WORLD

Washington Readies for US-African Leaders Summit 

By Kestér Kenn Klomegâh, Special Correspondent US President Joe Biden holds an African leaders’ gathering in Washington as a further major step to strengthen geopolitical dialogue and multifaceted relations between the United States and Africa. As the White House gears up for the African Leaders Summit, holding on 13-15 December, several reports indicate that a few African countries might not …

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UN agency releases horrendous casualty figures on migration routes

More than 50,000 people have died on global migration routes since 2014, , according to a new report published by the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on 23 November. Despite the increasing loss of life, little action has been taken by governments in countries of origin, transit, and destination to address the ongoing global crisis of missing migrants, the …

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Mahsa Amini: Dead because of a lock of hair

Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP, pays tribute to Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young Iranian woman who died on 16 September 2022 in police custody following her arrest for violating the Islamic dress rule for women. Her death has led to widespread protests in the country for greater rights. According to Iran Human Rights, at least 201 people have been killed by …

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Angela Merkel wins UN refugee agency award

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel was named winner of the prestigious Nansen Award for offering a haven to those fleeing violence at the height of the Syrian conflict, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. Merkel, who stepped down last year after 16 years as head of government, welcomed the desperate Syrians at the height of the conflict in …

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Nigerian leader appeals to West on funds stolen from Africa

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari appeals to the world on funds stolen from African countries likening them to artefacts unlawfully acquired during colonial rule in an open letter published in London’s Financial Times on Wednesday: —– President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has called for Western nations holding funds stolen from African to release them for the development of the continent. In …

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Gates Foundation optimistic about SDGs despite setbacks

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates call on leaders to keep commitments to world’s poorest and invest in innovation, ingenuity to continue saving millions of lives. Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Report Says Progress Still Possible Despite Setbacks to Global Goals The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday released its sixth annual Goalkeepers Report, noting that nearly every indicator of the …

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“Africa has high Fever” — former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, September 7, 2022/ — Two months to the 27th global climate summit (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, African and other global leaders have rallied in Rotterdam, to highlight the urgency of climate adaptation funding for the continent. The meetings — co-convened by the President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, CEO of the Global Center …

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Buhari praises Nigerians living abroad, pledges support

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the 17 million Nigerians in the diaspora for being worthy representatives of their home country and for their contributions to its development. Buhari made the commendation while declaring open the 2022 National Diaspora Day celebrations in Abuja on Monday. Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, described the event, organised …

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Turkey changes official name

The United Nations has confirmed Turkey’s name change: The country will now be called Türkiye in all languages. The English name Turkey will no longer be used at the request of the government in Ankara, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric announced on Thursday. Turkey had previously submitted a request to this effect. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had tweeted a photo …

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Nigerian Diaspora Worldwide condemns mob killing of Deborah Samuel

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation-Worldwide (NIDO-WW) has condemned the murder of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, over alleged blasphemy. “We condemn in the strongest terms the gruesome murder of Miss Deborah for alleged blasphemy,” Gary Unamadu, the Co-ordinating Chairman of NIDO-WW, said in his official reaction to the incident which took place on 12 …

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World’s most powerful passports in 2022

The 2022 Q2 Henley index of most powerful passports in the world is out. The Henley Passport Index ranks 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. Leading the global ranking are Japan and Singapore’s passports, which have once again ranked first as the most powerful passports in the world, allowing their …

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Ukraine: Why WHO chief criticises unequal attention to world conflicts

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has criticised the unequal attention paid to crises in the world. While the focus of international media is beamed on Ukraine other conflicts continue to rage without attention being paid to them, he says. In the opinion of the Ethiopian diplomat, the world does not give equal attention …

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Dr Herzberger-Fofana on International Women’s Day 2022

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Greens, on the International Women’s Day 2022 and the unfinished work of redressing gender Imbalance —— The International Women’s Day is marked this year by the dramatic events we are experiencing: the military aggression in Ukraine. In addition to the Covid crisis and climate change, …

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What every African can do for Women’s Rights

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day – whose theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, Valerie Traore, Founder and Executive Director of Advocacy group, Niyel, explains what every African can do to remove barriers to women’s rights in the continent —– Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic …

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Email Compromise Scam: How to protect yourself against it

A typical example of a “Business Email Compromise” was widely reported last June. In the report, a 38-year-old Nigerian, Raymond Abbas aka Hushpuppi was arrested and 11 others by the Dubai Police. They were accused of being involved in a “Business Email Compromise” and other forms of internet fraud in which 1,926,400 victims were said to have been targeted by …

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Dubai Expo showcases African cuisine, unites world through food

With more than 250 restaurants representing 191 countries all gathered in a place, the Expo 2020 Dubai has rightly been described as the largest gathering of the global culinary community. Beyond showcasing delicacies from various parts of the world, a cardinal aim of the food hall at the Expo, according to Simon Wright, Founder and Chairman of TGP International, the …

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