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Quest for Inter-Religious Harmony as Ghana’s chief imam Donates to Cathedral Project

Ghana’s chief imam Sheikh Osman Sharubutu has donated more than $8,000 to support the construction of a national cathedral. Some have deemed both the donation and the construction of the cathedral controversial. While many have criticised the cathedral project and classified it as a misplaced priority, given Ghana’s present economic hardship, some Muslims have frowned at the idea of donating thousands of dollars to a Christian project.  The government in Accra started an awareness campaign recently to encourage Ghanaians to donate…

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Abd-Al-Rahman case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Today, 9 July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) unanimously, issued a decision confirming all the charges brought by the Prosecutor against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber.  Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane, found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is responsible for 31 counts of…

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Rice, Beans and Fried Sweet Potatoes with Beef-Tomato Stew.

  Cuisine:   Rice, Beans and Fried Sweet Potatoes with Beef-Tomato Stew. Country: Nigeria       Ingredients (for 4 people): 400g Basmati rice, 300g black-eyed beans, 500g beef,  600g potatoes, 1kg tomatoes, two onions, five tablespoons olive oil, one pepper, garlic, water, salt, bouillon.   Preparation time: 20 minutes        Cooking time: 65 minutes                     Preparation method: 1. Cut the beef, wash and cook it for 40…

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Ivory Coast: The office of Prime Minister and the abysmal omen

Ordinarily, the prime minister’s office in many countries is powerful; it is a position everyone would dream of and do everything to occupy. Sure, the second in command, after the President. Ask Kamala Harris and the likes; they would wholeheartedly tell you it is a political position some would rather die for to reach. Die for, or perhaps die in, if you are familiar with the political climate of Ivory Coast. Hum!  For sure, it is a desirable influential…

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Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

The Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have divorced after 27 years of marriage. In a Twitter message, the couple announced they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple.” “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they added. The billionaire couple jointly runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions in philanthropy.  How it all…

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Proverb of the week: “Hot water does not burn down the house.” (English)

Hot water does not burn down the house (English) Maji ya moto hayachomi nyumba (Swahili / Eastern and Central Africa) This African proverb is very common amongst the Sukuma and Ngoreme tribes of Tanzania and the Kuria people in Kenya and Tanzania. Primarily, they use the saying to encourage a husband and wife that peaceful co-existence between them is vital to the success of their marriage – irrespective of arguments and challenges they encounter in their relationship. The couple must work…

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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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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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Virtual Reading Time With Liam Katabira, The Young Writer

Virtual Reading Time With Liam Katabira, The Young Writer Join the virtual reading time with our youth ambassador Liam Katabira for all interesting stories. Date: Every Sunday Time: 6pm (EA/Ugandan time) Via: Facebook live stream Young Writers Forum is promoted by:

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Hear The Young Writer’s Story

Do you want to become a young writer? Do you want your stories to be published? Possibilities can be endless – if you have the determination. Liam Katabira is a living witness of what a child can achieve if they are determined. Join the Kata Kata Young Writers’ Club and realise your dreams.

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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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