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  • An Ivorian Red Cross volunteer removes his gloves after placing nine bodies in an unmarked mass grave at a cemetery in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Friday, April 15, 2011. While normal life is slowly returning to Ivory Coast's main city after two weeks of urban warfare, the discovery of massive weapons caches stockpiled by ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo shows the bloodshed could have been vastly worse. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Family, workers of ousted Ivorian strongman freed

    Ivory Coast's justice minister said late Saturday that dozens of family members and domestic workers of disgraced strongman Laurent Gbagbo have been freed from detention.

  • Republican forces soldier Abdoulaye Sanogo (front) wears a wig he said belonged to Simone Gbagbo, wife of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The wig was found in her bedroom at the presidential residence as forces allied with President Alassane Ouattara captured the Gbagbos on Monday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Ivory Coast generals pledge loyalty to Ouattara

    Five generals pledged their loyalty to President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday following the capture of the country's strongman leader after a four-month standoff, as French and Ivorian forces worked to eliminate the last pockets of resistance.

  • An Ivory Coast resident wears his country's flag as he celebrates the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo. The strongman had refused to concede power after losing November's presidential election to Alassane Ouattara. (Associated Press)

    Ivory Coast strongman Gbagbo seized after forces storm bunker

    Forces stormed the bunker where Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo hung on to power Monday, arresting the man whose refusal to hand over the presidency to the election winner left hundreds dead and threatened to reignite a civil war in the world's largest cocoa producer.

  • Residents of the Youpougon district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, who say they have been without running water for two weeks, carry jerrycans of water back from a city pumping station, where residents forced open a pipeline on Saturday, April 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Ivory Coast report: Ouattara forces commit abuses

    Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's democratically elected president killed hundreds of civilians, raped his rival's supporters and burned villages during an offensive in the country's west, a human rights group said.

  • This image taken from a video provided by the French military on Thursday, April 7, 2011, shows Yoshifumi Okamura (right), the Japanese ambassador to the Ivory Coast, thanking an unidentified French officer of the Licorne operation following a rescue mission to airlift the ambassador to safety in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (AP Photo/French military via APTN)

    Ivory Coast leader in bunker vows not to surrender

    Days into an offensive aimed at dislodging him from the presidential mansion, Ivory Coast's strongman refused to budge Thursday from a bunker underneath his home, insisting he would never surrender despite the immense international pressure bearing down on him.

  • Soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner in Ivorian presidential elections late last year, rest at a gas station in the Youpougon neighborhood at the main northern entrance to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The country's strongman leader, Laurent Gbagbo, is thought to be holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence, defiantly maintaining he won the election even as troops backing Mr. Ouattara encircled the home. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Gbagbo's home in Ivory Coast comes under attack

    Heavy-arms fire rang out Wednesday near the home of the country's strongman, who remained holed up in a subterranean bunker as forces backing his rival assaulted the residence to try to force him out, diplomats and witnesses said.

  • U.N. peacekeepers from Jordan provide security at night on the streets of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Monday, April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

    Ivory Coast strongman says he's not stepping down

    Ivory Coast's strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence Tuesday, defiantly maintaining he won the election four months ago even as troops backing the internationally recognized winner encircled the home.

  • A unidentified soldier patrols a street in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Monday, April 4, 2011. The army chief for Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo has rejoined the military days after deserting and seeking refuge at a foreign diplomat's residence, officials said Monday, as fighters backing the democratically elected leader, Alassane Ouattara, sought to topple the entrenched president. (AP Photo/Emanuel Ekra)

    U.N. copter fires at Gbagbo forces in Ivory Coast

    A United Nations helicopter fired at strongman Laurent Gbagbo's forces on Monday as France authorized its military to take out his heavy weapons, an unprecedented escalation in the international community's efforts to oust the entrenched leader.

  • Residents of the Abidjan, Ivory Coast, suburb of Abobo carry their belongings on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, as they flee what has become a hub for street violence in the nation's ongoing political standoff. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Forces kill 6 women marching in Ivory Coast

  • The body of a man killed by gunfire lies covered in a side street of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Jan. 11. The Associated Press has obtained records from four of nine morgues that provide proof of mass killings after the Nov. 28 national election. (Associated Press)

    Evidence grows of deaths tied to votes vs. Gbagbo

    The entrance to the morgue is like a mouth through which comes an awful smell. It hits you as far back as the parking lot and makes your eyes water. From a dozen yards away, it's strong enough to make you throw up.

  • A United Nations convoy is forced to turn back by a group of Young Patriots, youth supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. U.N. peacekeepers retreated from a neighborhood where security forces loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo had opened fire Tuesday, turning around at least nine U.N. vehicles after dozens of angry young men built a blockade out of a table and sticks. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    4 dead as forces raid Ivory Coast neighborhood

    Security forces loyal to Ivory Coast's incumbent leader, who refuses to cede power, on Tuesday fired volleys of gunshots, leaving at least four people dead after they cordoned off a large section of a neighborhood known to be his rival's stronghold.

  • Benin President Boni Yayi (left) walks with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma on arrival at the airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Nigeria leader: Ivory Coast solution to take time

    Nigeria's president warned Tuesday that a solution to Ivory Coast's deepening political crisis will take time, after the internationally recognized winner of the election said a military intervention now should be considered to oust the incumbent.

  • U.N. troops walk inside their compound in Abidjan, Ivory Cost, on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. The United Nations has warned supporters of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo that an attack on the hotel where the internationally recognized winner of last month's election is based could reignite civil war. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    U.N. peacekeepers come under threat in Ivory Coast

    The United Nations declared Alassane Ouattara the winner of Ivory Coast's long-delayed presidential vote, but incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step aside now for more than a month. Mr. Gbagbo accuses the United Nations of failing to remain neutral, and the United Nations has ignored his demand for thousands of peacekeepers leave.

  • U.N. troops walk inside their compound in Abidjan, Ivory Cost, on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. The United Nations has warned supporters of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo that an attack on the hotel where the internationally recognized winner of last month's election is based could reignite civil war. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    U.N. peacekeepers come under threat in Ivory Coast

    The United Nations declared Alassane Ouattara the winner of Ivory Coast's long-delayed presidential vote, but incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step aside now for more than a month. Mr. Gbagbo accuses the United Nations of failing to remain neutral, and the United Nations has ignored his demand for thousands of peacekeepers leave.

  • Cape Verde President Pedro Pires (front left) walks with Ivory Coast Prime Minister Ake N'gbo on Mr. Pires' arrival at the airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Mr. Pires was part of a delegation of West African leaders who went to Ivory Coast to confront Laurent Gbagbo and demand that he step down from the presidency or face a possible regional military intervention. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    West Africa delegation confronts Gbagbo

    West African presidents delivered a final ultimatum to incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo in person Tuesday after threatening a military ouster if he doesn't accept an offer to go into exile in a neighboring country a month after a disputed runoff election.

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  • KORHOGO | Ivory Coast's deposed former leader Laurent Gbagbo urged supporters Monday to drop political quarrels for now and help the West African country revive its economy in peace.

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