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27 January 2010 by -

Germany has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina’s former dictator General Jorge Videla on suspicion of murdering a German man.

The Nuremberg prosecutor’s office opened a probe into the junta’s former leaders, including Videla, at the end of the 1990s over the killing and disappearance of Germans during Agentina’s so-called ‘dirty war’. But the initial investigations were stopped in 2008 after an Argentine court rejected an extradition request submitted by the German government.

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10 March 2010 by -

Up to 500 people - including women, children and babies - were killed in clashes near the Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday. Three mainly Christian villages near Jos were attacked from nearby hills by people with machetes.

The attacks are said to have been in revenge for the killing of several hundred Muslims around Jos in January. But Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja says it’s not a religious conflict:

“This is...between herdsmen and farmers, only the Fulani are all Muslims and the Berom all Christians,” he told Vatican Radio.

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27 September 2011 by -

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara will on Wednesday launch a promised reconciliation commission tasked with healing wounds from the west African nation's bloody post-election conflict.

The Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation (CDVR) will be inaugurated in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian political capital founded by the country's first and longtime president Felix Houphouet-Boigny (1960-1993) after independence from colonial ruler France.

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24 February 2010 by -

The deputy prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) says it is likely that crimes against humanity were committed during a bloody crackdown on protesters in Guinea last year.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Fatou Bensouda, who has just returned from a three-day visit to Guinea, said on Friday, “on the basis of the information that we have received from this visit, we will pursue our preliminary examination.”

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10 March 2010 by -

Prominent Kenyans organised and financed post-election attacks against civilians in 2008, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor told judges last week.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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15 June 2010 by -

Renewed outbursts of violence have hit Kyrgyzstan since Friday, with clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek clans resulting in 170 deaths and over 1,700 people wounded, officials say.

By Robin van Wechem

The clashes, which started in the southern city of Osh and spread to nearby Jalalabad, comes two months after violent protests forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to resign and flee to Belarus.
Neighbouring Uzbekistan said it would close its borders, as up to 100,000 refugees have already entered its territory.

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