• 3 days Tens of thousands flood Hong Kong park for rainy Sunday protest ModernGhana -World
    Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have braved heavy rain for the latest Sunday march for democracy, pushing their five demands ndash; including a formal and complete withdrawal of the controversial China extradition bill. We will stand here, we will take action, until they respond to us...together we have more power, 20-year-old student Harley Ho to ... more
  • 3 days Suicide attack kills more than 60 at Kabul wedding ModernGhana -World
    A suicide bomber has killed at least 63 people and wounded scores more as they celebrated a wedding in the Afghan capital, in the deadliest attack in Kabul this year. The blast, which took place late Saturday in the city 39;s west, came as Washington and the Taliban are in the final stages of a deal to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan. The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 63 people had been killed ... more
  • 3 days Measles kill more people in DR Congo than Ebola: NGO ModernGhana -Africa
    Measles has killed 2,758 people in the DR Congo since January, more than the Ebola epidemic in a year, medical NGO Doctors Without Borders said, and called Saturday for a massive mobilisation of funds. The disease, preventable with a vaccine, has infected over 145,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo between January and early August, it said in a statement. Since July, the epidemic has worsened, with a rise in new cases reported in several provinces, said the NGO that goes by ... more
  • 3 days SERAP backs EFCC’s probe of Obasanjo govt’s $16bn power project ModernGhana -Africa
    Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has welcomed the reported probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of the government of former president Olusegun Obasanjo s $16 billion power project as an opportunity for the anti-graft agency to show that former heads of state and other high-ranking public officials are not immune from investigation and prosecution for allegations of grand corruption in Nigeria. The organization said: This probe is something ... more
  • 3 days Sudan: from demonstrations to transition accord ModernGhana -Africa
    The signing Saturday of a consitutional declaration paving the way for civilian rule comes nearly eight months after the start of Sudan's protests. An estimated 250 demonstrators were killed in clashes with security forces during the unrest, according to doctors. A timeline: Bread prices Protests erupt on December 19, 2018, against a government decision to triple bread prices. They quickly spread in the form of weekly demonstrations, morphing into demands that president O ... more
  • 3 days Crowds fill Khartoum’s streets to hail ‘new Sudan’ ModernGhana -Africa
    As the crowd erupted into a thunderous roar to mark the signing of a declaration on Sudan's transitional constitution, 19-year-old Ali broke into tears for his dead brother. My brother was shot dead on June 3, he said, referring to the brutal crackdown on a protest sit-in that eventually precipitated renewed negotiations to avert a fully-fledged civil conflict. Doctors close to the protest movement say at least 127 people were killed and 11 went missing that day -- the darkest of an unwa ... more
  • 3 days Nkosi double helps Springboks beat Pumas in World Cup warm-up ModernGhana -Africa
    Sibusiso Nkosi scored two brilliant tries as South Africa beat Argentina 24-18 on Saturday in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Pretoria. The winger struck in each half for the Springboks, who found the going much tougher than last weekend when they hammered the Pumas by 33 points in Salta to win the Rugby Championship. South Africa have an embarrassment of riches on the right wing with Nkosi and Cheslin Kolbe, who was rested for this match, bidding to start against New Zealand in Japan o ... more
  • 3 days Italy’s Salvini gives grudging OK for minors to disembark rescue ship ModernGhana -World
    Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has reluctantly given the green light for minors to disembark a rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean after a two-week standoff. The hardline interior minister was finally persuaded to allow minors to leave the Open Arms after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wrote a second, three-page letter to him, demanding they be allowed ashore. Salvini responded by letter on Saturday, saying the decision was Conte's, not his, and that despite it being diver ... more
  • 4 days Focus on Africa: Nigeria’s Shia leader El-Zakzaky aborts India medical trip ModernGhana -Africa
    The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has reportedly been taken back into custody on his return from India, after he complained of prison-like conditions at New Delhi's Madenta hospital, where he was due to undergo treatment. We vehemently condemn the way security agents whisked away upon his arrival at Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Ibrahim Musa spokesperson for the Islamic movement said in a statement. The president of ... more
