• 2 hours 36 civilians killed in northern Burkina Faso ModernGhana -Africa
    Militants killed 36 civilians when they attacked villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Tuesday, appealing for local volunteers to bolster its fight against jihadists. A terrorist group killed 32 civilians when they attacked and burned the market in Nagraogo village before killing four more people in Alamou village on Monday, the government said. Three other people were wounded in the attacks, it added. The Burkina government has learned with consternation and anger o ... more
  • 2 hours Gold miners face dangerous life in Nigeria’s ‘bandit’ country ModernGhana -Africa
    From dawn, before the sun starts to sear the earth, Biltamnu Sani is already hard at work, pounding away at the dusty soil in his perilous quest for gold. The mineral-rich earth of Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria, has provided generations of families with the means to make ends meet. Never easy, it is a work that today is fraught with danger, from the armed groups that rove the region and from the toxic lead that lurks in its soil. I've been doing this since I was 12 years old, Sani, ... more
  • 2 hours ‘Pablo Escobar of eggs’ faces justice after 35 years of poaching ModernGhana -Africa
    Jeffrey Lendrum spent three decades living as the so-called Pablo Escobar of eggs , smuggling the fragile shells from the nests of falcons and other birds of prey to wealthy international clients. His racket was smashed in 2018 when customs officers at London's Heathrow Airport found him in possession of 19 birds of prey eggs worth a total of  100,000 pounds ($130,000, 118,000 euros). During a full search, he was found to be wearing a body belt made out of bandages concealing 19 eggs fro ... more
  • 2 hours Half C.Africa population needs humanitarian aid: UN ModernGhana -Africa
    More than half the population in the Central African Republic -- around 2.6 million people -- needs humanitarian aid and more than one million are in an extremely vulnerable situation, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Central African Republic is still struggling after a conflict that forced half of the country's population to flee their homes. A fragile peace agreement between the government and armed groups signed nearly a year ago has eased violence, but attacks continue and most of t ... more
  • 2 hours Luxury villa, big cheque for outgoing Burundi presidents ModernGhana -Africa
    Burundi lawmakers on Tuesday adopted legislation offering a golden parachute to outgoing presidents, including a luxury villa and a one-off sum equivalent to more than half a million dollars. The move comes four months ahead of May 20 elections for which President Pierre Nkurunziza has said he will not run. In 2015, his campaign for a third term plunged the country into violence and led to an enduring political crisis. The new law states that at the end of the mandate, the president wil ... more
  • 18 hours Bombardier backs France as investment destination at mini Davos ModernGhana -World
    Weeks of strike action and protests may have caused all manner of disruptions but they don't seem to have put off foreign investors. On Monday, France secured eight billion euros' worth of investments from top firms at the end of a key business summit, seen as a warm-up to the World Economic Forum in Davos. French President Emmanuel Macron may have had little ... more
  • 18 hours Nigerian military clears thousands from Lagos waterfront ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigerian navy personnel shot in the air Tuesday as they sought to clear a waterfront community of 10,000 people in the latest mass-eviction around economic hub Lagos. Bulldozers rumbled into Tarkwa Bay, a semi-rural area on an island in the city of some 20 million, as part of an operation the military say is aimed officially at stopping the looting of nearby oil pipelines. Soldiers have been in and out since the morning, shooting, and telling us to pack, pack, pack. They gave us one hour, ... more
  • 18 hours African champions Algeria to face Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifying ModernGhana -Africa
    African football champions Algeria, led by Riyad Mahrez, will take on Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Niger in the second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after Tuesday's draw. Other heavyweights such as Senegal, relying on 2020 African Footballer of the Year Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah's Egypt will take on less-fancied nations. Madagascar, surprise quarter-finalists in last year's Africa Cup of Nations, will face the Democratic Republic of Congo. All five African teams failed to ... more
  • 18 hours French foreign minister bolsters Algeria ties in rare visit ModernGhana -Africa
