Ivory Coast

Fans of the Coupé-Décalé musical genre were mourning the death of African pop artist DJ Arafat, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The Ivory Coast has officially banned skin-whitening creams because of health concerns. CNN reports that the country’s health minister said that “cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams… that de-pigment the skin… are now forbidden.” The skin lightening creams—used extensively in Africa, the Caribbean, America, and many Asian countries—have been linked to cancer, diabetes, and severe skin conditions reports the […]

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ivory Coast’s ex-president appeared at the International Criminal Court on Monday, the first former head of state to face judges at the world’s first permanent war crimes court. Laurent Gbagbo vowed to fight the charges against him. Gbagbo, 66, was calm and smiled at supporters in the public gallery as […]

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged with four crimes against humanity and taken into custody by the International Criminal Court. He is the first former head of state charged by the court since it was established in 2002. A filing posted on the court’s website early Wednesday says […]

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Ivory Coast’s strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence Tuesday, defiantly maintaining he won the election four months ago even as troops backing the internationally recognized winner encircled the home. Gbagbo’s comments by telephone to France’s LCI television came as French officials and a diplomat […]

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A youth leader who backs the president clinging to power in Ivory Coast has called on people to chase out foreigners from their neighborhoods, while the U.N. expressed alarm about a “disturbing escalation” in violence in recent days.

JOHANNESBURG  — Activists say some of the cocoa in your Valentine’s Day chocolate probably came from a West African country where the president is clinging to office.