A court in Abidjan sentences Charles Blé Goudé to 20 years in prison "in absentia" for his role in the Second Ivorian Civil War that followed the 2010 presidential election, his lawyers say.
The government of Ivory Coast grants amnesty to former First Lady Simone Gbagbo a week after the Supreme Court of Ivory Coast suprême (Côte d'Ivoire) overturned her acquittal for crimes against humanity.
2013 Houphouët-Boigny stampede: At least 60 people are killed and more than 200 injured in a stampede during a New Year's fireworks celebration near the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Prosecutors at the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon set up to prosecute the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri ask judges to defer a decision to hold a trial "in absentia" for four Hezbollah members indicted in Hariri's assassination.
Tunisian revolution: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia as his regime was ousted from power in a popular revolution, is convicted "in absentia" on charges of possessing illegal drugs and weapons and sentenced to 15 years in jail at a court in Tunis.