Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast opposition candidate suspends participation in presidential vote


ABIDJAN - Former Ivory Coast foreign minister turned opposition candidate Amara Essy said on Tuesday he had suspended his participation in this month's presidential election, saying the process was undemocratic and dominated by the incumbent.

Ivory Coast denies repressing opposition before election 06 Oct 2015

ABIDJAN - The government of Ivory Coast on Tuesday rejected charges from Amnesty International that it was carrying out a wave of arbitrary arrests and abusing opposition supporters in the run-up to a presidential election.


Ivory Coast must end wave of arrests, abuse ahead of polls - Amnesty 05 Oct 2015

ABIDJAN - Authorities in Ivory Coast must put an end to what Amnesty International claims is a wave of arbitrary arrests and abuse targeting opposition supporters in the run-up to a presidential election later this month, the rights campaigner said on Monday.


Booming Ivory Coast faces elections with confidence 25 Sep 2015

ABIDJAN - From Abidjan airport's packed arrivals hall to the hotels and plush villas mushrooming across the city, Ivory Coast is booming, a rare African bright spot as the world's biggest cocoa producer bounces back from years of turmoil and civil war.

Opposition claims dozens arrested after Ivory Coast protests 15 Sep 2015

ABIDJAN - A coalition of Ivory Coast opposition figures said on Tuesday that dozens of its members were rounded up on the street or at their homes in the wake of protests last week against President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a second term, a spokesman said.

One dead in protests over re-election bid of Ivory Coast president 11 Sep 2015

ABIDJAN - At least one person was killed and others were injured during protests in Ivory Coast over the validation of incumbent President Alassane Ouattara's candidacy for an October election, a Red Cross worker said on Friday.


EU must force more transparency from companies in Africa - Piketty 10 Sep 2015

ABIDJAN - The European Union should require companies operating in Africa to disclose the taxes they pay there more transparently, to ensure they contribute fairly to government revenues, French economist Thomas Piketty said on Thursday.


Ivory Coast court clears 10 candidates to run for president 09 Sep 2015

ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast's constitutional court cleared 10 candidates on Wednesday to stand in next month's presidential election including incumbent Alassane Ouattara, who is favourite to win a second term in office.


Hague judges deny release for former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo 08 Sep 2015

THE HAGUE - Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected a request for the temporary release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on health grounds weeks before the start of his trial.


Insight - Ex-president's backers in power struggle before Ivory Coast polls 02 Sep 2015

ABIDJAN - Two years ago, Pascal Affi N'Guessan was in jail after backing the losing side in Ivory Coast's civil war. Now he is running for president, provoking a power struggle within the opposition whose outcome will help decide the country's future stability.


Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Russia and Syria carried out what appeared to be the first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday, targeting rebels in the west rather than Islamic State militants, a monitor said.