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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...
“We must strengthen European Union action in Africa” – President Tajani

“We must strengthen European Union action in Africa” – President Tajani

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
STRASBOURG, France The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has called on the European Union to strengthen its action in Angola and, Africa as a whole. Antonio made this call while meeting with the President of Angola, João Lourenço. The country is working hard to open up to the world, rebuilding the economy, tackling corruption and inequality, and improving citizens’ rights In the next Multilateral Financial Framework - added Antonio – EUR 40 billion should be earmarked for a comprehensive Marshall Plan for Africa that helps mobilise overall investment worth EUR 500 billion in the next ten years on the continent. According to Tajani, Angola is undergoing a democratic transition since the election of President Lourenço in 2017: ‘"The country is wo
Lt Gen Mbadi roots for the formation of synergies that create peace and stability

Lt Gen Mbadi roots for the formation of synergies that create peace and stability

AFRICA, AMERICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
JINJA, Uganda Participants at this year’s Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 have been urged to continue working together to strengthen their mandate in peace keeping missions, most especially the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). “Uniting for a purpose and creating partnerships will create and sustain peace and stability in Somalia and beyond,” said Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi. These remarks were made by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Deputy Chief of Defence Forces and Inspector General of UPDF, Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, while officiating at the closure of the military Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018, at Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC), Gadaffi Barracks in Jinja Dis
Command Post exercise Justified Accord 2018, Flagged off

Command Post exercise Justified Accord 2018, Flagged off

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
JINJA, Uganga Participants at this year’s (2018) military Command Post Exercise (CPX) codenamed ‘Justified Accord 2018’ at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC) have been urged to cooperate and develop a shared understanding of the peacekeeping mission in Somalia. This remark was made by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Elwelu as he officiated at the flag-off ceremony for the Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 at Gaddafi Barracks in Jinja. “It is good to share ideas with the Partner States about the complex security situation in Somalia,” he said. Maj Gen Peter Elwelu on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi commended the US Government, European Union, Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to
Namibia lead the way in Gold Cup

Namibia lead the way in Gold Cup

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, UGANDA
DUBLIN, Ireland Defending champions Namibia were the big winners on the opening day of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018, their 55-6 defeat of Uganda in Windhoek comfortably putting them in pole position in the race to qualify as Africa 1 for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.The nine-try Namibians, chasing a sixth successive qualification for the World Cup and a spot in Pool B alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner, stole a big round one march on Zimbabwe, the 1987 and 1991 qualifiers who were held to a 23-23 draw by Morocco in Harare. Zimbabwe spurned the chance to clinch the win in former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’ first game in charge after missing a last-gasp penalty, an error that left Phil Davies’ impressive, bonus-point
IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
ROME, ItalyCornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials to discuss expanding successful rural development investments to include stronger links between public and private sector. “With more than 75 per cent of Kenya’s population living in rural areas, IFAD is strongly committed to investing in the rural women and men who are so important to ensuring food security in these communities,” Richter said prior to her visit to the country. Agriculture plays a key role in Kenya’s economy, accounting for about 26 per cent of GDP and more than 40 per cent of employment. However, poverty and food insecurity con
SA National Assembly approves two Bills and one Legislative Proposal

SA National Assembly approves two Bills and one Legislative Proposal

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa South Africa's National Assembly at its House sitting has this morning gave the go-ahead to two Bills and a legislative proposal from the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs to amend the Immigration Act. The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs proposed amendments to the Immigration Act to revise and align certain provisions in section 34 - concerning detention of illegal foreigners for purposes of deportation - with sections 12(1) and 35(2)(d) of the Constitution. The amendments, which follow the Constitutional Court judgment of 29th June 2017, will ensure that any illegal foreigner detained under section 34 of the Immigration Act is brought before a court in person within 48 hours from the time of arrest or not later than the first court ...