Ivory Coast, the world`s top cocoa producer whose economy was battered by a low-level civil war and ensuing political unrest, should see double-digit growth this year, Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan told AFP.
The US ambassador to South Korea left a Seoul hospital on Tuesday, five days after he was slashed by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist with a history of violent protest, causing wounds that required 80 stitches to the envoy`s face.
Simone Gbagbo, Ivory Coast`s former first lady, on Monday rejected charges of rebellion and xenophobia, in her first public statements at a trial over her role in a conflict that erupted after a contested 2010 election.
As members of Ivory Coast`s football team became national heroes with their dramatic Africa Cup of Nations victory, President Alassane Ouattara has moved to turn their popularity into a political scoring opportunity of his own.
A million ecstatic Ivorians flocked to the streets of Abidjan Monday to welcome home the national football squad after its nail-biting victory over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final, police said.
Two African football heavyweights seek to put decades of disappointment behind them when they clash in the African Nations Cup final on Sunday. Neighbours Ghana and the Ivory Coast have been perennial contenders but it was 23 years ago that one of them got to lift the trophy -- the Ivorians, ironically, beating Ghana in a marathon penalty shootout after a goalless draw in the final.