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Ivory Coast's penniless children try golf, game of the rich

Yamoussoukro - Plucked out of poverty, 1,000 children in Ivory Coast are being given a unique chance to learn golf, and 10-year-old Jessica likes the idea.

Ivory Coast's divisive new constitution sworn into law

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's Third Republic came into being Tuesday with the signing into law of a new constitution overwhelmingly adopted last month in a referendum boycotted by opposition parties.

I.Coast constitutional referendum passes, opponents cry foul

Abidjan - An opposition-boycotted referendum to change Ivory Coast's constitution has easily passed, electoral officials said, but opponents swiftly dismissed the vote as fraudulent.

Scuffles as I.Coast votes on divisive constitution

Abidjan - Ivorians voted Sunday to determine the fate of constitutional changes the president says will help end years of unrest but which have alarmed the opposition, with scuffles erupting at dozens of polling stations.The package put to the country's 6.

Ivory Coast votes on divisive new constitution

Abidjan - Ivory Coast goes to the polls on Sunday to vote on constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help to end years of instability and unrest linked to the vexed issue of "Ivorian-ness".

Campaigning begins ahead of I.Coast referendum on new constitution

Abidjan - The president of Ivory Coast insists it will heal a nation beset by violent turmoil, but as a referendum campaign for the nation's new draft constitution began Saturday, his opponents decried the text as dangerously anti-democratic.

Ivorian opposition calls for constitution vote boycott

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's main opposition coalition called Friday on voters to boycott a referendum on the adoption of a new constitution that changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility.

Top cocoa grower Ivory Coast stung by caterpillar invasion

Abidjan - Cocoa crops in the world's top producer, Ivory Coast, are being ravaged by caterpillars but authorities are playing down the new scourge, saying they have it under control.

Ivory Coast's ex first lady on trial for poll bloodbath

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's feisty former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial Tuesday for crimes against humanity in what many see as a litmus case for justice in the west African country.

I. Coast's ex-first lady on trial for crimes against humanity

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo goes on trial Tuesday for crimes against humanity, but rights groups acting as plaintiffs in the case have pulled out, blasting the proceedings as flawed.

I. Coast rights groups say ex-first lady's trial flawed

Abidjan - Ivorian rights groups acting as plaintiffs in the imminent trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity pulled out of the process Monday, saying it was flawed.

I.Coast's ex-first lady prepares for second trial

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo will be tried for crimes against humanity starting Tuesday, having already been jailed for 20 years for her part in 2010's post-electoral violence.

Ivory Coast arrests driver over beach resort attack

Abidjan - Ivory Coast police arrested a driver who allegedly transported weapons used in a jihadist attack on the Grand-Bassam beach resort that killed 19 people in March, security sources said.

ICoast court rejects appeal by ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's supreme court has rejected former first lady Simone Gbagbo's appeal against a 20-year sentence over her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections that her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost, her lawyer said.

Padded panties? Soup cubes? Ways to boost bottoms in Ivory Coast

Abidjan - Some like creams, others pop pills or splash out on padded panties. In Ivory Coast where "big is beautiful" bottom enhancers come in all shapes and sorts, and at any cost.

France says it will increase forces in Ivory Coast

Abidjan - France will increase the number of its troops in Ivory Coast, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday on a trip to the African nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.

Ivory Coast counts on schools to cut child labour in cocoa sector

Abidjan - "At five years old, I went to work in the fields with my dad. Today, my children go to school," said Peter, a cocoa farmer in Bonikro in the centre of Ivory Coast.

Congo 'rumba king' dies after collapsing on stage

Abidjan - Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest music stars, died on Sunday after collapsing on stage during a festival in Ivory Coast.

Ivorians seek to purify bloody beach after jihadist attack

Grand-bassam - Dressed in flowing red robes, a traditional religious group gathers on the beach to purify sands left bloodied by the unprecedented jihadist attack that killed 19 people in Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast toll rises to 19 with body found on beach

Grand-bassam - The toll from a deadly attack in Ivory Coast by an Al-Qaeda affiliate rose to 19 on Wednesday, with the body of a young man shot in the head found on the beach.
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