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US lifts sanctions against Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda

In a statement Mr Blinken said Washington continued to “disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations”, and that it objected to the ICC’s “efforts to assert jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Parties such as the United States and Israel”. – – “We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders in the ICC process rather than through the imposition of sanctions,” he said. Fatou Bensouda was elected ICC’s chief prosecutor in 2011, replacing the Argentine…

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Africa Nigeria US West Africa World 

Nigerian man jailed 10 years in US for $11m cyber fraud

– – A Nigerian businessman has been jailed 10 years in the United States for running a cyber fraud scheme. A US court sentenced Obinwanna Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi for his fraud scheme that stole at least $11m from his victims. Okeke reportedly used Nigerian- based companies to defraud people in the US state of Virginia. According to prosecutors Okeke’s Invictus Group companies used phishing emails to capture people’s login details and take their funds between 2015 and 2019. Okeke was a Forbes Contributor & a Young African…

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Africa Southern Africa US World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe’s President questions US democratic credentials after riots

– – Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has questioned the democratic credentials of the US following the violent protests which killed at least four people. The riots occurred after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building which is the seat of the legislature. They were acting on the advice of Mr Trump to scuttle a process to confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden. Four people died in the attack with several others sustaining injuries. President Mnangagwa tweeted that the US “has no moral right to punish other nations under the…

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U.S. recalls South Sudan ambassador over lack of unity government

The United States on Monday recalled its ambassador to South Sudan after the country failed to form a unity government on time. President Salva Kiir and his political rival Riek Machar were to form a unity government as agreed in a peace deal by November 12. But both parties failed to meet this deadline delaying the unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline. Uganda’s presidency said such a move was aimed at buying time due to concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed. The…

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US President Barrack Obama makes strong statements on Burundi and those resorting to violence

Burundi PresidentToday President Obama issued a new Executive Order imposing sanctions against persons who have contributed to the ongoing crisis in Burundi. This Executive Order provides the authority to block the assets of those who, among other things, have engaged in or provided material support for actions that threaten peace and security in Burundi, undermine democratic processes, or who are responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses against people in Burundi.

The Executive Order also imposes visa restrictions on those individuals meeting the criteria for the asset freeze. In enacting sanctions, the United States joins the European Union and the African Union, which have also decided to impose sanctions on those Burundians undermining peace in the country.

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US President Barack Obama dines with Kenyan family in Nairobi

Obama and Exrtended Family in KenyaUS President Barack Obama’s gathered with members of his extended family in Nairobi Friday, kicking off a two day visit to his father’s native Kenya.

Obama’s familial connections to the East African nation were on display as soon as Air force One touched down in Nairobi, with the president’s sister Auma Obama among those assembled to greet him.

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Burundi presidential term saga balloons into regional crisis as US, Rwanda, Tanzania drawn in

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza has been unfazed by the international reaction to his bid for a third term. (Photo/File/Getty) Court backs controversial third term bid for Pierre Nkurunziza, stoking fears of a rapid escalation and a return to conflict. BURUNDI’s crisis this week snowballed into a major regional concern after a constitutional court backed president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a controversial third term, even as one of the judges fled saying the decision had been made under duress. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Tuesday pressed foreign ministers from the East…

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Cuban leader Castro address to the nation, Thawing relations with US and the Path Forward

Compañeras and compañeros:Raul Castro Ruiz

We have experienced intense and moving moments in recent days. This December we successfully hosted the Fifth Caricom-Cuba Summit and the XIII Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America last Sunday, an occasion on which we paid tribute to its creators: the dear Bolivarian President Hugo Chávez Frías and Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, compañero Fidel Castro Ruz (Applause).

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US Embassy in Havana: Washington’s “Cuba Gambit”

The lame duck, Obama, extending a conciliatory hand to Cuba by opening an embassy in Havana, by reopening, after 54 years of a criminal and crippling embargo, diplomatic relations? – At the same time Obama is making not a single concession in terms of lifting the blockade. This smells like a trap. Imagine – a US Embassy in Havana – it would open the floodgates for US NED (National Endowment for Democracy) funded ‘NGOs’, for Washington’s spies and anti-Castro propaganda machine; it would have free hand to destabilize the country.…

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Hillary Clinton finally addresses Ferguson, blaming inequities between Blacks and Whites

Hillary ClintonAfter being implored by Al Sharpeton and many others in the Black Community, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her first public comments Thursday on the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., calling for the country to address “inequities” in the criminal-justice system.

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