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South Africa to Leave International Criminal Court

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South Africa formally began the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday, after previously ignoring an ICC arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (NPR). South African lawmakers did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants as required by the Rome Statute, which would lead to “regime change,” a minister said […]

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency, Blames ‘Foreign Enemies’

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency in a televised address on Sunday following months of anti-government protests (BBC). The protests were carried out by the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara people, complaining that power is held by a small Tigrean elite (BBC). According to government officials, […]

Gabon’s Election Crisis

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Much has happened in Gabon since the August 31 election results narrowly handed the incumbent President Ali Bongo re-election. Protestors calling for released results and a recount set the parliament on fire, and security forces bombed the opposition headquarters of presidential candidate Jean Ping. Since then, security forces have arrested more than 1,200 people protesting […]

Selous Reserve Risks Losing All Elephants by 2022

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On Wednesday Tanzanian officials rejected a report by WWF claiming the country could see its elephant population decimated by 2022 (BBC). The conservationist group reports that rapid poaching has reduced the elephant population by 90% in less than 40 years (WWF). “The elephant population in Selous is now near a historic low, and urgent measures […]

African Union Army Begins Training

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African Union (AU) troops, consisting of 25,000 multinational soldiers, will start strategic exercises in peacekeeping on Monday, October 19. Although the logistic base of the African Standby Force (ASF) will be in Douala, Cameroon, this exercise will take place in the South African Army Combat Training Centre in Lohatla, located in the Northern Cape Province […]