Ivorian cardinal 'faced assassination'
The authorities in Ivory Coast say they have uncovered a plot to assassinate the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Bernard Agre. Security Minister Martin Bleou said the plotters had been aiming to bring down the government by showing it as ineffectual and unable to provide security, even in the main city Abidjan. He said other political and religious leaders had been targeted but did not say if any arrests had been made. The disclosure of the alleged plot comes as regional leaders prepare for a summit later this month to discuss Ivory Coast’s deadlocked peace process. In July the Ivorian Government and rebels declared an end to the nine-month civil war which began with a failed coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo in September 2002. But the country remains divided between rebel-held north and government-controlled south, with the rebels suspending participation in a power-sharing government last month. They accuse Mr Gbagbo of undermining the deal. Full Story