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Winter Storms Wreak Havoc In Europe

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Winter Storms Wreak Havoc In Europe

Snow storms are wreaking weather havoc in Europe as hundreds of people were snowed-in in Alpine regions.  Warnings of high risk of avalanches have gone out, and parts of Scandinavia were left without electricity.  High winds have caused flight delays and cancellations in the Netherlands as deadly winter weather continued to blast Europe on Tuesday.

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A 29-year old Swedish woman and three Finns, were presumed dead after a 300-meter-wide avalanche hit the Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, last week.

In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads, and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.

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Schools in some Austrian regions remained closed for a second day. Austrian public broadcaster Orf reported a 78-year-old man was severely injured when he fell off the roof of his home in Turrach while shoveling snow,

In neighbouring Netherlands, Amsterdam’s busy ski-pole (Schiphol) airport warned of delays and cancellations. Dutch carrier, KLM, cancelled 159 flights to and from European destinations.

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Meanwhile in southeastern Europe, schools in the Greek capital and many surrounding areas remained shut because of bad weather after snowfall blanketed Athens, with temperatures in some parts of the country plunging well below freezing.

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US To Toughen Measures Against Africans Who Overstay Short-Term Visas

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US To Toughen Measures Against Africans Who Overstay Short-Term Visas

The United States has announced tough new measures against Africans who overstay their short-term visas in the country.  This is in concert with president Donald Trump’s efforts to curb immigration.

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The wall street journal reports African national with high overstay rates, including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, could be affected by the clamp-down.

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In a 2017 report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recorded the African countries to be among those, under the non-visa waiver program, whose nationals have the highest populations of overstays among non-immigrants in the United States.

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Advisor To The Presidential Ivanka Trump And OPIC Chief Announce $1Billion Women’s Investment Initiative

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Advisor To The Presidential Ivanka Trump And OPIC Chief Announce $1Billion Women's Investment Initiative

Advisor and daughter of the US President, Ivanka Trump, has joined with David Bohigian, acting president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, to announce the launch of OPIC’s initiative to support investment in women in Africa. The announcement was made during a U.S. government delegation to Ethiopia.

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OPIC aims to unlock the full economic potential of women in Africa by catalyzing one billion dollars through the initiative, directly investing 350 million dollars in businesses and funds owned by women, led by women, or providing a good or service that intentionally empowers women on the continent.

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The women’s initiative will advance the white house-led government commitment to empowering women globally.

Ivanka Trump said for women to succeed as entrepreneurs and job creators, they must have equal access to the financing necessary to start and grow their businesses,

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, (OPIC), was established in 1971 as a self-sustaining U.S. government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets.

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UN Appoints Adviser To Support AU Mediation Efforts In Sudan

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UN Appoints Adviser To Support AU Mediation Efforts In Sudan

U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, has appointed special adviser Nicholas Haysom to support the African Union’s mediation efforts in the Sudan, where the military has ousted longtime president Omar Al-Bashir last week.

The UN boss has spoken with chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahmat to offer Haysom’s services and assistance to the commission.

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Haysom was most recently U.N.’s top man in Somalia, but was expelled after four months by the Somali government after he tried to intervene on behalf of a former Al-Shabaab leader, who wanted to participate in the Somali elections but was banned by the country’s electoral commission.

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Haysom, a South African lawyer, was previously the UN special envoy for the Sudan and South Sudan.  He was head of the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan.

The African Union Peace and Security Council issued a strong statement on Monday condemning the military takeover in the Sudan as an unconstitutional change of government.  It has demanded the military hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority within fifteen days.

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