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Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan quits

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:18 PM

The announcement comes after the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly on July 8

Former Ivory Coast premier announces bid for presidency

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:43 PM

Pascal Affi N'Guessan will make a run for the Ivory Coast presidency in upcoming elections, in a move highlighting fractures in the FPI party

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Pascal Affi N'Guessan delivers a speech during the FPI party congress on July 27, 2018, at the Palais des Sports of Treichville in Abidjan. File photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Ivory Coast sees $500-million export loss for cashew, cotton

May 04, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Ivory Coast is the world's biggest producer of cashews and Africa's 3rd biggest producer of cotton. Both industries are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Women break raw cashew nuts at a cashew nuts processing factory in the central Ivorian city of Bouake on May 24, 2018. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Ivory Coast king seeks to exorcise coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:35 AM

An aide says the monarch could order a procession of naked women to ward off the coronavirus by seeking the protection of spirits

BEGONE. King Amon N'Douffou V (C), King of Krindjabo, capital of the Sanwi Kingdom, in the southeast of the Ivory Coast and his notables are seen during an exorcism ceremony to drive COVID-19 out of the continent and the world on April 23, 2020. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ivory Coast props up cocoa, cashew growers in face of virus

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Ivory Coast is the world's top cocoa producer. Exports could drop because of the global economic downturn.

COCOA SECTOR. Members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019, at a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Crowd in Ivory Coast destroys coronavirus test center

Apr 06, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The building, which was still under construction, had never been intended as a treatment center for virus patients – only as a testing center, says a health ministry official

DISINFECTING. Workers dressed in full body gear disinfect streets in Abidjan on March 30, 2020, during a cleaning and disinfecting campaign, launched by Ivory Coast's Minister of Sanitation and Hygiene. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Plea for 'Marshall Plan' as pandemic hits African economies

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Niger, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso say the coronavirus pandemic has devastated their prospects for growth in 2020

A man wearing a protective mask rests in a market in Abidjan, on March 30, 2020. - On March 29, 2020, Ivory Coast announced its first death of coronavirus, out of 165 detected cases. A 9pm-5am curfew, announced on March 23 by President Alassane Ouattara, has been enforced along with a ban on movement in and out of the economic capital Abidjan and closure of bars, schools and restaurants. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

Ivory Coast confirms 1st coronavirus case

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Africa has so far mostly escaped large numbers of cases of the epidemic that has spread across 110 countries since first emerging in China in December

FIRST CASE. People wait outside the Treichville university hospital, on March 11, 2020, where the first Ivorian case of new coronavirus was confirmed. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ivory Coast ex-president wants 'unconditional release' – lawyer

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Vietnam seizes two tons of ivory tusks, pangolin scales

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Authorities find the ivory tusks and pangolin scales inside wood boxes shipped from Nigeria

New cocoa deals help peasant farmers, but not enough

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana remain mired in poverty

COCOA SECTOR. Members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019, at a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Rubio stars as Spain shrugs off slow start to FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:34 AM

Spain arrests a poor start while tournament favorite Serbia wastes no time stamping its class

TOP GUNS. Spanish stalwarts (from left) Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and Juancho Hernangomez power Spain to an opening-day win. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas wraps up Spain camp with win over Ivory Coast

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Andray Blatche and Robert Bolick show the way anew as the Philippines wins 3 of its 4 friendly matches in Guadalajara and Malaga

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Andray Blatche controls the paint for Gilas Pilipinas against Ivory Coast. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

Gilas turns back Ivory Coast to stay unbeaten in Spain camp

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Gilas Pilipinas erases Ivory Coast's double-digit lead to go 2-of-2 in its practice games in Guadalajara

CONTRIBUTOR. CJ Perez finishes in double figures for Gilas Pilipinas against Ivory Coast. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

Ivory Coast must overhaul key cocoa sector – World Bank

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'Despite its importance to the Ivorian economy and society, the cocoa sector is not playing its role as the engine of economic development,' says the World Bank

Women sort cocoa beans at a cocoa exporter's in Abidjan, on July 3, 2019. - In June key producers Ivory Coast and Ghana threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price of $2,600 per tonne. The two African nations -- which together account for 60 percent of the world's cocoa production -- want to end a situation where cocoa producers make only $6 billion in a global chocolate market worth around $100 billion. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

Cocoa prices soar as Ivory Coast, Ghana threaten supply cut

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Ivory Coast and Ghana, which together account for 60% of the world's cocoa production, summon buyers to demand a price of $2,600 per ton

Women members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019 in a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. - US president's daughter, who attended a Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit, unveiled on April 17 $2.0 million in aid for women working in Ivory Coast's key cocoa sector. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Vietnam seizes 9 tons of suspected ivory from Congo

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The ivory-stuffed timber logs are discovered Tuesday at Danang's main port on a ship from the Republic of Congo in central Africa

IVORY. This picture released by Vietnam News Agency on March 28,2019 shows Vietnamese customs officials inspecting seized suspected ivory inside a timber shipment in a warehouse in Danang.  Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Belgium to take in ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The International Criminal Court finally frees Gbagbo, after his shock acquittal last month on charges of crimes against humanity

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

ICC halts release of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Prosecutors file a last-ditch challenge to keep Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude behind bars while the ICC looks at an overall appeal against the decision to acquit them

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Authorities say the suspects earlier 'took part in the double attack on March 2 in Ouagadougou' as well as the abduction of a Colombian nun in February 2017 in southern Mali

DENR seizes P300,000 worth of threatened plant species in Quezon

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The environment department confiscates 34 sacks of the threatened Philippine bantigue

Goldberg leads WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees

Apr 07, 2018 - 1:46 PM

The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Mark Henry, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, and singer Kid Rock complete the list of pro wrestling icons in this year's Hall of Fame

