• 9 months Sudan launches first satellite into space, with China’s help ModernGhana -World
    Sudan launched its first satellite earlier this month from Taiyuan Satellite Launch centre in Shanxi province, China, according to Space in Africa, a company dedicated to market analysis and news following African technological advancements. The remote sensing satellite, designed and launched by China for Sudan, was designed to be used over Sudan. Sudan hopes to use the satellite for military and civil applications, said Temidayo Oniosun, the managing director of the Lagos-based ... more
  • 9 months Mali peacekeeping mandate must be strengthened, says Senegal’s Sall ModernGhana -World
    Senegal's President Macky Sall opened the International Forum on Peace and Security in Dakar on Monday calling for the UN Security Council to agree to a stronger mandate for MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping force in Mali. Fighting terrorism in the Sahel is both a duty of solidarity and an imperative for collective security, said Sall, adding, in Africa and outside the continent we are all threatened, we all have an interest in peacekeeping. These sentiments were backed by his Mauritanian c ... more
  • 9 months Saudi Aramco IPO ‘huge’ but smaller than expected ModernGhana -World
    Saudi Arabia's state oil company Aramco is seeking to set a record for the world's largest-ever initial public offering (IPO) in plans announced Sunday that nonetheless scale back preparations in terms of size and international trading. Saudi Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, announced it would sell a 1.5 percent stake in the company in a bid to raise capital and diversify the Gulf kingdom's economy by opening up to for ... more
  • 9 months Getting back to nature: Day trips to beat the urban stress of Paris ModernGhana -World
    A new website is helping stressed-out Paris dwellers who don't have the time or money to escape the urban grind. The French capital is surrounded by pockets of quiet parks, lush forests, waterways and open fields all just a short train ride away. Randonnée Autour de Paris helps you get there. According to Candice Poitrey, all you need is a train ticket, a good pair of shoes, a hat (or raincoat, depending on the weather), lunch, and your sense of adventure. And perhaps a decent map. Th ... more
  • 9 months French paedophile surgeon may have had more than 250 victims ModernGhana -World
    French prosecutors say a retired surgeon jailed since May 2017 for sexually abusing four girls may have had more than 250 victims. Joël Le Scouarnec has now had a series of new cases opened against him by a court in Brittany, in what may be the most serious case of child sex abuse in France. According to the state prosecutor in the city of La Rochelle, of those identified, 209 have been interviewed. Many amongst them were ab ... more
  • 9 months China blasts Xinjiang documents leak ModernGhana -World
    China on Monday said it would never be soft in its crackdown in Xinjiang, after a leak of government documents shed new light on the mass detention of Muslims in the far-west region. Currently, hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uyghurs are under detention in so-called re-education camps with a view to making them toe the political line from Beijing, and eradicate any suspected sympathies for Muslim extremism. Over 400 pages of internal papers obtained by the New York Times show th ... more
  • 9 months France returns sword of 19th century anti-colonial hero to Senegal ModernGhana -World
    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has returned a sabre belonging to 19th century Islamic scholar and leader, Omar Tall, to Senegal's President Macky Sall, in Dakar. Tall is considered a hero in Senegal and a symbol of fighting colonialism. Calling it a historic day , Sall received the sword in the presence of some of Tall's descendants. The sword that unites us here is...that of a great conqueror, that of a spiritual guide, said Philippe. It's the sword of the founder of the Touco ... more
  • 9 months Hong Kong protesters pinned back on campus by police, teargas ModernGhana -World
    Hong Kong police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas in a bid to hold back anti-government protesters fleeing a university where hundreds were holed up with petrol bombs and other homemade weapons, amid fears of a bloody crackdown. Dozens, reportedly choking on the tear gas, tried to escape again and again from the Polytechnic University after a ni ... more
  • 9 months Months of protest bring Haiti’s president to the table ModernGhana -World
    Haiti's President Jovenel Moise says he has begun closed-door talks with civil society groups and the private sector, as well as moderate elements of the opposition, in a bid to break a political deadlock and an unfolding humanitarian crisis sparked by two months of anti-government demonstrations. In an interview with Reuters at the weekend, Moise said the negotiations were aimed at creating a government of national unity. The 51-year-old president, who is facing widespread anger over ... more
