AU summit opens with a Scathing attack on ICC policies Targeting African leaders

President Robert Mugabe  of ZimbabweAddis Ababa – Ethiopia’s foreign minister opened a special African Union summit Friday with a scathing attack on the International Criminal Court, blasting what he said was its “unfair” and “totally unacceptable” treatment of Africa.

The special summit comes amid mounting tensions between The Hague-based court and Kenya, whose president and vice-president have been charged with committing crimes against humanity during election-related violence in 2007-2008.

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African leaders to hold summit October 13 on Kenya’s ICC cases

Deputy President William RutoATLANTA African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya’s planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday. 

So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal.

 

 

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Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete threatens Malawi over lake dispute

President Jakaya KikweteLILONGWE(AGV)–Speaking on Thursday during the country’s heroes’ day celebrations, Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete made a rumbling speech saying its armed forces were ready to protect the country against any foreign threat to its territory, raising the stakes in an escalating border dispute with Malawi.

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Lake Malawi fossil could be oldest dinosaur ever found

Men Fishing On Lake MalawiLILONGWE: Fossilised bones unearthed by a British palaeontologist in colonial Tanzania in the 1930s may be those of the oldest dinosaur ever found, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The bones are either those of the earliest dinosaur or of the closest relative of dinosaurs discovered to date, they said.A denizen of the Middle Triassic around 243 million years ago, the creature predates all previous dinosaur finds by 10 million to 15 million years, the scientists said.

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Kenya beat Malawi to earn Cecafa semi-final spot

Kenya beat guest team Malawi 1-0 to secure a place in the semi-final of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.Veteran striker Mike Baraza scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes after half-time. The Harambee Stars will play Zanzibar in Thursday’s semi-finals of the east and central African regional event.Hosts and defending champions Uganda take on Ethiopia in the last of the quarter-finals, the winners will face Tanzania in the last four. Malawi’s preparations for the game were hit by a player strike on Monday.The squad refused to…

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Tanzania asks for mediation over Lake Malawi dispute

Fishermen On Lake MalawiDAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania called on Saturday for an international mediator to resolve a long-standing border dispute with Malawi, conceding the latest talks over territorial rights to Lake Malawi and its potential reserves of oil and gas have failed.

The call comes after Malawi accused its neighbour of intimidating its citizens, halting talks with Tanzania over the ownership of the lake.

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Malawi, Tanzania Lock Horns Over Lake

Lake MalawiBLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi and Tanzania are expected to hold a high level meeting August 20 on their standoff over oil and gas exploration in and ownership of Lake Malawi. The body of water – also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania – is the third-largest fresh water resource in Africa.

The dispute escalated last year when Malawi’s late president Bingu wa Mutharika granted British company Surestream Petroleum rights to explore the lake for oil and gas. Surestream is currently conducting an environmental impact assessment.

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Malawi, Tanzania fail to Resolve Lake Malawi Oil exploring dispute

Jakaya Kikwete of TanzaniaMZUZU–Malawi and Tanzania on Saturday announced that they had failed to resolve their dispute on the border of Lake Malawi and agreed to continue to push for a diplomatic and negotiated solution.

“After frank and spirited discussions between the two countries, we have concluded that our differences still remain,” Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe said at the end of a ministerial meeting.

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Ethiopian strongman and Western ally, Meles, dies

By Aaron Maasho | Reuters ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, an economic reformer condemned at home as an autocrat but hailed in the West as a bulwark against militant Islam, has died after a long illness, aged 57. Twenty-one years after he seized power from a military junta, Meles died in a Brussels hospital late on Monday, ending months of rumor that he was gravely ill and prompting sharply contrasting reactions; the White House mourned his “untimely loss”, while opponents rejoiced at the death of a…

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