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UK-based Nigerian pastor jailed for sexually abusing female church members

An Archbishop-elect who sexually assaulted a teenage girl and a woman during private prayer sessions has been jailed by a court in London.Benjamin Egbujor, 55, of Harold Avenue, Belvedere, Kent, has been sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to three years and four months’ imprisonment, after he was found guilty of sexual assault and causing or inciting a child to …

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‘‘The UK is the most corrupt country in the world,” anti-mafia journalist Roberto Saviano claims

The UK is the most corrupt country on earth, using Gibraltar, Jersey and other territories to funnel dirty cash.That’s the view of anti-mafia journalist Roberto Saviano who claims the financial services industry in London facilitates worldwide criminal capitalism.‘‘Transparency groups have shown this with irrefutable data. The UK is already the most, without doubt, the most corrupt country in the world, …

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Germany set to introduce highway tolls

Germany’s upper house of the federal parliament Bundesrat has approved the federal government’s plan to make drivers pay for using the country’s highways. Neighbouring countries have threatened to take legal action. Ben Knight reports.The Bundesrat finally passed Germany’s highway toll bill on Friday. The upper house of the German parliament, made up of the 16 state governments, voted for the …

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23 Nigerians deported from UK

 Just a day after activists prevented a plane carrying dozens of Ghanaian and Nigerian would-be expellees from taking off at London’s Stansted Airport, 23 Nigerians were deported from the United Kingdom on Friday.The all male deportees, who were sent back to their home country for various immigration offences, arrived at the Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 6 am …

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Activists prevent deportation of Nigerians, Ghanaians from London airport

It was drama at the Stansted airport in London on Tuesday as activists prevented the mass deportation of Nigerians and Ghanaians.The activists, working under the name Stop Charter Flights – End Deportations, blocked the runway of the Stansted airport carrying banners and chanting songs condemning deportations.A video recording showed some of them were under the wing of a plane, while …

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UK launches exit from the EU

Britain formally launched the process for leaving the European Union today, nine months after the island nation voted to leave the EU.Britain became the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at the heart of the union forged from the ashes of World War II.Just days after the Union’s 60th birthday, Britain handed over a momentous letter …

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Chancellor Merkel’s party wins German state election

Germany’s Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) party won Saarland’s state election on Sunday, with 40.7 percent, far ahead of the Social-Democratic Party (SPD), with 29.6 percent.The closely-watched election in the small, western state, which was the first since Martin Schulz became SDP leader, was seen as a test for him and CDU’s Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the September general elections.“We campaigned …

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EU commemorates 60th founding anniversary with pledge to revive momentum

The EU 27 leaders recommitted their vows to European integration in Rome on Saturday (25 March) amid warnings that the bloc’s unity remains fragile.The heads of state and government met in the same Renaissance-era palace where the six founding countries signed the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 1957, to establish the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy …

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Finding humour in racism

To mark the European Action Week against Racism (18-26 March), civil society groups, educational institutions and city governments are carrying out activities to protest against racism and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies. To commemorate the week, our contributing editor Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner, writing from Vienna, narrates a story that will make you laugh and then feel pity for racists.Who …

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Frankfurt-based Virginia Wangare Greiner receives international women’s award

 Virginia Wangare Greiner, the founder of Maisha e. V., a psychosocial centre in Frankfurt, has been honoured with the prestigious Elisabeth Norgall International Award. She was bestowed with the honour recently by the International Women’s Club (IWC) of Frankfurt in recognition of her efforts concerning the needs and problems of women.Ms Greiner, who is originally from Kenya, has been honoured by …

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Germany to deport Nigerian and Algerian terror suspects

The German-born Algerian and Nigerian who were arrested in Göttingen in February on the suspicion of planning an Islamist-inspired attacks are to be deported as soon as possible, the authorities have announced yesterday.The announcement followed the rejection of the appeal of the two Africans by the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) in Leipzig, which refused their prayers to order the state …

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EU and North African ministers meet on how to reduce migration from Africa

Interior ministers from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Switzerland, along with EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, are in Rome on Monday to discuss strategies for curbing the number of migrants coming to Europe with their North African counterparts from Algeria, Libya and Tunisia.Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti wants to form a permanent “contact group” between European and North …

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Italy arrests Ghanaian for torturing and killing fellow African migrants in Libya

Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a Ghanaian man for alleged murder, rape, kidnapping and people-smuggling after migrants he is accused of mistreating attacked him at a reception center on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.According to the arrest warrant, the African migrants turned on 20-year-old Sam Eric Ackom, known to his assailants as Fanti, when they recognized him …

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Talking about what it means to be Black in Germany

 What is it like to be a Black person living in Germany? What does it mean to be excluded from your own society? Prominent guests met recently to discuss these questions and more at the launch of the new multimedia project ‘Afro.Germany’ by the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).“I used to want to be white,” says Jana Pareigis, speaking …

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Islamic headscarves can be banned in workplace, says EU court

Banning Islamic headscarves in the workplace is not “direct discrimination” and can be “objectively justified”, ruled the European Court of Justice on Tuesday (14 March).Judges said that the dismissal of a Muslim employee who insisted on wearing a headscarf – despite an internal company rule prohibiting any sign of political, philosophical or religious beliefs – did not constitute a breach …

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UK parliament clears way for Brexit talks

UK lawmakers passed the Brexit bill on Monday night (13 March), overturning earlier amendments, which aimed to protect EU citizens’ rights in the UK and grant parliament a final vote at the end of the exit negotiations.Once the bill gets the so-called royal assent on Tuesday and becomes law, it will be up to Prime Minister Theresa May to fire …

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Germany’s upper house says Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria not safe for refugees

The German parliament’s upper chamber has rejected a law that would have allowed quicker deportations to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The decision deals a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee strategy, reports Jefferson Chase.In the end, the vote wasn’t even close. Led by federal states with left-leaning governing coalitions, a wide majority of the Bundesrat shot down a law written …

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