Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo arrives for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool
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War crimes prosecutors accused ex-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo of orchestrating "unspeakable violence," including murder and gang rape, to cling to power after losing an election, pitching his country into civil war.Four months of conflict ravaged Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa grower, in early 2011 after Gbagbo refused to step down. The trial could ramp up tensions in Ivory Coast, where Gbagbo, the highest-ranked politician ever to appear before the 13-year-old ICC, remains influential.
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