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March 22, 2013.
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Motshabi Hoaeane.
Making headlines:

The Brics summit is set to endorse plans for a joint foreign exchange reserves pool and an infrastructure bank.

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The International Criminal Court says Kenya’s president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta will face a trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

And, Central African Republic rebels reject President Francois Bozize’s concessions.

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Senior emerging market officials say leaders from the world's major emerging economies are likely to endorse plans at a summit next week to create a joint foreign exchange reserves pool and an infrastructure bank for developing countries.

The officials said the leaders will discuss reports prepared by working groups led by Brazil on the proposed reserves pool, and another by India and South Africa on the creation of a joint development bank, which would provide financing to emerging and developing economies for infrastructure projects.

A senior Brazilian government official said there are still some differences among the countries, but officials believe that the Brics will give the green light to both projects. Leaders from China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa, known as the Brics, will gather in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, on March 26 and 27.

 

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (or ICC) says that Kenya’s president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta will face a trial on charges of crimes against humanity. However, when that will happen is unknown.

Kenyatta, whose election earlier this month is being challenged by his rival Raila Odinga, faces charges at the ICC over bloodshed in the aftermath of Kenya's 2007 election. His lawyers said that the charges against him should be dropped after the case against a co-accused collapsed when an important witness's testimony was retracted.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she was worried that bribery, intimidation and the Kenyan government's lack of cooperation seen in other cases could also impact the Kenyatta case. She added that the Kenyan authorities also were not cooperating sufficiently by providing only irrelevant documentation for cases.

 

Central African Republic's SELEKA rebel group has rejected concessionary decrees from President Francois Bozize as "too little, too late" and demanded that he resign.

SELEKA spokesperson Colonel Sylvain Bordas responded to state TV broadcasts on Wednesday announcing presidential decrees freeing political prisoners, lifting curfews and banning roadblocks manned by pro-Bozize militia. He said all the group was asking for was for Bozize to now leave power, or be at the peril of being forced out.

There were no immediate reports of clashes but tensions ran high in Bangui over a possible return to fighting which saw the rebels march to the gates of the capital in December.

Regional nations dispatched troops to try and stabilise the country and helped facilitate peace talks.  In response to the rebel demands, Clayson Monyela, a spokesperson for South Africa's foreign ministry, said that the troops were staying In the CAR.

 

Also making headlines: 

Chad warns France and its African allies against declaring victory too soon in the fight against Islamist rebels in northern Mali.

Trust in Kenya's chief justice is tested by presidential election challenge.

Eskom’s consumers sustain the funding of BHP Billiton’s power, while the rest of South Africa's consumers pay much higher electricity prices.

And, The Higher Education Department says the first university in the Northern Cape should open its doors in 2014.

 

That's a roundup of news making headlines today.

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