- - Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SUDAN

Location change helps Bashir

NAIROBI, Kenya | An official says that East African leaders meeting this weekend over Sudan’s upcoming independence votes have changed the meeting’s location from Kenya to Ethiopia.

The change means that Sudan’s president, Omar Bashir, won’t face arrest if he attends.

Mr. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The change comes a day after the court made public a request to Kenya to arrest Mr. Bashir if he entered Kenya, which is obligated by treaty to arrest him. Ethiopia has not signed that treaty.

Yufnalis Okubo, an official with the East African bloc known as IGAD, confirmed the change in venue but did not say why it was changed.

KENYA

Minister quits over embassy scandal

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya’s foreign minister says he is resigning to allow investigations into allegations of a multimillion-dollar scandal involving five Kenyan embassies in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Moses Wetangula made his announcement Wednesday, hours after his most senior bureaucrat resigned.

Mr. Wetangula’s announcement came less than an hour before Parliament was to continue debate on a committee report that investigated the sale or purchase of Kenyan embassies, land and other property in Belgium, Egypt, Japan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

The committee says Mr. Wetangula deliberately misinformed them about the transactions.

NIGERIA

Seized arms shipment includes artillery

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