  • 9 months La Marseillaise booed in Tirana as France beats Albania 2-nil in Euro 2020 qualifier ModernGhana -World
    World champions France produced a fitting away match victory in Albania after goals from Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann gave them a 2-nil win in a Euro 2020 Group H qualifier on Sunday. But the home crowd were unforgiving following national anthem gaffe in Paris last September. Having already booked their place in next year's 24-nation tournament, Les Bleus finished top of the group on 25 points from 10 games, two ahead of second-placed Turkey who cruised to a 2-nil win at Andorra. ... more
  • 9 months Most complaints filed by women in France are not followed through – report ModernGhana -World
    Eighty percent of complaints stemming from domestic violence are not followed through by French officials, according to a report published on Sunday by the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche. Nicole Belloubet, the Minister of Justice, acknowledged on Friday that the system for protecting female victims of domestic violence is not functioning. Speaking to the publication, she noted that quite clearly, it's not working. The chain of justice is not satisfactory. An ... more
  • 9 months French government readies sale of Lottery ModernGhana -World
    The French state has raised one billion euros in subscriptions from small-time investors for shares in the national lottery, which is to be privatised next week, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Sunday. The government is selling 52 percent of the state lottery monopoly, Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), in order to raise money for investment in innovation. It has launched a huge marketing drive to try attract as many individual French investors as possible. Since the sale began on Nove ... more
  • 9 months Star Wars theme for this year’s electronic music festival in Tunisia’s iconic desert ModernGhana -World
    Thousands descended upon the southern Tunisian desert, home of the original Star Wars set, for a two-day electronic music festival to dance and listen to 30 hours straight of tunes. Nicknamed the 'Les Dunes Electroniques', or the Electronic Dunes, the two-day festival near the Algerian border, drew in fans and DJs on Saturday and Sunday in the Tozeur region of the Sahara desert. With its proximity to th ... more
  • 9 months Rouge, rampaging elephant Osama bin Laden dies in captivity ModernGhana -World
    A rogue elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died in captivity after he was captured following a massive hunt in northeastern India, officials said Sunday. The male animal -- nicknamed Laden -- was tracked for days by forestry officers and tranquilised on Monday after a deadly October rampage killed five villagers in Goalpara, in the northeastern state of Assam. It was moved to Assam's Orang National Park where officials planned to teach it to patrol wildlife ... more
  • 9 months Rogue, rampaging elephant Osama bin Laden dies in captivity ModernGhana -World
    A rogue elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died in captivity after he was captured following a massive hunt in northeastern India, officials said Sunday. The male animal -- nicknamed Laden -- was tracked for days by forestry officers and tranquilised on Monday after a deadly October rampage killed five villagers in Goalpara, in the northeastern state of Assam. It was moved to Assam's Orang National Park where officials planned to teach it to patrol wildlife ... more
  • 9 months Sinking Venice braces for third massive flood in a week ModernGhana -World
    Venice was braced Sunday for an unprecedented third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the already devastated historic city where authorities have declared a state of emergency. The city forecast acqua alta , or high water, of 160 centimetres (over five feet) for 1200 GMT, lower than Tuesday's 187 centimetres -- the highest level in half a century -- but still dangerous. Maximum attention for today's tide, tweeted mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who has estimated dama ... more
  • 9 months German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer Wants Asylum Applications Examined Before Entering The EU ModernGhana -World
    German Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer calls for a reform of the European asylum system. According to the plans of the German politician, those seeking protection should be able to be rejected at the EU 39;s external borders. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer wants to push ahead with plans for fundamental reform of the European asylum system. Migration policy is the central domestic issue of the European Union. We need a new beginning for migration policy in Europe, ... more
  • 9 months Who Killed Stacey Stites? Texas Suspends Planned Execution ModernGhana -World
