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Germany: Minister vows swift punishment of perpetrators of New Year’s Eve riots

Germany’s Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, has called for quick sentences of perpetrators of the New Year’s Eve riots in several German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Bonn, Dortmund and Essen. During a visit to a fire station in the Berlin district of Neukölln on Friday, Ms Faeser said juvenile offenders should immediately feel a quick legal consequence of their …

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Migration: Who can help when searching for a missing loved one?

Every year, hundreds of migrants disappear on migration journeys across the world, the Central Mediterranean being the deadliest route with most recorded deaths. Where can relatives of missing loved ones turn for help? A special report by Ana P. Santos —- Every year, thousands of people attempt to escape persecution, conflict or destitution from Africa and the Middle East and …

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Germany: Iranian arrested for planning terror attacks

Police and prosecutors suspect an Iranian national of preparing an “Islamist-motivated attack” using ricin and cyanide. It has not yet been decided whether he will be brought before a magistrate. A 32-year-old man has been taken into police custody in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for allegedly preparing an “Islamist-motivated attack,” police and prosecutors said in a joint …

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Nigeria 2023: Why Atiku is the choice of the Nigerian diaspora

This week, Nigeria enters the home stretch in the run-up to the next general election, the first instalment of which is scheduled for February 25 at which a new President and members of the National Assembly will be elected.  The Governorship and State Assembly elections are slated for March 11.  Barrister Ekene Onwuka* writes on his interactions with members of …

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Germany: New laws and other changes in 2023

2023 brings new laws and regulations for people living in Germany. For example, price brakes are to reduce energy costs, health insurance will become more expensive and the 49-euro ticket will be launched. These and other changes at a glance. ——– Price brakes for electricity, gas and district heatingFrom 1 March – retroactive to 1 January – the Federal Government’s …

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Qatar 2022: A Messi Affair

Lionel Messi, probably the greatest player to have graced a football pitch, finally laid his hands on the greatest prize in the game, as his Argentina side downed France in the Qatar 2022 World Cup Final. Meanwhile it was mixed fortune for Africa’s representatives at the Mundial, with Morocco’s Atlas Lions roaring all the way to the semi-finals. Our Contributing …

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Seven Years in Europe – Musa’s Return to the Gambia

By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube A migrant’s personal story of return, resolution, and resilience Tübingen – It’s a warm summer day in 2021. Musa Coker sits in the office of his return counsellor. He has visited the small office in Southwest Germany multiple times this year, seeking information, advice …

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Supporting migrants in Germany in their native language 

By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube If you’re thinking of returning to your country of origin but have questions about what life is like in the country or what support you can receive once you’ve gone back, virtual counselling may provide you with the help you need. Virtual Counselling is …

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Italian experts advise on how African countries can recover stolen cultural property

BonelliErede, a leading international law firm, and Italia Africa Business Week (IABW), a commercial and business forum whose goal is to facilitate sharing economic, commercial and financial knowledge between Africa and Italy, recently held a webinar on the restitution of cultural property to African states. It was the latest in a series of webinars organised by BonelliErede and focused on: …

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German population will shrink without immigration – report

Only with permanent immigration of around 400,000 people per year, could the population in Germany grow to 90 million inhabitants by 2070, according to a new report by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Germany currently has 84 million inhabitants. The report is the result of the 15th coordinated population projection by Destatis, which was presented in Berlin recently. The statisticians …

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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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Nigeria suspends COVID-19 protocol for international Travellers

Nigeria has relaxed the COVID-19 safety measures and travel advisory, including the suspension of all pre-departure, pre-boarding, and post-arrival PCR test requirements. Making the announcement on Monday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said the decision was based on the sustained reduction in COVID-19 infection/transmission internationally and …

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Book: Former Nigerian ambassador to Germany gives account of his stewardship

The book Confidence in Diplomacy – Defending Nigeria at Home and Abroad is an account of the author’s nearly 30 years of service in Nigerian diplomacy. It’s a journey that began in 1982 when Alhaji Abdul Rimdap joined the foreign affairs ministry and ended in 2010 when he retired while serving the country as ambassador to Germany. His distinguished international …

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Germany: As Bürgergeld replaces Hartz IV, what you should know

The citizen’s income (Bürgergeld) will be introduced in Germany in January. The Bundesrat, the upper house of the federal parliament, approved the social reform legislation on 25 November after the lower house, the Bundestag, had earlier passed it. The Bürgergeld, which will replace the basic income support for job-seekers (Hartz IV) that was introduced in 2005, is a basic allowance …

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Germany: What you should know about the amnesty law for tolerated asylum-seekers

The German parliament, the Bundestag, passed amendments to the residence and asylum laws on 4 December. The governing coalition calls the two laws passed the first phase of its plans to reform the country’s migration laws. One of the new laws, named “opportunity for right to stay” (Chancen-Aufenthaltsrecht), which enters into force on 1 January 2023, provides for the grant …

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