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Sierra Leone War Victim Presses On Despite Obstacles

For eleven years, the West African country of Sierra Leone was torn apart by civil war.  The war began in 1991, when a rebel group (called the Revolutionary United Front) launched a campaign to control the country’s rich diamond fields. The rebels attacked civilians in villages, using machetes and axes to sever their arms, legs, lips and ears. ...

Sudan's Bashir Arrives in China Amid International Intrigue

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in China for a visit following a mysterious delay blamed by Sudanese officials on U.S.-backed pressure.Chinese officials said after Mr. Bashir's arrival early Tuesday that a meeting with President Hu Jintao - originally set for Monday evening - will now take place Wednesday. It was not clear whether the visit...

Libya Dismisses International Court Warrants for Gadhafi, 2 Top Aides

Libya has dismissed arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for leader Moammar Gadhafi and two top lieutenants on war crimes charges linked to their suppression of an opposition uprising.Justice Minister Mohammad al-Gamudi said Monday that Libya does not accept the legitimacy of the court.The ICC issued the warrants earlier...

UN: Libyan Rebels Now Have Initiative

A senior U.N. official says rebel forces in Libya now have the initiative.  U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council that Libyan rebels are gaining strength in the fighting against forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.“While we do not have a detailed understanding of the military situation...

Civil Society Groups: Support Justice for Gravest Crimes

Civil society groups are urging African nations to show support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the AU summit in Equatorial Guinea. Some 125 organizations in more than 25 African countries issued a report Monday called Observations and Recommendations on the ICC. It calls on African member countries of the ICC to “support justice for...

Eastern Libyans Welcome ICC Charges Against Gadhafi

Rebels in eastern Libya are welcoming the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his intelligence chief.  Most people in the rebels' de facto capital were already convinced of his guilt.In the east of the country, the news was greeted by waving the rebel flag and firing off...

International Court Issues Warrant for Gadhafi

Judges at the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on Monday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his most trusted lieutenants on war crimes charges.The decision came after ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had asked for arrest warrants for Mr. Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-...

ICC Set to Rule on Gadhafi Warrant

Judges at the International Criminal Court are set to decide whether to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his most trusted lieutenants on war crimes charges.The court in The Hague is expected to announce the judges' decision on Monday.ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has asked for arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his...

Sudan's President Praises China Ahead of Delayed Visit to Beijing

China says a controversial visit to Beijing by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been delayed, forcing the postponement of a scheduled meeting Monday with President Hu Jintao.The planned four-day visit has been condemned by human rights groups because of China's refusal to arrest Mr. Bashir on warrants issued by the International Criminal...

Liberian President Sirleaf: Country Making Progress, Challenges Remain

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is seeking re-election this year, said U.S. aid to Liberia has helped the country rise from the ashes of war to become an emerging democratic nation. President Sirleaf spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington Friday on the progress her government has made and the challenges it faces. She...

Libyan Rebels Claim Advances in Western Mountains

Rebels in Libya's western mountains say they have advanced and are battling leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a strategic town 80 kilometers southwest of the capital, Tripoli.Opposition commanders said Sunday's fighting on the outskirts of Bair al-Ghanam follows weeks of intense clashes in the Nafusa Mountains that have pushed government troops...

International Criminal Court to Decide on Issuing Arrest Warrants Against Libyan Leader

Judges of the International Criminal Court are scheduled to announce today (Monday) whether to issue arrest warrants on counts of murder and persecution against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Richard Dicker, director of HRW’s International Justice Program, said his organization expects the Hague-based court to apply the statutes of the ICC to the...

Egypt Decides It Does Not Need World Bank, IMF Funding

Egypt says it has cut its budget deficit for the next year and now will not have to seek international financial assistance to help pay for its governmental operations. Egypt's economy was buffeted during the political upheaval that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in February, with foreign tourists staying home and many Egyptian workers...

NATO Responds to Libya Claim that Strikes Kill 15 Civilians

NATO officials have responded to Libyan claims that alliance forces struck a restaurant and bakery in the eastern city of Brega, killing 15 civilians, saying its aircraft hit "legitimate military targets." A spokesman for the NATO mission in Libya said Saturday that allied warplanes hit key command and control centers in the strategic port...

Southern African Judges Slam Regional Court Closure

Judge Ariranga Pillay, the former president of the Southern African Development Community’s [SADC] tribunal and three of his fellow judges are protesting what they say is the illegal dissolution of this regional court of last resort.The former tribunal judges note that among the court’s rulings were significant judgements against Zimbabwe...