    Rodney Reed: He is said to have raped and killed a young woman, and to be executed for it. Now evidence leads to suspicion of another woman. On Wednesday he was supposed to die, but now the death penalty against Rodney Reed, convicted of murder has been suspended. Was someone else the perpetrator? Celebrities even interfere in the case. The US judiciary has for the time being suspended an execution of a man sentenced to death planned for next Wednesday. This was decided by an appeal co ... more
  • 9 months Black Bloc violence mars Yellow Vest first anniversary protests ModernGhana -World
    One year after the start of the Yellow Vest movement roundabouts across France were peacefully reoccupied in Normandy or Occitania. However, the anniversary was marred by violent demonstrations in Paris, as BlackBloc anarchists tore up paving stones, set up barricades and lit fires on some of the streets of the capital around the Place d'Italie, the Place de la Bastille then, and to a lesser extent, in Châtelet-Les Halles. Black Bloc violence There are also due to be demonstrations la ... more
  • 9 months Greta Thunberg at the UN ModernGhana -World
    This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about Greta Thunberg's complaint at the UN. You'll meet Mary Margaret McBride, a radio star in 1940's America, there's listener news, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo 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 ingredient ... more
  • 9 months A new history is written as the gospel is spread through the successful 100,000 Graduation Ceremony of Shincheonji ModernGhana -World
    An unprecedented event of this world Increase of 100,000 congregation members in one year. Born again as a congregation at level of knowledge of a pastor through the 6 months bible study. Geometric increase, not the power of men but God 100,000 people were evangelised and studied the bible study course and this all happened within 10 months. This is not the power of men but God. This is only possible because God is together Shincheonji, Church of Jesus, ... more
  • 9 months France rejects proposed tax break on palm oil ModernGhana -World
    France has voted against a proposed tax break on palm oil which would have greatly benefitted energy giant Total, after lawmakers and environmentalist pushed back against the legislation. On Thursday, the National Assembly had voted in favour of adding palm oil to a list of biofuel sources that would benefit from a tax break until 2026. But ... more
  • 9 months Civilans killed in eastern DRC by ADF rebels in revenge attack over Congolese army’s operation ModernGhana -World
    14 civilians were confirmed killed in DR Congo in revenge for an army offensive against Ugandan rebel strongholds in the east of the country a local official has confirmed. The latest killings took place overnight from Friday to Saturday in the Beni region of the North Kivu province where the Congolese army announced last month an offensive to root out insurgents belonging to the ... more
  • 9 months Uganda outlaws thousands of NGOs running ‘unscrupulous operations’ ModernGhana -World
    Uganda's interior minister Mario Obiga Kania ordered some 12,000 non-governmental organizations to shut down their operations immediately, after they missed a re-registration deadline. The Ugandan Daily Monitor newspaper reports that only 2,000 NGOs (mostly foreign), managed to renew their licenses before the year-long exercise wound up in September. What that meant is that up to 73 percent of the aid organizations, believed to be operated by Ugandans, failed to register. While the Ugan ... more
  • 9 months Protesters clash with police in Paris as Yellow Vest protests get underway ModernGhana -World
    Overturned cars, paving stones and garbage fires -Place d'Italie, in the south of Paris, was the scene of sporadic outbreaks of violence on Saturday. Demonstrators, many clad in black and hiding their faces, set trash bins on fire and hurled projectiles at riot police while building barricades. Paris clashes Clashes also broke out between demonstrators and police near the Porte de Champerret in the northwest of the city as protesters were preparing to march across town toward Gare ... more
  • 9 months UNESCO and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation join forces to promote arts education in support of disadvantaged children ModernGhana -World
    Maestro Andrea Bocelli, Founder of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation was hosted at the UNESCO General Conference and called for the strengthening of arts education in support of children in vulnerable regions: Beauty will save the world he said, echoing Dostoevsky rsquo;s famous formula, before singing Beethoven 39;s Ode to Joy in UNESCO 39;s main plenary hall in front of delegates from accross the world. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation ... more
  • 9 months Russia Takes Control Over Former US Airfield In Northern Syria ModernGhana -World
