• 3 days South African Airways cancels flights in bid to save cash ModernGhana -Africa
    Beleaguered national airline South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday it was cancelling 10 domestic and one international flight in an effort to streamline services and save cash. The cash-strapped airline was last month placed under a state-approved business rescue plan to avoid total collapse following a costly week-long strike by thousands of its workers. SAA said in was dropping 10 domestic flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, while canning its direct route betwe ... more
  • 3 days Travel restrictions could be imposed over new virus in China ModernGhana -World
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a meeting for Wednesday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency over the outbreak of a mysterious virus that has killed six people in China and spread to several neighbouring countries. The outbreak began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the six deaths were reported, and spread to other parts of the country, including five cases in the capital Beijing. The number of cases in China passed 300 and authorities feared add ... more
  • 3 days Macron visits Israel as French Jews express concern for their safety ModernGhana -World
    As French President Emmanuel Macron prepared to travel to Israel on Tuesday for an official visit marking the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz 75 years ago, findings of two polling institutes reported highlighted concerns over anti-Semitism in France. Macron was to arrive in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening ahead of a two-day official visit packed with commemorations and meetings with other world leaders to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkena ... more
  • 3 days Circular economy suffers as global consumption of materials rises ModernGhana -World
    The world's consumption of raw materials is at an all-time high of 100 billion tonnes per year while the rate of material reuse of these resources is falling. Today's global economy is only 8.6 percent circular. But two years ago it was higher, at 9 percent. Circle economy is an economy that is regenerative and distributive by design, according to the latest report form Circle Economy in its 2020 Circularity Gap Report release ... more
  • 3 days Zimbabwe’s main opposition warns of more protests ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe's main opposition leader on Tuesday warned his supporters to prepare for more demonstrations to force political and economic change in a country lurching from one crisis to another. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa addressed thousands of supporters in Mbare township at a rally that had previously been barred by authorities, who cited security concerns. Officials gave the go-ahead on Tuesday after stopping it earlier this month saying they were too busy to ... more
  • 4 days Cameroon bikutsi dancers celebrate women’s sexuality ModernGhana -Africa
    It's already 1:00 am at the Quebec, a cabaret in Cameroon's capital Yaounde where the beer is flowing and punters are getting restless. Finally the band starts up and a trio of bikutsi dancers enter the spotlight, hips undulating with unabashed sexuality. I want to, want to, want to makeâ I want to, they croon, backed by guitar, percussion and keyboard. The raunchy lyrics and provocative dancing quickly draw appreciative laughter. Their performance has deep roots in Cameroon. The ... more
  • 4 days Somalia: 2-Day Women Journalists Training Promotes Young Women’s Voices In Media ModernGhana -Africa
    In partnership with the Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (VIKES) with funding from the European Mission for Somalia, the Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) has concluded two-day training workshop for twenty women journalists from various independent and governmental media outlets held in Kismayo, Jubbaland State of Somalia from 15th to 16th January 2020. The overall objective of the training was to improve the capacity of female reporters working in Kismayo and w ... more
  • 4 days Former Tunisian finance minister named PM-designate ModernGhana -Africa
    Former finance minister Elyes Fakhfakh was named prime minister-designate by Tunisia's president late Monday, and will now face the difficult task of forming a cabinet within a month. Newly elected President Kais Saied on Monday mandated Mr Elyes Fakhfakh with forming a government as soon as possible, the presidency said in a statement. Fakhfakh's proposal will have to gain the approval of a divided parliament, which this month rejected an earlier attempt to form a government. After m ... more
  • 4 days No evidence of Sudan paramilitaries fighting in Libya: UN ModernGhana -Africa
