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February, 2017

  • 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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  • 24 February

    Nigeria: Kidnappers of Germans demand ransom payment

    The gunmen who abducted German archaeologist, Prof. Peter Breunij, and his associate, Johannes Buringer, in Jenjela village in Kagarko Local Government of Kaduna State, have demanded N60m (180,000 euros, official rate) as ransom. The kidnappers, according to a source at Jenjela village, said the abductors called the line of the camp supervisor around 11.00 am and demanded N30m ransom for …

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  • 24 February

    Germany unveils new national passport

    Germany has unveiled a new national passport with improved security features. The new passport has a new design as well and is slightly smaller than the previous one. The redesigned identity document, which features a security mark in the shape of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, was shown to the public for the first time on Thursday in Berlin. “The new German …

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  • 23 February

    ‘It’s no paradise’: Switzerland funds Nigerian TV series to discourage migrants from coming

    “We have seen that a lack of information or false information is one of the main problems that leads to illegal migration.”

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  • 23 February

    Two Germans kidnapped in northern Nigeria

    Authorities in northern Nigeria say unknown gunmen have kidnapped two German nationals from a village in Kaduna state in northwestern Nigeria. Assistant Superintendent  of Police Aliyu Usman from the Kaduna Police Command confirmed that gunmen took archaeologist Peter Breunig and his associate Johannes Behringer from Jenjela village in Kaduna state on Wednesday morning. Usman said police were working with villagers …

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