ICC orders Congo warlord Germain Katanga to pay victims

ICC orders Congo warlord Germain Katanga to pay victims The International Criminal Court (ICC) has for the first time ordered a war criminal to pay reparations to victims of his atrocities. Germain Katanga, an ex-militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, should pay $1m (£800,000) to villagers targeted in 2003, judges ruled. But as […]

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Gambia to set up truth commission to probe Jammeh’s Rule

Gambia to set up truth commission to probe Jammeh’s Rule The Gambia will set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate abuses committed during ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s rule, the justice minister has said. The finances of Jammeh would also be investigated, Abubacarr Tambadou added. People would be encouraged to confess to crimes, and victims […]

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Ex-Egypt President, Mubarak Finally Returns Home

Ex-Egypt President, Mubarak Finally Returns Home More details are coming in following the release of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, six years after he was overthrown. Mubarak left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said. He was ordered freed earlier this month […]

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Russian involvement in Libya ‘undeniable’ – US

Russian involvement in Libya ‘undeniable’ – US The head of US military operations in Africa, asked about the presence of the Russian military in Libya, has said that there are “Russian troops in the area”, Reuters news agency reports. It follows reports , denied by Russia, that it had deployed special forces to a military base in […]

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Jailed Rwanda Mother Denies Plotting Against Kagame

Jailed Rwanda Mother Denies Plotting Against Kagame A pregnant mother from the UK has appeared in court in Rwanda on charges of spreading state secrets, trying to harm President Paul Kagame and attempting to form an armed group. Violette Uwamahoro, a Rwandan-British national, pleaded not guilty to the charges when she appeared in the High […]

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Meet The 25 African Billionaires

Meet The 25 African Billionaires Africa has 25 billionaires this year up from 24 last year, according to FORBES magazine. Uganda’s Sudhir Ruparelia’s wealth evaporated when his treasured Crane Bank crushed and burned and got sold off to DFCU bank, and he vanishes from the list. Nigerian businessmen Femi Otedola and Abdulsamad Rabiu also failed […]

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Deadly explosions Kill 8 in Nigeria

Deadly explosions Kill 8 in Nigeria At least eight people have been killed and 20 others wounded in bomb blasts at a camp for displaced people and a residential neighbourhood in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri, police say. Residents told the BBC they heard three loud explosions, two at the camp and one in the […]

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French Prosecutors ‘Drop’ Sex Abuse Case against CAR Soldiers

French Prosecutors ‘Drop’ Sex Abuse Case against CAR Soldiers French judicial sources say that prosecutors have called for the case against French soldiers accused of child sexual abuse in the Central African Republic to be dropped. The assaults allegedly took place between December 2013 and June 2014 at a camp for displaced people near the […]

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Sons’ plea to Rwanda’s president over pregnant mother held in prison

Sons’ plea to Rwanda’s president over pregnant mother held in prison The young sons of a mother held in prison in Rwanda have written to the country’s president asking for her to be released. Violet Uwamahoro from Leeds was arrested on Valentine’s Day after travelling for a family funeral. The youth worker, who is five […]

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ICC Sentences DRC’s Bemba to One-Year in Prison over Corruption

ICC Sentences DRC’s Bemba to One-Year in Prison over Corruption Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been given a one-year sentence by the International Criminal Court for corruption to add to the 18 years that he is already serving for war crimes. Before his original trial was completed, Bemba and four others […]

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Pope Francis To Visit South Sudan

Pope Francis To Visit South Sudan Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in October if the security situation in the country stricken by civil war and famine does not worsen, a bishop from the country said on Tuesday. The pope has said several times that he wants to go to the country to preach peace […]

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Burundi Inflation Shoots Up To 20%

Burundi Inflation Shoots Up To 20% Burundi’s year-on-year inflation rate climbed to 20.7 percent in February from 12.9 percent in January, driven by rising food prices in local markets, official data showed. Food inflation accelerated to 34.4 percent in the year to February from 20.1 percent in January, the Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics […]

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Passenger plane crashes in South Sudan

Passenger plane crashes in South Sudan A passenger plane has crashed as it was coming in to land at Wau airport in northern South Sudan, reports say. There were at least 40 people on board, according to a local official. It is not clear if anyone has died. A radio station in Juba is reporting […]

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Pope begs for forgiveness over Rwandan genocide

Pope begs for forgiveness over Rwandan genocide Pope Francis has begged for God’s forgiveness “for the sins and failings of the Church and its members… who succumbed to hatred and violence” in the Rwandan genocide. He was speaking during a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the Vatican. The plea for forgiveness followed a request […]

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Gunmen Attack UN Convoy, Kill Two

Gunmen Attack UN Convoy, Kill Two Juba: A gang of armed men attacked a United Nations aid convoy  in South Sudan on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring three others, before fleeing with tonnes of relief worth millions of dollars. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the attack underscored the dangers confronting aid agencies […]

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Ethiopia landslide: Death toll rises to 113

Ethiopia landslide: Death toll rises to 113 The death toll from Saturday’s landslide at a vast dump in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, has now risen to 113 people, local officials say. A search operation at the Koshe landfill will continue overnight. As many as 150 people are believed to have been at the site during […]

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US Embassy Demands Kasese Killings Investigation

US Embassy Demands Kasese Killings Investigation The United States Embassy in Kampala has joined Human Rights Watch in calling for an independent and fair investigation into the 2016 killings in Kasese District by the armed forces. In a sternly worded statement issued just after Human Rights Watch released its report on the massacre that shocked the […]

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Furious Kenyans Dump Rubbish On Official Cars

Furious Kenyans Dump Rubbish On Official Cars Officials in Kenya’s Migori County had a nasty surprise when residents stopped and forced them to take rubbish from the area away in the back of their pick-up trucks. The locals were protesting over poor collection services and seized their opportunity while the officials were on an inspection […]

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Ethiopia Declares 3-Day National Mourning After Fatal Landslide

Ethiopia Declares 3-Day National Mourning After Fatal Landslide Ethiopia has declared three days of national mourning for victims of a landslide at a rubbish landfill site in the capital Addis Ababa. Flags flew at half mast on Wednesday as the government announced that the death toll from the disaster that occurred at the 50-year-old Reppi […]

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Ethiopians killed in South Sudan Attacks

Ethiopians killed in South Sudan Attacks Gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 others in neighbouring Ethiopia, an Ethiopian government official has said. More than 1,000 from the Murle community carried out the attack on Sunday and Monday, in the Gog and Jor areas in the Gambella region, near the border […]

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