  • 4 days Houthis hit Saudi oil field, separatists partially withdraw from Aden ModernGhana -World
    The Yemeni television station Al Masirah says its Houthi backers have attacked Saudi Arabia's Shaybah oil field via drone, as UAE-backed separatists in Aden withdrew from parts of southern port city. Al Masirah cited a military spokesperson but did not indicate when the attack took place. The Saudis have not confirmed the reports. Shaybah, in the eastern part of the Kingdom near the United Arab Emirates border, is run by state oil company Saudi Aramco. The Iran-backed Houthis control mo ... more
  • 4 days Sudan generals, protest leaders sign transition deal: AFP ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan's military council and protest leaders on Saturday signed a hard-won constitutional declaration that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule. The agreement was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest umbrella, an AFP reporter said. Heads of state, prime ministers and dignitaries from several countries -- including Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egypt's premie ... more
  • 4 days Gabon’s Bongo attends independence parade in rare public appearance ModernGhana -Africa
    Gabon's President Ali Bongo on Saturday made a rare public appearance to attend the country's independence day celebrations, nearly ten months after suffering a stroke that fueled speculation about his ability to rule. Bongo, whose every move is scrutinised for signs of his state of health, on Friday made his first public appearance since his illness, taking part in events on the eve of celebrations to mark Gabon's 1960 independence from France. The public outings were the first time Gabon ... more
  • 4 days Sudanese celebrate transition to civilian rule ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan was poised Saturday to celebrate a historic deal between generals and protest leaders for a transition to civilian rule, which many hope will bring increased freedom and prosperity. During a ceremony to be held at a hall by the Nile in the capital Khartoum, members of the Transitional Military Council and protest leaders are expected to sign the documents that will govern the 39-month transition. Today, the country begins its historic transition to democracy, read the front page of ... more
  • 4 days Senator Magnus Ngei Abe Congratulates Odili At 71 ModernGhana -Africa
    Immediate past Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe, has congratulated the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili on his 71st birthday, describing him as a role model to up-coming politicians in Nigeria. Abe, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his Spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, said the former 39;Golden Governor 39; of Rivers State has impacted lives meaningfully irrespective of tribe, creed, locally ... more
  • 4 days First Ebola cases surface in DR Congo’s South Kivu province ModernGhana -Africa
    A woman has died of Ebola and her infant son was diagnosed with the virus in the first confirmed cases in DR Congo's South Kivu province, reviving fears Friday the highly contagious disease could spread through the region. The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August. Two cases which tested positive for Ebola were confirmed overnight in South Kivu, in Lwindi district in the Mwenga region, the provincial government said in ... more
  • 4 days Those amazing trills ModernGhana -World
    This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear a Sound Kitchen Flashback with coloratura mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. Part one of a two part series, you won't want to miss what Bartoli has to say about singing. It's a not-to-miss-program, so click on that little Listen arrow in the photo above and join in This program originally aired on The Sound Kitchen in July, 2010. The quiz will be back on 31 August. Hello everyone Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Satur ... more
  • 4 days Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter ‘unprecedented’ species declines ModernGhana -Africa
    Amid growing alarm over accelerating extinctions, a major international conference opened in Geneva Saturday aiming to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and other endangered animal and plant species. Thousands of conservationists and policymakers from more than 180 countries will meet for 12 days to evaluate regulations and species protection listings under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Business as usual is no longer an option, CITES Secretar ... more
  • 4 days Australia waters down Pacific islands’ call for climate action ModernGhana -World
    Tensions between Australia and its Pacific island neighbours came to a head Friday, with island nations threatened by climate change accusing Canberra of thwarting their efforts for to provoke concrete global action. Talks at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Tuvalu came close to breaking down as countries struggled to agree a regional declaration to take to next month's UN climate summit in New York. A ... more
