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World leaders gather in Uganda for first international refugee summit

UN Secretary General António Guterres declares open the first World Solidarity Summit on Refugees on Thursday in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Among the heads of state and about 500 dignitaries attending include Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Guinean President and Chairman of the African Union, Alpha Condé, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Gabonese President Ali Bongo, Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Ethiopian Prime …

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The factors that will decide Kenya’s coming election

Kenyans will go to the polls on 8 August and the country is expectedly already agog with election campaign rallies. Joseph Wandera writes on the factors that will determine the outcome of the general election. After accepting his nomination as the presidential candidate of the main opposition coalition recently, Raila Odinga likened himself to Joshua, the Biblical figure who led …

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70 Ghanaians deported from the US; 7000 others await repatriation

Over 70 Ghanaian immigrants were deported from the United States on Wednesday for visa-related offences including staying illegally and over staying their visas. The all-male deportees arrived at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport in handcuffs, local media report. The deportees initially refused to disembark from the plane in protest over their inhumane treatment including shackling hands and legs before and during …

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Libya: Doctor describes the extremely distressing situation of sub-Saharan migrants

Fighting continues in Libya, a country fragmented by a multitude of power centers. Since mid-2014, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated due to political instability. Millions of people across Libya are impacted, including refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Dr. Tankred Stoebe, who works with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), spent the month of January in the country co-ordinating a medical assessment that took …

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Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, freed in Libya; whereabouts however unclear – lawyer

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been freed by an armed group in western Libya where he was being held following the 2011 revolt against his late father, former leader Muammar Gaddafi, one of his lawyers and the brigade involved said. He was released in the town of Zintan under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in eastern Libya, lawyer …

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Who will protect Nigeria’s northern Christians?

Indigenous Christians in the Muslim-dominated northern region of Nigeria are a besieged people. They’re being systematically driven off their ancestral land by violence. “Every week, there are more massacres, but nobody seems to mind – not even their own government,” writes Douglas Murray, Associate Director of the British think tank, the Henry Jackson Society. Murray who visited the region on …

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Being president for a very long time is not a bad thing, says Uganda’s Museveni

One of the longest serving African presidents, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has stated that being a president for a long time has given him more experience. The 72-year-old leader made the remark on Tuesday during the State of the Nation address in parliament that lasted for three-hours due to heckling by the opposition, local media The Observer reports . “Being president …

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“Isreal is coming back to Africa,” says Benjamin Netanyahu

Leaders of fifteen West African states and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are in Liberia’s capital Monrovia for the 51st Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This is the first ECOWAS Summit to be held in Liberia and it’s the first time a non-African leader has been invited to speak at the forum. Netanyahu addressed …

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World ignores displaced Africans until they turn up on Europe’s doors – aid agency

The world pays the least attention to humanitarian crises when they force Africans from their homes, dashing hopes of peace, hindering reconstruction and increasing the risk of radicalization, an aid agency said on Thursday. Central African Republic topped the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) annual list of neglected displacement crises. It was followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South …

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Ethiopian sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for Facebook posts

A federal high court in Ethiopia on Thursday sentenced Yonatan Tesfaye to six years and six months in prison for comments he made on Facebook. The court convicted the politician for “planning, preparing and encouraging terrorism” via his Facebook page in 2015.  The authorities objected to several posts including one in which he said the government used “force against the people …

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Ethiopia’s Tedros elected first African head of WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, was elected on Tuesday in Geneva to head the World Health Organisation (WHO). He becomes the first African to ascend to the post in the nearly 70-year existence of the global agency. He is also the first non-physician to be elected WHO’s Director-General. A jubilant Ethiopian official emerged …

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Deutsche Welle demands immediate release of its reporter held in DRC

German international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW), has demanded the immediate release of its reporter who is being held by the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to DW, Antediteste Niragira, was arrested by operatives of the Congolese intelligence service (ANR) while he was reporting on Burundian refugees in the DRC. The reporter is currently being held in …

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Gambian court seizes former ruler Jammeh’s assets, accuses him of $50m theft

The Gambia’s former president has been accused of stealing “at least” 50 million US dollars from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has announced. A court has now ordered his remaining assets in The Gambia to be frozen. A court in the Gambian capital Banjul Monday ordered a temporary freeze of properties belonging to …

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EU should deal with Brexit headache and leave Burundi alone, say Presidents of Tanzania and Uganda

EU should deal with its Brexit headache and leave Burundi to sort out its internal problems, the presidents of Tanzania and Uganda have said. It’s the view of the statesmen that the sanctions are compounding the efforts of regional leaders to resolve the crisis. Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni made the call on Saturday in the Tanzanian capital, …

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Ugandan lawyer awarded German Africa Prize 2017

The Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has won the 2017 German Africa Prize. In a statement, the German Africa Foundation which has awarded the prize since 1993, said Opiyo had been honoured for his role in protecting peace, democracy, and human rights in the east African country. Opiyo, founder of the human rights organization “Chapter Four Uganda”, has worked …

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Italy, Germany call for EU mission on Libyan border with Niger

The German and Italian interior ministers have called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to stem migrant crossings to Europe, reports Nikolaj Nielsen Italy and Germany are reportedly seeking an EU mission to secure Libya’s 5,000-km southern border with neighbouring countries to curb migration. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday …

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EU counters terrorism in the slums of Uganda’s capital city

A mosque’s call to prayer echoes above the narrow alleyways of Bwaise, a 90,000-person slum in the outskirts of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.Here, al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based radical Islamic terror group, had already found easy recruits among its disenfranchised youth in 2010, when over 70 people were killed and scores injured following twin suicide bombings in the capital.While the ringleader behind …

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Book: Searching for an alternative to democracy in Africa

Lost in Democracy is the title of a new book authored by the Germany-based Nigerian journalist and writer Frisky Larr. The book dwells on the failure of democracy in Africa to deliver its much-hoped-for dividends for its peoples.The majority of African countries are governed democratically. Well, to put it more accurately, they’re governed to varying degrees by democratic norms. However, …

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