• 4 hours Sierra Leone Cannot Afford Any More Violence ― People’s Democratic League ModernGhana -Africa
    As we continue to reflect on the recent election violence in constituency 110, we had hoped that the vibrant energy that comes with the beginning of the New Year, 2020 would help the healing process for Sierra Leone rsquo;s national body politics. Members and supporters of the People rsquo;s Democratic League (PDL) have all expressed safety concerns in light of the political violence in constituency 110 and other places where by-elections were called and held across Sierra Leone in 2019. ... more
  • 5 hours The African Renewable Energy Revolution ModernGhana -Africa
    Johannesburg, 28 January 2020; Africa rsquo;s abundant clean energy resources, coupled with new investments in renewable energy technologies, have spearheaded Africa into a clean energy revolution. As reported by the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy is believed to constitute approximately 50% of sub-Saharan Africa rsquo;s power generation growth by 2040 , consequently accelerating Africa rsquo;s novice economies. Receiving more sun than any of its continental co ... more
  • 6 hours ‘Everyone is crazy’ – president among well-wishers as Tunisia’s Jabeur exits ModernGhana -Africa
    A phone call from her president wasn't enough to help Tunisia's Ons Jabeur as she bowed out of the Australian Open after her historic run to the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam, went down 6-4, 6-4 to the American Sofia Kenin. Jabeur, 25, the first Tunisian woman to win a main-draw match at the Australian Open, said: I heard a lot from Tunisia, my phone is still going crazy right now. I actually talked to the president of ... more
  • 6 hours Nigerians turn to traditional brew as economy staggers ModernGhana -Africa
    Government worker Iorliam Shija sits in one of the ramshackle bars along the banks of the Benue river in central Nigeria sipping from a gourd filled with frothy burukutu. The vinegary alcoholic beverage has been made here for generations from the fermented grains of sorghum and millet and consumed as a traditional alternative to beer. Now, as Nigeria's economy struggles to grow, the local brew is enjoying a boom from clients looking for a cheaper option. If you have beer or burukutu, I ... more
  • 6 hours Two crew killed in Algeria fighter jet crash ModernGhana -Africa
    An Algerian fighter jet has crashed on a night training exercise in the east of the North African country killing both of its crew, the defence ministry said Tuesday. An investigation has been opened into why the Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30 fighter crashed late on Monday 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the capital Algiers. The plane crashed... in an unpopulated area near the village of Ain Zitoun in Oum El Bouaghi district , the ministry said. There have been a number of accidents invol ... more
  • 6 hours Kei day: Kobayashi becomes first Japanese chef with three stars in Michelin guide ModernGhana -World
    Kei Kobayashi made history on Monday night by becoming the first Japanese chef to be awarded the maximum three Michelin stars. The 42-year-old, who was born in Nagano, admitted that his perfectionism can make him a difficult person to work with as he picked up the honour in Paris. He opened his restaurant, Kei, in Paris in 2011 and was one of three chefs to gain a third star for the first time. ... more
  • 21 hours France warns Pentagon Africa cuts would ‘severely limit’ counter-terror ops ModernGhana -Africa
    French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly warned Monday that expected cuts to the Pentagon's African operations would hamper efforts against jihadist groups, especially in the Sahel region. But US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made clear that the United States was prepared to reduce its global military footprint and that African operations could be affected -- while giving no details about how severely. US support is critical to our operations, and its reduction would severely limit o ... more
  • 21 hours France to evacuate 800 nationals from coronavirus epicentre Wuhan ModernGhana -World
    France's government said Sunday it would begin repatriating French nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, by the middle of this week. Following an emergency meeting of cabinet ministers late Sunday, Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said French citizens could leave the city on a direct flight to France in the middle of the week. The prime minister asked for the organisation of a repatriation via direct flight, in agreement with the Chinese author ... more
  • 21 hours Paris Live Monday 27 January ModernGhana -World
    In today's edition of Paris Live we hear from our Eastern Europe correspondent where commemorations got underway at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp marking the 75th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet Forces. Also, President Macron honours the victims of the holocaust at the Shoa remembrance memorial here in Paris. We get latest on the Wuhan Corona virus outbreak as Chinese new year holidays are prolonged in a bid to encourage people to remain indoors. And reaction f ... more
