Africa: Ivory Coast
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 ...

Cote D’Ivoire, The Beginning Of Peace That Transcends Religions

Monday, March 23, 2015 Abidjan,Cote d Ivoire- On March 14th, at UniversitéCatholique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (UCAO) in a country located in West Africa, Cote d Ivoire, the Alliance of Religions Peace Office in République de Côte d'Ivoire was held for the cessation of war and world peace. This event was hosted by Hea ...
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I.Coast's Ouattara nominated to seek re-election as president

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - The ruling coalition in Ivory Coast on Saturday nominated incumbent President Alassane Ouattara for re-election in October's presidential poll as the country seeks to move on from years of political turmoil. Ouattara's official nomination was announced by former Ivorian head of st ...
Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, is trying to diversify its key agriculture sector that accounts for nearly a third of its gross domestic product.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast PM targets 'double-digit' growth this year

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Geneva (AFP) - Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer whose economy was battered by a low-level civil war and ensuing political unrest, should see double-digit growth this year, Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan told AFP. The west African country, which emerged from a bloody crisis less th ...
Fourteen members of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's security detail will stand trial in the Ivory Coast on Thursday over deadly post-election violence, pictured here on December 16, 2010 in Abidjan.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Fourteen pro-Gbagbo soldiers face trial in I.Coast

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Abidjan (AFP) - Fourteen members of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's security detail will stand trial in the Ivory Coast on Thursday over post-election violence that killed some 3,000 people. The military trial comes after a civilian court in Abidjan on Tuesday sentenced former first lady Simone Gba ...
Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan after their arrest on April 11, 2011.  By Aristide Bodegla (AFP/File)

ICC joins trials of ex-I.Coast president and ally

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 The Hague (AFP) - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday decided to combine the trials of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and his close ally Charles Ble Goude because their cases alleging post-election violence are nearly identical. The court granted the prosecutor's request to jo ...
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