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Obama lifts sanctions against Ivory Coast, citing progress

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday lifted decade-old sanctions against Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, citing a successful presidential election last year and its progress in tackling illegal trafficking of arms and natural resources.

Ivory Coast jails two soldiers for 10 years for al Qaeda ties

ABIDJAN Two soldiers in Ivory Coast have been jailed for 10 years for associating with, and failing to denounce, suspected members of an al Qaeda cell which killed 19 people at a beach resort town in March, the military prosecutor said.

World, Africa, Mali Aug 05 2016

Ivory Coast parliament votes to hold referendum on new constitution

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast's parliament on Friday voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding a referendum on a new constitution that would among other measures remove a controversial nationality clause that contributed to years of unrest and civil war.

World, Africa Jul 22 2016

Failed by courts, children bear brunt of rape in Ivory Coast: activists

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children in Ivory Coast bear the brunt of sexual violence in a culture where rape is widely considered "insignificant" and perpetrators usually go unpunished, activists say.

World, Africa, United Nations Jul 21 2016

Ivory Coast arrests two soldiers for suspected links to al Qaeda

ABIDJAN Two soldiers have been arrested in Ivory Coast accused of failing to denounce suspected members of an al Qaeda cell that killed 19 people in a March attack on a beach resort town, military officials said on Thursday.

World, Africa, Mali Jul 14 2016

Aides to ousted Ivorian leader return home after five-year exile

DAKAR Four senior aides to former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo have returned home from exile in Ghana more than five years after his ouster in a war over a disputed election, a step the leader of his party said would aid reconciliation.

World, Africa Jul 02 2016

U.S. embassy in Abidjan pulls photo of gay men at Orlando tribute after attacks

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. embassy in Ivory Coast has removed photos of six gay men at a tribute for victims of the Orlando club shooting from its website and social media and expressed "deep regret" after the men were abused and driven to flee their homes.

World, Africa Jun 30 2016

Gay men in Ivory Coast attacked for showing support to Orlando victims: rights group

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six gay men in Ivory Coast were abused and forced to flee their homes after they were pictured signing a condolence book for victims of the recent attack on a gay nightclub in Florida, a rights group said on Wednesday.

World, Africa Jun 29 2016

Ivory Coast land disputes threaten new violence as war refugees return

FETE, Ivory Coast Stepping off a river ferry onto the soil of his native Ivory Coast for the first time since he fled civil war five years ago, Innocent Weley Nonmah left behind the harsh life of a refugee and an Ebola epidemic that prolonged his family's exile.

World, Jun 09 2016

ICC prosecutor vows to investigate both sides in Ivory Coast

GENEVA The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Friday she would investigate crimes committed on both sides of Ivory Coast's civil war and defended the court against its critics.

World, Africa Jun 03 2016

Moscow vows no letup in Syria offensive; U.S. searches for response

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The Kremlin vowed on Thursday to press on with its assault in Syria, while U.S. officials searched for a tougher response to Russia's decision to ignore the peace process and seek military victory on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.