    A United Nations panel said Monday it had no credible evidence of Sudanese paramilitaries fighting in conflict-wracked Libya for military strongman Khalifa Haftar as alleged by some media outlets. Several Libyan and regional media outlets had claimed in recent months that hundreds of Sudanese paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) were deployed in Libya to fight alongside Haftar's Libyan Arab Armed Forces. But a UN panel of experts on Sudan dismissed these claims in a report ... more
  • 4 days Lesotho police summon PM for questioning over wife’s murder ModernGhana -Africa
    Lesotho police on Monday summoned Prime Minister Thomas Thabane for questioning over alleged links to the 2017 murder of his estranged wife. The brutal assassination of Lipolelo Thabane sent shock waves through the tiny mountainous kingdom, which is entirely surrounded by South Africa. She was gunned down outside her home in Lesotho's capital Maseru on June 2017, two days before the inauguration of her husband -- with whom she had been embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings. The case w ... more
  • 4 days Comoros president’s party wins assembly vote after opposition boycott ModernGhana -Africa
    Comoros President Azali Assoumani's party swept to victory in weekend parliamentary elections that were boycotted by the opposition, official results showed on Monday. The Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (CRC) won 17 out of 24 seats legislative seats, while two other seats went to parties in the presidential coalition. A second round of voting will take place on February 23 to allocate the remaining five seats, the electoral commission said. Opposition parties stayed away from ... more
  • 4 days Irish court sets date for Sophie du Plantier murder suspect extradition hearing ModernGhana -World
    Ireland's High Court will hear France's request to extradite Ian Bailey, a British man found guilty in absentia in a Paris court last year for the murder of television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996, on February 10th. It is the third time French authorities have sought Mr Bailey's surrender in relation to the death of Ms du Plantier. Lawyers for Mr Bailey told the High Court on Monday that they had finalised their points of objection to the proposed surrender Bailey maintain ... more
  • 4 days Sardines say they are the alternative to populism in Italy ModernGhana -World
    An estimated 40,000 people packed into the largest square in Bologna on Sunday for a rally of the Sardines. The gathering - one week ahead of elections in the region of Emilia-Romagna - was organised to highlight the progress of the grassroots movement which was launched two months ago following the League's victory in the central province of Umbria, a longtime bastion of the left. Activists say the meeting was also aimed at showing an Italy which is not made up of supporters of the League ... more
  • 4 days Suicide bomber kills nine civilians in western Chad ModernGhana -Africa
    Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives in an area targeted in the past by jihadist group Boko Haram, the army and officials said on Monday. Chad is one of the countries struggling with the jihadist violence that has spilled over from Nigeria's decades-long Islamist insurgency. The attack took place overnight Sunday in the village of Kaiga Kindjiria. A suicide bomber blew herself up yesterday in Kaiga Kindjiria, killing nine people, tw ... more
  • 4 days UN warns ‘ravenous’ locusts threatening East Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Ravenous swarms of desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, threaten to ravage the entire East Africa subregion, the UN warned Monday. Recent weather in the region has created conditions that favour rapid reproduction of the crop-devouring insects. Left unchecked, their numbers could grow 500 times by June, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. The speed of the pest's spread and the size of the infe ... more
  • 4 days Paris Live Monday 20 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    Today's edition of Paris Live opens with a look at the worrying emergence of a SARS-like pneumonia-causing virus which first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Three people have died so far and over a hundred cases have been reported. Authorities are on high alert as millions prepare to travel ahead of the Chinese New Year later this week. We hear from a French doctor who explains why public hospital staff have been on strike for the last ten months, a struggle often overshadowed by the ... more
  • 4 days L’Oréal, Danone among ‘A-list’ French brands leading climate fight ModernGhana -World
    French brands such as L'Oréal, Orange and Danone are helping lead the world on climate policy, having been given top marks by the environmental risk-assessment group CDP. Of the 179 businesses on the prestigious A-list of companies demonstrating corporate transparency and action on climate change, 22 are based in France. In fact France the birthplace of the Paris Agreement that took effect on 1 Janua ... more
