Mali kills three jihadis in Ivorian-backed operation: Security sources

 Malian soldiers killed three jihadis Wednesday during a search operation backed by Ivorian and United Nations troops at the site of an attack near its southern border, security sources said.

Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens Ivory Coast and Mauritania

 Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.

`Obscene` Gervinho requests scupper Emirati deal
`Obscene` Gervinho requests scupper Emirati deal

Requests by Gervinho for a helicopter and a private beach as part of the deal that would take him from Roma to Al-Jazira were described as `obscene` by the Emirati club, according to reports on Tuesday.

Gunmen attack village in southern Mali

Armed men attacked a village in the southern Mali region of Sikasso close to the border with Ivory Coast on Sunday, defence ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone told Reuters.

Yaya Toure aspires to be Manchester City's 'Paolo Maldini'
Yaya Toure aspires to be Manchester City's 'Paolo Maldini'

Midfielder Yaya Toure wants to end his football career at Manchester City -- and become the English Premier League (EPL) side's answer to Italian club AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.

Thousands rally against I Coast president

 Between 3,000 and 5,000 people demonstrated in Abidjan on Saturday against Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, the sole declared candidate for an October presidential vote, police and organisers said.

Germany, Norway advance to knockout round at Women`s World Cup
Germany, Norway advance to knockout round at Women`s World Cup

Favourites Germany beat Thailand 4-0 to advance to the knockout rounds of the Women`s World Cup as Group B leaders ahead of Norway who secured their berth by beating Ivory Coast 3-1 on Monday.

Armed Ivorians occupy Liberian forest

Armed men have crossed into Liberia from Ivory Coast and occupied an area of forest, spreading alarm in the remote border region, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern Mali

Suspected jihadists killed a policeman in a rare attack on a town near Mali`s southern border with Ivory Coast on Wednesday, government sources told AFP.

Women's World Cup: Germany, Norway humiliate newcomers
Women's World Cup: Germany, Norway humiliate newcomers

Former champions Germany and Norway got off to winning starts at the women`s World Cup on Sunday as newcomers Ivory Coast and Thailand took a battering.

Leaky tax codes to cost West Africa $56 billion by 2018: Group

Leaky tax administration could result in the loss of an estimated $56 billion dollars for West African governments over six years, potentially costing them as much as they receive in foreign aid, according to a study released on Friday.

Didier Drogba announces last Chelsea game
Didier Drogba announces last Chelsea game

 Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba has announced that the Premier League game at home to Sunderland later on Sunday will be the final appearance of his second spell at the club.

Liberia struggles with violence along insecure Ivory Coast border

In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues.

Ivory Coast opposition picks presidential candidate

Ivory Coast`s main opposition, the Ivorian Popular Front of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, on Friday chose party chief Pascal Affi N`Guessan as its candidate in presidential elections in October.

Ivory Coast sports minister sacked over CAN bonus row
Ivory Coast sports minister sacked over CAN bonus row

A row over unpaid Africa Cup of Nations winning bonuses estimated at around one million euros cost Ivory Coast sports minister Alain Lobognon his job on Wednesday.

Body found on freighter from Africa docked in Philadelphia

Authorities say workers in Philadelphia unloading cocoa beans from a freighter from West Africa have found the body of a presumed stowaway in the cargo hold.

Eight-year-old smuggled to Spain in suitcase: Police

Police found an eight-year-old Ivorian boy hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spanish territory in north Africa, an official said on Friday.

Ivorian ex-fighters exiled in Liberia fear reprisals at home

Four years after Alassane Ouattara took power in Ivory Coast amid post-election violence that left thousands dead, exiles who fought him tooth and nail yearn to return but fear bloody reprisals.

Ivory Coast`s former rebels cling to their weapons

"This, I won`t hand over," growls Etienne, a former fighter in Ivory Coast who helped President Alassane Ouattara to power in 2011, clutching his rusty Kalashnikov tightly.

I.Coast`s Ouattara nominated to seek re-election as president

The ruling coalition in Ivory Coast on Saturday nominated incumbent President Alassane Ouattara for re-election in October`s presidential poll as the country seeks to move on from years of political turmoil.