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Coronavirus – Libya: UNSMIL Statement on Recent Developments in Libya

Coronavirus – Libya: UNSMIL Statement on Recent Developments in Libya

ABU DHABI, AFCON, AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court
Protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including health facilities, schools, detention facilities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemicTRIPOLI, Libya, June 7, 2020/ -- The tragedy that has beset Libya for more than a year has proven, beyond any doubt, that any war among Libyans is a losing war.  There can be no real victor, only heavy losses for the nation and its people, who have already suffered due to conflict for more than nine years.A political solution to Libya’s longstanding crisis remains within grasp and the Mission, as ever, stands ready to convene a fully inclusive Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process.  We are encouraged by recent calls on the part of Libyan leaders for the resumption of such talks with an aim towards ending the fighting and...
WORLD: ICC permits Ex President Laurent Gbagbo to leave Belgium

WORLD: ICC permits Ex President Laurent Gbagbo to leave Belgium

CRIME, international criminal court, WORLD
The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years after the former West African strongman’s arrest and transfer to the Hague-based court. Belgium agreed to host Gbagbo, 73, after he was released in February last year under strict conditions including that he would return to court for a prosecution appeal against his acquittal. An ICC spokesman said Gbagbo could travel provided if the country he was going to agreed to receive him. Gbagbo’s return to Ivory Coast, where his Ivorian Popular Front Part...
Kenya to bolster border security against deadly Al Shabab attacks

Kenya to bolster border security against deadly Al Shabab attacks

AFRICA, international criminal court, KENYA
Kenya has endured a grim start to the new year as extremist group al-Shabab launched attacks against a school, a police post and a military base shared by U.S. forces. Observers are debating whether the surge of violence signals renewed strength by the terror group or is a seasonal phenomenon. A new report found the group has killed more than 4,000 civilians over the past 10 years. On Monday, three teachers were killed and one abducted in Kamuthe, a town in Garissa county, bordering Somalia. The three killed were all non-Muslims, while the one kidnapped was a Muslim. Another teacher was wounded, according to the Associated Press. Attackers also hit a police post and destroyed a telecommunications tower. Hillary Mutyambai, inspector general of the Kenya Police Servic...
Masindi FDC boss arrested over petition to take Museveni to ICC

Masindi FDC boss arrested over petition to take Museveni to ICC

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, UGANDA
The Budongo Sub County Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) chairperson, Mr Esau Amanio has been arrested after he was allegedly found with petition forms to take President Museveni to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Amanio was picked on Wednesday by police to go and explain why he was allegedly in possession of the forms and why he was registering people’s names without the consent of police. The Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Mr Godfrey Nyakahuma vowed to arrest more of those found registering people without police notice.“It is true we have arrested him and we are going to arrest more who are involved in registering people without police notice,” Mr Nyakahuma said.Mr Innocent Bikorwomuhangi, the Coordinator of the opposition ‘People’s Government’ in Masindi s...
Kenya says its military killed 4 terrorists as al-Shabaab claims attack on US base

Kenya says its military killed 4 terrorists as al-Shabaab claims attack on US base

al shabab, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, KENYA, united states of america
Kenya's military said it killed at least four terrorists Sunday in repelling an attack on an airstrip located near a US military base.A US service member and two civilian contractors working for the Defense Department were killed in the attack, according to US Africa Command. In a statement, Kenya's Defense Forces (KDF) said there had been an attempt to breach security at Manda Airstrip -- which is near the Camp Simba US base -- but it had been "successfully repulsed.""Four terrorists' bodies have so far been found," the KDF said in the statement. "The airstrip is safe."Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in Lamu county, near Kenya's border with Somalia.US Africa Command -- which is responsible for military relations with nations on the continen...
Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, lybia
Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar has declared a ceasefire, ending a nine-month campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.The conditional ceasefire in the western region of the country -- including Tripoli -- started at 12:01 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the general's spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari.That's provided that the rival side -- the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) -- abides by it, the statement added."The response will be harsh to any breach of this armistice," said al-Mismari.The GNA said the ceasefire was violated just minutes after going into effect by militias in Salah al-Din and Wadi al-Rabi districts. Despite this, the GNA is still committed to the ceasefire but said if it occurs again the "response will be violent and harsh."Since April, forc...
Iran vows to ‘punish’ those responsible for shooting down Ukrainian plane as arrests are made

