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February 17, 2017 18:05 UTC

Tripoli Sends 170 Senegalese Migrants Back Home

About 170 Senegalese migrants who were in detention centers in Tripoli have been deported back to the west-African nation, local media reported on Thursday. The migrants were sent back home early Thursday from the Mitiga airport east of Tripoli under the supervision of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). “There was coordination with the immigration authorities and the anti-migration centers at Tariq Al-Shuk, the airport road and As-saka so as to help the 170 Senegalese migrants in their voluntary return to their country,” Juma Ben Hassan, an IOM official said. “In 2016, 2015 and 2014, we had more than 150,000 thousand irregular migrants coming from Libya,” he said. The latest EU initiative is conceptualized within the EU Migration Partnership Framework of July 2016.

February 17, 2017 17:05 UTC

Casablanca, Second African City with Most Billionaires

Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca, has been ranked second African city to house the largest number of billionaires by Forbes Africa Magazine in its 2017 ranking of African billionaires. The city comes right behind the Kenyan capital Nairobi, which has toppled the South African capital Johannesburg. Casablanca, according to the famous magazine, is home to 5,000 African billionaires. Nairobi now houses 5,775 of the 126,000 billionaires on the continent. The 126,000 billionaires are worth $860 billion net.

February 17, 2017 16:30 UTC

Morocco Top African Fish Producing Country

The kingdom has emerged as the leading African fish producing country and 25th in the world. The announcement was made by the kingdom’s National Bureau of fishing (ONP) on the sidelines of the 4th International Fisheries Fair Halieutis in Agadir, local media leconomiste.com reports. The North African country is also reckoned as the leading sardine exporter according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to ONP, the fishing sector provides 700,000 jobs and earns the country $1.59 billion worth of exports. A World Bank recent report has hailed the North African country for state initiatives to combat illicit fishing.

February 17, 2017 16:30 UTC

500 refugees force their way into Spanish enclave in North Africa

Some of those who successfully climbed over a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in North Africa. Picture by Jesus Moron/APAlmost 500 people forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa by breaking through gates in the 20ft fence that separates Morocco from Spain's Ceuta enclave. He said 498 people made it into Spanish territory, with two taken to hospital due to injuries they sustained in the assault. According to the Civil Guard, a surveillance camera showed hundreds of people approaching the fence, using tools and clubs to break one of the gates. On Friday, 55 of them were rejected, according to the Civil Guard, because those who are intercepted on the spot can be returned to Morocco.

February 17, 2017 15:56 UTC



Hundreds of migrants storm Spain's Ceuta, clashing with police

Almost 500 migrants broke through the border of Spain's Ceuta enclave from Morocco on Friday. A group of 700 people simultaneously rushed a gate in the 6-meter (20-foot) fence, with 498 making it into Spanish territory, the Spanish Civil Guard said. Over 1,000 people stormed the border fence in January. Migrants are often injured in attempts on the borderA video filmed by "Faro TV Ceuta," showed migrants with blood on their faces and bruises but celebrating the arrival in Spanish territory. Morocco threatens more migrantsIn January about 1,100 people stormed the border fence, injuring at least 50 Moroccan and Spanish border guards.

February 17, 2017 15:49 UTC

Hundreds of migrants smash through Spanish border in North Africa

A migrant holding a European Union flag sits on the ground with others after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain on Friday. ( Jesus Moron / The Associated Press )MADRID—Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa early Friday by breaking through gates in the 20-foot (6-meter) high fence that separates Morocco from Spain’s Ceuta enclave. Some 700 migrants attempted to smash through several gates simultaneously at about 6 a.m., a Ceuta government official told The Associated Press. Read more: Border guards in Spain find migrants hidden in suitcase, carArticle Continued Below1,100 North African migrants storm Spanish border fence He said 498 migrants made it into Spanish territory, with two hospitalized due to injuries they sustained in the assault. In video filmed by Faro TV Ceuta, some of the migrants can be seen with blood on their faces and bruises but mostly celebrating the arrival in Spanish territory.

February 17, 2017 14:45 UTC

Almost 500 migrants smash through border fence, reach Spanish territory in North Africa

Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa early Friday by breaking through gates in the 20-foot high fence that separates Morocco from Spain's Ceuta enclave. He said 498 migrants made it into Spanish territory, with two hospitalized due to injuries they sustained in the assault. A Civil Guard spokesman said police clashed with the migrants at the Tarajal area of the fence. According to the Civil Guard, a surveillance camera showed hundreds of people approaching the fence, using tools and clubs to break one of the gates. In video by Faro TV Ceuta, some of the migrants can be seen with blood on their faces and bruises but most were celebrating their arrival in Spanish territory.

