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ICC convicts Charles Taylor for war crimes

ICC convicts Charles Taylor for war crimes

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was today found guilty of sponsoring brutal rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone’s civil war. The charismatic war lord-turned elected president was judged to have funnelled arms, ammunition and even mining equipment to rebels in return for blood diamonds and power in the volatile West African region. The 64-year-old was […]

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea’s keenly watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed. The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday. The US, Japan and South Korea say it flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into […]

Anger over 'failures' Toulouse shootings

Anger over 'failures' Toulouse shootings

France is facing calls for an inquiry into possible intelligence failures after a series of murders by a gunman in the south of the country. Mohammed Merah – who claimed to have al-Qaeda training – was killed by a police sniper in Toulouse on Thursday. It has now emerged that he had been under surveillance […]

Condemnation for Mali coup leaders

Condemnation for Mali coup leaders

There has been widespread condemnation of Mali’s troops, after they ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure. The United Nations Security Council called for the “immediate restoration of constitutional rule and the democratically elected government”. The World Bank and African Development Bank said they were suspending all aid until the crisis is resolved. The coup leaders went […]

American soldier faces murder charges over Afghan massacre

American soldier faces murder charges over Afghan massacre

An American soldier suspected of killing civilians in Afghanistan may today be charged with 17 counts of murder, emerging information from United States officials has shown. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Staff Sgt Robert Bales is accused of attacking the villagers in their homes in Kandahar province on 11 March. Most victims […]

Mitt Romney wins Illinois Republican primary

Mitt Romney wins Illinois Republican primary

Mitt Romney has won the Republican primary in Illinois, his latest win on the road to decide who will contest November’s poll against Barack Obama. Mr Romney has won 47% of the votes, compared with 35% for Rick Santorum, with nearly all votes counted. Sending a message to President Obama at a victory party in […]

French police hunt shooting suspect

French police hunt shooting suspect

Police hunting a gunman suspected of killing seven people in southern France have surrounded a house in Toulouse. The 24-year-old Frenchman from Toulouse has said he belongs to al-Qaeda, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said. Police as at Wednesday morning had started negotiating with the man, who said he acted in “revenge for Palestinian children” and […]

Imminent Food Shortage in Niger.. Donors seek early intervention

Imminent Food Shortage in Niger.. Donors seek early intervention

International agencies have raised alarm overe an imminent food shortage that may possibly affect citizens of the Niger Republic and have, therefore, canvassed an early response from donors. Seven agencies including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision, in a report, jointly stated that failure to speedily […]

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