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April 7, 2011
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Heavy arms fire rang out yesterday near the home of the country's strongman who remained holed up in an underground bunker, as forces backing his rival assaulted the residence to try to force him out, diplomats said. Forces protecting Laurent Gbagbo appeared to rally last night, pushing back the armed group fighting to install democratically elected president Alassane Ouattara. A spokesman for Ouattara's fighters said their forces breached the gates of the ruler's compound, only to be repelled by heavy arms fire, but were "preparing for a second assault.
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April 7, 2011 | By Rukmini Callimachi and Marco Chown Oved, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Even after air strikes pounded holes in his garden, even after fighters encircled his home and stormed the gates, Laurent Gbagbo did not budge Wednesday from the bunker where he remains holed up. The finale of Gbagbo's 10-year claim on Ivory Coast is playing out much like the beginning. The 65-year-old strongman, who made an art of staying in power years past the end of his legal mandate, is now pushing the envelope, fighting for each day, even each hour. "He will not surrender," said Meite Sindou, a defense spokesman for Alassane Ouattara, the man recognized worldwide as the democratically elected president of Ivory Coast.
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December 12, 2011 | By Laura Burke, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast's second national election in 11 years drew little voter interest Sunday, a stark contrast to last year's massive turnout in a presidential vote that sent the West African nation spiraling into violence. The parliamentary election, the first the country has had since 2000, saw voters trickling into polling stations in the commercial capital, the scene of months of violence after former strongman Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his loss in last year's vote.
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September 25, 2011 | By Laura Burke, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Looters stormed Ivory Coast's national museum during the bloody political crisis earlier this year, plundering nearly $8.5 million worth of art, including the institution's entire gold collection. Five months later, the museum's gates still open and close at the posted hours, but empty display cases gather dust. A lone set of elephant tusks sits in the dark in the main exposition room. Staffer Oumar Gbane now spends his days making a handwritten inventory of what was stolen, since his computer was among the items taken.
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March 22, 1989 | By JONATHAN POWER
There were chickens in the aisle of the bus, children asleep in the gangway, babes at the breast of women in bright red shawls. But at the stops, there were also videos in color with the loud music of African songs and dances, followed by grisly French and American war films. This was the bus, racing at 100 kilometers an hour down the four-lane highway from Abidjan, the metropolis of two million people, to Yamoussoukro, the country capital President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's hometown.
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June 7, 1988 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The merry, free-wheeling spirit of Les Guirivoires is what makes this dance company from the Ivory Coast special, and a special treat. Dance troupes from Africa sometimes tend toward the anthropological, an approach that ends up undermining the good-neighbor vibrations they hope to foster. Les Guirivoires, which performed last night at the International House as part of the Movement Theater International Festival, didn't give a hoot - in spirit at least - about myth and ritual.
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April 6, 2011 | By Rukmini Callimachi and Marco Chown Oved, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Surrounded by troops backing Ivory Coast's democratically elected leader, strongman Laurent Gbagbo huddled Tuesday with his family in a bunker and played his final hand, trying to wrest last-ditch concessions as he negotiated the terms of his surrender. Down the hill from his luxurious compound, dozens of Gbagbo's soldiers were seen entering a church where they stripped off their uniforms and abandoned their weapons. Earlier, Gbagbo's three top generals said they had ordered their men to stop fighting, the United Nations said in a statement.
NEWS
January 2, 2013 | By Inza Bakayoko, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year's fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast's main city, killing 61 people - many of them children and teenagers - and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said. Thousands had gathered at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan's Plateau district to see the fireworks. It was only the second New Year's Eve fireworks display since peace returned to this West African nation after a bloody upheaval over presidential elections put the nation on the brink of civil war and turned this city into a battle zone.
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April 13, 2011 | Associated Press
The young man in civilian clothes didn't have the right answers for troops loyal to Alassane Ouattara and they suspected he was a fighter backing his rival for the Ivory Coast presidency. So one of the soldiers kicked the man in the teeth. Fifteen minutes later, an Associated Press reporter saw his body, the chest torn open by bullets, dumped outside the western town of Guiglo. Reprisal killings erupted as Ouattara's fighters made a lightning assault to force his rival Laurent Gbagbo from power.