  • 21 hours Nearly 200 killed in two eastern DRC provinces last month: monitor ModernGhana -Africa
    Nearly 200 civilians were killed in violence last month in two volatile provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's lawless east, the highest toll since June 2017, a monitor said Monday. Armed groups and security forces killed at least 197 civilians over the course of the last 31 days of 2019, in the North and South Kivu provinces, said the Kivu Security Tracker, a joint project of the Congo Research Group, based at New York Universityâ s Center on International Cooperation, and Human ... more
  • 21 hours Nadal overcomes Kyrgios to reach quarter-finals at Australian Open ModernGhana -World
    Top seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the last eight of the Australian Open on Monday after a four set victory over Nick Kyrgios. Nadal, who won the title in 2009, dispatched his 24-year-old Australian adversary 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6. The Spaniard will face fifth seed Dominic Thiem after the Austrian crushed the 10th seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. When Nick wants to play tennis, when he's focused on what he's doing, I think he's a very important player for our sport because he h ... more
  • 21 hours Macron urges people to fight ‘intolerable rise of anti-Semitism’ on Auschwitz anniversary ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, urging the world not to give in to the intolerable rise of anti-Semitism. The memory of the horror must never be forgotten, Macron told an audience of some 200 people, a quarter of them Holocaust survivors, at Paris' Shoah memorial museum on Monday. The French President was speaking after unveiling a new memorial wall of names commemorating the 76,00 ... more
  • 21 hours World would be ‘economically better off’ with 2°C warming ModernGhana -World
    Limiting global warming to 2 degrees rather than the bolder climate target of 1.5C offers the best economic outcome for the planet, a study published Monday by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has found. After weighing the costs of climate damage against the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, researchers concluded that keeping warming to 2C this century, as agreed under the 2015 Paris accord, ... more
  • 21 hours Foreign experts in Sudan to examine sick lions ModernGhana -Africa
    A team of international wildlife conservationists flew in Monday to examine four starving and sick lions at a zoo in the Sudanese capital where a lioness died last week. Months of political and economic turmoil that rocked Sudan from late 2018 severely damaged the health of the lions faced with shortages of food and medicine. The five-member rapid response team from Four Paws was conducting tests on the lions at Al-Qurashi park zoo where the animals have been held for years, an AFP corresp ... more
  • 21 hours Coalition Rubbishes Death Report Of Four Fulani Herdsmen In Enugu ModernGhana -Africa
    Our attention has been drawn to the fake news report in one of the national dailies claiming that four Fulani Herdsmen died in different parts of Enugu State during the weekend. The report is not true but a figment of the imagination of those who do not mean well for the state. In a statement released to newsmen in Enugu on Monday by the national coordinator of Enugu Youth Coalition, Dr. Edwin Obune, the group said the story is fake, spurious and unfounded as if was manufactured and ... more
  • 1 day Madagascar flood victims struggle to pick up the pieces ModernGhana -Africa
    Muddy currents have submerged parts of the town of Marovoay in northwestern Madagascar, flooding homes, swirling rubbish around tree tops and killing dozens. A week of torrential rains have forced thousands to leave their homes, swept buildings away and cut off road links to the rest of the poor Indian Ocean island nation. All of Marovoayâ s rice paddies have turned into swamps. Everything has been swept away by the water, said Marie Jeanne Sofia, a 38-year-old mother of four. Ou ... more
  • 1 day Presidents lead tributes to Kobe Bryant ModernGhana -World
    Presidents past and present led the tributes to the former basketball player Kobe Bryant who died on Sunday in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles. The 41-year-old was with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people who were killed when their a Sikorsky S-76B came down in fog in Calabasas. Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act, Barack Obama tweeted. Donald Trump said the crash was terrible ... more
  • 1 day Lina Ben Mhenni, activist who chronicled Tunisia uprising, dies at 36 ModernGhana -Africa
    Acclaimed Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, who chronicled the popular uprising that toppled longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, died on Monday aged 36 after a long illness, her family said. Despite the risks, Ben Mhenni for years spoke out against the Ben Ali regime through her blog Tunisian Girl . She travelled to disadvantaged cities in the country's interior and used social media to broadcast some of the first expressions of anger against those in power. After young ... more
