Mustapha Guitouni

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Algeria has increased its oil output but urged fellow OPEC countries and other crude producers not to heed calls by US President Donald Trump to place more oil on the market to drive down prices.

President Paul Biya

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Cameroon’s economy is expected to grow 4 percent this year, up from 3.2 percent in 2017 due to the start of natural gas production and construction work for an upcoming soccer tournament, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.

Nasser Bourita Morocco(photo World News)

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Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has refused any action from the European Union to outsource migrant reception centers to Morocco, emphasizing that this suggestion is an “easy solution.”

President Isaias Afwerki (R) welcomed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Eritrea for the landmark meeting on Sunday

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The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaia Afwerki have announced on Sunday 8 July 2018 at a meeting in Asmara, Eritrean, that the two countries would re-establish diplomatic and trade ties. A signal that “war and talk of war must end” has really ended after almost 18 years.

Karikoga Kaseke  (PATA Conversation)

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THE average hotel occupancy rate in the first quarter of 2018 for Bulawayo hotels rose by 44%, up 15 percentage points from the levels recorded in the same period last year, industry officials have said.

President João Lourenço (Answersafrica.com)

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Angola plans a new system for selling rough diamonds as part of President João Lourenço’s efforts to increase investment, production and government revenue, a draft decree shows.

ZAMBIA: The Centre for Trade Policy and Development says the year 2018 promises to be far much better in terms of the Maize price than the K60 that was offered to the farmers in 2017.

L - R: Mrs. Nicoletta Mariolini, Mr. Peter  Mafany  Musonge and Amb. Lèonad H. Bindzi

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SWITZERLAND: Multilingualism is said to be an asset, a cohesion factor and a positive motor that plays a role in the social, cultural and economic development of Switzerland.

BOTSWANA: Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Dorcus Makgato says the current methodology used to administer the Department of Gender Affairs Women Fund is not sustainable.

PHOTO: REUTERS

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SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council rejects the popular ‘Yes to a ban on full facial coverings’ initiative because, as is currently the case, the cantons should decide for themselves whether or not to ban facial coverings in public places. It is making an indirect counter-proposal to the initiative – a targeted response to the problems that it is aware facial coverings can pose.

The head of the FDFA, Ignazio Cassis meets Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). © FDFA

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Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited Bern on 12 June where he met with Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Emmanuel Macron

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The new immigration, asylum and integration bill officially approved by the French Senate, includes strict measures against illegal immigration which is targeting Algerians directly as they are second nationals who live in an illegal situation on the French soil with a population of more than 10,000.

The 2018 Careers in Africa Employer of Choice Survey has ranked the African Development Bank the fourth best company to work with in Africa. Of 100 companies listed, the top four include the World Bank Group, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and the African Development Bank.

President Bio, right, handing over his asset declaration form to ACC boss Kaifala (Photo S/L Telegraaph ).

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Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio declared his assets to the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as required by law, before joining other African leaders in Nouakchott, Mauritania for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly.

A group photo of the Executive Council (AU)

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The Chairperson of the AU Commission Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat has charged African Union member states to commit to dialogue to resolve conflicts, pointing to countries like the Central African Republic, Western Cameroon, Western Sahara and Central Mali where he said people are “paying the price for violence”.

Bärli Nugent (Photo IOM)

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Vienna – The “Voices of Migration” concert, the first ever musical event of its kind to be held at the United Nations, took place in the Rotunda of United Nations Vienna International Center on 28 June 2018, showcasing the richness of culture and art that migration brings.

Ms. Sophia Bekele, Founder and CEO DotConnectAfrica Group was nominated and approved by Africa Link Solidarity Award committee for Award in the category of Champion of Development in Africa for her Pan African Miss.Africa Digital initiative.

Armed herdsmen Photo: The Guardian

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The Nigerian government has presented a plan to permanently solve the farmers-herders conflicts in the country which has claimed the lives of thousands over the years, according to Premium Times.
Hundreds of people have been killed in 2018 alone in violence involving nomadic herdsmen in Benue, Plateau, and Kaduna states.

President Muhammadu Buhari signing the 2018 Appriation Bill into law at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (20/6/18) 03267/20/6/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

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President Muhammadu Buhari has accused the National Assembly of padding the 2018 budget sent to the law makers. He expressed his concern about the changes the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals he sent.

The construction of holiday homes by foreign residents in the Swiss Alps has been made more complicated following voters approval of controversial proposal in 2012.(Keystone)

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The government has decided to abandon plans for tighter restrictions on real estate purchases in Switzerland by foreigners living abroad. Most political parties, organisations and cantons opposed the plan, which was submitted for consultation, according to the justice ministry.

Ecofin Agency: Gwladys Johnson Akinocho

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World Bank approved $40 million in financing to Madagascar to develop the Electricity Sector Operations and Governance Improvement Project (EGOSIP).
The money granted under the International Development Association (IDA) will enable the national power distributor -JIRAMA- to implement its restructuring program prepared in 2016.

President of the chamber Mr. Peter Hartmann (facing the camera) and VP Mr. Andreas……. right

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The Annual General Meeting of Swisscham-africa held on May 9, 2018 witnessed a high turnout of the members. Also in attendance were the Ambassador of Cameroon to Switzerland Mr. Léonard H. Bindzi and two senior members of the Embassy of Ghana, Bern, Ms Esther Abroquah and Ms.Hannah S.Tiigah.

The 2018 Africa Link Solidarity Awards go to three persons and two organisations in two categories according to the Awards Selection committee headed by Atsen Ahua in a release issued today.

A scene from Human flow

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Exile, feminism and migration were prevalent themes during this year’s FIFDH festival. This was influenced in part by the #metoo movement and the migration crisis - with Abigail Disney, philanthropist and filmmaker starting off discussions on the role of women, while the actress, Vanessa Redgrave’s documentary film, Sea Sorrow delved into migration.