• 34 mins In Ethiopia, busted VW Beetles ‘pimped out’ for hip youth ModernGhana -Africa
    When Robel Wolde bought a beat-up 1967 Volkswagen Beetle from a friend for 50,000 Ethiopian birr (about 1,540 euros, $1,700), it marked the start of an extensive restoration he'd plotted for years. The 25-year-old Ethiopian painter quickly went to work. He installed new grey leather seats, applied black stripes and decals along the orange-and-blue exterior and hired a metalworker to fit oversized headlights to the front bumper. Two months and an additional $1,000 later, Robel's vision w ... more
  • 34 mins Tunisia votes for new president amid turnout concerns ModernGhana -Africa
    Tunisians chose Sunday from a crowded field in the country's second free presidential poll since the 2011 Arab Spring, with electoral authorities expressing concern about a poor turnout among young voters. Prominent candidates included media mogul Nabil Karoui, behind bars due to a money laundering probe, Abdelfattah Mourou, heading a first-time bid for Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. Voting stations closed as scheduled at 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), in what wa ... more
  • 34 mins Ethiopia’s Abiy tries to temper new push for breakaway region ModernGhana -Africa
    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pleaded for patience during a visit Sunday to leaders of the latest ethnic group pushing to form a breakaway region. The bid by the Kafficho ethnic group to form a new federal state risks further destabilising Ethiopia's diverse southern region, which just two months ago was rocked by violence stemming from a similar campaign by the Sidama ethnic group. Ethiopia is currently partitioned into nine semi-autonomous regions. The constitution requires the gov ... more
  • 34 mins Mugabe’s body heads for wake in home village ModernGhana -Africa
    The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe will be taken to his village for a wake on Monday, a family member said, as his final burial is prepared in about a month. Mugabe died a week ago aged 95 in Singapore, nearly two years after he was ousted in a 2017 coup that ended nearly four decades of increasingly autocratic rule. After a state funeral on Saturday in the capital Harare attended by African leaders, his body will go to his rural village of Kutama, 90 kilometres (55 mil ... more
  • 34 mins Anti-establishment figures claim first round wins in Tunisia polls ModernGhana -Africa
    Two anti-establishment candidates in Tunisia's divisive election claimed Sunday to have won through to a runoff, hours after polling closed in the country's second free presidential poll since the 2011 Arab Spring. In a sign of voter apathy, especially among the young, turnout was reported by the elections commission (ISIE) to be 45 percent, down from 64 percent recorded in a first round in 2014. Kais Saied, a 61-year-old law professor and expert on constitutional affairs who ran as an ind ... more
  • 34 mins Algeria poll on December 12: interim president ModernGhana -Africa
    Algeria is to hold a presidential election on December 12, five months into a political vacuum since longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the face of mass protests, his interim successor announced Sunday. I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12, said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address to the nation. The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as Alger ... more
  • 16 hours Zimbabwe doctors’ labour leader ‘kidnapped’ during strikes: union ModernGhana -Africa
    Union activists and rights campaigners on Sunday accused Zimbabwe's security forces of kidnapping the leader of a doctors' union, who disappeared during a strike he had helped organise. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor's Association (ZHDA) said Peter Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been kidnapped by three men . The ZHDA accused the security forces of abducting him because of his role in organising the work stoppages. A few ... more
  • 16 hours Spain breaks up drugs ring run by ‘Messi of hashisch’ ModernGhana -Africa
    Spanish police said Sunday they had broken up a major drugs ring run by a Moroccan known as the Messi of hashish , who is now on the run. The operation began in February, when police on the British territory of Gibraltar found a boat that was about to sink with its three crew on board -- and 84 bales of hashish. Gibraltar sits off the south coast of Spain at one of the shortest crossing points to north Africa. Since then, Spanish police have arrested 45 people and issued warrants against ... more
  • 16 hours Ocean Viking set to return to Libya rescues ModernGhana -Africa
    Charity rescue vessel Ocean Viking was on Sunday preparing to return to rescuing shipwreck survivors off Libya after disembarking 82 migrants in Italy following a reversal of government policy in Rome. Italian authorities identified and carried out medical checks on the sub-Saharan African migrants after they disembarked overnight on southern island Lampedusa after more than six days at sea. Under an ad hoc European deal, Italy, France and Germany will take 24 migrants each. Portugal will ... more
