Morocco has banned the wearing, sale, and importation of the burka, a traditional Islamic veil for women covering the entire face and body. Also, there is no research linking a ban on the wearing of the burka to a decline in terror activities. Clearly, the numbers appear to show that a ban on the burka is not the silver bullet in the war against terrorism. Buhari cited instances where male suicide bombers belonging to the Islamist terror group Boko Haram carried their attacks while dressed as women wearing the hijab. If Moroccan authorities confirm the burka ban, the country would become the first Arab nation to ban the wearing of the burka in public.
There are many more pictures of Barack Obama with kids of different ages and colours. During his farewell speech, Barack Obama turned on the emotional faucet and let it all flow. But Barack Obama stands for something completely different. Barack Obama was not perfect, but he was excellent. There’s a lot African leaders can learn from the American president from Kenya if only they would just sit down and listen.
Both German coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), now want to cut development aid for countries that refuse to take back their citizens. Reducing German development aid, however, would damage German interests, Müller told Bavaria's "Passauer Neue Presse" newspaper, because the assistance helps fight the cause of flight for many refugees. An economic collapse, he went on, even one related to lacking development aid, "would lead to huge problems." He called the reduction of development aid "nonsense" in remarks published in the "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung" paper. Dirk Messner, the director of the German institute for development policy, believes the issue is more nuanced.
Before I moved to North Africa, people warned me that many North Africans have a misconception of Christianity. In recent years, many presume to understand Christianity from a blend of European Catholicism, Hollywood and tourists in scant clothing. Like the time my friend told me what Christians believe because she had taken a religions class at the local university. In their opinion, some of the things I do or don’t do are too respectable to be Christian. Currently, she is studying Arabic in North Africa as the first step in working with North African immigrants in Spain.
The Senate has called on the Nigeria Customs Service to immediately suspend the policy banning the importation of vehicles through land borders, a policy that was enacted at the beginning of the year. This motion was led by Senator Barau Jibrin, representing Kano North Senatorial District, alongside four others, arguing that the ban will lead to the loss of over 500,000 jobs if the government goes ahead with it. According to Jibrin, if the government should persist with the implementation of the placed bad, the economy of the border villages and towns that depend on importation of vehicles through land routes will crumble. In response to the motion were contributions from Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Shehu Sani and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who asked the Federal Ministry of Finance and Nigeria Customs Service to suspend the policy of banning car importation through the land routes. Read more at Daily PostComments
The concept of menstrual leave began in Japan in the early 20th century. Menstrual leave has been adopted by countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United Kingdom amongst others, to ensure productivity and sound health of the workforce. In 2007, Nike also included menstrual leave in their Code of Conduct and implemented it around the globe wherever they operate. Some Asian countries where menstrual leave policies exist in, include Indonesia, under the Labor Act of 1948, women have a right to two days of menstrual leave per month. Taiwan, the Act of Gender Equality in Employment gives women three days of “menstrual leave” per year, which will not be calculated toward the 30 days of “common sick leave”, giving women up to 33 days of “health-related leaves” per year.
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New Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has promised to reorganize the world body and called on the Security Council to adopt a new approach in order to prevent conflicts and promote peace. Guterres, who succeeded Ban Ki-moon on January 1, has underlined the need for tackling international crises like the war in Syria. Foreign factions infiltrated into Egypt, Libya and Syria and caused the so-called “popular uprisings” to pursue the West’s policy of “resource management” in the Middle East and North Africa, Igan told Press TV’s Top 5 on Wednesday. Most of “these wars are unnecessary and the United Nations needs to really look a little bit deeper at this to see where these wars are actually coming from,” he argued. Also pointing to the hands behind the war in Syria, he said that the conflict has been instigated by foreign mercenaries funded by the West.
Eversendai Offshore awarded two new contacts in MENAWednesday, 11 January 2017 07:59Eversendai Offshore have been awarded two new contracts in MENA region. The first of the two new construction contracts is for an offshore support facility building 93-B-01 for Al Zour new refinery project (EPC-5). The contract was awarded by HSS JV, consisting of Hyundai E&C, Saimpem Spa and SK E&C. Currently, Eversendai Offshore are operating in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE for Vahana Offshore, two projects in Abu Dhabi, UAE for Tecnimont Spa and Prosernat, and in the Culzean Gas Field in the North Sea for Prosernat. More details on Eversendai Offshore's projects and clients can be found on its website here.
Youngsters detained for alleged Boko Haram linksFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, CameroonYAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – CAMEROON authorities are detaining boys on suspicion of being affiliated to the Boko Haram terror group, children’s rights group have bemoaned. It could not be ascertained how many boys were detained or girls were married. The country is now hosting more than 274 000 refugees from the Central African Republic and 74 000 refugees from Nigeria. The Far North Region, the most vulnerable region in Cameroon with the lowest development indicators, has been the most affected by the Boko Haram crisis, with 198 889 internally displaced persons – mostly women and children – having fled their homes to escape the onslaught. The UN agency reported these populations – refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities – are residing in isolated areas of Cameroon,vwhere access to education, health care, water and sanitation is lacking.
Floods displace scores in AngolaFrom LUCAS PEDRO in Luanda ,AngolaLUANDA, (CAJ News) – INCESSANT rains that have left thousands homeless in Mozambique are feared to worsen a deadly cholera outbreak that has hit the southern African country. The northern Luanda Province is the worst affected with 1 800 homes flooded. Meanwhile, there are fears of more deaths in the Zaire Province, also in the north, if the rains persist. Some five people have been killed form 100 suspected cases since the outbreak in November last year. Angola reported a total of 30 612 cases and 1 156 deaths from February to May 2006.
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa released Tuesday a new proof-of-life video of Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly, held hostage in Mali by the group since last January, US-based monitoring group SITE said. The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) video, which lasts two minutes and 17 seconds, was posted on social media sites Telegram and Twitter, according to SITE. She says the date of the recording is December 31, 2016, and that she has been held hostage by AQIM for 360 days. In late January 2016, AQIM claimed responsibility in a video for Stockly's kidnapping, which it said took place on January 7. AQIM released a second similar video in mid-June aimed at proving she was still alive.
Supplier News: New Event Hotels in North AfricaA guest room at the recently opened Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center. Two new event hotels in North Africa lead this week’s meeting industry supplier news. It will also have 118 guest rooms, an additional 300 square meters of event space and three dining options. Also available are seven different meeting rooms, divisible into 12 breakout rooms. Each of the property’s guest rooms has a balcony or terrace, flatscreen TV and high-speed Internet access.