German army sends civilian airplane to relieve troops in Mali

The German Army, on Thursday dispatched a civilian airplane from Cologne to rotate troops in Mali, after authorities in the West African state finally granted permission, a German military spokesperson told dpa. The plane took off with 88 soldiers from the UN mission MINUSMA and five soldiers from the EU training mission EUTM Mali on board, sources close to German parliament said in a briefing. Mali’s provisional military government suspended troop rotations for the UN mission on July 14. Thursday’s flight is the first one enabling troop rotations for Germans since then, according to the parliamentary sources.…

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Man shoots woman, self at court in northern Germany

A man shot a woman and then himself on the grounds of the district court of the northern German city of Celle, a police spokeswoman said. The circumstances surrounding the crime on Thursday are now being investigated, she said. The spokeswoman could not say at first whether there was a relationship between the perpetrator and the victim. It was also not yet clear whether the shooting had anything to do with an appointment at the court.

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Germany vows to return Benin artifacts to Nigeria

The German government has promised to finally return the precious artifacts that were looted during the colonial era to Nigeria. Germany’s Ministry of Culture, State ministers, and Museum directors, in a joint declaration published on Thursday, announced the first returns are planned for 2022. The joint declaration stated that the government is committed to “substantive returns” of Benin artworks. The artworks, made of bronze, brass, and ivory were taken by the British army in a raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in present-day Nigeria, in 1897. They were subsequently distributed…

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Neuer set to become Germany’s most-capped goalkeeper

The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Neuer is to draw level on 95 matches with 1974 world champion Sepp Meier in Saturday’s UEFA Nations League game against Ukraine. Manuel Neuer is rapidly approaching 100 caps, but before that milestone is already set to become Germany’s most-capped goalkeeper. He will then move one ahead on Tuesday in Spain. But now 76, Meier is not too fussed about losing the record, saying it “is about time” that his mark is surpassed. “I set the mark 41 years ago. That shows it was…

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Nigerian-born political scientist elected first African councillor in Germany

A Nigerian-born political scientist, Dr John Emeka Akude, has been elected a member of the Cologne City Council (Stadtrat) in Germany. By his election, Akude made history as the first councillor of African origin in Cologne, Germany’s 4th biggest city with about 1 million residents. He is from Abatete in Anambra State. Akude was elected on Sunday 13 September, when millions of voters went to the polls in towns and cities across North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, to vote for lord mayors, mayors, councillors and the integration councils. Reacting…

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