French president visits Ivory Coast, opens sports complex | AFP

On the second day of his visit in Ivory Coast, French President Emmanuel Macron participates in the inauguration ceremony of an “agora”, a sports complex in the Koumassi neighbourhood of Abidjan. IMAGES

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Migration takes centre stage at Abidjan’s cartoon festival | AFP

A coffin-shaped boat filled with migrants: just one of the unsettling cartoons by Ivorian artist Jihel on display at Abidjan’s Cocobulles festival for press cartoons and comics. This year’s theme is illegal immigration.

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Heavy rains trigger floods in Ivory Coast | AFP

Heavy rains have been falling since last week in Ivory Coast, leading to floods in several cities across the country, extensive material damage and the deaths of five people in Abidjan.

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Ivory Coast to hold first makeup fashion show | AFP

Ivory Coast’s best makeup artists are to compete in the nation’s first makeup festival in November, showing that there is more to the industry than meets the eye. Over 3,000 people are expected to visited the three-day event in Abidjan.

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Ivorians sing and dance ahead of stadium ceremony for late DJ Arafat | AFP

Fans of DJ Arafat begin to fill the Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan for the opening of a tribute ceremony for their hero, who died in a motorbike accident on August 12. Many dance to his music in the streets on their way to the ceremony. IMAGES

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Ivoirian artist puts Abidjan’s streets onto canvas | AFP

Ivorian artist Armand Boua takes inspiration from the streets of Abidjan’s poorer districts to create his unique art work. His exhibition in Abidjan ‘Yopougon, Adjamé, Liberté’ displays a range of his art.

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Fans pay tribute to West African star DJ Arafat | AFP

Fans pay tribute to DJ Arafat, an Ivorian star of the “coupe-decale” dance genre with a huge following in francophone Africa, who died after a road accident in Abidjan.

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Picasso in I.Coast? A village tells of its brush with the artist

“I’m sure! I tell you, he came. I saw him!” insists Soro Navaghi, keen to extinguish any doubts about Picasso’s visit to a small Ivorian village famed for its painted textiles. Whether in tourist brochures or online, it is not unusual to find references to Picasso’s reputed visit to Fakaha, a remote village in northern Ivory Coast, some 650 kilometres (400 miles) from Abidjan, the economic capital.

Abidjan circus Festival returns with ambitious plans

The second edition of the Abidjan Intercultural Circus Encounters (RICA) began with a competition between various troupes from around the African continent and beyond. A representative for the worldwide Cirque du Soleil announces plans to open a training centre for Circus skills in Abidjan, to bring out the best of the natural talent in the area.

Theater Actors Convicted For Insulting Thai Monarch: VICE News Capsule, February 24

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Former first lady of the Ivory Coast denies charges of undermining state security, two Thai nationals jailed on charges of ‘insulting the monarch’ in theater performance, district of Sierra Leone’s capital under lockdown because of spike in new Ebola cases, and North Korea bans foreign tourists from participating in annual marathon.

IVORY COAST
Tensions Flare in Abidjan as Former First Lady Appears in Court
Supporters and opponents of Simone Gbagbo rallied outside the Palace of Justice on Monday. She rejected allegations that she played a role in violence following the 2010 election, which led to some 3,000 deaths.

THAILAND
Young Actors Jailed on Charges of Insulting the Monarchy
The duo helped produce a university play that featured a fictional king and his adviser.

SIERRA LEONE
Freetown Neighborhood Under 21-Day Ebola Quarantine
Six new cases were confirmed in Aberdeen last week, and health workers are searching homes for people who may be experiencing symptoms and in hiding.

NORTH KOREA
Foreign Runners Banned From April Race Over Ebola Fears
​Some 500 tourists were to compete in the annual marathon, but tour operators say those plans are now cancelled. ​

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