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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: rejects ICC scrutiny of claims CIA operated “black sites” in Poland, Lithuania and Romania. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

The row between the Trump White House and the International Criminal Court (ICC) has worsened after a fresh exchange of insults, with US secretary of (...)

 Sudan’s former president  President Omar al-Bashir: He was the poster boy for those who dismissed the International Criminal Court as a relic of western colonialism. Photograph:   Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

If the decision by Sudan to hand former president Omar al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a long, high-profile trial seems m(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas holds a document while speaking during the UN Security Council meeting. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has suffered an unexpected defeat in the United Nations Security Council after the Trump administration exerted st(...)

Leaders and lawmakers from 10 countries are attending talks in Berlin aimed at bringing an end to the protracted conflict in Libya. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty

Libya’s warring factions and their respective international allies agreed in Berlin on Sunday on a renewed weapons embargo in a bid to end the long-r(...)

Army soldiers in the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura: The Great Lakes country, which has a population of about 11.7 million, has been mired in political and human rights crisis since 2015. File photograph: Phil Moore/AFP

Burundi’s ruling party is using its youth wing to force citizens to contribute money towards elections next year, according to a rights group, which s(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen:  “The Finnish proposal is not enough. I am concerned at the severe cuts in this proposal compared to the commission proposal.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The ambitious strategic objectives for the EU already agreed by its leaders would be threatened unless they committed to come up with the cash to impl(...)

The first arrival of 66 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya at the Kigali international airport in  Rwanda. Photograph: Minema/AFP

The first group of what is expected to be hundreds of evacuees have been moved to Rwanda from Libya, under a new programme involving the African Union(...)

A migrant detention centre in Tripoli, Libya, in 2015.  Refugees and migrants who spoke to The Irish Times by phone were apprehensive about a move to Rwanda. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Hundreds of refugees in Libya are expected to be moved to Rwanda in the coming weeks, under a new deal partly funded by the European Union. “This is (...)

Sahra Mohamed and Marya Abdulah get drinking water from the Concern and Echo-funded water catchment tank in northern Somaliland. Photograph: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide

Somaliland is a region in the north of Somali with its own government and ambitions for statehood. The former British protectorate received independen(...)

 Sudanese protesters wave flag during a demonstration called for by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) to denounce the July 29 Al-Obeid killings, in  Khartoum on August 1, 2019.Photograph by Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Sudan’s military council and the main opposition coalition have reached an agreement to usher in a new period of transitional government, African Unio(...)

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