TimeLine Layout

September, 2018

  • 19 September

    Proud Kenyans hail Eliud Kipchoge’s new marathon world record in Berlin

    With his performance, the 33-year-old beat the previous record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014. Two hours, one minute and 39 seconds. That’s how long, or little, it took Kenyan superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge to cover the 42.2km of the Berlin Marathon – and smash the world record in the process by a staggering 78 seconds.   …

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  • 19 September

    South Africa’s top court legalises private use of cannabis

    South Africa’s highest court has legalised the private use of marijuana, upholding a lower court’s ruling that found the criminalisation of cannabis was unconstitutional. In delivering the Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Tuesday declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional and therefore invalid”. “It will not be a criminal offence …

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  • 19 September

    Spain has most migrant arrivals in Europe, Greece surpasses Italy

    The number of migrant arrivals to Italy has dropped significantly, while the number of migrants arriving in Spain have doubled, making it now the top port for migrant arrivals, followed by Greece. Migrant reception centres on Greece’s Aegean Islands are experiencing alarming rates of overcrowding, at a nearly record-breaking rate of 20,000 migrants. Brussels is pushing the Greek government to …

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  • 19 September

    Conference: Rwanda after 1994 – A Reflection

    Rwandan Stories of Change held an international conference at the University of St Andrews on the 6th of July 2018. We brought together scholars from across the Humanities and Social Sciences to explore how Rwanda has changed since the genocide of 1994. Chijioke Kizito Onah, Masters Student of Anglophone Literatures, Cultures and Media, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany, recently attended …

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  • 13 September

    Nigerian youths should acquire vocational skills, stakeholders appeal in Lagos

    The refrain at the Stakeholders’ Roundtable Dialogue on Migration, organised by the Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN), last weekend was an appeal to Nigerian youths to acquire vocational skills. Addressing the event, a series of consultation with civil society on issues deriving from irregular migration, Engr. Deremi Elebute called on youths to realize that the nation’s job market had changed …

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  • 13 September

    Why Germany was ranked world’s most admired nation

    Germany replaced the United States as the country with the best global image in a survey of 50 countries, according to the 2017 Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Simon Anholt, founder of the Index, talks about Germany’s image – and the responsibility that it creates. Germany was ranked number 1 in the most recent Nation Brands Index (NBI). What were the reasons …

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  • 13 September

    South Sudan president signs final peace deal with rebel leader

    Agreement reinstates rebel leader Riek Machar as vice-president, formally ending five years of bloody civil war. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal with main rebel leader Riek Machar on Wednesday, formally ending a five-year war that killed tens of thousands. The deal, mediated by Sudan and signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, reinstated Machar in his …

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  • 13 September

    More than 100 migrants feared dead in shipwreck off Libya coast

    More than 100 people, including 20 children, died in early September when their rubber boats were wrecked off the coast of Libya, according to the aid agency Doctors Without Borders. Only two bodies have been recovered thus far. Sertan Sanderson/InfoMigrants reports on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean. According to Doctors Without Borders (known by the French initials MSF), hundreds …

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  • 10 September

    Amnesty International criticises Morocco’s ‘relentless crackdown’ on Black Africans

    Amnesty International has spoken out against Moroccan authorities’ treatment of thousands of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees, saying that its ”relentless crackdown” is ”cruel and unlawful”. Amnesty International released a statement on Friday excoriating Moroccan authorities’ treatment of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees. ”The Moroccan authorities’ large-scale crackdown on thousands of sub-Saharan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees without due process is cruel …

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  • 7 September

    Chaos in Libya, Mediterranean crossing more deadly – Group warns young Nigerians

    The Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN) has warned would-be migrants to avoid irregular routes as the security situation in Libya worsens and death rates in the Mediterranean soar. In a statement released Tuesday in Lagos and jointly signed by the co-directors of the initiative, Kenneth Gbandi and Femi Awoniyi, the MEPN pointed to the declaration of a state of emergency …

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