- French bid to disarm African militias a challenge
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — In just the last three years in Africa, French forces pummeled Moammar Gadhafi's troops, helped topple Ivory Coast's holdout ex-president and ousted al-Qaida-linked militants from the rocky Malian desert.
- Mandela: Shining light for Turkey's Kurds
To the Kurds of Turkey, Nelson Mandela was a source of inspiration for their own struggle -- a freedom fighter who was jailed in isolation like their own leader. Turkey's leaders hailed Mandela as a "great statesman" and a "legendary leader", although Ankara is sending a low-level official to his memorial on Tuesday, in contrast to many world governments who are sending heads of state or top royals. And two international Ivorian players have been threatened with disciplinary action by the Turkish Football Federation for wearing T-shirts paying homage to Mandela after a match on Friday. But dozens of Twitter users reacted by accusing the football authorities of "fascism".
- Nigeria, Ghana face tough World Cup path
Nigeria insist they have drawn a fair first round group for the World Cup, but Ghana admitted they face a battle against Germany, Portugal and United States. The Ivory Coast enjoyed better luck in Friday's draw with Africa's other flag bearers, Algeria and Cameroon, the dark horses in their respective groups. African champions Nigeria have said they are hopeful of reaching the knockout stage in Brazil after they were drawn against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.
- UN wants end to impunity for ICoast's 'Dozo' killers
The UN operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) on Friday called for an end to the impunity enjoyed by 'Dozos', traditional hunters linked to the Ivorian regime who have killed hundreds of people in the past four years. In a report, the mission said Dozos were responsible for multiple human rights violations, "including extrajudicial killings and summary executions, illegal arrest and detentions, looting and extortions," according to a UN statement. Eugene Nindorera, heading up UNOCI's human rights unit, said it was believed there were "many more victims" than those counted. Dozos, who come from the north of Ivory Coast, fought in the rebellion that brought fellow northerner Alassane Ouattara to power as president in 2011, five months after contested 2010 elections that triggered violence killing 3,000 people.
- Africa must lower risk to spur banking growth: Ecobank CEO
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Africa can expect increased competition in its banking sector as new players are attracted by the continent's economic potential, Ecobank's chief executive said, but governments must do their part to lower perceived risk. Interest has grown in Africa, home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, as investors seek new frontier market opportunities. Thierry Tanoh, CEO of the pan-African lender, said he expected banks in South Africa and North Africa to become increasingly aggressive in the battle for market share. However, in order to fully harness the new momentum, he said Africa must shake off a bad, and largely undeserved, reputation as a minefield of risk.
- Toure in line to retain CAF award
Abuja (AFP) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was on Thursday in line for another accolade, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced its shortlist for African Footballer of the Year.
- Toure double inspires rare City away win
West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Yaya Toure scored twice as Manchester City claimed only their second Premier League away win of the season by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 on Wednesday. An early strike from Sergio Aguero and two goals for Yaya Toure, including a second-half penalty saw City to a victory at The Hawthorns which kept them six points adrift of leaders Arsenal. However the night, ended on a disappointing note for the visitors as goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon scored an own-goal and Victor Anichebe reduced the arrears in the last five minutes. But City made light of the late start and began the game at speed with Samir Nasri shooting just wide within seconds.
- Ivory Coast denies sending hit squads to target opponents
Ivory Coast on Monday denied a United Nations report that it sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former president Laurent Gbagbo, who was forced to cede power in 2011 after a post-election crisis. "(The report) itself says the experts are not in a position to independently verify the information given by the Ghanaian government," he said. "President Alassane Ouattara has been in power for two and a half years now," he added. The report, obtained Sunday by AFP, says Ghana's government told UN sanctions experts they had "foiled" at least two missions this year by Ivory Coast agents to kill or abduct Gbagbo associates.
- Yaya Toure wins 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday. It was the fifth straight year the Manchester City star had made the shortlist but the first time he'd taken the award. "Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who love me a lot," said Toure in a BBC statement. He held off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund), Victor Moses (Nigeria and Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), John Obi Mikel (Nigeria and Chelsea), and Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso and Rennes).
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