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Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé verdict: Statement of the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

In a decision this morning, two of the three Judges of Trial Chamber I of the Court in the case against Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, decided to acquit them of crimes against humanity we allege they committed based on the evidence my Office collected through its independent and objective investigations. The Judges have made their decision. The Prosecution has the right to appeal this decision. This situation involved allegations of serious crimes under the Rome Statute…

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ICC acquits Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé from all charges

Today, 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. A fully reasoned decision will be issued in writing in due course. The Prosecutor may appeal the decision after the full decision is filed. As a consequence, the Chamber ordered the release of…

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Tennis: Andy Murray Plans to Retire

Tennis: Andy Murray Plans to Retire Britain’s Tennis sensation Andy Murray has indicated he wants to retire after this year’s Wimbledon due to injuries but fears the upcoming Australian Open, which starts next week could be the end of his impressive career. Speaking at a news conference in Melbourne on Friday, the visibly tearful Murry revealed he has not fully recovered from the hip surgery he underwent.   “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife announce divorce

Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos, have announced their intention to divorce, according to a joint statement released on Wednesday by the couple. The billionaire Jeff Bezos, 54, who is the richest person in the world with a net worth of almost 150 billion dollars has been married to his 48-year old novelist wife MacKenzie for 25 years. The decision to divorce followed after years of attempts by the couple to find a solution to their…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: ICC gives verdict on requests for provisional release and No Case to Answer motions

The Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has scheduled a hearing in open court on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 11:00 (The Hague local time) to deliver its decision on the ‘Requête de la Défense de Laurent Gbagbo afin qu’un jugement d’acquittement portant sur toutes les charges soit prononcé en faveur de Laurent Gbagbo et que sa mise en liberté immédiate soit ordonnée’, on the ‘Blé Goudé Defence No Case to Answer Motion’ as…

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Salah named CAF African Player of the Year

  Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year – the second consecutive year he has won the award. He received the award at a ceremony in Goree Island, Senegal on Tuesday. Egypt forward Salah, 26, beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title. On the night Salah said: “I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I…

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Indiscipline: When Indecisiveness Destroys Your Future

When Indecisiveness on Indiscipline Destroys Your Future Laws are made and meant to be obeyed. The purpose of making laws is to bring some degree of sanity and coherence in our rather incoherent, chaotic environment. But that is not enough, sanity and coherency go beyond the environmental improvement; they equally affect every part of your life – and your future.  You don’t have to crack your brain further thinking how this is the case. I’ll help explain. Without sentiments,…

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Will You Live Up To Your Dreams and Responsibilities In the Year 2019?

2018 has come to an end. It is time to count your gains and losses. Time for a sober reflection. More than anything else, the end of the year means the end of a chapter in your life. While New Year comes with new life, it equally, brings one a step to their ultimate end. It means, logically speaking, that one does not have the luxury of time in this world. That calls for an economy of your time….

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Samir Nasri signs for West Ham after completing doping ban

Samir Nasri signs for West Ham after completing doping ban Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has signed a new contract with West Ham the same day he completed his doping ban. Nasri has signed a contract to stay with the Hammers until the end of the season. He has been since 31 January without a club following his 18-month doping ban. The 31-year-old Frenchman, who last played for the Turkish side Antalyaspor was banned for alleged…

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Interior: Bathroom Deco

The ambience of your bathroom sets out how relaxed and calm your bathing experience will be. It is very important for your bathroom to ooze a very relaxing atmosphere because some of the most brilliant ideas have come from bathing sessions; so you need to start giving your bathroom the treatment it deserves. Bathroom décor doesn’t come off easy because it requires a special blend of colours and features, to set the tone you want. Colours could be based…

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Health: Depression

Depression is eating away many people today, as well as causing enormous social, financial and medical repercussions to the society. Globally, a lot of suicide deaths stemming from depression have been registered over the past two years. Clearly, depression is not limited to the poor; affluent and rich people, including celebrities, are not immune to depression. Notably prominent celebrities, from Mac Miller, Avicci, Chester Bennington to Robin Williams, have fallen victims to depression. Depression is a mood disorder characterized…

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Bullying at School, And how I Overcame it

My experience might not be something new to many kids out there, but I believe sharing my experience could help other kids face their tormentors and probably find a solution to this well-known problem at school. Some years ago, when I was 6 years, I was bullied by a group of children to the extent that I considered stopping going to school. Initially, it started with a boy, who always tried to provoke me. However, I and my siblings’…

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