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Ivorian President: Equal Justice in Post-Election Violence

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 1:46 pm (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says justice will be equally applied to all those responsible for post-election violence in his country. Speaking at the United Nations Wednesday, President Ouattara vowed his supporters would not get special treatment in cases stemming from unrest that killed more than 3,000 people. Pro-Ouattara fighters and supporters of former president […]

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US Seizes Ton of African Ivory From Art Dealer

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials have seized one ton of African elephant ivory from an art store owner in the eastern state of Pennsylvania. Prosecutors say Victor Gordon smuggled the illegal ivory from west and central Africa. They say Gordon paid a partner to buy and carve raw elephant ivory and then stain the pieces to make them […]

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Pro-Gbagbo Head of Key Ivorian Body Replaced

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast’s president has dismissed the head of the country’s constitutional council, a man who backed former president Laurent Gbagbo during the recent Ivorian political crisis. Paul Yao N’dre was replaced Monday by veteran politician Francis Wodie, a former presidential candidate. President Alassane Ouattara named Wodie in a decree. N’dre helped spark the power struggle […]

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Red Cross Visits Former Ivory Coast President in Detention

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 5:44 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has visited former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo,who has been detained in the west African nation since April. A Red Cross spokesman said Friday officials from the organization met with Mr. Gbagbo and several others in detention or house arrest to make sure they are being […]

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Ivory Coast Panel to Probe Post-Election Violence

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has set up a commission to investigate possible human rights violations during post-election violence. The government said Thursday the panel will help understand how and why people were able to conceive, plan and execute what it called “massive human rights and public liberty violations.” The commission is expected to conduct […]

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Kenya Burns 5 Tons of Contraband Ivory

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s president has set fire to more than five tons of elephant ivory to highlight the problem of poaching in East Africa. President Mwai Kibaki lit a pile of ivory that included more than 300 confiscated tusks as well as more than 40,000 ivory trinkets. The estimated value of the ivory was $16 million. Mr. […]

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France’s Fillon on Africa Tour, Boosting Ties

Posted July 16th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The French Prime Minister is in Ghana, the second stop in a West African tour designed to boost ties with the region. Francois Fillon traveled to Ghana late Friday from Ivory Coast, where he met with President Alassane Ouattara and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro. Speaking alongside Mr. Ouattara in Abidjan, Friday, Mr. Fillon pledged France […]

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Ivory Coast Names Former Rebel Chief as Army Leader

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Ivory Coast government has named a former rebel leader as head of the country’s armed forces. The defense ministry named General Soumaila Bakayoko to the post in a statement Thursday. Bakayoko led the rebel forces that helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power in April. He will replace General Philippe Mangou, who led the […]

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Ivory Coast Issues Arrest Warrants For Gbagbo Associates

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Ivory Coast’s prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for four associates of former president Laurent Gbagbo, including youth leader Charles Ble Goude. Goude is accused of leading violent youth uprisings to keep Mr. Gbagbo in power after he lost United Nations certified election to Alassane Ouattara in November. Authorities are also seeking Mr. Gbagbo’s former spokesman […]

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Ivory Coast Charges 15 Top Gbagbo Associates

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Prosecutors in Ivory Coast say charges have been filed against 15 top associates of former president Laurent Gbagbo, including two former ministers. Prosecutors say the charges include harming state security, creating armed gangs and committing economic crimes. The accused include former prime minister Gilbert Ake N’Gbo, former foreign affairs minister Alcide Djedje and the former […]

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