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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: ICC confirms part of the charges, commits suspects to trial

Today, 11 December 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued a unanimous decision partially confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona and committed them to trial before a Trial Chamber. In view of ensuring protection of victims and witnesses, the decision is confidential and a redacted version of it will be published in due course. Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of…

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Russia banned for four years, misses 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events. The ban followed the agency’s investigation into the alleged state-sponsored doping scandal. The unanimous decision of the WADA was made in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the ban in place, Russia’s flag and anthem will be equally banned at major sports events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World Cup football competition in Qatar. However, Russia will be allowed…

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Boxing: Anthony Joshua defeats Andy Ruiz Jr, regains 4 titles and earns $60m

Six months after suffering a devastating defeat that sent shock waves in the boxing world, Anthony Joshua had the chance to redeem his lost glory against Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday 7 December in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Joshua did so convincingly in a 12 round fight – albeit without the kind of explosive shots many had anticipated. It was a day many boxing enthusiasts had been eagerly waiting for. The pivotal rematch, which ended in 12 rounds without…

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Proverb of the week: Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns.

Ngora inlingino nanine; ndobagi nalobehe ngoba. (Nuba-Tira, Sudan) Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns. (English) Generally, Children are expected to be taken care of when they are young, while they are, on the other hand, required to listen to their parents and elders from whom the children learn their life experience. Life is a mysterious journey, full of uncharted and fortuitous dangers. The Nuba-Tira group in Sudan uses this proverb to encourage children not to scorn…

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Nigeria: Admission to ‘Internet fraud academy?’

It is hardly new that a lot of cybercrimes have been linked to the Nigerian internet syndicates, however, there was until now, hardly any tangible evidence to suggest that some of these internet scoundrels actually, enrolled in a special internet fraud school to perfect their underworld credentials and prepare them for the illegal business ahead. Not until recently. In what Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency calls a breakthrough, the agency recently busted an alleged “internet fraud academy” in a remote village…

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ICC: 18th session of the Assembly of States Parties opens in The Hague

The eighteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened today at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. From 2 to 7 December 2019, States Parties to the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty, observer States, invited States, international and regional organizations and representatives from civil society will discuss key challenges facing the Statute. States Parties will also make important decisions and adopt resolutions…

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South Africa: Cape Town caged by a rise in gang activities

It is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. With its scenic, colossal mountains and seductive sandy beaches, South Africa’s Cape Town has both beauty and historic features you hardly see in any other city in Africa, if not in the world. It is indeed a city that offers a lot for everyone. However, this beautiful city that boasts gorgeous and breathtaking scenes has become nothing enviable today; it has virtually been taken over by crime, with…

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The Kata Kata outreach program: Liam Katabira visits schools in Kisaasi Uganda

In his effort to promote the Kata Kata outreach program, Liam Katabira, the Ambassador of Kata Kata Africa Cartoon Magazine visited Kids World Nursery and Junior School in Kisaasi Uganda on November 21, 2019. The visit aimed at interacting with young people and sharing his experience as a young writer.  Liam is a seven-year-old Writer from Uganda, who discovered his (comics) writing talent at a ripe age. At a tender age when many kids are more or less interested…

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Zimbabwe: Call my street name, your life would be fulfilled

Some call it legacy. Others name it unabashed narcissism. You could hear others yelling “misplaced priority.” They are not done yet. What would you say to those who label it flagrant personal aggrandizement? Or to the group that sees it as sheer madness? Before you respond to that question, bear in mind that some people denounce it as a blatant insensitivity. Hum. For sure, careless acts call for endless lexicons.  Welcome to Zimbabwe. Yes, the new Zimbabwe. The new…

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Enough of Cyber Bullying!!

You don’t necessarily have to have direct physical contact with someone before killing them, nor do all aggression and brutality leave a trace of blood on the victim. Stop cyber bullying now!!! Join Kata Kata Cartoon Magazine (www.katakata.org) today and say NO to Cyber Bullying.

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ICC: Statement of the Prosecutor on the authorisation of investigation in Bangladesh/Myanmar

As announced last week, the Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber III have authorised my Office to commence an investigation into the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“Situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”). In my 4 July 2019 Request, I sought authorisation to investigate the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar in the period since 9 October 2016. Specifically, I requested authorisation to investigate crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), in which at…

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