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Lack of commitment to signing the ACDEG charter is a concern – CSOs

Participants at the African Union (AU) Pre-Summit Event in Addis Ababa have expressed concern about the delay of some member states in ratifying, domesticating, and reporting on the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). Made up of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with focus on governance, the group said …

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Africa needs to balance mobilizing financial resources and controlling indebtedness – Report

There is the need for governments to balance between mobilizing financial resources for economic development and controlling indebtedness to sustain growth. According to the “Foresight Africa” Report on top priorities for African continent in 2019, one key risk threatening the regional outlook is the fear of a looming debt crisis. …

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CSOs converge ahead of AU Summit to encourage ACDEG ratification   

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the governance sector are converging at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to hold an African Union Pre-Summit meeting. The meeting is to encourage and provide support to the leaders towards the ratification and implementation of the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). The 32nd Ordinary …

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2,275 people die trying to cross Mediterranean in 2018 – UNHCR

An estimated 2,275 people, or six a day, died or went missing crossing the Mediterranean in 2018, making it the world’s deadliest sea crossing, despite a significant drop in arrivals reaching European shores, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said Wednesday. “Refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean …

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German unemployment rate rises to 5.3% for January 

Germany’s unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage points to 5.3 per cent for January, the labour agency reported on Thursday, as the country added 196,000 job seekers to its rolls compared to December 2018. Experts at the agency said an increase for January is standard, as cold weather depresses demand …

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May’s Brexit deal finally wins majority support in parliament

Just days after suffering the biggest humiliation in British political history, Prime Minister Theresa May was closer than ever Tuesday to finally reaching an elusive Brexit deal. By 317 votes to 301, MPs in the House of Commons gave their backing to May’s deal which they rejected earlier this month, …

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More than 1,400 Sierra Leoneans trained in China in 2018    

More than 1,400 Sierra Leoneans received training in various disciplines in China in 2018, Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone said Tuesday. Among them, 1,300 people from all walks of life acquired the opportunities through Chinese government sponsorship, while 100 students studied in China through Chinese government scholarship program, Wu Peng …

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Former French President Hollande questioned as witness over murder of two reporters in Mali     

Former French President Francois Hollande has been questioned as a witness as part of an inquiry into the murder of two journalists in Mali in 2013, local media reported on Monday. French judges heard the former Socialist Party head of state on January 11 over “off the record” conversations he …

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Germany stops 14,000 illegal immigrants crossing border

Germany caught 14,000 migrants trying to enter the country illegally on buses or trains from January to November 2018, according to a report by the local Rheinische Post on Monday. The newspaper said an internal federal police document showed that most of the migrants entered the country from neighboring Austria. …

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African governments warned about dangers of counterfeit drugs and asked to act

African governments have been called upon to rise up to the dangers posed by fake drugs in their countries and act to curb it. In a press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, ENACT, the European Union-funded project says substandard and fake medicines pose a significant threat to Africa. ENACT builds knowledge …

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