  • 4 days Mozambique’s Renamo says members attacked after peace deal ModernGhana -Africa
    Mozambique's former rebel group-turned-opposition party Renamo on Friday said its members came under attack just days after the signing of a historic peace deal aimed at ending years of conflict. Renamo spokesman Jose Manteigas said dozens of party members have been assaulted by police and members of the ruling Frelimo party across the country, adding that the attacks could threaten the landmark peace agreement. He said Renamo members have been beaten and their houses and other properties ... more
  • 4 days Sudanese eagerly anticipate transition to civilian rule ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan was poised Saturday to celebrate a historic deal between generals and protest leaders for a transition to civilian rule, which many hope will bring increased freedom and prosperity. During a ceremony to be held at a hall by the Nile in the capital Khartoum, members of the Transitional Military Council and protest leaders are expected to sign documents defining a 39-month transition. But the road to democracy remains fraught with obstacles, even if the mood was celebratory as foreign ... more
  • 4 days US issues warrant to seize Iranian Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar ModernGhana -World
    The United States Justice Department has issued a warrant for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, a day after authorities in Gibraltar approved the release of the detained vessel. The Justice Department alleged the ship was part of a scheme to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US has designated a foreign terrorist organization. The warrant says the vessel, which rem ... more
  • 4 days UK court approves $9bn claim against Nigeria ModernGhana -Africa
    A British judge on Friday gave the green light for a tiny private firm to seize more than $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian government over a failed natural gas deal. The amount represents one-fifth of the foreign reserves held by Africa's largest economy. The Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P ID) company -- widely reported to be registered in the British Virgin Islands -- was founded by two Irish business partners for the purpose of executing the 2010 deal with the Lagos ... more
  • 4 days Zimbabwe police break up protesters defying court ban ModernGhana -Africa
    Riot police in Zimbabwe have fired teargas and beat up more than 100 opposition supporters after they defied a ban to protest against the worsening economy. Scores of people took to the streets of the Harare capital on Friday in defiance of the ban, which was upheld by a court. Police cordoned off central Africa Unity Square, where the demonstrators had planned to gather, warning that the demonstration would be illegal and ... more
  • 4 days Zimbabwe police beat protesters defying regime ‘worse than Mugabe’ ModernGhana -Africa
    Riot police in Zimbabwe on Friday fired teargas and beat demonstrators who defied a protest ban, as the opposition accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of surpassing Robert Mugabe's regime in brutality. Scores of people gathered in a square in the capital Harare to demonstrate against the country's worsening economy, despite massive police deployment and a ban upheld by a court the same morning. Police cornered a group of protesters and beat them with batons, an AFP reporter s ... more
  • 4 days ‘French Spiderman’ hoists peace banner on Hong Kong skyscraper ModernGhana -World
    Daredevil Alain Robert, dubbed the 'French Spiderman', has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and unfurled a banner urging peace in the special administrative region hit by months of political unrest. Bare-handed and without a harness, Robert climbed the 68-storey Cheung Kong Center in Hong Kong's main business district on Friday morning in hot and humid conditions. During the climb, he attached a banner featuring the Hong Kong and Chinese flags, as well as two hands shaking. The 57-year-old ... more
  • 4 days French ministers under fire for attending bullfight ModernGhana -World
    Animal welfare groups in France have denounced the French agriculture minister Didier Guillaume and his colleague Jacqueline Gourault, in charge of regional cohesion, after they attended a bullfight in the south-western city of Bayonne. Guillaume and Gourault were spotted by local journalist at the event in which six bulls were killed. The photo quickly sparked an angry backlash from animal rights groups. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation, dedicated to animal protection, said the agricultu ... more
  • 4 days 17 Chinese, Ukrainian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon ModernGhana -Africa
    Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen were abducted on Thursday when two merchant vessels came under attack in Cameroonian waters, sources said Friday. Seventeen Chinese and Ukrainians were kidnapped... (of whom) nine (are) Chinese who were abducted on one of the ships, an official in the port of Douala told AFP. A Cameroonian security official, likewise speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the account. The abduction was reported on Thursday by sources in the Cameroonian na ... more
