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French President Francois Hollande, pictured during a visit to Florange in eastern France, on November 24, 2014.  By Philippe Wojazer (Pool/AFP/File)

French President Pledges Support For Ebola-hit Guinea On Visit

Friday, November 28, 2014 Conakry AFP - French President Francois Hollande pledged his support for Guinea in its fight against Ebola after he arrived in the west African country for a visit on Friday.We have a duty to support you, said Hollande, the first Western leader to visit one of the three countries -- Guinea, ...
Then Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is pictured in Abidjan on February 4, 2011.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

I.Coast's Gbagbo candidate to head party as he awaits ICC trial

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Ex-Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, detained at the International Criminal Court, has been approved as a candidate to head his political party ahead of next years presidential vote, the party said Wednesday.A party committee has declared Gbagbos candidacy valid in the race to ...

Ivory Coast soldiers returned to their barracks on Wednesday after protests over a pay dispute in several cities that saw them storm a TV station and set up barricades, soldiers and residents said.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

I.Coast soldiers return to barracks after protests over pay

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Bouaké Ivory Coast AFP - Ivory Coast soldiers returned to their barracks on Wednesday after protests over a pay dispute in several cities that saw them storm a TV station and set up barricades, soldiers and residents said.The West African nations defence and interior ministers promised meas ...
Ivory Coast's defence minister ordered soldiers to return to their posts after they held up traffic in the main city Abidjan to claim outstanding bonuses promised under a 2007 peace deal.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

I.Coast troops ordered back to barracks amid pay protest

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Abidjan AFP - Ivory Coasts defence minister Tuesday ordered soldiers to return to their posts after they held up traffic in the main city Abidjan to claim outstanding bonuses promised under a 2007 peace deal.Unconfirmed reports also spoke of soldiers firing in the air in Abengourou in the cou ...
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo at a pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on February 19, 2013.  By Michael Kooren (POOL/AFP/File)

I.Coast ex-president Gbagbo's trial to open July 7: ICC

Monday, November 17, 2014 The Hague AFP - Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo will go on trial for crimes against humanity on July 7 next year, the International Criminal Court said on Monday.Today the Trial Chamber set the commencement date for the trial in the case the Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo for 7 July 2 ...
Rescuers carry the body of a man after a building collapsed during demolition work on November 5, 2014 in the Attecoube neighbourhood of Abidjan.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

Eight Ivory Coast workers die in botched demolition

Thursday, November 06, 2014 Abidjan AFP - At least eight construction workers have died in Ivorys Coasts commercial capital Abidjan in a botched building demolition, a municipal official said Thursday.The accident took place on Wednesday at Attecoube, a working-class district of the port city, when 20 workers demolishi ...
People celebrate in Ouagadougou on October 31, 2014 after Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced he was stepping down to make way for elections.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

Power vacuum in Burkina Faso as president flees to I.Coast

Saturday, November 01, 2014 Ouagadougou AFP - Deposed Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore is currently in a luxury hotel in Ivory Coasts capital Yamoussoukro, witnesses said Saturday.The services of the President hotel in Yamoussoukro served him Compaore dinner yesterday Friday and breakfast this morning Saturd ...
This February 4, 2011 photo shows then Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

ICC denies Gbagbo request to attend mother's I.Coast funeral

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 The Hague AFP - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday turned down a request by former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo to attend his mothers funeral, saying it would put himself and the west African nation at risk.The Chamber cannot justify granting the relief sought when doing so ru ...
A man walks past the courthouse in Bouake on October 22, 2014 during the trial of a man found guilty of giving his 11-year-old daughter in marriage.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Jail for I.Coast dad who tried to marry off 11-year-old daughter

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Abidjan AFP - A father in Ivory Coast was ordered to jail and fined on Wednesday after a court found him guilty for trying to arrange the forced marriage of his 11-year-old daughter.His was the first trial of its kind in the west African nation, and the verdict was seen as an unprecedented ste ...
Ivory Coast Defence Minister Moise Lida Kouassi shows a map to press on September 29, 2002, in Abidjan.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Key Gbagbo ally arrested in Ivory Coast

Saturday, October 25, 2014 Abidjan AFP - A former defence minister and key ally of ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested in Abidjan, his lawyer said Saturday.Moise Lida Kouassi, an official of the opposition Ivorian Popular Front FPI party, was detained on Thursday evening, his lawyer Felix Bobre t ...
Medical staff wearing protective masks wait for passengers arriving from Guinea at Abidjan's airport on October 20, 2014.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast launches manhunt for Ebola suspect

Friday, October 24, 2014 Abidjan AFP - The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean health worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease.The man apparently took fright after finding out that someone who came to his clin ...

Ivory Coast delays Simone Gbagbo genocide trial

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Abidjan AFP - The trial of Ivory Coasts former first lady Simone Gbagbo, accused of genocide for her role in deadly post-election violence in the west African country in 2010, has been postponed, the government said Wednesday.The 65-year-old, nicknamed the Iron Lady, and 82 supporters of he ...
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World bank chief says 'we are losing the battle' against Ebola

Friday, October 17, 2014 Paris AFP - World bank chief Jim Yong Kim said Friday that the world was losing the battle against the Ebola virus because of a lack of international solidarity.Certain countries are only worried about their own borders, he told reporters, a situation he described as very worrying. ...
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