Simone Gbagbo: 'Iron Lady' of Ivory Coast

2015-01-07 08:25

Ivory Coast's "Iron Lady" Simone Gbagbo, whose trial has resumed, basked in her role as the power behind the throne during her husband Laurent Gbagbo's regime, but to foes she was a pitiless killer.

Ivory Coast army protests sow fears of return to unrest

2014-12-01 12:07

Protests by disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast have exposed the government's failure to reform its mutiny-plagued forces and its rapid capitulation sets a dangerous precedent in west African country.

Ivory Coast ex-leader to seek party leadership from jail

2014-11-13 07:37

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, awaiting trial in the Hague for his role in the country’s 2010-2011 political crisis, will vie to reclaim his party’s leadership, it has emerged.

Ivory Coast lifts Ebola flight restrictions

2014-09-27 16:43

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says his country will lift the suspension of flights to countries stricken by the Ebola virus to show solidarity with the nations affected by the outbreak.

'Liberian gunmen' seize Ivorian village, kill 8

2014-05-16 13:57

At least eight people, including five civilians, have been killed after gunmen believed to have come from Liberia seized a border village in western Ivory Coast.

I Coast minister gets new post after campus clash

2014-03-13 14:27

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has transferred his higher education minister after violent clashes between students and campus police officers at the country’s largest university.

I Coast leader undergoes surgery in France

2014-02-10 07:35

Ivory Coast’s government says President Alassane Ouattara has undergone surgery for sciatica, a form of nerve pain.

Gbagbo must stay in pre-trial detention – ICC

2013-10-29 15:01

The ICC appeals judges say former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has to stay in custody ahead of his trial on charges of orchestrating post-election violence in 2010.

ICC unveils arrest warrant for I Coast politician

2013-10-01 14:57

Judges at the ICC have unsealed a warrant for the arrest of Charles Ble Gounde who is accused of working with former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to orchestrate a wave of post-election violence.

I Coast reconciliation at 'dead end'

2013-07-24 08:40

A bid to reconcile hardened enemies in Ivory Coast has all but broken down, according to participants and observers, and time is running out for a commission set up to heal the wounds of bitter strife.

Racketeering plagues west Ivory Coast

2013-07-02 08:54

The army and paramilitary police in Ivory Coast have conducted large-scale racketeering of travellers in the west of the country, Human Rights Watch says.

HRW wants probe into I Coast militia boss

2013-05-22 12:02

HRW has urged Ivory Coast authorities to carry out a "credible investigation" of a militia chief whom rights groups suspect of playing a key role in deadly post election violence in 2011.

I Coast: We're open to probing crimes

2013-04-30 08:43

Ivory Coast's says it is open to investigating top security officials accused by the UN of raking in millions of dollars through "warlord-style predatory economic activities".

Ivorians vote in local polls amid boycott

2013-04-21 11:47

Ivorians are voting in local elections seen as a trial run for a presidential poll in 2015 amid high tensions as the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo boycotted the poll.

I Coast tension alarms president's party

2013-04-18 10:48

The party of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has voiced concern over growing political tension ahead of local polls meant to cement post-conflict stabilisation.

Ivory Coast exhuming mass graves

2013-04-04 18:03

Ivory Coast has begun exhuming mass graves dug after the 2010 election.

Ghana's Turkson faces criticism abroad

2013-03-07 12:49

Ghana's Peter Turson, one of Africa's two candidates considered eligible to become the next pope, has earned respect as a peacemaker at home, but faces criticism abroad over a controversial video.

Gbagbo lawyer says he is a scapegoat

2013-02-20 21:14

A lawyer for former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has told International Criminal Court judges that prosecutors are making him a "scapegoat" for deadly violence that erupted after 2010 elections.

Africa's candidate for pope 'a peacemaker'

2013-02-13 07:45

Ghana's Peter Turkson, seen by some as Africa's top candidate to become the next pope, has served as a peacemaker and left what his supporters call a lasting impact on his nation's development.

African army chiefs meet on Mali conflict

2013-01-15 16:27

Western African army chiefs have met in Bamako on plans to send African troops to join an offensive against Islamists occupying northern Mali.

IMF: I Coast on track, but could do more

2013-01-09 12:52

Ivory Coast has put its economy on track but could achieve more if it addresses governance challenges, the managing director of the IMF says.

I Coast frees 9 Gbagbo allies on bail

2012-12-21 10:49

Ivory Coast's judiciary has agreed to release on bail nine aides of ousted former president Laurent Gbagbo who had been detained since 2011 in the aftermath of a deadly post-poll crisis.

Sall mediates Ivorian reconciliation bids

2012-12-14 16:01

Senegalese President Macky Sall has met Ivory Coast’s main opposition party in Dakar in a bid to mediate stalled reconciliation efforts after deadly poll violence last year, his office says.

'Military intervention in Mali inevitable'

2012-12-05 09:21

The chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States has spoken in favour of a timely military operation against the Islamic rebels in northern Mali.

