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Mars and Hershey's accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

Abidjan - Two of the world's largest cocoa producers have accused Hershey's and Mars of avoiding paying a bonus that helps boost poor farmers' incomes, and have cancelled sustainability schemes run by the confectionary giants.

Six dead in Ivory Coast clashes as court validates Ouattara win

Abidjan - Clashes over Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's re-election killed at least six people Monday as the country's top court validated his contested third-term victory.

Fear, tension grip Ivory Coast town after disputed vote

Toumodi - Shifting through the charred remains of his home, Jacob Yahot can only talk about fear after he saw houses and shops torched in election riots.

Alassane Ouattara, I. Coast leader who 'didn't want' third term

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, re-elected to a contested third term on Tuesday, is a US-educated economist who campaigned on stability and growth but whose critics portray as another African leader who took the path of authoritarianism.

I.Coast govt lashes opposition 'plot' after Ouattara re-elected

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's government on Tuesday accused the opposition of "plotting" against the state after it vowed to set up a rival government following bruising presidential elections won in a landslide by the incumbent, Alassane Ouattara.

Ivory Coast president set for victory after contested poll

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara appeared set for contested victory on Monday after a weekend election marred by clashes that killed at least nine during an opposition boycott to derail his bid for a third term.

Ivory Coast ruling party warns opposition over post-vote unrest

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's ruling party on Sunday warned opposition leaders against attempts to call for a transition of power after they boycotted a weekend election in protest over his bid for a third term.

Ivory Coast opposition calls for 'transition' after election

Abidjan - Ivory Coast opposition leaders on Sunday called for a "civilian transition" from President Alassane Ouattara's government, a day after an election they boycotted in protest over his contested bid for a third term.

Ivorians await results after tense presidential ballot

Abidjan - Ivory Coast officials prepared to tally results Sunday after a tense presidential ballot marked by an opposition boycott and protests over President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term.

Ivory Coast's Ouattara seeks third term in vote hit by unrest

Abidjan - Ivory Coast voted in a presidential election on Saturday with opposition leaders rejecting the ballot after a boycott and pockets of unrest against President Alassane Ouattara's attempt to secure a third term.

Ivory Coast president seeks third term in tense vote

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara seeks reelection on Saturday in a presidential vote that his opponents boycotted in protest over his bid to secure a contested third term.

Tensions high as Ivory Coast president seeks third term

Abidjan - Ivory Coast votes in a tense election on Saturday after an opposition boycott and clashes over President Alassane Ouattara's contested attempt to secure a third term.

Fears and flight as Ivory Coast braces for vote

Abidjan - When fighting broke out between rival Ivorian factions 10 years ago, Veronique Yao left it late to flee Abidjan to her home town, a three-hour bus ride away.Two days before Ivory Coast's Saturday election, she was taking no chances.

As Ivory Coast vote nears, powder keg west braces for trouble

Duekou - His brother had his throat slit and his handicapped niece was shot dead in her home, but Zeabahi Maurice has put aside all thoughts of revenge against the militiamen who ravaged his village in the west of the Ivory Coast a decade ago.

Deadly pre-election violence in Ivory Coast

Abidjan - Ivory Coast has plunged into a wave of pre-election intercommunal violence which has left at least seven people dead and 40 others injured in recent days in and around a port town near Abidjan, officials said Wednesday.

One killed in Ivory Coast as tensions rise ahead of vote

Abidjan - One person was killed and a dozen were seriously injured on Monday during an opposition protest near Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, a local mayor said, two weeks ahead of a contentious presidential election.

Campaigning starts for tense I.Coast presidential vote

Abidjan - Campaigning starts in Ivory Coast Thursday for a tense presidential election, with incumbent Alassane Ouattara seeking a controversial third term and the opposition pushing for a boycott and civil disobedience, sparking fears of violence.

Momentum drains from West African common currency plans

Abidjan - Hopes raised by West African leaders of finally launching this year their "Eco" common currency, in the pipeline for three decades, have faded as the coronavirus crisis and squabbling over severing the remaining monetary ties to former colonial ruler F...

I. Coast tensions flare as candidate urges 'civil disobedience'

Abidjan - Tensions ratcheted up over Ivory Coast's presidential race on Sunday when former president Konan Bedie called for "civil disobedience" in response to Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term at the helm of the West African country.

Anger flares in Ivory Coast after election candidates barred

Abidjan - Opposition figures reacted angrily on Tuesday after Ivory Coast's top court rejected 40 candidates for upcoming presidential elections, validating the contested bid of head of state Alassane Ouattara but sidelining his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo.
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