  • 4 days Angola vows to bring back billionaire dos Santos over graft claims ModernGhana -Africa
    Angolan prosecutors vowed on Monday to use all possible means to bring back Isabel dos Santos, the former president's billionaire daughter, after thousands of leaked documents brought new allegations she siphoned off hundreds of millions in public money. Dubbed Africa's richest woman, dos Santos is accused of using her father's backing to plunder state funds from the oil-rich but impoverished southern African country and -- with the help of Western consulting firms -- move the money offshor ... more
  • 4 days Ten killed in seating collapse at Ethiopian festival ModernGhana -Africa
    At least ten people were killed Monday and scores injured when a seating area collapsed during a major Orthodox Christian celebration in Ethiopia, with fears the death toll could rise. The accident occurred just before 8am (0500 GMT) Monday in Gondar, a historic city in the country's north, where every year more than a million people gather for the epiphany festivities known as Timkat. Two doctors at the University of Gondar Hospital told AFP that 10 people died when the spectator stands g ... more
  • 4 days UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson told African leaders Monday that Britain would be more open to migrants from their continent after Brexit as he hosted a summit intended to boost trading ties. He also promised an end to direct UK state investment in thermal coal mining or coal power plants overseas, saying London would focus on supporting a switch to low-carbon energy sources. Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Johnson made a clear pitch for business less than two weeks b ... more
  • 4 days Trial of suspected jihadist recruiter opens in Paris ModernGhana -World
    The trial opened in Paris on Monday of Mourad Farès, who is accused of running a group of jihadists as well as recruiting people to fight in Syria and financing terrorism. It's thought the 35-year-old from Thonon-les-bains in eastern France was involved in several recruitment networks and he is linked to the departure for Syria of ten young people from Strasbourg in 2013. Mourad Farès, is suspected of organizing meetings in Paris, Strasbourg and Lyon, and using social networks to actively ... more
  • 4 days France’s Saint-Nazaire shipbuilders get €2bn order boost ModernGhana -World
    Shipowners MSC have placed a two billion euro order with the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, north-western France, for two new liquid natural gas (LNG) powered cruisers. The vessels are scheduled for delivery to the Italian-Swiss company in 2025 and 2027. MSC has also signed a preliminary deal for a further investment in LNG that could be worth another four billion euros. French prime minister Edouard Philippe hailed the contrat as excellent news not only for the 3 ... more
  • 4 days Coca Cola among global companies that will invest €4 billion in France ModernGhana -World
    US giant Coca Cola has announced 1 billion euros of investments in the country over the next five years, joining pledges by other big investors ahead of the Choose France business summit, which kicks off Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron and Coca-Cola's chief executive James Quincey are due to discuss the plan Monday at the Choose France Summit taking place at Versailles. As part of the investment, Coca-Cola ... more
  • 5 days Discussions To Be Held At The AEI 2020 ModernGhana -Africa
    Johannesburg, 20 January 2020; Prevalent topics with particular reference to Africa rsquo;s energy sphere, are set to form the core of discussions at the 12th Africa Energy Indaba. Interactive dialogues and key outcomes emanating from these themes will provide business growth opportunities for Africa 39;s energy sector and inspire the necessary transformation within this realm. Various thought-provoking session themes involve the following: What African energy ministers are doing ... more
  • 5 days Morocco’s House of Memory spotlights Jewish-Muslim coexistence ModernGhana -Africa
    In the old Jewish quarter of Morocco's coastal city of Essaouira, a newly-opened House of Memory has been dedicated to the historic coexistence of its Jewish and Muslim communities. Nestled in a narrow alleyway among labyrinthine lanes, Bayt Dakira (House of Memory) is situated in a former family home of wealthy traders, who added a small synagogue decorated with woodwork and carved furnishings. The restored building testifies to a period when Islam and Judaism had an exceptional closen ... more
  • 5 days Billionaires richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: Oxfam ModernGhana -Africa
    The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday. It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day, estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year. Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question ... more
