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Inside the brutal world of Ivory Coast's 'microbe' child gangs

Abidjan - Vieux-Pere runs his fingers through his patchy hair as he remembers escaping being lynched."The locals caught me and hit me everywhere, I still have scars on my skull," he says."That's why I can't get my hair right," he says with a laugh.

Deadly clashes in ICoast ahead of international games

Abidjan - Fresh violence in Ivory Coast left one member of the security forces dead as gunmen attacked a police training school just hours before the start of an international sports tournament.

Three soldiers killed in Ivory Coast barrack shooting

Abidjan - Three soldiers died after shooting erupted overnight at a base in Ivory Coast, which has been gripped by tensions within the military, security sources said Saturday.

Ivorian rural hamlet marks role in slave trade

Katiola - The hamlet of Kanga Gnianze is absent from many maps of Ivory Coast, but the rural community attracted stars and scholars this week to mark its place in the sorry memory of slavery.

Home beckons across the border for exiled Ivorian children

Katiola - Hurbain Souomi was only five years old, but he still remembers the day he trekked 50 kilometres (30 miles) across the border into Liberia to escape gunfire strafing his Ivory Coast village."There was shooting everywhere.

Four killed in I.Coast clashes between ex-rebels and police: AFP

Bouak - Four people were killed and many hurt when police clashed Tuesday with former rebels barricading the road into Bouake, Ivory Coast's second biggest city, in the spillover from a corrosive army mutiny over pay.

Quality of life on rise for many Africans, report says

Abidjan - Africans are seeing a steady improvement in the quality of their lives, with some countries even nearing world averages, says a wide-ranging report out Monday on the continent's future.While large portions of the continent's 1.

Rebels soldiers wound six while tightening grip on I.Coast city

Bouak - Renegade soldiers wounded six people in Ivory Coast's second-largest city on Sunday as they fired warning shots into the air to keep people in their homes, an AFP journalist reported.

Gunfire as I.Coast troops resume protest despite 'apology'

Abidjan - Disgruntled Ivorian soldiers took to the streets of Abidjan and two other cities on Friday, firing angrily into the air a day after publicly apologising for a string of recent uprisings.

Ivorian drummer boy turned globetrotting virtuoso

Grand-bassam - Paco Sery was a kid banging on tin cans before a job at a Club Med in Ivory Coast opened the way to drumming for Congo's rumba king Papa Wemba as well as Nina Simone and other jazz greats.

Former top general jailed over I.Coast Novotel murders

Abidjan - A court in Ivory Coast has handed a former top general 18 years behind bars in connection with the abduction and murder of four foreigners from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan.

I.Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity

Abidjan - An Ivory Coast jury on Tuesday acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life.

Shots fired by angry troops in I. Coast army barracks town

Abidjan - Fresh protests by angry soldiers erupted in the Ivorian barracks town of Adiake, east of the commercial capital Abidjan on Tuesday, weeks after troops and security forces mutinied in the west African nation.

Ivory Coast hit by fresh protests in wake of mutiny

Abidjan - Angry protests erupted in several Ivory Coast cities on Monday, including in the economic capital Abidjan where retired soldiers barricaded a major highway as a teachers' strike kept schools closed.

Ivory Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return

Bouak - A mutinous soldier was killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as fresh trouble erupted in several cities after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents.

Ivory Coast government and rebel troops reach deal

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's government and rebel troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said late Friday at the close of a tense day which saw outbreaks of gunfire at barracks across the country.

Population of chimpanzees fashion drinking sticks

A population of chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast have been observed fashioning tools to use as drinking sticks. The findings provide further evidence about different subcultures within chimpanzee populations.

I.Coast's Ouattara names ex-PM as new vice president

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday named outgoing prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as the country's first vice-president and chose a key aide, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, as the new premier.

I. Coast soldiers end mutiny after deal

Bouak - Ivory Coast soldiers on Sunday ended a two-day mutiny in the second city Bouake and other key areas after reaching a deal on their demands for pay rises, housing and faster promotion.

Gunfire in Abidjan as Ivory Coast mutiny spreads

Abidjan - Shots rang out at a military base in Abidjan on Saturday as a mutiny by disgruntled troops appeared to spread to Ivory Coast's economic capital despite government efforts to defuse the crisis.
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