  • 1 day Spiderman Paris Mayor hopeful faces expulsion from Macron’s party ModernGhana -World
    The boss of Emmanuel Macron's LREM party has announced moves to expel Cédric Villani from the party. The Mathematician, who is famous for wearing a spider on his lapel, has refused to stand aside in favour of Macron's favoured candidate, in the race to be Mayor of Paris. Benjamin Griveaux is the official LREM candidate but Villani, who is an LREM MP, is running an independent rival campaign. With the first round o ... more
  • 1 day Portuguese hacker says he is behind Angola corruption leaks ModernGhana -Africa
    Lawyers for a Portuguese computer hacker said on Monday he was responsible for revealing the dealings of Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, a corruption scandal with fallout across Europe and Africa. The hacker, Rui Pinto, handed over a hard drive containing all data related to the recent revelations concerning Ms. Isabel Dos Santosâ s fortune to a whistleblowing organisation in 2018, his lawyers said. The tycoon daughter of former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos now faces ... more
  • 1 day FESOJ and Media Fraternities Have Appealed Somali President Not to Sign the Draconian Media Law After Meeting. ModernGhana -Africa
    Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) and other media fraternities including Somali Women Journalists (SWJ) and Somali Media Association (SOMA) shared their concerns over the devastating Somalia Media law with the President of Federal Republic of Somalia his Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo after meeting with him on Sunday night January 26,2020 and jointly appealed the President not to sign the contentious media bill passed by both houses of Somalia Parliaments recently. New draft of t ... more
  • 1 day Salvini’s League fails in bid to topple Italian government ModernGhana -World
    Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini has failed to win a key regional election and topple the country's fragile coalition government. The far-right League had hoped to score a historic upset and force snap elections in the regional vote in Emilia Romagna, but a high turnout favoured the incumbent centre-left candidate. The Democratic Party's (PD) Stefano Bonaccini won 51.36 percent of the vote against the anti-immigrant League candidate Lucia Borgonzoni's 43.68 percent, according to resu ... more
  • 1 day Criminal Investigators Sail Undercover Around The World With Drug Smugglers For Two Years ModernGhana -World
    Investigators sail around the world with drug smugglers for two years. Huge amount of cocaine seized. The smugglers unknowingly worked with undercover criminal inverstgators. Greek investigators have seized more than a ton of cocaine. The narcotic was smuggled in a sailing boat on which undercover agents had been travelling for two years. Greek narcotics investigators dug up an eight-man drug gang and seized 1.1 tons of cocaine worth about 50 million euros. A video, which the pol ... more
  • 1 day Gambia launches crackdown on protest movement ModernGhana -Africa
    The Gambian government on Sunday launched a crackdown on a weeks-old movement demanding the departure of President Adama Barrow, following violent demonstrations in which medical officials say three protesters were killed. Tension has been building in The Gambia, a tiny West African country surrounded by Senegal, over Barrow's decision to stay in office for five years after initially pledging to step down after three. Police in the capital Banjul on Sunday fired tear gas at hundreds of pro ... more
  • 1 day Guinea economy crippled by protests as fears for mining grow ModernGhana -Africa
    Guinea's economy is crumbling after months of mass rallies sparked by fears of a third term for President Alpha Conde, with analysts now even worried about the mighty mining sector. Businesses have shut and protesters have rained rocks on police stations, looted property, blocked major roads and reportedly stopped trains in their tracks, severely hampering the easy flow of goods across the country. Supply is totally disrupted, said Boubacar Barry, an economist and former fisheries minist ... more
  • 2 days Jihadist attack on Mali military camp leaves 20 dead: army ModernGhana -Africa
    Twenty members of the security forces were killed on Sunday in a major assault by suspected jihadists at a military camp in Mali near the border with Mauritania. The attack on the Sokolo camp around dawn left 20 dead and five wounded and four dead on the enemy's side, the army said updating the toll late Sunday. The victims were buried with military honours at Sokolo, the Malian armed forces said on Twitter. Sokolo is the last town before the Mauritanian border, near a forest consid ... more
  • 2 days Post divorce, actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to open rosé champagne house together ModernGhana -World
