Mr Kenyatta, 52, faces five counts at the ICC over his alleged role in masterminding post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 that left 1,200 people dead and 600,000 displaced. On Monday, Mr Kenyatta told Parliament he had taken the “unprecedented” move to temporarily hand power over to Ruto — whose trial at the ICC has already begun.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flew out of Kenya on Tuesday to attend a hearing at the International Criminal Court, where he will become the first sitting president to appear before the chamber.
Mr Kenyatta, who has temporarily handed power to his deputy to “protect the sovereignty” of his country, waved to supporters at the airport in Nairobi in a relatively low-key early morning departure, an AFP reporter said.
Common Dreams New report shows how flood of munitions from across the globe, including the United States, are making peace impossible in Middle East Jon Queally
An analysis of new data (pdf) collected by a group which tracks weapons in global conflict zones has found that a large proportion of the munitions now being used by ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria are from U.S. manufacturers, either captured on the battlefield or sold to them by supposed U.S. allies.
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 2014 (IPS) – The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialization of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.
The Brazilian government is slated to start taking public comments on such a proposal during the first week of September. Similarly, U.S. regulators have been working on an environmental impact assessment since early last year, a highly anticipated draft of which is expected to be released any day.