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  • Rwanda offers to take in Africans abused in Libya

    LIBYA, 2017/11/30 Rwanda's offer follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers. Rwanda is willing to provide refuge to as a lot of as 30,000 African migrants suffering abuse and slave-like conditions in Libya, the foreign minister told AFP Wednesday. "Rwanda is currently under discussions... to see how we can help in welcoming migrants held captive in Libya," said Louise Mushikiwabo. "It has just been decided so numbers and means are still under discussion but Rwanda estimates the number to be welcomed around 30,000," she said, adding that this figure "is not confirmed from presently on but an estimation".
  • Fake coastguards, guns and greed: inside Libya’s secret, shameful, slave trade

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 At the same time as uniformed men boarded the overloaded rubber dinghy carrying Christelle Timdi and her boyfriend to a new life in Europe she thought the Italian coastguard had come to rescue them. But the men were not the coastguard. They took out guns and began to shoot. “A lot of people fell in the sea,” the 32-year-old Cameroonian said as she described seeing her boyfriend, Douglas, falling in the water and disappearing into the darkness.
  • Cameroonians protest against sale of migrants as slave

    CAMEROON, 2017/11/27
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Italy seizes NGO rescue boat for allegedly aiding illegal migration

    ITALY, 2017/08/03 Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Video showed the Iuventa, which is run by Jugend Rettet, arriving at the island of Lampedusa surrounded by several coastguard vessels next it was stopped at sea before dawn. Police inspected the ship as any minute at this time as it docked and checked the crew passports. They later took charge of the boat and set sail for a larger port in Sicily.
  • EU eyes new Libya approach to block feared migrant wave

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2017/01/14 The European Union plans new measures to deter migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, officials said, as Malta urged the bloc to act on Thursday to chief off a surge in arrivals from a country where Russia is taking a new interest. With options limited by the weakness of the U.N.-recognised government and by divisions part EU states, it is unclear just what the EU may acknowledge. But officials believe a consensus can be found within weeks in support of national steps taken by Italy. Rome once entirely paid Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to block migrants. Since he was overthrown with Western backing in 2011, it has struggled to cope with large numbers of new arrivals. Italy is presently working with U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez Seraj on a new agreement under which Rome will help guard Libya's southern desert borders against smugglers.
  • Libya's recognised parliament rejects UN proposal for unity govt

    LIBYA, 2015/10/21 Libya’s internationally-recognised parliament decided on Monday to reject a United Nations proposition for a unity government, lawmakers said, in a blow to efforts to end the country's perilous political crisis. But the Home of Representatives (HoR) said it would continue to take part in U.N.-backed peace talks with its rivals, based in the capital, Tripoli. Libya is in the grip of a war between the internationally-recognized government and its elected parliament on the one side and and an unofficial self-styled government controlling Tripoli. Each side is backed by rival alliances of armed factions. Four years next the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Western powers are pushing for both sides to accept the U.N. accord, fearing violence has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground and illegal migrant smugglers to take chance of the chaos.
  • Post-Gaddafi chaos in Libya fuels EU migrant crisis

    ITALY, 2015/05/13 The battle between secular and Islamist militias in Libya – inclunding the Islamic National group – is helping fuel a migrant exodus from the North African country, which has descended into chaos since the 2011 ouster of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. EU foreign ministers were set to discuss the influx of migrants at a conference Monday in Luxembourg next the drowning of at least 700 people off the Libyan coast over the weekend. The disaster has shined a spotlight on a burgeoning EU immigration crisis that the UN said has claimed some 1,600 lives so far this year.
  • Arab Youth Survey Report 2015

    BAHRAIN, 2015/04/25 Confidence part Arab youth that the Arab Spring would bring positive change across the region is declining and as a result they are uncertain whether democracy could ever work in the Middle East. This is the headline finding of the 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey released today. - Arab youth see the rise of ISIS as the biggest obstacle facing the region - Youth are keen to start their own business as concerns about unemployment continue - The UAE remains the majority popular country to live in and emulate and Saudi Arabia is viewed as the region’s biggest ally - A lot of view the Arabic language as central to their identity but believe it is losing its price to English
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.