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Oct 12, 2013

Africans say heads of state should not be tried at ICC

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by the International Criminal Court where Kenya’s leaders are in the dock, ministers said before African leaders opened a summit on Saturday.

Foreign ministers of the 54-member African Union also called for deferring the cases of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, after a meeting to discuss Africa’s relations with the court based in The Hague.

Oct 11, 2013

Africans to tell ICC: Heads of state should not be tried

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – African nations have agreed that sitting heads of state should not be put on trial by the International Criminal Court, where Kenya’s leaders are in the dock, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said at a ministerial meeting.

The ministers also called for deferring the cases of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, the minister said after a meeting to discuss Africa’s relations with the court in The Hague.

Oct 11, 2013

African Union runs critical eye over ICC

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a “political instrument”, Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Friday, at a meeting in which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal.

Friday’s ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday have been called to cast a critical eye over the relationship, as ICC prosecutions are under way against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Oct 11, 2013

African Union runs critical eye over International Criminal Court

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a “political instrument”, Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Friday, opening a meeting at which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal.

Friday’s ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday were called to cast a critical eye over the relationship following ICC cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.

Oct 10, 2013

Ethiopian premier says Hague court has ‘double standards’

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court has shown “double standards” by pursuing only Africans so far and should defer trials of Kenya’s leaders or take other steps so they can fulfill their elected offices, Ethiopia’s prime minister said on Thursday.

Hailemariam Desalegn was speaking before an African Union summit in Addis Ababa that will discuss relations with the court which has convicted only one man, an African warlord. The only others charged are also Africans.

Oct 10, 2013

Ethiopia plans Eurobond once rating review complete – PM

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia plans a debut Eurobond once it has secured a credit rating but will not open its “cash cow” telecoms firm or state banks to foreigners while their revenues are needed to fund new infrastructure, the prime minister said.

Hailemariam Desalegn’s comments in a Reuters interview on Thursday mean two of the sectors most attractive to foreign investors will be off limits for years, disappointing firms that are eager to tap one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

Oct 10, 2013

Ethiopia plans Eurobond once review for rating complete -PM

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Ethiopia plans a debut
Eurobond once it has secured a credit rating but will not open
its telecoms or banking sectors to foreigners as their revenues
help fund infrastructure, the prime minister said on Thursday.

The comments by Hailemariam Desalegn in an interview with
Reuters will disappoint international investors hoping for a
shift away from the state-led policies of former Prime Minister
Meles Zenawi, who died last August.

Oct 4, 2013

Analysis: Kenya’s intelligence work hurt by corruption, rivalries

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s intelligence and security forces will struggle to avert bloody attacks like the one on a shopping mall last month as long as rank-and-file police officers can be easily bribed and rivalry among agencies hinders information sharing.

The assault by a dozen or so Islamist militants on Nairobi’s Westgate mall on September 21 that killed at least 67 people and lasted four days stunned a nation that boasts the most experienced counter-terrorist forces in east Africa.

Sep 26, 2013

Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Reuters) – While it hurts Kenya’s tourism and investment, the bloody Nairobi mall assault by Islamist militants will help President Uhuru Kenyatta bolster international support as he confronts charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

Sep 26, 2013

Analysis: Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Reuters) – While it hurts Kenya’s tourism and investment, the bloody Nairobi mall assault by Islamist militants will help President Uhuru Kenyatta bolster international support as he confronts charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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