• 8 months C.Africa’s former child soldiers learn new trades ModernGhana -Africa
    Now we can sleep safely at night, I want to set up a bakery, said Prisca. Forced into marriage with a rebel fighter, Prisca -- not her real name -- is one of thousands of former child soldiers in the Central African Republic. http://cdn.modernghana.com/images/content/afp a former child soldier works on drilling a borehole in bangu.jpg A former child soldier works on drilling a borehole in Bangui, part of a vocational programme for young victims of the Central African Republic' ... more
  • 8 months Wike Disgracing Rivers Traditional Stools Despicable, Unacceptable — Dakuku ModernGhana -Africa
    The recent actions of Governor Nyesom Wike against traditional stools in Rivers State have been described as demeaning, unbecoming, irresponsible, despicable, unacceptable and unbefitting for someone who occupies such a dignified office. Prominent son of Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside stated while reacting to the way and manner Governor Wike addressed traditional rulers in the state during their quarterly meeting in Port Harcourt. Governor Wike was seen lambasting the traditio ... more
  • 8 months French transport says traffic improving on 42nd strike day ModernGhana -World
    Wednesday marks the 42nd day of strikes in France against the government pension reforms, but train management SNCF said on Tuesday that the train flow will improve and continue to improve, with traffic gradually returning to normal. Some 80 percent of TGVs, France's high-speed inter-city rail service, and TERs, or regional trains, will be in operation on Wednesday. ... more
  • 8 months French birth rate slows to lowest since WWII ModernGhana -World
    The population of France surpassed 67 million as of 1 January 2020, but the growth was limited due to a continuous decline in the birth rate for the past five years, according to a report released by the French National Institute for Statistics and Studies (INSEE) this week. The report indicates that part of the reason is because females born during the post-World War II baby boom, which lasted until 1973 in France, are no longer in the 20-40 reproductive age bracket. Last year, there were ... more
  • 8 months French government wants to test facial recognition in video surveillance ModernGhana -World
    French officials say they want to establish a legal framework for developing facial recognition for security and surveillance, extending concerns about the rapid spread of the new technology. Facial recognition technology, a form of artificial intelligence that can identify a person by analysing a digital image of their face, is already widespread in France. In fact, the country is on track to become a European leader in its development and use. Consistent with President Emmanuel Macron's ... more
  • 8 months What’s behind Haftar’s refusal to sign Libya deal? ModernGhana -Africa
    Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's reluctance to sign up to a Turkish-Russian orchestrated ceasefire accord underlines the complexity of Libya's conflict and pressures exerted by key foreign players, analysts say. He left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting against the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj. His abrupt departure was a setback for an international diplomatic push, after Sarraj had sig ... more
  • 8 months Sudan security agents launch ‘rebellion’ over payoff plan ModernGhana -Africa
    Heavy gunfire broke out in Sudan's capital Tuesday as several agents of the long-feared security agency launched a rebellion against a restructuring plan, prompting a closure of the international airport. A teenager was wounded when shots were fired at some bases of the Directorate of General Intelligence Service, formerly known as the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the powerful security arm of longtime president Omar al-Bashir. NISS agents were at the forefront of a ... more
  • 8 months Paris Live, Tuesday 14 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    In today's edition of Paris Live we feature an exclusive interview with Claudia Mo, a key member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. She shares her observations of the pro-democracy election victory in neighbouring Taiwan, and how impressed she is with the young generation's involvement in the Hong Kong protest movement. Paris Live also looks at the latest from Iran, where the government says it has arrested those responsible for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week. We cross ... more
  • 8 months Berlin summit to build on shaky Libyan ceasefire ModernGhana -Africa
    Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Libya ratcheted up on Tuesday as Russia claimed that the warring factions had agreed to maintain a fragile ceasefire and Germany announced an international summit on the crisis this Sunday. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left talks in Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting, though Russia claimed he agreed to maintain the current ceasefire. Berlin then announced it had invited both sides of the L ... more