    France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, as the North African country's former coloniser seeks to boost ties and defuse regional conflicts. Tebboune, who came to power last month in a presidential election, received the first senior French government official to visit Algeria since the justice minister a year ago. That visit came just before an unprecedented protest movement burst onto the scene, forcing longtime president Abdela ... more
  • 18 hours Guinea police, protesters clash in rallies against Conde’s third term ModernGhana -Africa
    Guinea police fired tear gas on Tuesday in clashes with opposition demonstrators who hurled stones and blocked streets in Conakry and other cities in new protests over fears President Alpha Conde will run for a third term. Hundreds of thousands have been protesting in the West Africa state since mid-October over concerns that Conde, 81, intends to use constitutional reforms to stay in office. At least 23 civilians and one gendarme have been killed since the protests began, but last week or ... more
  • 19 hours Zimbabwe Ready To Host & Showcase Itself At Sustainable Development Forum ― Minister ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe is ready to host the Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) that will be held in Victoria Falls from 24 to 27 February under the theme lsquo;2020-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. rdquo; This was said Monday by the country rsquo;s acting Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare Minister, Sekai Nzenza, at a Press Conference on the forthcoming Forum. ldquo;The Forum gives Zim ... more
  • 19 hours Dos Santos revelations turn spotlight on financial ‘facilitators’ ModernGhana -Africa
    Revelations about Angola's Isabel dos Santos have again turned the spotlight on multinational companies and Big Four accounting firms and their clients with dubious fortunes. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists obtained a trove of more than 715,000 documents about the former president's billionaire daughter, stoking fresh claims she syphoned off hundreds of millions in public money. Anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness alleged hundreds of companies, many ba ... more
  • 19 hours Romancing the stone: Louis Vuitton shows off huge rough diamond ModernGhana -Africa
    The biggest rough diamond discovered in over a century was shown to private clients Tuesday by French luxury handbag-maker Louis Vuitton, which acquired the 1,758-carat gem to make a big splash in the high-end jewellery market. The stone named Sewelo, meaning rare find in the tswana tongue of Botswana where it was discovered, is the size of a tennis ball. It is the second-biggest diamond ever found, after the 3,100-carat Cullinan mined in neighbouring South Africa in 1905, which went ... more
  • 19 hours Portugal under pressure after Angola graft scoop ModernGhana -Africa
    Sensational graft allegations against Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola's former president, have turned an embarrassing spotlight on Portugal, the country's former colonial power. The Luanda Leaks scoop, published on Sunday by some of the world's top media outlets, has put pressure on Portugal's government and some major corporations to explain what they know and what they did. A trove of 715,000 files charges that vast sums were siphoned out of Angola, an oil-rich country whose citi ... more
  • 19 hours South African Airways cancels flights in bid to save cash ModernGhana -Africa
    Beleaguered national airline South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday it was cancelling 10 domestic and one international flight in an effort to streamline services and save cash. The cash-strapped airline was last month placed under a state-approved business rescue plan to avoid total collapse following a costly week-long strike by thousands of its workers. SAA said in was dropping 10 domestic flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, while canning its direct route betwe ... more
  • 19 hours Davos: Thunberg slams climate inaction as Trump rejects ‘prophets of doom’ ModernGhana -World
    Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump faced off at the World Economic Forum in Davos Tuesday, with the teenage activist pressing leaders to avert a climate apocalypse and the US President calling for a rejection of the perennial prophets of doom . Climate change is dominating the agenda at the 50th annual summit of the world's most powerful business and political leaders in the Swiss Alps. During one of two appearances, the 17-year-old Thunberg told a packed audience of policymakers that thei ... more
  • 19 hours Paris Live, Tuesday 21 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    Today's Paris Live opens with climate change and how it has made it to top spot on the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The summit opened on Tuesday with teen activist Greta Thunberg urging participants to avert a climate apocalypse . On the business front, it's been a good week for France, securing several million-dollar investment deals announced at the Choose France summit held in Versailles. We have an update from India, where the government has sent a group o ... more
