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ICC judges reject opening of an investigation regarding Afghanistan situation

Today, 12 April 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected unanimously the request of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, on the territory of in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice. The Chamber is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, who will be appending a concurring separate opinion,…

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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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Ex-Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu seriously sick, needs $50,000 help

Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, has been confirmed to very sick. The former national coach is in need of support to enable him get medical treatment outside Nigeria. It was learnt that he needs an estimated $50,000 assistance to take care of the medical bills. He is expected to make a trip to the United States where he will undergo surgery. Chukwu was the captain of the Green Eagles that won the Africa Cup of Nations…

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Saif-Al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I confirms case is admissible before the ICC

Today, 5 April 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), by majority, rejected the Admissibility Challenge presented by the Defence of Mr Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. The Majority, constituted by Judge Péter Kovács and Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, decided that the case against Mr Gaddafi was admissible before the Court.  Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut will file a minority opinion in due course.    On 6 June 2018, the Defence filed an Admissibility Challenge concerning the case…

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Algeria: When Bouteflika’s ‘asking for forgiveness’ becomes a warning

Following the six week’s protests in Algeria, demanding the end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s rule, the President has not only finally agreed to step down; he has equally asked Algerians “for forgiveness” for whatever he may have done wrong as a leader. The Algerian strong man had ruled the country for 20 years but is presently confined to a wheelchair as a result of a stroke he suffered some years ago, which has kept him rarely in public. Mr….

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Aiteo/NFF Awards: Musa named Nigeria’s Player of The Year

Super Eagles and Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia forward, Ahmed Musa was named Nigeria’s Player of the Year 2018 at the 2nd AITEO/NFF Football Awards. The event was held Monday night at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Nigerian 2018 World Cup hero was voted ahead of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo of Shanghai Shenhua for the topmost award of the night. Musa made it a double feat by also winning the Best Goal of the…

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1994 Super Eagles grateful, says Oliseh

 Nigeria’s ex-international and former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the Legend’s Award given to the Super Eagles 1994 squad. Oliseh said that words could not explain how happy he was for the recognition and urged other sports federations to emulate the NFF by honouring the nation’s sports heroes. He told the filled hall at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos venue: “Indeed it is a great one for me…

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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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Gonzalo Higuain retires from international football

Argentina’s striker, Gonzalo Higuain has announced on Thursday that he would retire from international football with his South American country. The 31-year-old Chelsea player, who is on a loan from Juventus made 75 appearances and scored 31 goals for Argentina. His last engagement for the Albiceleste was in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they narrowly won 2-1 against Nigeria. Although Higuain insisted his decision to quit international football was borne out of family grounds, it is hardly…

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Solskjaer confirmed as Man Utd permanent manager, earns less than Mourinho

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was appointed by Manchester United as a caretaker to replace Jose Mourinho has been offered a permanent contract by the club. However, the Norwegian will earn half of Jose Mourinho’s £15million-a-year salary. Mr. Solskjaer just signed a three-year contract yesterday worth £7.5million-a-year. The permanent contract came, following his impressive performance, which saw him win 14 of his 19 matches since he took over from the Portuguese. Under his watch, Solskjaer successfully led the club to…

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Taking dreadlocks to another level

Dreadlocks have become so common now in both men and women. Unlike a few years ago, people who spotted dreadlocks were said to be wayward. A common misconception then about people with dreadlocks is that they don’t wash their hair. Now, it’s the in –thing with both young and old fighting for space in the dreadlock world! As much as many people think wearing dreadlocks is the easiest hairstyle, it is well, not easy or cheap if you want…

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