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Germany’s most liveable city named

Just one German city made it to the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report. The city scored a perfect score for its health care and its infrastructure. Alistair Walsh (with dpa, Reuters) reports. Hamburg is Germany’s most liveable city, according to an annual list published by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday. For the second year …

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NGOs stop refugee rescue operations off Libyan coast

In a development that will make crossing the Mediterranean for migrants more dangerous, German aid group Sea-Eye has announced it will suspend rescue operations. The announcement comes a day after Doctors without Borders (MSF) took a similar decision citing security concerns. Italian co-operation with Libyan authorities in the policing of the coastal waters of the North African country seems to …

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How a Germany-based Nigerian fights Diabetes in Africa

One of the recipients of the MoneyGram-sponsored “Afrika! Community Award 2017” is an organization that carries out diabetes enlightenment campaign in Africa. Femi Awoniyi writes on how a Diaspora initiative is making a positive impact in the continent. There are hundreds of African organisations in Germany working in different fields to make an impact not only on their community in …

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Nigerian Passport: Confusion surrounds new policy as it affects the Diaspora

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Mohammed Babandede, announced this week that from 1 January 2018, anybody without a National Identification Number issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will not be able to procure Nigerian passport. The condition applies to both first-time applicants and those renewing their expired passport, according to Babandede, who spoke in …

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Italy deploys naval ships to Libyan coast, seizes NGO’s rescue boat

Hours after the Italian Lower House and Senate approved the government’s plan to send a “limited naval mission” to help Libya’s coastguard curb migrant flows on Wednesday, Rome deployed two ships for patrols into the waters of the North African country. The mission is Italy’s boldest efforts so far to slow down the arrival of migrants from Africa. Italy initially …

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German army helicopter crashes in Mali on UN mission, two dead

Two German army pilots have died after their helicopter crashed near Gao, eastern Mali. At the time of the crash, the helicopter was monitoring “confrontations.” The Tiger type army combat helicopter with two pilots onboard crashed for unknown reasons around 12:20 GMT/UTC about 70 kilometers (43 miles) northeast of Gao in eastern Mali, the Bundeswehr said on Wednesday. “Onboard the …

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Libya’s rival leaders agree to ceasefire and elections in Paris

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the divided country’s eastern commander General Khalifa Haftar agreed to a conditional ceasefire and elections at Paris talks on Tuesday. “We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism,” the rival leaders said after the talks. French President Emmanuel …

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Four African associations in Germany win MoneyGram support

The result of the MoneyGram-sponsored “Afrika! Community Award 2017” is out and four African associations have emerged winners, reports Oliver Behrens. The number of African associations in Germany is on the rise with over 700 African clubs and organizations committed to supporting projects in Africa, supporting sporting ambitions, the preservation of the African culture and integration in Germany. MoneyGram, a …

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Facebook hits 2 billion monthly users

Facebook as at Tuesday, 27June 2017 had officially registered two billion monthly users, its founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, has confirmed. Zuckerberg broke the news on his Facebook wall stressing that the network was making progress in connecting the world. The company reached the billion mark in October 2012, he further confirmed in response to a comment. Facebook …

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AfDB’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, named World Food Prize winner

The president of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been named the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Adesina, whose name was selected on Monday, becomes the 46th recipient and the sixth African to be so honoured. The award was announced in Washington D.C. by the World Food Prize Foundation in recognition of Adesina’s achievements in the agriculture sector …

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Future of African youth lies in agriculture, not Europe – AfDB President

Making agriculture profitable and “cool” for young people in Africa is key to lifting millions out of poverty and stemming migration to Europe, said the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina. He was named the winner of this year’s World Food Prize on Monday for his decades-long work to boost food production in his native Nigeria, increase …

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International donors pledge $352 million for refugees in Uganda

UN chief Antonio Guterres on Friday appealed to the international community to assist Uganda in dealing with a surging refugee influx from South Sudan. Donor pledges have fallen way below the target. At a fundraising summit held in Entebbe, Uganda, the UN secretary-general commended Uganda’s open-door refugee policy, which he called “exemplary.” He said Uganda stood out from many nations …

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World Refugee Day: UN honours Germany’s humanitarian efforts

The United Nations has praised Germany as a “humanitarian frontrunner” in the resettling of refugees, but German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns that the country can’t face the challenges alone. The United Nations’ refugee agency on Tuesday honoured Germany for being a “humanitarian frontrunner” in helping to tackle the world’s refugee crisis as it marked World Refugee Day. The day …

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Libyans post abuse of kidnapped Africans on social media to demand ransom

People smugglers and criminal gangs in Libya are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and demand ransoms from their families back home, according to the United Nations. In a video posted on Facebook, hundreds of emaciated Somalis and Ethiopians, including several children, are seen huddled in a concrete room …

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No development without security, German chancellor tells African leaders in Berlin

Germany seeks a partnership for a common future with Africa, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the opening of the G20 Africa Conference in Berlin. She encouraged the participants to an open, purposeful discussion: “Talk openly, we have to learn from each other and we have to achieve results.” “I hope that this conference will help us take responsibility together,” Chancellor …

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Ghana’s President visits Germany, to meet Ghanaians in Berlin

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will visit Germany on 11-13 June. During his stay in the country, he will attend the G20 Conference on Africa in Berlin on 12-13 June. The conference will propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment in the continent. [The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. …

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Activists protest across Germany against hunger catastrophe in Africa

More than 20 million people are currently threatened with starvation in Africa. The United Nations is warning of the biggest humanitarian disaster since its inception. Activists hit the streets across Germany on Friday to draw attention to the suffering of the affected. More than 23 million men, women and especially children are acutely threatened by starvation in Africa. The UN …

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