  • 16 hours Saudis race to restore oil supply after drone strike fires ModernGhana -World
    Saudi Arabia on Sunday raced to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half. Iran has dismissed US claims it was behind the assault. Tehran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed responsibility for Saturday's strikes on two plants owned by the Saudi state-owned energy company Aramco. Saturday's explosions set off fires that engulfed the Abqaiq plant, the world's largest oil process ... more
  • 16 hours Widow of late Tunisia leader Essebsi dies as presidential poll opens ModernGhana -Africa
    Chadlia Caid Essebsi, the wife of the late Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away on Sunday as the first round of elections to select her husband's successor began, their son announced. My mother Chadlia, widow of Beji Caid Essebsi, is dead, may God bless her, Hafedh Caid Essebsi said on Facebook. In late July, the 83-year-old had welcomed heads of state who came to pay their respects to her husband, Tunisia's first president elected democratically by universal suffrage who di ... more
  • 16 hours Nantes Yellow Vests protest police brutality ModernGhana -World
    Hundreds of Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets of Nantes on Saturday to demonstrate against police brutality, a day after the city's commissioner was demoted for the heavy handed tactics of officers that led to the death of the young partygoer, Steve Maia Caniço, in June. Demonstrators in the western city of Nantes held banners with a plethora of different slogans, from solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong to demands for an independent inquiry into the death of ... more
  • 16 hours West African leaders promise billion-dollar plan to fight jihadists ModernGhana -Africa
    West African leaders have announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the growing problem of jihadist violence in the region. The bloc has dismissed suggestions that the G5 Sahel taskforce is ineffective. The plan, to be funded from 2020 to 2024, was announced at end of the Economic Community Summit of West African States in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where ... more
  • 16 hours Chaos returns to Hong Kong streets during banned protest ModernGhana -World
    Hong Kong riot police have used tear gas and water cannon against hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, tipping the violence-plagued city back into chaos. Tens of thousands of people defied authorities to march through the streets of the city in an unsanctioned rally on Sunday, the latest episode of a popular revolt that has raged for the last 99 days. The rally descended into violence when small groups of hardcore activists tried to attack the city's main gover ... more
  • 16 hours Tunisia heads to polls for tightly fought presidential contest ModernGhana -Africa
    Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls Sunday to choose from a crowded field. Key players include media mogul Nabil Karoui, behind bars due to an ongoing money laundering probe, Abdelfattah Mourou, who heads a first-time bid for Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. The premier's popularity has been tarnished by a sluggish econo ... more
  • 16 hours ‘Bull’ reaps triple reward at 2019 Deauville American Film Festival ModernGhana -World
    Annie Silverstein's directorial debut, Bull won the Grand Prix at the 2019 festival, the Critics' Award and the Discovery Award (prix de la Révélation). Fourteen films were in competition this year. Bull is a drama about a wayward teenage girl (Amber Harvard in her first role) who lives in a poor area on the outskirts of Houston in Texas. Her punishment for trashing a neighbour's home is to help out the neighbor, a former rodeo star who takes her on the circuit with him and s ... more
  • 16 hours Tunisia votes in second democratic presidential election ModernGhana -Africa
    Polling stations have opened in Tunisia, where over seven million people are registered to vote in Sunday's presidential election. It's the second time Tunisians will decide their next president since the 2011 revolution that put an end to autocratic rule. Here's what to expect in today's voting. Sunday's vote is the first round of Tunisia's second presidential election. Voters have 26 candidates to choose from, with a run-off to be held if no candidate secures more than 50 percent in the ... more
  • 16 hours All Blacks scotch Sonny Bill injury rumours ModernGhana -Africa
