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March 26, 2023

Reuters: Sudan's Bashir goes to Libya, defying ICC. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir arrived in Libya on Thursday for a foreign visit in a show of defiance to an arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court on charges of Darfur war crimes, Arab media reported. A Sudanese presidential palace source and a foreign ministry official had earlier said Bashir, who risks arrest any time he travels abroad, was on his way to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. But Arab television channels Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya later reported he had arrived instead in Libya. Qatar's prime minister has said the Gulf state was coming under pressure not to receive Bashir, though he did not say from whom.

New York Times:Egypt Backs Sudanese President. Egyptian officials welcomed President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan to Cairo on Wednesday, undeterred by the arrest warrant that has been issued against him for war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international court. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and senior government ministers received Mr. Bashir at the airport in Cairo, then held a meeting to discuss the arrest warrant and conflict in Darfur, among other things.  The visit to Egypt, a key American ally in the region, prompted immediate criticism by Amnesty International, the human rights group. "Egypt and other members of the League of Arab States should not shield President Bashir from international justice," said Irene Khan, the organization's secretary general. "His presence in Egypt today should have been an opportunity to enforce the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court."

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Collective Soul to perform to save Darfur. Usually it's the other way around: The adults teach the kids. But count Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland is among the adults who got an education about the six years of ethnic warfare in Darfur from seniors at Atlanta's Galloway School. As a "thank you" of sorts, Roland and his Atlanta band members are lending the strength of their 16-year-old catalog and seven No. 1 pop-rock hits to teen co-chairs Megan Maziar and Katherine McKerrow's third benefit concert, this Friday at the Tabernacle. Maziar says that for the benefit's previous two years, "there was no headliner. We had high school bands. ... Lucky for us, Katherine and her family ran into Ed Roland at an event. And he was interested."

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