Kenyatta Gets His Day in Court

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This is a big moment for international justice. Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta will become the first sitting head of state to appear before the ICC when he attends the second day of a two day status hearing in person. “The Kenyan leader faces crimes against humanity charges related to his alleged role in post-election violence seven years ago in Kenya. Kenyatta is expected to attend Wednesday’s wrap-up hearing. The first day of the status hearing at the ICC pretty much ended the way it began, with the prosecution claiming the Kenyan government was blocking access to key documents for its case against Kenyatta and the defense arguing it was doing its best to comply.” (VOA

IMF: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Impressive Economic Growth Set to Continue, But…Ebola could muck that up. “Forecasting 5.1 percent growth this year and 5.8 percent in 2015 — the fastest growth outside Asia — the Washington-based institution warned “the Ebola virus is exacting a heavy economic toll.” More than 3,000 people have died as a result of the illness which is squeezing trade links between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the rest of the world. “Should the Ebola outbreak become more protracted or spread to more countries, it would have dramatic consequences for economic activity in the west African region,” (

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A peacekeeper was killed on Tuesday as a United Nations camp in rebel-infested northern Mali came under rocket fire, a source from the UN mission in the west African nation told AFP.

A new report says at least 11,000 people have been killed as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. (VOA

Sub-Saharan Africa’s rapid economic growth is set to continue this year and next, but Ebola and budget problems have exposed the region’s vulnerabilities, the IMF said. (AFP

Agencies say suspension of flights by British Airways to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia is causing travel problems and sending wrong message. (Guardian

Liberian healthcare workers still plan to stage a go-slow, or work slowdown, to press demands for hazard pay on the front line of the Ebola epidemic, a union leader said. (Reuters

The top UN official in South Sudan says peacekeepers are set to increase patrols outside their bases, to protect civilians living in fighting zones.  Reaching those displaced by violence remains a challenge for the U.N. (VOA

Christian militias in Central African Republic have called for the president and prime minister to resign and have ordered their ministers to pull out of the government, striking a blow to efforts aimed at quelling violence in the country. (Reuters

Transgender activist Audrey Mbugua won a landmark case on Tuesday when the High Court ordered the Kenya National Examinations Council to change her name on her academic certificates. (Reuters

Three Ugandans are being monitored in medical isolation for possibly contracting the Ebola-like Marburg virus, health officials said Tuesday, after a hospital worker died. (AFP


More than 100 illegal migrants were missing after their vessel sank off Libya’s coast en route across the Mediterranean, with dozens of bodies already washed up on the shore, local Libyan authorities said. (Reuters

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn’t mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn’t been fully open about its chemical weapons program. (AP


Thousands of Indians fled their homes in the disputed Kashmir region on Tuesday as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged gunfire again, a day after the highest civilian death toll in a single day in more than a decade. (Reuters

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein pardoned 3,073 prisoners for the sake of “peace and stability” and “the rule of law,” the government said on the Information Ministry website. (GlobalPost

The dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 23,000 in southern China’s worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades, officials said. (AFP

More than 1,000 people marched on the Cambodian National Assembly, many displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day. (VOA

The long-term impacts of natural disasters in northeastern Indian state of Assam are proving to be a thorn in the side of a government that is racing against time to meet its commitments under the MDGs, before they expire at the end of 2015. (IPS

The Americas

President Barack Obama said that the government would develop expanded screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West African countries hit by the disease and the United States. (Reuters

Authorities in the Dominican Republic say they are investigating 11 deaths at the main children’s hospital in Santo Domingo. (AP


Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks (NPR

What can Nigeria’s Ebola experience teach the world? (Guardian

Outrage Over Global Ebola Response: Calls for Action (allAfrica

David Cameron heading the wrong direction on human rights, experts say (GlobalPost

Foreign Aid Workers Under Pressure in South Sudan (VOA

The doctrine of humanitarianism is not as benign as you might think (Guardian

Put People Power Back at Centre of Citizen Action (IPS

‘Women2Women’ is empowering young female leaders to help build global peace (GlobalPost

India’s Mars mission could be a giant leap (The Guardian


More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organisation’s regional director said on Tuesday. (Reuters

The German government says a convoy of 112 trucks carrying aid from Germany has crossed into Ukraine and the goods will be distributed in the country’s east by local officials. (AP

The European Union said Tuesday it is urgently airlifting relief goods to West Africa to combat the Ebola crisis, as the disease threatened its shores with an infection in Spain. (AFP