    New Zealand's assistant coach on Sunday quashed rumours that star centre Sonny Bill Williams had suffered a World Cup-threatening injury, declaring him fit for selection for the All Blacks' crunch opener against South Africa. Social media in New Zealand has been abuzz with reports that Williams was heading home, which would have been the second injury blow for the defending champions after losing flanker Luke Jacobson. But Ian Foster denied the reports. Is he going home? No. Is he avai ... more
  • 16 hours DR Congo ex-minister accused of $4.3 million embezzlement ModernGhana -Africa
    Detained former DR Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been accused of embezzling $4.3 million of public funds raised to tackle the Ebola epidemic, his defence counsel said Sunday while insisting on his innocence. Police accuse him of having siphoned off a total of $4.3 million made available by the treasury to fight Ebola, lawyers Guy Kabeya and Willy Ngashi said in a statement. Ilunga, who resigned as health minister in July after being removed as head of the country's Ebola response ... more
  • 16 hours ‘We’ll try again’: EU-bound migrants reroute via Albanian hills ModernGhana -Africa
    After slipping across the Greek border into the arid mountains of southeastern Albania in the dead of night, Hidaja Salah and his fellow travellers are blinded by the headlights of a police car. The migrants were hoping to continue west towards the EU but their journey has been halted in this Balkan state -- for now. We will try again, Salah, a young and bespectacled man from Afghanistan in his 20s, tells AFP as the Albanian police vehicles pull up. He and the others -- eight Egyptian ... more
  • 16 hours Death toll in Spanish floods rises to six ModernGhana -World
    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has visited the country's flood-stricken south-eastern regions as the death toll rose to six and train and air services were disrupted for a third day. Some of the heaviest daily rainfall on record has inundated the region since Wednesday, provoking chaos on the roads, cutting public transport and causing rivers to burst their banks. Flash floods swept away cars and swamped homes and fields in the regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia. Th ... more
  • 16 hours 45th Deauville Festival Award for Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ ModernGhana -World
    Film maker Olivier Assayas on Saturday was awarded the 45th Deauville Festival Award for his film, Wasp Network which was the festival's closing film. The French director's 13th feature film is based on a true story of five Cuban spies who infiltrated the exiled Cubans anti-Castro groups in the 1990s in Miami, Florida, and were caught by the FBI. Starring Edgar Ramirez and Penelope Cruz, Olivier Assayas' thriller Wasp Network (Cuban Network in French) shuttles back and forth ... more
  • 16 hours Kristen Stewart honoured with Deauville US Film Festival’s Talent Awards ModernGhana -World
    Deauville's American Film Festival has paid tribute to Kirsten Stewart, the 33-year-old US actress with some 20 acting-career years already behind her. The Twilight series gave Stewart and co-star Robert Pattinson the exposure they needed to break through. Neither have looked back. French director Olivier Assayas with whom Kristen Stewart has worked more than once, handed the actress her award saying I have often said and will repeat it, how much I owe her, how much the films we have made ... more
  • 2 days Zimbabwe sees thaw in chilly ties with West ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe's frosty relations with Western powers are thawing despite tensions caused by a brutal repression of protests, the country's foreign minister says. Since the military-backed ouster of late ruler Robert Mugabe in November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has campaigned to re-engage internationally. The European Union and the US had imposed sanctions -- including travel bans on Mugabe and his inner circle -- for violence, electoral fraud and undermining democracy. ... more
  • 2 days Edward Snowden wants asylum in France ModernGhana -World
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to claim asylum in France, according to an interview published on Saturday. The former US intelligence contractor has been in Russia since leaking a trove of classified documents showing the scope of post-9/11 US surveillance. Snowden had already applied for French asylum in 2013 under former president Francois Hollande. He told France Inter radio that he hoped President Emmanuel Macron would gr ... more
  • 2 days Nantes police chief demoted after enquiry into death of raver ‘Steve’ ModernGhana -World
    An enquiry into the tragic events that lead to the death of young techno fan Steve Maia Caniço in June has found a lack of judgement on the part of the police. The interior ministry said the police chief responsible for regional operations on the night of 21 June has been demoted. A lack of judgement . That is the finding of report by the Inspector General ordered by France's interior minister Christophe Castaner on 26 July. The report describes how a police intervention was conducted ... more
