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4 die as French army-chartered plane crashes off Ivory Coast

Oct 14, 2017 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Six other aboard the Antonov aircraft are injured

Nearly 100 inmates escape in Ivory Coast prison break

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The inmates are reportedly followers of Coulibaly Yacouba the late leader of a prison mutiny last year

Ivory Coast footballer Cheick Tiote dies during training

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:56 AM

The 30 year old died while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises

TRAGIC PASSING. Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, had played 7 years with English team Newcastle United. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ivory Coast government and rebel troops reach deal

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The troops have agreed to return to their barracks and for this reason gunfire has halted in Bouake says a local official

DEAL. Ivory Coast Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi shakes hands (L) with military commanders upon his arrival at the airport in Bouake on January 13, 2017 for a visit in the city where soldiers staged a two-day mutiny over pay last weekend and held him hostage for two hours. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Ivory Coast soldiers end mutiny after deal

Jan 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED The soldiers reach a deal with the government regarding their demands for higher salaries housing and faster promotion

A delegation of mutinous soldiers stand behind Ivory Coast's defence minister Alain-Richard Donwahi (C-front) speaking to journalists after negotiations, on January 7, 2017 in Bouake. Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced on January 7, 2017, he has reached an agreement with soldiers who seized the second city Bouake in an angry pay protest that spread to the economic capital Abidjan. "I confirm my agreement to take into account the demands relating to bonuses and improving the living conditions of soldiers," Ouattara said in a brief declaration broadcast on television.   / AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017 – media

Dec 31, 2016 - 8:02 AM

The complete ban would affect 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues with dozens to be closed by the end of March 2017

BANNED SOON. This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez

Ivory Coast's impoverished children try golf, game of the rich

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:38 PM

The aim is to get them out of poverty through golf and give a chance to all children in Ivory Coast no matter what their social level says one golf instructor

TEE TIME. This file photo taken on October 22, 2016 shows children playing golf at the golf course in Yamoussoukro, during an introduction day for children aiming to promote this sport in Ivory Coast. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

Ivory Coast to learn result of vote on new constitution

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Questions remain as to how large the turnout will have been and how legitimate the outcome will appear

An official of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) shows a document with the results following the counting of the votes for a referendum on a new constitution, at an CEI office on October 31, 2016, in Abidjan. Sia Kambou/AFP

Scuffles as Ivory Coast votes on divisive constitution

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The proposed new constitution would see the creation of the post of vice president but critics say it is simply a monarchistic tactic by President Alassane Ouattara

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara casts his vote in the ballot box, at a polling station in Abidjan, on October 30, 2016, during a vote for a referendum on a new constitution. Voters in Ivory Coast went to the polls on October 30, 2016 to determine the fate of constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help end years of instability and unrest linked to the vexed issue of national identity. / AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Sep 24, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The plight of Africa s rhino and elephants targeted for their horns and tusks is expected to dominate much of the 12 day meeting

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:52 AM

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

1 dead, several injured in shooting at Ivory Coast protest

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:56 PM

A hospital source says about 10 injured people were taken to hospital while one succumbed to his gunshot wounds

Singapore destroys tons of illegal ivory

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM

It is the first time seized ivory has been destroyed in Singapore

Workers prepare for the illegal ivory to be destroyed by a rock-crusher machinery in Singapore on June 13, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to the world s biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end murderous trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild

ON FIRE. This picture show stacks of Ivory burning at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

'King of Congolese rumba' Papa Wemba dies

Apr 25, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Papa Wemba one of Africa s greatest music stars dies Sunday after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast

PAPA WEMBA. Papa Wemba, aka the 'king of Congolese rumba,' died after collapsing during a set in the early hours of Sunday at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. This photo is a still from the music video for his song 'Yolele.' Screengrab from YouTube/Real World Records

Ivory Coast will not be 'intimidated by terrorists' – president

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:14 AM

The death toll in the country s first jihadist attack climbs to 18

AFTERMATH. Ivorian police cordoned off an area outside of the 'Etoile du Sud' hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 14, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA

Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack at Ivory Coast beach resort

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:16 AM

3rd UPDATE The attack bears grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June

A general view of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast March 13, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA

Malaysia customs seizes 159 kg in smuggled ivory

Mar 02, 2016 - 4:41 PM

It is the latest seizures in a country used as a key Asian transit point in the illegal trade

Seized elephant tusks are displayed during a press conference in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2016. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

'Powerful few' control ivory trafficking in Africa

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Scientists say only a few kingpins control the illegal trade based on DNA analysis done on ivory samples

epa04671483 Elephant tusks and ivory trinkets are piled up prior to being burned in a suburb of the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 March 2015. The Ethiopian government burned 6.1 tons of elephant tusks and ivory products confiscated over the last 20 years in an attempt to deter poaching and illegal ivory trafficking, becaming the second African nation to burn its ivory stockpile this year after Kenya. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Ivory Coast government resigns ahead of reshuffle

Jan 06, 2016 - 10:46 PM

President Alassane Ouattara thanks Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan for his competence leadership and action at the head of the government

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, speaks during a plenary session at the 2014 World Economic Forum. Duncan steps down as prime minister of Ivory Coast. File photo by EPA/Ruth McDowall

Philippine Catholic leaders urged to reject ivory

Nov 04, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The beauty of a work of art cannot justify the slaughter of wildlife the threat posed to biodiversity by poachers and traffickers says CBCP s Socrates Villegas

Illegal ivory seized in Vietnam

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:24 PM

There have been a number of campaigns to warn Vietnamese not to use products from endangered animals but they have had little success

Vietnamese flag. EPA/Stringer

Hong Kong ivory trade 'major threat' to elephant survival

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:28 PM

The report finds more than 30 800 items – mainly jewelry and figurines – for sale in 72 stores and estimated that over 90 of sales were to buyers from mainland China

Lupita Nyong'o joins fight to save Africa's elephants

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Lupita is the ambassador for conservation organization WildAid which engages celebrities to spread awareness of poaching and wildlife crime

epa04825034 Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, 30 June 2015. During the conference she announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with international conservation organization WildAid, as well as promote women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Activists demand Kenya probe after Asia ivory seizures

May 21, 2015 - 9:29 AM

This comes after authorities in Singapore say they have found a 3 7 ton haul worth an estimated 6 million

SEIZED. A handout picture released by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore on May 19, 2015 shows some of the nearly 1,800 pieces of raw ivory tusk, worth some USD 6 million, that were found hidden amongst tea leaves in two containers. AVA Singapore/EPA

Chocolate factory opens in cocoa king Ivory Coast

May 19, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Although the West African country has made cocoa its economic engine since it became independent from France in 1960 chocolate has not traditionally been part of national diets

SWEET TREATS. President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara (L) listens to Benjamain Bessie, the director general of the CEMOI Ivory Coast (C) as he explains the production of chocolate, during the inauguration of the French chocolate manufacturers CEMOI factory in Abidjan, on May 18, 2015. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ivory Coast bans skin whitening creams

May 07, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The ban affects whitening creams and lotions containing mercury and its derivatives cortisone vitamin A or more than two percent hydroquinine a lightening agent that is used to develop photographs

BANNED. Two men walk under a giant advertising placard of skin-lightening products in Abidjan on May 2, 2015. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors describe smugglers' abuse

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The men describe how the people smugglers operated a reign of terror while the migrants were held prior to embarkment in a disused building near Tripoli

Endangered Sumatran elephant found shot dead, tusks missing

Apr 15, 2015 - 5:20 PM

This is the first known case of elephant killing in Aceh this year

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. One of the 11 Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh in 2014. Photo by AFP

Ivory Coast's 'Iron Lady' Gbagbo jailed for 20 years

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo is also accused of disturbing public order and organizing armed gangs after her husband and his supporters rejected results of December 2010 presidential elections

Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo (2-R) is led under police custody into the Palace of Justice in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 23 February 2015. Legnan Koula/EPA

