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Liberia: Many children die in a school fire outbreak near Monrovia

A fire outbreak at a boarding school in a suburb of Monrovia the capital of Liberia has claimed the lives of at least 27 people, many of them children. The tragedy took place in an Islamic school in the early hours of the morning when many students were sleeping. The affected building is near the mosque of the students. Although at least 27 bodies have been recovered so far, the Police are still searching for more bodies. According to…

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Afghanistan: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II authorises Prosecutor to Appeal Decision Refusing Investigation

Today, 17 September 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted in part the request of the Prosecutor for Leave to Appeal the “Decision Pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute on the Authorisation of an Investigation into the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”.  Once the Prosecutor will submit her appeal, it will then be up to the Appeals Chamber to decide whether or not to confirm the Pre-Trial chamber’s decision. On 12 April…

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Zambia’s 2021 polls and government’s crackdown on rival parties

A lot of activities are going on in Zambia ahead of 2021 polls among the aspirants eyeing various political seats. The incumbent President Edgar Lungu will automatically seek his third term in the office after Zambia’s Constitutional court last year December ruled that he is eligible to vie again. President Lungu came to power in 2015 following the demise of former President Michael Sata. He was the defence minister under Sata. He contested again in 2016 and was declared…

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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: Confirmation of charges hearing to open on 19 September 2019

On 19 September 2019 at 09:30 (The Hague local time), the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona will open before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing is scheduled until 27 September 2019. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient…

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Basketball: We vowed not to miss the Olympics

Nigeria basketball star Al-Farouq Aminu has revealed that a pledge made in 2012 helped ignite D’Tigers to their third straight Olympics ticket. Extrasportsnigeria.com reports that Nigeria on Sunday recorded a decisive 86-73 victory over hosts China, which saw them finish the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 3-2 record and seal direct entry into the Olympics as the best African team. Al-Farouq Aminu told FIBA.com: “It was a character builder for our team (beating China and picking a ticket)….

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The xenophobic attacks and South Africa -African relationship

It is not the first time many African migrants in South Africa faced the brute anger of their fellow South Africans, who have accused them of stealing their jobs. Anger alone would be a mere understatement. For sure, many a time, South Africans have audaciously committed a heinous crime against African migrants living in South Africa in the name of the xenophobic attack. Not just xenophobic attacks that come to mind. The monstrous brutish butchery of African foreigners in…

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Football: Somalia, Djibouti register landmark wins in decades

Somalia and Djibouti national soccer teams marked a big milestone in the world of football after registering first crucial wins in the first round of Africa’s World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers that took place on Thursday and Wednesday respectively. The first leg of the preliminary rounds involving 28-lowest ranked countries were played between 3rd and 5th with the second leg scheduled for next week. Lowly-ranked Somalia humiliated Zimbabwe 1-0 yesterday recording their first win in qualifiers after 35 years….

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Argentina beat Nigeria in China

D’Tigers lost their second match at the FIBA World Cup by 94-81 to Argentina on Monday. The South Americans relied on experience in the third quarter to overcome the Tigers and record their second victory in Group B in a game played at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Wuhan Sports Centre, China. According to a FIBA.com report, Argentina established a double-digit lead soon after the tip-off but the Nigerians turned up the heat in the second quarter to…

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Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia: ICC Appeals Chamber rejects the Prosecutor’s appeal

On 2 September 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presiding, delivered its judgment and rejected the appeal of the Prosecutor against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on the “Application for Judicial Review by the Government of the Union of the Comoros”‘ of 15 November 2018. The Appeals Chamber’s judgment was taken by majority, with Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji and Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza issuing partly dissenting…

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The ugly face of tribalism in Africa

There is no other continent which is marred with inter and intra-rift like Africa. We pretend to love one another, but the truth is that in reality, we often hate one another to the inner core. We live a life of denial feigning we are a united continent, but most of the time, our actions speak louder than words. An outsider who happens to grace any Independence Day in any of the African countries may feel inspired by the…

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