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Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)—On the Day of the African Child—June 16—the African Union estimated that 58 million young women in developing countries will  have been married off before their 18th birthday. At the present trend, by 2020, 143 million girls would be married before age 18, an average of 14.2 million girls every single year. In South Africa, […]

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South Africa rebuked for allowing wanted Sudan leader to fly home after confab

South Africa rebuked for allowing wanted Sudan leader to fly home after confab

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)–In a closely-watched meeting of African Union leaders, the presence of alleged war criminal Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, neither produced an arrest or interference with his departure, outraging international rights activists and the International Criminal Court which is seeking his prosecution for the alleged massacre of civilians in Darfur in 2003. President Al Bashir […]

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Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]

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Sudanese leader presumed winner in largely uncontested poll

Sudanese leader presumed winner in largely uncontested poll

| April 14, 2015

(GIN)–Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is predicted to roll up an easy victory in national polls this week, adding another five year term to his already 26 years in office. Voting began Monday and will continue for three days. More than 13 million people are registered to vote at some 11,000 polling stations around the country. […]

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African Union summit hears call to review relationship with West

African Union summit hears call to review relationship with West

(GIN)–At a recent summit of African heads of state, the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea strongly rebuked western countries for “interfering” in Africa, and urged leaders to end economic dependence on the West. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, hosting a two-day summit of the 54-nation African Union, said a post-colonial relationship of unequals was holding back the […]

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African Union to campaign against child marriages

African Union to campaign against child marriages

(GIN)—The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the […]

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War crimes court told to back off sitting heads of state Kenyatta and Ruto

War crimes court told to back off sitting heads of state Kenyatta and Ruto

| October 16, 2013

The African Union has given notice to the International Criminal Court that it should end trials of sitting heads of state and postpone the active trials of the president and deputy president of Kenya, both tied down by the recent Westgate shopping mall terror attack.

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