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International Criminal Court hands out first sentencing

The International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in jail for using child soldiers in his rebel army, handing down its first sentence a decade after its inception. homas Lubanga Dyilo listens to the first sentence delivered by the International Criminal Court at the ICC courtroom in the Hague Photo: Reuters 6:40PM BST 10 Jul 2012 ...

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International Criminal Court Issues First Sentence

PARIS — The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentenced a Congolese warlord to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003. The sentence was the first imposed by the court in its history. Thomas Lubanga, a former psychologist turned warlord, was found guilty in March of “widespread” use of ...

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Dereliction of Duty

Observers of African affairs are accustomed to disappointments. But surely one of the bitterest of late has been the Obama administration’s scandalous failure to address the situation in the mineral-rich, eastern border provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, for sixteen years, a conflict has dragged on that rivals or exceeds the Holocaust in lethality. Five to six ...

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Operations to help displaced Malians threatened by low funding – UN refugee agency

A refugee site at Sinegodar near the Mali-Niger border hosts thousands of Malian refugees. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux10 July 2012 – The operation to support Malian refugees is threatened by a critically low level of funding, the UN refugee agency said today, adding that it and its partners are struggling to provide a basic level of humanitarian standards for the displaced. ...

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Misery for pensioners as annuity rates fall to new lows

Annuity rates – which determine the retirement income of millions of pension savers – keep falling. Annuity rates could be pushed lower still, perhaps by as much as 20pc, by new EU rules Photo: HOWARD McWILLIAM tag –> By Richard Evans 3:47PM BST 10 Jul 2012 Comments The latest findings from the MGM Advantage Annuity Index, which tracks the income ...

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Palestinians cautiously advance Arafat probe

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – A week after fresh allegations that their late leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned, Palestinian officials are still discussing behind closed doors when and how to exhume his body for examination. Revelations about the former president’s unexplained death in 2004 could stir more turmoil in the Palestinians’ already deeply divided ranks. “The team must follow procedures, ...

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Remy Di Gregorio Arrested: Tour De France Rider Busted In Doping Investigation, Says Judicial Officials

Yukiya Arashiro of Japan, Remy Di Gregorio of France, and Anthony Delaplace of France, from left, ride during the fourth stage of the Tour de France, Wednesday July 4, 2012. VILLIE-MORGON, France — Cofidis rider Remy Di Gregorio of France has been arrested at his team hotel in connection with a Tour de France doping investigation and suspended by his ...

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Syrian opposition group: Death toll tops 17,000

BEIRUT — An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. The violence has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the bloodshed as the country spirals toward civil war. The ...

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UN chief congratulates South Sudan on first anniversary since independence

South Sudan’s national flag (centre) flies at UN Headquarters following its admission as the 193rd Member State. UN/E. Schneider9 July 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his best wishes and congratulated the people of South Sudan on the first anniversary of their country’s independence. “I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to the Republic of South Sudan on ...

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Egypt in crisis? Court retorts Mursi over Parliament ruling

Zeenews Bureau Cairo: Egypt seems to be heading for a new political crisis. A day after Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi reinstated the dissolved Parliament confronting the Army and the Judiciary head on, Egypt’s top court on Monday retorted by telling state institutions that all its ruling were “binding” on them. The Supreme Constitutional Court sent out a clear signal…

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