  • 2 days Jeered over attacks, S.Africa’s president apologises at Mugabe funeral ModernGhana -Africa
    South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa was jeered and whistled at on Saturday during his speech at Zimbabwe ex-leader Robert Mugabe's funeral before he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks. At least 12 people have been killed this month in a surge in violence and mob attacks against foreign-owned businesses in and around Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. A wave of jeers, boos and whistles interrupted Ramaphosa at the Harare national stadium as he started his eulogy at the st ... more
  • 2 days Ironing out the kinks in Tunisia’s new democracy ModernGhana -Africa
    While the majority of people across the Middle East, North Africa region sing the praises of the Arab Spring revolution for bringing down dictatorships and ushering in democracy, there are some who think the movement has gone too far in a too short a time, particularly in Tunisia. For me, it's very bad, says Samy, an Algerian restaurant owner at the entrance to the Sousse medina. A tourist hotspot; or what used to be a tourist hotspot. They think that democracy is to do what you want, n ... more
  • 2 days DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for ’embezzling Ebola funds’: police ModernGhana -Africa
    Former DR Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been arrested over allegations he embezzled public funds to tackle the Ebola epidemic, police said on Saturday. Ilunga, who resigned as health minister in July after being removed as head of the country's Ebola response team, was detained while hiding in an apartment in the capital Kinshasa ahead of a bid to flee the country, officers said. He is in custody due to misdemeanors of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response, po ... more
  • 2 days Libya airport hit by drone, rocket fire: unity govt ModernGhana -Africa
    An airport near the Libyan capital was hit by a new round of rocket fire and air strikes, the UN-recognised government said Saturday, two weeks after it was closed due to repeated attacks. The Government of National Accord accused forces loyal to eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar of being behind Saturday's attacks on Mitiga airport, but did not report any casualties. An air strike by Emirati drones hit the airport early Saturday morning, followed by Grad rockets launched by (pro-Ha ... more
  • 2 days Egypt’s Sisi denies graft accusations ModernGhana -Africa
    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday flatly denied allegations of corruption made by an Egyptian businessman, assuring he was honest and faithful to his people and army. Videos posted online from outside the country since early September accusing Sisi and Egypt's military of graft have gone viral, sparking rare debate about the army's growing economic empire. The man behind them, 45-year-old construction contractor Mohamed Aly, claims that authorities have misappropriated m ... more
  • 2 days Suspect funds used to send military gear to Sudan neighbours: Bashir trial witness ModernGhana -Africa
    A witness in the trial of Omar al-Bashir said Saturday that his army-owned firm had supplied military equipment to neighbouring countries using funds allegedly received illegally by the ousted Sudanese leader. Bashir was deposed by the army in April following months of protests against his iron-fisted rule of three decades. In August, he was charged with the illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds -- offences that could land him behind bars for more than a decade. Authorities had s ... more
  • 2 days Drone strikes set Saudi oil plants ablaze ModernGhana -World
    Drone attacks have sparked fires at two oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility. The latest assault on the state-owned energy giant targeted Abqaiq and Khurais, two major Aramco facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia. Announcing the drone attack, the interior ministry in Riyadh said that the fires had been brought under control. The official statement a ... more
  • 2 days Being a young communist in contemporary France ModernGhana -World
    The fall of the Berlin Wall three decades ago marked the beginning of the end of communism in Europe. But the French Communist party continues to attract young people to its ranks. The head of the French Young Communists Movement talks about the fight for social justice and a greener future. My family aren't communists but they gave me some values and one of those values was the desire for justice, says Leon Deffontaines ... more
  • 2 days Floods in Spain kill at least five ModernGhana -World
    Three more people have died as torrential rain and flash floods batter south-eastern Spain, bringing the death toll to five. Rising waters have caused havoc for travelers and forced 3,500 people from their homes. The latest fatality was a man whose body was found in the area of Redovan, some 50 kilometres southwest of the city of Alicante. Earlier on Friday, a 36-year-old man died in the Andalusia region after his car was swept away in the rushing waters, the local emergency services said. ... more