  • 20 hours Zimbabwe’s main opposition warns of more protests ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe's main opposition leader on Tuesday warned his supporters to prepare for more demonstrations to force political and economic change in a country lurching from one crisis to another. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa addressed thousands of supporters in Mbare township at a rally that had previously been barred by authorities, who cited security concerns. Officials gave the go-ahead on Tuesday after stopping it earlier this month saying they were too busy to ... more
  • 20 hours Macron visits Israel as French Jews express concern for their safety ModernGhana -World
    As French President Emmanuel Macron prepared to travel to Israel on Tuesday for an official visit marking the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz 75 years ago, findings of two polling institutes reported highlighted concerns over anti-Semitism in France. Macron was to arrive in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening ahead of a two-day official visit packed with commemorations and meetings with other world leaders to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkena ... more
  • 20 hours Circular economy suffers as global consumption of materials rises ModernGhana -World
    The world's consumption of raw materials is at an all-time high of 100 billion tonnes per year while the rate of material reuse of these resources is falling. Today's global economy is only 8.6 percent circular. But two years ago it was higher, at 9 percent. Circle economy is an economy that is regenerative and distributive by design, according to the latest report form Circle Economy in its 2020 Circularity Gap Report release ... more
  • 20 hours Travel restrictions could be imposed over new virus in China ModernGhana -World
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a meeting for Wednesday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency over the outbreak of a mysterious virus that has killed six people in China and spread to several neighbouring countries. The outbreak began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the six deaths were reported, and spread to other parts of the country, including five cases in the capital Beijing. The number of cases in China passed 300 and authorities feared add ... more
  • 1 day Cameroon bikutsi dancers celebrate women’s sexuality ModernGhana -Africa
    It's already 1:00 am at the Quebec, a cabaret in Cameroon's capital Yaounde where the beer is flowing and punters are getting restless. Finally the band starts up and a trio of bikutsi dancers enter the spotlight, hips undulating with unabashed sexuality. I want to, want to, want to makeâ I want to, they croon, backed by guitar, percussion and keyboard. The raunchy lyrics and provocative dancing quickly draw appreciative laughter. Their performance has deep roots in Cameroon. The ... more
  • 1 day Somalia: 2-Day Women Journalists Training Promotes Young Women’s Voices In Media ModernGhana -Africa
    In partnership with the Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (VIKES) with funding from the European Mission for Somalia, the Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) has concluded two-day training workshop for twenty women journalists from various independent and governmental media outlets held in Kismayo, Jubbaland State of Somalia from 15th to 16th January 2020. The overall objective of the training was to improve the capacity of female reporters working in Kismayo and w ... more
  • 2 days No evidence of Sudan paramilitaries fighting in Libya: UN ModernGhana -Africa
    A United Nations panel said Monday it had no credible evidence of Sudanese paramilitaries fighting in conflict-wracked Libya for military strongman Khalifa Haftar as alleged by some media outlets. Several Libyan and regional media outlets had claimed in recent months that hundreds of Sudanese paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) were deployed in Libya to fight alongside Haftar's Libyan Arab Armed Forces. But a UN panel of experts on Sudan dismissed these claims in a report ... more
  • 2 days Former Tunisian finance minister named PM-designate ModernGhana -Africa
    Former finance minister Elyes Fakhfakh was named prime minister-designate by Tunisia's president late Monday, and will now face the difficult task of forming a cabinet within a month. Newly elected President Kais Saied on Monday mandated Mr Elyes Fakhfakh with forming a government as soon as possible, the presidency said in a statement. Fakhfakh's proposal will have to gain the approval of a divided parliament, which this month rejected an earlier attempt to form a government. After m ... more
  • 2 days Irish court sets date for Sophie du Plantier murder suspect extradition hearing ModernGhana -World
