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Despite Western-backed response, Sahel jihadists gaining ground

Abidjan - Jihadists are scoring gains in the Sahel, defying efforts by five countries in the fragile region to fight back with Western help against Islamist militancy.

Picasso in I.Coast? A village tells of its brush with the artist

Botro - "I'm sure! I tell you, he came. I saw him!" insists Soro Navaghi, keen to extinguish any doubts about Picasso's visit to a small Ivorian village famed for its painted textiles.

I. Coast's Ouattara says 'someone must be responsible' for poll deaths

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has refused to comment on the acquittal on crimes against humanity of his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court while insisting investigations would continue.

Laurent Gbagbo, Ivory Coast's former strongman

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, acquitted on Tuesday of crimes against humanity, once battled for democracy, but his inability to let go of power was his downfall.

I.Coast calls on France to return 148 artworks

Abidjan - Ivory Coast said Wednesday it had drawn up a list of 148 works of art taken during the colonial period that it wants France to return.

I.Coast to ask France to return a hundred works of art

Abidjan - Ivory Coast became the latest country to ask France to return works of art Wednesday, days after Paris said it was willing to hand back artefacts looted from Africa.

Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

Abidjan - Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl.

I. Coast ruling coalition on top in local polls: election body

Abidjan - The Ivory Coast's main party came out on top in regional and local polls held over the weekend, the election commission has announced, as the country's main political players have the 2020 presidential vote in their sights.

Ivory Coast looks to solar vehicles to replace bush taxis

Dabou - Hi-tech, cheap -- and quiet. The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville just outside Abidjan is betting on solar-powered three-wheelers as it looks to replace traditional but noisy and dirty bush taxis."It's cheaper and relaxing!

Burkina Faso grapples with spreading jihadist peril

Abidjan - Already burdened with jihadist violence in the north of the country, the fragile Sahel state of Burkina Faso must now confront the reality of an escalating threat in its east.

Ivory Coast leader announces amnesty for Simone Gbagbo and 800 others

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday announced amnesties for around 800 people, including former first lady Simone Gbagbo who is currently behind bars, in the name of national reconciliation.

Ex-I. Coast leader on trial at ICC, named head of party's dissident wing

Abidjan - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, currently on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, has been chosen to head the dissident wing of the Ivorian People's Party (FPI), the party he created.

Despite the risks, migration fixates many in Ivory Coast

Daloa - They have a dream: to "cross the water" -- the Mediterranean -- and reach the Eldorado of Europe.And yes, they admit, there may be risks but nothing that cannot be overcome with a bit of courage."I'm not afraid.

West African states in joint fight against root crop 'Ebola'

Abidjan - Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" -- a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger.

Big hurdles await West African anti-crime initiative

Abidjan - Facing a rising crime wave from drug-running to human organ smuggling that siphons money into terrorism, 16 West African states have launched an unprecedented data-sharing scheme to fight illegal activity, but observers say the initiative faces sizeabl...

Grey gold: Ivory Coast cashes in on the cashew

Abidjan - Famous for its cocoa and coffee, the Ivory Coast has drawn up an ambitious five-year plan for the cashew industry, seeking to modernise production in a sector where it is already the world's number-one exporter.

Ivory Coast fights stigma with beauty pageant for disabled

Abidjan - Cheered on by the audience, a young woman walks onstage in a glittering gown, beaming as she addresses the jury. But this is no ordinary beauty contest -- all 10 contestants are disabled.

In Ivory Coast, 'drone academy' offers youth the chance to soar

Abidjan - "Drones have become my passion," says Noursely Doumbia, who holds a degree in electronics and is currently learning to pilot drones as part of a pioneering programme in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan.

Defence minister for toppled Ivory Coast regime jailed

Abidjan - A former defence chief for the Ivory Coast's ousted leader was sentenced to 15 years on Thursday for conspiring against the government, the latest top aide of the former regime to be jailed.

'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

Abidjan - Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday.Growth in Africa rose from 2.
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