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NNA - Le ministre des Déplacés salue le rôle historique de la Russie au Liban
ANI – Le ministre des Déplacés,Talal Arslan, en visite a Moscou, a rappelé du role ' historique ' de la Russie au Liban depuis le 19e siècle
NNA - Speaker of the House welcomes UN's newly appointed Acting United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark - the newly appointed Acting United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), visited on Thursday Speaker of
CNA - Cyprus economy’s momentum examined at Economist event in London
CNA-Thanasis Gavos-UK/London - An overall very positive picture of the Cypriot economy, notwithstanding specific challenges, was drawn by the speakers
CNA - Department of Taxation accepts 5,990 arrangements for overdue tax debts
CNA - Nicosia - Approximately 5,990 arrangements for overdue tax debts of about € 191,6 million have been made by Tuesday evening, according to the
Lusa - Business News - Angola: Opposition wants repatriated funds classed as 'extraordinary receipts'
Luanda,Dec.14 (Lusa)- Angola’s main opposition party, UNITA, called on Thursday for funds deposited abroad that are repatriated under new provisions
EFE - SPAIN CYCLING - Movistar team presents its star cyclists Quintana, Valverde, Landa in Madrid
Madrid, Dec 14 (EFE).- With eyes on the elusive Tour de France, the only Grand Tour absent from the team's trophy cabinet, the Movistar team on Thursd
Cooperation with Greece and Egypt reinforces efforts to tackle challenges in the region, Defence Minister says
CNA - Nicosia - The tripartite cooperation among Cyprus, Greece and Egypt strengthens efforts to tackle common challenges and threats in the region,
Lusa - Business News - Angola: Tax take from oil exports up 20% on month as prices hit 2-year high
Luanda, Dec. €14 (Lusa) – Angola’s tax revenues from oil exports increased by 20% in November, to the equivalent of €755 million, the largest
Lusa - Business News - Porutgal: Country's actual individual consumption per head 82% of EU average
Brussels, Dec.14(Lusa)– Actual individual consumption (AIC) per head in Portugal in 2016 stood at 82% - that is 18% below the European Union average
HINA - Commercial trade union asks employers to give workers days off during holidays
ZAGREB,Dec14 (Hina)- The Commercial Trade Union of Croatia (STH) asked employers in the retail sector on Thursday to give workers days off on December
HINA - Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts seen as autonomous, relying on science, ethics
ZAGREB, Dec 14 (Hina) - The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) on Thursday presented its activities this year, with president Zvonko Kusic
CNA - Consumption per capita varies between 53% and 132% across the EU, at 91% in Cyprus
CNA - Athanasios Athanasiou - Brussels - Consumption per capita varied between 53% and 132% of the EU average, in 2016, according to Eurostat,
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Time for Europe to 'reap the benefits' - Centeno
Lisbon, Dec. 14(Lusa)– The Portuguese finance minister and recently-elected president of the Eurogroup, Mário Centeno, said on Thursday it was time
CNA - President welcomes the approval of the 2018 state budget
CNA - CYPRUS/Nicosia - President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades welcomed today the approval of the 2018 state budget, describing the budget one of
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Renewable energy company wins Canadian auction
Lisbon, Dec. 14 (Lusa) – Portuguese renewable energy company EDP Renováveis (EDPR) told the Portuguese Stock Exchange Commission (CMVM) on Thursday
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: CMVM warns of investing in 'bitcoin'
Lisbon,Dec.14(Lusa)–The Portuguese Stock Exchange Commission(CMVM) warned on Thursday about the risk of investing in products related with 'bitcoin'
Lusa - Business News - Angola: Oil cannot be only resource - Sonangol manager
Lisbon,Dec14(Lusa)–The concessions manager at Angolan oil company Sonangol,António Feijó Junior,said on Thursday that oil cannot be the country’
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Top headlines on Thursday
Lisbon,Dec.14 (Lusa)– The scandal surrounding rare disease charity ‘Rarissimas’ has now spread to the social security minister and is dominating
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Oujda, Morocco, Dec. 17 (Lusa) - Onoma Anigorigo, a 25-year-old citizen of Nigeria now living in Morocco after crossing the Sahara, is awaiting his chance to continue on to Europe to follow his dream of becoming a football star.
 