    Russian military police in Northern Syria: An airport formerly used there by the US American soldiers is now taken over by Russia. Donald Trump has withdrawn US troops from Northern Syria, Russian soldiers have moved up. Now they have taken over a recently abandoned American airfield. The Russian military police have taken control of an airfield in northern Syria last used by the US military. Our unit has begun guarding the airfield and the military base, a military representative ... more
  • 9 months France crawls past Moldova, but still secures Euro 2020 place ModernGhana -World
    World champions France stumbled to a 2-1 win against Moldova ranked 175 - on Thursday securing a place at Euro 2020 after a penalty by Olivier Giroud. France, who lost the Euro 2016 final as hosts to Portugal, were guaranteed a ticket to next year's tournament before kick-off in Paris following a 0-0 draw between Turkey and Iceland. However their hopes of turning the final home qualifier into an evening of celebration at a chilly Stade de France were compromised when Vadim Rata punished abj ... more
  • 9 months DRCongo begins using second Ebola vaccine: MSF ModernGhana -World
    Fifteen people received the first of two injections on Thursday of the new Ebola vaccine in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu region of the eastern Democratic of Congo, said Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the medical charity who administered the vaccine. It's not a replacement for the first vaccine, it's being used to complement it, especially in areas where there are no cases of (Ebola) transmission, MSF coordinator Steve Akuha told Agence France Presse news agency. The Johnson John ... more
  • 9 months Success of Made in France fair still to rub off on the economy ModernGhana -World
    Consumers in France are increasingly buying local, as this week's Made in France fair, which attracted nearly 80,000 visitors, shows. When the fair first launched in 2012, former Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg boasted that it would boost the economy and create much-needed jobs. But nearly ten years on, the economic impact remains hard to gauge. It was seven years ago that France's former firebrand minister Arnaud Montebourg ... more
  • 9 months Venice sinks deeper under water as forecasters predict more rain, high tides ModernGhana -World
    Venice was on red alert for more floods and fierce winds on Saturday after an exceptionally high tide swamped the city of canals, where authorities have declared a state of emergency. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro ordered the iconic St Mark's Square closed on Friday as the latest sea surge struck with strong storms and winds battering the region. The square was open again on Saturday, but the city forecast a high water of 160 centimetres (over five feet) for Sunday, lower than Tuesday's high of 187 ... more
  • 9 months Paris set to ban circuses that use wild animals after Mischa the bear dies ModernGhana -World
    While France mulls whether to join a majority of EU nations in banning wild animals in circuses, the capital Paris is pressing ahead with its own plan to outlaw the practice amid fresh concerns over cruelty. A proposal set to be adopted by the municipal council late Friday will see permits withheld from 2020 for circuses that wish to operate in Paris while employing exotic creatures. Polls show a vast majority of French people to be against the use of non-domestic animals for entertainment ... more
  • 9 months 5 ways Yellow Vests protests shook up Paris and France ModernGhana -World
    France's yellow vest protesters have had a profound effect on the country since they burst onto the scene a year ago, occupying roundabouts and staging weekly demonstrations that have sometimes ended in violence. Here are five takeaways from a movement that rocked Emmanuel Macron's presidency and acted as an inspiration for other leaderless revolts worldwide. 1. Concessions through violence France has ... more
  • 9 months Queens and Kings of Drag – more than just a pretty story! ModernGhana -World
    Drag: the Complete Story, a colourful journey from Rome via the Renaissance and on to today's pop culture, has been released this month in French under the title DRAGS, la folle histoire illustrées des vraies Queens. Simon Doonan spent years compiling the contents of Drag: the Complete story, and the result is a flamboyant ensemble of images and descriptions capturing the art of cross-dressing in all its forms. ... more
  • 9 months A year in the life of Yellow Vest protest leader Priscillia Ludosky ModernGhana -World
    Priscillia Ludosky, the co-author of the petition that condemned proposed fuel price hikes that led to the first Yellow Vests protest a year ago, talks exclusively to RFI. The 34-year-old former bank employee turned protest leader has experienced the most turbulent year of her life. A self-proclaimed peace soldier , Priscillia Ludosky views the Yellow Vest movement as a force for good, and regrets the violence carried out b ... more
