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Relief among Africans as Biden signs order to end Trump’s travel ban

By Ted Hesson, Mica Rosenberg, Mimi Dwyer, Kristina Cooke | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden signed half a dozen executive orders on Wednesday to reverse several hardline immigration policies put in place by former President Donald Trump. The executive actions, signed at a ceremony at the White House, included immediately lifting a travel ban on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, halting construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and reversing a Trump order preventing migrants who are in the United States illegally from being counted for congressional districts.

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Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE | AP News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval Office, he plunged into a stack of executive actions that began to undo the heart of his polarizing predecessor ’s agenda on matters from the deadly pandemic to climate change.

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Rep. Joe Neguse | Eritrean-American to play key role as an impeachment manager in the senate trial of Donald Trump

By Paul Kane | The Washington Post

Just four days into his second term, Rep. Joe Neguse was so focused on his brief as he spoke early that fateful afternoon that he had no idea what was happening outside. Then security personnel whisked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from the rostrum, and soon afterward lawmakers were crouching on the floor of the chamber and donning gas masks as rioters started banging on the chamber doors.

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Ethiopia secures $1.4 billion remittance from diaspora –

By New Business Ethiopia

During the first five months of the budget year of the country started July 8, 2020, the Government of Ethiopia has secured $1.4 billion remittances from the Ethiopian diaspora who used legal banking channels to send money to their relatives. When the year ends, the east African country expects to get $4 billion hard currency from its diaspora.

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Does Africa Matter to the United States?

By Charles A. Ray | Foreign Policy Research Institute

Most Americans generally have one of two images of Africa: a primitive home of famine, disease, and civil war, or an idyllic motherland. Neither image is entirely correct. While Africa does have more than its fair share of problems and is the homeland of many Americans, it is a diverse continent of more than 50 nations and hundreds of ethnicities and languages; Africa is also the youngest continent in the world with a host of possibilities for the future. Other than those Americans of African ancestry, does this matter to the people of the United States? Should it matter? Why do we even need to ask this question? We rarely ever see articles about whether or not Europe or Asia matters to the United States. For a whole host of reasons, the answer to these questions is yes.

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Six Kenyans earn USA college basketball scholarships

 By Dennis Okeyo | The standard Sports

Six basketballers have secured full educational scholarships to United States colleges after impressing coach Robert Lihalakha at one-day trials in Nairobi’s Umoja II Basketball Court. The selection exercise dubbed Life Above the Basketball 2021 attracted over forty upcoming basketballers aged below 18 years from all over the country.

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Two UC Berkeley Students From Africa Grapple With COVID-19, Racial Violence in the US


By Chloe Veltman | KQED

Abdoul Aziz Sandotin Coulibaly has seen plenty of riots and civil unrest in his native Ivory Coast. But the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol this week shocked and saddened the 23-year-old UC Berkeley graduate student.

“I am not really sure if there will be any real inclusion or acceptance of diversity or end to racism in this country,” he wrote in an email to KQED. “Despite the constant praise of the U.S. as being a country that upholds democracy, this is a clear statement that the U.S. today is like a developing country – susceptible to coups and such actions.”

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Nigerian diplomat’s family sues Boeing over 737 Max crash

BY AP

The family of a longtime Nigerian diplomat killed in the 2019 crash of a Boeing 737 Max in Ethiopia has joined litigation against the company in U.S. federal court. Lawyers for heirs of Abiodun Bashua accused Boeing of negligence in development of the Max.

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Trump gives award to Morocco’s king in private ceremony

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has awarded a top U.S. honour to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, citing his decision to begin normalization of relations with Israel. The Legion of Merit is a rarely awarded decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, and typically on heads of state or government of other countries.

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Donald Trump deports 70 Somalis from America

By GAROWE ONLINE

At least 70 Somalis were on Friday deported from the US after failing in a lawsuit led
against the State Department of Immigration, in one of the most dramatic incidents which wrap up the unpopular administration of Donald Trump, who was overwhelmingly voted out in November as the US president.

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