January 31, 2009 |
The African Union urged the International Criminal Court on Friday to suspend its indictment of Sudan's president on genocide charges, saying it could jeopardize any peace process in Darfur. The court's chief prosecutor has accused President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir of committing genocide and crimes against humanity in a campaign against tribes in Darfur involving killings, rape and deportation.
December 30, 2008 |
The African Union suspended Guinea from the bloc and threatened further sanctions unless young soldiers who seized power last week restore constitutional rule. That seemed unlikely in the immediate future, however, as many in Guinea appeared to welcome the bloodless coup that followed the Dec. 22 death of longtime dictator Lansana Conte.
November 21, 2008 |
The International Criminal Court prosecutor at The Hague requested arrest warrants for three Darfur rebel commanders, accusing them of storming an African Union camp and killing 12 peacekeepers. Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who also wants to put Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir on trial over the conflict in his nation's Darfur region, said rebel attacks on peacekeepers last year were considered war crimes under the court's statute. About 1,000 fighters led by the rebel commanders, whose names were not made public, attacked and overwhelmed the camp without warning, African Union officials said.
August 10, 2008 |
The African Union will suspend Mauritania until democracy is restored in the West African nation where soldiers overthrew the president this week, AU chair Tanzania said. Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe said Mauritania had signed several AU conventions banning illegal changes of government, including one last month. Soldiers led by the presidential guard overthrew Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, the country's first democratically elected president, on Wednesday after he tried to sack senior officers.
August 1, 2008 |
The U.N. Security Council approved another year of peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur region despite sharp divisions among member nations over genocide charges filed against Sudan's president. The United States supports the peacekeeping mission but abstained from the council's 14-0 vote. It objects to language in the resolution that notes that the African Union wants the council to freeze the International Criminal Court's prosecution of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir. U.S. spokesman Richard Grenell said that the language sent the wrong signal to a man who the U.S. believes presided over genocide.
July 27, 2008 |
Somalia's new hard-line opposition leader promised Friday to pacify his shattered country through Islamic law, warning U.N. peacekeepers they will face attack if they deploy and support the government. Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, whose Islamic regime was ousted from power in 2006 with tacit support from the United States, is gaining influence again as a deadly insurgency ruptures Somalia. Thousands have been killed in the fighting since 2007. Aweys this week took over the Islamist opposition movement, which operates in exile in Eritrea, pushing out a more moderate cleric who signed a peace agreement with Somalia's U.N.-backed government last month.
July 8, 2008 |
Leaders of the Group of 8 wealthy nations got to the heart of their summit today, holding informal talks to see whether they could find common ground for an eventual accord on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Japan, which is hosting this year's meeting, and five other G-8 leaders have supported a proposal to cut their emissions in half by 2050.
July 2, 2008 |
Prospects for ending the political crisis in Zimbabwe deteriorated Tuesday when President Robert Mugabe and the country's main opposition party rejected calls by African leaders to form a power-sharing government following the recent disputed elections. The dilemma of what to do with Zimbabwe and its defiant 84-year-old president veered from backroom diplomacy to public recriminations during the African Union summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el Sheik.
July 1, 2008 |
The United States began rallying the U.N. Security Council on Monday to impose sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his close supporters if he doesn't reconsider his disputed claim on Zimbabwe's highest office. The U.S. circulated a draft resolution asking the Security Council to reject Mugabe's claim of victory in the election Friday in which he was the sole candidate, to freeze the assets and bar travel of officials responsible for election violence, and to halt arms shipments to Zimbabwe.
June 24, 2008
'Only God will remove me." With this public vow, Zimbabwe's strongman president, Robert Mugabe, officially ended the campaign for the presidential runoff election that is to be held on Friday. The campaign had already turned brutal, with Mugabe's thugs making nightly visits to opposition supporters, beating them, arresting them and forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes. At least 85 opposition figures have reportedly been killed. Still, other African leaders -- notably Mugabe's chief enabler, South African President Thabo Mbeki -- looked the other way. But when Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 28 years, announces that only God and not mere voters will remove him from office, why bother with an election?