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Burundi: UN independent panel calls for ICC probe into possible crimes against humanity

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, which concluded that serious human rights violations, including executions and sexual violence, are continuing in Burundi with impunity, said it is asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity. The commission is also asking the African Union to retake the initiative […]

Senegal to launch its first internet exchange point, SenIX

Senegalese government plans to launch its first Internet Exchange Point on August 29 in the capital city Dakar, Cheikh Bakhoum, the Director General of the Senegalese State Information Agency (ADIE) and Chairman of Senegal Internet Exchange Point (SenIX) said in an interview with CIO Mag. The infrastructure will allow a direct exchange of Internet traffic […]

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South Sudan seeks assistance to adopt Swahili as official language

The South Sudanese government on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Swahili language in school curriculum ahead of its adoption as an official language. In a statement quoted by the News portal, The Citizen, South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai has called on Tanzania to send Swahili teachers to the World’s youngest nation. The war […]

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AU secures $150 mln to boost Africa’s geothermal energy

The African Union has mobilized about $150 million in geothermal energy development in East Africa, Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported. According to Rashid Ali Abdallah, Principal Energy officer at the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the AU, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya are the countries initially targeted by the funds. “East Africa alone […]

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Zambia: Sugar production increases by 47%

Zambia Sugar, a unit of Associated British Foods, on Thursday said its refined sugar production has increased by 47% to 65,000 tons in the year that ended March 31, driven up by increased refining capacity. According to the managing Director of Zambia Sugar, Rebecca Katow, despite the increment of the production, total sugar production fell […]

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ECOWAS: Israel to invest $1 billon in solar energy

Leaders of the West African regional group ECOWAS last weekend inked a memorandum of understanding with Israel that will earmark $1 billion over the next four years to finance solar energy projects in the member states of the bloc. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who confirmed the deal in a speech before the ECOWAS summit of […]

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U.N. expresses concern over rampant insecurity in Burundi

United Nations Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged officials in Burundi to end the impunity of the government-allied militia called the Imbonerakure. Unidentified bodies have been found across the central African nation after night raids on opposition homes by militias, a top U.N. rights official told Reuters on Tuesday. According to […]

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African Leaders Okay Mass Withdrawal from ICC

African leaders have adopted a strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Desire Assogbavi, head of Oxfam International’s AU liaison office, confirmed the adoption of the strategy to Associated Press. A source close to the continental body’s legal council also confirmed it, saying countries had been divided on whether to call […]

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Burundian Rebels Detained in DRC Face Extradition

About 150 suspected Burundian rebels, who have been detained in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face imminent extradition, according to reports. Accused of attempting to carry out armed actions in Burundi, the suspected rebels, currently detained in Uvira, Bukavu and the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, are now facing extradition. They were captured near the two […]

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Burundi reaches agreement with AU over troops in Somalia

Burundi and the African Union reached an agreement on Thursday on payment of Burundian soldiers troops deployed in Somalia as part of the AU mission in the country. Earlier this week, Burundian government has instructed its Foreign and Defense Ministries to start the withdrawal of its troops from the African Union (AU) force fighting militants […]

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