Abidjan, the last battle (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2011 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

RFI reports French have taken over Abidjan airport

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Ivory Coast mourns football fans killed by collapsing stadium wall

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