  • 9 months Hong Kong unrest continues, civil servants to be sacked if arrested ModernGhana -World
    Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Friday, defying a warning by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as a campaign of mass disruption extended into a fifth straight day. And Hong Kong's government announced that civil servants arrested for taking part in the demonstrations will be fired. In a letter to 180,000 civil servants on Friday, Secretary for the Civil Service, Joshua Law Chi-kong, said the government was extremely concerned about the arrest of civil ser ... more
  • 9 months ‘Smelly wet sock’ French Airbus grounded to solve odour problems ModernGhana -World
    A new Airbus plane will be sent back to engineers in France following complaints of a smell of wet sock from cabin crew in the Pacific island territory of New Caledonia. The Airbus. came into service on October 4 as part of a fleet renewal at Air Caledonie International (ACI), the french territory's international airline. However a smell of 'wet sock' has repeatedly inconvenienced crew members during take off and landing , ACI's general manager Didier Tappero told AFP An investigatio ... more
  • 9 months Hong Kong leader condemns London ‘attack’ on minister ModernGhana -World
    Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has condemned a barbaric attack on her justice minister, who fell while being surrounded by a crowd of jeering pro-democracy protesters in London. It was the most physical confrontation involving a member of Lam's cabinet since the protests, now in their sixth month, erupted in the international finance hub. Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong's deeply unpopular Secretary for Justice, was surrounded by around a dozen masked demonstrators as she prepared to attend a spea ... more
  • 9 months Snow kills one, wreaks havoc across southeast France ModernGhana -World
    Heavy snowfall across a large swath of southeast France has left one person dead and cut power to some 330,000 homes, with icy conditions snarling train and road traffic Friday. A 63-year-old man was killed Thursday evening in the Isere department after a snow-laden tree fell on him while he was trying to clear away another downed tree, local officials said. Grid operator Enedis said 300,000 homes were without electricity Friday, mainly in the Drome, Ardeche, Isere and Rhone departments, w ... more
  • 9 months Tension mounts as French Yellow Vests call for massive turnout to mark anniversary ModernGhana -World
    Paris police are preparing for several thousand Yellow Vest demonstrators on Saturday, the first anniversary of the protest movement. More than 200 appeals have been issued on social media, calling on activists to distribute handouts or block roadway roundabouts. The Paris demonstration is expected to attract some of the most radical elements of the movement. The Yellow Vest protest movement has lost momentum over recent months, with a relatively small number of demonstrations attracting few ... more
  • 9 months War In Eastern Ukraine – Police Now Investigates Directly Against The Kremlin ModernGhana -World
    Police are now also investigating officials of the Russian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin during a military exercise. How far does Russia 39;s support for the Ukrainian separatists go? Police investigators publish new evidence. They are targeting the Russian government. As part of the investigation into the shooting down of the MH17 passenger plane over the contested eastern Ukraine, the international police team presents new evidence pointing to a direct involvement of ... more
  • 9 months Trump accused of abuse of power at impeachment inquiry ModernGhana -World
    Public impeachment hearings against US President Donald Trump began in the House of Representatives in Washington DC on Wednesday, hsing a light on closer actions that Democrats believe were an abuse of power. The televised hearings began after weeks of closed-door interviews with actors concerning Trump's telephone calls and dealings with Ukraine. The whole investigation was sparked after a whistleblower overheard a phone call Trump made with Ukraine, threatening to withhold vital securit ... more
  • 9 months Cirque du Soleil founder arrested for allegedly growing cannabis ModernGhana -World
    The billionaire founder of acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, was charged in French Polynesia on Wednesday for allegedly growing cannabis on his private atoll. The Canadian entrepreneur was released after being formally charged with possession and cultivation of narcotics. Detained on Tuesday, Laliberte is suspected of growing cannabis plants in a container on the atoll of Nukutepipi, which forms part of the Tuamotu island group in French Polynesia. Under French law, he r ... more
  • 9 months General overseeing Notre-Dame renovation tells chief architect to ‘shut his mouth’ ModernGhana -World
