Peter Murphy
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/ 5 October 2007

West Africa to miss EU trade partnership deadline

West Africa will miss a December 31 deadline to sign a new trade partnership with the European Union and hopes to keep its preferential commercial privileges for up to two years while it negotiates. Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States were meeting on Friday in Côte d’Ivoire to agree a common approach ahead of talks later this month with the EU.

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/ 27 June 2007

Mixed views on ‘United States of Africa’

From Cape Town to Algiers, many Africans welcome Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi’s plan for a United States of Africa, but most say it simply comes too soon for a divided continent. Gadaffi, long regarded as a pariah in the West for his anti-colonial rhetoric, is touring West Africa to promote the long-standing plan for a pan-African government.

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/ 5 March 2007

War-weary Ivorians hope latest peace deal is last

The people of Côte d’Ivoire expressed hope on Monday that a home-grown peace deal signed on the weekend would succeed where four years of international efforts to re-unite the war-divided West African state had failed. President Laurent Gbagbo and rebel leader Guillaume Soro signed the deal on Sunday in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

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/ 23 September 2006

Long sentences possible for Ivorian waste crimes

Suspects charged in connection with the dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, which killed seven people and made thousands ill, could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted, a Justice Ministry official said. Ten people have been charged under the West African state’s toxic waste laws and imprisoned in the main city Abidjan, where the deadly black sludge was discarded at several open-air sites after being unloaded from a tanker.