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Ivory Coast: The Right Time To Do the Right Thing

Personally, the thought of the West African country Ivory Coast invokes conflicting images of nostalgia, quintessence, lawlessness, precariousness and uncertainty. There was once a country. Peaceful, self-reliant and economic giant a nation its citizens dreamt about. Not anymore. Greed, power drunkenness, nepotism, disregard for the rule of law, insensitive to the citizens’ plights have turned the once restful Ivory Coast into a land of instability, chaos and political uncertainty and systematically rekindled the social cognition of an average Ivorian…

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Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip has died aged 99.

Buckingham Palace has announced Prince Philip’s death, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, at the age of 99. He passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, the Palace announced. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our…

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Statement by ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, at the conclusion of her visit to Mali

Photo credit: © Timbuktu TFV-ICC HD @Nicolas Réméné From the 29th to the 31st of March, I had the honour to conduct my third and last official visit to Mali in my capacity as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the ‘’Court’’) before my term ends in June of this year. While in Mali, my delegation and I had a full programme  of meetings and productive discussions with the Malian authorities, the judiciary, representatives of civil society,…

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ICC Appeals Chamber confirms acquittal of Gbagbo and Goudé of all charges of crime against humanity

Today, 31 March 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) delivered its judgment on the Prosecutor’s appeal against Trial Chamber I’s decision of 15 January 2019, which had acquitted, by majority, Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé of all charges of crime against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. The Appeals Chamber confirmed, by majority, Judge Ibáñez and Judge Bossa dissenting, the decision of the Trial Chamber. The acquittal of Mr Gbagbo and Mr…

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Okonjo-Iweala wants debt relief for low-income countries to boost trade

The newly appointed director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has recommended a multilateral debt relief for low-income countries, arguing that such a step will promote investment and trade world-wide. She made her appeal on Monday, 29 March, during a meeting with heads of state and government, which focused on International Debt Architecture and Liquidity. Supporting her recommendation, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigeria’s finance minister, narrated her country’s economy boomed between 2004 and 2005 when it enjoyed debt…

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Ntaganda case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms conviction and sentencing decisions

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) delivered its judgments on 30 March 2021, confirming, by majority, the decision of Trial Chamber VI (“Trial Chamber”) of 8 July 2019, which found Bosco Ntaganda guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2002-2003. Furthermore, the Appeals Chamber unanimously confirmed the Trial Chamber’s decision of 7 November 2019, by which Mr Ntaganda was sentenced to a…

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President Obama’s Kenyan Grandmother dies at 99

Former President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, has died at a hospital in Kenya. She was 99 years old. According to her daughter Marsat Onyango, Sarah Obama, the third and youngest wife of Barack Obama’s grandfather, died early on Monday at a hospital in Kisumu, west of Kenya.  Although Mrs Obama had been sick for a week, she did not die of Covid-19. Fondly referred to as Granny Sarah by President Obama, Mrs Obama had a close relationship with…

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Technology: Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is a process of identifying human face using technology known as biometrics. This technology is standard at airports, schools, companies’ building law enforcement departments, to mention just a few. The biometrics maps the features and stores the data as a faceprint. The new technology captures both still images and a live video, and it uses an algorithm to compare the captured photos to the faceprint to authenticate an individual’s identity. This technology captures an individual’s features regardless…

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USA: Man arrested outside VP Kamala Harris’ official residence with rifle and ammunition

Washington DC Police have arrested a Texas man outside Vice President Kamala Harris’s official residence in the USA capital on Wednesday. According to Washington’s Metropolitan Police, the arrested 31-year-old Paul Murray of San Antonio, Texas, had a rifle and ammunition in his vehicle. The suspected was detained by Uniformed Division officers of the US Secret Service before Metropolitan Police arrived on the scene. The arrest was made around 12:12 pm, at the 3400 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NW, following…

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John Magufuli: Tanzania’s COVID-19 Sceptic President dies at 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. He was 61 years old. According to the televised message from the country’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, “President John Magufuli died of a heart ailment that he has battled for over 10 years.” The Vice President announced 14 days of national mourning. Samia Suluhu Hassan is now constitutionally the acting President of Tanzania until the next election. She will be Tanzania’s first female…

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Ivory Coast’s PM Hamed Bakayoko dies in Germany

Hamed Bakayoko, the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, has died of cancer in a hospital in Germany, authorities say. Mr Bakayoko passed away on Wednesday, a few days after his 56th birthday. Hamed Bakayoko was flown to France in February for medical treatments and later transferred to Germany when his condition worsened.  Hamed Bakayoko was newly appointed prime minister in July, after the sudden death of his predecessor, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, sadly, the appointment did not last long. After…

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Kata Kata Village Celebrates International Women’s Day In A Special Way.

As we join the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day today, we must accept that women are an indispensable part of social development. Their contribution is enormous. Empowering women means recognising and tapping their potentials for the socio-economic transformation of society. Join the Kata Kata Village to achieve this target. Read the free cartoon story:https://katakata.org/2018-edition-vol-5-issue-17-digital/

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