  • 4 days Uganda slams report Huawei helped spy on opposition leader ModernGhana -Africa
    Uganda on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had aided a domestic spying operation targeting pop star turned opposition icon Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Huawei technicians helped Ugandan authorities use spyware to intercept Wine's Skype and WhatsApp communications. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, became a lawmaker in 2017 and is preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in Uganda's 2021 presidential electi ... more
  • 4 days ‘You can’t stop me running’, says Caster Semenya ModernGhana -Africa
    South Africa's two-time Olympic gold medallist, Caster Semenya, describes herself as tough and fearless qualities she's had to rely on to persevere at the highest level of athletics while fighting rulings that threaten to derail her career. Athletics is my destiny. Something that fulfils me. Something that makes me feel free. At the end of the day, running fast doesn't come from genetics, it comes from working hard, said 800-metre gold medallist Caster Semenya at the ... more
  • 4 days Ebola cases surface in DR Congo’s South Kivu province ModernGhana -Africa
    The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu said Friday it had recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality. The new cases revived concern that the virus could cross the porous borders of the central African country, where it has claimed more than 1,900 lives since August last year. Two cases which tested positive for Ebola were confirmed overnight in South Kivu, in Lwindi district in the Mwenga region, the provincial governm ... more
  • 4 days Shiite cleric returns to Nigeria after India medical row ModernGhana -Africa
    Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who was granted permission to travel to India for medical care after years in detention, returned to Nigeria on Friday following a row over his treatment, his supporters said. Zakzaky, founder of the pro-Iranian Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife Zeenah Ibrahim were whisked away by security agents to avoid waiting media after touching down at the airport in the capital Abuja, group member Abdurrahman Abubakar told AFP. There was no official com ... more
  • 4 days Uganda, Zambia deny Huawei helped spy on political opponents ModernGhana -Africa
    Uganda and Zambia on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had helped them spy on political opponents. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported this week that Huawei technicians helped the two African governments intercept communications and social media activity of their opponents, while also tracking their movements. The article also reported that Huawei operated a video and cyber surveillance system in Algeria, which the company denied. Algeria's foreign ... more
  • 4 days ‘Explosive’ situation on migrant rescue boat in limbo off Italy ModernGhana -Africa
    The captain of a Spanish charity ship carrying 134 rescued migrants warned Friday of the explosive situation on board the vessel anchored within swimming distance of Italy's Lampedusa island but forbidden to approach. Italy has evacuated a handful of medical cases from the Open Arms but far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has been refusing to allow the vessel to dock despite a European deal to take in those remaining. The captain of the ship operated by Proactiva Open Arms, Marc R ... more
  • 5 days All set for eighth conference on climate change & development in Africa, says ECA’s Murombedzi ModernGhana -Africa
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 16 August 2019 (ECA) ndash; All is set for the Eighth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA VIII) which will be held in Addis Ababa from 28-30 August under the theme; lsquo;Stepping Up Climate Action for Resilient Economies in Africa rsquo;. Mr. James Murombedzi, Chief of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), says the conference, which will be held at the African Union Conference Centre, ... more
  • 5 days Gabon: 10 months of speculation over president’s health ModernGhana -Africa
    President Ali Bongo of Gabon has been mostly absent from the public scene since having a stroke nearly 10 months ago, raising questions about his fitness to govern. Here is a recap of developments. Hospitalised in Saudi State media in Saudi Arabia, where Bongo is attending an economic forum, announce on October 26, 2018 that the president has been hospitalised. There are no details and the Gabon presidency says he is merely tired. After the secrecy around the deat ... more
  • 5 days Firefighters bring blaze in southern France under control ModernGhana -World
