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Nigerian judge elected president of International Criminal Court

Nigerian Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji has been elected president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a three-year term. He takes over from Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi whose term has ended. Judge Robert Fremr from the Czech Republic was elected First Vice-President with Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France as Second Vice-President. ICC in a statement said judges elected …

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African shot dead in Florence, Italy

An Italian man shot an African street vendor to death on Monday 5 March in Florence, one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, police said.  Police arrested the 66-year-old Italian who they said had fired six pistol shots at the 54-year-old Senegalese man as he was selling leather bags, umbrellas and trinkets near a bridge in the city. However, police said …

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Ghana and Germany to co-operate on migration, economy

 Germany and Ghana are to work together on issues including economic cooperation and migration. President Nana Akufo-Addo will also back Germany’s bid for a permanent place on the UN Security Council. Calling for reform of the UN Security Council, Akufo Addo said he supported Germany’s claim for a permanent seat, after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday. The …

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Gambian anti-FGM activist nominated for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

A Gambian activist, Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in the area of helping combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a Norwegian portal has reported. Jaha Dukureh is the founder and executive director of Safe Hands for Girls. She is also a regional goodwill ambassador for the United Nations women bloc. Jaha Dukureh …

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Pastor Enoch Adeboye to minister in Berlin, Germany

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, will host the Holy Ghost Festival of Life in Berlin in April. The indoor, interdenominational festival of Christian music, dance, drama, prayer, prophecy and sermons, will take place on 27 April in the German capital city. Festival of Life (FOL), established in London in …

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Archbishop Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency’s sex scandal

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam on Thursday, citing disappointment at the British aid agency’s embroilment in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010 earthquake. Employees of Oxfam International, which groups about 20 national and regional branches in 90 countries, have been accused of raping women in South Sudan, …

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German court finds Facebook oversharing users’ data

A German court has found Facebook is breaching data protection rules with privacy settings that over-share by default and by requiring users to give real names, a consumer rights organisation said Monday. Under German law, personal information can only be recorded and used by a company with explicit agreement from the individual. But Berlin judges ruled Facebook leaves many settings …

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Gambia rejoins Commonwealth of Nations

The Gambia was readmitted to The Commonwealth on Thursday, welcomed back into the fold after its sudden pullout in 2013. Former President Yahya Jammeh dramatically withdrew the West African nation in October 2013, branding the group an “extension of colonialism”. President Adama Barrow began the readmission process in February last year. Barrow’s formal application last month for The Gambia to …

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Oury Jalloh: Independent Commission of Inquiry takes up investigations

An independent international commission of inquiry has been established to investigate the death of  Oury Jalloh, who burnt to death in a police cell in Dessau thirteen years ago. An Independent International Commission of Inquiry to clarify the death of Oury Jalloh was founded in Berlin last weekend, and it has started work. The commission has set itself the task …

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China denies allegations of spying on African Union

China’s ambassador to the African Union has denounced as “absurd” a report by French newspaper Le Monde alleging that Beijing has been spying on the continental body. The report published last week claims technicians at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital discovered last year that the contents of their computers had been regularly copied to servers in Shanghai since 2012, …

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Nigerians protest in London against massacres by Fulani herdsmen

Nigerians hit the streets of the British capital on Monday to condemn the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians by suspected Fulani herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria. The protest was convened by Mutual Union of Tivs in the United Kingdom (MUTUK) and was supported by members of the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom. The protesters while chanting, ”Buhari, no …

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BBC & Channels Television to co-produce weekly show in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Channels Television and the BBC are joining forces on a new English language current affairs programme due to launch in 2018. The live studio based show will focus on the stories behind the news, with original storytelling and audience interaction via social media and in the studio in Lagos. Made by the BBC and Channels Television in Nigeria, this …

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Donald Trump denies being a racist after crude remark about Africa

US President Donald Trump has denied being “racist” in the wake of wide condemnation triggered by his alleged reference to Haiti and African nations as “shitholes”.   Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell …

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Despite Trump’s denial, AU demands apology over ‘shithole’ comment

Africa’s continental leadership body has reacted with anger to the US president’s crude remarks about African countries. The African Union Mission in Washington DC has condemned Donald Trump’s derogatory statements allegedly made about Africa and Haiti. In a statement released on Friday, the mission expressed its disappointment in the president of the United States and demanded a ‘retraction of the …

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Trump lambasted for derogatory description of African countries, Haiti

A report that President Donald Trump reportedly asked why so many people from “shithole countries” like El Salvador, Haiti and some African nations come to the US has been met with widespread outrage. Trump reportedly became furious during a meeting at the White House Thursday when Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) proposed restoring protections for immigrants …

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