Nov 7, 2019

Congo warlord sentenced to 30 years for murder, rape, sexual slavery

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Bosco Ntaganda, otherwise known as "The Terminator," was sentenced to 30 years by the International Criminal Court Thursday, AP reports.

The big picture: Ntaganda was found guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in July. He'd served as a military commander during a deadly ethnic conflict in Congo from 2002 to 2003. Under his command, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo committed murder, held people in sexual slavery, and raped men, women and children.

  • The sentence was the highest ever given by the Court — with 30 years being the maximum allowed. Judges are allowed to impose a life sentence at their discretion, which victims' lawyers pushed for.
  • The Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo leader, Thomas Lubanga, is currently serving a 14-year sentence issued by the court for the use of child soldiers.

What to watch: Ntaganda has already appealed his conviction and has 30 days to appeal his sentence.

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Global powers accelerate plays for influence in Africa

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Sochi summit. Photo: Alexander Ryumin/TASS via Getty Images

Russia's late October summit with African leaders in Sochi took place amid a renewed global scramble among foreign powers for influence on the continent.

Why it matters: Increased competition holds promise for Africa. Not only will foreign investment — which rebounded last year after a recent downturn — rise, but African countries can be more selective about deal terms while diversifying their partnerships beyond currently dominant powers such as China.

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Jack Dorsey announces 2020 plans to move to Africa

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced he plans to live in an African country for 3 to 6 months in 2020.

Why it matters: Dorsey says Africa will "define the future," especially in regards to Bitcoin. The continent is currently seeing a boom in financial growth as its middle-class in numerous countries grows.

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Keep ReadingArrowNov 29, 2019

Trump pardons armed services members accused of war crimes

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President Trump issued full pardons to two Army officials and restored the rank of a Navy SEAL — each of whom had been accused or convicted of war crimes — the White House announced on Friday.

Why it matters: The intervention came despite opposition raised by military justice experts and Pentagon officials. "The moves signaled that as commander in chief, Mr. Trump intends to use his power as the ultimate arbiter of military justice," the New York Times writes.

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