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Malian soldiers, part of a joint military force the G5 Sahel, patrol on November 2, 2017 in central Mali, in the border zone between Burkina Faso and Niger. Photo: Daphné Benoit / AFP
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EU doubles Sahel force funding but African leaders issue warning

European leaders have doubled their funding for a force tackling jihadists in the Sahel, but African leaders warn the money must come quickly if it is to be effective.
A South Sudanese refugee family with five children of their own and five others the have adpoted can be seen at the refugee settlement in Imvepi, Uganda, 27 June 2017. More than two million people have fled the civil war in South Sudan, one million of them in Uganda. Photo: Gioia Forster/dpa
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EU steps up sanctions over South Sudan human rights violations

The Council has added 3 persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted to a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan.
Migrants rescued from the Mediterranean on board the Aquarius, a boat belonging to the NGO Doctors Without Borders, off the Italian coast, 27 June 2017. Thousands of migrants were rescued over the last few days as they made their way from Libya to Italy. Photo: Lena Klimkeit/dpa
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Libya’s slave trade and torture scar African migrants for life

Reports of African migrants being tortured, killed and sold as slaves in Libya have caused a global outcry. The few who manage to escape the horrors carry deep physical and psychological scars.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at the World Climate Change Conference in Bonn (North Rhine-Westphalia) on 15.11.2017. Photo: Henning Kaiser / dpa
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Macron calls for ‘massive’ support to rescue migrants from Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron called the trafficking of African migrants a "crime against humanity" on Tuesday as he made his first major address on the continent before a crowd of university students in Burkina Faso.
Migrants wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS
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EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

The EU has unveiled plans to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.
Gibraltar offers a curious mix of Spanish and British culture. With Brexit threatening to restrict free movement across the border with Spain, some people are concerned that tourism could suffer. (File photo, 26/06/2017. Please credit: "Manuel Meyer / dpa".) Photo: Manuel Meyer/dpa-tmn
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Brexit leaves Gibraltar’s tourism industry hanging in the balance

Gibraltar has been a contested territory for centuries, and Brexit looks set to revive old tensions. Restrictions on free movement across the border with Spain could damage tourism, but officials are confident that the Rock will find a way to weather the storm.
A refugee sits on the rescue ship "Aquarius" in the Mediterranean Sea. The humanitarian aid organisation Doctors without borders and SOS Méditerranée rescue refugees that are denied entry to the European Union on all other routes, bringing them to Italy. Photo: Lena Klimkeit/dpa/archive
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Top EU leaders lay out plan to ID, grant asylum to migrants in Africa

Last year, Italy replaced Greece as the main destination for Europe-bound sea migrants. About 98,000 migrants have landed on its shores since the beginning of the year.
Pope Francis waves to believers after the historic double canonization ceremony for past pontiffs Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in an open air mass in front of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican city, 27 April 2014. Huge crowds filled the square to see the two former popes declared saints. Royal dignitaries and heads of state were among nearly 100 foreign delegations in attendance. Photo: MICHAEL KAPPELER/dpa
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Pope to governments: Legalize irregular migrants, don’t close borders

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers.