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  • 60 migrants rescued off Romania's Black Sea coast

    ROMANIA, 2017/11/29 Around 60 migrants inclunding children were rescued from a boat in the Black Sea overnight Monday to Tuesday, Romanian border police said -- the initial to be intercepted by the country's authorities since the summer. The boat from Turkey was spotted 35 kilometres off the Romanian coast in rough seas and was towed by the coast guard to the port of Constanta. "Part the migrants there are children, but we are still counting," said coast guard patrol spokeswoman Ionela Pasat, adding that the nationality of the migrants is not from presently on known.
  • UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to acknowledge to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their nations, the chief of the IOM said Tuesday. The detention of the migrants, most of whom are fleeing poverty, has become a pressing issue next video footage showing African men sold in Libyan slave auctions sparked world outrage. UN wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants that will be deported back to their countries.
  • Macron visits Africa amid anger over human trafficking and slavery

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will start a four-day visit to Africa on Monday amid growing anger across the continent about politicians’ collective failure to do additional to clamp down on human trafficking, and even slave auctions, in Libya. The revelations by CNN of apparent slave auctions in Libya a fortnight ago led to widespread condemnation, but as well claims that European politicians had been repeatedly warned about the dire national of Libyan migrant detention centres, inclunding systematic abuse, amounting to slavery. Macron has called for an emergency conference of the United Nations security council this week, saying such auction houses are a crime against humanity. The fierceness of his intervention may have been prompted by his high-profile visit to sub-Saharan Africa built around a carefully crafted theme of empowering Africa’s youth.
  • Extremists attacked mosque in Egypt

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 Extremists attacked mosque in Egypt because they believe Sufi Muslim worshippers are heretics who must be ‘eradicated’ Rawda Mosque is frequented by Sufi Muslims, followers of a mystical form of Islam that is deemed to be heretical by Islamic National and other Sunni extremists. On Friday, at least 305 Egyptians were killed by terrorists who detonated a bomb in a crowded mosque, again sprayed frantic worshippers with gunfire as they fled. It was deadliest attack in the country’s modern history. It “was horrific,” local Ibrahim Sheteewi told The New York Times.
  • Male rape used systematically in Libya as instrument of war

    LIBYA, 2017/11/04 Videos and testimony expose brutal tactics used by several factions in fractured country. Male rape is being used systematically in Libya as an instrument of war and political domination by rival factions, according to multiple testimonies gathered by investigators. Years of work by a Tunis-based group and witnessed by a journalist from Le Monde have produced harrowing reports from victims, and video footage showing men being sodomised by various objects, inclunding rockets and broom handles. In several instances, witnesses say a victim was thrown into a room with other prisoners, who were ordered to rape him or be killed.
  • It’s going to take 217 years to close the global economic gender gap

    WORLD, 2017/11/03 For the initial time since the World Economic Forum’s records began in 2006, the world gender gap is widening again. The data make for depressing reading. Each year, the WEF ranks 144 nations in its World Gender Gap Index to see how they compare on four “pillars”: economic participation and opportunity, education, political empowerment, and health and survival. The WEF crunches numbers from the world’s most respected institutions, such as the International Labour Organization, the UN Development Program and the World Health Organization, inclunding WEF’s own perceptions survey.
  • Nigeria Has Gender Problem in the Workplace

    NIGERIA, 2017/11/01 The National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN) has highlighted the stark gender inequality within the country's labour force. Speaking to journalists, yesterday, next a round-table discussion on competitiveness, NCCN's CEO, Chika Mordi, while explaining the findings of a new statement to be released by his councik on Thursday, said female participation in the labour force of some Nigerian states was less than two %. "Even though we expected some gender skewering, we did not expect it to be of that magnitude," he said. However, some elements of the statement, Mordi said, were positive.
  • The President Who Left Botswana and the World an Enduring Legacy

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/31 In the Western press, the legacies of African leaders tend to hinge on their respect for term limits, property rights, and fiscal restraint. Since his death in June 2017, the late Quett Ketumile Masire, Botswana's former Minister of Finance and Development Planning (1966-1980) and President (1980-1998), has been remembered largely in these terms. A Washington Post obituary quoted former US President Bill Clinton, who in 1998 called Masire "an inspiration to all who cherish freedom."
  • The President Who Left Botswana and the World an Enduring Legacy

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/31 In the Western press, the legacies of African leaders tend to hinge on their respect for term limits, property rights, and fiscal restraint. Since his death in June 2017, the late Quett Ketumile Masire, Botswana's former Minister of Finance and Development Planning (1966-1980) and President (1980-1998), has been remembered largely in these terms. A Washington Post obituary quoted former US President Bill Clinton, who in 1998 called Masire "an inspiration to all who cherish freedom."
  • Former Malagasy president Albert Zafy dies aged 90

    MADAGASCAR, 2017/10/15 Madagascar’s former President Albert Zafy has died at the age of 90. Prof Zafy passed away Friday at the St Pierre hospital in Reunion Island, a region of France east of Madagascar, where he was receiving treatment. His ally and former Environment and Forestry minister Joseph Randriamiarisoa said Prof Zafy’s body will arrive at the Antananarivo Ivato International Airport on Saturday at 6pm.