News in Brief 05 April 2016 (PM)

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Photo: ICC-CPI/Max Koot

"No case to answer" against Kenyan Deputy President

The UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided that there is "no case to answer" following allegations of crimes against humanity levelled at the Kenyan Deputy President.

Charges against William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Arap Sang, were vacated by the court, with the possibility that the case could be prosecuted again "at a later time."

The two were charged with crimes against humanity, stemming from ethnic violence following the presidential election of 2007, which left more than 1,000 people dead, and 500,000 displaced, according to news reports.

The decision was split, with a majority of judges arguing that the prosecution had not brought sufficient evidence to continue to trial.

Envoy arrives in Tripoli to support new UN-backed government

The head of the UN Mission in Libya has arrived in Tripoli to meet with members of the UN-backed Presidency Council.

The government-in-waiting arrived in the Libyan capital last week, despite warnings from rivals not to come.

Libya has been embroiled in a bloody civil war since 2014, which saw the setting up of two rival governments.

Nearly 2.5 million Libyans are in need of assistance, and the terrorist group ISIL has established a foothold inside the country.

UN envoy Martin Kobler said that he was "moved" by the courage of Libyan officials who are trying to implement a government of national accord, and he met with Prime Minister Designate Fayez al-Sarraj.

Concern mounts over mob-attacks in Malawi

Concern is mounting over an increasing number of mob-attacks taking place in Malawi.

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday that Malawian authorities needed to address the root causes of the attacks, and encourage people to report crimes to the police, as opposed to taking justice into their own hands.

Here's UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"Over the past two months, at least nine separate incidents leading to the death of 16 people have been reported across the country. The Office is urging the authorities in Malawi to act promptly to identify and prosecute those involved in mob killings, and to offer remedy to victims."

Refugee influx continues in Sudan

The influx of refugees to Sudan from neighbouring South Sudan is continuing, with 54,000 new arrivals recorded since January.

That's according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA).

The new arrivals are fleeing mainly due to hunger, brought on by food scarcity, and rocketing prices.

South Sudan's brutal civil war has displaced more than two million people.

Most of the refugees are settling in the Khor Omer Camp in East Darfur State, with up to 120 families arriving each day, according to OCHA.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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