poll violence that ravaged his country in 2010 and 2011, saying he had no blood on his hands. When it comes to my fellow citizens, I do not have a single drop of blood on my hands, Ble ...
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo attends his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on January 28, 2016.  By Peter Dejong (Pool/AFP)

France aided I.Coast's Ouattara to seize power: Gbagbo lawyer

Monday, February 1, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - Defence lawyers for fallen Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo on Monday accused his bitter rival President Alassane Ouattara of seizing power by force aided by former colonial power France, after disputed 2010 polls. On the third day of Gbagbo's landmark trial, the defence team also ...
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo photographed before the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 28, 2016.  By Peter Dejong (Pool/AFP)

Ex-I.Coast leader clung to power 'by all means,' trial told

Thursday, January 28, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo on Thursday denied charges of clinging to power by all means as his long-awaited trial opened five years after post-poll violence wracked his west African nation. Gbagbo became the first ex-head of state to stand in the dock at the Inter ...
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo photographed before the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 28, 2016.  By Peter Dejong (Pool/AFP)

Ivory Coast ex-leader Gbagbo denies crimes against humanity

Thursday, January 28, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo Thursday pleaded not guilty to four charges of crimes against humanity as his landmark trial opened five years after post-election violence ravaged his nation. Gbagbo becomes the first ex-head of state to stand in the dock at the Interna ...
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo (pictured) and his close ally Charles Ble Goude go on trial on four charges of crimes against humanity.  By Michael Kooren (Pool/AFP/File)

All eyes on trial of I.Coast's fallen strongman Gbagbo

Thursday, January 28, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo goes on trial Thursday charged with crimes against humanity, as five years after 3,000 people died in post-election unrest his supporters and foes hope to finally uncover the truth behind the crisis. In his highly-anticipated trial which h ...
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara looks on as he welcomes the Liberian Presiden upon her arrival on January 17, 2016, in Abidjan.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Forces of I.Coast leader must be probed for abuse: lawyer

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 The Hague (AFP) - Lawyers representing more than 1,000 people claiming to have been victims of violence committed by the forces of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara urged the International Criminal Court Tuesday to speed up a probe into their allegations. Paris-based lawyer Habiba Toure filed p ...
The then Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo addresses the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2009.  By Emmanuel Dunand (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo, on trial after clinging to power

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Laurent Gbagbo once fought for democracy in Ivory Coast, but his inability to let go of power proved his downfall and he pushed his once-prosperous country to the brink of civil war. The fiery leader who refused to accept election defeat to rival Alassane Ouattara in 2010 goes on ...
A UN peacekeeper in Abidjan, Ivory Coast stands guard by a UN helicopter used to transport officials and journalists on January 3, 2011.  By Issuof Sanogo (AFP/File)

UN reduces size of peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council decided Wednesday to reduce the size of the UN peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast in light of an improved security situation and last October's successful presidential elections. The number of troops authorized for the UN Operation in ...
Ivory Coast's parliamentary speaker Guillaume Soro, pictured on December 18, 2015, was a leading figure in the 2011 low-level civil war in Ivory Coast which split the world's top cocoa producer in half.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

I.Coast rejects arrest warrant issued for speaker over coup

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast on Monday rejected an international arrest warrant issued by neighbouring Burkina Faso for the speaker of parliament, calling in a statement from the presidency to solve the dispute through diplomatic channels. The warrant for Guillaume Soro, a former Ivorian rebel lea ...
United Nations peacekeepers parade in Abidjan, on August 7, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

UN winding down Ivory Coast mission

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations is winding down its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast after peaceful elections were held in the West African country, a UN envoy said Wednesday. The UN mission in Ivory Coast will be drawn down from its current strength of 5,437 soldiers ...
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