World music star Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage
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World music star Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, has died following a collapse on stage during a concert, officials said. He was 66. Culture Minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay confirmed the musician’s death Sunday Apr. 23, calling it a “great loss for the country and … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast ex-leader, on trial at ICC, retains support at home
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Ivory Coast ex-leader, on trial at ICC, retains support at home

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Dozens of Ivory Coast politicians, including ex-ministers and diplomats, gathered in a hotel conference room here this week to honor a man widely blamed for his country’s descent into months of grisly killings and sexual violence five years ago. The event organized by supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo was intended … Continue reading

Ivory Coast President Ouattara easily wins re-election
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Ivory Coast President Ouattara easily wins re-election

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara easily won re-election in the first vote since a disputed poll five years ago sparked violence that killed thousands in the West African economic powerhouse, the electoral commission announced early Wednesday. Ouattara received nearly 84 percent of Sunday’s vote, trouncing the opposition, according to results … Continue reading