"I want to try to play in Switzerland, Germany or France," said Anigorigo, who three years ago left his wife and a seven-year-old daughter in Nigeria in search of a decent living to support his family. "I believe that I can get a job there too. I'm a hard-working man."
 
Starting out from Delta state in the south of Nigeria, he headed north into Niger and then Algeria, before walking across the border into Morocco one night before dawn.
 
So far he has played for small football clubs in Gambia and Morocco, but none paid him.
 
Anigorigo managed to cross the border between Algeria and Morocco despite its having been closed since 1994, when the government in Rabat imposed visa requirements for Algerians.
 
The border between the two countries runs for 1,600 kilometres, making it one of the longest closed borders in the world.
 
"I arrived here walking in the middle of the night," Anigorigo recalls. "It was seven hours on foot to Oujda. It wasn't easy."
 
The Nigerian lives in a suburb of Oujda, the capital of Morocco's Oriental region, whose population is about half a million.
 
Oujda, which is almost 15 hours by train to Rabat, is just 15 kilometres from the Algerian frontier.
 
With the little he can gather begging on the streets, Anigorigo pays 500 dirhams a month (about 50 euros) to live in a small room.
 
He is one of some 27,000 migrants who have benefited from Morocco's new policy to regularise them, introduced in 2013.
 
He now has a resident card that he renews every year and which allows him to travel in the country with the guarantee that he will not be deported, arrested or beaten up by the police.
 
Nigerians are among the most numerous foreign nationals in Morocco, along with those from French-speaking African countries.
 
"It's not easy to live here," says Anigorigo. "The difficult thing is to find work: the problem in this country is the lack of jobs.
 
"The language is also a barrier. I only speak English - I don't understand French or Arabic." While he awaits an opportunity to continue on to Europe in a legal way, Anigorigo relies on the solidarity of those going about their business on the streets of Oujda.
 
"There are many people dying at sea," he tells Lusa. "That's not fair. My dream is to reach Europe, but not by sea. I believe it's always better to have documents and be regularised.

"Today I have papers. I'll wait for a sign from God, and in the meantime, I'll try to put some money together."
 
Jawad Benaicha, the representative of the Al Wafae association, a non-governmental organisation in Oujda, tells Lusa that although the frontier is closed, many people form sub-Saharan Africa continue to arrive in town after crossing the border illegally.
 
"The dream of reaching Europe is still there," he says. "Some decided to stay in Morocco, but only a small number."
 
It is estimated that each person must pay 400 euros to cross the frontier from Algeria - a price that has tripled since 2015, according to the United Nations. There are some 200 new arrivals in Oujda every month.
 
Benaicha welcomes Morocco's new immigration policy, but criticises the government for seeking to shift many of its responsibilities onto NGOs like his.
"The government should do more," he says. "It's transferring the responsibility of implementing this policy to civil Society."
 
More remote parts of the country, such as Oujda, should have government offices, Benaicha argues.
 
"At the moment the whole bureaucracy is centralised in Rabat," he says. "Anything that needs to be done must be sent to the capital. There should be a national representative here."
 
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Mediterranean enviromental journalistsand communicators along with representatives of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), convened in Malaga on 18 Decwmber, 2015 on the occasion of the First Meeting of Environemtal Journalists from Mediterranean News Agencies called by thr IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.                      (Read More)

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EFE, as 2015 AMAN President, had host a seminar on JOURNALISM AND SOCIAL MEDIA: "Challenges in a changing region"  from 27th-29th April 2015  (Read More)

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