    A wine estate owned by actors and former spouses Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly teaming up with the Perrin winemaker family and another champagne house in Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Marne to create a specialty rosé champagne, according to reports from Wine Spectator magazine. It will be the only house in Champagne to produce only rosé, Rodolphe Peters, the manager of the Champagne house, told AFP newswire, confirming the ... more
  • 2 days Paris’ man in blue Michou dies age 88 ModernGhana -World
    French director Michou , famed for his somewhat risque shows in Paris' famous Montmartre cabaret district, died Sunday aged 88, said a spokesman for his Chez Michou theatre. Better known as the man in blue for the colour he was famously decked out in, top to toe, Michou has been described as a mythical figure of Paris nightlife. Born Michel Catty, Michou was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 2005. A drag performer in his own right, Michou, he opened his ... more
  • 2 days Paris, Bordeaux cancel Chinese new year parades amid coronavirus fears ModernGhana -World
    Paris and Bordeaux have cancelled street parades organised to mark the Chinese New Year after French authorities confirmed three cases of the novel coronavirus in the country this week. This comes as France's Prime Minister was set to attend an emergency meeting over the health crisis. Saturday was the day when the Chinese community in Paris were set to celebrate the first day of the year of the Rat, according to the Lunar New Year. However, on Sunday morning, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo anno ... more
  • 2 days 3 dead in protest against Gambian head Barrow: hospital ModernGhana -Africa
    Three people died Sunday as hundreds of people took to the streets demanding the resignation of Gambian President Adama Barrow who wants to extend his term. They were the first deaths since protests erupted months ago against Barrow, who pledged in late 2016 to step down after three years in office. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who responded by throwing stones and setting tyres on fire, an AFP correspondent at the scene saw. I can confirm that there have been three dead ... more
  • 2 days Tripoli airport hit by rocket fire as UN slams Libya arms violations ModernGhana -Africa
    The Libyan capital's sole functioning airport came under renewed fire Sunday, as fighting broke out hours after the UN mission in the country condemned ongoing violations of an arms embargo. The UN mission in Libya, UNSMIL, condemned in the strongest possible terms the rocket strikes on Tripoli's Mitiga airport, which has been hit by repeated attacks in recent months. UNSMIL said in a statement Sunday evening that the strikes had wounded at least two civilians as well as damaged the tarm ... more
  • 2 days Gambians march for justice over Jammeh’s human rights abuses ModernGhana -World
    Hundreds of Gambians marched on the outskirts of the capital, Banjul, on Saturday, calling for justice over the human rights abuses, including forced disappearances, rape, and murder which occurred during ousted dictator Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule. We want justice and we want it immediately, shouted the demonstrators, who wore t-shirts with justicemustprevail and holding photos of loved ones who died or disappeared under Jammeh's rule. They are also demanding that Jammeh's former Allia ... more
  • 2 days Burundi’s ruling party picks Gen. Ndayishimiye as presidential candidate ModernGhana -Africa
    Burundi's ruling party said Sunday that party leader General Evariste Ndayishimiye will stand as its candidate in a presidential election in May. Ndayishimiye is an ally of current President Pierre Nkurunziza who will not seek a new mandate after his controversial election to a third term in 2015 plunged the country into crisis. Nkurunziza was present when the CNDD-FDD party picked Ndayishimiye at an extraordinary party congress. Nkurunziza's tenure has been marked by allegations of gra ... more
  • 2 days Far-right Salvini hopes for political comeback in Italy regional vote ModernGhana -World
    Voting began in the northern, left-leaning Emilia Romagna region and southern underdeveloped Calabria region of Italy on Sunday morning, as far-right leader Matteo Salvini hopes the results will propel him and his League party back to national power. Voters are going to the polls to pick their governor and regional legislature, the results of which could bring the central government down. In-fighting in the populist 5-Star Movement, which is part of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's coalitio ... more
  • 2 days Fifteen gendarmes killed in attack on Mali camp: source ModernGhana -Africa
    Fifteen members of Mali's security forces died in a jihadist assault on Sunday at a camp in the centre of the country, military and local sources said. At least 15 Malian military were killed Sunday in the Sokolo military camp during an attack by terrorists, a Malian military source told AFP. A local lawmaker said all those killed were gendarmes, or paramilitary police officers, adding that he saw two other bodies outside the camp. The terrorists arrived on motorcycles, said the o ... more
