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Obama in Berlin for landmark German church convention

The German Protestant Church Assembly – “Kirchentag” – began on Wednesday in Berlin. This year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is the featured topic, with many big names making an appearance, reports Astrid Prange. More than 100,000 worshippers attended three open-air services on Wednesday evening in central Berlin to mark the start of “Kirchentag,” a multi-day Protestant gathering. The …

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Terror in Manchester; 22 killed in attack

Police say at least 22 people have been killed in a reported blast at a concert venue in Manchester, UK, in what is being treated as a suspected terrorist incident. Around 60 others were injured in the explosion at the Manchester Arena in northern England on Monday night. Panic and chaos followed as thousands of mainly teenage concert goers tried to …

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Another Black woman appointed minister in new French cabinet

After the appointment of Senegalese-born Sibeth Ndiaye (37) as press secretary or media advisor in the French presidency, another Black woman has been named minister in the new government of President Emmanuel Macron. France’s new cabinet, which was unveiled on Wednesday, is made up of 11 women and 11 men, including Laura Flessel, as sports minister. Aged 45, she is …

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Nigerian Diaspora Germany elects new executive members

The German chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has elected a new executive council. The body’s Annual General Meeting, which took place on Saturday (13 May) in Frankfurt, elected Kenneth Chukwudi Alaekwe as President, Dr RosaLyn Dressman (Vice President) and Prof Dr Brando Okolo (General Secretary). Other new members of the council are Dr Augustine Okeke (Assistant General …

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Interview: Karamba Diaby on how he made it into Germany’s federal parliament

Karamba Diaby (57) represents the eastern city of Halle in the German Federal Parliament on the platform of the Social Democrats, the SPD. The election of the Senegalese-born holder of a doctorate degree in chemistry and that of the Afro-German Charles Huber (CDU) as the Bundestag’s first members of African descent in 2013 marked a watershed in the history of …

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Macron and Merkel to ‘reconstruct’ the EU

The French and German leaders pledged on Monday (15 May) to relaunch the partnership between their two countries in order to “reconstruct” the EU. “We agreed that we want to develop a roadmap for the European Union’s medium-term perspectives,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a joint news conference with President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin. She said that the two leaders …

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New French president names Senegalese-born woman as press secretary

Emmanuel Macron, in the first batch appointments he made as president, has named Sibeth Ndiaye as his press secretary. The 37-year-old Senegalese-French woman played a very active role in the campaign that led to Macron’s victory to become the youngest-ever French president at 39. Ms Ndiaye has been described by the French media as one of the key figures who …

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Rights activist talks about her experiences after fleeing Rwanda

American storyteller and human rights advocate Clemantine Wamariya fled the genocide in Rwanda when she was six years old. In Rome, she talked with university students and migrants about her experiences.A story of suffering and hope can help those experiencing the same tragedy to feel they are not alone, says Clemantine Wamariya. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Clemantine was six years …

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Court frees French activist charged for smuggling Nigerians into France

An Italian court has acquitted the 28-year-old humanitarian activist Felix Croft, who had faced a possible prison term for trying to help a family of Nigerian migrants cross over from Italy into France.The Nice resident was arrested last July at a motorway toll barrier near the border town of Ventimiglia and charged with “aiding illegal immigration.” Prosecutors had asked for …

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Zidane calls on French voters to vote against Le Pen

French football legend and 1998 World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane warns against voting for Marine Le Pen and the National Front in upcoming French presidential election second round.The current Real Madrid manager made a similar proclamation in 2002, the last time the FN made it to the second round, with Marine’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen in charge.“Zizou”, seen as one …

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EU states granted asylum to more than 700,000 persons in 2016

The 28 EU Member States granted protection status to 710,400 asylum seekers last year, more than double that of 2015, Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, reported on Wednesday.Some 57 per cent of those granted asylum were Syrians. Iraqis (9% of the total), Afghans (9%), Eritreans (5%) and Iran and Somalia (2%) were the next major recipient-nationalities.Germany gave asylum to the …

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Voters change face of French politics as Europe breaths sigh of relief

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen qualified for the second round of the French presidential election on Sunday (23 April), in a vote that confirmed French voters’ will to repudiate the current political system.Macron, a social-liberal who entered politics only a year ago and does not have an organised party, finished first with 23.90 percent of the votes. The far-right …

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Europe holds its breadth as France goes to the polls

French overseas territories and residents in some U.S. states such as Hawaii began voting on Saturday in the French presidential election, a day ahead of a main first-round vote that could change the global political landscape.Of 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific and Guadeloupe, …

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