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February, 2017

  • 27 February

    Pan-African Film Festival opens in Ouagadougou

      The 25th edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco) opened on Saturday, 25 February in the capital city of Burkina Faso. The theme of this year’s festival is “Training in Cinema and Audiovisual Trades”. Fespaco is one of the biggest film events on the African continent and it brings together African and international professionals and …

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  • 27 February

    Nigeria makes immigration processes easier for citizens and foreigners

    Visa issuance simplification, reissuance of passports after change of name at missions and harmonisation of airport arrival and departure cards, are among the new administrative steps taken by Africa’s most-populous nation to make things easier for citizens and foreigners travelling to the country, reports Kola Tella from Lagos. The Federal Government of Nigeria has reviewed the visa processes for foreigners …

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  • 27 February

    Pope to visit South Sudan, but only on one condition

    Pope Francis has made a surprise announcement saying he wants to make a trip to famine-struck, war-torn South Sudan, but not on his own. He wants the head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Justin Welby, to come too. Francis made the disclosure at the weekend in impromptu comments during a visit to Rome’s Anglican Church, the first to the parish …

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  • 27 February

    Germany: Ten attacks on refugees per day in 2016, reveals report

    New figures show there were nearly ten attacks on refugees and refugee accommodation every day in Germany in 2016. The country’s opposition says the government is not doing enough against right-wing violence. There were 3,533 attacks on refugees and refugee hostels across Germany last year, the Funke Media Group reported on Sunday. The attacks left 560 people injured, among them …

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  • 26 February

    BREAKING: The two Germans kidnapped in northern Nigeria freed

    The two Germans kidnapped by unknown persons in the northern state of Kaduna last week have been released. The two archaeologists, Professor Peter Breunig, and his colleague, Johannes Buringer, were freed on Saturday night, according to Nigeria’s online daily PREMIUM TIMES. “Yes, they were released last night (Saturday) by their kidnappers. No ransom was paid,” a senior police officer was …

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  • 26 February

    Twenty million people at risk of starvation in northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia

    More than 20 million people are at risk of dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. Conflicts in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up food prices while a drought in Somalia has ruined the agricultural economy, the global organisation said. In Yemen and South …

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  • 26 February

    German prize awarded to Kenyan team for developing innovative healthcare financing scheme

    Almost half of all Kenyans can’t afford to consult a doctor when they fall sick. A team of young Kenyan IT specialists came up with a prize-winning plan to change that, reports Daniel Pelz. Ethredah Chao had just 72 hours to find a solution to one of Kenya’s biggest problems. “Almost half of the Kenyan population lives below the poverty …

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  • 25 February

    Kenya to start direct US flights after security clearance

    Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by US authorities for direct flights to the United States, Kenya’s minister of transport said on Thursday, having improved infrastructure at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow it to boost trade with the U.S. and increase its share of American …

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  • 25 February

    International donors pledge aid to crisis-hit Lake Chad region

    Donors at a one-day conference have pledged a third of the UN’s humanitarian appeal for the Lake Chad region, which has been described as one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world. More than half of the region’s population is in need of humanitarian aid. Donor nations meeting in Oslo on Friday pledged $672 million (634 million euros) …

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  • 25 February

    Germany: Telephone hotline for asylum-seekers willing to return home launched

    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge or BAMF) has set up telephone counselling service for refugees and asylum-seekers who are willing to voluntarily return to their home countries. The call centre service is offered in English and German. According to the BAMF, asylum-seekers, refugee aid organisations, public institutions and volunteers can use the counselling …

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