Vaud police nab webcam sex blackmailers in Côte d’Ivoire

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in Vaud joined police in Côte d’Ivoire as they arrested two men in Abidjan 16 November as they were attempting to take money out of an international bank. The arrests follow a sting operation where one police officer, posing as a victim of an online blackmail operation, deposited money into the […]

Kimberly Process co-founder Global Witness cites failure

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Global Witness, an NGO (non-governmental organization) that was a key founding member of the Kimberly Process to end violence linked to the diamond trade, says it is pulling out. “‘Nearly nine years after the Kimberley Process was launched, the sad truth is that most consumers still cannot be sure where their diamonds […]

Int’l Geneva closes busy week: Syria debate, domestic workers, new building

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “International Geneva”, as the city likes to profile itself when talking about the UN and other international organizations, has had a more than usually busy week. Highlights: Wednesday 15 June: The UN Human Rights Commission looked at allegations of human rights abuses in Cote d’Ivoire and the current situation there, with a […]

UNHCR, ICRC get new US funds for Cote d’Ivoire aid

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Two Geneva-based humanitarian aid groups, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Red Cross (ICRC) are to receive $8 million in new funding from the US government for operations in Cote d’Ivoire, the US Mission in Geneva announced Friday 6 May. The money brings to $43m the total the […]

Gbagbo arrested in Cote d’Ivoire France confirms

The French Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Jean-Marc Simon has confirmed that Laurent Gbagbo was arrested Monday 11 April and moved from his residence in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to the Golf Hotel that serves as the headquarters of his rival for the presidency, Alassane Ouattara. Details are still sketchy, Monday afternoon, but France denies it took […]

Gbagbo now encircled by UN-backed troops says France

Situation in Cote d’Ivoire continues to deteriorate as Gbagbo refuses to go, fighting continues A week of fighting in Cote d’Ivoire has resulted in former president Laurent Gbagbo continuing to sit in the presidential palace, but he and his troops are now reported by the French government to be encircled by United Nations-backed troops, which […]

Cote d’Ivoire: battle continues, Japanese diplomats rescued (update)

Cocoa industry betting on half million tons not rotting The Japanese ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire and seven embassy employees took refuge in a safe room after the diplomatic base was attacked by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan, reports Reuters. They were rescued by helicopter after French and United Nations forces stepped in, at […]

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.

Cote d’Ivoire tense as Gbagbo negotiates surrender

The United Nations special envoy to Cote d’Ivoire, YJ Choi,  says that Laurent Gbagbo has agreed to surrender and that reports about attacks on the presidential palace in Cote d’Ivoire are not true. Choi says, “All the generals who are fighting for Gbagbo have deserted him, it is over. There is no army, there is […]

RFI reports French have taken over Abidjan airport

French control of Cote d’Ivoire city’s airport said to ensure safety of foreigners Radio France International reports early 4 April that French troops have taken control of the international airport in Abidjan, as fierce fighting for the city continues. The French have also reportedly increased their peacekeeping mission force from 300 to 1,400 and are […]