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Sudan’s Bashir Appears At Trial Over 1989 Coup

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Sudan's Bashir Appears At Trial Over 1989 Coup

Ousted Sudanese former president, Omar Al-Bashir, appeared in court over his role in the military coup in 1989 that led him to power.

Several co-accused were in court as well on Tuesday at the start of Bashir`s trial. The former Sudanese president is also facing prosecution over the killing of protesters and is wanted by the international criminal court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country’s Darfur region.

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Bashir was ousted in April last year by military officers following months of nationwide demonstrations. He was sentenced to two years in December for corruption.

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Uganda: Two Arrested Over Makerere University Fire / ANN News

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Soaring Inflation Hampers South Sudan Government / ANN News

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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