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 truth commission testimony ends

2014-10-01 16:03

Public testimony has ended in Ivory Coast's truth commission, which was formed to probe nearly a decade of bloody political violence.

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.

Ex-Ivorian leader's party headquarters 'trashed'

2014-09-02 08:43

The headquarters of the party of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo have been ransacked, leaving three people injured, a spokesperson says.

ICC to try Laurent Gbagbo

2014-06-12 21:13

The International Criminal Court will try Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo for crimes against humanity.

Suspect in I Coast election deaths faces court

2014-03-27 14:53

A former youth leader accused of involvement in murder, rapes and persecution during violence after Ivory Coast’s 2010 elections has declares his innocence as he appeared for the first time at the ICC.

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.

Gbagbo to remain behind bars

2013-11-11 19:28

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo must remain behind bars in The Hague pending his possible trial for crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court has ruled.

Embargo fails to stop I Coast illicit diamond trade

2013-10-25 10:42

An 8-year-old UN embargo has failed to stop the illicit production and trafficking of Ivory Coast rough diamonds that are continuously being smuggled out of the West African country.

Illegal land sales raise risk of violence in I Coast

2013-10-11 12:43

Thousands of farmers who fled Ivory Coast's 2011 civil war are returning to find their land illegally sold, raising the risk of fresh violence, HRW says.

Ivory Coast to try ex-first lady at home

2013-09-21 11:35

Ivory Coast says it will not transfer former first lady Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, but will try her at home instead.

Ghana won't extradite Gbagbo ally to I Coast

2013-08-30 15:25

A court in Ghana has rejected a request from Ivory Coast to extradite a top ally of former president Laurent Gbagbo, ruling that charges against Justin Kone Katinan had "political motivation".

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.

Gbagbo ally faces extradition deadline

2013-06-25 18:19

A key ally of Ivory Coast's former president will learn on 5 August whether he will be extradited to face charges relating to the post-election crisis of 2011.

I Coast FPI-leader charged for plotting

2013-06-11 20:48

An Abidjan court has charged the youth leader of former president Laurent Gbagbo's party with plotting to destabilise the state, his lawyer 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.

Gbagbo's wife in hospital

2013-05-02 21:47

The detained ex-Ivory Coast president's wife Simone Gbagbo is in hospital.

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.

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.

UN halts Ivorian refugee returns

2013-03-28 19:33

The United Nations refugee agency in Liberia has halted its voluntary repatriation programme for displaced Ivorians because of growing violence at the countries' volatile border.

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.

Tear gas used on pro-Gbagbo protest

2013-02-16 14:05

Police have fired tear gas to disperse a banned protest in the economic capital of the Ivory Coast by supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo.


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.

Gbagbo may not bury his mom

2014-10-29 21:10

The International Criminal Court has turned down a request by former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo to attend his mother's funeral.

Ble Goude's militants raped, murdered

2014-09-29 17:42

Men commanded by Charles Ble Goude, henchman to Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, murdered, raped and burned alive hundreds during a post-electoral crisis the ICC has heard.

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 conflict leaves legacy of land disputes

2014-06-19 07:50

As Ivory Coast strives to put more than a decade of bloody conflict behind it, courts in the agrarian west African nation are overwhelmed by quarrels over land ownership.

'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.

Ivory Coast to send Ble Goude to ICC

2014-03-20 19:15

Ivory Coast will send Charles Ble Goude, a former youth leader and close ally of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ivory Coast frees 14 Gbagbo allies

2013-08-05 19:55

Judicial authorities in Ivory Coast have ordered the release from prison of 14 top allies of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, including his son, pending criminal trials this year.

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.

Court: Case against Gbagbo can go ahead

2013-06-11 22:08

International Criminal Court judges say the crimes against humanity case against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can go ahead.

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.

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".

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 exhuming mass graves

2013-04-04 18:03

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

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.

Ex-I Coast leader faces charges at ICC

2013-02-19 11:47

ICC prosecutors are laying out evidence they say proves that former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is guilty of crimes including murder in the violent aftermath of his country’s disputed 20120 presidential polls.

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.

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