  • 8 months Spike Lee to head jury at 2020 Cannes Film Festival ModernGhana -World
    American director Spike Lee has been named to head the 2020 Cannes film festival jury, becoming the first black person to do so in the history of the world's biggest film festival. Lee is no stranger to Cannes - seven of his movies have debuted on the silver screen on the French Riviera. His first film, She's Gotta Have It , a now-iconic feature portraying black female empowerment, won the youth prize at Directors' Fortnight in 1986. Lee said in a statement he was shocked, happy, surpris ... more
  • 8 months South Africa rugby skipper Kolisi anointed 2019’s main man ModernGhana -World
    The cognoscenti have spoken and voted South Africa's rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi as their 2019 personality of the year. Kolisi took the prize following a poll of more than 200 members of the Rugby Union Writers' Club. The accolade came for his inspirational leadership during his country's surge to a third World Cup crown in Japan last November. ... more
  • 8 months French government denies report of Renault-Nissan breakup ModernGhana -World
    French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has denounced a report in Britain's Financial Times claiming Japanese carmaker Nissan was preparing to end its alliance with France's Renault in the wake of the downfall of former executive Carlos Ghosn. Do not pay too much attention to malicious rumours whose only purpose is to destabilise an industrial group of which our country is proud, Le Maire told French media. On the contrary, we are renewing this alliance between Renault and Nissan, which ... more
  • 8 months France, Germany, UK launch Iran nuclear deal dispute action ModernGhana -World
    European signatories to the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal have launched action paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran's overstepping of limits specified in the agreement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said. France, Germany and the UK, which signed the international agreement in 2015 along with the United States, Russia and China, informed Borrell in a letter that they are triggering its dispute mechanism, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic. The leade ... more
  • 8 months Four Chinese sailors kidnapped in Gabon are free ModernGhana -Africa
    Four Chinese sailors who were kidnapped last month in the port of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, have been released, the Chinese consulate in Lagos said. A Nigerian security source separately told AFP Tuesday that the four had been freed in a military operation. The consulate general in Lagos cooperated with the relevant embassies and local Chinese enterprises and overseas Chinese groups to carry out rescue efforts, and the hostages were released safely, according to a statement poste ... more
  • 8 months Libya’s Haftar leaves Moscow without signing peace deal ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending nine months of fighting, leaving the future of a fragile truce uncertain. The commander's abrupt departure in the early hours of Tuesday was a setback for an international diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insisted it would continue mediation efforts. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who first brokered the Libya truce deal with President Vladimir Putin of Russia ... more
  • 8 months Libyan strongman delays signing ceasefire at Moscow talks ModernGhana -Africa
    Libya's eastern strongman General Khalifa Haftar delayed signing a ceasefire agreement at talks in Moscow, but Russia said it was hopeful the country's warring rivals would soon conclude the deal to end nine months of fighting. Talks on the terms of a ceasefire between Haftar's forces and the UN-recognised government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj went on for seven hours on Monday without the two delegations actually meeting, though Moscow noted certain progress . Sarraj's Government of Nation ... more
  • 8 months Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria ‘bandit’ conflict ModernGhana -Africa
    Haruna Hasaman knew she only had moments to get away when the roar of motorbikes ruptured the quiet of her village in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria. She scrambled for her five children and fled just as the gunmen screeched in and opened fire. They killed many of the men, including her brothers and nephews, she said. Now more than eight months later, Hasaman and her children are among several thousand displaced people living in tents in the town of Anka. The attack on her village ... more
  • 8 months More transporation chaos and delays expected as France’s strike enters day 41 ModernGhana -World