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August 18, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
His mother, a chemical scientist at McNeil in Fort Washington, grew up in Uganda. His father is an economist in his native Ivory Coast. So what exactly was their 6-7, 290-pound son doing Tuesday morning in Villanova Stadium at football practice, being watched by several NFL scouts on another steamy day? It was the summer of sixth grade when he went to visit a friend in North Carolina, where he lived before moving to Ambler. He saw his friend playing football and, "I was, like, 'Mom, I want to play football.' " Certainly, Villanova senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon looked very much like a football player even then.
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May 13, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
INTO THE UNKNOWN the stowaway from West Africa fled, into the dark recesses of a ship where his name was not on the roster. For days on end he lay hidden in a shipment of cocoa beans destined for Philadelphia. Perhaps he, too, felt destined for our city. But whatever hopes and dreams the stowaway carried on his voyage won't be fulfilled. Yesterday, the stowaway was found dead on board the SIAN C, a merchant ship sailing under the British flag that had been docked in South Philadelphia since Friday, said Stephen Sapp, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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May 13, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
He wore size 12 boots. He liked milk and cookies. And he hoped to survive a sea journey of more than 5,000 miles from Africa to Philadelphia, hidden inside a cargo-ship container filled with bags of cocoa beans. He didn't make it. The man's name remains unknown, but the discovery of his body, beside a backpack that contained small provisions, provoked a multiagency response Monday at Pier 84 in the 2400 block of Columbus Boulevard, just south of the moored and rusting SS United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2013
YOU KNOW how some teenagers clam up and go mum around adults? Often, it's because they're told to be quiet - that their feelings don't matter. That wasn't the case for Overbrook's Sojourner Ahebee. She lives in a home that prizes self-expression. Her mother, Octavia McBride, is a poet. So, when Sojourner, who was born in West Africa's Ivory Coast, was homesick for her native country, McBride would tell her daughter, again and again, "Put it in a poem. " Last month, Sojourner was among five students named 2013 National Student Poets.
SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rob Moore's instructions fell on deaf ears. His Ben Franklin boys' soccer team was ahead by five goals, and it would win by seven, but the coach needed one of his defenders to stay disciplined. The player didn't, and Moore was exasperated. He turned and asked his assistant, Moussa Fane, why no one listens. One reason is that, like the Nigerian defender, some of his players have trouble understanding him. And most have never actually played organized soccer before. Moore coaches a team of 17 immigrants.
SPORTS
August 14, 2013 | By Elliott Denman, For The Inquirer
MOSCOW - English Gardner led the field out of the starting blocks in the women's 100-meter final on Monday night, as she had done in Sunday's preliminaries and Sunday night's semifinals. But the South Jersey sprint star faded to a fourth-place finish in 10.97 seconds at the 14th World Track and Field Championships. Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce blasted to victory in 10.71, while Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure (10.93) and U.S. teammate Carmelita Jeter (10.94) edged past Gardner in the final strides at Luzhniki Stadium.
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January 3, 2013 | By Inza Bakayoko, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Survivors of a stampede in Ivory Coast that killed 61 people, most of them children and teenagers, after a New Year's Eve fireworks display said Wednesday that makeshift barricades stopped them from moving along a main boulevard, causing the crush of people. Ivory Coast police said that unknown people put tree trunks across the Boulevard de la Republique where the trampling took place. "For security, because there were so many important people at the event, we closed certain main streets," said a police officer who was overheard briefing Ivory Coast President Alassane Outtara on the incident.
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January 2, 2013 | By Inza Bakayoko, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year's fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast's main city, killing 61 people - many of them children and teenagers - and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said. Thousands had gathered at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan's Plateau district to see the fireworks. It was only the second New Year's Eve fireworks display since peace returned to this West African nation after a bloody upheaval over presidential elections put the nation on the brink of civil war and turned this city into a battle zone.
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November 20, 2012 | By Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - The victims were rounded up at their homes, at work or while out having drinks. Taken without explanation to military camps overflowing with prisoners, they were deprived of food and beaten routinely with belts, clubs and guns and released only after their families paid substantial sums of money. A report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch accuses Ivory Coast's military of undertaking a swift, brutal, and illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest and detention in response to some of the most significant violence since last year's election crisis.
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October 27, 2012
Iranian activists win EU award TEHRAN, Iran - The European Union gave its most prestigious human-rights award on Friday to two convicted Iranian activists, the imprisoned lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and the formerly imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which has previously gone to international figures such as Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, comes at a time of deepening tensions between Iran and the West.
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