    The French army general charged with overseeing the rebuilding of Paris' fire-mangled Notre-Dame, has caused astonishment by publicly telling the cathedral's chief architect to shut his mouth in a sign of tension over the monument's future look. General Jean-Louis Georgelin and chief architect Philippe Villeneuve are at odds over whether to replace the cathedral's spire -- which was toppled in the April 15 blaze -- with an exact replica, or mix things up with a modern twist. President Em ... more
  • 9 months Unesco conference brings youth from fringe to decision table ModernGhana -World
    Youth leaders from across the globe have urged to be taken seriously in a rare one-on-one debate with heads of state at Unesco. The lively exchange at the UN's cultural agency focused on reinventing multilateralism, at a time where this system of global cooperation is increasingly contested. Eleven seasoned leaders, flanked by six young change makers, not only sharing the same stage, but trying to find common ground on some of the world's most pressing issues. The debate, which kicked off ... more
  • 9 months CHETRA Eyes Africa for Expansion ModernGhana -World
    CHETRA is a Russian company that sells industrial equipment and spare parts under the brand CHETRA produced by the Promtractor plant, as well as supplies spare parts and components from the company. It uses a unique technique in the construction of production sites, seaports, development of natural resources and pipelines in 30 countries and in all climatic zones. The goal is to provide its partners and customers with modern high-performance equipment for successful projects, even in ... more
  • 9 months AGCS, Allianz Germany Announce Leadership Changes ModernGhana -World
    Allianz Global Corporate Specialty SE (AGCS) and Allianz Deutschland AG today announced leadership changes that will take effect from December 1, 2019, subject to regulatory approval. Joachim M uuml;ller, currently CEO of Allianz Versicherungs-AG (the Property Casualty insurer of Allianz Deutschland) and of Allianz Beratungs- und Vertriebs-AG (ABV, the sales company of Allianz Deutschland) will be appointed as the new CEO of AGCS. He will succeed Chris Fischer Hirs who will step do ... more
  • 9 months Paris marks attacks with quiet tributes, memorial garden plans ModernGhana -World
    Paris commemorated the fourth anniversary of terrorist attacks that killed 130 people with a series of sober tributes led by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner along with the promise of a remembrance garden. Ceremonies began in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, where representatives of victims' associations and the local mayor laid wreaths beside a plaque in memory of Manuel Dias, the sole person killed when a bomb went off near the Stade de France on 13 ... more
  • 9 months Desperation in French hospitals sees massive demonstration ModernGhana -World
    Hundreds of French hospital workers are expected to turn out for a massive demonstration on Thursday, over dire conditions in the public health system. In an op-ed published in the daily Le Monde newspaper on 13 November, 70 directors of public medical establishments expressed their frustration over a system facing a complete breakdown. We can't do a good job in these conditions, they wrote. The hospital is sick. Thursday's march, organised by a new collective, is supported by all ... more
  • 9 months Hong Kong’s slide into chaos seems irreversible ModernGhana -World
    Hong Kong police said today that the city's rule of law was on the brink of total collapse , while Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong says the city is sliding into the abyss of terrorism and a harsher crackdown is needed to end the unrest and restore order. RFI talks to French political scientist and long-term Hong Kong resident Jean-Pierre Cabestan, who teaches at Hong Kong 's Baptist University. On Monday, businesses were braced for another day of chaos, with the transport system part ... more
  • 9 months Three New Damen FCS Patrol Vessels For SR Platforms Achieve Major Milestones In A Single Week ModernGhana -World
    In just one week, Damen Shipyards Group has launched an FCS 3007 Patrol vessel and, in cooperation with the same owner, SR Platforms, successfully completed the sea trials of two FCS 4008 Patrol vessels. This brings the number of Damen ships in SR Platforms rsquo; fleet up to four, following the delivery of its first FCS 3307 Patrol in October 2015. These milestones follow the contract signings taking place just a few months earlier, with those for the FCS 4008 vessels occurring in Jul ... more
  • 9 months Flag ‘confusion’ in Algerian courts condemns or acquits for same charge ModernGhana -World
    Five demonstrators who brandished a Berber flag during recent Algerian anti-government demonstrations accused of undermining national unity were acquitted in a court in Algiers on Wednesday just one day after 28 were slapped with six-month prison sentences for the same offense. It seems paradoxical, and in reality, there is no law condemning people for brandishing the Amazigh flag in the Algerian legislation, says Nourredine Bessadi, an independent researcher. The judges who freed t ... more
