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2016-10-21 20:33

More African countries 'likely to pull out of ICC after SA'

Cape Town – South Africa's decision to pull out from the International Criminal Court is likely to lead "more African countries into wanting to follow in its footsteps", a researcher at the Institute of Security Studies has said.

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In an interview with News24, Allan Ngari said South Africa's move was, however, not a surprise. 

"South Africa pulling out of the ICC is actually not a surprise. It has been coming for over a year. However, I have to say that it is a huge blow on the fight against impunity. There are going to be more African countries that would follow in its footsteps," said Ngari.

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South Sudan rebel leader says he could return next month

Johannesburg - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar says he could return to the turbulent country as early as next month, even if he has to enter the way he fled - on foot.

He has begun speaking out again after a long silence, during which he trekked 40 days through the bush into neighboring Congo as South Sudan's capital erupted in renewed fighting.

In an interview on Thursday with The Associated Press in South Africa, Machar said his country's peace deal had "collapsed" and a new political process is needed to revive it.


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Why African states have started leaving the ICC

Johannesburg — Until this week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Now two African states, South Africa and Burundi, have made official decisions to leave.

Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here's a look at what it all means.

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PHOTOS: Stories of Somali refugees living in Dadaab camp

Cape Town - As the closure of the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab, draws ever near, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called upon the Kenyan Government as well as the UNHCR to urgently consider alternative arrangements.

Dadaab, which has been home to 277 000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan for 25 years, faces imminent closure on 30 November, with MSF maintaining that the move would leave the refugees desolate and without protection. 

                                                      

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Mozambique army destroys Renamo bases as talks continue

Maputo — Security forces in Mozambique have revealed that they have devised a strategy to “knock out” opposition National Resistance Movement rebels from their bases. 

Spokesperson for the General Command of the Mozambican police Inacio Dina disclosed the strategy after government forces dismantled two bases of the Renamo rebels in Zambezia and Nampula provinces this week.

According to Dina, government forces have now started to launch attacks on the rebel bases instead of simply defending civilians and conducting military escorts of convoys as was the case in the past.

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