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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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

Chocolate factory opens in cocoa king Ivory Coast

May 19, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Although the West African country has made cocoa its economic engine since it became independent from France in 1960 chocolate has not traditionally been part of national diets

SWEET TREATS. President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara (L) listens to Benjamain Bessie, the director general of the CEMOI Ivory Coast (C) as he explains the production of chocolate, during the inauguration of the French chocolate manufacturers CEMOI factory in Abidjan, on May 18, 2015. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ivory Coast bans skin whitening creams

May 07, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The ban affects whitening creams and lotions containing mercury and its derivatives cortisone vitamin A or more than two percent hydroquinine a lightening agent that is used to develop photographs

BANNED. Two men walk under a giant advertising placard of skin-lightening products in Abidjan on May 2, 2015. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors describe smugglers' abuse

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The men describe how the people smugglers operated a reign of terror while the migrants were held prior to embarkment in a disused building near Tripoli

Ivory Coast's 'Iron Lady' Gbagbo jailed for 20 years

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo is also accused of disturbing public order and organizing armed gangs after her husband and his supporters rejected results of December 2010 presidential elections

Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo (2-R) is led under police custody into the Palace of Justice in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 23 February 2015. Legnan Koula/EPA

Trial opens of ICoast's onetime 'Iron Lady', Simone Gbagbo

Dec 26, 2014 - 8:50 PM

Gbagbo is being tried for her role in events leading to months of post election violence that left some 3 000 people dead and badly rattled the economy of the prosperous cocoa producing nation

TRIAL BEGINS. A file picture dated April 11, 2011 shows former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo (C-L) sitting with his wife Simone (C-R) in detention in a room of the Golf Hotel after their capture by forces loyal to Alassane Outtara in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. File photo by STR/EPA

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Oct 24, 2014 - 8:44 PM

UPDATED A vaccine is not the magic bullet but when ready it may be a good part of the effort to turn the tide of the epidemic a World Health Organization official says

VACCINE. A WHO staff checks a package of vaccines as the first shipment of the experimental vaccine VSE-EBOV arrives at the Cantonal hospital HUG in Geneva, Switzerland. Handout photo from WHO/EPA

Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:14 PM

While nations like Ivory Coast Kenya and South Africa have well equipped hospitals with specialist units and high tech labs vast expanses of the continent remain health care deserts

Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

ICC confirms trial for Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:29 PM

No date has yet been set for the trial of Gbagbo on four counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed at the end of his 10 year rule over the troubled west African country

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Health workers death toll mounts in West Africa as Ebola spreads

Aug 31, 2014 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization voices concern about the unprecedented number of healthcare workers hit by the Ebola outbreak

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Meanwhile a second front opens up in Africa s struggle with Ebola after the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Tuesday it is preparing for a battle of at least three months

TO ISOLATION. A picture taken on August 25, 2014 in Monrovia shows nurses wearing a protective suit escorting a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia. Zoom Dosso/AFP

First WHO worker infected by Ebola, DR Congo reports cases

Aug 24, 2014 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED The death toll continues to mount despite military enforced quarantines of stricken districts while neighboring states have slammed shut their border crossings in hopes to keeping illness out

DAILY STRUGGLE. An Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. Carl de Souza/AFP

UN vows central role in fighting 'exceptional' Ebola epidemic

Aug 24, 2014 - 1:33 AM

Liberia is particularly hard hit by the epidemic accounting for almost half of the 1 427 deaths

INFO DRIVE. A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, 22 June 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa

Aug 12, 2014 - 6:54 AM

West African nations battling the tropical disease ramped up drastic containment measures that have caused transport chaos price hikes and food shortages

SCOREBOARD. Liberians read the Daily Talk chalk board on the Ebola outbreak situation in the capital Monrovia, Liberia, 09 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Ivory Coast bans all flights from Ebola-affected countries

Aug 11, 2014 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED The Côte d Ivoire government says it has banned all carriers from transporting passengers from Ebola hit areas It s also suspended flights from the national airline to and from such locations

Ebola-hit west Africa launches emergency plan

Aug 01, 2014 - 1:26 PM

The leaders of Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia and the Ivory Coast are launching a US 100 million joint plan to tackle the Ebola epidemic

EBOLA IS REAL. Liberian men walk past an Ebola banner at the Monrovia City Hall in Liberia, 31 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Risk of Ebola spread in west Africa, WHO warns

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:38 AM

A total of 399 people have died of Ebola 280 of them in Guinea The World Health Organization however insists that travel bans are not the answer

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

Football: Japan curse Drogba and two 'nightmare' minutes

Jun 15, 2014 - 4:40 PM

Japanese football fans erupt in joy before dropping their heads in dismay and cursing Didier Drogba as the Blue Samurai went down 2 1 to Ivory Coast in their World Cup opener

WAITING. Japanese fans watch the FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Ivory Coast and Japan during a public viewing at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, 15 June 2014. Photo by Christopher Jue / EPA

Ivory Coast denies sending hit squads to target opponents

Dec 03, 2013 - 9:06 AM

Ivory Coast denies a United Nations report that it sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former president Laurent Gbagbo