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Gambia announces withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Gambia’s government has joined  South Africa and Burundi in announcing they are withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing the Hague-based tribunal of prosecuting only Africans and ignoring the “war crimes” of Western countries. “The Government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia hereby informs all and sundry, the withdrawal …

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Twelve killed in northeast Kenya bomb attack

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  A bomb blast at a guesthouse in northeast Kenya killed at least 12 people on Tuesday, the same area hit earlier this month by Shabaab militants, police said. “We have found 12 bodies so far after we managed to access the building,” one senior police …

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ICC, UN urges dialogue with African nations set to quit

UN chief hopes South Africa will reconsider ICC withdrawal Dakar, Senegal | AFP |  The International Criminal Court on Monday urged member states to seek a consensus with critical African nations, while stressing that South Africa and Burundi’s announced departures would not take place for at least year. “Today more …

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Cheers and tears as migrant survivors make it to Italy

Palermo, Italy | AFP | More than 1,000 migrants sang hymns, danced and clapped as they sailed into Palermo on Monday, along with the corpses of 17 people who did not survive another series of tragedy-tainted rescues in the Mediterranean. Starting with the sick, women and children, several hundred of …

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Kenya commutes sentences of over 2,700 on death row

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday commuted the sentences of 2,747 death row inmates, who will now serve life in prison. Kenyatta signed documents commuting the sentences during a ceremony at his official residence and also pardoned 102 convicts who were serving long jail terms. …

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Museveni in Lusaka for Zambia Independence celebrations

PICTORIAL: President Yoweri Museveni is in Lusaka Zambia where he will chief guest at Zambia’s 52nd, Independence anniversary celebrations on Monday. The President was given a 21-gun salute Sunday at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport after being received by his host President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Museveni is accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem, …

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Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly five years

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country’s piracy scourge, negotiators said Saturday. The crew of the Naham 3, the second longest held …

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