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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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Germany: AfD rebukes Jens Maier over racist tweet about Noah Becker

AfD federal lawmaker Jens Maier has been warned by his party over a racist tweet about the son of tennis legend Boris Becker. But Maier, who called Noah Becker a “half-negro,” can remain in the party. The national executive of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Monday officially reprimanded Bundestag member Jens Maier over a racist tweet …

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Germany: African Community calls for massive turnout at Oury Jalloh memorial protest

The Initiative in Memory of Oury Jalloh (Initiative zum Gedenken an Oury Jalloh) and its supporters will demonstrate for the thirteenth time in Dessau on Sunday to commemorate the death of Oury Jalloh, who died in police custody in the eastern German town on 7 January 2005. The memorial event, which takes place on Sunday, 7 January 2018, will also …

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Germany signs economic partnership agreement with Ghana

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed a multi-million dollar partnership deal with Ghana on his first trip to Africa since taking office. Germany hopes the accord might help curb migration to Europe. Germany has agreed to grant Ghana $118 million (€100 million) to promote renewable energies, energy efficiency and vocational training. The two countries signed the “Investment and Reform Partnership” agreement …

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German President Steinmeier visits Ghana and Gambia

Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, will travel to Ghana and Gambia on 11-14 December 2017 on state visits. He will be accompanied by a delegation, including the Federal Minister for Economy and Energy, Mrs Brigitte Zypries, the Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, the State Minister at the German Foreign Office, Maria …

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Deutsche Welle launches discussion platform for Africa’s youth

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) kicks off its “The 77 percent” project to give young Africans under 35 a platform to share their voices, writes Claus Stäcker, Head of DW’s Africa Service 77 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa are younger than 35, according to the World Bank. They go to school, study, look for jobs. They want …

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Opinion: EU-Africa summit ends with empty words

From 29-30 November, 55 African and 28 European government representatives came together in Abidjan to adopt a new strategy for Africa. Despite the expectations, the end result was an utter disappointment, writes Barbara Wesel of the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, DW. This huge gathering of leaders in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic hub, Abidjan, was an ambitious event. Soldiers, gala dinners, …

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Billions to be spent unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of Africa

As the EU-Africa Summit (29-30 November) kicks off in the Ivorian main city of Abidjan, a plan will be presented which analysts believe will spark an investment boom in Africa to generate employment for the continent’s youths. Chris Bishop* explains the plan and the challenges it faces. An effort that hopes to draw billions in investment in Africa from Europe …

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EU-Africa: Time for a new partnership

A high-level conference hosted by the European Parliament on 22 November in Brussels has highlighted the need to improve EU-Africa relations, reports Andreas Rogal*. Exactly a week before the start of the fifth EU-Africa summit – between the European Union and the African Union – in Abidjan, the European Parliament hosted a high-level conference on EU-Africa relations, ‘Towards a renewed …

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Libyan migration crisis likely to dominate Africa-EU summit

The recent CNN report showing African migrants being traded as slaves in Libya has sparked an international outcry and will likely dominate this week’s African-EU summit in Cote d’Ivoire, report Nikolaj Nielsen and Caterina Tani (EUobserver). The EU is aiming to launch a new and more profound relationship with Africa as leaders gather in Côte d’Ivoire this week. The two-day EU-Africa summit …

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EU-Africa Summit 2017 holds in Abidjan

The African Union–European Union Summit, an institutional framework established to discuss relationships between both continents, convenes for its 5th edition in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire. African and European Heads of State and Government will gather for the 5th EU-Africa Summit on 29-30 November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Summits, which take place every three years alternatively in …

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