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German church begs Namibian genocide descendants for forgiveness

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has asked the descendants of the victims of the OvaHerero and Nama genocide in Namibia during the German colonial rule of the country for forgiveness.“As the successor organisation of the former Prussian Evangelical High Church Council (Oberkirchenrat), we expressly confess our guilt today towards the entire Namibian people and before God,” says the statement …

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Jailed Ethiopian journalist named ‘World Press Freedom Hero’

Ethiopian journalist and blogger, Eskinder Nega, has been named the winner of a top press freedom award despite being in jail since 2011.The International Press Institute (IPI) on Tuesday (25 April) named him as the winner of the ‘World Press Freedom Hero for this year.Nega was imprisoned reportedly after criticizing his country’s abuse of anti-terror laws to silence the press. …

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Ghanaians in Diaspora write to President Akufo-Addo on illegal mining

A coalition of groups has written a letter to Ghana’s  President Nana Akufo-Addo on the need to act without delay on illegal mining in the country. The groups are concerned about ecocide and the damaging effect of illegal mining on human lives, animals and the environment in Ghana.A delegation representing the Ghanaians presented the letter to the acting Ghanaian High …

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Record numbers of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean as crisis takes dramatic turn

More than 8,000 migrants trying to reach Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during the Easter weekend.The Associated Press news agency said that 8,300 people were saved, including 1,300 in 13 search-and-rescue missions by the EU’s border agency Frontex.CNN, citing the Italian coastguards, said that 8,500 people were saved. Seven people were confirmed dead on Sunday after their boat …

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Obama to visit Germany, receives Prize

Former US President Barack Obama has been named the winner of the prestigious German Media Prize 2016. The 55-year-old statesman will receive the award personally in Baden-Baden.Barack Obama is the recipient of the German Media Prize for 2016. This was announced yesterday by the German market research group Media Control, which manages the award. The former US president has accepted to receive …

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Nigeria, EU working on comprehensive agreement on deportation of Nigerians, says Foreign Minister Onyeama

Nigeria and the EU are working on an agreement to facilitate the repatriation of Nigerians living illegally in EU countries, reveals Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Sunday in Abuja.The EU for now, he explained, was trying to have a collective agreement with Nigeria covering all the EU countries so that there can just be a one-stop-shop and …

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50 Nigerians deported by Germany, Switzerland, Austria..

The wave of deportations of Nigerians from European countries continues unabated as 50 of them were forcibly repatriated on Thursday from Germany,  Switzerland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Hungary.The 48 males and two females arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, in a chartered aircraft.According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the deportees were sent back to their …

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Italy signs agreement with Libyan tribes to push back African migrants

Italy announced on Sunday that it had reached an accord with dozens of tribes from southern Libya aimed at securing the country’s southern border and slowing the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean toward Europe. Experts, however, doubt how effective the patrol will be, reports Avi Davis.Sixty tribal leaders from groups including the Tuareg, the Toubou and Awlad Sulaiman signed …

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Nigeria’s Senate President in Berlin, Assures of Solution to Economic Crisis

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has assured his compatriots abroad that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was working assiduously to solve the myriad problems the country is confronted with.Saraki was speaking when he met representatives of the Nigerian community in Berlin. He assured the gathering that the National Assembly was well alive to its responsibilities …

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South African advocate for Apartheid victims wins German award

This year’s Anne Klein Women’s Award from Germany’s Heinrich Böll Foundation goes to South African Nomarussia Bonase, who fights for Apartheid victims still waiting for compensation. DW journalist Thuso Khumalo has met her.Nomarussia Bonase, aged 50, celebrated winning the Anne Klein Women’s Award by singing and dancing with her family and supporters, both young and old, on the street outside …

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Tunisia to receive German aid for taking back its deported citizens

Germany and Tunisia have made a deal on immigration and development aid. Under the agreement reached after talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Beji Essebsi in the Tunisian capital, the North African country will take back its citizens whose asylum applications have been turned down by Germany. Berlin will reward Tunis with generous development aid.“We have agreed with Tunisia …

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German Chancellor Merkel visits Egypt and Tunisia to curb migration from Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel starts a two-day trip to Egypt and Tunisia on Thursday (2 March), part of her push to limit migrant flows to Europe through North Africa, especially chaos-torn Libya.Since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has lacked a national government, which has made it the main gateway for African migrants heading for the 28-member EU on …

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UN team on racism now in Germany; Africans called to come out and meet the investigators

Human rights experts began on Monday (20 February) the first United Nations investigation of the situation of people of African descent in Germany. Black community representative, Elisabeth Kaneza, is calling on Africans to come out and meet the UN experts, who are scheduled to hold Town Hall Meetings in five cities across the country.In Germany, people of African origin are …

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G20 foreign ministers meet in Bonn, discuss poverty in Africa

G20 foreign ministers will discuss ways to fight poverty in Africa, strengthen governmental institutions and better utilise the potential of many African countries, German ministry officials said on the eve of a two-day meeting (16-17 February) in Bonn.G20 comprises 19 major industrialised and emerging economies and the European Union.Germany, keen to improve conditions in Africa and halt a growing stream of …

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UN team visits Germany to investigate racism against Africans

A UN expert group will visit Germany from 20-27 February to investigate the human rights situation of people of African descent in the country.The visit is taking place within the framework of the International Decade of People of African Descent (2015–2024), which highlights the human rights situation of the African Diaspora worldwide and aims to fight racial discrimination against them …

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Nigerian arrested in German city of Göttingen for plotting terror attacks

Two Muslims suspected of planning terror attacks in Germany have been arrested during widespread raid against radical Islamists.Police in the town of Göttingen, the state of Lower Saxon (Niedersachsen), arrested the two men suspected of plotting a terror attack on Wednesday evening, officials announced on Thursday (9 February).The men arrested, a 27-year-old Algerian and a 23-year-old Nigerian, are members of …

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12,000 Nigerians in Germany to be deported

More than 12,000 Nigerian asylum seekers in Germany face deportation, it was disclosed yesterday (7 February). The Global Head of Programme, Migration and Development at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, made the disclosure when he visited the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja. Sanftenberg …

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