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I.Coast Holds Crisis Talks after Deadly Qaida Attack

Ivory Coast authorities ordered three days of mourning and tightened security at public places and at its borders Monday as the death toll from the first jihadist attack on its soil climbed to 18.

"Their aim was to frighten us, we will not let ourselves be scared," said Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko after emergency government talks.

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Gbagbo Troops 'Shot Unarmed ICoast Protesters,' ICC Told

The first witness in the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo gave a harrowing account Wednesday of being shot at by troops loyal to the ex-leader during an unarmed march after 2010 polls.

"I was dragging my leg and saw that the bone was sticking out," the first prosecution witness identified only as P-547 told the International Criminal Court.

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I.Coast Ex-Militia Leader Tells ICC 'No Blood on Hands'

Former Ivorian youth militia boss Charles Ble Goude denied Tuesday any role in deadly post-poll violence that ravaged his country in 2010 and 2011, saying he had "no blood" on his hands.

"When it comes to my fellow citizens, I do not have a single drop of blood on my hands," Ble Goude told the International Criminal Court, where he and ex-president Laurent Gbagbo face charges of crimes against humanity arising from the bloodshed in the west African nation.

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I. Coast Parliament Speaker Departs France amid Court Row

Ivory Coast's parliamentary speaker, who is at the center of a diplomatic dispute between his country and France over a court investigation, left Paris for Abidjan on Wednesday evening, a spokesman said.

Guillaume Soro, who is also a former rebel chief, had been summoned by a Paris judge in connection with a complaint filed by Michel Gbagbo, son of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, who was ousted in 2011 and is currently awaiting trial in The Hague.

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I.Coast's Ouattara Sworn in for Second Presidential Term

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara was sworn in Tuesday for a second five-year term after winning re-election in the nation's first peaceful vote in more than a decade.

Senegal's President Macky Sall, chief of the ECOWAS regional bloc, and Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi were among top officials watching as Ouattara, dressed in a dark suit, formally returned to power at a ceremony in Abidjan.

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I. Coast Constitutional Council Confirms Ouattara's Re-Election

Ivory Coast's Constitutional Council on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara for five years in an official proclamation eight days after the vote.

"It is fitting to proclaim him elected" as president of the Republic of Ivory Coast, said Mamadou Kone, president of the council.

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Ivory Coast's Ouattara: Tough-Minded Economist-President

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who won a second term in office according to official results released Wednesday, has revived the country's war-scarred economy -- but at the cost of being accused of creeping authoritarianism.

A high-flying economist before taking office five years ago, the tall 73-year-old is a former top official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO).

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Ouattara Re-Elected as Ivory Coast President

Alassane Ouattara has won a landslide victory in Ivory Coast's presidential election, results showed Wednesday, in a vote seen as key to cementing the west African country's bid to overcome a history of electoral violence.

The 73-year-old won a second five-year term outright by garnering almost 84 percent of ballots in the first round of polls Sunday, when more than half of voters turned out despite calls for a boycott by opposition candidates.

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Ivory Coast Votes for New President in Key Stability Test

Ivory Coast voted in a presidential election Sunday expected to return incumbent Alassane Ouattara to power amid hopes of cementing peace after years of violence and upheaval.

More than six million people are eligible to cast ballots but concern is high that the violence sparked by the last election in 2010 will this time render a low voter turnout.

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Incumbent Ouattara Calls for 'Reconciliation' ahead of ICoast Vote

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Sunday issued a "message of national reconciliation" during a visit to a stronghold of his ousted predecessor Laurent Gbagbo, less than a month before the country's presidential elections.

Ouattara is the favorite to win the October 25 vote, seen as crucial to restoring stability in the country after post-poll violence in 2010 and 2011 left more than 3,000 people dead, unrest which was triggered by Gbagbo's refusal to step down and acknowledge Ouattara's victory at the ballot box.

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