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Kenya to withdraw ICC membership to avoid hague trial

The Kenyan parliament is considering a motion that would remove the country from the Rome Statute and end its obligations to the International Criminal Court. There is a wave of discontent rising within the Kenyan legislature against Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and the International Criminal Court

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Heavy fighting in Ivory Coast

Witnesses in Ivory Coast report heavy gunfire outside the headquarters of Alassane Ouattara, one of two men claiming the country's presidency. Ivorians were braced for violence Thursday after Mr. Ouattara called on supporters to march on state television and government buildings controlled by the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail

A court in London UK on Thursday ordered the immediate release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from prison. Assange was granted a conditional release on $316,000 bail last Tuesday , but British prosecutors acting onbehaf of Sweden appealed the court's decision, they argued that he is a flight risk and want him kept behind bars until his extradition hearing

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Robert Mugabe’s wife sues newspaper over wikileaks publication

The wife of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is suing the Standard newspaper for $15 million for publishing a WikiLeaks cable linking her to obtaining diamonds illegally. A spokesman for Grace Mugabe said Wednesday the newspaper wrongly identified her in cables from the U.S embassy in Harare, which claimed she and high level government made millions of dollars after hiring diggers to hand pick diamonds at a Chiadzwa mine

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Dick Cheney Escapes Charges in Nigeria

British media say Nigeria has dropped bribery charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for his alleged actions as a top official at energy company Halliburton. Reports say Halliburton agreed to pay $250 million in fines in exchange for the charges being dropped. The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says charges filed last week accused Halliburton, Cheney

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Fight over Ivory Coast National TV Station

A leading member of groups supporting Ivory Coast’s former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara said they will take over the country’s state broadcaster Thursday, despite threats of violent clashes with the army following the disputed 28th November presidential run-off vote

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United Nations Warns of Possible War in Ivory Coast

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply concerned about the threat of violence in Ivory Coast as a result of that country's continuing political stalemate. In a statement through his spokesman Wednesday, Mr. Ban says recent developments have created a politically-charged environment where actions could have “unpredictable consequences,” including the renewal of civil war

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Kenya: ICC names post election violence suspects

The International Criminal Court has named six Kenyans as suspects in the country's 2008 post-election violence, including several top officials. Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the court Wednesday to charge the suspects with crimes including murder, persecution and rape. Among those Ocampo named were finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta and industrialization minister Henry Kosgey

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Jacob Zuma demands $700,000 in Rape Cartoon Lawsuit

South African President Jacob Zuma has filed a defamation lawsuit for a 2008 newspaper cartoon he says defamed and humiliated him. In the $700,000 suit, Mr. Zuma says the cartoon published in the Sunday Times the year before he was elected president damaged his reputation. The cartoon depicts Mr. Zuma unbuckling his belt as his supporters hold a figurative Lady Justice on the ground

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Gbagbo’s Forces Block Ouattara Headquarters

Tension is escalating in Ivory Coast, where troops loyal to leader Laurent Gbagbo blocked roads to the hotel housing his rival for the presidency, Alassane Ouattara. Soldiers set up the roadblocks a few hundred meters from Abidjan's Golf Hotel on Monday. They barred access to the area around Mr. Ouattara's headquarters for most of the day before finally letting traffic through

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Nepal ex-crown prince arrested on gun charges

Police in Nepal say they have arrested a former crown prince after he fired a gun during an argument. Officials said Tuesday they were questioning Paras Shah, who has said in a statement he fired a single shot. Shah said two guests at a restaurant insulted him and the monarchy. He said he fired the gun because he could not bear to hear insults against his family and country

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Nigerian Militant Hands Over 8 Camps to Military

The Nigerian military says a militant leader in the oil-rich Niger Delta has handed over eight camps to authorities. Ateke Tom surrendered the camps in Rivers state over the past few days. Tom is one of several militants who have accepted a government amnesty aimed at pacifying the volatile Niger Delta. Attacks and kidnappings aimed primarily at the region's oil industry have reduced Nigerian oil production and revenue over the past five years

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Alassane Ouattara rejects Gbagbo’s call for talks

Ivory Coast's presidential challenger, Alassane Ouattara, says he will not talk with President Laurent Gbagbo unless the president first accepts that he lost last month's election. A spokesman for Mr. Ouattara said Saturday the two sides can negotiate so long as it is about the conditions for Mr. Gbagbo's departure. Mr. Ouattara is the internationally recognized winner of last month's presidential run-off election, but Mr. Gbagbo is refusing to relinquish power

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Portugal Does Not Need International Bailout – PM Jose Socrates

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates says his country can solve its financial problems by itself and does not need an international bailout. In an interview published Saturday, Mr. Socrates said Portugal does not “have any problem” that would require it to ask the International Monetary Fund for assistance like Greece and Ireland already have done this year

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