Africa World 

World leaders urged to protect most vulnerable against climate change

– – More than 2,000 young leaders and youth-led organisations from across the Commonwealth have urged governments to respect the needs and contributions of the world’s most vulnerable groups, in the lead up to global climate talks in Glasgow in November. The Commonwealth Youth Statement on Climate Change, appealed to governments to include youth, women, the elderly and people with disabilities in decision-making on climate change-related policies. Noting that 1.5 billion people in the Commonwealth are under the age of 30, young people call on leaders to ensure additional, predictable finance…

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Africa Business China World 

China’s trade with Africa grows to record highs

– – According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, trade between China and Africa increased by 40.5 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2021, and was valued at a record high of USD 139.1 billion. The Ministry noted that African products were increasingly being recognised in the Chinese market, and that imports from Africa into China increased by 46.3% between January and July 2021. Further, the import of agricultural products, such as rubber, cotton and coffee from Africa into China doubled when compared to the first seven months of…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s President Buhari orders lifting of ban on Twitter

– – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the ban on social media giant Twitter can now be lifted. In a speech on Friday to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence day celebration, President Buhari said he had directed that the ban on the operations of Twitter, in Nigeria be lifted conditionally. That condition includes meeting demands from the Nigerian government related to National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content. He said “Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

UNESCO names Ghana’s Accra as World Book Capital for 2023

– – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Ghana’s capital, Accra as its World Book Capital for 2023. The West African nation will host the World Book Capital after Mexico’s Guadalajara in 2022. In a statement UNESCO said “the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.” It said picking Accra was because of its proposed programme that “seeks to use the power of books to engage these young…

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Africa Boxing Sports World 

Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua

– – Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight world champion after dethroning Anthony Joshua with an incredible performance in London. The Ukrainian put on a masterclass in front of 65,000 fans inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, outclassing Joshua over 12 rounds, and hurting the defending champion on numerous occasions. The scorecards – 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all for Usyk and there was a mere shrug of the shoulders from Joshua as the second defeat of his professional career was confirmed. Having seen a fight with fellow Briton Tyson Fury…

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Africa West Africa World 

UN and AU call for the release of Guinea’s President after coup

– – The United Nations and the African Union have both called for the immediate release of Guinea’s toppled president, Alpha Conde following Sunday’s military coup. President Alpha Conde has been arrested and detained by soldiers who carried out the coup and is reportedly unharmed. Videos and pictures of him surrounded by soldiers have been circulating on social media on Sunday. Conde’s government is said to have been dissolved and the constitution suspended. But the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Twitter that…

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Africa Featured Gambia West Africa World 

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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Africa Featured World 

G20 countries urged to urgently vaccinate the world’s small states

– – Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has called on G20 members to urgently work with the Commonwealth and other partners, particularly the World Health Organization and World Trade Organization, to urgently put in place a robust plan to vaccinate the world’s 42 smallest states and shield them from COVID-19. Speaking at the annual Health20 Summit, she said: “As the pandemic unfolded, we were urged to act selflessly to protect the most vulnerable. As some of the more affluent countries of the world start to emerge from the crisis, we must…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Highway robbers kill UK-based journalist on assignment

– – Investigations have begun into the killing of a journalist with London-based MTA Television Channel by armed robbers in Ghana. Syed Taalay Ahmad Sahib and his colleague, Umaru Abdul Hakim were attacked by the criminals while on a mission to film documentary on places where Khalafu had stayed in Africa. They were accosted on the Tamale Kintampo highway while traveling in a Toyota Hiace vehicle. According to the police report, the gun wielding men emerged from a nearby bush and opened fire on them after deflating the tyres of…

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Africa Central Africa Rwanda World 

Rwanda to host schoolgirls from Afghanistan

– – The Rwandan government has announced that it is willing and ready to host several schoolgirls from Afghanistan. The takeover of the country by the Taliban fighters has sparked chaos and forcing citizens to flee. A privately run School of Leadership, Afghanistan (Sola) on Tuesday announced that about 250 students, staff and family members were traveling to Rwanda. The founder of the School, Shabana Basij-Rasikh said on Twitter that “Everyone is en route, by way of Qatar, to the nation of Rwanda where we intend to begin a semester…

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