Iran vows to ‘punish’ those responsible for shooting down Ukrainian plane as arrests are made

INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court
Iran announced Tuesday authorities have arrested those responsible for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane last week as President Hassan Rouhani said that anyone involved in the “painful and unforgivable” mishap “should be punished.” The arrests come as Iran’s judiciary also has taken 30 people into custody over street protests that have erupted inside the Islamic Republic following the plane disaster. The shootdown and the lack of transparency from Iranian officials – who initially claimed the crash was the result of a mechanical failure – has reignited anger at the country’s leadership. "The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts," President Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran. “This is no...

The US says it is “ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations” with Iran following the countries’ exchange of hostilities

INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, united states of america
ran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the missile attacks as a "slap in the face" for the US and called for an end to the American presence in the Middle East. The US strike on Soleimani also killed members of Iran-backed Iraqi militias, who have also vowed revenge. However, US Vice-President Mike Pence told CBS News that "intelligence" indicated that Iran had asked its allied militias not to attack US targets. The US House of Representatives has scheduled a vote for Thursday on limiting President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran without specific approval from Congress. In a letter to the UN Security Council, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said the US was ready to negotiate "with the goal of preventing further endangerment of internationa...

Al-Shabaab bomb kills 3, wounds 6 in Somali capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, somalia
A Somali official says a car bomb has killed three people and wounded six others at a checkpoint in the capital. Salah Omar, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor, says the blast occurred Wednesday as soldiers were conducting searches at a checkpoint. He said the bomb attached to the vehicle was remotely detonated. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. The group often targets Somalia’s capital By Kayongo Brian Timothy

Tito Magito Tanzanian rights activist case postponed

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, TANZANIA
The case against detained Tanzanian rights activist Tito Magoti has been postponed until 21 January. Mr Magoti, a public affairs officer at the Legal and Human Rights Centre in Dar es Salaam, was abducted by unknown men in December last year at a busy market in the city. His family and colleagues looked for him for hours before police confirmed that they were holding him for questioning. Two days later, Mr Magoti was arraigned in court alongside Theodory Giyan, an IT expert at a private company. They were both charged with economic crimes including money laundering, charges which are not bailable in Tanzania. Their lawyers deny all the charges. The Legal and Human Rights Centre has tweeted about the postponement of their case Both Mr Magoti and Mr Giyan are kno...
Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

AFRICA, AMERICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, KENYA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
PRETORIA, South Africa The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients). The following opportunities are available: South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher. Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year). Students are selected through a rigorous application ...
USAID Administrator Mark   Green’s Phone Call with the Director-General of the World Health Organization,   the Honorable Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D

USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Phone Call with the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the Honorable Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D

AFRICA, AMERICA, BURUNDI, FEATURE STORIES, international criminal court, MAKERERE, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia
Administrator Green and the Director-General discussed additional Ebola-preparedness activities WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, January 6, 2020/ -- The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green spoke with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Friday to discuss efforts to respond to the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid increasing security concerns and how to best support the Government of DRC and its partners to control the disease. Administrator Green expressed his condolences to the Director-General for the attacks on WHO staff members on November 27, 2...

President commends Ntungamo Christians for unity

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, KENYA, OIL, REFUGEES, UGANDA
President commends Ntungamo Christians for unity President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the people of Ntungamo District in South Western Uganda for being united despite having different religious affiliations and also for now waking up the fight against household poverty through practicing commercial farming. “I congratulate the people of Ntungamo for being together despite various differences and for starting to come up in the fight against poverty,” he said. The President made the remarks today at the Sacred Heart Ntungamo Catholic Church in Ntungamo Municipality where he and the First Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni joined many Christians to celebrate Mass to thank God for entering the New Year 2020. Mr. Museveni also commended the people of the area for building a magnificent Chur...