- Obama voices concern to Lebanon on Hezbollah role in Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told his Lebanese counterpart on Monday he was concerned about Lebanese Hezbollah militants fighting in Syria to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said. Obama and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman spoke by telephone the same day Syrian activists said about 30 Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to Assad had been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair. Lebanon has maintained a policy of "dissociation" from Syria's 2-year-old conflict. ...
- Massacre suspect held in Ivory Coast
The authorities in Ivory Coast arrest militia leader Amade Oueremi, suspected of one of the worst massacres during 2011 post-election violence.
- Ivory Coast arrests militia chief accused over massacre
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Authorities in Ivory Coast on Saturday arrested a militia leader accused of participating in one of the worst massacres committed during the West African nation's post-election violence in 2011, a military official and witness said. Some 3,000 people were killed in the brief armed conflict that broke out after incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refused to acknowledge defeat at the hands of his rival Alassane Ouattara in a run-off poll in late 2010. ...
- Ivory Coast army arrests militia leader
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Officials in Ivory Coast say the military has detained a militia leader accused of grave crimes during the country's 2010-11 postelection violence whose forces had been illegally occupying a national park.
- U.N. chief appoints former Dutch minister to head Mali mission
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed former Dutch development minister Albert Gerard Koenders as U.N. special envoy for Mali and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country. Ban said Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane of Niger would replace Koenders as head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast. Souleymane is currently deputy envoy for the African Union and U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Koenders was the Dutch minister for development cooperation between 2007 and 2010 before he took up the Ivory Coast role in 2011. ...
- Former Dutch minister Koenders to be named U.N. Mali envoy: diplomats
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former Dutch development minister Gerard Koenders will be named U.N. special envoy for Mali and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country, where Islamist militants hijacked a revolt by Tuareg rebels, diplomats said on Wednesday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to the U.N. Security Council to notify the 15 members of his intention to appoint Koenders, who is currently head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, council diplomats said. ...
- Security forces tear gas protesters in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Witnesses said security forces in Ivory Coast used tear gas to disperse hundreds of students demonstrating against poor conditions at the country's largest university on Monday.
- Ivory Coast inflation rises to 3.9 pct in April
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Year-on-year consumer price inflation in Ivory Coast rose to 3.9 percent in April from 3.6 percent in March, figures from the National Statistics Institute showed on Monday. The monthly report showed food and soft drink prices climbed 4.8 percent, utility prices rose 2.9 percent and communication costs fell 0.3 percent. Healthcare prices declined 1.7 percent and transport prices increased 2.1 percent. Ivory Coast's economy makes up around 40 percent of the eight-nation West African CFA franc currency zone.
- Abraaj private equity sees promise in post-war Ivory Coast
By Tosin Sulaiman CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) - Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital plans to make its first investment in Ivory Coast this year as the West African country rebuilds after a civil war, executives said on Thursday. The company, with $7.5 billion in assets under management, is also looking at opportunities in Africa's health and education sectors, partners Davinder Sikand and Jacob Kholi told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa. ...
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