Africa: Ivory Coast
A Rapid Response Unit police officer patrols near Toe Town, Liberia, close to the border with Ivory Coast, on May 20, 2015.  By Zoom Dosso (AFP)

Liberia Struggles With Violence Along Insecure Ivory Coast Border

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Zwedru (Liberia) (AFP) - In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues. The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on ...
The hip-hop star M.I.A., no stranger to controversy, says her new video featuring a dancer from the Ivory Coast has been blocked due to concerns over

M.I.A. says video with Ivory Coast dancer blocked

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 New York (AFP) - The hip-hop star M.I.A., no stranger to controversy, says her new video featuring a dancer from the Ivory Coast has been blocked due to concerns over cultural appropriation. In a series of messages on Twitter, M.I.A. said that unspecified forces had prevented her from releasing ...

President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara (C), CEO of French chocolate manufacturers Cémoi Patrick Poirrier (2-L) unveil a plaque during the innauguration of a CEMOI factory in Abidjan on May 18, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

Chocolate factory opens in cocoa king Ivory Coast

Monday, May 18, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer, inaugurated its first industrial-scale chocolate factory on Monday, aiming to stimulate and support growing local consumption of the sweet treat. Although the West African country has made cocoa its economic engine since it became i ...
Two men walk under a giant advertisement for skin-lightening products in Abidjan on May 2, 2015.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast bans skin whitening creams

Thursday, May 7, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast has banned skin whitening creams, which are widely used in west Africa, because of fears they cause lasting damage to health, the health ministry said Wednesday. Cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams... that de-pigment the skin... are now forbidden, the ministry sai ...

Ivory Coast's former rebels cling to their weapons

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - This, I won't hand over, growls Etienne, a former fighter in Ivory Coast who helped President Alassane Ouattara to power in 2011, clutching his rusty Kalashnikov tightly. Etienne and around 1,000 comrades are squatters at the barracks of the Anti-Riot Brigade in Yopougon, a dist ...
Abidjan currently has just one ground of international standard in the 35,000 capacity Houphouet-Boigny stadium, seen here during a ceremony for the 2015 African Cup of Nations on February 9, 2015.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

China to build 60,000-seat stadium in Ivory Coast

Thursday, April 23, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - China flexed its economic muscle again on Thursday when it was announced it would finance the construction of a 60,000-seat stadium in Abidjan in time for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. A gift from China, the Olympic stadium of Ebimpe with 60,000 seats will allow the hosting of ...
Siaka Coulibaly, a resident of Djibi village, suffers from health problems, including blindness, caused by the 2006 dumping of toxic waste by the Probo Koala ship in the Ivory Coast.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast toxic spill victims hope for reparations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - Andoudoua Blonde says he will have to live forever with blindness in one eye, headaches and skin rashes caused by a 2006 dumping of toxic waste near his farm in Ivory Coast. Like thousands of others, he says he still has not received any compensation for his suffering from the Eur ...
Ivorian reggae legend, Alpha Blondy, pictured during an interview at his radio station Alpha Blondy FM, in Abidjan.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

Reggae legend Blondy swaps beats for books in Ivory Coast

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - His voice is warm, his reading poised. Adored by reggae fans everywhere, Ivorian superstar Alpha Blondy has now become a storyteller on his own radio station. Born Seydou Kone, the 62-year-old musician and activist in March launched Radio Livre -- a nightly programme whose name in ...
Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho (R) challenges Ghana's midfielder Afriyie Acquah during the 2015 African Cup of Nations final football match in Bata on February 8, 2015.  By Carl de Souza (AFP/File)

Ghana-Ivory Coast clash highlights CHAN draw

Sunday, April 5, 2015 Johannesburg (AFP) - Arch-rivals Ghana and Ivory Coast were drawn together Sunday in the highlight of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying competition. The countries clashed two months ago in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final won by the Ivorian Elephants on penalties after 1 ...
Ivory Coast said it is banning the import of poultry from avian flu-hit Burkina Faso to prevent the spread of the disease.  By Scott Olson (Getty/AFP/File)

I.Coast bans poultry imports from bird flu-hit Burkina Faso

Thursday, April 2, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast said on Thursday it is banning the import of poultry from avian flu-hit Burkina Faso to prevent the spread of the disease. The measure will be applied at our borders, and at all poultry shops, said Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Ivorian minister for animal and fishing re ...
A child looks at a lion, donated by South Africa, in an enclosure at Abidjan Zoo, on March 10, 2015.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Zoo's new lions a 'sign' Ivory Coast is moving out of crisis

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - The eyes of 30-odd uniformed schoolchildren light up at the sight of three magnificent lions brought to Abidjan zoo to replace the big cats that starved to death during post-election violence in 2010-2011. For many Ivorians, the arrival this month of the South African felines -- t ...
Equatorial Guinea's player Armando Sipoto Bonale (L) vies with Ivory Coast's Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro during the friendly football match on March 29, 2015 in Abidjan.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

Equatoguinean party-poopers hold Ivory Coast

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Johannesburg (AFP) - Equatorial Guinea became party-poopers on Sunday at the ongoing celebrations of new African football champions Ivory Coast by forcing a 1-1 international friendly draw in Abidjan. Spain-born teenage winger Ivan Salvador put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes at a vibrant, ne ...
An employee of the CEMOI chocolate factory in Abidjan empties bags of cocoa beans onto a metal grate for cleaning.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

Cocoa king Ivory Coast wants to cash in on chocolate

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast reigns as the world's top cocoa producer but it wants to sell more than the beans, turning them into the even more lucrative chocolate, from breakfast spread to candy bars. Home to more than 35 percent of the world's cocoa crop -- with a record production of 1.7 millio ...
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