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August, 2017

  • 15 August

    15 selected for Africa’s award for young entrepreneurs

    Fifteen young African entrepreneurs have emerged as finalists from a field of more than 800 applicants for the seventh annual Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for her youngest entrepreneurs. Supported by African Leadership Academy (ALA) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize celebrates and cultivates the next generation of young African entrepreneurial leaders who are creating job opportunities, …

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  • 15 August

    Kenyans ignore opposition leader’s call to strike over election dispute

    Kenyans largely ignored an opposition call to go on strike on Monday, re-opening shops and returning to work as they shrugged off demands for demonstrations against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election and against the killing of protesters. Cars, buses and motorcycles returned to the streets of the capital, Nairobi, and the western town of Kisumu after days of quiet due to …

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  • 15 August

    Nigerian goes on trial for murder of German refugee worker

    The Nigerian accused of killing Soopika P., a refugee aid worker, in the western German town of Ahaus on 11 February has gone on trial in the western city of Münster Prosecutors argue the asylum-seeker became possessive of the22-year-old victim after a brief affair. The 28-year-old defendant remained silent during his appearance in the Münster Regional Court on Monday. Prosecutors …

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  • 14 August

    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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  • 14 August

    Germany under “illusion” about rejected asylum seekers – Bavarian premier

    A “great illusion” prevails in Germany over the deportation of failed asylum applicants, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer argued, adding it is unrealistic to expel all migrants once they are in the country. It is much more humane for European countries to protect common borders and decide on the spot whom to allow in than to accept migrants en masse and …

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  • 14 August

    Italian woman refused job for having African boyfriend

    An 18-year-old Italian woman who applied for a job at a local shop was reportedly refused the position because she is in a relationship with an African man, according to Italian media. Chiara Del Gaudio applied for the job in Torino, Piedmont region, after seeing an advert posted on the internet and was soon contacted by the shop’s owner, according …

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  • 12 August

    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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  • 12 August

    Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya’s polls

    Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of the 2017 presidential election, wining a second term in office. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the final results on Friday in the capital Nairobi. “Uhuru Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes representing 54.27 per cent of votes. He has attained 25 per cent in 35 counties,” Chebukati …

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  • 12 August

    German language dictionary adds 5,000 new words

    “Emoji” is now a German word, as are “Darknet” and “Tablet.” The official dictionary of the German language, the Duden, is getting an update, adding 5,000 new words taken from contemporary society. “The only thing that is constant is change.” The wise words of Greek philosopher Heraclitus also hold true in the German language, if the new Duden dictionary is …

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  • 11 August

    No signs of manipulation of Kenya vote – EU, other international observers

    The head of the European Union’s election observer mission in Kenya said on Thursday it had seen no signs of “centralised or localised manipulation” of the voting process. Marietje Schaake said that the EU mission’s final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process, which opposition leader Raila Odinga said had been compromised by hackers. The EU said candidates …

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