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West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change's Effects

From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.  The ocean breaking on southern Senegal's coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a...

Supporters of Rival Ivorian Presidents Fight Near Liberian Border

Supporters of Ivory Coast's two rival presidents are fighting for control of a strategic town near the Liberian border. African Union efforts to resolve the political crisis appear to be stalled over the choice of a mediator. Soldiers loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are fighting rebels who back the United-Nations-certified winner of...

Ivory Coast Political Crisis Deadlocked, West African Leaders Say

West African leaders say Ivory Coast's political crisis is deadlocked after another round of talks with rival presidents produced no apparent progress. The presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin, and Cape Verde met in the Nigerian capital to discuss the results of talks in Abidjan with Ivory Coast's presidential rivals, former prime minister Alassane...

ECOWAS Leaders Return to Ivory Coast Monday Not to Negotiate

Three presidents from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected in Ivory Coast Monday to reiterate the regional bloc’s demand that embattled President Laurent Gbagbo leave power and give way to his rival Alassane Ouattara. The leaders will be joined by African Union envoy and Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. Traveling...

Gbagbo Aide: Monday’s Meeting Starting Point to End Ivorian Crisis

A special adviser to embattled Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo has denied a scheduled meeting today (Monday) by a group of sub-regional and continental leaders will aim to persuade Mr. Gbagbo to peacefully step down and go into exile. Ambassador Yao Gnamien said the arrival of the leaders will be the starting point of resolving the country’s...

African Union Joining West African Effort to Resolve Ivory Coast Crisis

African leaders are continuing efforts to resolve Ivory Coast's political crisis as U.N. peacekeepers try to investigate suspected human rights violations that may have followed the disputed election. The crisis is sending more Ivorian refugees across the border into Liberia.Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga joins the presidents of Benin, Sierra...

Ouattara Aide Doubts Negotiations Will Resolve Ivory Coast Crisis

An official of former Ivorian Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara told VOA Ouattara’s supporters have always suspected that negotiations with embattled President Laurent Gbagbo are unlikely to resolve the escalating crisis in Ivory Coast. Patrich Achi, Minister of Infrastructure and spokesman for Mr. Ouattara, said there are no doubts that President...

Ivory Coast Tensions at Fever Pitch

The window for a diplomatic solution to Ivory Coast's violent, month-long political crisis appears to be narrowing, as tensions continue to mount. A crowd attacked a U.N. convoy in Abidjan Tuesday, and an ECOWAS delegation left Abidjan empty-handed after urging incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, to step down peacefully and end the bloody...

Ivory Coast President Threatens to Expel Ambassadors

The government of Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, says it will sever ties with countries that recognize envoys named by presidential challenger Alassane Ouattara. A government statement Tuesday said it will expel ambassadors from countries that cut ties with Gbagbo appointees. Earlier Tuesday, three West African presidents...

Gbagbo Aide Hails Call for 'Restraint' in Ivory Coast Crisis

A special adviser to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has praised former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings for being what he described as the “sole voice of reason” in finding solutions to resolving the ongoing crisis in Ivory Coast. Ambassador Yao Gnamien told VOA President Gbagbo will not step down and hand over power to former Prime Minister...

African Presidents Urge Gbagbo to Resign

Three African heads of state are in Abidjan, on behalf of West African regional bloc ECOWAS, to urge incumbent Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, to step down and bring a peaceful end to a violent, month-long, political power struggle.  It has now been a month since Ivory Coast's November 28 presidential runoff that was meant to mark an end to...

West African Leaders to Urge Ivorian Leader to Step Down

A spokesman for former Ivorian Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara has welcomed as a positive development the scheduled visit by three West African heads of state, who intend to urge embattled President Laurent Gbagbo to step down or be forced from office. Patrich Achi, who is also Minister of Infrastructure in Mr. Ouattara’s administration, told VOA...

Gbagbo Plane Grounded in Switzerland

A plane belonging to the embattled president of Ivory Coast has been grounded at an airport in Switzerland. A French foreign ministry spokesman, Bernard Valero, told reporters on Sunday that an official aircraft of President Laurent Gbagbo was blocked at the Basel-Mulhouse airport, which is jointly administered by French and Swiss authorities.  Mr...

WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

The WikiLeaks website is continuing to publish thousands of United States government secrets on the internet. The classified documents reveal secret correspondence between the US State Department in Washington, DC and its 270 embassies across the globe. The revelations are embarrassing and angering Washington and governments and political leaders...