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Botswana reiterates support for the ICC while saying it “regrets” South Africa’s decision to leave the Court
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Politics and Society Botswana reiterates support for the ICC while saying it “regrets” South Africa’s decision to leave the Court

You can strike Botswana off the list of countries likely to join South Africa and Burundi in quitting the international Criminal Court (ICC). Botswana today issued a statement reiterating its support for the ICC saying the Court fights for the victims of the most severe crimes. The statement stresses that Botswana sees the ICC as a force for good in the world.

BeautyBeyondTheSkin: Kenya hosts inaugural Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant
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Lifestyle BeautyBeyondTheSkin: Kenya hosts inaugural Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant

People with albinism (PWAs) have faced unprecedented discrimination and persecution in parts of Africa, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi in recent years. To fight discrimination, persecution, stigmatisation, and alienation Kenya’s Albinism Society held its inaugural Mr and Miss Albino beauty pageant, an annual campaign to promote self awareness of PWAs in the society.

South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns crowned Champions League winners
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Lifestyle South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns crowned Champions League winners

The long wait is finally over, South African football giants Mamelodi Sundowns have made history, crowned as the African champions for 2016 after beating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate. With the remarkable achievement Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane becomes the first South African coach to guide a club to continental glory. A hearty congratulations to Sundowns and Mosimane on the historic achievement.

Cartoon: Of ICC exits and sore losers
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Of ICC exits and sore losers

US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and #ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda have a difficult few weeks ahead. Hillary has to beat a man who says he won’t accept defeat while Bensouda has to convince several African presidents that the ICC is not racially profiling them. Can Hillary and Bensouda succeed or will the “difficult men” have their way in the end?

Uganda: 19-year-old girl wins scholarship with U.S. based Women Pilots’ Association
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Africans rising Uganda: 19-year-old girl wins scholarship with U.S. based Women Pilots’ Association

Mercy Mulayi a 19-year-old Ugandan trainee pilot considered a talented and “natural pilot” has won a prestigious scholarship offered by a U.S. based Women Pilots Association, Ninety-Nines. The opportunity puts the young protégé closer to her dream, to become a pilot with Uganda’s Defence Air Force. #WomenInAviation

Remembering Melchior Ndadaye: Burundi observes Ndadaye Day
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Politics and Society Remembering Melchior Ndadaye: Burundi observes Ndadaye Day

Today Burundi observes Ndadaye Day, commemorating the death of an emblematic figure of the country’s democracy, President Melchior Ndadaye assassinated today in 1993, aged just 40. A unifying figure who fought ethnic divisions, Ndadaye was a moderate and he is remembered for charting a conciliatory course for governance, which was cut short after his assassination.

Seven African athletes nominated for the 2016 World Athlete of the year award
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Africans rising Seven African athletes nominated for the 2016 World Athlete of the year award

The IAAF has announced the shortlist for this year’s World Athlete of the year award. The list of 20 superstars has seven African athletes including South African duo of Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, Kenya’s David Rudisha and Vivian Cheruiyot as well as Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana. Fans will also get to vote on the IAAF’s social media platforms. Who are you voting for?