    More than 500 firefighters have spent two days battling a blaze that began Wednesday in Aude, southeastern France, which has already destroyed 900 hectares of pine forest. The fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Aude, southeast of the city of Carcassonne, in forests that were classified as having a severe risk of fire because of a recent drought. About 900 hectares (2,200 acres) burned, commander Philippe Fabre from the Aude fire service told the news agency AFP. Described as ... more
  • 5 days Gabon’s Bongo in first live public appearance after stroke ModernGhana -Africa
    President Ali Bongo of Gabon on Friday made his first live appearance in public nearly 10 months after suffering a stroke, attending ceremonies in the capital Libreville. Bongo, whose every move has been scrutinised for signs of ill health, attended commemorations on the eve of the country's anniversary of independence, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported. It was the first time he had been seen in public outside the presidential palace since falling ill last October, except for appe ... more
  • 5 days Iran tanker prepares to leave Gibraltar after green light ModernGhana -World
    An Iranian tanker seized last month by Gibraltar is to be renamed and reflagged as it prepares to set sail after the British overseas territory said it was free to leave. The diplomatic spat between Tehran and the West risks heading back to court after a US request to halt the vessel's passage. The Grace 1 prepared to leave Gibra ... more
  • 5 days Gentle giraffes threatened with ‘silent extinction’ ModernGhana -Africa
    For most of his life as a Samburu warrior, Lesaiton Lengoloni thought nothing of hunting giraffes, the graceful giants so common a feature of the Kenyan plains where he roamed. There was no particular pride in killing a giraffe, not like a lion... (But) a single giraffe could feed the village for more than a week, the community elder told AFP, leaning on a walking stick and gazing out to the broad plateau of Laikipia. But fewer amble across his path these days: in Kenya, as across Africa ... more
  • 5 days Springboks, Pumas poles apart ahead of World Cup warm-up ModernGhana -Africa
    South Africa and Argentina are poles apart going into a Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Pretoria Saturday, just one week after Handre Pollard starred as the Springboks embarrassed the Pumas 46-13. While the South Africans are on the rise and looking increasingly like contenders to win the global championship a record-equalling third time, the Argentines are in the doldrums. Since mid-July, the Springboks have won convincingly at home to Australia and away to Argentina and drawn with world ... more
  • 5 days Detained Nigerian cleric leaves Indian hospital ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigerian Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky -- whose poor health in detention fuelled a wave of violent protests in Abuja -- has left the Indian hospital where he arrived for treatment this week, the clinic said Friday, while his office said he was heading home. The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) had been in custody in Nigeria along with his wife Zeenah Ibrahim since their arrest in December 2015 after violence that saw the army kill some 350 of his followers. On Monday the cle ... more
  • 5 days UNDP To Promote Dynamic Partnerships At TICAD7 To Advance Sustainable Development In Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will engage multi-stakeholders in different dialogues at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) from 28th ndash;30th August 2019 in Yokohama, Japan, to push for stronger international partnerships to promote trade and business development for sustainable development in Africa. In collaboration with UNDP and other partners, the TICAD process has over the past 26 years contributed to mainstreaming ... more
  • 5 days Asian, European seamen kidnapped off Cameroon: navy source ModernGhana -Africa
    Asian and European seamen were kidnapped Thursday aboard a vessel in the Gulf of Guinea off the southern Cameroon port of Douala, a senior Cameroonian navy source said. (They) were abducted this morning, said the source, who gave no details about the number or nationality of the kidnap victims. The kidnappers are probably Nigerian pirates, the source said. Cameroonian forces have launched search operations. An official at Douala port confirmed the kidnappings, and said the seamen ... more
  • 5 days Six EU countries ready to take in migrants stranded off Italy ModernGhana -Africa
    Six EU countries have agreed to take some of the 147 migrants stranded on a rescue ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa, Rome announced Thursday, amid an immigration row between Italy's interior minister and premier. France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have told me that they are ready to welcome the migrants, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in an open letter to Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has sought to bar the Open Arms rescue vessel from entering Ital ... more
  • 5 days Carp deaths at Schweitzer’s Gabonese home worry villagers ModernGhana -Africa