  • 2 days China puts travel bans in place to contain coronavirus as death toll rises ModernGhana -World
    China has expanded travel restrictions to contain a viral contagion that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000, as the United States and France prepare to evacuate their citizens from a quarantined city at the outbreak's epicentre. China has locked down the worst-hit province of Hubei in the country's centre in a massive quarantine affecting tens of millions of people to slow the spread of a respiratory illness that has killed 56 people and infected almost 2,000. Fearing a repeat ... more
  • 2 days Paris Opera holds first performance after seven weeks of pension strikes ModernGhana -World
    The Paris Opera opened its doors for the first time in seven weeks on Saturday, for a performance of Offenbach's Hoffmann. More than 70 shows have been cancelled since the protests against the government's pension reform began last month. The loss in revenue from the cancellation of performances has been estimated at around 15 million euros, which is more than the state's annual contribution to the Opera employees pension fund. On Saturday, audience members were greeted by the reading of a ... more
  • 2 days UN slams Libya arms embargo violations despite Berlin pledges ModernGhana -Africa
    The United Nations mission to Libya has slammed ongoing violations of a UN Security Council arms embargo, despite commitments made a week ago at an international summit in Berlin. In a statement published overnight into Sunday, UNSMIL it said it deeply regrets the continued blatant violations of the arms embargo in Libya . World leaders last weekend committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya and to upholding the 2011 weapons embargo as part of a broader plan to end the country's co ... more
  • 2 days French defence chief heads to US to press Sahel case ModernGhana -Africa
    France's defence minister departs for Washington on Sunday hoping to convince officials to keep US soldiers in West Africa, where French authorities are under pressure after years of trying to bolster local forces against Islamic extremists. Florence Parly's visit comes just days after her tour of the Sahel region, a vast arid expanse where states have little more than nominal control, allowing jihadist fighters to flourish. Paris and its allies consider the region increasingly critical fo ... more
  • 2 days Lagos waterfront evictions highlight Nigeria oil and land squabbles ModernGhana -Africa
    The lagoon waters at the port entrance to Lagos, Nigeria's economic capital, are usually teeming with small fishing boats. But the bustling waterfront slums of Lagos are now quiet after the navy evicted tens of thousands of residents from their homes in recent weeks. The evictions are highlighting tensions over real estate in the megalopolis of 20 million where building space is an increasingly rare commodity. The operation has also exposed the stark contrast of shantytown fishing commu ... more
  • 3 days Paris airport to prepare medical screening for flights from China as coronavirus spreads ModernGhana -World
    Paris' Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport will open a medical screening service to check passengers arriving from China who may be affected by the novel coronavirus. This comes as Chinese authorities drastically step up measures to halt the spread of the virus. On Friday, the French health minister confirmed that three cases of coronavirus had been ... more
  • 3 days French Polynesia court rejects former president’s bid to get on electoral roll ModernGhana -World
    A court in Pape'ete rejected the appeal of former French Polynesia president Gaston Flosse to register to vote in the capital in order to eventually be a candidate for the municipal elections, because the court did not believe Flosse lived in a studio with his partner, his lawyer Dominique Antz told AFP on Friday. In addition to the presidency, 88-year-old Flosse had also been a senator, a MP and the mayor of Pirae. Flosse claimed that he had been living in Pape'ete for more than six month ... more
  • 3 days Libyan state oil firm says output down 75 percent due to blockade ModernGhana -Africa
    Libya's oil production has plunged by around three-quarters since forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched a blockade a week ago, the National Oil Corporation announced Saturday. The fall, from 1.2 million barrels per day to just over 320,000, has caused estimated losses of $256 million since the closure of major oil fields and ports in the east and south of the country, the NOC said in a statement. Haftar, who controls the east and large swathes of the south, began an of ... more
  • 3 days Gambians rally seeking dicator’s trial for murder, rights abuses ModernGhana -Africa
    Hundreds of Gambians marched Saturday in the outskirts of the capital Banjul, demanding justice for sweeping rights abuses and murder they suffered under former dictator Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule. Jammeh ruled Gambia with an iron fist but fled in January 2017 after losing a presidential election to relative unknown Adama Barrow which he refused to acknowledge before being forced out of power by a popular uprising. Wearing T-shirts that read justicemustprevail, the protesters held photog ... more
  • 3 days A jam packed Saturday at the Australian Open ModernGhana -World
    Results round-up: The Australian Open saw an exodus of seeded players this week, with second seed Karolina Pliskova crashing out in the women's draw on Saturday. In the men's Nick Kyrgios scraped past Karen Khachanov in five sets to set up a grudge match against top seed Rafael Nadal in the last 16. The Australian showman came through a tense battle with the Russian 16th seed after 4hrs 26 mins in front of passionate home support on Melbourne Arena to win 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (7/9), ... more
  • 3 days One step closer to possible reconciliation in Sudan ModernGhana -World
    The Sudanese government signed a preliminary deal with one rebel group on Friday, a move that is seen as the possibility for reconciliation in Sudan. The deal, signed by Sudan's ruling council and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) conveys special status to two regions: South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Both were already partly under control of rebel groups, and the sites of years of conflict. After this signing we are going to finalise the full agreement and the SPLM-North ... more
  • 3 days Cleaner receives 15 years for stealing Morocco king’s watches ModernGhana -Africa
    A Moroccan court has sentenced a cleaner to 15 years in prison for the theft of dozens of luxury watches belonging to King Mohammed VI, her lawyer said. The 46-year-old woman worked in a royal household and the judgement was handed down overnight Friday to Saturday at a court in the Moroccan capital, Rabat. She was accused of having stolen 36 luxury watches. The woman initially had watches melted down and sold on to gold merchants, before starting to sell timepieces intact. Another 1 ... more
  • 3 days Turkey hit by a deadly earthquake as death toll rises ModernGhana -World
    Rescuers scrambled to find people trapped in collapsed buildings on Saturday after a deadly 6.8 earthquake which killed at least 22 people in Elazig province in the east of the country. According to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, 39 people have been pulled from the debris since the quake, but more are still trapped. One woman was rescued after 13 hours and another was pulled out of the wreckage after 15 hours. The earthquake hit Elazig province late Friday, and followed up with more ... more
  • 3 days Isabel dos Santos’ graft scandal ups stakes for Angola ModernGhana -Africa
    Allegations of corruption swirling around his predecessor's daughter have set a crucial test for Angolan President Joao Lourenco in his vow to reform a country rich in oil and tainted by graft. Isabel dos Santos, the 46-year-old billionaire daughter of ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, is being probed for allegedly siphoning off millions from state companies and stashing the funds overseas. Analysts say the mounting scandal raises the stakes -- not just for the dos Santos family and el ... more
  • 4 days Spanish FM in Morocco to discuss maritime borders ModernGhana -Africa
    Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez on Friday acknowledged Morocco's right to chart its territorial waters but said such a move must respect international regulations. Her remarks, at a joint news conference in Rabat with her Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita, came after Morocco adopted two laws extending its legal jurisdiction over disputed Western Sahara. The laws voted by parliament on Wednesday integrate waters off the coast of the former Spanish colony into Morocco's maritim ... more
  • 4 days Torrential rain kills dozens in Madagascar ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 26 people have died in Madagascar after almost a week of heavy rain in the north-west of the island, the government said on Friday. The tropical Indian Ocean nation is in the midst of an intense six-month rainy season that often results in casualties and widespread damage. Flooding in the districts of Mitsinjo and Maevatanana has claimed at least 26 lives since Sunday, and 15 more people are still missing and thousands have been displaced, the National Bureau of Disaster Risk Mana ... more
  • 4 days The many voices, and opinions, of ALA.NI ModernGhana -World
    Some tracks have 300 different layers of vocals and most of them are me, says Ala.ni about her new album Acca. The London-born, Paris-based singer with a rare four-octave range beguiles us with her voice. The record is mainly her, a capella. With a bit of Iggy Pop. She talks to us about how her great uncle the singer Leslie Hutch Hutchinson black and bisexual in the 30's gave her a lot of courage to be herself and do things differently . We chat about how Iggy Pop took a shine to he ... more
