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Counter-Terrorism: EU, France announces $1.5bn aid for African Sahel

The European Union (EU), and France have announced 1.3bn euros ($1.5bn) of development funding aimed at combatting armed groups in African Sahel countries, which are struggling with armed groups and lawlessness. The EU has pledged 800m euros to the effort, Neven Mimica, the bloc's international cooperation and development commissioner, told a conference in

UK military could be used in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

  Britain's armed forces are preparing for contingency plans to prevent a crisis if the country leaves the European Union in March without a deal that could guarantee a smooth withdrawal. Senior British defense officials said on Sunday that contingency plans were being made so that the military could support the country in case of a

Merkel Looks to Africa to Cement A Legacy Shaped by Migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Tuesday a new development fund to tackle unemployment in Africa, a problem spurring the mass migration that has shaped her long premiership as it nears its end. Merkel hosted a summit of African leaders a day after her announcement that she would retire from politics

141 Nigerians return from Libya

No fewer than 141 Nigerians including 11 pregnant women have voluntarily returned from Libya to Nigeria with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). Segun Afolayan, Chief Planning Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

EU, Iran agree on new payment system to skirt US sanctions

Five world powers and Iran agree to set up legal entity to circumvent US sanctions after Trump pullout from 2015 deal. In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions. The EU will create new payment

Poor sanitation: Nigerians prefer cellphones to toilets, lose $1.3bn annually  

Senator Iroegbu  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has expressed concern over the poor attitude of people towards healthy sanitary conditions, saying Nigerians prefer cell phones to improved toilets. Specifically, the UN agency said 140 million Nigerians have cell phones more than toilets in Nigeria. The Chief of Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH),

New EU-AU partnership to create 10 million jobs

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday the continent’s regional bloc will propose a new alliance with Africa, that will create up to 10 million jobs. Juncker, who was delivering his annual state of the union speech to the European Parliament said a framework will be set up to

Secondus alerts EU on threat to 2019 elections

•Says INEC not ready for free, credible polls •Wants harassment on Clark probed Senator Iroegbu   The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus,  has alerted that the 2019 general election is under serious threat because the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the federal government are not disposed to conduct

Germany’s chancellor merkel set to tour Nigeria, others

Trip to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria marks Germany's belated interest in Africa and concern over irregular migration. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to begin a tour of three West African countries, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, with efforts to boost economic ties and limit irregular migration to Europe expected to dominate her agenda. Analysts say