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  • The Legislative Takes Historic Action to Deal with Crisis

    To those who follow local politics, the unprecedented legislative action taken by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) in 2001 is one to remember. It was not an ordinary legislative action lawmakers usually take in the lower house. This legislative action has kept several politicians, activists and observes wondering for years. It was the adoption of the Anti-corruption and Ethics Proclamation criminalizing acts of corruption and bribery, and penalizing them with long prison terms.

    Most remember it as one of the most extraordinary legislative actions the HPR has ever adopted in its 22 years of existence. There are even those critics who satirically call it “Lovely”, after a brand of local biscuit introduced then. The time of the proclamation coincided with the time when commercials for the biscuit were being constantly played on ETV (now rebranded as the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation). The commercial had the catchy phrase, Tewat Temerto Kese’at Merkato (akin to “Fresh from the Oven”, but the literal translation goes, “Baked in the morning, and sold in the afternoon at Mercato). It was a well-articulated commercial designed to seduce customers to buy a fresh product.

    Such a humorous association of a legislative action with a commercial was made because the proclamation was endorsed swiftly after it had been drafted. The MPs took no more than a couple of days of deliberation before they endorsed it. It typically takes quite a long time before bills are endorsed in the Ethiopian parliament. For many observers, the anti-corruption bill is by far the most controversial and hysterical legislative actions ever taken by the incumbent regime. Read more here

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  • Snarling dogs fight in a Kabul marketplace

    :Dramatic images show the gruesome reality of a traditional Afghan 'sport' banned as 'un-Islamic' by the Taliban

    Shocking photographs show the gruesome world of dog fighting, which has again become a popular form of public entertainment in Afghanistan.
    The sport was banned under the Taliban after being labelled 'un-Islamic', but it is now experiencing a resurgence in the country.

    Many dog owners attend weekly fights in the Paghman district of Kabul. The blood matches are held on Fridays, which is a holiday day in the country. The hulking dogs risk great injury but do not usually fight until death. Often the battle will only finish when one dog pins another, or one runs away. Read more here

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  • Clerk charged with selling ‘khat’ at East Raleigh convenience store

    Police have charged a 51-year-old man with selling “khat,” an illegal and obscure drug, from the back room of a convenience store where he worked.

    The practice of chewing khat leaves dates back thousands of years in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. But in America, the drug was classified as a controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 1993.

    Khat sales are not unheard of in North Carolina. Agents with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement last year made arrests at four ABC-licensed outlets in Wake, Wayne, Franklin and Hoke counties, according to Patty McQuillan, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Public Safety. McQuillan said ALE agents have seen an increase of khat cases over the past decade, but the agency doesn’t track khat arrests.
    Police say Berhanu Gezahegn Maru was selling khat from Central Mini Mart in the 1300 block of Oakwood Avenue, across the street from St. Augustine’s University. Detectives seized more than seven pounds of khat leaves, according to search warrants made public this week.

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  • President of the Assembly of States Parties welcomes Gambia’s decision not to withdraw from the ICC Rome Statute

    On 10 November 2016 the Islamic Republic of the Gambia notified its decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, as depositary of the Treaty

    The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (www.ICC-CPI.int) H.E. Sidiki Kaba welcomes the decision of the newly-elected Government of the Gambia not to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC.

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  • Forty eight Ethiopians found holed up in Githurai

    Forty eight Ethiopian origin who had been hiding in a house in Githurai Kimbo area, Kiambu County were on Thursday arrested by police officers from Ruiru.

    Also arrested was a woman who is believed to have been sheltering them and a taxi driver said to have been involved in their transportation to the house where they were arrested.

    Ruiru police commander Isaac Thuranira said the police acted on a tip off from members of the public that the foreigners were holed up in a tiny room where some of them fainted and acted swiftly to avert any criminal activity that might have been planned by the foreigners. "They were in a small rental house where we found some already fainting due to lack of enough oxygen," said Mr Thuranira. Read more here

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  • Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Alianna DeFreeze, the 14-year-old Cleveland girl whose body was found earlier this month in an vacant house days after she was reported missing, was beaten and stabbed to death, according to court records.

    Christopher Whitaker is accused of abducting DeFreeze, raping her and inflicting blunt-force injuries, stabbing and puncture wounds that killed her, Cleveland police detectives wrote in records filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court that were made public on Tuesday.The records do not say if investigators recovered a weapon.

    Whitaker, 44, is scheduled for an arraignment hearing Thursday after a grand jury handed up a capital indictment charging him with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Read more here

     

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