The Africa Report: 14 October
EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news
ICC ALLOWS LIBYA TO TRY INTELLIGENCE CHIEF
The International Criminal Court has granted permission for Libya to try the former intelligence chief at home.
Abdullah al-Senussi, the former intelligence chief and brother-in-law of the late Muammar Gaddafi, was charged by the ICC for crimes against humanity.
Al-Senussi's lawyer is furious about the decision by the ICC as he argues the legal system in Libya, where the former spy chief faces the death penalty, will not do a sufficient job.
The decision by the ICC is what the Kenyans have been requesting and was the topic of the African Union summit over the weekend.
Kenya has requested that the ICC defer the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta to the country.
Although AU members did not agree to a "mass walkout", they have concluded that African heads of state should not be hauled to The Hague whilst still in office.
ZEIDAN KIDNAPPING A COUP ATTEMPT
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says that his brief kidnapping was an attempt at a coup.
Allegations of orchestrating the kidnapping have been brought against an opposition party in the Libyan parliament.
Zeidan was kidnapped from a hotel in Tripoli on Thursday, but was promptly rescued by security forces.
In addition to the numerous statements made about Zeidan's apparent dismal performance in the increasingly volatile Libya, there has also been much anger about him not having reacted strongly enough to the US raid in Tripoli.
'THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA IS A CEMETERY'
Maltese premier Joseph Muscvar says the Mediterranean has become a cemetery after another boatload of migrants capsized.
The vessel, which capsized on Friday, was carrying mainly Palestinian and Syrian refugees.
At least 60 people have been reported dead.
There have been reports that the Libyan coastguard had opened fire at the boat.
As the tragedies are expected to mount, Muscvar has called for increased action.
This follows the Lampedusa drowning of at least 360 migrants earlier in October.