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AFRICANGLOBE - The bodies of 74 African refugees who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday.
AFRICANGLOBE - Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. The presidency said there was a need for the continental body to "intervene urgently," claiming that in the last two years "about 116" Nigerians had been killed, including 20 last year.
AFRICANGLOBE - The number of unearthed archaeological sites across Africa has given the world insights into the history of the continent and the world. From pyramids in the north, to cryptic stone cities and ancient civilisations further south, these sites offer many mysteries as they do answers. Lying untouched and hidden for thousands of years, they can sometimes provide us with some understanding of who we are, as Africans, today.
AFRICANGLOBE - African immigrants make up a small share of the nation’s immigrant population, but their overall numbers are growing – roughly doubling every decade since 1970, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. There were 2.1 million African immigrants living in the United States in 2015, up from 881,000 in 2000 and a substantial increase from 1970 when the U.S. was home to only 80,000 foreign-born Africans. They accounted for 4.8% of the U.S. immigrant population in 2015, up from 0.8% in 1970.
AFRICANGLOBE - Somalia’s internationally-backed government is reportedly planning to file a legal case against the rulers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for setting up a military base in the unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland.
AFRICANGLOBE - On the eve of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address to parliament on 9 February, his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced the government is to bring in a minimum wage of R20 ($1.5) an hour in a so-called renewed attack on the country’s chronic inequality.
AFRICANGLOBE - Some 328 lawmakers have elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia's president after five hours of voting Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu. Farmajo won in the second round with 184 votes, becoming the country's ninth president.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has authorised more than 400 soldiers to join the security team at his annual state of the nation speech this week, drawing outrage from opponents who called it “militarisation”. Since the Economic Freedom Fighters won seats in parliament at 2014 elections, President Zuma’s speech to open parliament has been a chaotic affair with EFF lawmakers protesting against the president over his numerous corruption scandals.
AFRICANGLOBE - European Union leaders have agreed on a controversial plan to help stem the flow of African migrants from Libya this spring. At a summit in Malta, the bloc's leaders on Friday decided to give 200m euro ($215m) to Libya's unstable government to step up efforts to stop migrant boats in the country's territorial waters.
AFRICANGLOBE - Last week Morocco secured the support of two-thirds of the African Union’s member states for re-admission to the continental body. Morocco could, however, prove to be a Trojan horse within the belly of the AU, serving to undermine the struggle for self-determination of Western Sahara as well as undermine unity within the continental body itself. It was only the Southern African member states that recognised the dangers and contradictions that Morocco’s inclusion in the AU posed to the continent, voting against it.
AFRICANGLOBE - Jacob Zuma's administration has altered the Africa First policy. In effect this has seen a diminution in the focus on Africa, something which has not gone unnoticed in Africa. One of the main problems facing the department of international relations and cooperation at the end of 2016 was a crisis of confidence created by the president. Zuma's power is under threat and his policies face reappraisal from within.
AFRICANGLOBE - Kenya is world’s least toxic country according ranking by renewable energy firm The Eco Experts by the help of data obtained from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization (WHO). In an article published on Newsweek, the east African nation topped a list that takes account of air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy production.
AFRICANGLOBE - Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down after 37 years in power before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor as Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco , who has also been approved by the ruling Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party as the candidate heading the list in the August elections.
AFRICANGLOBE - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir accused the Egyptian government of harbouring and backing Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops, in remarks broadcast on Sunday. In his first such accusation against Cairo, Bashir said in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiya that Sudanese opposition figures were "backed by Egyptian intelligence services".
AFRICANGLOBE - African leaders have adopted a strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the international criminal court. The non-binding decision came behind closed doors near the end of an African Union summit. It was the latest expression of impatience by African leaders with the court.