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UN Refugee Chief welcomes African leadership and solidarity in action for refugees evacuated from Libya

UNHCR reiterates its view that refugees and migrants in detention in Libya should be freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed

Welcoming this week’s agreement with the African Union and Rwanda to set up a refugee transit mechanism for evacuation of vulnerable refugees out of Libya, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today urged other countries to follow this example with further actions to save lives. “At this critical time…

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New UNHCR evacuation of refugees from Libya to Italy, as Tripoli fighting continues

The evacuees are from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan and include 52 unaccompanied children

A group of 98 vulnerable refugees have been today evacuated out of Libya to Italy, the third direct humanitarian evacuation to the country this year. With Libya continuing to suffer the consequences of ongoing conflict, such evacuations are a lifeline for the most vulnerable refugees living in detention centres and…

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Joint Statement: Government of Rwanda, UNHCR and African Union agree to evacuate refugees out of Libya

Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently being held in detention centres in Libya

The Government of Rwanda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a transit mechanism for evacuating refugees out of Libya.  Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers who are…

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WHO sends life-saving medical supplies across Libya

The shipment also includes trauma medicines which were delivered earlier this week to field hospitals treating patients injured during the conflict in Tripoli

WHO is delivering urgently-needed medicines and medical supplies to more than 40 primary health care centers and referral hospitals across Libya. The supplies, which are enough to treat 220 000 patients for 3 months, include antibiotics, medicines for non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, and surgical instruments. Also included are medicines…

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Tarek el-Molla confirms attendance of 5th GECF Summit of Heads of State and Government in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea set to host the 5th GECF Summit of Heads of State and Government for the first time on the African continent

Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, Tarek el-Molla confirms attendance to 5th GECF Summit of Heads of State and Government in Equatorial Guinea ;Equatorial Guinea set to host the 5th GECF Summit of Heads of State and Government for the first time on the African continent.; Strengthening and development of gas industry…

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A pressing need for a coherent UNSC approach to Libya

The Gymnich agenda included a working session with Western Balkan partners on regional cooperation

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, spoke – at an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) in Helsinki – on the pressing need for a coherent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approach on Libya, especially at this juncture, when no less than five EU Member States…

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A pressing need for a coherent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approach to Libya

Minister Abela recalled his recent meeting, in Malta, with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, spoke – at an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) in Helsinki – on the pressing need for a coherent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approach on Libya, especially at this juncture, when no less than five EU Member States…

Billions At Play: African Energy and Doing Deals
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Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Barkindo Writes Inspiring Foreword On African Energy Book By Nj Ayuk

OPEC is the subject of Chapter 3 in Ayuk’s book, Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy, which will be published this October

As OPEC intensifies its engagement with Africa, Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo said there’s no better time for the analysis of OPEC membership benefits put forth in the newest book by leading African energy attorney, NJ Ayuk. “It is most fitting at this time that Mr. Ayuk describes how important…

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Co-organise “The Colours of Africa 2019”

The event aims to promote a better understanding of the African continent amongst the Thai public, create awareness of trade, investment and tourism opportunities in Africa

The Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, in cooperation with seven African Embassies in Bangkok (Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and South Africa), Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Minor Hotel Group, and Central…

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Scores of people drowned off coast of Libya in latest Mediterranean shipwreck

A rescue operation, carried by the Libyan Coast Guard and local fisherman, has been underway since this morning and is ongoing

At least 40 people are estimated to have drowned off the coast of Libya in the latest boat disaster on the Mediterranean. This shocking incident has prompted UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to renew its urgent call for action to save lives. Some 60 survivors have been rescued and brought…