    Parisian metro lines were nearly all running on Monday, but only during peak hours, ensuring another day of frustrating travels for those in the capital as the nationwide strike continues with more woes expected as it enters its 41st day on Tuesday. Despite small improvements to the flow of public transportation in Paris, the regional transport company RATP asked commuters to find alternative means of getting around as the trains, trams and bu ... more
  • 8 months Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo calls for referendum on seasonal rentals to ease housing burden ModernGhana -World
    Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo says affordable and plentiful housing, environmental friendliness and solidarity are the three main pillars of her electoral campaign for the upcoming municipal elections. The first female to be elected as head of Paris stated her projects on Monday for the next six years if she wins the upcoming election slated for March. Green Paris The starting base is the environment, she stated at a press conference in front of the city hall of the 4th borough. T ... more
  • 8 months Two dead in Guinea at start of sweeping anti-government rally ModernGhana -Africa
    Two youths were killed in Guinea on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde's suspected bid to prolong his rule. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since mid-October over concerns that Conde intends to use a planned constitutional reform to seek a third term in office. At least 20 civilians and one gendarme have been killed since the start of protests, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of people while scores have been arrested. ... more
  • 8 months France, Sahel nations vow to step up anti-jihadist fight ModernGhana -Africa
    France and its five partner nations in the Sahel region of West Africa pledged Monday to bolster their fight against jihadists waging an increasingly deadly insurgency, while urging allies to join their effort to restore government control across the vast region. President Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad also called on Washington to maintain its crucial support , after a top US general confirmed the Pentagon was weighing a drastic troop reduc ... more
  • 8 months One dead in Guinea as sweeping anti-govt rally starts ModernGhana -Africa
    One man was shot and killed in Guinea's capital Conakry on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since mid-October over concerns Conde intends to use a planned constitutional reform to extend his mandate. At least 20 civilians and one gendarme have been killed since the start of protests, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of people while scores have been arrested. Scuffles broke out on M ... more
  • 8 months Liberia questions presidential critic Henry Costa for alleged forged document ModernGhana -World
    Immigration authorities are investigating circumstances as to how Henry Costa, the lead organiser of recent anti-government protests, obtained what the authorities have determined to be a forged travel document. Costa arrived in Liberia on 19 December, using a laissez-passer document, which he said he obtained from the foreign affairs ministry. But immigration officials in Monrovia say the document was forged. On Saturday 11 January, Costa presented himself at the headquarters of the Liber ... more
  • 8 months US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said resources could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase readiness of the force in the continental US or shifted to the Pacific. His comments came as he flew in for talks with NATO counterparts in Brussels. The ... more
  • 8 months Protest-torn Algeria plans to ban ‘hate speech’ ModernGhana -Africa
    The president of protest-hit Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, plans to outlaw hate speech that has proliferated on social networks in recent months, his office said Monday. Tebboune asked Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to draft a bill criminalising all forms of racism ... and hate speech in the country, according to a statement published by the official APS press agency. The new initiative follows an upsurge in hate speech and incitement, the presidential statement said. Algerian s ... more
  • 8 months French strike continues, despite government concession on age ModernGhana -World
    The strike against pension reform is now into its seventh week, and is still causing major delays on to Paris public transport system. Despite an offer from the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to withdraw the age limit of 64 to qualify for a full pension, most trade unions say the protest will continue. The strike goes on. The national high-speed rail network was ... more
  • 8 months South Sudan and holdout rebels commit to truce this week ModernGhana -Africa
    South Sudan's government and opposition groups who had snubbed an earlier peace deal said they had agreed to a ceasefire from Wednesday, after peace talks in Rome. Members of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOMA) and an envoy of the government in Juba said they had signed a document on Sunday committing to a December 2017 peace deal to avoid any further armed confrontation across the country . South Sudan, the world's youngest country, descended into civil war in 2013, when Presiden ... more