  • 2 days Black model art show challenges France’s colour blindness ModernGhana -World
    A recent Paris exhibition honouring forgotten black models of modern art has shone a spotlight on black identity in a society where race remains a controversial subject. France has been multicultural since the 19th and 20th century , says Denise Murrell, co-curator of Le Modèle Noir or Black Models. The landmark exhibition on modern art's for ... more
  • 2 days ‘The Lighthouse’: a beacon of hope for independent US film ModernGhana -World
    The Lighthouse is bleak film about two men abandoned on an outcrop of rock in the sea off the north-east coast of the United States. However, US independent director Robert Eggers uplifts with a spinning of yarns and beauty to be reckoned with. Thomas Wake and Ephraim Winslow are strangers to each other. They are left to look after an offshore lighthouse. Wake is an old-timer, knows the seas, the winds, the gulls and the spirits of the waves. Winslow is a stranger to himself and is det ... more
  • 2 days Divided Zimbabwe bids farewell to Mugabe with state funeral ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe gave former leader Robert Mugabe a state funeral on Saturday with African leaders paying tribute to a man lauded as a liberation hero but whose 37-year rule was defined by repression and economic turmoil. Mugabe, who died in Singapore aged 95, left Zimbabwe deeply divided over his legacy with the southern African country still struggling with high inflation and shortages of goods after decades of mismanagement. Mugabe died last week on an overseas medical trip almost two years aft ... more
  • 2 days African leaders gather in Zimbabwe for Robert Mugabe’s state funeral ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe is holding a state funeral for former president Robert Mugabe on Saturday, with African leaders to attend his memorial at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The ceremony follows a dispute between Mugabe's family and the government over where he should be buried. After days of disagreement, it was finally decided that Mugabe will be laid to rest in about a month in Hero's Acre - the a national monument on a hill overlooking Harare, where heroes of the Liberation War are buried. ... more
  • 2 days Gambian ex-president to face prosecution for corruption ModernGhana -Africa
    The Gambian government on Friday said it intended to prosecute former president Yahya Jammeh on allegations of theft and corruption. Jammeh, who ruled the tiny West African state for 22 years, fled the country in January 2017 after losing presidential elections and initially refusing to step down. The former president acquired more than 280 private and commercial properties, islands, forest parks, wetland and wildlife reserves during his time in power, according to a commission of inquiry ... more
  • 2 days US urges Guinea leader on democracy amid talk of new term ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States on Friday encouraged Guinea's visiting president to respect regular transitions of power as the leader flirts with ending term limits to allow him to remain in office. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Guinea's 2020 elections, which have already sparked tensions in the west African country, as he met in Washington with President Alpha Conde. Pompeo conveyed the United States' strong support for regular, democratic transitions of power, which yield more accountabil ... more
  • 2 days In Ivory Coast, telemedicine revolution proves blessing for heart patients ModernGhana -Africa
    Every time Catherine Coulibaly's 19-year-old son had to make a routine appointment with the cardiologist for his heart condition, she gritted her teeth as she silently counted the financial cost. It wasn't just the hospital fee -- there was the transport, food and accommodation, too, all of it amounting to a hefty burden for an Ivorian family on a modest income. But thanks to telemedicine -- consultations that doctors conduct through the internet or by phone -- this cost is now a fading me ... more
  • 2 days Pressure was ‘horrendous’ says World Cup winner Mark Andrews ModernGhana -Africa
    As a member of the South Africa team that won the 1995 World Cup and was later immortalised in the Clint Eastwood film Invictus , Mark Andrews is already assured of a place in rugby history. We were just out of isolation, Mandela was the new president, it was an opportunity to show the world who we were, Andrews told AFP. South Africa had been released from sporting exile, prompted by years of apartheid government, in 1992 and Andrews, with his trademark headband, was a new breed of Spr ... more
  • 2 days Tsipras’ nemesis ModernGhana -World
