Video: Catholic Church commits to sexual abuse compensation

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Catholic Church joins Australia child abuse compensation plan

=====Australia’s Catholic Church has committed to join the government’s redress scheme of 3.8 billion Australian dollars (£2.2 billion) for victims of child sexual abuse.

The move paves the way for compensation to be paid to people who were sexually abused as children by church figures and puts pressure on other institutions to follow suit.

The church is the first non-government institution to opt into the plan and estimates it will itself be liable for about one billion dollars (£568 million) in compensation.

===The UN Conference on Trade and Development says no fewer than 17 million Africans left the continent in 2017 in search of greener pastures.

In its Economic Development in Africa’ report, the agency also said 5.5 million people moved to Africa from other continents while some 19 million international migrants moved within Africa, boosting economic growth in the continent.

It urged the world to dispel misconceptions and “harmful narratives’’ targeting migration in Africa.

===America’s Chamber of Commerce has predicted that President Donald Trump’s strict stance on trade could put 2.6 million jobs at risk and possible US withdrawal from NAFTA, the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Mr Tom Donohue, President of the business organisation of the Chamber, in a memo to the board of directors, said a NAFTA withdrawal would kill as many as 1.8 million American jobs in the first year.

===The World Health Organisation says it commenced campaign to eliminate Yellow Fever in the country in February, with the vaccination of two million people in Internally Displaced Persons camps in Borno and surrounding communities.

The organisation’s Communications Officer, Ms Charity Warigon, said the campaign aimed to vaccinate 25 million Nigerians in different parts of the country would continue to the end of the year and in the coming years.

=====The International Organisation for Migration and the European Union have evacuated 186 more Nigerians from Libya.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South-West Zone, said the returnees arrived in two batches at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

=====The UN Security Council has extended by 45 days sanctions against South Sudan.

The resolution passed 9 “yes” votes and six abstentions from the 15 member Security Council, giving just enough votes for the draft to be adopted as Resolution 2418.

The resolution, which threatens an arms embargo on South Sudan, would place a travel ban and asset freeze on six individuals, high-ranking government officials and prominent rebel leaders, unless the parties stop fighting and agree on a viable political agreement.

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