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West Africa's Ecowas gives Mali junta leaders ultimatum

West African leaders met in Ivory Coast on Thursday after abandoning plans to meet with junta leaders in Bamako, the Malian capital.

West African leaders abandon Mali mission

A mission to Mali by four West African presidents seeking to restore the country's democratically elected government was aborted today after the plane carrying the heads of state turned around mid-air due to security concerns.

Laurent Gbagbo makes first appearance at International Criminal Court

The 30-minute session was to establish Gbagbo's identity and that he fully understood the charges against him.

Laurent Gbagbo: Ivory Coast's former president in custody in The Hague

"Mr. Gbagbo is the first to be brought to account, there is more to come," promised ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Nestle to act on child labor at Ivory Coast cocoa farms

Child labor remains a problem on the cocoa farms that supply Nestle's factories, despite the company having signed onto a US protocol aimed at stamping out the practice.

Ivory Coast: Ouattara works to heal rifts

ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is working to heal the country's divisions and boost the economy, but hurdles to peace and security remain. 

All is not well in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN — Two months after the last pro-Gbagbo fighters fled to neighboring Liberia and Ghana, life in Ivory Coast appears on the surface to be back to normal. But not all is as it seems.

Ivory Coast: New commission to probe abuses

President Alassane Ouattara announces a national commission to investigate crimes, vows to prosecute both sides.
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Ivory coast President Alassane Ouattara, right, and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, left, shake hands after the first cabinet meeting since a new government was announced two days before, at Abidjan's Presidential Palace on June 3, 2011. The government faces the tough task of reconciling a country torn apart by the violence, especially in the west, where more than a million people were killed in the post-election crisis, according to the United Nations. (Sia Kambou /AFP/Getty Images)

How is Ivory Coast going to pull itself together?

After five months of near civil war, President Alassane Ouattara has the challenge of bringing the country together and getting its democracy to function and its economy to return to being one of West Africa's most prosperous.

It's clear the country needs a full reconciliation process such as what South Africa did after apartheid. Ouattara has taken the first step by announcing his government will establish a national commission to investigate crimes committed during recent months of violence in which 3,000 people were killed.

The new body will "shed light on all the human rights violations committed during the post-electoral crisis," a government spokesperson said. Both Ouattara's forces and those loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo are accused of atrocities and Ouattara has vowed that all abuses will be punished.

Ouattara was sworn in in April after five months of conflict following the disputed presidential polls last November.

The decision to create an investigative body was made at a cabinet meeting, according to government spokesman Bruno Nabagne Kone.

Human Rights Watch charged Wednesday that Ouattara's authorities were only investigating abuses committed by Gbagbo's fighters.

The violence in Ivory Coast was triggered by the refusal of Gbagbo to accept defeat at the polls and to peacefully cede power and accept Ouattara's victory in presidential elections last November.


France shows its hawkish side in Libya, Ivory Coast

PARIS — When Sarkozy saw the chance to exercise French leadership, especially after U.S. President Barack Obama’s initial reluctance to intervene in Libya, he took it.

Ivory Coast: What kind of justice?

NAIROBI — Gunfire continued in Abidjan amid growing evidence of reprisal killings. Both sides are accused of atrocities.
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