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World court excuses Kenya president, as ex-ICC prosecutor slams colleagues

A former prosecutor for the court said his colleagues ignored political realities in the case against President Kenyatta

Saudi Arabia rejects UN Security Council seat

Saudi Arabia cited the Syrian crisis as a reason for the rejection.

Americans travelling to Cuba in record numbers

Over 98,000 Americans visited Cuba in 2012.

Sun Newspapers journalist charged for allegedly receiving stolen property

Nick Parker is accused of receiving a stolen phone.

Africa: Free speech equals better governance, says report

The more freely Africans can speak their minds, the more confident they are in the performance of their governments, says a report. The report, released in Nairobi by Afrobarometer, shows than half of Africans surveyed in 34 countries across the continent say they are “completely free” to say what they think, while another quarter say […]

Libyan Qaeda suspect seized by US commandos appears in New York court

The Libyan man had been interrogated aboard a U.S ship

No winner of the 2013 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s independent Prize Committee has decided not to award this year’s 2013 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is the largest prize in the world, worth an annual US$5 million over 10 years and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter. To win the Prize, […]

Africa Is Rising But Slowly and Unevenly

By John Allen Standards of governance are gradually improving across Africa. Although the performance of some nations has deteriorated in fields such as the rule of law, economic opportunity and citizens’ participation in government, every country on the continent has seen at least some improvement in the indicators of human development since the turn of […]

Malaysian court rules use of “Allah” exclusive to Muslims

Lawyers for a Malaysian Catholic paper say they will appeal the ruling

Pakistan rearrests former President Musharraf over Red Mosque deaths

Mr. Musharraf had earlier been granted bail on Wednesday and cleared to leave the country  

Vatican tells bishops not to reform faster than Pope Francis

A German diocese had issued a guide-book on remarriage.

Ghana becomes first country to launch national yam strategy

Ghana has taken a major step ahead of other yam-producing nations with the launch of a strategy for the development of the yam industry from farm to market. This follows the global conference on yams held in Accra on 3-6 October and ongoing strategic development for the sector. The national yam strategy puts yam in […]

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U.S. Nobel laureates worry about future of basic science

There have been funding cuts for research in the U.S.

Kenya offers $6,000 reward for information on car allegedly used in mall attack

The Somali al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nigeria, U.S, UK begin joint military drill on counter-terrorism

The exercise involves 150 Nigerian personnel, and 739 foreign Special Forces. The Nigerian military, in conjunction with Special Forces from the United Kingdom, United States, Spain and Netherland have begun a joint training to enhance its capacity to combat terrorism in the county’s maritime environment. Rear Adm. Babalola Ogunjimi, the Nigerian Navy’s Chief of Training […]

UN team begins removal of Syria chemical weapons

Syria’s chemical stockpile is expected to be completely removed in 2014. An international team of experts has begun the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. The mission, established under a United Nations resolution, is being overseen by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The resolution followed an agreement between Russia […]

U.S. raids of Libya, Somalia shows determination to hunt down al Qaeda

US commandos seized an al Qaeda operative in Libya on Saturday.

Nigeria seeks expansion of bilateral relations with UAE

Jonathan calls for greater international cooperation against terrorism.

Saudi Arabia scraps UN speech in protest over Syria, Israel- Sources

The conservative Islamic kingdom is one of the main backers of rebels fighting Syrian President.

Gambia pulls out of Commonwealth to Britain’s dismay

The government of Gambia has announced it is pulling out of the Commonwealth, an association of countries colonized by Britain. The government made the declaration on Thursday. It is not clear why the Island is pulling out but the government of the west African nation branded the 54-member grouping, which includes the UK and most […]

International court charges Kenyan journalist with bribing witnesses

Walter Barasa denied the charges.

Russia charges 2 Greenpeace activists with piracy

Twenty eight others are expected to be charged soon. Russian authorities charged two Greenpeace activists with piracy on Wednesday over protest against Arctic oil drilling at a platform owned by state-controlled energy company, Gazprom, the environmental group said. The piracy charges, which Greenpeace said were absurd, are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. […]

Germany sold Syria chemicals as late as 2011, government admits

Syria’s government has been accused of launching a chemical war against its citizens. Germany sold Syria some 360 tonnes of chemicals that had the potential to be used in the production of poison gas, some of it as recently as 2011, the German government said on Monday. The chemicals, classified as dual-use because they have […]

Syria at UN, compares militant onslaught to 9/11 attacks

Syria said it will obey the United Nations decision on chemical weapon.

Gunmen kill 3 Egyptian policemen, militants post video

Violence in the Sinai has worsened since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi as Egyptian president.