Ethiopia chooses Africa's youngest leader: In a secret ballot, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) chose Abiy Ahmed as the new chariman of the coalition and, by extension, the country's prime minister. The result was historic. Abiy Ahmed won the backing of 108 party bigwigs, while 59 went for Shiferaw Shigute, his closest rival. On April 2nd Mr Abiy was sworn in as prime minister, making the 42-year-old Africa’s youngest leader. He will also be the first in modern Ethiopian history to identify as Oromo - from the largest, and lately the most rebellious, of the country’s ethnic groups. The new prime minister faces two daunting challenges. The first is to reunite the EPRDF, which has suffered from infighting ever since Meles Zenawi, its first leader, died in 2012. Mr Abiy’s second task is to enact the reforms he has long promised. In his inaugural speech he apologised for the government’s killing of protesters. And he promised to make peace with Eritrea, Ethiopia’s long-standing enemy.
Lots of prostitution in Västsverige involving Nigerian girls: Many of the girls who are working as prostitutes in Västsverige are from countries outside the EU. The police last year sent away 70 women who sold sex in Västra Götaland and Halland. "There are lots of women for sale during the night in this region. I can say with certaintly that between 50 and 90 girls are out there on sale," says Mikael Holmgren of the border police, Region West. The women often come from Nigeria and Eastern Europe. The police have also recorded an increase in the number of prostitures from Latin America in the past few years.
Finland is world's happiest country: Ghana has been listed as the 108th and 12th happiest country in the world and Africa respectively in the 2018 World Happiness Report. The report, released on Wednesday, March 14, has Finland occupying the first position while Burundi came last in the list of 156 countries ranked. Finland rose from fifth place in 2017 to oust Norway who claimed the second spot with Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia making up the top 10. The U.S. and Britain ranked 18th and 19th respectively. In Africa, Ghana came behind Mauritius, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Cameroon, South Africa, and Ivory Coast. Undertaken by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s, the World Happiness Report ranks countries according to their scores for things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.
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