    This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about the 7 July general elections in Greece. There's On This Day , a thumbs up to Iraqi novelist Inaam Kachachi, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy Hello everyone Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. You'll hear the winner's names announced and the week's quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you've grown accustome ... more
  • 2 days Mugabe to be buried in a month at Zimbabwe’s ‘heroes’ monument ModernGhana -Africa
    Former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe's family and the government on Friday said he would be buried in about a month after they agreed to entomb him at a monument for national heroes in Harare. Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans divided over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017. His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally who turned against him, had ... more
  • 2 days Thousands pay last respects to Mugabe, amid uncertainty over burial place ModernGhana -Africa
    Thousands of Zimbabweans have filed past the open coffin of Robert Mugabe to pay their last respects to the country's founding leader, as a family spokesman reveals the late former president will be buried in around 30 days. With members of the Mugabe family, including Mugabe's widow Grace looking on, people trooped silently past the coffin lying inside a white tent in the middle of a soccer pitch in Harare's low-income Mbare suburb. The body of the 95-year-old, which arrived back in Zimba ... more
  • 2 days Amnesty wants justice for victims of Sudan protests ModernGhana -Africa
    Rights group Amnesty International Friday called for justice for those killed during months of protests that rocked Sudan, insisting that demonstrators had faced disproportionate and unnecessary violence. Sudan has experienced unprecedentedly large rallies since December, first against now ousted leader Omar al-Bashir and later against the generals who seized power after overthrowing him. The protest movement says that more than 250 demonstrators were killed in the violence, including at ... more
  • 2 days US sanctions Uganda’s ex-police boss for rights abuses ModernGhana -Africa
    The US government announced sanctions against Uganda's once-powerful police chief on Friday, citing evidence of corruption and human rights abuses including torture. The agencies said there was credible information that Kale Kayihura was involved in torture and/or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. Washington said he had responsibility for the notorious Flying Squad, a specialist unit of the Uganda Police Force that officials said reported directly to Kayihura. Ka ... more
  • 2 days Algerians take to the streets to oppose presidential poll ModernGhana -Africa
    Algerians returned to the streets Friday, protesting proposed presidential elections after parliament passed bills that could pave the way for the announcement of a vote to take place in December. Demonstrations that started in February led to the resignation of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April, after 20 years at the helm. But the movement has continued, with protestors taking to the streets for a 30th consecutive week Friday. Demonstrators are demanding key regime figures step d ... more
  • 2 days Kinshasha, Lagos, Tokyo, Paris: guitarist Kiala travels with Afrobeat ModernGhana -World
    Congolese guitarist and singer Kiala Nzavotunga has played with Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 band, founded Europe's first Afrobeat band Ghettoblaster in Paris, and recorded with avant garde bands in Japan. He's now released his first solo album Money with The Afroblaster. He talks to RFI about some memorable moments in his 30-year career.. including being helped and insulted by Fela. Afrobeat is like reggae, you have to send a message, Kiala tells RFI. You have to be politically, ideologica ... more
  • 2 days Mugabe family agree to burial at Zimbabwe ‘heroes’ monument ModernGhana -Africa
    Former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe's family and the government on Friday said he would be buried in about a month after they agreed to entomb him at a monument for national heroes in Harare. Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans deeply divided over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017. His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally who turned against h ... more
  • 2 days Balkany affair: French political power couple jailed for fraud ModernGhana -World
    A French court has convicted veteran right-wing political kingmaker Patrick Balkany and his wife for hiding millions of euros worth of assets from the French tax authorities, sentencing them both to jail terms. The Paris tribunal convicted the 71-year-old to 4 years jail and ordered his immediate arrest. His wife Isabelle was slapped with a three-year sentence but not immediately taken into custody, which is usually the case for short jail terms. The couple were convicted of hiding two lu ... more