  • 8 months Tombstone of murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Wolinski ‘defaced’ ModernGhana -World
    The tombstone of French cartoonist, Wolinski, who was killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack five years ago, appears to have been defaced, with the word Charlie removed. The Paris municipality has said it doubts it was a criminal act. Maryse Wolinski, the cartoonist's widow, said she will file a complaint. She believes it to be an intentional act, she tol ... more
  • 8 months Minute of silence at UN for 89 Niger troops ModernGhana -Africa
    UN Security Council ambassadors stood for a minute of silence Monday in memory of 89 soldiers killed last week during a jihadist assault on a Niger military base. The 15 members of the council strongly condemn the attack, said Dan Dinh Quy, the ambassador for Vietnam which holds the council's rotating presidency this month. Thursday's assault, near the Mali border, was the worst in Niger's history. The country is a member of the G5 Sahel force whose members have come under increasing att ... more
  • 8 months French ‘Spiderman’ joins pension protests with Paris skyscraper climb ModernGhana -World
    France's own Spiderman, daredevil urban climber Alain Robert, has scaled a 48-storey tower in Paris's La Defense business district to show solidarity with protesters against pension reform, as nationwide strikes enter their 40th day. Alain Robert, the free climber dubbed the French Spiderman , on Monday scaled the Tour Total to show support for workers striking against President Emmanuel Macron's pension ... more
  • 8 months Carlos Ghosn takes Renault to French Labour Court over pension rights ModernGhana -World
    Millionaire fugitive and former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has filed a complaint with the French Labour Court over pension rights worth around 770,000 euros per year. The former Renault and Nissan boss said he never formally resigned as the CEO of the French automaker. As such, he sees no reason why the company should not disburse around 770,000 euros per annum for his pension rights. Ghosn also believes Renault owes him a ... more
  • 8 months Corruption trial of former IAAF chief, Lamine Diack, opens in Paris ModernGhana -World
    The corruption trial of the former head of world athletics governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), opens in Paris on Monday. Lamine Diack is accused of money laundering and influence-trafficking linked to a Russian doping scandal. Lamine Diack was president of the IAAF, now World Athletics, between 1999 and 2015. He has been under investigation by French financial prosecutors since 2015 over cl ... more
  • 8 months PSG and Monaco prepare for round two of Ligue 1 fighting ModernGhana -World
    Monaco's quest to reach next season's Uefa Champions League could open up the French title race if they beat the pacesetters Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night at the Stade Louis II. A 3-3 draw at the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening took Monaco to within four points of Rennes who occupy the final qualifying spot for next season's competition. The stalemate also reduced PSG's lead over second placed Marseille to f ... more
  • 8 months Macron, Sahel leaders to review anti-jihad campaign ModernGhana -Africa
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday hosts counterparts from five Sahel countries to reassess their joint fight against a mounting jihadist revolt as France's military role is being questioned in the region. Tensions between France and officials from Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania could make for a tricky exchange at the talks in Pau, southwest France. The city was home to seven of 13 soldiers killed in a helicopter collision in Mali last month, the deadliest one-day m ... more
  • 8 months The main jihadist attacks on G5 Sahel forces ModernGhana -Africa
    The forces of the G5 Sahel, whose leaders meet in Pau in southwestern France on Monday, have come increasingly under attack from jihadists they have been sent to fight. Here are the main attacks over the past year: Niger - On January 9 this year, 89 soldiers are killed in an attack on a military camp at Chinegodar, in the western region of Tillaberi, near the border with Mali. During the attack 77 terrorists are neutralised according to Niger's authorities. It is the worst ... more
  • 8 months Libya rivals in Moscow to sign ceasefire deal ModernGhana -Africa
    The heads of Libya's warring sides were to meet in Moscow on Monday to sign a ceasefire deal ending nine months of heavy fighting. The meeting follows a diplomatic push by Turkey and Russia, which is keen to bolster its status as a powerbroker in the Middle East and step into a diplomatic void left by what observers see as a partial US retreat. The two sides are expected to sign an agreement on the terms of a ceasefire that took effect over the weekend, raising hopes of an end to the fight ... more
