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    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (R) upon his arrival at Khartoum airport January 31, 2015. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)
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Africa VS the ICC – Are there more war criminals in Africa?

By Sarah Crozier on June 26, 2015

An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday
AP

An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday

Al-Bashir has escaped the clutches of the International Criminal Court (ICC) … again.

Leaving South Africa on his private jet after attending the African Union Summit last week, the President of Sudan, accused of war crimes over his conduct in the Darfur region, somehow felt safe enough to attend an event hosted by a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC in 2002.

So what is the deal? Are Africans willfully ignoring the ICC, or is the ICC just that incompetent?…

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At Inauguration, Buhari promises to be a different leader

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on June 23, 2015

Jonathan and Buhari walking together
The Guardian, Nigeria

Jonathan and Buhari walking together

May 29, the day set for former president Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power to new president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has come and gone. With the country in the midst of a fuel shortage, many see Buhari’s reign as the new hope the country has been waiting for.

He is said to be the new hope for the Nigerian youth, who desire a new,  peaceful and progressive country, free of corruption.

Arriving in the country after a six-day tour of the U.K., right before inauguration day, Buhari met with Jonathan to submit the handover notes.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/15-6/21

By Sarah Ford on June 22, 2015

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The most important of this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week, major steps made in the fight against illegal ivory poaching, a Denver figure runs for president in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda weighs changing its constitution. 

1. As part of a trip to Africa in late July, it was recently announced that President Barack Obama will be making his first visit to Ethiopia as president.

2. While the nation still reels from the racially-motivated shooting in Charleston’s AME Church, a recent poll found that 14 percent of African Americans rank race relations as a top priority in U.S.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/07-6/14

By Sarah Ford on June 16, 2015

Omar al-Bashir receives a grand welcome as he returns to Sudan.

People get busy, and it can be hard to keep up with the week’s news. To help you keep up with the latest news coming out of Africa, we will now compile a weekly list of the most important stories from think pieces, to opinion pieces to important developing stories. We hope it will be helpful in sorting out the important stuff in a world inundated with information and breaking headlines, and bring your attention to the issues that may not have gotten the most coverage during the week.

This week, we start off with a look at U.S. relationship building in Africa through investments, the larger implications of Goodluck Jonathan’s peaceful transition of power, and a controversial return.

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With FIFA scandal, let Africans speak out

By Sarah Crozier on June 15, 2015

Hayatou and Sepp Blatter
1HR Sports News

Issa Hayatou and Sepp Blatter

With the resignation of Sepp Blatter coming just four days after his fifth re-election to the head of FIFA, many are wondering what is in store for Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Some are saying he should be next in line for the head of FIFA, which will most likely vote another leader in by the spring. An obvious next choice, given FIFA’s commitment, especially under Blatter, to developing football programs across the global south nations.

But others across the media and twitterverse are calling for his resignation next — as an even longer incumbent and steeped just as deeply in scandal and allegations of corruption.…

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