  • 2 days ‘European Way of Life’ title for EU migration chief raises criticism ModernGhana -World
    The incoming head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is under pressure to change the name of her commissioner in charge of migration, which she has called the Vice President for Protecting our European Way of Life. Von der Leyen, Germany's former defence minister, publicly attributed the title to Greece's Margaritis Schinas on Tuesday, and since then ... more
  • 2 days Single and lesbian, she turns to Spain for fertility treatment denied in France ModernGhana -World
    What do you do when you want to get pregnant in France and you don't have a male partner? France currently prohibits single women and lesbian couples from accessing medically-assisted procreation (called PMA in French), including sperm donation. That could be about to change. French lawmakers are starting to debate a new law that would extend the right ... more
  • 2 days Israel’s Netanyahu looking for friends in Russia before election ModernGhana -World
    Benjamin Netanyahu has met Russian president Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, hoping to boost his image as an international statesman. The visit comes five days before elections in Israel. Did the Israeli Prime Minister get what he was looking for in Russia? Netanyahu's visit also comes shortly after Moscow condemned his pre-election pledge to annex part of the occupied West Bank. They are complex relations, says Professor Yossi Mekelberg, research fellow at ... more
  • 3 days World champ Kipyegon readies to defend title in Doha ModernGhana -Africa
    Kenya's Olympic and world 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon said she was fit and ready to defend her title in Doha after edging Winnie Chebet in the Kenyan trials on Friday. Kipyegon made a winning return to the track after a two-year maternity break at the Prefontaine Diamond League in June, but a hamstring injury in training interrupted her racing season. I thank God I have managed to come back stronger after the long maternity leave, and today I am able to win my race and book a ticket to ... more
  • 3 days S.African protesters demand crackdown on femicide ModernGhana -Africa
    With placards stating Enough is enough , hundreds of protesters marched in Johannesburg on Friday to protest at gender-based violence in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries. Demonstrations in South Africa have been mounting over the rising toll of murders, rapes and abuse of women and girls, and a sense of impunity and government failure that surrounds it. I deal with kids coming through my door complaining about rape, said Tshego Modisane, a 27-year-old teacher from the town ... more
  • 3 days Death toll of Morocco flood-hit bus hits 24 ModernGhana -Africa
    The death toll from a bus accident caused by flooding in southeast Morocco has risen to 24, authorities said Friday. Flood waters overturned the bus on Sunday and swept away passengers as the vehicle crossed a bridge near the city of Errachidia, said local officials. The toll, put at 17 on Monday, was revised after authorities recovered the bodies of seven more passengers, five of them on Friday. The bus driver, who had at first had been counted among the missing, turned up Monday in ho ... more
  • 3 days Google pays nearly 1 billion euros to France to settle tax dispute ModernGhana -World
    A Paris court has approved a 945 million euro payment by Google to France to end a tax dispute, which has pitted the American tech giant and the French government against each other for years. Under the agreement, which was announced in court on Thursday, Google will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion and an additional 465 million euros for what the company calls additional taxes , to settle claims with French tax authorities. France first opened the investigation into Google's t ... more
  • 3 days After Mugabe’s death, Zimbabwean migrant recalls ‘betrayal’ ModernGhana -Africa
    When Trust Sibanda was born in 1979, Zimbabwe was Rhodesia -- a British colony whose white minority government had declared independence unilaterally. In 1980, the country broke free and a guerrilla leader called Robert Mugabe rose to power as its founding father. Even as a toddler you can feel what is happening, said Sibanda. We were marching towards a new era of independence. But 27 years after the liberation, Sibanda -- by then a qualified school teacher -- was sitting on a bus ... more
  • 3 days French firm found liable after employee dies during sex on business trip ModernGhana -World
    A French court has ruled that the death of a man, who had a heart attack while having sex during a business trip, was work-related. The decision means the man's employer is responsible and must cover costs related to his death. The man, identified as Xavier, died on the evening of 21 February 2013 in the home of a woman who he had met while he was on a business trip in Meung-sur-Loire, in the centre of France, for TSO, a railway construction and maintenance company. The company did not con ... more
