[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Addis Ababa -”I have no job here in Ethiopia. I want to build my home but I can’t because my family has used all the money.
[IPS] Rome -African migrants who arrive on Yemen’s shores -that’s if they are not forced into the sea to drown–risk to fall in the hands of criminal networks who hold them captive for several days to extort money in exchange for their “freedom,” according to UN sources.
[Daily Trust] Lagos -The first flight of Lagos State intending pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia would take off on Saturday.
[VOA] Thousands of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia are in a state of limbo as they try to return home after being ordered to leave the Gulf state.
[Daily Trust] Last week, the four Arab countries that severed relations with Qatar, asked that Qatar shuts down the Al Jazeera network, and other news outlets that it funds, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed and Middle East Eye.
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Qatar’s ambassador to Tanzania ,Sheikh Abdulla Jassim Al-Maadadi, has allayed fears of economic disruption despite the Gulf’s diplomatic crisis which he said was orchestrated by enemies.
[Deutsche Welle] Extremists are increasingly shaping the image of Islam in Africa. But despite warnings that Islam is becoming increasingly conservative in Africa, experts say the religion is also becoming more diverse as a whole.
[Guardian] The Federal Government recorded a deficit of $11 billion (N3.3 trillion using the official exchange rate of $305 per dollar) revenue from crude oil export in 2016.
[SudaNow] Khartoum –Recent statements by Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir to the Arabiya satellite TV channel on the Sudan’s relationship with Egypt have once again rekindled the dispute between the two countries over Halayb and Shalateen which Egypt has long claimed its ownership to the point that it has imposed its military occupation and administrative control over the territory since 1995 although no decision has been taken on a memorandum the Sudanese government filed with the United Nations and regional organizations
KAZAKHSTAN is an odd place to seek a fresh start for Syria. Its strongman, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has been in charge since Soviet times. In 2015 he won 97.7% of the vote—an even better tally than Syria’s despot, Bashar al-Assad, can command