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Refugees welcome at Italian wedding

An Italian couple invited migrants to their wedding celebration in Naples, Italy, yesterday to show their support for refugees in the country. Marco d’Avanzo, 27, and Nunzia Ricigliano, 23, got married in a multicultural ceremony at Crocifisso e Santa Rita church in Naples and invited refugees to join them. ”They are our brothers and sisters,” Marco said as he was …

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Macron’s party head for landslide victory in French parliamentary polls

The French president’s fledgling new party is on course to win a staggering three-quarters of all seats in the National Assembly, effectively stamping out all opposition. And yet only 15% of registered voters cast ballots in its favour on Sunday. The leafy 16th arrondissement of Paris, the French capital’s westernmost borough, has precious little in common with the 11th district …

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Ukraine celebrates visa-free travel to EU

The EU lifted visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens on Sunday (11 June), in a move that sparked joy and expectations of a better future as an aspiring EU country. Thousands of people flocked to Kiev’s European square on Saturday for free concerts and an official countdown to midnight. Musical performances included a Ukrainian version of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which …

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Austria enacts strict integration law – bans burqa, penalises language deficiency

A new legislation that bans face Muslim veils, obliges immigrants to attend integration courses and asylum seekers to carry out unpaid public work will go into force in October after it was signed into law by the country’s president. The controversial integration law that will fine women for wearing face-concealing Islamic dress from October, and deprive migrants of benefits who …

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Germany moves to stop fake paternity claims

German men are claiming fatherhood of children born to immigrant women in exchange for cash, prosecutors say. A new law is now being drafted to tackle the fake paternity racket. Officials say growing numbers of pregnant immigrant women are paying German men to pose as fathers so that they can qualify for residency. The scheme allows for the children to become …

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Rate of deportations from Germany slows down, report reveals

Germany’s government is falling short of its goal to deport significantly more rejected asylum applicants, a newspaper has reported. More than 8,000 migrants have been removed so far this year, compared with 25,000 in 2016. Within the first four months of the year, the German government has deported a significantly lower number of people compared with the same period last …

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Son of Indian immigrant to become Ireland’s prime minister

Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party elected Leo Varadkar as its new leader on Friday (2 June), choosing the 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant to succeed Enda Kenny as prime minister in a striking sign of the country’s rapid social change. Varadkar overcame ministerial colleague Simon Coveney as expected, winning an overwhelming majority among the centre-right party’s lawmakers who hope …

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New regulations and laws in Germany from June 2017

Equal pay for equal work, new minimum wage for temporary workers, no more roaming charges and increased video surveillance. These and more are the changes to laws and regulations affecting consumers in Germany from June. New minimum wage for temporary workers (Neuer Mindestlohn für Leiharbeiter) As from June, there is a mandatory minimum wage for temporary workers in Germany. It …

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Africa Day Dortmund: Ambassador advises Diaspora Africans to focus on small projects

A top diplomat has advised Africans in the Diaspora not to focus on big projects in their efforts to contribute to the development of their homelands. Speaking at the Africa Day commemoration in Dortmund last weekend, Nigeria’s acting ambassador to Greece, Usman Ogah, said the Diaspora in their desire to make a contribution to the development of their countries had …

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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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