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SA in dock for failing to arrest Sudan's Bashir

The Hague - South Africa will on Friday seek to defend its failure to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide, at an unprecedented hearing before international war crimes judges.

It will be a humbling moment for Pretoria, one of the leading voices in the creation of the International Criminal Court, whose lawyers will be fending off accusations that it failed in its obligations to the tribunal.

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Egyptians recount sexual harassment, angering conservatives

Cairo - Hundreds of Egyptian women and girls have come out to denounce sexual harassment and share personal stories about it on social media, breaking a taboo and raising the ire of some in the country's conservative majority.

In posts on Facebook and Twitter from the weekend to Wednesday, rare, candid stories focused on women's first experiences of harassment, almost all of which occurred in childhood and some involving family members and teachers.

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Gambia president's party takes majority in parliament

Banjul - The party of Gambia's new president won a majority of seats in parliament after two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh, the Independent Electoral Commission announced on Friday.

President Adama Barrow's United Democratic Party won 31 seats in the 53-seat National Assembly. The results mean Barrow can move ahead with promised transitions toward greater freedoms.

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Mogadishu mortar attack kills 3 family members: official

Mogadishu - At least three people belonging to the same family were killed and three others wounded when mortar shells landed on their home in Mogadishu on Friday, a security official and witnesses said.

The shells struck the southern Mogadishu suburb of Danwadagta near a security checkpoint for the airport in the Somali capital.

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Boko Haram torches military base a day after farmers killed

Maiduguri  - Boko Haram jihadists have torched a military base in northeast Nigeria, a day after the group killed seven people in a separate raid, residents said.

Jihadists believed to be loyal to a Boko Haram faction that is recognised by the Islamic State group on Thursday attacked the base in Wajirko village, 150km from Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, forcing the soldiers to flee.

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SA says it was not obliged to arrest al-Bashir

The Hague - South Africa is insisting to International Criminal Court judges that it did not have to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited Johannesburg in 2015.

At a hearing on Friday, lawyers for South Africa said the court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, does not oblige authorities to arrest heads of state of countries that are not members of the court, such as Sudan.

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