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Former Ivory Coast president taken into custody by International Criminal Court

November 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was taken into custody by the International Criminal Court today to face charges of murder, rape and other crimes allegedly committed by his supporters as he clung to power after last year’s elections. Continue Reading

From the Ivory Coast to Worthington

November 14, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Côte d’Ivoire native shares struggles in pursuit of the American dream
WORTHINGTON Twenty-three years ago, Leon Kouame was working in a factory repairing IBM typewriters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast), in West Africa. It was at a time when computers were starting to take over, and Kouame realized if he wanted to make more money, he needed to learn to work on them. Continue Reading

15 killed in Ivory Coast villages near Liberia

September 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Armed men from Liberia have killed at least 15 people in attacks on villages along the border over the last two days, Ivory Coast’s defense minister said today. Continue Reading

Ivory Coast president Ouattara: No knowledge of massacre

July 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ivory Coast’s president said he knows nothing about brutal killings committed by his forces the day after his inauguration and defended a senior officer accused of separate atrocities as one of the country’s best soldiers. Continue Reading

Ivory Coast report: Ouattara forces commit abuses

April 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s democratically elected president killed hundreds of civilians, raped his rival’s supporters and burned villages during an offensive launched in the country’s west, a human rights group said. Continue Reading

Gbagbo’s forces retaliate in Ivory Coast

April 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Forces supporting Ivory Coast’s entrenched strongman broke through the security perimeter imposed around the presidential compound Saturday, firing on French helicopters in an advance that appeared to breathe new life into Laurent Gbagbo’s camp, which had been teetering on the brink of defeat. Continue Reading

Official: Rebels close in on Ivory Coast capital

March 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A spokesman for Ivory Coast’s leader clinging to power called for a cease-fire as rebel forces backing the internationally recognized winner of the disputed election advanced toward the capital from three different directions today.
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Ivory Coast forces claim 5th town; crisis deepens

March 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Military officials loyal to Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president claimed today to have seized a fifth town in the country’s far west, amid a deepening political crisis. Continue Reading

4 killed in Ivory Coast after women honor dead

March 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In an act of bold defiance, thousands of women converged on the bloodstained pavement where seven of their sisters fell last week, even as the army backing this country’s rogue leader killed four more civilians. Continue Reading

World Bank freezes loans to troubled Ivory Coast

December 22, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

France urged its citizens to leave the West African country amid heightened U.N. concerns the nation faced a “real risk” of returning to civil war. Continue Reading