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African court says ex-Ivory Coast leader should be candidate

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights said Friday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should not be excluded from the list of candidates for the West African country’s Oct. 31 election. The Arusha-based court issued an order in which it...

In this UNTV image, Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of Burundi, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads-of-state, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

Sep. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:08 p.m. A U.N. panel says tax abuse, corruption and money laundering are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from governments that could help the world’s poor. A report from the high-level panel on International...

In this image made from UNTV video, Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d'Ivoire, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the “fifth horseman of the...

Former president Henri Konan Bedie, 86, gestures to supporters at a party rally to celebrate his presidential candidacy for the opposition PDCI-RDA party and as a show of strength ahead of next months presidential election, in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Bedie, who led the country from 1993-1999, and Pascal Affi N'Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party, are the two opposition leaders who pose the strongest threat to incumbent President Alassane Ouattara. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Ivory Coast opposition urges civil disobedience before vote

Sep. 20, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition candidate Henri Konan Bedie called Sunday for civil disobedience to take place nationwide to protest President Alassane Ouattara's quest for a third term, which his critics consider unconstitutional. The public declaration by Bedie ahead of the Oct. 31 vote raises the...

Former president Henri Konan Bedie, 86, speaks at a party rally to celebrate his presidential candidacy for the opposition PDCI-RDA party and as a show of strength ahead of next months presidential election, in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Bedie, who led the country from 1993-1999, and Pascal Affi N'Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party, are the two opposition leaders who pose the strongest threat to incumbent President Alassane Ouattara. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Thousands back Ivory Coast opposition candidate Bedie

Sep. 12, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters in Ivory Coast gathered Saturday in the city of Yamoussoukro to support Henri Konan Bedie becoming their candidate for the Oct. 31 presidential election. Bedie’s PDCI-RDA political party celebrated the 86-year-old former president with...

A wild elephant is prepared to be transported as part of operations carried out by authorities to catch and relocate wild elephants who have upset farming communities, in Guitry, Ivory Coast Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. An elephant who was named Hamed by the residents in the southern region of Ivory Coast has been captured and moved to the zoo in Abidjan as he awaits a transfer to an appropriate park, in an effort to save the dwindling population. (AP Photo)

Ivory Coast relocates elephants to save dwindling population

Sep. 11, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An elephant named Hamed by residents in a southern region of Ivory Coast has been captured and relocated to the zoo in Abidjan as he awaits transfer to a park where authorities hope he will have non-human company instead. Authorities are catching and relocating wild elephants...

A boy has his temperature taken as he arrives with others migrants at the Arguineguin port in Gran Canaria island, Spain, after being rescued in the Atlantic Ocean by emergency workers on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Migrants and asylum seekers are increasingly crossing a treacherous part of the Atlantic Ocean to reach the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago near West Africa, in what has become one of the most dangerous migration routes to European territory. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic

Sep. 2, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

FUERTEVENTURA, Spain (AP) — The only person who wasn’t crying on the boat was 2-year-old Noura. Noura’s mother, Hawa Diabaté, was fleeing her native Ivory Coast to what she believed was continental Europe. Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing...

A boy has his temperature taken as he arrives with others migrants at the Arguineguin port in Gran Canaria island, Spain, after being rescued in the Atlantic Ocean by emergency workers on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Migrants and asylum seekers are increasingly crossing a treacherous part of the Atlantic Ocean to reach the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago near West Africa, in what has become one of the most dangerous migration routes to European territory. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic

Sep. 2, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

FUERTEVENTURA, Spain (AP) — Migrants are increasingly crossing a treacherous part of the Atlantic Ocean to reach the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago near West Africa, in what has become one of the most dangerous routes to European territory. About 4,000 people have survived the perilous journey this...

FILE— This is a Sept. 21, 2010 file photo of Guinea president Alpha Conde at the People's Hall in Conakry, Guinea. The West African nation of Guinea is defying the coronavirus pandemic to hold a controversial referendum on Sunday March 22, 2020, that could allow the president to stay longer in power.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay, FILE)

Guinea president to seek 3rd term despite opposition

Aug. 31, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean President Alpha Conde's party announced on state television late Monday that he will seek another term in office, becoming the second West African leader this month to say term limits don't apply when there is a new constitution in place. The announcement sets the stage for...

Supporters of ex-Ivory Coast president submit his candidacy

Aug. 31, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Supporters of Ivory Coast’s ex-president Laurent Gbagbo have submitted his documents to the electoral commission to get him registered as a candidate in the October elections, although his name had already been removed from the list of candidates. The head of the EDI...