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Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has called on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday Jan.9, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and Germany preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months. After years of shifting policies and heated […]

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DRC: world’s worst measles outbreak killed over 6,000 – WHO

A measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed at least 6,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. According to the UN health body, the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving with around 310,000 suspected cases in the central African nation. The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency […]

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Chad: public sector workers launch strike

The public sector in Chad has started a strike Tuesday in response to a call by the country’s trade union. Union members voted to strike after negotiations with the government broke down on Saturday, January 4. Workers are also calling for the government to lift a 50 percent reduction in specific general increases (AGS) that […]

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mané named African Footballer of the Year for first time

Sadio Mané has been crowned 2019 CAF African Player of the Year. The speedster edged Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah – winner in 2017 and 2018 – and Algeria’s attacker Riyad Mahrez to the prestigious award The Senegal forward received his award from the four-time winner Samuel Eto’o at a star-studded ceremony in the Red Sea […]

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Moroccan King’s Roadmap for Inclusive, Equitable & Quality Education to All Children

King Mohammed VI has reiterated his vision for a new educational system, which promotes learner’s interaction, develops his capabilities and hones his critical thinking skills in a bid to provide students with opportunities for creativity and innovation. In a message addressed to participants in the 33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, which opened […]

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Ivorian president does not rule out running for third term

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire on Monday announced his plan to propose “modifications” to the country’s constitution. In remarks to foreign diplomats, Ouattara, who has not yet announced whether he will be a candidate in October, said, “In the first quarter of the year, I will put to parliament proposals for modifications to the […]

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Nigeria, Cameroon hit by deadly bomb attack

In Nigeria, at least 30 people were killed in the northeastern state of Borno after an improvised explosive device detonated on a bridge Monday. According to local sources, the bomb detonated on a crowded market on a bridge connecting the Nigerian town of Gamboru and Cameroon’s Fotokol. Authorities said more than 35 other people, including […]

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Nigeria: Police on high alert as Shiites react to US killing of Iranian commander

In Nigeria, the Islamic Movement (IMN) or Shiites “has strongly condemned the provocative airstrike”, ordered by US President Donald Trump. The airstrike led to the death of Iranian top General and Guards Commander, Quaseem Soleimani and Iraqi Commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.   Nigerian Police have been placed on a heightened state since the incident. The […]

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Guinea-Bissau’s President-elect visits Senegal, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria

President-elect of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo has started a regional tour to boost ties with his regional counterparts.   In Senegal, first stop since he was announced the winner of the election rerun last week, Mr. Embalo met with president Macky Sall in what the Senegalese presidency said was: “A sign of recognition for the […]

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Buhari pledges to step down at end of second term

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he will be stepping down when his second term in office ends in 2023. There has been increased tension in Nigeria in the past few weeks after reports made news of back-door discussions on the president’s decision to remain in power, especially that Buhari has a history of disobeying court […]

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