  • 4 days 15 year sentence demanded for former coach in French child sexual abuse case  ModernGhana -World
    Prosecutors at a court in Paris have called for a 15-year sentence for a former tennis coach accused of raping four of his students, all minors at the time. The case comes as senators call on the government to better protect children from sexual predators. Andrew Geddes, 53, a former tennis coach, is accused of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting four girls between 1999 and 2005. The youngest was only 12 years old at the time, the others were between 15 and 17. He was God, he was a ... more
  • 4 days Nigerian english acknowledged by Oxford English Dictionary ModernGhana -World
    Inspiration for evolving the English language has finally come to the largest English-speaking country in Africa: Nigeria. 29 new words were officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary thereby enriching the trusted bible of the English language. Colloquialisms that have become mainstays across Nigeria have been acknowledged by the Oxford English Dictionary, OED, as making a unique and distinctive contr ... more
  • 4 days Angola’s Dos Santos slams graft claims as political witch hunt ModernGhana -World
    Angola's billionaire former first daughter says she's ready to fight graft claims and clear her name after being charged with embezzling millions of dollars from a state oil company and other economic crimes that she called politically motivated. The allegations which have been made against me over the last few days are extremely misleading and untrue, she said in a statement issued through a public relations firm in London. ... more
  • 4 days Cholera deepens misery in eastern DR Congo’s ‘forgotten’ crisis ModernGhana -Africa
    In eastern DR Congo, thousands have fled violence to camps in the remote mountain forests where they battle cholera, hunger and misery in a forgotten humanitarian disaster. Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has long struggled with violence from several militia groups, a legacy of the 1990s Congo wars that dragged in neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda. http://cdn.modernghana.com/images/content/afp .jpg As well as unnsanitary conditions, a lack of clean water and starvation, now si ... more
  • 4 days Isabel dos Santos’s Portugal funds embezzled: Angola prosecutor ModernGhana -Africa
    Angola's chief prosecutor on Friday said funds that Isabel dos Santos, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from state companies, invested in Portugal had been embezzled from her home country. Angola believes that the money used for business conducted by Isabel dos Santos in Portugal left Angola by illicit means, Helder Pitta Gros told the RTP television station on a trip to Lisbon. The accusation comes a day after the tycoon daughter of Angola's ex-president Jose Eduardo dos S ... more
  • 4 days Sudan rebel groups ink key deal on security, land, power sharing ModernGhana -Africa
    A coalition of nine rebel groups from two conflict areas in Sudan on Friday signed a preliminary agreement with the government after weeks of talks in a key step towards a final peace deal. The peace talks began in October in South Sudan and aim to end conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, where rebels have fought bloody campaigns against marginalisation by Khartoum under ousted president Omar al-Bashir. The latest deal covers key issues around land, giving local authorities t ... more
  • 4 days Protestors return to the streets as pension reform law heads to parliament ModernGhana -World
    Trade union organisors say over 350,000 protestors demonstrated in Paris today against the government's proposed pension reforms, after what one union called a pause in its strike action this week. Today's action comes as the details of the law are finally put before cabinet ministers for approval. The draft then heads to parliament where it will probably be voted into law before the summer. It is now 51 days since the strike action began against a reform which was one of ... more
  • 4 days Somali journalists speak up against proposed draconian media law ModernGhana -World
    Journalists in Somalia are demanding that a draconian media law recently passed by the parliament's Upper House not be signed into law by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, as it risks turning back the progress made in the fight for freedom of expression in the country. It is very draconian. It is vaguely worded, it looks for judicial persecution for journalists, says Omar Faruk Osman Nur, the secretary-general of the ... more
  • 4 days Liverpool move 16 points clear after taming Wolves ModernGhana -World
    Liverpool's imperious march to the Premier League title continued on Thursday night with a 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Roberto Firmino scored the winner for Jurgen Klopp's men six minutes from time after Raul Jimenez had cancelled out Jordan Henderson's opener for the visitors. Firmino's strike catapulted the Merseysiders 16 points clear of Manchester City who have played one game more than Liverpool. You just have to find a way to win and have someone who makes the perfect decisi ... more
