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Burundi set to quit ICC as president promulgates law

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP |  President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday signed legislation enabling Burundi to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). A copy of the law seen by AFP and dated October 18 allows “the Republic of Burundi’s withdrawal from the Rome statute”, the ICC’s founding treaty. The next …

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Sanctions loom after DRC talks agree to push vote to 2018

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Participants in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s “national dialogue” agreed Monday, in the absence of the main opposition coalition, to push back to April 2018 the presidential election due to take place before the end of the year. The accord was announced after the …

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At least 60 killed as fighting surges in South Sudan

Kenya’s parliament threatens sanctions on Machar after renewed South Sudan fighting Malakal, South Sudan | AFP | At least 56 rebels and four government troops were killed in heavy weekend clashes in northeastern South Sudan, in a worrying surge of violence in the world’s youngest nation. Sudan People’s Liberation Army …

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Rwanda’s last king, Kigeli V, dies at age 80

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | The last king of Rwanda, Kigeli V, who ruled the east African nation for less than a year before being forced into exile, finally settling in the United States, died early Sunday according to his official website. He was 80. Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa, King Kigeli …

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Gatete named Finance Minister of the Year

Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete, has been named Finance Minister of the Year in the Sub-Saharan category by Global Capital, an international news, opinion, and data service Gatete’s honour was announced on Oct.04 together with winners from Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and …

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Malawi president home after mysterious weeks-long trip

Blantyre, Malawi | AFP |  Malawian President Peter Mutharika returned home Sunday after an unexplained trip to the United States that lasted several weeks, sparking rumours over his health. Mutharika flew to New York to give a speech at the UN General Assembly on September 25 but there had been …

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Medical delivery drones take flight over Rwanda

Muhanga, Rwanda | AFP |  “Three, two, one, launch!” And with that, catapulted from a ramp, the small fixed-wing drone buzzes into the air towards its pre-programmed destination, the Kabgayi hospital two kilometres away. On Friday Rwanda inaugurated a drone operation that its backers hope will kickstart a revolution in …

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African leaders tackle piracy, illegal fishing at Lome summit

Lome, Togo | AFP |  Stemming the astronomical losses caused by crime in the oceans surrounding Africa is the focus of a major continental summit on Saturday in the Togolese capital, Lome. “Over recent decades, the accumulated revenue losses resulting directly from illegal activities in the African maritime sector add …

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