| Africatime
Sunday 22 January 2017
(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday. The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals. Later, Renard's Morocco came from behind to defeat Togo 3-1 at the same venue with Aziz Bouhaddouz, Romain Saiss and Youssef En-nesyri netting after Mathieu Dossevi had opened the scoring. DR Congo are top of Group C with four points and know a draw with Togo in their...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Defending champions the Ivory Coast had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday in a lively Africa Cup of Nations clash. The result in northern Gabonese town Oyem kept the Congolese top of Group C with four points from two matches followed by the Ivorians with two. Togo have one point and Morocco, their opponents later Friday in the second match of a double-header, are pointless. Neeskens Kebano and Junior Kabananga scored for the Congolese and Wilfried Bony and captain Geoffrey Serey Die were the Ivorian scorers.
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
Political risk seems to be hounding bond investors wherever they go. In Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cocoa, a mutiny in the army has destabilized the government, sending its debt to the world’s worst performance. President Alassane Ouattara’s grip on the 40,000-member armed forces appeared to be slipping, with many soldiers who helped to bring him to power in 2011 saying he has failed to deliver the promised pay bonuses or improve their living conditions. Moses Mozart Dzawu
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Ivory Coast's government on Wednesday pleaded for calm as deadly protests by angry security forces and troops spread across the country, shutting down the main port of Abidjan. In a bid to quell the rising unrest, which on Tuesday left four soldiers dead, the government pledged to improve the troops' livelihoods. "Nothing can be done so long as there is chaos," Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said after a cabinet meeting over the crisis. He called the growing tension "alarming", adding...
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
The International Tribunal sitting on the case between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will determine the case before the end of 2017. A press release issued on the ITLOS website said the date was fixed after Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire had filed their memorials and responses, respectively. The statement indicated that preliminary issues on whether or not Ghana should be stopped from all activities at the disputed area were resolved in April 2015. The dispute was submitted by way of a...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Two mutinous soldiers were killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as troops staged protests in several cities, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. The soldiers' deaths in Yamoussoukro were the first since a revolt among troops over pay erupted on January 5, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. One soldier was "killed by the (loyalist) Republican Guard" in Yamoussoukro, a military source told AFP. The Republican Guard is an elite military force linked to...
(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Cocoa shippers in Ivory Coast halted exports after gendarmes disrupted operations at the West African nation’s largest port in the second day of renewed unrest among military personnel, according to a person familiar with the matter. The disruptions in the world’s biggest cocoa producer occurred at the port in the commercial capital, Abidjan, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not allowed to speak publicly. Gendarmes who usually guard entrances closed some gates, the person...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has rejected offers from Chinese Super League clubs that would have paid the Ivorian around £430,000 a week ($533,000), reports said on Tuesday. Toure is out of contract at the end of the season and has been approached by clubs from China who have been splashing on a host of star signings in recent months. The 33-year-old is said to have been the subject of interest from China last year. He snubbed those offers and...
(Ghana Web 01/18/17)
Hearing of the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean has been scheduled for hearing from February 6 to 16, 2017. The President of the Special Chamber constituted to deal with the dispute, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, will preside over the hearing. Other members of the panel are judges Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany and Jin-Hyun Paik of the Republic of Korea. Ad hoc judges Thomas Mensah, Ghana, and Ronny Abraham,...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Elite loyalist troops from Ivory Coast on Tuesday killed a mutinous soldier in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, a military source said. The soldier's death was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in second city Bouake on January 5. That mutiny ended in an agreement last week with the government, and soldiers involved in the initial protests started receiving their payments Tuesday. Enraged that they were excluded from the deal, other troops took to the streets of Yamoussoukro and...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Mutinous soldiers took to the streets of Ivory Coast's administrative capital Yamoussoukro and second city Bouake, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, witnesses and an AFP journalist said Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car repair shop in Yamoussoukro. Several residents of the central city confirmed his report. "I decided to go home," resident Koffi Germain said. "We're hiding, there's a lot of shooting," a civil...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast's mutinous soldiers took to the streets in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, several witnesses told AFP on Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car repair shop in Yamoussoukro. Several residents of the central city confirmed his report. "I decided to go home," resident Koffi Germain said. "We're hiding, there's a lot of shooting," a civil servant told AFP on...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast made a disappointing start to their Africa Cup of Nations title defence Monday when held 0-0 by lowest Group C seeds Togo in Gabonese town Oyem. Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier came close to breaking the deadlock with two minutes remaining, heading a cross narrowly wide in a match that failed to sparkle. The result maintained a trend of stalemates in the 2017 tournament, which kicked off two days ago, with four of the first five matches failing...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Defending champions the Ivory Coast and Morocco on Monday became just the latest strongly fancied teams to fail to deliver at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Ivorians were held 0-0 by Togo -- 21 places below them in the African rankings -- after a duel that produced little excitement for a small crowd in the northern town of Oyem. Morocco, also considered potential champions under twice Africa Cup-winning coach Herve Renard, paid for a goalkeeping blunder as...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Ivory Coast's former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan was sworn in Monday as the west African nation's first vice president, taking up a post created under constitutional changes approved in November. At a ceremony in the presidential palace, Duncan, 73, pledged to work with President Alassane Ouattara to "help Ivory Coast become an emerging nation by 2020". Duncan was named vice-president last week, after he and his government resigned following legislative elections in December in the world's top cocoa producer. He was replaced by Amadou Gon Coulibaly as the new prime minister.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the government late on Friday resolving a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers said. There was no confirmation of the deal from the government, and it was not immediately evident that the terms had been accepted by the rank and file, who took to the streets in Bouake, the second largest city, and other locations on Friday. Soldiers, most of...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Yaya Toure is adamant Manchester City can still end the season as Premier League champions even after a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Everton left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Sunday's reverse at Goodison Park prompted City manager Pep Guardiola to put an end to his side's title hopes by saying top spot was now out of the question. "The first one, yeah," said Guardiola when asked if finishing top of the table was no longer possible. "The first one...

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