Today 05 December
By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges rejected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's bid to halt his trial on crimes against humanity, saying his accusations that prosecution witnesses colluded to mislead the court were not serious enough to prejudice proceedings. The decision on Thursday means the trial should go ahead as planned on February 5 and will likely further strain relations between the Hague-based International Criminal Court and the country. Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto face separate charges of stoking ethnic violence after the country's 2007 elections, when 1,200 people died. Since Kenyatta was elected in the spring, Kenya and its African Union allies have sought to have his trial shelved, saying it risks destabilizing a country that is essential to the security of the entire east African region.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting came to the capital of the Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the new government just as the U.N. Security Council is set to authorize an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.
Fighters linked to Al-Qaeda have kidnapped and executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman working in northern Syria, a press freedom watchdog told AFP on Thursday. "Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili's execution was the first of a foreign journalist in Syria's so-called liberated areas," said Soazig Dollet, head of Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) Middle East and North Africa desk. Joumaili had been working as a freelance cameraman for an unidentified Spanish media outlet in strife-torn Aleppo province for about 10 days, Dollet said.
Abuja (AFP) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was on Thursday in line for another accolade, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced its shortlist for African Footballer of the Year.
At least eight people were killed Thursday when a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy in Somalia's northern port of Bossasso, a region harbouring Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents where tensions are high ahead of elections in January. Puntland's government said in a statement it "strongly condemns" the attack, in which 37 were wounded, including six soldiers. The attack took place in a busy market area of Bossasso, the main port in Somalia's northeastern Puntland region, lying on its Gulf of Aden coast. Shebab fighters operate from the rugged Golis mountains southwest of Bossasso, a lawless region under longtime control of warlord, arms dealer and Shebab ally Mohamed Said Atom, who has been hit with UN Security Council sanctions for "kidnapping, piracy and terrorism."