Africa: Ivory Coast
A cocoa farmer points to dried cocoa pods which were damaged by a caterpillar in a cocoa plantation in Tiassale, in the south-eastern part of Ivory Coast where insects eat vegetation including cocoa treas, on July 13, 2016.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Top Cocoa Grower Ivory Coast Stung By Caterpillar Invasion

Friday, July 22, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Cocoa crops in the world's top producer, Ivory Coast, are being ravaged by caterpillars but authorities are playing down the new scourge, saying they have it under control. The west African nation, now a beacon of stability and prosperity in the restive region, is slowly emerging ...
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo looks on during the second day of her trial on June 1, 2016, at the appeal court in Abidjan.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

I.Coast ex-first lady tells court only waged 'oral' battles

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo on Monday told the court trying her for crimes against humanity over deadly election violence in 2010-2011 the only battles she ever fought were oral . At the resumption of her trial in Abidjan after a week's hiatus, Gbagbo denied any ...

Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast broke the African 100m record with a blistering 10.78sec at the Star Athletics Pro Meet in Florida.  By Fadel Senna (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast's Ahoure clocks Africa 100m record at Florida meeting

Sunday, June 12, 2016 Miami (AFP) - Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast broke the African 100m record with a blistering 10.78sec at the Star Athletics Pro Meet in Florida. The 28-year-old's effort, in a wind of 1.6 meters per second, put her atop the world list for 2016 with the Rio de Janeiro Olympics beckoning in Aug ...
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo during her trial on June 1, 2016 in Abidjan.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Gbagbo would have hit me: Ivory Coast ex-first lady tells court

Thursday, June 2, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo said Thursday her husband Laurent Gbagbo would have hit her if she had suggested in 2010 that he should step down to avoid bloodshed. On the third day of her trial for crimes against humanity in Abidjan, Gbagbo was asked by presiding j ...
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo attends her trial at the Abidjan Justice Court on May 31, 2016.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

I.Coast's ex first lady on trial for poll bloodbath

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's feisty former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial Tuesday for crimes against humanity in what many see as a litmus case for justice in the west African country. The hearings into the 66-year-old's role in post-election carnage in 2010 is expected to last a month w ...
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo attends the opening hearing of her trial on charges of crimes against humanity at the courthouse of Abidjan, on May 9, 2016.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

I.Coast's ex-first lady prepares for second trial

Monday, May 30, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo will be tried for crimes against humanity starting Tuesday, having already been jailed for 20 years for her part in 2010's post-electoral violence. The wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo is currently being held in Abidjan ...
Ivory Coast special forces officer patrols  the Grand-Bassam beach where assailants armed with grenades and assault rifles stormed three hotels killing 19 people.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast arrests driver over beach resort attack

Friday, May 27, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast police arrested a driver who allegedly transported weapons used in a jihadist attack on the Grand-Bassam beach resort that killed 19 people in March, security sources said. Ivorian security sources inform that one of the members and also the driver of the vehicle whic ...
The development plan reflects Ivory Coast's ambition to become an emerging economy by 2020 with lower poverty rates.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Donors promise $15 billion to Ivory Coast

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Paris (AFP) - International donors and partner countries of the Ivory Coast meeting in Paris Tuesday promised more than $15 billion (13 billion euros) by 2020 to help finance the country's development. The Ivory Coast consultative group is meeting for two days of talks to seek financial aid for a ...
Cashew nuts are prepared for sale at a warehouse on May 12, 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Cashew king Ivory Coast sees taxes crack exports

Friday, May 13, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's cashew harvest is already running in record territory, but exports have slumped as high taxes and low prices have pushed farmers to sell their output in neighbouring countries, a trade body said Friday. At 725,000 tonnes at the start of the harvest season, Ivory Coas ...
Serge Aurier, in action on April 30, 2016, will not be available for the Ivory Coast's friendly match against Hungary.  By Franck Fife (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast trio to miss Hungary friendly

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast will be without star trio Serge Aurier, Gervinho and Yaya Toure for a friendly against Hungary on May 20 in Budapest, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Thursday. Several players are missing because of club duty such as Paris Saint-Germain defender Aurier, Hebe ...
A woman shows pots of cream supposed to enhance bottoms in a market in Ivory Coast's Abidjan.  By Sia Kambou (AFP)

Padded panties? Soup cubes? Ways to boost bottoms in Ivory Coast

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Some like creams, others pop pills or splash out on padded panties. In Ivory Coast where big is beautiful bottom enhancers come in all shapes and sorts, and at any cost. Emaciated catwalk queens are no role model in this West African nation which a few years ago wiggled its coll ...
Former first lady Simone Gbagbo waves as she arrives at the Court of Justice in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on February 23, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast former first lady loses final appeal against trial

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo is set to go on trial on charges of crimes against humanity after the country's supreme court on Thursday rejected the latest appeal by her lawyers. The court... has decided to reject the withdrawal called for by Madame Simone Gbagbo ...
Elephants live in the Mount Peko national park in the Ivory Coast's west, a 34,000 hectare (131 square mile) area threatened by rampant deforestation driven by the country's booming cocoa industry.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast deploys rangers to protect dwarf elephants

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Abidjan (AFP) - Ivory Coast has deployed teams of rangers to protect the country's last surviving dwarf elephants from extinction, the head of the national park service told AFP Tuesday. The elephants live in the Mount Peko national park in the country's west, a 34,000 hectare (131 square mile) a ...
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