Trial opens of ICoast's onetime 'Iron Lady', Simone Gbagbo

Dec 26, 2014 - 8:50 PM

Gbagbo is being tried for her role in events leading to months of post election violence that left some 3 000 people dead and badly rattled the economy of the prosperous cocoa producing nation

TRIAL BEGINS. A file picture dated April 11, 2011 shows former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo (C-L) sitting with his wife Simone (C-R) in detention in a room of the Golf Hotel after their capture by forces loyal to Alassane Outtara in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. File photo by STR/EPA

Philippine crime lord enjoys jailhouse rock

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Colango who was able to buy his way into the world of the prison s top criminal kingpins used his time in prison to make himself a music star

Herbert C. Photo sourced by Rappler

Chinese officials 'on illegal African ivory buying sprees'

Nov 06, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Vendor in Tanzania: When the guest come the whole delegation that s then time when the business goes up

This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows illegally imported ivory products confiscated by Yunnan police in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. AFP photo

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Oct 24, 2014 - 8:44 PM

UPDATED A vaccine is not the magic bullet but when ready it may be a good part of the effort to turn the tide of the epidemic a World Health Organization official says

VACCINE. A WHO staff checks a package of vaccines as the first shipment of the experimental vaccine VSE-EBOV arrives at the Cantonal hospital HUG in Geneva, Switzerland. Handout photo from WHO/EPA

Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:14 PM

While nations like Ivory Coast Kenya and South Africa have well equipped hospitals with specialist units and high tech labs vast expanses of the continent remain health care deserts

Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

ICC confirms trial for Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:29 PM

No date has yet been set for the trial of Gbagbo on four counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed at the end of his 10 year rule over the troubled west African country

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Health workers death toll mounts in West Africa as Ebola spreads

Aug 31, 2014 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization voices concern about the unprecedented number of healthcare workers hit by the Ebola outbreak

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Meanwhile a second front opens up in Africa s struggle with Ebola after the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Tuesday it is preparing for a battle of at least three months

TO ISOLATION. A picture taken on August 25, 2014 in Monrovia shows nurses wearing a protective suit escorting a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia. Zoom Dosso/AFP

First WHO worker infected by Ebola, DR Congo reports cases

Aug 24, 2014 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED The death toll continues to mount despite military enforced quarantines of stricken districts while neighboring states have slammed shut their border crossings in hopes to keeping illness out

DAILY STRUGGLE. An Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. Carl de Souza/AFP

UN vows central role in fighting 'exceptional' Ebola epidemic

Aug 24, 2014 - 1:33 AM

Liberia is particularly hard hit by the epidemic accounting for almost half of the 1 427 deaths

INFO DRIVE. A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, 22 June 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa

Aug 12, 2014 - 6:54 AM

West African nations battling the tropical disease ramped up drastic containment measures that have caused transport chaos price hikes and food shortages

SCOREBOARD. Liberians read the Daily Talk chalk board on the Ebola outbreak situation in the capital Monrovia, Liberia, 09 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Ivory Coast bans all flights from Ebola-affected countries

Aug 11, 2014 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED The Côte d Ivoire government says it has banned all carriers from transporting passengers from Ebola hit areas It s also suspended flights from the national airline to and from such locations

Ebola-hit west Africa launches emergency plan

Aug 01, 2014 - 1:26 PM

The leaders of Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia and the Ivory Coast are launching a US 100 million joint plan to tackle the Ebola epidemic

EBOLA IS REAL. Liberian men walk past an Ebola banner at the Monrovia City Hall in Liberia, 31 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings – CITES

Jul 12, 2014 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED Bangkok is under additional pressure to report back by next January on the steps it has taken to bolster recent laws that CITES claims are insufficient

Smuggled elephant ivory price triples – conservationists

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Save the Elephants: The surge in the price of ivory is driving a wave of killing of elephants across Africa that shows little sign of abating

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

Thai ivory boom 'fuelling Africa elephant crisis'

Jul 02, 2014 - 9:42 PM

Thailand s out of control ivory market is driving Africa s elephant poaching crisis conservationists warn accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges