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Obama Lifts Sanctions Against Ivory Coast, Citing Progress

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday lifted decade-old  sanctions against Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, citing a successful presidential election last year and its progress in tackling illegal trafficking of arms and natural resources. The sanctions were imposed in February 2006 under President George W. Bush against Ivory Coast political figures for  blocking a 2003 peace process. The country had been split in two since a 2002 civil war launched by...

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