CLASS OF 2018. Goldberg, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, The Dudley Boyz, Mark Henry, and Kid Rock compose the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Photos from Wikimedia Commons

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:22 PM

African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, and used to fetch as much as $1,100 a kilogram

IVORY BAN. Ivory trade ban now in effect in China. AFP file photo

4 die as French army-chartered plane crashes off Ivory Coast

Oct 14, 2017 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Six other aboard the Antonov aircraft are injured

Nearly 100 inmates escape in Ivory Coast prison break

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The inmates are reportedly followers of Coulibaly Yacouba the late leader of a prison mutiny last year

Ivory Coast footballer Cheick Tiote dies during training

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:56 AM

The 30 year old died while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises

TRAGIC PASSING. Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, had played 7 years with English team Newcastle United. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ivory Coast government and rebel troops reach deal

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The troops have agreed to return to their barracks and for this reason gunfire has halted in Bouake says a local official

DEAL. Ivory Coast Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi shakes hands (L) with military commanders upon his arrival at the airport in Bouake on January 13, 2017 for a visit in the city where soldiers staged a two-day mutiny over pay last weekend and held him hostage for two hours. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Ivory Coast soldiers end mutiny after deal

Jan 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED The soldiers reach a deal with the government regarding their demands for higher salaries housing and faster promotion

A delegation of mutinous soldiers stand behind Ivory Coast's defence minister Alain-Richard Donwahi (C-front) speaking to journalists after negotiations, on January 7, 2017 in Bouake. Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced on January 7, 2017, he has reached an agreement with soldiers who seized the second city Bouake in an angry pay protest that spread to the economic capital Abidjan. "I confirm my agreement to take into account the demands relating to bonuses and improving the living conditions of soldiers," Ouattara said in a brief declaration broadcast on television.   / AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017 – media

Dec 31, 2016 - 8:02 AM

The complete ban would affect 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues with dozens to be closed by the end of March 2017

BANNED SOON. This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez

Ivory Coast's impoverished children try golf, game of the rich

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:38 PM

The aim is to get them out of poverty through golf and give a chance to all children in Ivory Coast no matter what their social level says one golf instructor

TEE TIME. This file photo taken on October 22, 2016 shows children playing golf at the golf course in Yamoussoukro, during an introduction day for children aiming to promote this sport in Ivory Coast. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

Ivory Coast to learn result of vote on new constitution

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Questions remain as to how large the turnout will have been and how legitimate the outcome will appear

An official of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) shows a document with the results following the counting of the votes for a referendum on a new constitution, at an CEI office on October 31, 2016, in Abidjan. Sia Kambou/AFP

Scuffles as Ivory Coast votes on divisive constitution

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The proposed new constitution would see the creation of the post of vice president but critics say it is simply a monarchistic tactic by President Alassane Ouattara

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara casts his vote in the ballot box, at a polling station in Abidjan, on October 30, 2016, during a vote for a referendum on a new constitution. Voters in Ivory Coast went to the polls on October 30, 2016 to determine the fate of constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help end years of instability and unrest linked to the vexed issue of national identity. / AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The plight of Africa s rhino and elephants targeted for their horns and tusks is expected to dominate much of the 12 day meeting

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:52 AM

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

1 dead, several injured in shooting at Ivory Coast protest

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:56 PM

A hospital source says about 10 injured people were taken to hospital while one succumbed to his gunshot wounds

Singapore destroys tons of illegal ivory

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM

It is the first time seized ivory has been destroyed in Singapore

Workers prepare for the illegal ivory to be destroyed by a rock-crusher machinery in Singapore on June 13, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to the world s biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end murderous trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild

ON FIRE. This picture show stacks of Ivory burning at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

'King of Congolese rumba' Papa Wemba dies

Apr 25, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Papa Wemba one of Africa s greatest music stars dies Sunday after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast

PAPA WEMBA. Papa Wemba, aka the 'king of Congolese rumba,' died after collapsing during a set in the early hours of Sunday at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This photo is a still from the music video for his song 'Yolele.' Screengrab from YouTube/Real World Records

Ivory Coast will not be 'intimidated by terrorists' – president

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:14 AM

The death toll in the country s first jihadist attack climbs to 18

AFTERMATH. Ivorian police cordoned off an area outside of the 'Etoile du Sud' hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 14, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA

Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack at Ivory Coast beach resort

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:16 AM

3rd UPDATE The attack bears grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June

A general view of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast March 13, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA

Malaysia customs seizes 159 kg in smuggled ivory

Mar 02, 2016 - 4:41 PM

It is the latest seizures in a country used as a key Asian transit point in the illegal trade

Seized elephant tusks are displayed during a press conference in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2016. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

'Powerful few' control ivory trafficking in Africa

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Scientists say only a few kingpins control the illegal trade based on DNA analysis done on ivory samples

epa04671483 Elephant tusks and ivory trinkets are piled up prior to being burned in a suburb of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 March 2015. The Ethiopian government burned 6.1 tons of elephant tusks and ivory products confiscated over the last 20 years in an attempt to deter poaching and illegal ivory trafficking, becaming the second African nation to burn its ivory stockpile this year after Kenya. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Ivory Coast government resigns ahead of reshuffle

Jan 06, 2016 - 10:46 PM

President Alassane Ouattara thanks Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan for his competence leadership and action at the head of the government

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, speaks during a plenary session at the 2014 World Economic Forum. Duncan steps down as prime minister of Ivory Coast. File photo by EPA/Ruth McDowall

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

Illegal ivory seized in Vietnam

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:24 PM

There have been a number of campaigns to warn Vietnamese not to use products from endangered animals but they have had little success

Vietnamese flag. EPA/Stringer