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Ivory Coast's Ouattara says to seek re-election in 2015

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday that he would seek re-election for a second term in 2015 in the world's top cocoa grower, the first time he has publicly commented on his leadership plans.Full story

Pirates free crew kidnapped from ship off Equatorial Guinea

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Four crew members kidnapped from a container ship off the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea in April have been released, the vessel's management company said. Full story

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo in court to hear if trial to proceed

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A relaxed-looking former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo appeared in the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to hear whether accusations of crimes against humanity against him are strong enough for a full trial. Full story

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