Sudan takes first steps toward ICC membership

Sudan takes first steps toward ICC membership

Sudan’s prime minister says the country plans to become a party to the Rome Statute, which puts legal force behind the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We unanimously approved the draft law on Sudan’s accession” to the statute, said Abdalla Hamdok, the head of Sudan’s transitional government.  He said the move…

Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

In Zambia, President Edgar Lungu said he has deployed military personnel to assist police in controlling political violence ahead of the country’s August 12 election. “Defense personnel have already been deployed in some parts of Lusaka and will be deployed in other parts of the country where need arises,” said…

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Officials in Mali say an attempted attack on interim leader Assimi Goïta on Tuesday was unsuccessful, and that they’re investigating the incident. Goïta was at the Grand Mosque in Bamako when an assailant with a knife approached him, according to an Agence France-Presse journalist who witnessed the attack. Mali’s transitional president…

IOM sees increase in Mediterranean migrant deaths

Back in March, a 22-year-old rapper named Sohail Al Sagheer left Algeria for Spain aboard a migrant boat. He went missing and his body wasn’t found until April 5, when it was discovered off the coast of Aïn Témouchent. The Algerian musician is one of at least 1,146 people who…

Botswana issues travel warning over South Africa violence, eSwatini

The government of Botswana issued a travel advisory for South Africa on Tuesday because of violent protests that followed former president Jacob Zuma’s surrender to authorities and subsequent imprisonment. Zuma, long entangled by corruption inquiries and investigations, was sentenced last week to 15 months on contempt of court charges for…

Zuma Foundation: Former SA president has turned himself in

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has turned himself into police, according to a statement issued by the Jacob Zuma Foundation late Wednesday. “Please be advised that President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order,” the foundation said, referring to the 15-month sentence handed down last week and…

eSwatini denies Mswati departure, imposes curfew amid protests

The southern African nation of eSwatini has denied reports that its controversial monarch, King Mswati III, has left the country as protesters demand pro-democracy government reforms. In a statement issued Tuesday, Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said the king “is in the country and continues to lead” while citing false…

AU observers detail challenges as Ethiopia awaits election results

As Ethiopians continued to wait for official results in Monday’s elections, the African Union election observer mission issued a preliminary report concluding that despite some flaws, the voting process was orderly and peaceful. “There was nothing, in the Mission’s estimation, that distracted from the credible conduct of the elections,” said…

Eritrea files new complaint with UN over Tigray allegations

The Eritrean government has filed another complaint against the United Nations Security Council and UN heads of humanitarian agencies over the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The latest letter from the Eritrean mission and U.N. Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam expressed frustration that representatives for the Horn of Africa nation…

Death toll rises to 160 in Burkina Faso attack

The Sahel nation of Burkina Faso began a three-day period of mourning on Sunday following a savage armed attack on Solhan, a village in the northeast part of the country near the border with Niger. The attack began Friday night and continued into the early morning hours on Saturday, according…

African Union, ECOWAS suspend Mali over coup

The African Union has suspended Mali’s membership following the second coup in the Sahel nation within the past year. The AU said it “totally rejects coups d’état and unconstitutional changes of government,” in a communique issued late Tuesday by the Peace and Security Council. The statement also called on the…