DR Congo ‘terminator’ warlord Ntaganda’s ICC trial to open

Former Congolese warlord Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda goes on trial Wednesday before the International Criminal Court for war crimes including the rape of child soldiers within his own rebel army. The former leader of rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who turned himself in in 2013, faces 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at his highly-anticipated trial before The Hague-based court. Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in savage ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich and restive northeastern Congolese province of Ituri in 2002-2003, in a conflict rights groups believe has left some 60,000 dead since 1999. Ntaganda “recruited hundreds of children… and used them to kill and to die in the fighting,” ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said. Girl soldiers were “routinely raped,” the prosecutor added. But she brushed aside criticism that the court was targeting just one ethnic group for prosecution. “This trial […]

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DRC 'Terminator' at war crimes trial

DR Congo’s Bosco Ntaganda pleads not guilty at ICC trial 2 September 2015 From the section Africa Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Ntaganda has been described as merciless by his victims Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has pleaded not guilty to all charges at the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. The 18 charges include murder, rape and the recruitment of child soldiers. Evidence has been gathered from more than 2,000 alleged victims, including former child soldiers. Nicknamed “The Terminator”, Gen Ntaganda’s trial is the biggest and most complex case in the ICC’s history. He fought for different rebel groups as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army. Africa Live: Latest updates He made his not guilty plea in a barely audible voice, standing in the dock with his signature pencil moustache, reports the BBC’s Anna Holligan from […]

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Morocco: Morocco’s Long-Term Water and Power Strategies Are Paying Off – Jean R. Abinader

[Moroccan American Center] Moving ahead at Regional and National Levels

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Mozambique: Economist Charged With ‘Facebook Libel’

[African Arguments] A Mozambican academic and editor faced trial for allegedly libelling former president Guebuza. The prosecution did not present a single witness.

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Lesotho: Growth Set to Slow, Says IMF

[IMF] End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF's Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF's Executive Board for discussion and decision.

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Ghana: Press Bus Not Roadworthy Story – the Evidence

[Ghanaian Chronicle] Following the attack on The Chronicle by the PRO of NRSC that we concocted the PRESS BUS NOT RAODWORTHY story, we have decided to reproduce what happened at the launch of the National Road Safety Awards and the transcript of the conversation we had with the executive Director and an official at the Commission, via phone. The two formed the basis for our story. Please read on.

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Gambia: ‘Inflation of CFA Not an Excuse for Increase of Price of Rams’

[The Point] The Director General of The Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA), Chief Bakary Dembo Badjie, has said inflation of the CFA should not warrant the livestock dealers to increase prices of animals during the Tobaski ram sale.

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Liberia: Public Work Grimed Over ‘Limited’ Budget

[New Republic] The Minister of Public Works Gyude Moore has disclosed that US$27 million passed for the 2015/2016 fiscal year budget is limited for ongoing operations at the Ministry.

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Nigeria: Leventis Motors Completes Auto Plant in Nigeria

[Daily Trust] Lagos -Leventis Motors, a division of A.G Leventis Nigeria Plc has announced the completion of its auto assembly plant in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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South Africa: Rate Hike, Rand Rout Hits New Car Sales

[News24Wire] New vehicle sales slumped 8.2% year-on-year to 51 055 units in August, figures released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed on Tuesday.

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