  • 5 days World powers agree new push for Libya peace ModernGhana -Africa
    World leaders committed Sunday to ending all foreign meddling in Libya's war and to uphold a weapons embargo at a Berlin summit, as part of a broader plan to end the spiralling conflict. The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France were among global chiefs signing up to the plan to stop interfering in the war -- be it through weapons, troops or financing. But the talks failed to deliver serious dialogue between the warring parties -- strongman Khalifa Haftar and the head of Tripoli's UN-r ... more
  • 5 days Online campaign to save malnourished lions at Sudan park ModernGhana -Africa
    Online calls grew Sunday to help save five malnourished and sick African lions held at a park in Sudan's capital, with some demanding the creatures be shifted to a better habitat. The five lions are held in cages at Khartoum's Al-Qureshi Park in an upscale district of the capital, but for weeks now they have been suffering from shortages of food and medicine. I was shaken when I saw these lions at the park... their bones are protruding from the skin, wrote Osman Salih on Facebook as he ... more
  • 5 days Document trove shows how ‘Africa’s richest woman’ stole fortune: ICIJ ModernGhana -Africa
    An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola's former president -- dubbed Africa's richest woman -- syphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts. The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich's Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the Panama Papers tax haven scandal in 2016. Its latest series called Luanda Leaks zeros ... more
  • 5 days Macron urges end to deployment of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters to Libya ModernGhana -World
    France's President Emmanuel Macron has hit out against foreign troop deployments in war-ravaged Libya, saying such intervention serves only to fuel the conflict and create new risks for everyone. Speaking in Berlin on Sunday at a summit intended to resolve the bloody stalemate in Libya, the French leader expressed his acute concerns over the arrival of Syrian and foreign fighters in the city of Tripoli . He says such intervention must end. The Turkish authorities in Ankara have been accus ... more
  • 5 days Paris’ best known gay bookshop forced to move because of soaring rents ModernGhana -World
    France and Paris' best known gay bookshop, Les Mots à La Bouche, is being forced to move location and out of the city's historic gay district, the Marais, because rising rents. Les Mots a la Bouche has been a landmark in the Marais, one of the most sought after areas in the French capital, since it opened in the early 1980s. But the landlord now wants the rent to be hiked by four times -- in keeping with the market rate -- and the bookshop will have to relocated after more than 36 years, N ... more
  • 5 days French inquiry opened over police assault of protester ModernGhana -World
    French prosecutors have opened an inquiry after a riot police officer was filmed punching a detained protester at a demonstration in Paris. The move comes after several alleged incidents of police brutality against pension reform protesters and Yellow Vest anti-government demonstrators. In the incident filmed during a Yellow Vest protest on 18 January, a man with a bloodied head is seen being held down on his back by a helmeted officer, who then strikes him hard in the face. The Paris pros ... more
  • 5 days Imane Ayissi brings anti-colonial Africa to Paris fashion week ModernGhana -World
    Imane Ayissi is the first sub-Saharan designer to show in the élite Paris haute couture week. Not only is he joining fashion's crème de la crème, the Cameroonian couturier is shaking up the stereotype of African materials by refusing to use wax prints which he dismisses as colonial . The 51-year-old former dancer dreams of opening up a new path for Africa in an alternative way of doing luxury fashion . Highly colourful wax cotton prints flooded West Africa after Dutch mil ... more
  • 5 days Fire at Paris restaurant where Emanuel Macron eats may have been deliberate ModernGhana -World
    The police In have opened an investigation after a fire started in the early hours of Saturday morning in a famous Parisian brasserie prized by President Emmanuel Macron. Around 5 a.m , an alarm went off in the brasserie La Rotonde , in the Montparnasse district of Paris in the south of the city. When they arrived, the police discovered that a fire had started on the closed terrace. The fire was quickly contained, ... more
  • 5 days Twelve dead after buses collide in Algeria ModernGhana -Africa
