There are 119 countries around the world in dire financial straits, weighed down by massive debt, says a report from the Catholic aid organization Misereor. Their coffers are empty, the threat of bankruptcy looms large.
A group of young African rappers is challenging the use of the common currency, saying the CFA franc is a remnant of colonialism and should be abolished. But members of the African elite don't seem interested in change.
The EU says plans to return migrants rescued at sea to detention centers in North Africa won't lead to inhumane conditions. Rights groups fear that refugees won't be treated with dignity, citing migrant camps in Libya.
Barbados has been struggling with weak economic growth over the past decade, putting strains on its public debt and deficit. The ailing economy offers a cautionary tale for other small island nation states in the region.
The coast guard has rescued migrants from 68 different smuggling boats in the last two days. This is in addition to the 630 people due to arrive in Spain on Sunday after being turned away by Italy and Malta.
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