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South Africans in Germany celebrate 17th National Day

Rev Makhenkesi Stofile appointed South African new Ambassador to Germany

A reception was held in the South African Embassy in Berlin on 27th April to celebrate South Africa’s 17th National Day.

In her welcome address to the invited guests, among whom was Herr Martin Biesel – State Secretary in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Chargé d’affaires Ms Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone said: “Exactly 17 years ago today, millions of South Africans became part of meandering lines leading to ballot boxes. The majority of the citizens were going to cast their votes for the first time. Many of them senior citizens of over 80 years of age. We were all inspired by the notion of being able to choose the government of our preference. This was an ideal many sons and daughters of our land laid down their lives for – specifically, the ideals of freedom, human dignity and a colour-blind respect for each individual.”
 

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Pope John Paul II's coffin exhumed for beatification

Yesterday in the Vatican Grottoes the tomb of John Paul II was opened and the case containing the body of the Venerable Servant of God was extracted.

Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office said: "As can be recalled, the Pope was buried in three coffins, the first of wood, which was displayed during the funeral, the second of lead, which is sealed, and the third, external one, which is also made of wood.”

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Hammarberg: Adoptions must serve best interest of the child

He calls for protection of children in adoption process

EU Member States have been advised to ensure a better protection of children in the adoption process. “In spite of international agreements, the realities of adoption still vary widely among European countries giving raise to serious human rights concerns,” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, in an Issue Paper on the human rights perspective of adoption of children.

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Safeguard social support for poorest families - OECD

Poverty in households with children is rising in OECD countries

Governments have been urged to ensure that family support policies protect the most vulnerable.

OECD’s first-ever report on family well-being “Doing Better for Families” says that families with children are more likely to be poor today than in previous decades, when the poorest in society were more likely to be pensioners.
 

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No entry to UK for North African migrants in France

Green:  We’ve “offered Italy practical assistance to help maintain border controls and asylum processes”

North African migrants gathering in France will not evade Britain’s tough border controls, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.

It has been reported that camps are being set up near the Eurostar terminal in Paris by migrants hoping to come to Britain. They are fleeing political unrest in North Africa.

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