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Kenyan President can perform official duties during trial, ICC says

Uhuru KenyattaThe ICC will allow Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to perform some official duties and will not require his “continuous presence” as he faces trial starting November 12 for orchestrating 2007's post-election violence, the court said Friday.

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African Union says ICC cannot prosecute sitting leaders

Uhuru-KenyattaAfrican nations slammed the International Criminal Court on Saturday for putting sitting head of states on trial and called its handling of Africa “unfair.” African Union ministers demanded that cases against Kenyan and Sudanese leaders be deferred.

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OAU Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With Music, Caribbean Thinking

ouaAddis Ababa, May 25 (Prensa Latina) A rhythmic reggae of Peter Tosh and evocations to the mythical Bob Marley gave a Caribbean tone to the celebration today of the Africa Day, marked by a call for unity between the Diaspora and the continent.

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Mandela Responds Well to Treatment, Government Says

nelsonmandela1Pretoria, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) South Africas Former President Nelson Mandela, 94, continues to respond favorably to treatment and remains in serious condition, but stable, the president reported.

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Nigerians flee as air strikes target Islamists

Imam-Abubakar-ShekauParts of northeast Nigeria imposed a round-the-clock curfew on Saturday as residents fled air strikes targeting Boko Haram strongholds. US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned the military to use "discipline" in its offensive against Islamists.

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South Africa's Mandela 'improving' as Obama flies in

winnie-mandelaPRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG - (Reuters) - South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is doing much better in hospital, his ex-wife Winnie said on Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obama arrived for a visit that will pay homage to a man he calls his "personal hero".

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Donors' conference pledges €3.25 billion for Mali

touareg colorInternational donors pledged €3.25 billion to help rebuild conflict-hit Mali at an international conference in Brussels on Wednesday. The pledges vastly exceeded expectations, with Mali originally hoping to secure some €2 billion in funding.

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French Intervention in Mali Will Cost 400 Million Euros

mali francia soldados helicParis, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The cost of the French military intervention in Mali will exceed the 400 million euros at the end of the year, according to estimates of the Chief of the Military Staff, Edouard Guillaud, published today in this capital city.

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Mandela leaves hospital for 'high care' at home

Nelson Mandela 66Johannesburg, ZAF) - Nelson Mandela has left hospital after a 10-day stay during which the anti-apartheid icon was treated for pneumonia and will now receive "high care" at home, the South African government said.

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Historical Leader Nelson Mandela Seriously Ill but Stable

mandela1Pretoria, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The historic African leader, Nelson Mandela, continues in the Medi-Clinic Herat hospital in serious condition but stable condition, said the government after two weeks of hospitalization of the former president.

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Mandela being treated for lung illness

nelsonmandela-300x168CAPE TOWN — Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been readmitted to hospital with the recurrence of a lung infection.

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UK to compensate Kenyans tortured in Mau Mau revolt

Kenyans-Wambuga-Wa-Nyingi-006British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Thursday announced a compensation package worth €23.5 million for the thousands of Kenyans who suffered torture and abuse during the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in the 1950s.

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Central African Republic rebel chief to name power-sharing government

seleka rebelsBANGUI (Reuters) – The leader of rebels in Central African Republic has pledged to name a power-sharing government in a bid to defuse international criticism of Sunday’s coup that killed 13 South African soldiers and plunged the mineral-rich nation into chaos.

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Nelson Mandela Hospitalized: Former South African President in 'Serious But Stable Condition'

mandela-2012JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa was hospitalized early Saturday to be treated for a recurring lung infection, the South African government said. It was the fourth time in less than a year that the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader has been hospitalized, deepening concern about his increasing frailty.

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Uhuru Kenyatta hails Kenya election 'democracy triumph'

Son of founding Kenyan President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and heir to one of the largest fortunes in Kenya, newly elected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has hailed his poll win as a "triumph of democracy" and peace.

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US offers $23 million for West African terror chiefs

Boko-haram 2The United States has offered $23 million in reward money for help in capturing militant leaders in West Africa, including senior members of al Qaeda's regional branch AQIM and the leader of Nigeria-based terror group Boko Haram (pictured).

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Kenya elections: What you need to know

(CNN) -- Kenyans vote Monday in the first general election since a disputed vote erupted into ethnic violence five years ago. The clashes left about 1,200 people dead and ended after the formation of a government based on an uneasy coalition between the president and the prime minister.

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Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe elections will be held before 31 July

Robert-Mugabe-009Zimbabwean president promises to abide by court ruling calling for elections, despite objections from opposition The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, has said he will abide by a court ruling that crucial elections must be held before the end of July, despite objections from his rivals.

Mugabe told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp travelling with him on a trip to Japan that he would convene polls "not later than 31 July", state radio reported.

Mugabe, interviewed by the broadcaster on Sunday, claimed some members in a coalition with Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister and former opposition leader, wanted to delay the elections "to enjoy being in power" for longer, the radio said.

The constitutional court, the nation's highest court, on Friday chided Mugabe for not calling elections linked to the dissolution of the parliament at the end of its current five-year term on 29 June.

Tsvangirai said electoral and democratic reforms demanded under the coalition agreement and a new constitution could not be completed by 31 July.

Mugabe travelled to Japan to attend an African development summit in Yokahama. He described the coalition formed by regional leaders after the last violent and disputed elections in 2008 as having "outlived its usefulness", the radio said.

The president said he was consulting the justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa, on changes to the electoral laws that should be finished in June so he could announce the actual polling date for the following month.

Tsvangirai's party said on Sunday that unless reforms to voters' lists and the registration of new voters were in place before voting there would be doubt over whether conditions allowed for a free and fair election.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change said it also demanded media reforms to end bias by the country's dominant state media controlled by Mugabe loyalists and an end to political intimidation and partisan actions by the police and military.

Those demands are written into a new constitution that was overwhelmingly accepted in a referendum in March, the party said.

"For the avoidance of any doubt, the MDC is ready for free and fair elections. The issue is not about the date but about the conditions under which these elections can be held," said the party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora.

Pro-democracy activists allege Mugabe's own fractious Zanu-PF party wants early polls to take advantage of flaws in existing election procedures, shorten rigorous campaigning by its increasingly frail leader and hinder the deployment of regional election monitors.

Mugabe, 89, who led the nation to independence in 1980, has been accused of packing the courts with sympathetic judges whom he appoints from the justice ministry and the legal profession.

Seven out of nine constitutional court judges ruled on Friday that Mugabe had violated his constitutional responsibilities by failing to declare polls by 29 June.

But Judge Luke Malaba, in his dissenting opinion available on an official website on Sunday, said his colleagues' ruling "defied logic" in finding Mugabe was in breach of his constitutional responsibilities "and at the same time authorising him to continue acting unlawfully" by proclaiming a July date.

"That is a very dangerous principle and has no basis in law. The principle of the rule of law just does not permit such an approach," wrote Malaba.

He said the new constitution made it clear that elections could be held within four months of the automatic dissolution of the parliament on 29 June and to hold them in July compromised constitutional rights for the electorate as a whole "to play a meaningful role in the electoral process", Malaba said.

A private lawsuit brought before the constitutional court to force Mugabe to call early polls turned clear and unambiguous language in the law into "a question of interpretation that plunged the court into irreconcilable differences".

"I, however, refuse to have wool cast over the inner eye of my mind on this matter," concluded Malaba.