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Pope Francis in Africa: what should be on his agenda?

From the plight of refugees, religious extremism to gay rights, Global Voicessurveys the key issues likely to dominate the pontiff’s historic trip Kenyan children sing in front of a banner welcoming Pope Francis at a church in Nairobi. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA Contribute with guardian witness Ndesanjo Macha for Global Voices Pope Francis makes his first […]

In Nigeria, $2 Billion in Stolen Funds Is Just a Drop in the Corruption Bucket

BY SIOBHÁN O’GRADY NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – 6:47 PM SIOBHAN.OGRADY @SIOBHAN_OGRADY Nigeria has failed time and again to effectively beat back the Boko Haram extremists wreaking havoc across the country’s northeast. Officials there have tried to shift the blame to Washington, claiming American policies have prevented Nigeria from acquiring the weapons needed to win the […]

EU leaders to promise €1.8bn to African countries in return for help with refugees and migrants

It includes ‘taking back’ those without visas and those who do not require international protection  Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith 4 comments 7 Libya has turned into a major hub for human traffickers smuggling African migrants by boat to Italy Reuters EU leaders are expected to pledge €1.8bn (£1.3bn) in aid to African countries at a summit in […]

Muslim Majority Senegal Condemns ‘Excessive’ Islam, Urges Imams To Promote ‘Tolerant’ Form

Muslim Majority Senegal Condemns ‘Excessive’ Islam, Urges Imams To Promote ‘Tolerant’ Form By Morgan Winsor @MorganWinsorIBT on November 10 2015 Senegalese followers of the Mouride sect of Islam line up to enter the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Touba, during an annual pilgrimage on March 7, 2007. Reuters/Daniel Flynn/File Senegal’s President Macky Sall […]

Liberian Peace Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, presents Abraham Keita the International Children's Peace Prize 2015, for his efforts to improve children's rights in his country, in The Hague, on November 9, 2015 (AFP Photo/Bart Maat)

Liberian teenager awarded kids peace prize The Hague (AFP) – A Liberian teenager was Monday awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize for his “tireless campaigning” to end violence against minors. Seventeen-year-old Abraham Keita was handed the award by his countrywoman Leymah Gbowee, who in 2011 was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. “Keita’s tireless work as a campaigner, bringing attention […]


Russian plane crash: British say bomb may have downed flight

(CNN) A passenger plane that crashed on the Sinai peninsula may have been brought down by a bomb, the British Prime Minister’s office said Wednesday. That possibility prompted British authorities to delay flights from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the city from which the Russian flight departed, to the United Kingdon, the British Prime Minister’s office said. The […]


Libya warns it could flood Europe with migrants if EU does not recognise new Islamist government

Source: The Telegraph Libya has issued a veiled threat to send “hundreds of thousands” of extra migrants to Europe if Brussels does not give official recognition to its self-declared Islamist government. Officials say they could hire boats to send large numbers of African migrants across the Mediterranean, massively adding to the numbers already reaching Europe’s […]


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