  • 3 days Refugee crisis in Libya and Niger making slow headway, says UN ModernGhana -Africa
    Countries are only slowly making headway in meeting promises to relocate stranded refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya and Niger, a senior UN official says. Nearly 48,000 people are in Libya, some of whom are being held in detention camps, according to UN figures, while thousands of others have been evacuated to neighbouring Niger, where they are waiting in transit camps. So far, 6,606 of them have received a promise of permanent relocation in a third country. Pledges have been made b ... more
  • 3 days Seychelles, blazing a trail in marine conservation ModernGhana -Africa
    As the world grapples with the climate emergency, Seychelles is leading the way in marine conservation ten years ahead of United Nations deadlines. A marine expedition into its deep waters has analysed a huge swathe of unchartered Indian Ocean territory, providing invaluable research. The Seychelles are a beacon for ocean conservation, ocean science and ocean management. They've really taken the lead where others are catching up, says ... more
  • 3 days ‘The Climb’ is worth it for absurdity, sincerity and French touch ModernGhana -World
    Michael Angelo Colvino's directorial debut is one out of 14 entries competing in the 45th Deauville American Film Festival. Absurd humour and ellipses may baffle some, but with French scenery, songs and impossible twists, it stays the course. The Climb's two heroes are played by the co-writers, Colvino and Kyle Marvin. Before this film, they were already partners in pr ... more
  • 3 days Tunisians undecided ahead of Sunday’s vote ModernGhana -Africa
    Campaigning for Tunisia's presidential election wraps up on Friday, with voters across the board untouched and unconvinced by the line-up of candidates. With more than seven million Tunisians registered to vote in Sunday's poll, turnout could be slightly higher than in 2014, when the country held its first democratic presidential elections. But in just the second free and fair vote, there appears to be limited interest and even less conviction that their ballot will make a difference reg ... more
  • 3 days Kenya Joins Ghana, Malawi To Roll Out Landmark Vaccine For Malaria ModernGhana -Africa
    The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world rsquo;s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to affect millions of children in Africa. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be available to children from 6 months of age in selected areas ... more
  • 3 days Mugabe’s family agree to burial at ‘heroes’ monument ModernGhana -Africa
    The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, the family said on Friday, though the date for the ceremony remained unclear. Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans deeply divided over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017. His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally who turned agai ... more
  • 3 days Tunisia gears up for presidential poll steeped in uncertainty ModernGhana -Africa
    Tunisia will hold on Sunday its second free presidential election by universal suffrage since the 2011 uprising that toppled an autocratic regime, with growing uncertainty over who will reach the next round. Twenty-six candidates are in the race, including the incumbent prime minister and a media magnate who was arrested just weeks before the polls, as well as a presidential hopeful put forth by an Islamist-inspired party. Seven million voters are expected to head to the ballot box after a ... more
  • 3 days Five things to know about the Tunisian presidential poll ModernGhana -Africa
    Here are five things to know about the Tunisian presidential election set for September 15: Who are the candidates? Of 98 nominees, 26 candidates were confirmed by the Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE) -- roughly the same number to enter the race in the 2014 presidential campaign. Three of the candidates have been prime minister, including the serving head of government, Youssef Chahed. Chahed is also one of eight candidates that were members of, or aligned w ... more
  • 3 days Transport blocked in Paris Friday morning as metro workers strike ModernGhana -World
    Nearly every metro line is closed in Paris on Friday morning, as expected following a call to strike by workers with the RATP, the company that manages the system, against pension reforms. Ten out of 16 lines are closed for the whole day. Road traffic has been building up during the morning rush hour. Lines 4, 7, 8 and 9, along with the RER A and B are the only lines running, and will be open only during rush hour (6:30-9am, and 5-8pm), and only on certain branches, with limited number of ... more
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