  • 9 months French circus bear Mischa dies after years of cruelty ModernGhana -World
    Mischa, a performing circus bear used in shows in France has died following an operation at an animal refuge, just two months after he was rescued from owners who allegedly subjected him to years of cruelity. Mischa had become a celebrity in France when the government in September banned him from appearing in performances and ordered him to be placed into ... more
  • 9 months Government faces angry backlash after student sets himself on fire ModernGhana -World
    The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardship he faced. The 22-year-old student suffered burns on 90 percent of his body after attempting to take his life outside a university building in central Lyon on November 8. The man, who had recently lost his student grant, remains in critical condition in hospital. On Tuesday, hundreds of students demonstrated in Lyon, Paris and Lille ... more
  • 9 months Mswati III buys new fleet of luxury cars as eSwatini economy falters ModernGhana -World
    The spend-thrift monarch is once again in the spotlight, after buying 19 Rolls-Royce cars and 120 luxury BMWs for himself and his family. Mswati III embarked on the spending spree to please his 15 wives and 23 children, while his kingdom is being rocked by civil unrest over worsening economic conditions and poverty. Civil servants have been staging rolling strikes in demand for better pay, while tertiary institutions remain closed by the government, after children took to the streets to pr ... more
  • 9 months Paris attacks survivors gather for emotional 4th anniversary ModernGhana -World
    Several hundred people gathered in Paris on Wednesday to pay tribute to the 130 people killed in terror attacks on 13 November 2015. For those affected by the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall, the anniversary stirs a mix of powerful feelings. Survivors and family members of victims gathered for an official ceremony in front of the Bataclan concert hall, one of several targets of ... more
  • 9 months Fresh Polanski rape claims derail Paris film premiere of ‘J’accuse’ ModernGhana -World
    Following fresh accusations of rape against French-Polish director Roman Polanski, activists on Tuesday night disrupted the Paris premiere of his new film. The 86-year-old Oscar winning director was able to avoid protesters by exiting via a backstage door at the Cinema UGC Normandie, on the Avenue Champs-Elysées. Across town, some 40 protesters successfully prevented the film An Officer and a Spy, or J'accuse in French, from screening at a cinema on the Rue Champollion, in Pa ... more
  • 9 months Venice’s squares flooded as water rises after torrential rain ModernGhana -World
    Venice was hit by the second highest tide recorded in the lagoon city on Tuesday, which flooded its historic basilica and left many of its squares and alleyways deep underwater. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he would declare a state of disaster and warned of severe damage. City officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6.14 ft) at 10.50 p.m. (2150 GMT), just short of the record 194 cm set in 1966. The situation is dramatic, Brugnaro said on Twitter. We ask the government to help us. The ... more
  • 9 months Four years on, Paris attacks survivors struggle in silence ModernGhana -World
    Four years after 130 people were murdered in coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, a fund to help survivors is still receiving new cases - underlining how long it can take for victims to come to terms with their trauma. Those who lost their lives in the 13 November 2015 attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, Stade de France stadium and bars and café ... more
  • 9 months French student’s self-immolation provokes anti-poverty rallies ModernGhana -World
    University students demonstrated against precarious living conditions in cities around France on Tuesday, four days after a 22-year-old student set himself on fire in apparent protest of policies of President Emmanuel Macron and his own financial troubles. Demonstrations of several hundred students took place in cities around France including Paris, Lyon and Lille, where protesters forced the cancellation of a conference by former president François Hollande. The rallies were called after ... more
  • 9 months Graeme Williams: From photographing apartheid to fine art projects ModernGhana -World
    Graeme Williams is a South African photographer, who spent much of his career capturing his country's transition to democracy and documenting post-apartheid. RFI met him at the Also Known As Africa (AKAA) art and design fair in Paris recently. After years in the field, working for agencies such as Reuters, in 1994 Graeme Williams gave up photojournalism ... more
  • 9 months Paris court sentences Pete Doherty for drunken fight after second arrest in a week ModernGhana -World