    Twelve people were killed and another 46 injured when two buses collided early Sunday in Algeria's northeast, emergency services said, in the latest tragedy of its kind in the North African country. Emergency teams arrived at around 1:10 am (0010 GMT) following a fatal accident, a collision between two buses, on the state highway near the city of Astil in the province of Biskra, 500 km southeast of Algiers, a statement said. Twelve people, aged 19 to 73, were killed and 46 were injured, ... more
  • 5 days Comoros votes in election boycotted by opposition ModernGhana -Africa
    Comorans voted Sunday in the first round of a parliamentary election with victory for President Azali Assoumani's supporters all but certain after opposition parties boycotted the contest. Most voting stations in the Indian Ocean archipelago's capital Moroni opened late because of bad weather, an AFP reporter said. Opposition parties said they would not contest the 24 seats in the Comoros national assembly after failing to obtain guarantees of a transparent, free and democratic election. ... more
  • 5 days World powers in Berlin to seek elusive Libya peace ModernGhana -Africa
    World leaders will gather in Berlin on Sunday to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from disintegrating into a second Syria . The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France are due for talks from around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) held under the auspices of the United Nations, which wants to get foreign powers wielding influence in the region to stop interfering in the war, through the provision of weapons, troops or financing. Leaders of both ... more
  • 5 days Gender Ministry Applauds SHE-CAN Humanitarian Organization ModernGhana -Africa
    The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has applauded SHE-CAN - a US-based International Humanitarian Organization for providing a fully-funded International tertiary scholarship to young Liberian females scholars. SHE-CAN is a humanitarian organization that anchors on equipping and empowering young women from post-conflict countries to become productive leaders. The US-based organization focuses on low-income young women through Education, Leadership Skills, and Mentorship. ... more
  • 6 days Suspended in a barrel, S.African man set to break “pole sitting” record ModernGhana -Africa
    Vernon Kruger has been sitting in a barrel suspended 25 metres above ground for more than two months. Overlooking the South African town of Dullstroom, the 52-year old is about to break a Guinness World record... set by himself in 1997. Sleeping in this barrel is not very easy, said Kruger, who usually works as a diver. It's a very small place to curl up in and I have to lie in a foetal position. http://cdn.modernghana.com/images/content/afp since november 14 home has ... more
  • 6 days Tear gas, arrests in new anti-Macron protest in Paris ModernGhana -World
    French police fired tear gas and arrested several people on Saturday as thousands of Yellow Vest anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris, showering the security forces with a hail of projectiles. Demonstrators shouted slogans denouncing the police, President Emmanuel Macron and his pension reforms that have triggered the longest French transport strike in decades. This was the latest of the weekly demonstrations held every Saturday by the Yellow Vest movement since Nove ... more
  • 6 days Benin welcomes back 28 antique royal artefacts ModernGhana -Africa
    Ambassadors from France and Japan mingled with presidential officials, royalty and schoolchildren as Benin celebrated the return of dozens of colonial-era antique artefacts looted by France more than a century ago. Guests clustered around a magnificent 19th-century sword decorated with animal figurines once wielded by one of the Amazons, the female warriors who served as royal bodyguards. Other items include royal sceptres in the shape of an axe or a crosier. But while France has agreed in ... more
  • 6 days Rain brings relief to some of Australia’s bushfire victims ModernGhana -World
    Parts of Australia's east coast have been hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms, dousing some bushfires but also bringing the threat of flooding. The organisers of next week's Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne have defended their decision to allow qualifying to continue last week, despite toxic air quality. Sydney-based daily newspaper The Australian reports that there have been intense downpours in Queensland, ... more
  • 6 days Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summit ModernGhana -Africa
    Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country's main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation. The move to cripple the country's main income source was a protest against Turkey's decision to send troops to shore up Haftar's rival, the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj. It comes ahead of a conference in Berlin on Sunday that ... more
  • 6 days Pro-Haftar forces ‘block oil exports’ from key Libya ports ModernGhana -Africa
    Forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Saturday blocked oil exports from Libya's main ports, the National Oil Company said, raising the stakes on the eve of international peace talks. The closure of Libya's oil crescent will cause the country's daily crude production to plunge from 1.3 million barrels to 500,000 barrels and cause losses of $55 million a day, the firm warned. The string of export hubs along Libya's northeastern coast has been controlled by Haftar -- who is a ... more
  • 6 days Locusts threaten food security in Horn of Africa ModernGhana -World
    A locust invasion originating in the Arabian Peninsula continues to spread across East Africa in one of the worst outbreaks in 25 years. In a throwback to the biblical plague of locusts which God inflicted on the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Horn of Africa is once again experiencing an invasion that is wreaking havoc on food security in the region. They will pose a threat to the pasture areas and of course, pastures affect livelihoods of herders and then of course to subsistence crops, the rain ... more
  • 6 days Louvre reopens after being blocked by pension reform strikers ModernGhana -World
    The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, has reopened after being shut down by workers striking over government plans to overhaul France's pension system. On Friday, hundreds of disappointed visitors crowded outside the Louvre, some hurling insults at strikers who blocked the entrance. It was the first time since the s ... more
  • 6 days Pension protestors perturb presidential night out ModernGhana -World
    Several dozen protestors against pension reform have attempted to disrupt a Paris theatre performance attended by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. A journalist has been taken into police custody for questioning, after he alerted the public to the president's presence on Twitter. Several dozen demonstrators shouting All together, general strike and Macron resign faced a large contingent of police outside the Bouffes du ... more
  • 6 days Libya ‘needs foreign interference to stop’: UN envoy ModernGhana -Africa
    International players must stop meddling in the Libyan conflict, the UN's special envoy told AFP on Saturday, on the eve of a summit of world powers to try to bring peace to the North African nation. All foreign interference can provide some aspirin effect in the short term, but Libya needs all foreign interference to stop. That's one of the objectives of this conference, Ghassan Salame said in an interview ahead of the Berlin summit. Leaders of Russia, Turkey and France are due to join ... more
  • 6 days Screening starts at US airports as fears of mystery Chinese virus grow ModernGhana -World
    The scale of the outbreak of a Chinese virus similar to that which causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), is likely to be far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. Fears that the virus will spread are growing ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins on 25 January, when hundreds of millions of Chinese move around the country and man ... more
  • 7 days Asa unpicks many faces of love on new album Lucid ModernGhana -World
    On her latest album Lucid, Nigerian singer-songwriter Asa explores the many colours of love: warm, dark, brilliant, somber, the joy, the longing, the wanting. But also the violence that can seep into a relationship and destroy lives. As the world wakes up to the reality of sexual violence against women, Asa's song Murder in the USA, the opening track on the album, couldn't be more pertinent. She was fully aware that femicide was getting a lot of media attention, but personal experience also p ... more
  • 7 days Rabat kept Belgian-Moroccan for years in ‘abusive solitary’: HRW ModernGhana -Africa
    Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Morocco of holding a dual Belgian-Moroccan citizen in inhuman and abusive solitary detention for more than three years following his 2009 life sentence on terrorism charges. Abdelkader Belliraj was the alleged mastermind of a terrorist network of 35 people dismantled by Moroccan authorities in 2008, and was convicted in a trial criticised for rights violations. His wife told Human Rights Watch (HRW) that since 2016, Belliraj had been confined to a c ... more
  • 7 days Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls: Erdogan ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organisations if Libya's UN-recognised government in Tripoli were to fall. In the article, published on Saturday on the eve of a Libya peace conference in Berlin, Erdogan said the EU's failure to adequately support the Government of National Accord (GNA) would be a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights . The GNA led by Fayez al-Sarraj has been under attack sinc ... more
  • 7 days Liberia souring on George Weah at two-year mark ModernGhana -Africa