Ivorian exiles in Ghana support Gbagbo

2012-11-23 20:04

The Ghana Refugee Board says that nearly 1 000 supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo currently live in Accra.


At least 500 Ivory Coast prisoners start hunger strike

2014-12-05 07:49

Almost 500 people detained in Ivory Coast in the wake of the country’s 2010-2011 post-election bloodshed have gone on hunger strike to protest their continued detention, a source says.

Ousted Burkina leader arrives in Morocco from I Coast

2014-11-21 08:47

Burkina Faso’s deposed president Blaise Compaore has arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry says.

ICC to decide if I Coast 'street general' should face trial

2014-09-29 07:43

ICC judges have begun hearings to decide whether Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo’s right-hand man, Charles Ble Goude, should face trial for allegedly orchestrating deadly post-election violence in 2010-11.

ICC confirms trial for Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

2014-09-11 19:04

The International Criminal Court has confirmed that Ivory coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo will face trial for crimes against humanity, throwing out an appeal by the defence.

I Coast split over transfer of war crimes suspect to ICC

2014-03-24 07:49

The transfer of former Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo’s onetime "Street General" to The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity had divided his west African nation.

I’m doing well, says I Coast president

2014-03-03 08:47

Thousands of Ivorians have flooded the streets to welcome back President Alassane Ouattara after a month of medical treatment in France that raised fears of a return to domestic political upheaval.

I Coast hit squads target opponents in Ghana

2013-12-02 13:19

Ivory Coast sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former strongman Laurent Gbagbo and paid Liberian mercenaries not to stage cross-border attacks for Gbagbo, a UN report says.

I Coast youth leader asks govt to reject ICC warrant

2013-10-24 13:00

Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity and an ally of Ivory Coast’s ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, should be tried by an Ivorian court, the ex-youth leader's lawyers say.

Gbagbo's 'release key to I Coast peace'

2013-09-07 21:30

Ivory Coast's fragile peace will fracture unless former president Laurent Gbagbo is released from the International Criminal Court's custody and allowed to return home, his spokesperson says.

Gbagbo ally criticises Ivory Coast leader

2013-07-16 10:37

A top ally of ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has accused the country's new leader of being dishonest in his efforts to heal divides two years after a brutal civil conflict.

ICC rules Gbagbo case insufficient

2013-06-04 18:38

The prosecution has not presented enough evidence to try former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on charges of crimes against humanity, the ICC says.

I Coast militia boss arrested

2013-05-19 18:49

A militia chief in Ivory Coast, suspected of taking part in deadly post-election violence in 2011, has been arrested in his western stronghold.

Low turnout for I Coast local polls

2013-04-22 10:43

Ivorians have turned out in low numbers for local elections, seen as a test of stability in the west African nation in a poll boycotted by former president Laurent Gbagbo.

UN urges 'calm' vote in tense Ivory Coast

2013-04-19 22:22

The United Nations has called for local elections in Ivory Coast to take place in a calm atmosphere following skirmishes in the run-up to a vote seen as a test of the nation's stability.

Ivory Coast's Ouattara to rule by decree

2013-04-10 20:34

Ivory Coast's parliament has granted President Alassane Ouattara the power to take decisions concerning the economy by decree this year, giving him a free hand to implement programmes.

Gbagbo's party to boycott elections

2013-03-22 22:10

The party of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo will boycott elections in April after accusing the government of fixing the date for the polls without proper consultation.

Gbagbo tells ICC he fought for democracy

2013-03-01 08:56

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has told the ICC which is weighing whether to charge him with crimes against humanity that he had always been pro-democracy.

I Coast court frees former Gbagbo aide

2013-02-14 16:05

An Ivory Coast court has ordered that the jailed deputy leader of the party of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo be freed but restricted to his home region for one year, a judicial source says.

Ivory Coast - slow justice

2013-01-30 18:57

Ivory Coast's government has displayed a "lack of impartiality" by not pursuing specific perpetrators of 2010-11 post election violence.

30 000 displaced in Mali fighting

2013-01-15 08:59

An estimated 30 000 people may have been displaced by fighting in central and northern Mali since Islamist insurgents suddenly started moving south last week, the UN says.

S Leone rations fuel as shortage bites

2013-01-09 11:30

Scuffles have broken out at service stations in Sierra Leone’s capital after the government restricted fuel deliveries to deal with a shortage threatening to bring the nation to a halt.

Attack on I Coast army checkpoint kills 2

2012-12-17 12:48

Ivory Coast's military says gunmen have attacked an army checkpoint not far from the country’s largest city, killing two soldiers.

Gbagbo hearing urgent - ICC judge

2012-12-11 22:31

A hearing to decide if ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo should go on trial for crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the west African country, should be held without further delay.

1 000s continue to flee Ivory Coast

2012-11-28 22:34

A monitoring group says thousands of people in Ivory Coast continue to flee their homes because of ongoing land conflicts.

Ivorian army poses dangerous risk – HRW

2012-11-19 11:40

Hundreds of civilians suspected of backing Ivory Coast's former president have been swept up in mass arrest and abused by the army, Human Rights Watch says.

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