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  • The Gambia: Ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh 'plundered coffers

    The Gambia's ex-ruler, Yahya Jammeh, plundered the state coffers in his final weeks in power, stealing millions of dollars and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane, according to an aide to new president Adama Barrow.

    Jammeh, who ruled the small West African country for 22 years, flew into exile late on Saturday to Equatorial Guinea.

    He had refused to concede defeat in a December 1 election but eventually relinquished power after a delegation of West African leaders convinced him to step down, even as troops from neighbouring countries entered The Gambia.

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  • ILO warns of rise in social unrest and migration as inequality widens

    UN agency records rising discontent in all regions and calls on policymakers to tackle unemployment and inequality urgently

    Rising unemployment, inequality and a lack of decent jobs have helped fuel a rise in social unrest that threatens to intensify unless policymakers take swift action, the UN’s labour agency has warned.

    The International Labour Organization said its measure of protest activities around the world had ticked higher in the last year against a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty. In a downbeat report into global labour market prospects, the agency also predicted migration could rise over the next decade as frustrated jobseekers leave their countries in search of better prospects.

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  • Refugee who took a selfie with Angela Merkel is suing Facebook

    A Syrian refugee is suing Facebook for allegedly failing to remove photos falsely linking him to terrorism.

    Anas Modamani, 19, made headlines in September after a selfie he took with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, went viral.

    However, since then, the image has been used to falsely link Modamani to attacks at Brussels Airport, Berlin Christmas Market and even on a homeless man.

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  • Nigerian authors to construct Writers’ village

    Abuja – The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) says plans are on-going to construct “Writers Village’’ at Mpape, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to enhance the organisation.

    The President of ANA, Mr Abdullahi Denja made this known in interview in Abuja on Friday.

    The ANA president said the proposed construction of the village was part of projects that had been earmarked by the association in 2017. Denja, who was speaking on the achievements of the association in 2016, described the year as a remarkable one for the organisation.

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  • For Ethiopian expats, UAE is a land of great opportunities

    As you walk into the Ethiopian restaurant Al Habasha, Hor Al Anz, you are ushered into a friendly atmosphere of people chatting and relishing authentic Ethiopian cuisine. The setup is modern, yet has local cultural elements to make an expat feel at home. The owner, Sara Aradi, an Ethiopian expat living in Dubai for the past 25 years, is today a successful entrepreneur with nine branches of the restaurant spread across the UAE.

    Sara opened up her first restaurant in Deira 18 years back and it soon became a hanging out place for the community to come together. "Earlier, there was no embassy or counsellor for the Ethiopian community in Dubai - our restaurant was the place to meet and discuss community issues, marriages, meet ups, and celebrate festivities," she shares. "If you work hard and follow the rules - you will find success in the region. The country allows expats to set up their businesses and grow. Plus, one receives ample support from the government. I became an entrepreneur here."

    Afendi Muteki, an ethnographic researcher and author, was recently in Dubai for a short trip and is now planning to relocate to the region. "I had come to Dubai to visit my wife, who resides here. I explored the Emirates and visited Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ajman. Everything about the land pleased me - sophisticated infrastructure, up-to-date technology, and the hospitality of the people. I've made up my mind to make Dubai my home - a comfortable and modern home."

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  • Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

    We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development ladder. Yes, during colonialism western powers may have enriched themselves by extracting resources and slave labour from their colonies – but that’s all in the past. These days, they give more than $125bn (£102bn) in aid each year – solid evidence of their benevolent goodwill.

    This story is so widely propagated by the aid industry and the governments of the rich world that we have come to take it for granted. But it may not be as simple as it appears.

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