| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(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 the presidency. A source close to the defence ministry confirmed the death, although the precise circumstances of the incident remained unclear. Another died of injuries after he was shot, military sources said. The latest wave of protests came after a...
(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 said on Wednesday. “Gendarmes are firing in the air,” Ibrahim Traore, who works near the port, said by phone. “They are shooting at the port’s gendarmerie station.” Aboubacar Ouattara, a spokesman for the port, didn’t immediately respond to calls and...
(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 gave the same response when he was contacted again once the winter transfer window opened this month because he would prefer to continue playing in England, the BBC and other British media said. It remains unclear whether City, who signed...
(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, France, were selected by Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, respectively, per the rules of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). Read: Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire for arbitration over maritime boundary Press release A press release issued on the...
(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 China to ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017 offers a glimmer of real optimism in the fight against elephant poaching," Sebunya said in a statement issued in Nairobi The Chinese authority in December 2016 announced the...
(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 Bouake Tuesday, firing into the air and terrifying residents. "The mutinous soldier was killed by the Republican Guard in front of their camp" in Yamoussoukro, the military source said on condition of anonymity.
(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 servant told AFP on condition of anonymity. In Bouake, an AFP journalist saw soldiers firing into the air. They were enraged that other troops who mutinied in the city earlier this month had started to receive better pay. Fearing for...
(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 condition of anonymity. Earlier this month, soldiers in Ivory Coast's second city Bouake mutinied, firing rocket-launchers and terrifying residents, while demanding bonuses, better pay and housing. Their protest spread to other cities, including the economic capital Abidjan, stoking security fears...
(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 to produce a winner. "It is not the start that we would have liked," admitted Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer, who succeeded French Ligue 1-bound Herve Renard after the 2015 triumph. "We were warned (outsiders Zimbabwe holding Algeria Sunday), but...
(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 they fell 1-0 to the Democratic Republic of Congo. DR Congo, whose last of two Cup of Nations triumphs came 43 years ago, surprisingly top Group C after the first round with three points. Ivory Coast and Togo have one...
(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 problems. They design medical equipment and devices, artificial internal organs or synthetic body parts. In Africa, the profession is relatively new-just about 10 years old in Uganda, it has been in existence in the developed world for nearly half a...
(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 them former rebel fighters, launched a revolt in Bouake a week ago that rapidly gained momentum in the world's top cocoa grower until the government was forced to yield to the mutineers' demands after two days. But the soldiers said...
(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 is a 10-point gap and that is a lot of course. The second one is three points, so we have to see," added the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss after the heaviest league loss of his managerial career. Yet...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
Ivory Coast's government and rebel troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said late Friday at the close of a tense day which saw outbreaks of gunfire at barracks across the country. Soldiers in Bouake mutinied earlier this month, firing rocket-launchers and terrifying residents of Ivory Coast's second largest city, while demanding bonuses, better pay and housing. The protests then spread to other cities, including the economic capital Abidjan, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. The mutiny saw President Alassane Ouattara order major changes in the top security ranks -- the armed forces' chief of staff, the senior commander of the national gendarmerie and the director-general of the police. "A deal has...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
The 15-nation ECOWAS West African bloc will ask the UN Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to the Gambia if its longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down, a UN envoy said Friday. Mohamed Ibn Chambas said a delegation of ECOWAS leaders to Banjul were to make clear to Jammeh that they were prepared to use force to ensure a handover of power to president-elect Adama Barrow. "They plan to leave no doubt about the determination of ECOWAS to use all necessary means, including force, to have the will of the Gambian people upheld," Chambas told the Security Council. "Should this be deemed necessary, ECOWAS intends to seek the endorsement of the AU Peace and Security Commission...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
Yaya Toure suggests Manchester City can forget about winning the Premier League this season if they fail to beat Everton this weekend. The Ivorian veteran's assertion that City have no more room for error appears to be shared by his team-mates judging by the performances in their first two matches of 2017. They overcame the sending off of Fernandinho -– his third in his last six appearances -– to beat Burnley 2-1 in the Premier League on January 2, then thrashed West Ham 5-0 in the FA Cup four days later. Both displays showed significant improvement after a costly December, in which Pep Guardiola-managed City lost three times and fell seven points behind league leaders Chelsea. In his title rallying...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/14/17)
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 them former rebel fighters, launched a revolt in Bouake a week ago that rapidly gained momentum in the world's top cocoa grower until the government was forced to yield to the mutineers' demands after two days. But the soldiers said...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman, when France's military launched Operation Serval in January 2013 as jihadists allied to Tuareg rebels took control of the north of the country. "I took the necessary steps and we intervened militarily, and what we did there in terms of...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
New-look Ivory Coast are preparing to defend the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday, buoyed by encouraging results and impressive form from new recruit Wilfried Zaha. The Crystal Palace flier hopes to make an impact in a competition that boasts Europe-based stars like Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Sadio Mane of Senegal. Zaha is a timely addition as many former stars like the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya have retired and star winger Gervinho is injured. Abidjan-born Zaha has been lured to the African champions by the possibilities of Cup of Nations and World Cup glory after two friendly appearances for adopted country England. He set up the crucial goal in...

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