Ivory Coast ex-President Gbagbo goes free at ICC court in The Hague

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. He had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced. Mr Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara. […]

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Zimbabwean faces hearing for ‘undermining’ Mnangagwa

A 36-year-old man is being hauled before a disciplinary committee after allegedly undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa on social media, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights say in a statement. Prison officer John Mahlabera found himself in trouble after posting on Twitter “come to Chiredzi my president” – a message in support of opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. His employer, the Zimbabwe Prisons […]

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Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth – 15 years after they left the group. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said she was delighted to receive a letter from Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, dated 15 May. However, she added they would only return “when the conditions are right”. President Mnangagwa, who came to power in November after long-time leader Robert Mugabe […]

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South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel following death of 55 Palestinian protesters

South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel following a bloody crackdown on Palestinian protesters by Israel forces that left at least 55 dead and 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means. High-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations. The South African foreign ministry […]

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99% of Kenyans support laws criminalizing same-sex unions – Uhuru

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has firmly reiterated that he will continue to respect Kenyan laws regarding same-sex relationships. Kenya like much of Africa criminalizes such relationships. The president said even though the subject was of no major importance for citizens, an overwhelming majority of Kenyans fully supported legislation criminalizing same-sex unions. He was speaking during an interview with American cable-television […]

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Zimbabwe fires all striking nurses, to hire unemployed nurses and recall retired staff

On the eve of Zimbabwe’s 38th independence anniversary, the government has discharged all nurses that were participating in a strike demanding payment of allowances and restructuring of the salary scale. In a statement issued by the vice president, Constantino Chiwenga, government accused the striking nurses of ignoring the transfer of $17,114,446 transferred to the health ministry’s account to address their […]

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Zambia bans cabinet minister from parliament for slapping lawmaker

Zambia’s parliament suspended a cabinet minister on Tuesday from its proceedings for one month for slapping a fellow lawmaker within parliament grounds. Verbal abuse is common among members of parliament in Zambia but physical assault is rare. Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini said Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo was suspended for slapping outspoken lawmaker Chishimba Kambwili last October, […]

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