Europe 

Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece this year

The group included families with children with special health needs, and more than 50 unaccompanied children, most of whom had been transferred to the Greek mainland after multiple fires destroyed the Moria reception and identification center, located on the island of Lesvos, three weeks ago.  “We feel grateful for the people that helped us in Greece and we’ll never forget them. We don’t speak German, but we’ll try hard to learn the language. My brothers live in Germany and I’m excited that I’ll see them again after such a long…

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Pacific 

Thailand: More than 100 companies pledge to strengthen women’s economic empowerment

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), established by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, offer guidance to businesses, regardless of their size or sector.   According to UN Women, Thailand has done “comparatively well” in terms of women occupying senior business roles. Across the country, 24 percent of chief executive officers (CEOs) and managing directors are women, compared to an Asia-Pacific average of 13 per cent. Globally that figure stands at about 20 per cent.  While the Asia-Pacific region has made impressive progress in reducing extreme poverty, with women helping…

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Mozambique President is Africa Oil & Power’s “Person of the Year”

– Advertisement – Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique has been selected as Africa Oil & Power’s “Person of the Year” for 2020 by Africa Oil & Power. This prestigious award is presented to exceptional individuals who display true leadership and innovative thinking in steering their countries or organizations to the forefront of the global energy sector. President Nyusi has been at the helm of Mozambique’s energy sector during its many recent successes, including several multibillion gas projects which are now in development in this Southern African country. These natural gas…

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Guinea closes border with neighbours ahead of election

– Advertisement – Guinea officials have said the country’s border with Senegal and Guinea-Bissau have been closed ahead of the general elections. Officials in government said the closure was for security reasons as citizens prepare to vote on October 18. Guinea-Bissau’s Interior Minister, Botche Cande was quoted by AFP as saying that the border had been closed since Sunday. Guinea’s constitutional court this month approved 82-year-old President Alpha Condé’s third term bid. The court also gave the green light to 11 other candidates, including the main opposition challenger Cellou Dalein…

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Serena Williams withdraws from French Open 2020

– Advertisement – Three-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open because of an Achilles injury. The 39-year-old had been scheduled to play her second-round match against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. The American has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and was aiming to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. “I think I need four to six weeks of sitting and doing nothing,” Williams told a news conference. “I have been struggling to walk so that’s a telltale sign that I should try to recover. –…

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Africa West Africa World 

Sierra Leone’s ex-president banned from leaving country

Sierra Leone’s former president Ernest Bai Koroma is among several past government officials banned from leaving the country. He and other officials who served in his government are facing allegations of corruption and are under investigations. Koroma’s party has already dismissed the corruption allegations. The government has now ordered Mr. Koroma and more than 100 people indicted to pay back stolen money, forfeit their houses, or face further investigations. These officials have now been told they would not be allowed to leave the country. – Advertisement – Lawyers for Mr…

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Pacific 

Climate change ‘the defining challenge of our generation’ says New Zealand Ambassador

Ambassador Craig Hawke delivered his speech in person, inside the General Assembly Hall in New York, noting that to defeat the coronavirus, “we will need to be our collective best”, back the World Health Organization and work together to distribute an effective vaccine, “on an equitable basis”. New Zealand has been lauded for its COVID-19 response with one of the lowest infection rates in the world, but Mr. Hawke said nobody would be truly safe, until vulnerable regions like the Pacific, receive the vaccines they need. Climate threat The threat…

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Lifting sanctions on Mali may take longer than expected

– Advertisement – On Sunday Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an interim president. It however indicated that sanctions could be lifted when a civilian prime minister is appointed. Despite meeting that condition, it appears Ecowas isn’t willing to lift sanctions on Mali immediately. – Advertisement – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Africa World 

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah dies aged 91

– Advertisement – Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91, state media report. His 83-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed, has been named by the cabinet as his successor. In July, Sheikh Sabah was flown to the United States for medical treatment following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait that month. He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 and had overseen its foreign policy for more than 50 years. He was dubbed the “dean of Arab diplomacy” for his…

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Europe 

Pandemic shows international cooperation ‘delivers results’, says German Foreign Minister

Heiko Maas highlighted examples of recent peace efforts, such as the ceasefire in Ukraine, the possibility of renewed talks between the warring sides in Libya, and developments in relations between Israel and Arab countries in the Gulf region.  “This crisis also shows that international cooperation is neither an ideology nor an end in itself. On the contrary, it delivers results,” he said.  Ceasefire call ‘falling on deaf ears’  Despite this progress, he warned that “we’re still a very long way from a new global attitude,” as the UN Secretary-General’s call…

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