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UN launches high-level probe of Burundi rights abuses

  Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The UN decided Friday to send a high-level team of investigators to Burundi to probe rights violations after a report warned of possible “crimes against humanity” and the risk of genocide. The UN Human Rights Council voiced “grave concern” at soaring violations seen in …

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Extradited from US, Rwandan genocide suspect arrives home

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | A linguistics professor wanted for alleged involvement in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide has been extradited from the United States, the government announced Thursday. Leopold Munyakazi, 65, arrived in Kigali on Wednesday night aboard a charter flight from the US, said a statement posted on the website …

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ICC prosecutor opening initial probe into Gabon unrest

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP |  The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Thursday she was opening an initial probe into deadly unrest in Gabon sparked by disputed elections. The government of Gabon had asked the court to open an investigation “without delay” accusing supporters of opposition leader …

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Gabon’s new president pledges ‘inclusive government’

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Gabon’s President Ali Borno, newly sworn back into power, on Wednesday appointed a prime minister to form what he called an “inclusive government” following disputed elections. His wafer-thin victory in the August 27 vote sparked deadly unrest and opposition accusations of voter fraud in the …

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US blacklists top allies of DR Congo President Kabila

Washington, United States | AFP |  The US Treasury placed two top allies of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday, tying both to rising political violence and human rights violations. The Treasury said both were involved in violently putting down opposition to Kabila and …

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Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon’s president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country. He pledged to ensure “equal opportunities” for all and to push through a 2025 programme …

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Malian jihadist jailed for 9 years for Timbuktu attacks

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | War crimes judges Tuesday found a Malian jihadist guilty of destroying Timbuktu’s fabled shrines, and were set to pass sentence amid hopes the court will send a strong message to help safeguard the world’s ancient monuments. A three-judge bench began handing down its judgements …

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