Month: June 2017

Spain repatriates 23 Nigerians over drug-related offenses, others

23 Nigerians deported from Spain for criminal offences ABUJA, (Globe Afrique) — Twenty-three Nigerians arrived the country’s Lagos State on Tuesday following their repatriation by the Spanish government, a police spokesman said. The deportees, including 21 males and two females were sent back to the West African country for committing various crimes, in addition to drug-related offenses, according to Joseph Alabi, a spokesman for the police in Lagos State. Nine of the deportees were sent back home for drug-related offenses, he said. The deportation came barely five days after 34 Nigerians were sent home from six European countries for...

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Togo student protest leader gets 1-year suspended sentence

Folly Satchivi in Court Lome, (Globe Afrique) – A Togolese court has handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence to a university student who led a protest against teaching conditions that turned violent. Monday’s hearing saw sentence handed down to Folly Satchivi as well as to another student involved in this month’s demonstrations, Marius Amagbegnon. Both were convicted of “disturbing the public order, aggravated by the destruction of public property” and are planning to appeal. They have been held in prison since their arrest on June 14, the first of two days of protests by students at the University of...

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Under massive US pressure, UN agrees deep cuts to peacekeeping

United Nations, New York (Globe Afrique) – A tentative deal to cut nearly $600 million from the UN peacekeeping budget was reached on Wednesday, capping weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp reduction in costs, UN diplomats said. Under the deal agreed by a budget committee of the General Assembly, the United Nations will spend $7.3 billion on peacekeeping in the coming year, down from the current $7.87 billion — roughly a seven percent cut — according to diplomats familiar with the negotiations. The United States, the biggest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping, had sought a...

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S.African held by Al-Qaeda in Mali is ‘well,’ says his father

Photo of Johan Gustafsson and Stephen McGown (center) being held captive in Mali. Johannesburg, June 28, 2017 (AFP) – A South African who has been held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 is alive and well, his father said Wednesday, having received information from a recently released Swedish captive. Stephen McGown’s father Malcolm said he had spoken twice to Johan Gustafsson, who was detained alongside Stephen, since his release earlier this week. “He said they were both well, he says Stephen is well. So there has not been any sort of abuse or anything like that,” McGown told AFP....

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Vatican confirms Mali to get its first cardinal

Vatican City, Rome (Globe Afrique) – The creation of Mali’s first cardinal is to go ahead as planned, the Vatican said Tuesday, quashing rumours that Jean Zerbo’s appointment was at risk following reports of questionable financial conduct. Vatican experts said Zerbo, 74, was recovering from an illness but had managed to make the trip to the Vatican to be appointed cardinal along with four others by Pope Francis on Wednesday. The Church in Mali had reportedly said Monday that the archbishop would not attend because of ill health, an announcement that prompted speculation that Francis may have called off...

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