    Ireland's High Court will hear France's request to extradite Ian Bailey, a British man found guilty in absentia in a Paris court last year for the murder of television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996, on February 10th. It is the third time French authorities have sought Mr Bailey's surrender in relation to the death of Ms du Plantier. Lawyers for Mr Bailey told the High Court on Monday that they had finalised their points of objection to the proposed surrender Bailey maintain ... more
  • 2 days Sardines say they are the alternative to populism in Italy ModernGhana -World
    An estimated 40,000 people packed into the largest square in Bologna on Sunday for a rally of the Sardines. The gathering - one week ahead of elections in the region of Emilia-Romagna - was organised to highlight the progress of the grassroots movement which was launched two months ago following the League's victory in the central province of Umbria, a longtime bastion of the left. Activists say the meeting was also aimed at showing an Italy which is not made up of supporters of the League ... more
  • 2 days Lesotho police summon PM for questioning over wife’s murder ModernGhana -Africa
    Lesotho police on Monday summoned Prime Minister Thomas Thabane for questioning over alleged links to the 2017 murder of his estranged wife. The brutal assassination of Lipolelo Thabane sent shock waves through the tiny mountainous kingdom, which is entirely surrounded by South Africa. She was gunned down outside her home in Lesotho's capital Maseru on June 2017, two days before the inauguration of her husband -- with whom she had been embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings. The case w ... more
  • 2 days Comoros president’s party wins assembly vote after opposition boycott ModernGhana -Africa
    Comoros President Azali Assoumani's party swept to victory in weekend parliamentary elections that were boycotted by the opposition, official results showed on Monday. The Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (CRC) won 17 out of 24 seats legislative seats, while two other seats went to parties in the presidential coalition. A second round of voting will take place on February 23 to allocate the remaining five seats, the electoral commission said. Opposition parties stayed away from ... more
  • 2 days UN warns ‘ravenous’ locusts threatening East Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Ravenous swarms of desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, threaten to ravage the entire East Africa subregion, the UN warned Monday. Recent weather in the region has created conditions that favour rapid reproduction of the crop-devouring insects. Left unchecked, their numbers could grow 500 times by June, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. The speed of the pest's spread and the size of the infe ... more
  • 2 days Paris Live Monday 20 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    Today's edition of Paris Live opens with a look at the worrying emergence of a SARS-like pneumonia-causing virus which first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Three people have died so far and over a hundred cases have been reported. Authorities are on high alert as millions prepare to travel ahead of the Chinese New Year later this week. We hear from a French doctor who explains why public hospital staff have been on strike for the last ten months, a struggle often overshadowed by the ... more
  • 2 days L’Oréal, Danone among ‘A-list’ French brands leading climate fight ModernGhana -World
    French brands such as L'Oréal, Orange and Danone are helping lead the world on climate policy, having been given top marks by the environmental risk-assessment group CDP. Of the 179 businesses on the prestigious A-list of companies demonstrating corporate transparency and action on climate change, 22 are based in France. In fact France the birthplace of the Paris Agreement that took effect on 1 Janua ... more
  • 2 days Suicide bomber kills nine civilians in western Chad ModernGhana -Africa
    Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives in an area targeted in the past by jihadist group Boko Haram, the army and officials said on Monday. Chad is one of the countries struggling with the jihadist violence that has spilled over from Nigeria's decades-long Islamist insurgency. The attack took place overnight Sunday in the village of Kaiga Kindjiria. A suicide bomber blew herself up yesterday in Kaiga Kindjiria, killing nine people, tw ... more
  • 2 days Ten killed in seating collapse at Ethiopian festival ModernGhana -Africa
    At least ten people were killed Monday and scores injured when a seating area collapsed during a major Orthodox Christian celebration in Ethiopia, with fears the death toll could rise. The accident occurred just before 8am (0500 GMT) Monday in Gondar, a historic city in the country's north, where every year more than a million people gather for the epiphany festivities known as Timkat. Two doctors at the University of Gondar Hospital told AFP that 10 people died when the spectator stands g ... more
