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ICC assigns judges to Kenyan leaders’ withdrawn cases

Three Judges of the Trial Chamber IV at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have been assigned the withdrawn cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. In a press release on its website, the Presidency of The Hague-based Court says it has recomposed a number of chambers and assigned cases to various […]

South Sudan protests against UN peacekeeping mission

South Sudan government has protested the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) in the war-stricken country. According to Information minister and government official spokesperson Michael Makuei, the Security Council decision was unfair and totally unacceptable. He said Juba was not consulted on the matter. The UN Security Council […]

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Zimbabwe set to rejoin the Commonwealth after Mugabe’s exit

Zimbabwe is on its way to rejoin the Commonwealth, the foreign minister said on Thursday. The move comes a month after the country’s new leader President Mnangagwa indicated that there were no more impediments to Zimbabwe hooking up with the club of former British colonies. The foreign minister, Sibusiso Moy, who was speaking to Lawmakers […]

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Nigeria: Amnesty Int’l accuses oil giants Shell and Eni of serious negligence

Amnesty International on Friday accused international oil major groups Shell and Eni of negligence and irresponsible approach to oil spills in Nigeria’s oil-producing delta region. According to the right group, the two oil multinationals were publishing misleading information contested by communities in the Niger Delta, who stand to lose compensation if the companies attribute spills […]

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Sierra Leone: run-off vote set for March 27

The chief commissioner of the National Electoral Commission in Sierra Leone on Tuesday declared the candidate of Sierra Leone People’s Party, Julius Maada Bio, winner of last week presidential vote in the West African nation. Bio has won 43.3 percent of the votes against Samura Kamara, the candidate of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s All Peoples […]

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Mauritius celebrates colorful Independence Day as president sets to resign

The Indian Ocean Island Mauritius has celebrated its 50th year of independence on Monday with fireworks amid the resignation of its first female president of the republic. Thousands of residents attended the official celebration ceremony with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind designated guest of honor, while Indian helicopters took part in an aerial display and […]

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Ethiopian army kills 9 civilians mistaken for terrorists

The Ethiopian army on Sunday killed nine civilians and injured 12 others after mistaking them for rebels, local media reports. The civilians were killed near a town along the country’s border with Kenya as the soldiers were in pursuit of Oromo Liberation Front fighters who had crossed into Ethiopia from three locations. The Oromo Liberation […]

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Mauritius first female President faces impeachment amid financial scandals

The government of Mauritius has decided to launch impeachment procedures to dismiss Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the first female President of the tiny Indian Ocean Island. The move follows a report published last week by influential L’Express, which reported that President Gurib-Fakim has spent several hundred thousand rupees on personal purchases, using a Platinum credit card offered […]

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São Tomé and Príncipe gets $10 million boost from the World Bank

The World Bank will provide about $10 million to finance social projects in São Tomé and Príncipe. The projects will help the West African archipelago reduce social inequalities and fight poverty in the next 5 years, Éric Sapatéro, a World Bank official said. Half the amount will finance social housing projects, while the other five […]

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UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa. In a joint news release issued Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that food ration […]

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