    Dominic Kpadeh heaves a hammer over his head to crack a half-tonne rock in a northern suburb of Liberia's capital Monrovia, knowing his hard labour earns him far less than a year ago. Kpadeh and his colleagues used to go home with $1,000 (900 euros) a month between them crushing rocks for the construction industry. Now, he says, they're lucky to get $250 (225 euros). Stories such as Kpadeh's are common in Liberia, where rampant inflation has left many people struggling and increasingly tur ... more
  • 7 days Art blooms in gritty Dakar neighbourhood ModernGhana -Africa
    Mamadou Boye Diallo, an art curator with a penchant for heart-shaped glasses, calls Dakar's working-class Medina neighbourhood an open-air museum. Flitting on rollerblades between colourful murals in this part of the West African metropolis, Diallo, who is also a guide to the area, points to works by artists from all over the world. He heads an association which aims to use murals to save fading colonial-era buildings from destruction and to make art accessible to all -- not just guys in ... more
  • 7 days German Population Reaches Record Level ModernGhana -World
    Actually, more people die in Germany every year than are born, yet the population is growing. The reason for this is the so-called net immigration. Germany has more inhabitants than ever before. With 83.2 million, the number reached a peak last year, as the Federal Office of Statistics announced on Friday after an initial estimate. However, the population grew at a much slower rate than in the years 2013 to 2018, the authority explained. It grew by only about 200,000, with a simila ... more
  • 1 week Liverpool boss Klopp hits out at Africa Cup of Nations revamp ModernGhana -World
    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Friday hit out at African football bosses' decision to switch the timing of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations from summer to winter. For decades the biennial tournament was played in January and February but in 2019 it was expanded from 16 to 24 teams and moved to June and July. Egypt hosted the fest at six sites in Cairo, Ismailia, Suez and Alexandria. ... more
  • 1 week French director of ‘Amelie’ signs up for project with Netflix ModernGhana -World
    The maker of the quirky French hit Amelie is shooting a new film for Netflix, the streaming giant revealed Friday. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who broke through internationally with his 1991 cannibal comedy Delicatessen , is working on a similarly black futuristic caper called Bigbug .french It was one of some 20 French projects announced by Netflix on Friday, topped by Damien Chazelle's forthcoming musical series set in a Paris jazz club, The Eddy . The Franco-American filmmaker -- who tr ... more
  • 1 week Jean Paul Gaultier says au revoir to haute-couture ModernGhana -World
    Jean Paul Gaultier, the perennial enfant terrible of French fashion, on Friday announced his departure from the world of haute-couture. On 22 January, I will celebrate 50 years in fashion with a haute-couture show, he said in a statement. It will be my last. Gaultier, 67, said the stage for his swansong would be the Théâtre du Châtelet in central Paris. No little guile has accompanied the glitz and glamour of the Gaultier house throughout the decades. He decked out Madonna in her co ... more
  • 1 week Edible caterpillars become rare in drought-hit Botswana ModernGhana -Africa
    Packed with protein and calcium, mopane worms are a delicacy in Botswana, where they are stirred into chunky tomato and peanut stews. In the north and centre of the country, the spiky black and green caterpillars are harvested to make relish and sold at markets. http://cdn.modernghana.com/images/content/afp a regional drought has decimated the mopane population.jpg A regional drought has decimated the mopane population. By Monirul Bhuiyan (AFP) But a regional droug ... more
  • 1 week Pension reforms Hong Kong-style a far cry from France’s social unrest ModernGhana -World
    While mass anti-government and anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong have temporarily stopped, three people tried to bring attention to another problem - Chief Executive Carrie Lam's attempts to reform Hong Kong's pension system. But unlike protesters in France, the public doesn't seem interested. Kelvin Ho and two friends spread a small poster on the ground near the exit of the Admiralty Metro station, just opposite the imposing high rise that contains the government's offices. It calls atte ... more
  • 1 week Paris Live, Friday 17 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    Today's Paris Live we begin with an in-depth analysis of why the French are so attached to their pension system that they're willing to strike for weeks on end. The disruptions have seen a billion euro impact on the country's economy and even visitors to the Louvre museum in Paris found the gates closed by striking workers on Friday. We feature an exclusive interview with the diplomatic advisor to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, who discusses the tensions in Iran, and why his country mig ... more