  • 4 days Nienaber appointed head coach of South Africa’s rugby union squad ModernGhana -World
    South Africa's rugby union bosses on Friday appointed Jacques Nienaber as the new head coach of the men's national team. The 47-year-old replaces Rassie Erasmus who led the squad to victory at the 2019 World Cup. Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about, said Erasmus in a statement. Nienaber, a former physiotherapist, began working with th ... more
  • 4 days Guinea poised for referendum date despite protests ModernGhana -Africa
    Guinea's President Alpha Conde is set to hold a constitutional referendum next month, government sources said, despite protests led by an opposition alliance fearful that the poll is a ploy to enable him to stay in office. The announcement of a referendum date is likely to further heighten tensions in the West African nation of 13 million people, most of whom live in poverty despite considerable mineral resources. On Thursday, three people were killed in clashes with security forces in the ... more
  • 4 days SNCF opts for Indian air purification technology ModernGhana -World
    France's state railway operator, SNCF ran Amida's technology in actual working conditions for five months at the Avenue Foch railway station in Paris. An Indian company has emerged as the only one from Asia to have its large-volume air-purification technology implemented and validated by SNCF in face of stiff competition from other world-leading players from France, Germany, Spain, and other nations. Out of a wide variety of air-purifi ... more
  • 4 days The challenges of French jihadism are “ahead of us, not behind” says French author ModernGhana -World
    Since the fall of the self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq in October 2019, the threat of mass terror attacks has waned. But a new book shows home-grown French jihadists still pose a threat as they seek to reconfigure themselves and their ideology within prison. France is not the only European country to have suffered terror attacks in recent years, but with 255 victims since 2015 it's been the hardest hit. France is also Europe's biggest exporter of jihadist fighters. To understand ... more
  • 4 days Rights in DR Congo still under threat a year after change, Amnesty says ModernGhana -Africa
    Human rights remain at threat in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amnesty International said on Friday in a report issued a year to the day since the country underwent historic change. Militia violence, ethnic clashes and failure to hold rights abusers to account dog the record of President Felix Tshisekedi, who succeeded Joseph Kabila, DRC's ruler for 18 years, it said. Although President Tshisekedi has taken some positive steps, such as pardoning political prisoners and allowing exiled ... more
  • 4 days Nienaber succeeds World Cup winner Erasmus as South Africa coach ModernGhana -Africa
    World Champions South Africa on Friday named Jacques Nienaber as the new Springboks head coach, replacing Rassie Erasmus who led the squad to victory in the last World Cup. Jacques is highly experienced and has worked with the Springboks on three separate occasions now so knows exactly what the job is about, said Erasmus in a statement. While he has never played top-class rugby or coached any senior team, Nienaber played a crucial role as defence coach when the Springboks won the World C ... more
  • 4 days Heavy rain kills dozens in Madagascar ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 21 people have died in Madagascar following almost a week of torrential rain in the north-west of the island, the government said on Friday. The tropical Indian Ocean nation is in the midst of an intense six-month rainy season that often leads to casualties and widespread damage. Flooding in the districts of Mitsinjo and Maevatanana has claimed at least 21 lives since Sunday, and 20 more people are still missing and thousands displaced, the National Bureau of Disaster Risk Managem ... more
  • 4 days Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes ModernGhana -Africa
    Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region's worse infestation in decades. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated one swarm in Kenya at around 2,400 square kilometres (about 930 square miles), meaning it could contain ... more
  • 4 days Public approval is Ramaphosa’s only defence against his enemies in the ANC ModernGhana -Africa
    What are South Africans to make of the murmurs that its governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), plans to recall Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the republic at its next National General Council in June? That's where the party will meet to review if government has implemented its policies. Apparently the motivation for the removal will be that Ramaph ... more
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