  • 2 days UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson told African leaders Monday that Britain would be more open to migrants from their continent after Brexit as he hosted a summit intended to boost trading ties. He also promised an end to direct UK state investment in thermal coal mining or coal power plants overseas, saying London would focus on supporting a switch to low-carbon energy sources. Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Johnson made a clear pitch for business less than two weeks b ... more
  • 2 days Trial of suspected jihadist recruiter opens in Paris ModernGhana -World
    The trial opened in Paris on Monday of Mourad Farès, who is accused of running a group of jihadists as well as recruiting people to fight in Syria and financing terrorism. It's thought the 35-year-old from Thonon-les-bains in eastern France was involved in several recruitment networks and he is linked to the departure for Syria of ten young people from Strasbourg in 2013. Mourad Farès, is suspected of organizing meetings in Paris, Strasbourg and Lyon, and using social networks to actively ... more
  • 2 days Angola vows to bring back billionaire dos Santos over graft claims ModernGhana -Africa
    Angolan prosecutors vowed on Monday to use all possible means to bring back Isabel dos Santos, the former president's billionaire daughter, after thousands of leaked documents brought new allegations she siphoned off hundreds of millions in public money. Dubbed Africa's richest woman, dos Santos is accused of using her father's backing to plunder state funds from the oil-rich but impoverished southern African country and -- with the help of Western consulting firms -- move the money offshor ... more
  • 2 days Coca Cola among global companies that will invest €4 billion in France ModernGhana -World
    US giant Coca Cola has announced 1 billion euros of investments in the country over the next five years, joining pledges by other big investors ahead of the Choose France business summit, which kicks off Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron and Coca-Cola's chief executive James Quincey are due to discuss the plan Monday at the Choose France Summit taking place at Versailles. As part of the investment, Coca-Cola ... more
  • 2 days France’s Saint-Nazaire shipbuilders get €2bn order boost ModernGhana -World
    Shipowners MSC have placed a two billion euro order with the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, north-western France, for two new liquid natural gas (LNG) powered cruisers. The vessels are scheduled for delivery to the Italian-Swiss company in 2025 and 2027. MSC has also signed a preliminary deal for a further investment in LNG that could be worth another four billion euros. French prime minister Edouard Philippe hailed the contrat as excellent news not only for the 3 ... more
  • 2 days Discussions To Be Held At The AEI 2020 ModernGhana -Africa
    Johannesburg, 20 January 2020; Prevalent topics with particular reference to Africa rsquo;s energy sphere, are set to form the core of discussions at the 12th Africa Energy Indaba. Interactive dialogues and key outcomes emanating from these themes will provide business growth opportunities for Africa 39;s energy sector and inspire the necessary transformation within this realm. Various thought-provoking session themes involve the following: What African energy ministers are doing ... more
  • 2 days Morocco’s House of Memory spotlights Jewish-Muslim coexistence ModernGhana -Africa
    In the old Jewish quarter of Morocco's coastal city of Essaouira, a newly-opened House of Memory has been dedicated to the historic coexistence of its Jewish and Muslim communities. Nestled in a narrow alleyway among labyrinthine lanes, Bayt Dakira (House of Memory) is situated in a former family home of wealthy traders, who added a small synagogue decorated with woodwork and carved furnishings. The restored building testifies to a period when Islam and Judaism had an exceptional closen ... more
  • 2 days Billionaires richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: Oxfam ModernGhana -Africa
    The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday. It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day, estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year. Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question ... more
  • 3 days Online campaign to save malnourished lions at Sudan park ModernGhana -Africa
    Online calls grew Sunday to help save five malnourished and sick African lions held at a park in Sudan's capital, with some demanding the creatures be shifted to a better habitat. The five lions are held in cages at Khartoum's Al-Qureshi Park in an upscale district of the capital, but for weeks now they have been suffering from shortages of food and medicine. I was shaken when I saw these lions at the park... their bones are protruding from the skin, wrote Osman Salih on Facebook as he ... more
  • 3 days Document trove shows how ‘Africa’s richest woman’ stole fortune: ICIJ ModernGhana -Africa
