Ivory Coast
The Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast ahead of the upcoming football match between Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, August 28, 2014.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast Must Host Match Or Face Cup Of Nations

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Abidjan AFP - African football giants Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they do not host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday, the African Football Confederation CAF told AFP on Monday.The Ivory Coast government had said it was refusing to a ...
A woman washes her child with salted water, on August 25, 2014 in a suburb of Abidjan, relying on a rumor that was spread in the area claiming that salted water helps to fight against the Ebola virus.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

I.Coast torn between crazy rumours and hard facts over Ebola

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Rumours that west Africas deadly Ebola epidemic had reached Ivory Coast began a week ago, rapidly spread by late-night phone calls and prompting scared villagers to drink salted water.This is due to one gentlemans revelation, said Siamou Kobenan in the northern village of Kot ...

A young man stands near a banner reading ''Ebola fever!!'' ahead of a football tournament near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

I.Coast footballers will not play in Sierra Leone at home amid Ebola

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Ivory Coasts football federation said Tuesday it is desperately seeking a new venue to play Sierra Leone in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after the government banned a home match over Ebola virus fears.The government has refused to allow the match to go ahead in Abidjan on ...
The worst-ever Ebola epidemic could cut economic output in four west African countries by between 1 percent and 1.5 percent of gross economic product, the African Development Bank says.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ebola could cut Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia GDP 1.5%

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Abidjan AFP - The worst-ever Ebola epidemic could cut economic output in four west African countries by between 1 percent and 1.5 percent of gross economic product, the African Development Bank said Tuesday.Economic output in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- which have been worst-hit by the ...
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Ivory Coast closes borders with Ebola-hit neighbours

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Abidjan AFP - The Ivory Coast has closed its borders with Ebola-hit Guinea and Liberia in a bid to protect citizens against an epidemic that has killed 1,427 people across West Africa, the prime minister said Saturday.The closure was implemented on Friday to protect all people, including fore ...
General Babacar Gaye, the United Nations secretary general's representative to Central African Republic, speaks on February 6, 2014 in Bangui.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

UN peacekeeping chief for C. Africa urges political talks

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 United Nations United States AFP - A new UN peacekeeping mission to be deployed in the Central African Republic next month must be backed up by political talks to restore stability, the head of the force said Tuesday.Some 1,800 fresh troops will be arriving in CAR on September 15, joining 5, ...
A boy looks at a banner reading 'Guinea and ECOWAS hand in hand against Ebola fever', 'All together against Ebola fever!' prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near in Abidjan on August 10, 2014.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

I.Coast bans all flights from Ebola-affected countries

Monday, August 11, 2014 Abidjan AFP - The Ivory Coast announced Monday that it has banned all flights from countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus.The government said in a statement that it has banned all carriers from transporting passengers from these countries.It has also suspended flights by its national airl ...

Police stand in front of prisoners who left their cells in Abidjan's prison on December 13, 2008.  By Kambou Sia (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast leader pardons third of prisoners

Friday, August 08, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Ivory Coasts President Alassane Ouattara has pardoned nearly a third of the west African countrys prison population, the government announced Friday.Each year the head of state orders the release of a number of convicted criminals on August 7, when the country marks its indepen ...
Herve Renard applauds after the French league match between Rennes and Sochaux in western France, on May 10, 2014.  By Jean-Francois Monier (AFP)

Renard becomes new Ivory Coast coach

Friday, August 01, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Herve Renard was named as the new coach of Ivory Coast on Thursday in succession to Sabri Lamouchi who quit after the teams first round World Cup elimination, the countrys football federation FIF said.Renard, 45, will be officially unveiled on Monday where he will sign a two- ...
File photo of football coach Herve Renard, he is a contender to take charge of the Ivory Coast team.  By Jean Francois Monier (AFP)

Renard in three-way race to coach Ivory Coast

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Johannesburg AFP - Former Zambia Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard could take charge of serial chokers Ivory Coast this week.Renard, fellow Frenchman Frederic Antonetti and Portuguese Manuel Jose are the trio shortlisted to succeed Sabri Lamouchi.A couple of other French c ...
Former Sochaux coach Herve Renard applauds supporters at the end of a French L1 match between Rennes and Sochaux at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, western France on May 10, 2014.  By Jean-Francois Monier (AFP/File)

Five in line for Ivory Coast manager's job

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Herve Renard, who led Zambia to an African Cup of Nations triumph, and former French international Luis Fernandez are among five candidates to become the new Ivory Coast coach, the countrys federation said Tuesday.Ivory Coast football authorities said they have a shortlist with ...
French President Francois Hollande (L) is greeted by supporters upon his arrival in Abidjan on July 17, 2014.  By Alain Jocard (POOL/AFP)

French president visits I.Coast to boost economic ties

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Abidjan AFP - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday began a visit to Ivory Coast to boost economic ties with a nation emerging from a long conflict that divided it and set back production.France is the main trading partner of its former colony, the worlds leading cocoa producer and l ...
France currently has 1,700 soldiers deployed in Mali, helping the regime battle Al-Qaeda linked militants and Tuareg rebels.  By Joel Saget (AFP)

French soldier killed in Mali suicide attack

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Paris AFP - A French legionnaire has been killed in a suicide attack in northern Mali, taking to nine the number of soldiers to have died in the west African country since 2013, the defence ministry said Tuesday.Serbian-born Dejvid Nikolic, 45, who held French nationality, fell victim to a su ...
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