    A French court handed British singer Pete Doherty a three-month suspended jail sentence and 5,000-euro fine on Tuesday, after he was detained for fighting while celebrating his release from an earlier arrest last week. Doherty pleaded guilty to charges of affray in a Paris court on Tuesday. The 40-year-old frontman of the rock group the Libertines, which is gearing up for a European tour, was also given a two-year probation period. It is a lenient decision, lawyer Arash Derambarsh tol ... more
  • 9 months Syrian refugees Zarkaria and Amir, deported then allowed back into Turkey ModernGhana -World
    The Turkish government says Syrians living in Istanbul have until 30 October to return to the province where they are registered. Legally, refugees cannot leave that province without permission, but it's believed one million Syrians live in Istanbul, where they often work in the informal economy. In June, the Turkish government quietly began arresting Syrians and other nationalities, as well. Late in August, Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham, the Islamist group that controls Idlib province in Syria, w ... more
  • 9 months A leaderless social movement is key to protest success in Lebanon ModernGhana -World
    A general strike across Lebanon was in full force on Tuesday as a new wave of disruption pushes back against the government which has not yet met the demands of protesters. Anger continues to fuel Lebanon's protests that broke on 17 October against the ruling elite, including several ageing military leaders that are all seen by demonstrators to be contributing to the rampant corruption in t ... more
  • 9 months EU court rules products from Israeli settlements must be labelled ModernGhana -World
    Following a request from a French tribunal, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that products from Israeli settlements must be labelled as such if they are sold in the European Union, a decision hailed by Palestinians and rights groups but condemned by Israel. The Luxembourg-based court ruled that European Union (EU) regulations meant food labels must clarify where products are from so that consumers can make choices based on ethical considerations and considerations relating to the ... more
  • 9 months Is China’s bull courting Europe with a Trojan Horse in Piraeus’ port? ModernGhana -World
    China's president Xi Jinping just paid a three day visit to Greece, where Beijing has invested in the Port of Piraeus, seen by China as its prime economic foothold in Europe. But not all Europeans are happy with China's increasing influence on the continent. Xi concluded his visit on Tuesday with a tour of the Acropolis in Athens. ... more
  • 9 months ‘Nationalism is war’ Macron tells world leaders at peace forum ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron called on the world to ramp up efforts to ease conflict and fight climate change in a speech to world leaders and other high-level delegates at a forum for peace in Paris. Some 30 heads of state joined international organisations, activists, entrepreneurs and others at the annual Paris Peace Forum where the United States was noted for its absence. In his opening address, Macron warned that nationa ... more
  • 9 months Düsseldorf Airport, Customs Officers Stop A Woman With Seven Kilos Of Rotten Cowhide (Smoked Cow-Skin Meat) ModernGhana -World
    The customs officials noticed the smell already from a distance. At the D uuml;sseldorf airport, customs officers caught a woman with a rotten cowhide, a smoked cow-skin meat. The traveller spoke of a delicacy . A woman wanted to import kilograms of rotten cow-skin meat into Germany, but was stopped by customs officers. It was a delicacy from Cameroon, she said according to a press release. Even from a distance the officers at D uuml;sseldorf airport had noticed an unpleasant smell ... more
  • 9 months The Netherlands Are Fighting Over The Black Piet ModernGhana -World
    In about 100 Dutch (Holland) towns the parades continue to take place with the controversial costumes. The dispute over the black-painted helpers of St. Nicholas has grown into a cultural battle in the Netherlands. This year there is a decisive innovation. When Santa Claus arrives in the Netherlands, 90 demonstrators will be arrested in one fell swoop. Mounted policemen have to protect the bringer of gifts, sometimes the effort is greater than in a risk game of the professional footbal ... more
  • 9 months France turns off nuclear reactors following earthquake ModernGhana -World
    Reactors at a nuclear plant in south-eastern France have been switched off to allow inspectors to carry out a safety audit, following Monday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake that injured four people. French state-controlled utility EDF has said reactors 2, 3 and 4 of its Cruas plant located about 10 kilometres from the epicentre in Le Teil, Ardèche would remain offline until ... more
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