    An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola's former president -- dubbed Africa's richest woman -- syphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts. The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich's Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the Panama Papers tax haven scandal in 2016. Its latest series called Luanda Leaks zeros ... more
  • 3 days World powers agree new push for Libya peace ModernGhana -Africa
    World leaders committed Sunday to ending all foreign meddling in Libya's war and to uphold a weapons embargo at a Berlin summit, as part of a broader plan to end the spiralling conflict. The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France were among global chiefs signing up to the plan to stop interfering in the war -- be it through weapons, troops or financing. But the talks failed to deliver serious dialogue between the warring parties -- strongman Khalifa Haftar and the head of Tripoli's UN-r ... more
  • 3 days Macron urges end to deployment of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters to Libya ModernGhana -World
    France's President Emmanuel Macron has hit out against foreign troop deployments in war-ravaged Libya, saying such intervention serves only to fuel the conflict and create new risks for everyone. Speaking in Berlin on Sunday at a summit intended to resolve the bloody stalemate in Libya, the French leader expressed his acute concerns over the arrival of Syrian and foreign fighters in the city of Tripoli . He says such intervention must end. The Turkish authorities in Ankara have been accus ... more
  • 3 days Paris’ best known gay bookshop forced to move because of soaring rents ModernGhana -World
    France and Paris' best known gay bookshop, Les Mots à La Bouche, is being forced to move location and out of the city's historic gay district, the Marais, because rising rents. Les Mots a la Bouche has been a landmark in the Marais, one of the most sought after areas in the French capital, since it opened in the early 1980s. But the landlord now wants the rent to be hiked by four times -- in keeping with the market rate -- and the bookshop will have to relocated after more than 36 years, N ... more
  • 3 days French inquiry opened over police assault of protester ModernGhana -World
    French prosecutors have opened an inquiry after a riot police officer was filmed punching a detained protester at a demonstration in Paris. The move comes after several alleged incidents of police brutality against pension reform protesters and Yellow Vest anti-government demonstrators. In the incident filmed during a Yellow Vest protest on 18 January, a man with a bloodied head is seen being held down on his back by a helmeted officer, who then strikes him hard in the face. The Paris pros ... more
  • 3 days Imane Ayissi brings anti-colonial Africa to Paris fashion week ModernGhana -World
    Imane Ayissi is the first sub-Saharan designer to show in the élite Paris haute couture week. Not only is he joining fashion's crème de la crème, the Cameroonian couturier is shaking up the stereotype of African materials by refusing to use wax prints which he dismisses as colonial . The 51-year-old former dancer dreams of opening up a new path for Africa in an alternative way of doing luxury fashion . Highly colourful wax cotton prints flooded West Africa after Dutch mil ... more
  • 3 days Fire at Paris restaurant where Emanuel Macron eats may have been deliberate ModernGhana -World
    The police In have opened an investigation after a fire started in the early hours of Saturday morning in a famous Parisian brasserie prized by President Emmanuel Macron. Around 5 a.m , an alarm went off in the brasserie La Rotonde , in the Montparnasse district of Paris in the south of the city. When they arrived, the police discovered that a fire had started on the closed terrace. The fire was quickly contained, ... more
  • 3 days Twelve dead after buses collide in Algeria ModernGhana -Africa
    Twelve people were killed and another 46 injured when two buses collided early Sunday in Algeria's northeast, emergency services said, in the latest tragedy of its kind in the North African country. Emergency teams arrived at around 1:10 am (0010 GMT) following a fatal accident, a collision between two buses, on the state highway near the city of Astil in the province of Biskra, 500 km southeast of Algiers, a statement said. Twelve people, aged 19 to 73, were killed and 46 were injured, ... more
  • 3 days World powers in Berlin to seek elusive Libya peace ModernGhana -Africa
    World leaders will gather in Berlin on Sunday to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from disintegrating into a second Syria . The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France are due for talks from around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) held under the auspices of the United Nations, which wants to get foreign powers wielding influence in the region to stop interfering in the war, through the provision of weapons, troops or financing. Leaders of both ... more