February 17, 2017 14:37 UTC

Nigeria: UN to Raise $1 Billion Humanitarian Fund for Northeast

The United Nations, UN, has said it is planning to raise over $1 billion to address the needs of about 6.9 million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. According to Mr. Kallon, the insurgency in north-east poses threat to the region's economic and long-term development. "76 per cent of the survivors of Boko Haram attack presently live in Borno State", Mr. Kallon added. "The Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 for Nigeria seeks more than $ 1 billion to meet the needs of the 6.9 million people targeted." The conflict in Nigeria's north-east provoked by Boko Haram, resulted in widespread displacement, violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, protection risks and a growing humanitarian crisis.

February 17, 2017 14:26 UTC

Op-Ed: The wisdom of Tacitus on corrupt states withstood the test of time

Publius Cornelius Tacitus, who lived during the first century AD, gave this warning: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”. Tacitus’ wisdom has, however, withstood the test of the millennia. Like Lord Acton’s aphorism about the insidiously corrosive effects upon the human psyche of an intoxication with power, Tacitus’ observation is based upon certain immutable and timeless human characteristics. What Lord Acton understood when he proclaimed, centuries later, that power tends to corrupt, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely, is that the corrupt are drawn towards power. The ANC government will, in its relentless pursuit of self-interest, surely ignore the wisdom of Tacitus, but that wisdom will certainly outlast the ignorant prediction, made by Jacob Zuma, of the “1,000 year reign”.

February 17, 2017 14:07 UTC

Hundreds of migrants break into Spain's North Africa territories

Hundreds of migrants break into Spain's North Africa territories20th Monday, February 2017 - 11:26 UTC Full articleAlmost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa by breaking through gates in the 20ft fence that separates Morocco from Spain’s Ceuta enclave. About 700 migrants attempted to smash through several gates simultaneously at about 6am, according to a Ceuta government official. He said 498 migrants made it into Spanish territory, with two taken to hospital due to injuries they sustained in the assault. According to the Civil Guard, a surveillance camera showed hundreds of people approaching the fence, using tools and clubs to break one of the gates. In video filmed by Faro TV Ceuta, some migrants can be seen with blood on their faces and bruises, but mostly celebrating their arrival in Spanish territory.

February 17, 2017 14:03 UTC

South Africa: Cooperative Governance On Tropical Cyclone Dineo

press releaseGovernment calls communities to be on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Dineo lands in South AfricaTo many, the news an approaching Tropical Cyclone Dineo was unbelievable and to some it was not real until it made landfall last night in Inhambane, southern Mozambique. Now South Africa (Mpumalanga, Northern KZN and Limpopo) is bracing itself for the same devastating results as seen in Mozambique last night. The rain from this system has now started affecting the north-eastern parts of South Africa from this morning. Just 6 centimetres of fast-moving flood water can knock a person off their feet, and a depth of 2 meters is enough to float a car. Never try to walk, swim or drive through fast-moving flood water.

February 17, 2017 13:01 UTC

Nigeria: Presidential Panel Rescues 130 Households of IDPs From Evictions

-The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiatives, PCNI, and Victim Support Fund, VSF, have rescued 130 households comprising 1,500 of internally displaced persons, IDPs, from "evictions and starvation," as they are being relocated to Shuwari Medinatu resettlement camp in Old Maiduguri of Borno State. The evictions of 1,500 displaced persons, according to Professor Hauwa Abdu Biu of the panel, was because of the inability of IDPs to pay their rents of N1,000 to landlords in host communities. She said: "We have to intervene immediately, as the IDPs have nowhere to go, but take refuge at the Shuwari corn stalk camp, with no toilets and water supply. "They were displaced from their ancestral homes at Konduga, Alau, Bama and Damakulli communities of Borno State by Boko Haram insurgency."

February 17, 2017 12:48 UTC

#JusticeForTheo: Is toxic nationalism with a tint of colonialism inspiring police brutality in France?

As France prepares for its presidential elections in May, its mainstream media has taken time out to focus on police brutality. Indeed, Le Pen’s rhetoric is finding apologists within institutionalized systems produced by colonial ones in France e.g. A recent poll suggests more than 50 percent of the French police force and Military support Marie Le Pen’s party, the National Front. It seems Marie Le Pen’s rise is giving much hope to systemic imperialism. Hate speech inspires hate crimes, and police brutality in France is presently being inspired by that.

February 17, 2017 11:45 UTC

500 migrants smash through Morocco border fence into Spanish territory

Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa by breaking through gates in the 20ft fence that separates Morocco from Spain's Ceuta enclave. Migrants are watched by Spanish police after storming a fence to enter the enclave of Ceuta (AP)Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa by breaking through gates in the 20ft fence that separates Morocco from Spain's Ceuta enclave. Share Facebook Twitter Google EmailGo ToAbout 700 migrants attempted to smash through several gates simultaneously at about 6am, according to a Ceuta government official. He said 498 migrants made it into Spanish territory, with two taken to hospital due to injuries they sustained in the assault. In video filmed by Faro TV Ceuta, some migrants can be seen with blood on their faces and bruises, but mostly celebrating their arrival in Spanish territory.

February 17, 2017 11:18 UTC



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