  • 1 week Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter’s alleged graft ModernGhana -Africa
    Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has denied links to alleged public company embezzlement during his rule, in his first response to corruption investigators last month freezing his daughter's assets. Isabel dos Santos, the ex-president's billionaire first-born, has been the target of an anti-corruption campaign led by her father's successor President Joao Lourenco. She is accused of using state-owned firms to divert over a billion dollars for her personal enrichment, allega ... more
  • 1 week DR Congo police fire tear gas to break up opposition march ModernGhana -Africa
    DR Congo police fired tear gas to prevent anti-government protesters gathering in the capital Kinshasa on Friday, forcibly escorting an opposition leader back home to stop him participating in the rally. The attempted march was the latest protest by former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu since he lost a December 2018 election he claims was fixed in favour of President Felix Tshisekedi. One person was slightly injured on the head by police, who turned out in force, firing tear gas to b ... more
  • 1 week Azerbaijan mulls French calls to join terrorism fight in the Sahel ModernGhana -World
    Azerbaijan is considering plans to join French military efforts in Africa's Sahel region, according to one of the country's top official, as France looks to EU allies to shore up local forces who are being increasingly targeted by deadly jihadist attacks. Azerbaijan is ready to start such kind of discussions with our potential partners, but we need more knowledge and expertise, Hikmet Hadjiyev, Assistant of the President of Azerbaijan told RFI. The presidential advisor was speaking ahead ... more
  • 1 week Humbert and Paire set up all French final in Auckland ModernGhana -World
    Unseeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert saw off the American veteran John Isner in straight sets on Friday to reach his first final on the senior tour. The 21-year-old will face compatriot Benoit Paire in the title match at the Auckland Classic after he dispatched Hubert Hurkacz from Poland in three sets. It was a great match, I returned very well, Humbert said. I played good tennis at the key points and I'm really happy to reach my first final. Humbert, who lost to Isner in the semi-finals ... more
  • 1 week Paris Louvre shuts its doors as strikers block entrance ModernGhana -World
    The Louvre museum in Paris shut down Friday after striking workers blocked the entrance, management said, in the latest protest against plans to overhaul France's pension system. Hundreds of disappointed visitors gathered in front of the entrance to the world's most visited museum, some hurling insults at the striking workers. The blockade came as union leaders seek to widen opposition to the pension reforms, which have triggered the longest transport strike in France in decades. The un ... more
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    Victims of increasing jihadist attacks, African states bordering Libya are pushing for more say in efforts to end the crisis in their northern neighbour whose conflict risks becoming a growing source of regional instability. European powers, Turkey and Russia will join a Libya peace conference in Berlin this weekend, the latest international effort to end fighting between eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and the UN-recognised government in Tripoli. African Union Chairman Moussa Faki will a ... more
  • 1 week Son of J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings creator, dies in France ModernGhana -World
    Christopher Tolkien, the son of J. R. R. Tolkien who was responsible for publishing many of his father's works, has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society said. He had been living in France since the 1970s. The academic, a former lecturer in Old and Middle English as well as Old Icelandic at the University of Oxford, is credited with drawing the 1954 map of Middle-earth for his father's novel The Lord of the Rings . After his father's death in 1973, he became the literary executor of the Tolki ... more
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    Saudis who attended The Land of Imagination show in Riyadh on Thursday night declared themselves impressed with a spectacle that epitomized a three month festival in the city. Around 200 artistic and sporting events took place in a dozen parts of the city during the extravaganza. Sara, 21, studying to be an English teacher, emerged from the King Fahd Stadium and described the show as an unforgettable experience. It was just amazing, she added. I am sad that the season in Riyadh is co ... more
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