African leaders seeking impunity from ICC: Expert

The calls for African states to withdraw as signatories of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court should not be seen as an attempt to counter a perceived bias against Africa, but rather to continue the notions of impunity, according to a prominent law expert. The issue of Africa’s[…]

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SA seeks to reassure African states over Xenophobia

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane sought to assure African heads of diplomatic missions on Friday that the country was dealing with the recent spate of xenophobic attacks. “We said that the violent attacks against foreign nationals in some parts of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gatenby are despicable and that[…]

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Africa needs peace: Zuma

Africa needs peace and development, President Jacob Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Zuma said on Friday. “As the African First Ladies for Peace, we want to contribute in our own small way, to supporting the work of heads of State and government in the continent to promote peace,” she said at the[…]

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IS may impact Africa

While there has been much focus on the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East, a local journalist feels Africa may be vulnerable to the radical group’s ‘subversive ideology’. Simon Allison has pointed to the continent potentially being a prime-target for IS’s continued expansion. Speaking to VOC’s[…]

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Israel ‘coercing African migrants to leave’

The Israeli authorities have employed an “unlawful coercion policy” to force almost 7,000 African asylum seekers to leave Israel, putting them at risk of imprisonment and torture upon returning to their home countries, a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has alleged. The report, released on Tuesday, found at least[…]

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US must take more interest in Africa: Dlamini-Zuma

If the United States does not take more interest in Africa it is going to lose out, African Union commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Thursday. “It’s in their advantage to know what’s happening in Africa because if they don’t come to the party eventually the party will happen without[…]

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Obama could’ve done more for Africa: Zuma

United States of America president Barack Obama could have done more for the African continent especially because of his African descent, President Jacob Zuma said in Washington on Monday. “[This African descent] has made him tread very carefully and I think that is a reality,” he told a National Press[…]

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East Africa boosts anti-Ebola measures

Kenya and Ethiopia, home to some of Africa’s largest transport hubs, said Thursday they had boosted measures to combat possible Ebola cases arriving in their countries. Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre said in a statement that “port health services are on standby, with enhanced screening at border points to prevent[…]

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SA to host 2016 Aids conference

South Africa’s port city of Durban will host the 21st International AIDS Conference in 2016, marking the forum’s return to Africa after 16 years, organisers said on Friday. Gathering scientists, policymakers and grassroots workers, the biennial conference is the biggest single get-together on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The 20th conference[…]

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