    For generations, carp have been intertwined with Lambarene, the village where Albert Schweitzer set up a hospital in the Gabonese rainforest. The French-German doctor and philosopher famously had a pet pelican that he had saved, and fed the bird on the prized local fish. But the alarm has sounded after a mass dieout of carp. In July, hundreds of the fish, a local staple, were spotted floating belly-up on the lakes of the Ogooue river. The cause of death is not yet known. The finger of s ... more
  • 5 days Ethiopian capital eyes ban on sex work, street begging ModernGhana -Africa
    Officials in Ethiopia's capital are weighing bans on sex work and street begging, the latest in a series of measures intended to clean up the country's image, the mayor's office said Thursday. Draft legislation detailing the terms of the bans is still being finalised. But Feven Teshome, press secretary for the Addis Ababa mayor's office, told AFP that it was necessary to combat worsening social problems in the city of more than three million people. We estimate there are over 50,000 ... more
  • 5 days Hong Kong: Fears grow of Chinese military intervention ModernGhana -World
    Amid fears of a potential Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong, China's ambassador to London warned Thursday that Beijing has the power to swiftly quell the unrest if the political crisis spirals beyond the control of authorities. In a televised press conference, Liu Xiaoming said China's central government would not sit by and watch if the situation in the semi-autonomous territory deter ... more
  • 5 days Gibraltar releases Iranian oil tanker in blow to US ModernGhana -World
    Gibraltar's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favour of releasing an Iranian supertanker seized on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of international sanctions, in a blow to the US which had tried to block the vessel's departure. The Grace 1 is no longer subject to detention , Chief Justice Anthony Dudley said in court. The decision came after Gibraltar's government said it had received written assurances from Iran that the Grace 1 would not be headed for countries subject to ... more
  • 5 days Macron urges mayors to perpetuate the memory of African fighters of WWII ModernGhana -Africa
    French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the 'heroes' of the Allied landings on the Mediterrranean coast 75 years ago, praising in particular the sacrifices made by fighters from France's former colonies in Africa. The glory of all these soldiers of the Liberation is immense, and our gratitude must never fade, Macron told veterans at the Boulouris National Cemetery in Saint-Raphael, in the south of France. We will never forget anything, nor anyone, he insisted. Yet for d ... more
  • 5 days Activists ‘abducted’ ahead of Zimbabwe protests: rights groups ModernGhana -Africa
    At least six opposition and rights activists were abducted and tortured by unidentified assailants in Zimbabwe ahead of planned protests against worsening economic problems, rights groups charged Thursday. We note with regret that six people so far were abducted by suspected state agents in the evening of 13 and 14 August 2019, and they have been severely tortured and left for dead, said a statement released by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, a coalition of 21 human rights groups. Z ... more
  • 5 days Global Open Initiative Co-founders, Sadat and Sadik to attend the 2019 Civil Servant research summit in Stockholm ModernGhana -World
    Co-founders of Global Open Initiative (GOI foundation), Sadik and Sadat have been selected to participate in the 2019 CivilServant research summit on August 19, 2019. The English-language research summit, which will be held in Stockholm the day after Wikimania , will be an opportunity for them to learn about designing studies to test features and innovations in their Wikipedia projects. It will comprise a day of training and workshops with staff from CivilServant, ... more
  • 5 days Preliminary notes on #RevolutionNow ModernGhana -Africa
    For the Nigerian Left, the strongest lesson of what may now be called Nigeria rsquo;s RevolutionNow mdash;that is, the August 5 mass protests organized by some young fragments of the movement mdash;may be formulated as a warning: If Nigeria survives long enough from the current battering of the country rsquo;s ruling class, variants of what was attempted on August 5 may be attempted again and again until a spark leads to a national conflagration or a successful popular revolution resulting from ... more
  • 5 days Malawi: Human rights defender survives petrol-bomb attack, car burnedto ashes ModernGhana -Africa
    In response to a petrol bomb attack targeting the home and car of Malawian human rights defender and activist Timothy Mtambo, which took place in the early hours of this morning, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International rsquo;s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said: ldquo;This cowardly and malicious attack on Timothy Mtambo rsquo;s property is a clear act of intimidation, designed to deter him from carrying out his human rights work. Timothy and his family narrowly escaped harm ... more
