Pauline Bax

Cocoa exports banned

Chocolate consumers in Europe have been warned that major cocoa companies are effectively providing Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire with money to buy weapons.

Life goes on in world’s smallest republic

The exuberant chatter that followed election night has all but disappeared.

Mbeki to help with Côte d’Ivoire peace process

South African President Thabo Mbeki headed to Côte d'Ivoire on Monday to meet with the president of the divided West African country and try to rescue its faltering peace process. Côte d'Ivoire, the world's largest cocoa producer, has been split into a government-held south and a rebel-held north since a failed coup sparked civil war in 2002.

Ivorian protesters warned to keep off streets

President Laurent Gbagbo has called on young militants and protesters to keep off the streets this weekend as tensions mount in the West African country over Gbagbo's right to remain in power. A presidential ballot was to have been held on Sunday, but Gbagbo cancelled the vote last month, saying the nation was not ready.

Unidentified attackers kill 41 in Côte d’Ivoire

Unidentified men armed with guns and knives attacked villagers in Côte d'Ivoire's western cocoa-growing area, killing 41 people and injuring 64, officials said on Wednesday. The attack occurred near the town of Duekoue, 400km north-west of the commercial capital, Abidjan.

Côte d’Ivoire agrees on peace timetable

The government and rebel officials in Côte d'Ivoire have agreed on a new timetable to carry out a long-stalled peace plan in West Africa's economic hub, South African President Thabo Mbeki announced. Briefing reporters after a five-day peace mission in Côte d'Ivoire, Mbeki said warring sides have settled on timing of disarmament, security reforms, and other divisive points.
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  • Wrack and ruin at Côte d’Ivoire zoo

    Shivering monkeys huddle on a bare cement floor behind rust-scarred bars. Elephants, whose tusks lend civil-war divided Côte d'Ivoire its name, struggle in thick mud. A safety grating covering the alligator pond is peeling back, opening a gap that looked wide enough for the beasts' thick jaws to pass through.
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