  • 3 days Comoros votes in election boycotted by opposition ModernGhana -Africa
    Comorans voted Sunday in the first round of a parliamentary election with victory for President Azali Assoumani's supporters all but certain after opposition parties boycotted the contest. Most voting stations in the Indian Ocean archipelago's capital Moroni opened late because of bad weather, an AFP reporter said. Opposition parties said they would not contest the 24 seats in the Comoros national assembly after failing to obtain guarantees of a transparent, free and democratic election. ... more
  • 3 days Gender Ministry Applauds SHE-CAN Humanitarian Organization ModernGhana -Africa
    The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has applauded SHE-CAN - a US-based International Humanitarian Organization for providing a fully-funded International tertiary scholarship to young Liberian females scholars. SHE-CAN is a humanitarian organization that anchors on equipping and empowering young women from post-conflict countries to become productive leaders. The US-based organization focuses on low-income young women through Education, Leadership Skills, and Mentorship. ... more
  • 4 days Suspended in a barrel, S.African man set to break “pole sitting” record ModernGhana -Africa
    Vernon Kruger has been sitting in a barrel suspended 25 metres above ground for more than two months. Overlooking the South African town of Dullstroom, the 52-year old is about to break a Guinness World record... set by himself in 1997. Sleeping in this barrel is not very easy, said Kruger, who usually works as a diver. It's a very small place to curl up in and I have to lie in a foetal position. http://cdn.modernghana.com/images/content/afp since november 14 home has ... more
  • 4 days Rain brings relief to some of Australia’s bushfire victims ModernGhana -World
    Parts of Australia's east coast have been hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms, dousing some bushfires but also bringing the threat of flooding. The organisers of next week's Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne have defended their decision to allow qualifying to continue last week, despite toxic air quality. Sydney-based daily newspaper The Australian reports that there have been intense downpours in Queensland, ... more
  • 4 days Tear gas, arrests in new anti-Macron protest in Paris ModernGhana -World
    French police fired tear gas and arrested several people on Saturday as thousands of Yellow Vest anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris, showering the security forces with a hail of projectiles. Demonstrators shouted slogans denouncing the police, President Emmanuel Macron and his pension reforms that have triggered the longest French transport strike in decades. This was the latest of the weekly demonstrations held every Saturday by the Yellow Vest movement since Nove ... more
  • 4 days Benin welcomes back 28 antique royal artefacts ModernGhana -Africa
    Ambassadors from France and Japan mingled with presidential officials, royalty and schoolchildren as Benin celebrated the return of dozens of colonial-era antique artefacts looted by France more than a century ago. Guests clustered around a magnificent 19th-century sword decorated with animal figurines once wielded by one of the Amazons, the female warriors who served as royal bodyguards. Other items include royal sceptres in the shape of an axe or a crosier. But while France has agreed in ... more
  • 4 days Pro-Haftar forces ‘block oil exports’ from key Libya ports ModernGhana -Africa
    Forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Saturday blocked oil exports from Libya's main ports, the National Oil Company said, raising the stakes on the eve of international peace talks. The closure of Libya's oil crescent will cause the country's daily crude production to plunge from 1.3 million barrels to 500,000 barrels and cause losses of $55 million a day, the firm warned. The string of export hubs along Libya's northeastern coast has been controlled by Haftar -- who is a ... more
  • 4 days Locusts threaten food security in Horn of Africa ModernGhana -World
    A locust invasion originating in the Arabian Peninsula continues to spread across East Africa in one of the worst outbreaks in 25 years. In a throwback to the biblical plague of locusts which God inflicted on the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Horn of Africa is once again experiencing an invasion that is wreaking havoc on food security in the region. They will pose a threat to the pasture areas and of course, pastures affect livelihoods of herders and then of course to subsistence crops, the rain ... more
  • 4 days Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summit ModernGhana -Africa
    Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country's main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation. The move to cripple the country's main income source was a protest against Turkey's decision to send troops to shore up Haftar's rival, the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj. It comes ahead of a conference in Berlin on Sunday that ... more
