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Ivory Coast's 'Floating Island' points to greener tourism

Abidjan - The seaside resort offers visitors a cool drink or tasty meal, a dip in a pool, a karaoke session or an overnight stay, all with a view.Nothing much new there, you may say -- creature comforts like this are pretty much standard in tropical hotels.

Cocoa prices soar as ICoast, Ghana threaten supply cut

London - Cocoa prices rose sharply on Wednesday after key producers Ivory Coast and Ghana threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price.

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.

I.Coast's Gbagbo in Belgium after ICC acquittal

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been released in Belgium under conditions following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the court said Tuesday.

ICC orders conditional release of former I.Coast leader Gbagbo

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Friday ordered the conditional release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo after he was cleared last month on charges of crimes against humanity.

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo freed by war crimes court

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court finally freed former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Friday after his shock acquittal last month on charges of crimes against humanity.

ICC halts release of I.Coast's Gbagbo after new appeal

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday halted the release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo following a fresh appeal by prosecutors, a day after he was acquitted of crimes against humanity.

ICC orders release of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, a day after his shock acquittal over post-electoral violence in which 3,000 people died.

Pressure mounts on war crimes court after Gbagbo blow

Den Haag - As prosecutors failed to land the scalp of yet another former national leader accused of crimes against humanity, the question echoed in the hallways of the International Criminal Court: is it fit for purpose?

War crimes court acquits Ivory Coast ex-strongman Gbagbo

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday over a wave of post-electoral violence, in a stunning blow to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

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.

Ivory Coast ex-strongman Gbagbo in shock ICC acquittal

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over a wave of post-electoral violence, in a stunning blow to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

ICC to rule on Gbagbo release next week

Den Haag - International Criminal Court judges will rule next Tuesday on whether to release former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo as his trial for crimes against humanity drags on, the court said.

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.

Ivory Coast ex-president's ICC freedom bid pushed back

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday pushed back to November a hearing on Ivory Coast former president Laurent Gbagbo's bid for release after defence lawyers said they needed more time.

I.Coast ex-president opens freedom bid at ICC

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will Monday ask the International Criminal Court to acquit him of crimes against humanity and free him after seven years in detention.

I.Coast ex-president to open freedom bid at ICC

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will Monday ask the International Criminal Court to acquit him on all charges of crimes against humanity and release him after seven years in detention.

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!

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.

I. Coast's Gbagbo urges war crimes court to acquit him

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has urged international judges to acquit him and release him from jail, arguing that the prosecution has failed to prove he committed any crimes.

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.

Ivorian migrant mourns 'four lost years' on road to Europe

Brian - For many migrants arriving in Europe, it's difficult to talk about the toll taken by the journey. But Ibrahim Soumahoro is unusually frank: the four years spent getting to France have been "lost years".

Father of boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase walks free

Ceuta - A Spanish court on Tuesday allowed an Ivory Coast man to walk free, with only a small fine to pay, after his son was found crammed into a suitcase at a border crossing.

Father of boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase on trial

Ceuta - The heart-rending photo went round the world in 2015, showing an eight-year-old boy from Ivory Coast crammed into a suitcase that was found at a Spanish border crossing.

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.

Hope for noma disease victims left without faces in I.Coast

Abidjan - For 17 of her 20 years, Flora Doume has hidden from the world. Now she nervously waits for the operation to repair her ravaged face, restoring her hope for a normal life.
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