  • 5 days RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro. Felix Obuah Condemns Attack On Workers Of The Agency By Some Hausa Boys ModernGhana -Africa
    The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has condemned in strong terms, the attack on some workers of the Agency who were on official and routine sanitation duties of cleaning Port Harcourt, the State Capital and its environs. Bro. Obuah in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said the unfortunate incident took place Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Rumuodomaya after the RIWAMA workers accosted some Hausa boy ... more
  • 6 days Sudan to launch historic transition to civilian rule ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan's military rulers and protest leaders on Saturday are scheduled to sign a landmark deal reached after a bloody uprising which is meant to pave the way for civilian rule. The ceremony will officialise a constitutional declaration inked on August 4 between the country's Transitional Military Council and the opposition coalition of the Alliance for Freedom and Change. The deal brought an end to nearly eight months of upheaval that saw masses mobilise against the 30-year rule of Omar al- ... more
  • 6 days Macron honours ‘spirit of resistance’ in WWII Provence landings ModernGhana -Africa
    President Emmanuel Macron saluted Thursday a French army that emerged from the shadows and exile during the Allied landings on the Mediterranean coast 75 years ago, praising in particular the sacrifices made by fighters from France's former colonies in Africa. The glory of all these soldiers of the Liberation is immense, and our gratitude must never fade. We will never forget anything, nor anyone, Macron told veterans at the Boulouris national cemetery in Saint-Raphael. He was joined b ... more
  • 6 days Missing Franco-Irish teenager died from starvation: Malaysian police ModernGhana -World
    A vulnerable Franco-Irish teenager who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play. According to Malaysian police, 15 year old Nora Quoirin is thought to have died after about a week in the jungle, and there was no indication she was abducted or assaulted, citing the results of an autopsy. Her unclothed body was discovered on Tuesday in a ravine in dense jungle following a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of ... more
  • 6 days Notre Dame Cathedral to hold Assumption mass after devastating fire ModernGhana -World
    Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will host an Assumption mass on Thursday, four months after it was ravaged by a devastating blaze. The procession will kick off near the church, which remains closed to the public due to hazardous levels of lead contamination. Unlike last year's procession, where some 10,000 worshippers were able to move freely between Île Saint-Louis, an island on the Seine adjacent to Île de la Cité where the cathedral is situated, this year's procession was distinctly more low ... more
  • 6 days Migrant rescue ship heads for Italy after judge overrides Salvini ModernGhana -World
    Some 147 rescued migrants on board the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms headed for Italy Thursday after a judge in Rome suspended far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini's decree banning the vessel from Italy's territorial waters. The Italian court ruled that the ban violates international laws in light of the exceptionally grave and urgent situation due to the protracted stay of the migrants on our boat , Open Arms said in a statement on Wednesday. On the heels of the announcement, Spain ... more
  • 6 days Russia releases French banker from jail into house arrest ModernGhana -World
    A Moscow court on Thursday released French banker Philippe Delpal from jail into house arrest, days before a summit between the Russian and French presidents. Delpal, a senior executive in investment firm Baring Vostok, was arrested in February together with company chief Michael Calvey and other suspects. The arrests raised serious concerns among foreign investors in Russia. Judge Anatoly Korolev in the Moscow City court ruled in favour of Delpal's appeal against last month's decision ... more
  • 6 days Domestic Violence Act Signs Into Law ModernGhana -Africa
    The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) applauds President George Manneh Weah for signing into law the Domestic Violence Act, a legal instrument that seeks to abolish all forms of violence meted against women, children and men. The Ministry views the passage and signing into law of this legislation as a vital tool in curbing and eradicating the scourge of domestic violence which has permeated every fabric of our society. The law categorically recognizes domest ... more
  • 6 days Liberia: No Sympathy For You! An Open Letter To Amara Mohammed Konneh ModernGhana -Africa