  • 4 days Louvre reopens after being blocked by pension reform strikers ModernGhana -World
    The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, has reopened after being shut down by workers striking over government plans to overhaul France's pension system. On Friday, hundreds of disappointed visitors crowded outside the Louvre, some hurling insults at strikers who blocked the entrance. It was the first time since the s ... more
  • 4 days Screening starts at US airports as fears of mystery Chinese virus grow ModernGhana -World
    The scale of the outbreak of a Chinese virus similar to that which causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), is likely to be far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. Fears that the virus will spread are growing ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins on 25 January, when hundreds of millions of Chinese move around the country and man ... more
  • 4 days Pension protestors perturb presidential night out ModernGhana -World
    Several dozen protestors against pension reform have attempted to disrupt a Paris theatre performance attended by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. A journalist has been taken into police custody for questioning, after he alerted the public to the president's presence on Twitter. Several dozen demonstrators shouting All together, general strike and Macron resign faced a large contingent of police outside the Bouffes du ... more
  • 4 days Libya ‘needs foreign interference to stop’: UN envoy ModernGhana -Africa
    International players must stop meddling in the Libyan conflict, the UN's special envoy told AFP on Saturday, on the eve of a summit of world powers to try to bring peace to the North African nation. All foreign interference can provide some aspirin effect in the short term, but Libya needs all foreign interference to stop. That's one of the objectives of this conference, Ghassan Salame said in an interview ahead of the Berlin summit. Leaders of Russia, Turkey and France are due to join ... more
  • 4 days Asa unpicks many faces of love on new album Lucid ModernGhana -World
    On her latest album Lucid, Nigerian singer-songwriter Asa explores the many colours of love: warm, dark, brilliant, somber, the joy, the longing, the wanting. But also the violence that can seep into a relationship and destroy lives. As the world wakes up to the reality of sexual violence against women, Asa's song Murder in the USA, the opening track on the album, couldn't be more pertinent. She was fully aware that femicide was getting a lot of media attention, but personal experience also p ... more
  • 4 days Art blooms in gritty Dakar neighbourhood ModernGhana -Africa
    Mamadou Boye Diallo, an art curator with a penchant for heart-shaped glasses, calls Dakar's working-class Medina neighbourhood an open-air museum. Flitting on rollerblades between colourful murals in this part of the West African metropolis, Diallo, who is also a guide to the area, points to works by artists from all over the world. He heads an association which aims to use murals to save fading colonial-era buildings from destruction and to make art accessible to all -- not just guys in ... more
  • 4 days Liberia souring on George Weah at two-year mark ModernGhana -Africa
    Dominic Kpadeh heaves a hammer over his head to crack a half-tonne rock in a northern suburb of Liberia's capital Monrovia, knowing his hard labour earns him far less than a year ago. Kpadeh and his colleagues used to go home with $1,000 (900 euros) a month between them crushing rocks for the construction industry. Now, he says, they're lucky to get $250 (225 euros). Stories such as Kpadeh's are common in Liberia, where rampant inflation has left many people struggling and increasingly tur ... more
  • 4 days Rabat kept Belgian-Moroccan for years in ‘abusive solitary’: HRW ModernGhana -Africa
    Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Morocco of holding a dual Belgian-Moroccan citizen in inhuman and abusive solitary detention for more than three years following his 2009 life sentence on terrorism charges. Abdelkader Belliraj was the alleged mastermind of a terrorist network of 35 people dismantled by Moroccan authorities in 2008, and was convicted in a trial criticised for rights violations. His wife told Human Rights Watch (HRW) that since 2016, Belliraj had been confined to a c ... more
  • 4 days Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls: Erdogan ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organisations if Libya's UN-recognised government in Tripoli were to fall. In the article, published on Saturday on the eve of a Libya peace conference in Berlin, Erdogan said the EU's failure to adequately support the Government of National Accord (GNA) would be a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights . The GNA led by Fayez al-Sarraj has been under attack sinc ... more
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