Tag: Germany

Macron rejects Trump’s claim on NATO defense spending commitments

Macron rejects Trump’s claim on NATO defense spending commitments

EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, REST OF THE WORLD
PARIS, France French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected a claim by US President Donald Trump that NATO allies had agreed to increase defense spending "at levels that they never thought of before." At the end of a two-day NATO summit in Brussels, Macron referred reporters to the communique released Wednesday, which recommitted members of the alliance to a 2014 pledge to spent 2% of national GDP on defense by 2024. "The communique is clear," Macron said. "It reaffirms a commitment to 2% in 2024. That is all." At an unscheduled press conference earlier in the day, Trump declared that all NATO members had "agreed to substantially up their commitment," a claim that is largely not in dispute. Then he added: "They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before." ...
France to host decisive Repechage tournament for Rugby World Cup 2019

France to host decisive Repechage tournament for Rugby World Cup 2019

AFRICA, ASIA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, SPORTS, UGANDA
DUBLIN, IrelandWorld Rugby has today announced the venue for the Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage tournament as the Stade Delort in Marseille, France. Four teams will compete in the round-robin format event to be played across three match days on Sunday 11th November, Saturday 17th November and Friday 23rd November 2018. The repechage tournament is a new concept for Rugby World Cup qualification and represents the last opportunity for a team to qualify for Japan 2019 with four nations fighting it out to secure the twentieth and final place at the Rugby World Cup. Last weekend Hong Kong confirmed their place in the repechage with a convincing 77-3 aggregate victory over the Cook Islands. They join Canada who were confirmed in the repechage in February following their defeat to...
Diplomats concerned about ‘Age limit’ case, Local Council polls

Diplomats concerned about ‘Age limit’ case, Local Council polls

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA, Uganda: A section of diplomats accredited to Uganda have raised concern about the delayed ruling on consolidated petitions challenging the Constitution Amendment Act No.2 of 2017, which among others lifted age limits for presidential candidates. In a meeting with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga at Parliament, the diplomats’ discussion centered on a variety of issues, commencing with the controversial ‘Age limit’ case. “This is now more than two months since the Constitutional Court concluded the joint hearing of the five petitions challenging the amendment of the Constitution,” said Dr Albrecht Conze, the Germany Ambassador to Uganda. The meeting between the Speaker and the diplomats was held on, Tuesday 26th June 2018. Code 6.2 of the Uganda Code of Judicial Condu
Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs meets German Delegation

Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs meets German Delegation

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
MBUYA, Uganda The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige has met a Delegation of German Industry and Commerce at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala. Representatives from the ten (10) German Business Companies in the Security sector, including those from multi-nationals such as Airbus Defence and Space, and Aerodata AG are in Uganda to provide an opportunity for high-level managers, politicians and other stakeholders to exchange, network and strengthen business links between Germany and Uganda in the security sector. In his remarks, Hon Adolf Mwesige commended the Charge de Affaires at the German Embassy in Kampala Mrs Petra Kochendoerfer for organizing the trip that provides an opportunity to identify possible areas of coo...
UN Migration Agency Helps Over 100 Ethiopian Migrants Return Home from Yemen

UN Migration Agency Helps Over 100 Ethiopian Migrants Return Home from Yemen

AFRICA, ASIA
GENEVA, Switzerland Last Evening the Intentional Organization for Migration, a UN Migration Agency helped over 101 Ethiopian migrants leave Yemen through Hudaydah Port as clashes grew closer to the area. The migrants will travel via the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti, where they will transit through on their way home to Ethiopia. IOM is providing transport assistance at all stages of the journey in cooperation with its Government partners. The group that left Yemen around noon yesterday, included nearly 51 women and 33 children, who had become stranded in the country. They are the most vulnerable cases from a larger group of about 300 migrants in total, who IOM will help leave Yemen in the coming days provided weather conditions are conducive to sea travel and the s...
UN allocates $2 Million for Cholera Outbreak in North-East Nigeria

UN allocates $2 Million for Cholera Outbreak in North-East Nigeria

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
ABUJA, Nigeria  The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated US$2 million to support the response to a deadly cholera outbreak in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, that could affect thousands of people. Since the beginning of the outbreak, which was officially declared in four local government areas on 28 March, a total of 404 cases and 15 deaths have been reported, representing a 3.7 per cent case fatality rate. The United Nations and its partners activated an immediate emergency response in the affected communities in support of the State Ministry of Health. However, additional resources are needed to ensure that the outbreak is contained, especially ahead of the rainy season when the risk of outbreaks and spreading of water-borne diseases is higher
EU and AU Commissions step up their cooperation to support young people, jobs and peace

EU and AU Commissions step up their cooperation to support young people, jobs and peace

AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
BRUSSELS, Belgium The African Union and European Union Commissioners have adopted concrete measures to address pressing global issues in key areas such as peace and security, migration, job creation and agriculture. This 9th Commission meeting of the two organisations was co-chaired by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, with the participation of all African Union Commissioners and 16 European Union Commissioners. The two sides had agreed on a set of priorities at the November 2017 AU-EU Summit in Abidjan and today the two Commissions took stock of progress made to chart the way forward. At this occasion, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "We met today t