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Ivory Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo granted amnesty

BBC World Service

The jailed former first lady of Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, has been granted an amnesty by President Alassane Ouattara.

She's among about 800 people being pardoned.

Mr Ouattara said most had been prosecuted or sentenced for offences connected to the violence that killed thousands of people after the elections that brought him to power in 2010

Mrs Gbagbo was jailed for such offences, and had also been facing a new trial for crimes against humanity.

Her husband, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, is already being tried at the International Criminal Court.

Simone Gbagbo in court
Simone Gbagbo was jailed in 2015

Why has an African team never won the World Cup?

Didier Drogba explains why Africa has never had a World Cup winner
Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says a 'lack of opportunity' is the reason why an African country has never won the World Cup.

Only five spaces were available for African teams at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, compared to 13 for European sides, and Drogba believes an Africa will have a better chance of a World Cup win if more teams are allowed to qualify.

Photo: Didier Drogba (Getty Images)

'The King of Egypt will become the King of World Football'

Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has high expectations for Egypt's Mohamed Salah
Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba believes Egypt's Mohamed Salah, whom he describes as his 'younger brother', can become one of the greatest players in the world...

Photo: Didier Drogba & Mohamed Salah at Chelsea (Getty Images)

'Ronaldo's evolution is very impressive' - Didier Drogba

Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba heaps praise on Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says he admires how Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has adapted his game with age.

Ronaldo has already scored four goals at the 2018 World Cup, becoming the top-scoring European in the history of international football, and Drogba believes he's making the right runs and the most efficient runs. 

Photo: Didier Drogba & Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty Images)
Rollerblading interest is growing in Abidjan where teams take the sport very seriously.
Rollerblading interest is growing in Abidjan where teams take the sport very seriously

From rugby wing to chicken wings

Former Toulouse player Yves Donguy now sells a range of African food outside stadiums
The world of rugby only turned professional just over 20 years ago. 

And while many top players make a reasonable income - their average playing career is short and many are totally ill-prepared for the day they have to stop tacking and passing the ball. 

But some have pretty original ideas for when that moment  arrives - including Ivorian Yves Donguy.

Chris Bockman reports from the rugby stronghold of Toulouse in south west France.

Photo: Yves Donguy (Twitter - @chrisbockman)

Catholic priest held in Ivory Coast over rape allegation

Alex Duval Smith

BBC Africa, Dakar

A Catholic priest is in custody after being charged with rape in Ivory Coast.

Father Anderson Sylvain Kouame Abe has been suspended from his role until further notice, a spokesman told a press conference at Abidjan's Saint Paul's cathedral.

The spokesman said the priest, serving in the Diocese of Abidjan, was arrested on 13 April in relation, to ''the rape of a young girl''.

Her age, name and details of the attack were not given.

The announcement ended weeks of speculation.

According to the rules of the Roman Catholic Church, only men who abstain from sex may be ordained and serve as priests.

The drone school really taking off
Ivory Coast's biggest power provider is training drone pilots to inspect electricity pylons.