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Ivory Coast’s Gbago captured by French troops

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday after French armored vehicles closed in on the compound where he has been holed up in a bunker. A column of more than 30 French armored vehicles moved in on Gbagbo’s residence in central Abidjan after helicopter gunships attacked the compound overnight.…

Massacre victims found as I. Coast standoff continues

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara enforced a blockade Friday around his rival Laurent Gbagbo’s Abidjan residence, as the UN said it had found more than 100 bodies in the west of the country. Reports of massacres in the west of the country emerged last week…

French forces rescue Japanese ambassador to Ivory Coast during firefight

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Heavy weapons fire erupted in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan on Thursday after Japan’s ambassador was rescued overnight from fierce battles involving fighters for would-be president Alassane Ouattara. Gunfire was heard around the presidential palace and the residence of strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power…

France says Gbago in talks over departure, Ivory Coast crisis could be resolved in hours

PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Tuesday it was aware of negotiations under way for the departure of Laurent Gbagbo from Ivory Coast, amid fierce fighting between his forces and loyalists of rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said the crisis in Ivory Coast could be resolved in a matter of hours.…

Gbagbo cornered as battles rage in Ivory Coast city of Abidjan

by Fran Blandy ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo was cornered and facing an end to 10 years in power Tuesday as forces for widely recognised president Alassane Ouattara pursued a military offensive to unseat him. After doggedly refusing to accept he lost November elections, Gbagbo was reportedly negotiating…

Ivory Coast calm as rivals hold positions

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Fighters loyal to Ivory Coast presidential rivals Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara held onto positions around the main city Abidjan on Sunday, a day that saw less fighting than the previous three. Following the three days of pitched battles, Reuters correspondents and witnesses said the main city…

Ivory Coast battles rage as incumbent Gbagbo digs in

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo desperately clung to power on Friday as explosions and gunfire rocked Abidjan as forces loyal to leader-in-waiting Alassane Ouattara closed in on his last bastion. While the 65-year-old strongman remained silent, his whereabouts unknown, a close aide said he has no intention of…

Abidjan plunged into fear as gun battles rage

ABIDJAN – Armed opponents of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo advanced through Abidjan on Monday as heavy fighting spread to new parts of the economic capital, striking fear into residents. Forces loyal to internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara were continuing to move south through Abidjan from their powerbase in the…

Ivory Coast: Pro-Gbagbo Ivorian forces launch assault in Abidjan

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Security forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo launched a ground and airborne assault on Saturday to drive fighters backing his rival for the presidency out of a suburb of Abidjan, military officials said. The attack was the first time helicopters had been deployed in support of an operation in the…

‘Six women shot dead’ in I. Coast demo

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Security forces loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo shot dead at least six women at a demonstration Thursday in support of his rival for the presidency, witnesses said. The shooting happened as several hundred women had gathered in the Abobo neighbourhood of Abidjan, a stronghold of…

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