Africa Weekly: Africa’s one million coronavirus cases | AFP

Over one million cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Africa, with officials saying the real figures are much higher. Nevertheless, countries are continuing the slow return to normality, doing their best to resume flights and lessons for students. Elsewhere Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara and Guinean leader Alpha Conde both look set to run for third terms in October elections.

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I.Coast’s ruling party meets without choosing presidential candidate | AFP

Ivory Coast’s ruling party fails to make a decision as it meets in Abidjan to choose a candidate for the October presidential election after the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.

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Five West African leaders visit Mali to try resolve political crisis | AFP

Leaders from Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Niger and Ghana gather in Bamako’s Sheraton Hotel to try break a dreadlock between Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and protest movements demanding his resignation in an escalating political crisis.

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Ivory Coast holds funeral prayers for deceased PM | AFP

Mourners in Ivory Coast attend prayers ahead of the burial of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly at the Great Mosque of his hometown Korhogo. Coulibaly, 61, who was the ruling party’s candidate in upcoming elections, died on July 8 from a heart attack.

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Africa records more than half a million coronavirus cases | AFP

This week in Africa Weekly: More than 500,000 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed on the continent, with numbers climbing fast. Elsewhere, Ivory Coast reels following the death of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, and Madagascar’s lemurs face extinction.

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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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Ivory Coast lab aims to rid Africa of the ‘sleeping sickness’ | AFP

African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a deadly parasitic disease spread by the Tsetse fly. Researchers at the Pierre Richet Institute in Bouaké, Ivory Coast, are working to eliminate the disease.

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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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Thousands pay tribute to the Ivorian star DJ Arafat after death | AFP

Thousands of fans in Ivory Coast, including football star Didier Drogba, pay tribute to DJ Arafat, the 33-year-old who died in a motorbiking accident. IMAGES

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Ivory Coast’s ‘Floating Island’ points to greener tourism | AFP

The seaside resort offers visitors a cool drink or tasty meal, a dip in a pool, a karaoke session or an overnight stay, all with a view. Nothing much new there, you may say — creature comforts like this are pretty much standard in tropical hotels. The big difference, though, is that this mini resort is also a moveable island that floats on plastic bottles.

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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AFCON-2019: Algeria fans in Lyon celebrate beating Ivory Coast | AFP

Algerian football fans celebrate in Lyon after their team defeated the Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties in Suez and set up a semi-final showdown with Nigeria.

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AFCON ‘might be over for me’, says injured I. Coast captain | AFP

After leaving the pitch injured during Ivory Coast’s defeat to Morocco, Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier says he fears the Africa Cup of Nations “might be over” for him. SOUNDBITE(REFILE WITH NAME OF JOURNALIST CORRECTED)

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Ghanaian cocoa producers delighted by new minimum price system | AFP

Ghanaian cocoa producers and chocolatiers are delighted by new government measures, established in conjunction with Ivory Coast, aiming to set a minimum price for cocoa on the international market.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Ghana, where the government’s announcement to set a minimum price for cocoa along with the Ivory Coast could mean a boost for the economy. And we travel to Kinshasa, which may well have the best claim on the world’s worst commute.

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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.

ICC orders conditional release of former I. Coast leader Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court orders the conditional release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and his aide Charles Ble Goude after they were cleared last month on charges of crimes against humanity. Appeals judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said the court was “adding a set of conditions to the release” including that Gbagbo, 73, should live in an ICC member state pending a final prosecution appeal against his acquittal. SOUNDBITE from ICC Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji

ICC acquits former Ivory Coast strongman Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court acquits former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo of all charges of crimes against humanity over post-electoral violence in the West African nation, and orders his immediate release. SOUNDBITE from Cuno Tarfusser, presiding judge at the ICC

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Videographic on the International Criminal Court. The ICC on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo of all charges of crimes against humanity over post-electoral violence in the West African nation, and ordered his immediate release. VIDEOGRAPHICS

Holiday shoppers in Ivory Coast flock to second-hand toy stores

The sale of second-hand toys spreads across the Ivorian economic capital. In the working-class districts of Adjamé, Treichville, Yopougon, Abobo, as well as in the chic municipality of Cocody, parents flock to stalls and shops in search of good quality items at lower costs.

Ivory Coast fights against outdated attitudes towards twins

In Ivory Coast, twins are widely seen as a strange and even supernatural phenomenon — a popular belief that makes them vulnerable to being presented like fairground attractions as well as beggars. Voices are now calling for a change in attitudes, which doom many twins to a life without proper schooling or a stable home.