  • 8 months Malawi Detains, Charges 3 Journalists Seeking To Cover EU Delegation’s Return ModernGhana -Africa
    Malawian authorities should drop the prosecution of three journalists who wanted to cover the return to the country on January 8 of a European Union electoral observer mission, but were instead detained for two hours at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, the capital, and charged with disorderly conduct, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Three journalists from the privately owned Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) were at the ... more
  • 8 months Gender Ministry Supports ‘Love A Child’ Orphanage Home After Inferno ModernGhana -Africa
    The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has swiftly come to the aid of survivors of a dreadful fire disaster that attended the Love A Child Orphanage Home. Love A Child, a private owed orphanage home located on Robert Field Highway reportedly gutted fire on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at about 11pm with no fatal casualty. The Ministry would like to state that since the incident it has been working with the relevant disaster management institutions and it has concluded docume ... more
  • 8 months Okorocha’s LG Councils Election Illegal – Accord Party ModernGhana -Africa
    Accord, one of Nigeria rsquo;s registered political parties has thrown its weight behind the decision of Governor Emeka Ihedioha to suspend officials of the Local Governments in Imo State, describing their election as unconstitutional. The Party also wants perpetrators of the January 6 2020 invasion of the twenty seven local government areas in the state prosecuted. In a Press Conference by the State Chairman of the party, Elder ThankGod Ibe weekend on the recent invasion of the Local Gove ... more
  • 8 months Two armed groups to fight insecurity in central Mali ModernGhana -Africa
    Two armed groups in the lawless Menaka region of central Mali signed an accord on Sunday to join forces to fight insecurity, stepping in where government and international efforts have largely failed. The accord came the day before French President Emmanuel Macron and five African counterparts including the Malian president were to meet in Pau, in southwestern France. Menaka, like other parts of central and northern Mali, has been beset by Islamist, inter-ethnic and criminal violence since ... more
  • 8 months China set to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe ModernGhana -Africa
    China's foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday pledged to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe despite a spat over bilateral aid figures in November. The two countries butted heads after Zimbabwe's government said it had only received $3.6 million in aid from Beijing in 2019 -- 40 times lower than the figure claimed by China. Yi met his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo on Sunday during the final leg of an Africa tour that also took him to Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea and Burundi. He did not ... more
  • 8 months Guinea-Bissau court rejects appeal against presidential vote result ModernGhana -Africa
    Guinea-Bissau's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's second round presidential vote, and ordered the final results published, according to a court ruling seen on Sunday. Opposition leader Umaro Sissoco Embalo won the December ballot with 53.55 percent of the votes, but ruling PAIGC party candidate Domingos Simoes Pereira had challenged the result as full of irregularities. Neighbouring countries have watched closely for a smooth transition in Guinea- ... more
  • 8 months France aims to legitimise Sahel anti-jihad fight at Pau summit ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron will host heads of state from west Africa Monday in the southern city of Pau to map out a new strategy to fight insurgent violence. It comes amid a spate of deadly attacks and increasing hostility towards the presence of French troops. After initially being postponed, it is in the garrison town of Pau at the foot of the Pyrenees in southwestern France, where Monday's summit will now take place. The choice is not insignificant. The city was home to seven of ... more
  • 8 months DR Congo army says ADF rebels killed 30 soldiers ModernGhana -Africa
    Islamist rebels killed 30 soldiers and wounded another 70, some seriously, during fierce fighting last week in eastern DR Congo, army officials said. They suffered the losses during the latest offensive Thursday against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in North Kivu province, Major Mak Hazukai told journalists Saturday. The army captured the ADF's headquarters during the battle at Madina, and killed 40 rebel fighters, including five of their leaders, Hazukai added. On Friday, the cab ... more
  • 8 months Ethiopian PM asks S.Africa to mediate Nile dam dispute ModernGhana -Africa
