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Kenyan Supreme Court Calls for Election Redo

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On Friday, the Kenyan Supreme Court annulled the results of last month’s presidential election, ordering that a new election be conducted within 60 days. After President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the election, opposition candidate Raila Odinga petitioned the results before the court, claiming the election was fraudulent (Reuters 1). In an unprecedented […]

European, African Leaders Respond to Migration Trafficking

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Leaders of European countries met with leaders of African countries in a Paris mini summit. Participants met with the common goal of addressing illegal migration through human smuggling. Proposals included European-financed developments, funding for humane care of migrants, stronger border controls in Chad and Niger, and preliminary reviews for asylum (NY Times). German Chancellor Angela […]

Al Jazeera Interviews Controversial Gambian “People-Mover”

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Al Jazeera recently interviewed Gambian Mohammed Lamine Janneh, known as L-Boy, on his business of helping people enter Europe the “backway” (Al Jazeera). The “backway” refers to the popular and dangerous route of traveling through the Sahara to the Mediterranean and finally to Europe. An estimated 181,000 Africans took this route in 2016 to flee […]

ICC: South Africa Failed in not Arresting al-Bashir

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On Thursday, the International Criminal Court ruled that South Africa failed in its obligations to the court by refusing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015. However, the ICC’s judges declined to refer South Africa to the United Nations Security Council, stating that this would not be “an effective way to obtain cooperation” (Reuters). […]

Merkel Urges G20 Support for African Development

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In anticipation of next month’s Group of 20 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the leaders of eight African nations in Berlin on Monday. The conference, “G20 Africa Partnership – Investing in a Common Future,” centered on a plan to finance the countries’ development and security needs (AllAfrica). Remarking that investing in African development would, […]

Intelligence Chief in Nigeria Suspended

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, after the discovery of USD $43 million in cash in a Lagos apartment (AP). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also found around GBP £27,800, and NGN 23 million naira in the Lagos apartment (BBC). Buhari also ordered […]