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South African Govt to Face Contempt of Court Charges Over Bashir?

A South African legal NGO is "strongly considering" bringing contempt of court charges against government…

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Egyptian court confirms Morsi’s death sentence

The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence for deposed president Mohammed Morsi…

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14,000 South Sudanese flee to Sudan – UNHCR

The UN High Commission for Refugees has reported that some 14,000 South Sudanese, mainly women…

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17 West African, 1 Algerian migrants die in Sahara desert

The Nigerien authorities and the International Organisation for Migration on Monday in Niamey, announced the discovery of the bodies of 18 migrants in the Sahara desert. Giuseppe Loprete, IOM Niger's Chief of Mission, said the victims included 17 men and one woman, of different nationalities. He said most of them…

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Sudan’s al-Bashir leaves South Africa

Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, left South Africa on Monday, undermining the decision of a court barring him from leaving South Africa in connection with his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC). A source said in Johannesburg that a plane bearing President al-Bashir, took off from the Waterkloof Airforce base…

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South Africa ​argues against Sudan’s al-Bashir’s arrest

South Africa will on Monday argue against a court application to force the government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, the justice ministry said. Mr. Al-Bashir, who is in South Africa attending an African Union summit, stands accused in an ICC…

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Germanwings co-pilot checked online for suicide options—prosecutor

A report from German prosecutor's office said on Friday in Dusseldorf that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of crashed flight Germanwings flight 4U9525, checked the internet for ways to poison himself. The office disclosed that his iPad showed he had searched to buy potassium cyanide, Valium or lethal combinations of medicines.…

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AU summit: African states consider single currency, passport

The Africa Union Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Anthony Maruping, said the Union was mooting the idea to adopt a single currency as part of the Agenda 2063 road map. He said in Johannesburg on Friday that it was aimed at connecting Africa through world class infrastructure with a concerted push…

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South Africa xenophobia under spotlight at AU summit

Xenophobia is expected to feature prominently at the ongoing African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, sources close to the summit have said. South Africa stepped in to host the summit at the eleventh hour, after Chad was obliged to withdraw because of the Boko Haram threat. However, the latest…

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Al-Shabaab threatens to attack Kenya during Ramadan

Somali terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, said on Thursday that it was planning to attack neighbouring Kenya during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins June 17. A senior al-Shabaab commander told journalists on condition of anonymity that they were planning to give Kenyan non-believers a true taste of Jihad (the…

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Ghana President puts death in Accra flood, fire disasters at 152

Ghanaian President, John Mahama, said on Wednesday that the official death toll in the 3 June flood and fire disasters at a fuel service station in Accra was 152. Mr. Mahama said this in a speech at a national memorial service held in Accra to round off three days of…

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5 killed in China village ‘mass shooting’

A Chinese villager armed with a double-barrel hunting gun killed four people, including two police, in northern Hebei province on Tuesday, the local media reported. The development is a rare outbreak of gun violence in a country where firearms are tightly controlled. Liu Shuangrui went on the rampage in Xishibao…

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Jailed South African athlete, Pistorius, to be released August

South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, who was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, will be released on probation by 21 August, South African authorities said. Pistorius will be released after a recommendation from South Africa's correctional services department, the BBC reported Monday. Pistorius…

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Burundi opposition leader says elections should hold in August

Burundi opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, said it was essential to have an elected government in place by August 26, when the president's current term ends. Mr. Rwasa, a presidential candidate like Nkurunziza, added that “there is no room for a transitional government. We will have to comply with the constitution.…

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Iran calls for removal of “oppressive” sanctions to revive economy

The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday called for removal of the "oppressive" western sanctions so as to make the economy thrive. “By the removal of the sanctions, capital could flow in, and financial, environmental, industrial and employment issues would be solved,” Mr. Rouhani said. He criticised the West for…

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Saudi-led strikes on Yemen army headquarters kill 44, official says

Over 44 soldiers were killed on Sunday in a series of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition on the headquarters of the Yemeni army in the rebel-held capital Sana'a, a health official said. The official at the rebel-controlled Health Ministry told journalists that over 180 people, mostly civilians living nearby,…

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Ban commends release of abducted UN contractors in Darfur

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, says he is deeply delighted by the release of two United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) contractors, who were abducted in Zalingei, Central Darfur, Sudan, on Jan. 29. Ban in a statement on Sunday in New York, commended the efforts made by UNAMID.…

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Death toll from Chinese cruise ship mishap hits 396

Rescuers have recovered most of the bodies of those who perished after a cruise ship sank in the Yangtze River, Chinese local media reported Saturday. The confirmed death toll rose to 396 after rescue workers using two large cranes righted the capsized vessel late Friday, the reported said. The boat…

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Gambia expels EU Charge d’Affairs

The Gambian government has expelled European Union Charge d'Affairs in Banjul, Agnes Gilliard, the presidency announced on Friday. According to an official statement issued on Friday night, the EU representative has been ordered to leave the country within 72 hours. ``We are hereby informing the general public that the European…

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ECOWAS court to handle 32 cases involving Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, others

The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States will handle 32 cases in the second quarter of 2015, between May and July, according to records released by the registry department of the court. The court is the principal legal organ of the ECOWAS region with…

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Blast at Ghana fuel station kills about 100

Ghana's security forces and emergency services have succeeded in dousing a deadly fuel fire that killed about 100 people Wednesday night, as scores of people thronged a petrol station to shelter from rains. According to local reports, people, most of whom were sheltering at the filing station, were burned beyond…

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Sepp Blatter to resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter is to resign as president of the world football governing body, FIFA. Mr. Blatter is stepping down four days after winning a record five-year term. Mr Blatter became FIFA president in 1998. He had served as a senior official since 1975. FIFA under his watch has been accused…

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U.S. airport security fails tests to detect weapons, explosives

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a report on Tuesday in Washington that airport security screeners failed to detect weapons, explosives and other prohibited items 95 per cent of the time during undercover trials. It said the government-run Transportation Security Administration  was ordered to revise its procedures after…

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Sweden arrests suspected jihadist recruiters

The Swedish security service agency (Sapo) said on Monday that it has arrested two men on suspicion of recruiting volunteers for jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. Ronnie Jacobsson, Sapo Prosecutor, said the agency conducted raids in the central town of Orebro and in the capital, Stockholm. He said the…

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South Africa apologises over xenophobic attacks

South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Monday in Nairobi tendered an apology to Kenyans, condemning the recent brutal xenophobic attacks that claimed some lives. Mr. Ramaphosa, who was in Kenya to meet Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, over South Sudan crisis, apologised for the loss of lives. He addressed thousands…