    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday asked South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in a long-running dispute with Egypt over a massive dam being built on the Blue Nile River. Ethiopia's ties to Egypt have soured since the east African country launched the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam in 2011. Set to become the largest hydropower plant in Africa, the project has fuelled tensions because Egypt depends on the river for 90 percent of its water supply. Eth ... more
  • 8 months FESOJ Denounces One-Year Jail Sentence of an Independent Journalist in Somaliland and Shares Its Concerns Over Deteriorating Somaliland’s Freedom of... ModernGhana -Africa
    Mogadishu, Saturday , January 11, 2020: Federation of Somali Journalists has today strongly condemned conviction of the editor of the privately-owned independent Horn Cable TV Mr Abdikadir Saleban Asayr (known as Oday) , saying it is clear intimidation to journalists. On Saturday, Mr Abdulakadir Saleban Aseyr has been sentenced to 1 year in prison by the Marodi Jeeh Regional Court in Somaliland rsquo;s capital Hargeisa, Somaliland and fined 3 million Somaliland shillings (270 euro ... more
  • 8 months Fragile truce agreed in Libya after nine months of fighting ModernGhana -Africa
    Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey. The oil-rich North African country has been wracked by bloody turmoil since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with multiple foreign powers now involved. The UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli had been under attack since last April fro ... more
  • 8 months Guinea government warns it won’t tolerate protest violence ModernGhana -Africa
    The Guinean government warned it will respond vigorously to any violence at an opposition rally on Monday, the latest protest over fears that President Alpha Conde is changing the constitution to extend his mandate. The West African country has been wracked by mass demonstrations since mid-October over constitutional reform. At least 20 civilians and one gendarme have been killed in the protests, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of people. Scores have been arrested. For Monday the ... more
  • 8 months Libya ceasefire agreed after months of fighting ModernGhana -Africa
    Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey. The oil-rich North African country has been wracked by bloody turmoil since a NATO-backed uprising killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, with multiple foreign powers now involved. Since April last year, the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has been under at ... more
  • 8 months Furious Beijing warns DPP against any ideas about independence after victory in Taiwan ModernGhana -World
    Beijing wared Taipei against any ideas about independence while the Kuomintang (KMT) licked its wounds after the DPP won more votes than ever before in Taiwan's presidential elections. Hong Kong may have been crucial for Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen's victory, but KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu may well have dug his own grave before the protests even started We have one consistent line when it comes to Taiwan policy. We support 'peaceful reunification' and 'one country, two systems.' We are st ... more
  • 8 months Strikes to continue as French union remains ‘determined’ to stop pensions reform ModernGhana -World
    The French union leading an historic transport strike is more determined than ever to stop pension reform despite a new government overture, it said Saturday. France's government Saturday proposed a compromise to end a crippling transport strike against pension reform, with an offer to withdraw a key proposal on raising the retirement age, but trade unions gave the announcement a mixed welcome. The ... more
  • 8 months UK’s ambassador to Iran arrested at massive Tehran student demo ModernGhana -World
    Britain's ambassador to Tehran denied Sunday that he took part in a demonstration that broke out at a memorial for the 176 people killed when a plane was shot down. Students held a gathering at Tehran's Amir Kabir University on Saturday evening to honour those killed hours after Iran admitted the Ukrainian airliner was downed by mistake. Iran's Mehr news agency said the ambassador, Rob Macaire, was arrested for his alleged involvement ... more
  • 8 months Both sides in Libya conflict accept ceasefire ModernGhana -Africa
    Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire that started early Sunday following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey. The oil-rich North African country has been wracked by bloody turmoil since a NATO-backed uprising killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. Since April last year, the Tripoli-based, UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has been under attack from forces loyal to eastern-based strongman Khalif ... more
  • 8 months Libya’s GNA accepts ceasefire after rival Haftar: statement ModernGhana -Africa
    Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed on Sunday to a ceasefire urged by Moscow and Ankara, several hours after rival strongman Khalifa Haftar announced a cessation of hostilities. The head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced in a statement a ceasefire from (Sunday) January 12 at midnight (2200 GMT) , underlining however the legitimate right of GNA forces to respond to any attack or aggression that may come from the other camp . Sarraj said the ceasefire had been accepte ... more
  • 8 months Gambian exiled ex-president demands return in leaked recording ModernGhana -Africa
    Former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, forced into exile in 2017, has been heard in a leaked recording demanding that his right to return be respected by the authorities. Jammeh has hardly been heard from since fleeing to Equatorial Guinea. His comments were made public in a recording of a conversation between him and an official of his party broadcast on social media. In it, the president lent his support to a demonstration planned by his backers on January 16. I don't want any viol ... more
  • 8 months Libya’s Sarraj says ceasefire conditional on Haftar ‘withdrawal’ ModernGhana -Africa
    The head of the UN-recognised government in Libya said Saturday a ceasefire in the conflict-torn country would be conditional on a climbdown by Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar. Government of National Accord (GNA) chief Fayez al-Sarraj said he welcomed a joint Russian-Turkish initiative for a truce. The condition is the withdrawal on the part of the attacker, who does not seem willing because he has another modus operandi, he said in reference to Haftar, following talks with Ita ... more
  • 8 months French PM temporarily suspends plans to raise retirement age ModernGhana -World
    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said he is willing to withdraw a contested clause on raising the retirement age by two years from pension reform plans, as new street protests reverberated across the country and a transport strike entered its 38th day. To demonstrate my confidence in the social partners... I am willing to withdraw from the bill the short-term measure I had proposed to set a so-called pivot age of 64 with effect from 2027, Philippe wrote in a letter to union le ... more
  • 8 months Unions keep pressure on Macron in new pension protests ModernGhana -World
    Trade unionists took to the streets of France Saturday for more protests against a controversial pension reform, just hours before the country's premier was due to unveil new proposals to end the standoff. Yellow Vests also joined the action. Marches were held across several French cities Saturday on the 38th consecutive day of nationwide multi-sector strikes, with protesters continuing to denounce government plans to overhaul the pension system. In the French capital, a procession got und ... more
  • 8 months Australian singer-songwriter Francesca de Valence surfs musical wave in Paris ModernGhana -World
    Francesca de Valence is an award-winning songwriter and artist from Brisbane, Australia. She has a special connection to France through her family and comes to Paris regularly for inspiration. Francesca de Valence created the 2018 show featuring original music and projected images called Songs de Paris, which took her on tour in both France and Australia. The momentum garnered from this experience has encouraged her to return to Paris, where she wrote her latest single ... more
  • 8 months Sexual violence under the microscope: Doctors respond in the wake of #MeToo ModernGhana -World
    Medical experts have urged bold action to end sexual violence at a Paris meeting, as a scandal over well-known writer Gabriel Matzneff puts France's attitudes to abuse under the spotlight. More than 400 doctors and health professionals gathered at Paris' Unesco headquarters this week for the sevent ... more
  • 8 months Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims ModernGhana -World
    Pope Francis appointed a new ambassador to France on Saturday, following the resignation of an archbishop who has been questioned by police on sexual assault claims. The new envoy is Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore, 67, who had been serving as the Holy See's ambassador to Russia, the Vatican said. Migliore takes up the post left empty by Luigi Ventura, who resigned in December after reaching the age limit for his post. He had been stripped of his diplomatic immunity in July in an ... more
  • 8 months Anti-Beijing party wins Taiwan elections with overwhelming majority ModernGhana -World
    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won Taiwan's presidential elections with a comfortable 57%(of the vote beating her rival, Han Guoyu of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), who won only 38%. Beijing will be furious, and tensions across the Taiwan Strait are set to rise dramatically. We have shown that when our sovereignty and democracy are threatened, the Taiwanese people will show determination, said Tsai in her victory speech. She stressed again th ... more
