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An alliance between two parties that has governed Ivory Coast since 2010 broke down, two months ahead of elections.
West African leaders have made their first comments after two months of increasingly bloody violence in Togo, calling on the presidency and the opposition to sit down for talks.
At the height of a deadly political standoff in Ivory Coast, the former army chief of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo says he had pleaded with his boss to quit, warning "too many people have died."
War crimes judges will rule whether former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo can be released from prison for the rest of his trial on charges arising from deadly election violence that rocked his nation in 2010.
Rebel soldiers in Ivory Coast have said they were ending a four-day mutiny which drew in troops from across the country after reaching agreement with the government over a wages dispute.
Heavy gunfire rang out in Abidjan and Bouake, Ivory Coast's two biggest cities, witnesses have said, as a mutiny by disgruntled soldiers demanding bonuses entered its fourth day.
Mutinous soldiers have wounded six people in Ivory Coast's second city Bouake as fresh tensions gripped the world's top cocoa grower.
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced he has reached an agreement with soldiers who seized the second city Bouake in a pay protest that spread to the economic capital Abidjan.
The trial of Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity can proceed without her, a judge has ruled, following her failure to appear in court.
Ivory Coast President Allasane Ouattara says a presidential election will be held in October 2015.
Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo, who had been serving a 20-year jail term, was released, two days after being amnestied by President Alassane Ouattara, her lawyer has said.
The 15-nation West African bloc Ecowas has told regional leaders that the goal of establishing a single currency among their economies in 2020 had failed.
International Criminal Court appeals judges have ordered a new review into whether former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues.
A gang of robbers dressed in security guard uniforms has raided a cash-in-transit truck outside a bank in Mozambique, and President Jacob Zuma faces a somewhat sticky dilemma as he sits down to do his diaries for the next two months.
Ivory Coast, which is recovering from more than a decade of conflict, has since January been in the grip of a series of revolts by disgruntled solders and paramilitary gendarmes.
Residents say one person has been killed and several others injured after mutinous soldiers in Bouake opened fire on residents protesting their violent actions demanding higher pay
Mutinous soldiers were holding Ivory Coast's Defence Minister Alain Richard Donwahi, rejecting the terms of a deal announced by the president to end their angry pay protest.
Shots rang out at a military base in Abidjan as a mutiny by disgruntled troops appeared to spread to Ivory Coast's economic capital despite government efforts to defuse the crisis.
Ivory Coast is re-emerging as the prime investment destinations in French-speaking West Africa after a decade of political turmoil but President Alassane Ouattara must weed out corruption.
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