    People who have a sense of history and saw through the incompetent gang in the CDC talked to you, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other members of your cabal to abandon the plan of fraudulently imposing this boy and his assortment of spavs on the country knowing full well the consequences of such manoeuvre. They held long and serious discussions with you and predicted rightly all that is happening today and urged you to abort such plan but you were consumed in arrogance and selfishness and went on to ... more
  • 6 days AfDB Welcomes $20mn Investment From Clean Technology Fund For Energy Inclusion ModernGhana -Africa
    The Clean Technology Fund ( CTF ) one of two multi-donor trust funds within the Climate Investment Funds ( CIF ) on August 8, 2019 approved $20 million for the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a facility sponsored by the African Development Bank to provide sustainable financing for small-scale renewables in Africa. FEI is a $500 million financing platform whose objective is to catalyze financial support for innovative energy access solutions. FEI On-grid, a targeted USD 400 million ... more
  • 6 days Zambia leader, Vedanta boss meet as mining giant faces explusion ModernGhana -Africa
    Zambia's leader on Wednesday held talks with the chairman of Vedanta Resources after the copper mining giant faced expulsion from the country for allegedly failing to pay taxes, the presidency announced. London-based Vedanta is the majority owner of Zambia's largest copper mining firm, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which has been at the centre of a standoff with government. The state-owned ZCCM-IH is a minority shareholder in KCM. Zambian President Edgar Lungu has vowed to dissolve the firm, ... more
  • 6 days Nigeria’s divisive tradition of facial markings fades ModernGhana -Africa
    When six-year-old Naziru Abdulwahab was abducted from northern Nigeria, his kidnapper transported him across the country and tried to sell him -- but the potential buyer backed out. What saved the boy from the child-smuggling rings, police said, was the traditional facial scarrings on his cheeks that he had been marked with at birth. Fearing they would make him too recognisable, the would-be purchaser refused to buy him. After suspicions were then raised by local residents, the traffick ... more
  • 6 days Film claims group plotted to infect black Africans with HIV ModernGhana -Africa
    A plot by white mercenaries to spread HIV through black South Africa via a phony vaccination program: it sounds like the stuff of pulp spy novels, but documentary-maker Mads Brugger is clear that this is one sensational conspiracy that actually happened. The Danish director set out to investigate the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed the head of the UN in modern-day Zambia for his latest film -- but says he ended up uncovering something vastly more sinister. In Cold Case: Hammarskjo ... more
  • 6 days UN appoints new HIV/AIDS chief after controversy ModernGhana -Africa
    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new HIV/AIDS chief on Wednesday after the previous incumbent left accused of serious mismanagement. Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima of Uganda will lead UNAIDS, a spokesperson for Guterres said in a statement. She succeeds Michel Sidibe who stepped down in May after he was accused of creating a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority. An Independent Expert Panel (IEP) report co ... more
  • 6 days US bans former Sudan security chief Ghosh over ‘torture’ ModernGhana -Africa
    Washington accused the former head of Sudan's feared security service of torture on Wednesday and barred him from entering the United States. Salah Ghosh headed the African country's National Intelligence and Security Service until he resigned in April this year, two days after a military council took power and ousted the country's president Omar al-Bashir after months-long citizen protests. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department has credible information that Salah Ghosh wa ... more
  • 6 days Tunisia slashes field ahead of presidential poll ModernGhana -Africa
    Tunisia's electoral commission has rejected nearly three quarters of hopefuls for next month's presidential election, accepting just two women as candidates, it said Wednesday. The poll was brought forward from November following the July death of president Beji Caid Essebsi, elected in the wake of the 2011 revolt that overthrew former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But one of the women given the green light to bid for the job is Abir Moussi, who heads a group formed from the remnants o ... more
  • 6 days Zimbabwe’s opposition vows anti-govt protests despite warnings ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe's main opposition party vowed Wednesday to go ahead with protests this week against the worsening economy, dismissing government threats to stop the demonstrations. The protests will be the first since rallies in January against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's decision to hike fuel prices that ended in deadly clashes with troops. It's all systems go, we are emphatically clear that on Friday we are going ahead in Harare, the MDC party's spokesperson Daniel Molekele told a press co ... more
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