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Germany to pay Namibia €1.1bn in reparations for colonial genocide

Germany has accepted to pay Namibia €1.1bn as reparation for genocide committed during its colonial-era occupation of the African country. The reparation will be in a form of financial support for Namibia’s development through a programme. Per the deal of the reparation there will be funding paid over 30 years through spending on infrastructure, healthcare and training programmes benefiting the impacted communities. On Friday Foreign Minister Heiko Maas officially acknowledged that the colonial-era killings constituted genocide. “In light of Germany’s historical and moral responsibility, we will ask Namibia and the…

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Morocco recalls ambassador to Germany over territorial dispute

– – Morocco has recalled its ambassador in Berlin over the disputed Western Sahara territory. The North African country is accusing Germany of being involved in hostile actions that would harm the interests of the country. In a statement, Morocco cited Germany’s “destructive attitude” and “antagonistic activism” regarding its actions that followed the US decision to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Last year, Germany called a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue after former US President Donald Trump said Washington recognised Moroccan control on the disputed territory. Morocco has…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Germany considers returning Nigeria’s stolen artefacts

– – Germany has said that it is considering returning some artefacts stolen from Nigeria during the colonial era. The particular artefacts in question are the Benin bronzes looted from the Kingdom of Benin, in present day southern Nigeria. The artefacts are being held at Ethnological Museum in the German capital, Berlin. The Ethnological Museum has 530 historical objects from the kingdom, including 440 bronzes. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK), which manages Berlin’s museums has said in a statement that at a meeting on March 24, 2021, the Board…

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Germany detains Gambian driver of Jammeh’s ‘hit-squad unit’

– – A Gambian man has been detained in Germany for alleged role in some killings under ex-president Yahya Jammeh. The man Bai L, according to German police is suspected of participating in crimes against humanity while serving as driver for the feared paramilitary unit of Jammeh. He is accused of driving officers from the paramilitary unit known as the Junglers to carry out treacherous acts. The Junglers unit has been described as a hit squad for Mr Jammeh, executing several killings of his opponents under is orders. Among some…

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Morocco cuts all ties with German embassy

– – Morocco has suspended all ties with the German embassy in the country over its stance on Western Sahara. The suspension of relations was announced by Morocco’s foreign affairs ministry who cited “deep disagreements concerning crucial issues.” In December, 2020 Germany criticized then-US President Donald Trump for recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. A senior diplomat said Morocco’s decision to suspend ties with Germany was also a response to not receiving an invitation to an international meeting about Libya last year. When Berlin hosted a conference in January 2020…

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Wooden penis landmark stolen in Germany

– – Police in southern Germany say they are investigating the disappearance of a phallus-shaped wooden sculpture from a mountaintop, but that they are still not sure whether a crime has been committed. The 2-meter-tall (almost 7-foot) object has grown in fame since it appeared overlooking the Allgäu region on the slopes of the Grünten, a mountain near Germany’s border with Austria. It provided a popular photo opportunity for walkers and gained widespread attention on social media — even attracting the moniker “Guardian of the Allgäu.” The phallus sculpture, which was still…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s opposition leader Tundu Lissu flees the country

– – Tanzania’s opposition politician Tundu Lissu on Tuesday fled the country for Brussels, Belgium. He sort refuge at the German embassy since Friday after complaining about threat to his life. Lissu previously spent over two years in Belgium after surviving an attempted assassination in September 2017. A video has been posted on his Twitter handle showing him leaving for the airport accompanied by officials from the German embassy. ✌??? pic.twitter.com/8qOQf6nAk0 — Tundu Antiphas Lissu (@TunduALissu) November 10, 2020 After last month’s presidential election which he lost to incumbent President…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s opposition leader Tundu Lissu flees the country

– – Tanzania’s opposition politician Tundu Lissu on Tuesday fled the country for Brussels, Belgium. He sort refuge at the German embassy since Friday after complaining about threat to his life. Lissu previously spent over two years in Belgium after surviving an attempted assassination in September 2017. A video has been posted on his Twitter handle showing him leaving for the airport accompanied by officials from the German embassy. ✌??? pic.twitter.com/8qOQf6nAk0 — Tundu Antiphas Lissu (@TunduALissu) November 10, 2020 After last month’s presidential election which he lost to incumbent President…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s opposition leader Tundu Lissu flees the country

– – Tanzania’s opposition politician Tundu Lissu on Tuesday fled the country for Brussels, Belgium. He sort refuge at the German embassy since Friday after complaining about threat to his life. Lissu previously spent over two years in Belgium after surviving an attempted assassination in September 2017. A video has been posted on his Twitter handle showing him leaving for the airport accompanied by officials from the German embassy. ✌??? pic.twitter.com/8qOQf6nAk0 — Tundu Antiphas Lissu (@TunduALissu) November 10, 2020 After last month’s presidential election which he lost to incumbent President…

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Volkswagen to open plant in Ghana early 2020

German car-maker, Volkswagen is set to open an assembling plant in Ghana early 2020. In 2018 the company announced plans to set up a plant in Ghana as it continues to expand across Africa. Volkswagen already builds vehicles in Kenya and recently opened another car plant in Rwanda as part of its expansion project in East Africa. The Rwanda project was the first of such plants in the East African nation expected to led to the building of up to 5,000 cars per year. VW CEO for Africa, Thomas Schafer…

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