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Countess Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Diana, princess of Wales with whom she had a rocky relationship, has died aged 87, her family said. The only child of the prolific romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland, she grew up and lived her life in the high society world of upper-class England. Diana, who married the heir to the throne Prince Charles in 1981, had a strained relationship with the countess.
South Africa announced Friday that it would withdraw from the International Criminal Court, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. The decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. South Africa refused to arrest him, saying he had immunity as a head of state.