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Gambia rejects its own citizens deported from Germany

– – Gambia’s government has refused to accept its own citizens deported from Germany. Over 2,000 Gambians who migrated to European countries such as Germany have overstayed their asylum visas. They are now expected to be repatriated to their country but the Gambian government is refusing to let them in. The first batch of Gambian migrants who have exhausted their asylum appeals was to arrive in Gambia’s capital, Banjul on September 1. But a Gambian official from Foreign Ministry told reporters that the government will not take in the deportees. –…

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Akon’s $6bln futuristic city in Senegal under scrutiny after delays

– – US hip hop star Akon has come under scrutiny after his promised futuristic city worth $6 billion to be built in his native Senegal is yet to start. A year ago he laid the first stone, with hopes of the project materializing in the coming years but people are beginning to have doubts how soon the megaproject will take shape. In 2018, Akon said he’s planning to build a “crypto city” in Senegal which he calls “a real-life Wakanda”. Just like the fictional land of Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther,…

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Ex-Chadian leader Hissène Habré dies serving jail term

Senegalese media reported that the former Chadian leader was being treated for a coronavirus infection. Senegalese Justice Minister Malick Sall said Tuesday that “Habré has been handed over to his Lord.” The former Chad leader has been serving his life prison term in Senegal prison for crimes against humanity after his conviction in 2016. He was convicted of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990. – – Habre’s conviction was the first time an African Union-backed court tried a former ruler for human rights abuses.…

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UN Human Rights Council criticizes Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

– – The United Nations Human Rights council has criticized Ghana’s attempt to introduce tougher laws against LGBTQ+ persons and their activities in the country. Ghana’s lawmakers have laid in parliament a new draft bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″. It is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anti-LGBTQ+ activists. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same sex that engages in sexual intercourse are “liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven…

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Zambia: Concerns raised over unfair playing field ahead of August 12 poll

– – Some Zambian opposition parties and other electoral stakeholders have expressed concern over President, Edgar Lungu’s alleged flouting of the COVID 19-induced ban on election campaigns, using his visits to developmental projects and other work, as an excuse, ahead of the country’s general election, scheduled for 12 August, this year. Lungu announced in May, a ban on all campaign rallies, as part of the country’s measures to curb the spread of COVID 19, following a rise in cases and deaths, brought about by the third wave of the pandemic.…

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Facebook: Will the oldest surviving social media platform remain relevant?

– – Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is today the oldest surviving social media platform. But with more and more platforms entering the market, will it go the way of MySpace and MxIt? Kyle Oosthuizen, Chief Operating Officer at Blue Robot, the leading provider of socially powered messaging solutions, doesn’t believe it will. “ Because of Facebook’s development power, it’ll never fall behind other platforms. It is also catering to a changing audience and has changed with that audience.” He explains that when Facebook first launched, it was catering…

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Rights activists kick against Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ draft bill

– – Various human rights activists have expressed their displeasure at an attempt by Ghana’s lawmakers to pass a law that criminalizes activities of LGBTQ+ persons and those who advocate such rights in the country. Last month eight members of Ghana’s Parliament jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities. The bill, titled “Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values”, was presented to Speaker, Alban Bagbin who is an anti-LGBT+ activist. The proponents of the bill want the promotion,…

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Should Universities ‘Go Vegan’ to Help Climate Change?

– – There is a risk of environmental pollution all over the world. One of the areas of concern to people is the emission of carbon into the atmosphere. The big question begging for answers now is: can veganism help bring down the problem of climate change? We shall take a look at the strategy put forward by some universities and companies that provide support to students in solving their problems and taking classes at Class Taker to support their idea of going veganism. They believe it can help stop…

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Ghana to pay $2.5 mln surgery fee to separate conjoined twins

– – The government of Ghana has taken up the full cost of surgery for the separation of conjoined twins delivered at one of the top health facilities in the country, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare who made the disclosure paid a visit to twins and their parents. The parents and doctors at the facility had been appealing for funds to save the lives of the babies with the support of the media. “It is my pleasure to announce that the President has said that…

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Rights group wants Ghana to drop charges against LGBT activists

– – Human Rights Watch has said Ghana’s attorney general must drop charges against 21 human rights activists facing trial for attending a paralegal training session. The activists were charged with “unlawful assembly” for attending a meeting on how to document and report human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. On June 11, 2021, the High Court released the activists on bail after 22 days in detention, raising hopes that the authorities would abandon abusive efforts to prosecute them. But at a hearing on June 16,…

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