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Rwandan prosecutors are calling on their European counterparts to try genocide cases themselves if they are unable to extradite wanted persons back to the African state for trial.

A Swedish court sentenced on Monday a 61-year-old man to life in prison for genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the second such case brought by the Nordic country over crimes during the conflict.

Defense lawyers Monday sought to mitigate the sentence being weighed against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, convicted in March of a slew of war crimes in the Central African Republic.

Following almost a year of talks, negotiators of Colombia’s government and FARC rebels have reached agreement on security protocols allowing the release of rebel child soldiers of 15 and younger.

Uganda's veteran president vowed to fight corruption and inefficient bureaucracy on Thursday as he was sworn in to a fifth term in office, but some Western officials walked out of the ceremony when he mocked the International Criminal Court.

In his inaugural address, President Yoweri Museveni, 71, told heads of state, diplomats and other guests he planned to fight corruption and impose discipline on inefficient bureaucrats during his next five-year term of office, which will extend his rule to 35 years.

Sudanese officials said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir returned on Thursday from a one-day visit to Uganda made in defiance of an international warrant for his arrest on charges of genocide.

The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, accusing him of masterminding genocide and other atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in Sudan's western Darfur region.

Peru's Constitutional Tribunal has rejected former dictator Alberto Fujimori's habeas corpus petition to cancel his sentence for crimes against humanity, with six out of the seven judges from the highest court ruling against the appeal on Tuesday.

Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in jail for ordering massacres in the Barrios Altos neighborhood of Lima and La Cantuta University. Those killed included innocent civilians such as students and even an 8-year-old child.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday his government hoped to conclude a peace deal with FARC rebels "in the very near future".

Ugandan police have arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who lost February’s election to President Yoweri Museveni, after his party announced he would be sworn-in in an alternative inauguration ceremony.

German Ambassador to Namibia Christian Schlaga says both the German and Namibian governments have agreed to finalize negotiations over the genocide issue by the end of this year.

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