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Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Nigeria: ICRC surgical teams caring for wounded after air strikes

Two surgical teams in Maiduguri have been operating on the most seriously wounded, including more than 20 children

Three days after air strikes at a settlement for internally displaced people at Rann in Nigeria, two surgical teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the help of one Nigerian surgeon continue to care for those wounded in the blasts. Around 100 injured people were evacuated…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

MSF update: Death toll rising in Rann attack

Outside of what MSF teams have witnessed, consistent reports from residents and community leaders say as many as 170 people were killed

The death toll continues to rise following the horrific military attack on civilians in Rann, Nigeria, according to latest estimates by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Around 90 people were killed when a Nigerian airforce plane circled twice and dropped two bombs in the middle of the town of Rann, which…

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Ringier Launches Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa

It will cover business news, enterprise, finance, politics, and technology from across the continent and beyond

Ringier Africa Digital Publishing [RADP] (http://APO.af/cTwx96) further expands its news and media portfolio with the launch of Business Insider (www.BusinessInsider.com), the renowned digital news brand for the global business community, for Sub Saharan Africa. The digital edition leads with an exclusive interview with Tony Elumelu, who the newly launched editorial team…

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Source: Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Nigeria |

Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah handing over the instrument of acceptance of TFA to World Trade Organisation DG Robert Azevedo in Davos

According to a 2015 study carried out by WTO economists, full implementation of the TFA would reduce members’ trade costs by an average of 14.3 per cent, with developing countries having the most to gain

Nigeria has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 107th World Trade Organisation (WTO) member to do so. Only three more ratifications from members are needed to achieve the two-third threshold that will bring the TFA into force. Nigeria's instrument of acceptance was submitted to the WTO today…

Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) |

Nigeria/ IDP Camp Bombing: “This Tragedy Should Never Have Happened” – UN Expert Urges Greater Protection

The expert described as troubling indications that humanitarian actors may not have had full access to the area for months, in order to assess the humanitarian and protection situation in a region deeply affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and counter-insurgency measures

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, today expressed dismay at the bombing of a camp housing internally displaced persons in Borno state in the troubled northeast region of Nigeria, in which a counter insurgency against Boko Haram is being…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Polio campaign kicks off in Kenya

The campaign, January 18-22, is targeting 15 counties that are that are considered on higher risk and vulnerable and which are mainly situated in remote, hard-to-reach and border areas

Kenya has kicked off its 2017 immunization effort with a polio campaign this week, targeting 2.9 million children aged five years and under.  The campaign, January 18-22, is targeting 15 counties that are that are considered on higher risk and vulnerable and which are mainly situated in remote, hard-to-reach and…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR’s Grandi: Failures behind Nigeria IDP camp tragedy must be identified

Initial reports from the Rann site in Borno state’s Kala Balge area say that more than 50 people were killed, including six aid workers, when the attack took place on Tuesday morning during a food distribution

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today expressed his shock at a bombing on a site for internally displaced people in north-east Nigeria that left dozens of people dead, and stressed the need for the Nigerian authorities to urgently identify the failings that led to the tragedy. Initial reports…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the deaths of civilians and 6 Nigerian Red Cross aid workers

Hours after Tuesday’s airstrike, a surgical team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deployed to Rann, while another ICRC surgical team in Maiduguri prepared to support the Ministry of Health in receiving casualties

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is shocked by the deaths of civilians and six aid workers from the Nigerian Red Cross following an airstrike on the town of Rann, near the border of Nigeria and Cameroon. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our six colleagues…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Gambia: State of Emergency No License for Repression

Soldiers Arbitrarily Detained as Political Crisis Deepens

President Yahya Jammeh’s declared state of emergency in Gambia provides no justification for a crackdown on peaceful dissent around the January 19, 2017, deadline for the new government to take office, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.   Since January 15, security forces loyal to President Jammeh have…

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Source: Germany-Africa Business Forum |

Germany and African Countries Seek to Strengthen Trade and Investment Ties at First Ever Germany-Africa Business Forum

The Germany-Africa Business Forum seeks to “bridge the gap” by facilitating dialogue, business dealings and dynamic commercial and political interchange

Africa is a priority for German government in 2017 as it holds G20 presidency There is much consensus for building trade relations; Africa is world’s fastest growing region and German companies need to find new markets This year, Germany will host the first ever privately held event exclusively dedicated to…