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ICC drops charges against former Ivory Coast first Lady Simone Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court said on Thursday it had dropped its arrest warrant for Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo. Since 2012, she faced four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape, other inhumane acts and persecution, that would have supposedly been committed during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, following her husband Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to hand over ...

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Moroccan court sentences striking dissident journalist to five years in jail

A Moroccan court in Casablanca on Friday handed a five-year jail sentence to Moroccan dissident journalist Soulimane Raisouni on sexual assault charges, which he denies, in a case that outraged human rights advocates in the country. Raisouni has been on a hunger strike for over 80 days to protest his pre-trial detention since May 2020. The plaintiff and witnesses were ...

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Kidnapped Nigerian students freed after ransom paid – school, parent

 Six students and two officials who were kidnapped last month from a school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state were released after relatives paid ransom money, a school official and parent said on Friday. Kidnappings by armed men, commonly referred to in Nigeria as “bandits”, have become endemic in northern Nigeria, disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children. Gunmen attacked ...

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Jacob Zuma becomes SA’s first democratic President to be arrested

It’s taken months of legal wrangling and some bold threats – but former President Jacob Zuma is finally behind bars. He is now a resident of the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. After a number of dramatic days leading up to his imprisonment, Zuma’s speeding convoy left his Nkandla homestead before the midnight deadline set by the Constitutional Court. He ...

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Nigeria kidnap: Gunmen seize 140 schoolchildren in Kaduna state

Gunmen in Nigeria have kidnapped at least 140 schoolchildren in the north-west of the country, police say. At least eight people were also abducted from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria early on Sunday morning. Two nurses and a 12-month-old child were among those seized, said a hospital worker. There has been a recent spate of abductions from ...

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Burkina Faso: At least 10 jihadists killed in military crackdown

A “dozen terrorists” were “neutralized” during sweep operations between June 7 and 13, after the massacre of at least 132 people in the village of Solhan, Burkina’s armed forces announced Monday evening in a statement. “From June 7 to 13, security and combing operations continued in the vicinity of Solhan. The units deployed carried out offensive reconnaissance and cordon and ...

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Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwandans to forgive France for its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died. Speaking at the genocide memorial in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, he said France had not heeded warnings of impending carnage and had for too long “valued silence over examination of the truth”. But ...

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UN calls for immediate release of Mali President Bah Ndaw

UN chief António Guterres has demanded the immediate release of Mali’s President Bah Ndaw and PM Moctar Ouane, who have been detained by soldiers. They were driven by soldiers to a military camp near the capital, Bamako. The two men have been leading an interim government which took power after a military coup last August. They were detained just hours ...

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Nearly half of women, girls ‘do not own their bodies’, UN says

UNFPA says nearly half the women and girls in developing countries do not have decision-making power over their own bodies, including in whether or not to have sex with their partners. Nearly half the women and adolescent girls in developing countries are denied the right to decide whether or not to have sex with their partners, use contraception, or seek ...

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Magufuli rallies Tanzanians to feed world post-Covid

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has rallied farmers in the country to increase food production, predicting global food scarcity later in the year caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He urged farmers to take advantage of the reduced production by the largest food-producing countries in the wake of health restrictions imposed across the world. “This year there is a ...

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