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Omar al-Bashir of Sudan ousted and arrested in a military Coup

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan ousted and arrested in a military Coup Following months of peaceful protests in Sudan, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power for nearly 30 years has been ousted and arrested, according to the defence minister. Speaking on state TV, insisted the army had decided to remove Omar al-Bashir from power as well as oversee a two-year transitional period, which will lead to elections. According to Awad Ibn Ouf , the transitional administration would…

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Proverb of the week: The word of a friend makes you cry; the word of an enemy makes you laugh

This proverb, which might sound ironic and contradictory to many, is typical of the Tuaregs, a nomadic tribe predominantly found in the central and western Sahara and along the middle of Niger, stretching from Tombouctou to Nigeria. This tribe is present in Niger, Mali, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Amongst the Tuaregs, interpersonal and close relationships are very important, hence the importance of this proverb, which teaches the value of friendship and the need to appreciate the advice from…

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Proverb of the week: A funeral offers the opportunity for reconciliation.

Akavia kakhuanyisivyanga mumasika. (Nyala, Kenya) Mazishi hutoa nafasi ya Upatanisho. (Kiswahili) Le deuil est une occasion de réconciliation. (French) A funeral offers the opportunity for reconciliation. (English) The proverb, which is used amongst the Abanyala group in Kenya, teaches the importance of peace and reconciliation amongst people, which leads to social progress.  Abanyala is one of the dialects of the Luhya (also called Luyia or Abaluyia) ethnic group, which made up about 16% of Kenya’s total population of 38.5…

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The true meaning of justice as Jean-Pierre Bemba sues ICC for $75m

The former rebel leader and Vice-President of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was recently acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last year, has sued the ICC for almost $75m in damages, following his 10–year detention by the court. The latest move by Bemba has significantly put the ICC in an uncomfortable spotlight as well as questioned the true meaning of justice. According to the lawyers of Jean-Pierre Bemba, the International Criminal Court must compensate their…

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Proverb of the Week

The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. (English) Aberewa hwe abofra ma ofifir se nna abofra so hwe aberewa ma nese tutu. (Akan)  Bibi ukuza mtoto akiona meno, yanakua, mtoto pia ushudia bibiye meno yakingooka. (Swahili) La vieille dame veille a l’enfant grandit ses dents, et l’enfant a son tour veille a cette derniere perd les siennes. (French) The…

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Boeing 737 Max8 and Safety Questions

Following the second deadly crash of a brand-new Boeing aircraft 737 Max8 in five months ( Indonesian Lion Air flight that crashed over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board and the recent Ethiopian Airlines deadly crash today, which took the lives of all the 157 passengers on board), are there enough reasons to question the safety of the new model aircraft, Boeing 737 Max8? Having in mind that the two crashed planes were…

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Breaking News: Ethiopian airliner crashes on way to Kenya

Latest news from our reporter in Uganda says Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet, the Boeing 737 which departed from Addis Ababa en route Nairobi has crashed six minutes after take off. The plane had 157 passengers ( 149 passengers and 8 crew ) on board, according to our reporter. It is feared that there are casualties. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has sent his deepest condolences to the affected families via his official Twitter: “The office of the…

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Female genital mutilation and gender-based crimes against women in Africa

Often in many African countries, for a great number of women, being born a woman seems sometimes not only like a crime; it can be a great misfortune as well. Even though, being seen as a sex object can itself be a bitter traumatic experience, justifying such a perception with violent treatment of women and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare no sane woman…

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Somalia: Five men sentenced to death for gang-rape

Five men have been sentenced to death by firing squad for the gang-rape of a woman in Galkayo, a town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland. According to the prosecutor, the accused  – four of whom are 18 years old and one 19 – pleaded guilty to raping the woman, whose name was not mentioned, on 22 February. The verdict, which took place in a civilian court is very significant because until now, most rape cases in Puntland had…

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Unintended pregnancy in Africa

Unintended pregnancy has become a very serious world problem, which, if not paid any attention to, could turn into a menacing threat to the world population as well as the health of mothers and children. Globally, more than 214 million women who do not want to get pregnant do not use any form of contraceptives such as pills, implants, and condoms, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recent statistics. Furthermore, more than 21.6 million women have unsafe abortions…

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Interior: Let the Kitchen do the Talking

If you had to list some of your most favourite rooms in your home the kitchen is definitely amongst the top, but it might not be getting the exact attention it deserves simply because it is something that is often taken for granted or overlooked. This should not be the case because the kitchen is one of the most important parts of every house; hence a good reason to get it right while choosing your kitchen. Kitchens serve as…

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II joins Yekatom and Ngaïssona cases

On 20 February 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II decided to join the cases of The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and The Prosecutor v. Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona.  In the Chamber’s view, joint proceedings against Mr Yekatom and Mr Ngaïssona will serve to enhance the fairness and expeditiousness of the proceedings by avoiding the duplication of evidence, inconsistency in the presentation and assessment of evidence, undue impact on witnesses and victims, and unnecessary expense. In joint cases, each suspect shall be accorded the same…

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