  • 8 months Somaliland Court Hands Down One Year Jail Sentence To Horn Cable TV Editor ModernGhana -Africa
    Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) is extremely dismayed by the unfair and politically motivated sentence of one year in jail and a fine of three million shilling (US$300) against Horn Cable TV editor, Abdikadir Saleban Asayr (Coday) overspreading propaganda against Egal International Airport by the Hargeisa-based Marodi Jeh Regional Court on Saturday 11 January, 2020. The journalist rsquo;s colleagues, who were at the court told SJS that early on Saturday editor Abdikadir Saleban Asay ... more
  • 8 months FESOJ Denounces One-Year Jail Sentence Of An Independent Journalist In Somaliland And Shares Its Concerns Over The Deterorating Somaliland’s Freedom... ModernGhana -Africa
    Federation of Somali Journalists has today strongly condemned conviction of the editor of the privately-owned independent Horn Cable TV Mr Abdikadir Saleban Asayr (known as Oday) , saying it is clear intimidation to journalists. On Saturday, Mr Abdulakadir Saleban Aseyr has been sentenced to 1 year in prison by the Marodi Jeeh Regional Court in Somaliland rsquo;s capital Hargeisa,Somaliland and fined 3 milyan Somaliland shilings (270 euros). The editor was accused of spreading what ... more
  • 8 months Lesotho court issues arrest warrant for PM’s wife ModernGhana -Africa
    A court has issued an arrest warrant for the prime minister's wife after she failed to turn up for questioning over the 2017 murder of his previous wife, police said Saturday. The announcement came just days after senior officials in the ruling party called for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to resign, accusing him of obstructing the investigation into the killing. Lipolelo Thabane was gunned down by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the capital Maseru in June 2017, two days before her ... more
  • 8 months Journalists Threatened, Assaulted While Covering Local Politician In Sierra Leone ModernGhana -Africa
    Authorities in Sierra Leone should investigate recent attacks against journalists covering local politics, and should ensure that reporters can do their jobs safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 4, a group of men slapped and hit Foday Conteh, a reporter with the privately owned Calabash newspaper, after he arrived at the home of Musa Bamba Fodey Jalloh, a minister of parliament, to interview the politician, Conteh told CPJ in a phone interview. ... more
  • 8 months Tunisian parliament rejects government of Habib Jemli ModernGhana -Africa
    Tunisia's parliament Friday rejected the government proposed by Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli after months of negotiations between political parties to fill positions. Jemli, an independent, was nominated by the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party after it came out top in legislative polls in October but failed to win enough seats to form a majority in the 217-seat chamber. Deputies voted 134 to 72 against Jemli's proposed government of independent figures due to frictions between th ... more
  • 8 months Fifty years on, Nigeria struggles with memory of Biafra war ModernGhana -Africa
    Dikoye Oyeyinka, 33, has been billed as one of the most promising Nigerian writers of his generation. He went to some of the finest schools in his West African homeland but says that like the majority of his classmates he didn't know about Biafra until I was 14 . When he did begin to find out about the brutal civil war that nearly tore Nigeria apart, it was not in the classroom. Instead it was a schoolmate in his dormitory who showed him a separatist leaflet demanding Nigeria's southea ... more
  • 8 months Libya and Iran top agenda in Merkel-Putin meeting ModernGhana -Africa
    Confrontation between Washington and Tehran over the US killing of a top general and turmoil in Libya are set to dominate talks in Moscow on Saturday between the leaders of Russia and Germany. Russia's Vladimir Putin will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow on Saturday afternoon -- her first visit since May 2018 when the two leaders met at Sochi on the Black Sea. Putin visited Syria and Turkey this week and is keen to stress his role as a regional powerbroker. Germ ... more
  • 8 months Drought ignites human-wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwean villager Dumisani Khumalo appeared to be in pain as he walked gingerly towards a chair under the shade of a tree near his one-room brick shack. The 45-year-old was attacked by a buffalo days earlier, and he was lucky to be on his feet. Wild animals in Zimbabwe were responsible for the deaths of at least 36 people in 2019, up from 20 in the previous year. I thank God that I survived the attack, said Khumalo with a laugh, making light of the fact that the buffalo almost rippe ... more
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