• 4 days Zambian president allegedly involved in illegal timber trade: report ModernGhana -Africa
    Zambia's President Edgar Lungu and other senior government officials have been accused of facilitating rosewood trafficking, according to an environmental investigation report. The delicate slow-growing timber species locally known as mukula is at risk of extinction, mainly due to growing demand from Asia. Zambia banned the felling and transport of rosewood in 2017. But corruption and China's booming furniture industry have continued to drive illegal mukula logging in Zambia and the s ... more
  • 4 days French government does not give in to strikers, strikes to continue ModernGhana -World
    The French government on Friday expressed determination to go ahead with far-reaching pension reforms in the face of the biggest strikes in years, which have brought public transport in much of the country to a standstill. Strikes began on Thursday, continued on Friday and are set to go on through the weekend into next week. Most high-speed trains we ... more
  • 4 days South Africa’s Tutu could be discharged next week ModernGhana -Africa
    South Africa's Desmond Tutu could be discharged early next week after he was hospitalised with an infection, his family said Friday. The 88-year retired archbishop was hospitalised in Cape Town on Wednesday for a stubborn infection . He has been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer for more than two decades. Tutu is continuing to receive treatment for a recurring infection in a Cape Town hospital, said a statement by the Desmond Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on Friday. The Tut ... more
  • 4 days Travel turmoil grips France as strikes enter second day ModernGhana -World
    Travellers faced a second day of chaos across France on Friday as unions pressed on with a strike aimed at forcing the government of President Emmanuel Macron to abandon pension reforms. Dozens of trains, metros and flights were cancelled, many schools were again closed or offering only daycare, and four of the country's eight oil refineries remained blocked, raising the prospect of fuel shortages. Little improvement expected over the weekend Rail operator SNCF has already halted ... more
  • 4 days Huge protest days ahead of contentious Algeria vote ModernGhana -Africa
    A vast crowd rallied in Algiers on the final Friday before a contentious presidential election many see as an elite attempt to cling to power despite months of protests, an AFP journalist said. No to voting, we swear we will not stop protesters chanted. No retreat The poll set for next Thursday will see five candidates linked to ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced out of office by huge rallies in April, compete for his job. Two of the approved runners even served as ... more
  • 4 days France rejects US offer to make international tax reform plans optional ModernGhana -World
    France has turned down a US proposal for companies to opt out of a proposed international tax reform, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said, as he urged Washington to negotiate in good faith. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is in the midst of the biggest rewrite of international tax rules since the 1920s, aimed at updating them globally for the digital era. But France and the United States are already on a collision course over the issue, with Washi ... more
  • 4 days Merkel visits Auschwitz, pledges €60 million to preserve site ModernGhana -World
    Angela Merkel has promised 60 million euros to help preserve the Auschwitz concentration camp. The pledge came on her first visit as German Chancellor to the site that was part of the Nazi killing machine that murdered an estimated 10 million people. Merkel said acknowledging Nazi crimes was part of Germany's national identity in a message aimed at calls from far-right political figures for a shift away from a culture of remembrance. Remembering the crimes...is a responsibility which neve ... more
  • 4 days Unisex toy store in Strasbourg challenges pink/blue divide ModernGhana -World
    Walk into most any toy store in France, and the colours will hit you: on one side pink boxes of dolls, on the other, blue boxes of cars and construction kits. In Strasbourg, one store is trying to change this by offering a setting where toys are neither for girls or boys. They're just toys. Joy Fleutot walks into a toy store in the centre of Strasbourg and heads to a shelf with digital toys, most offered in a blue or pink version. Look here, there is a girl on the packaging of the pink on ... more
  • 4 days Celebrations in India after police kill rape-murder suspects ModernGhana -World
    Indian police have shot dead four gang-rape and murder suspects, prompting celebrations but also accusations that they were extrajudicial executions. The men, who had been in custody for a week over the latest rape case to shock India, were shot in the early hours of Friday during a re-enactment of the crime organised by police in Shadnagar, outside the southern city of Hyderabad. The police brought the accused to the crime spot as part of the investigation. The accused then started attac ... more
  • 4 days Caribbean disability conference: ‘we are an opportunity, not a burden’ ModernGhana -World
    At a conference in Antigua this week, disability rights rsquo; advocates said that they don rsquo;t want special favours. Instead, they are calling for their basic human rights to be respected, protected and fulfilled. The second lsquo;I Am Able rsquo; conference brought together more than 120 delegates from governments, charities, donor agencies and disabled people rsquo;s organisations from the eastern Caribbean. The conference was opened by the Governor-General of Antigua an ... more
  • 4 days Nigerian activist re-arrested, hours after release: lawyer ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigerian state security police on Friday re-arrested an opposition activist and former presidential candidate, a day after a court ordered him freed, his lawyer said. Omoyele Sowore and his co-defendant Olawale Bakare were freed on Thursday after months in detention over an alleged online call for rebellion against President Muhammadu Buhari. Sowore has been re-arrested. He is being detained by the DSS (Department of State Service), attorney Femi Falana told AFP, referring to the domesti ... more
  • 4 days Three dead in building collapse in Kenyan capital ModernGhana -Africa
    Three people died Friday and many more were feared trapped after a residential building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, sparking a panicked search for survivors beneath the rubble. Onlookers swarmed the twisted ruins of the six-floor building, using their bare hands to pull injured people coated in dust from beneath the huge slabs of concrete. The Kenyan Red Cross said 11 survivors had been recovered from the flattened block in Tassia estate, a densely-populated neighbourhood near ... more
  • 4 days Togo to hold elections in February next year ModernGhana -Africa
    Togo will hold elections in February next year, a government decree said, when incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe is expected to seek a fourth term in office. The decree published late Thursday after a cabinet meeting said the presidential election will be held on February 22 with a second round organised if no candidate gets a clear majority. Gnassingbe has been in power for nearly 15 years since succeeding his father Eyadema Gnassingbe, who led the small West African country with an ir ... more
  • 4 days Militia beheads 16 people in new DR Congo massacre: civil society ModernGhana -Africa
    Suspected militia fighters have decapitated 16 people in a new village massacre near Beni in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, civil society sources said Friday. Three more civilians were wounded in Beni town by an explosive device on Thursday night, an official source said, in a new tactic in a region beset by militia violence for decades. The killings on Thursday in the Mbau region north of Beni have been blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a militia group responsible ... more
  • 4 days Was French writer Albert Camus killed by the KGB? ModernGhana -World
    Nearly 60 years after French Nobel laureate Albert Camus died in a car accident aged 46, an Italian writer has argued in a new book that he was assassinated by KGB spies in retaliation for his anti-Soviet stance. Camus died in a car crash on 4 January 1960 but the exact circumstances have always been shrouded in mystery. His publisher, Michel Gallimard, was at the wheel when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. The Nobel prize-winning author died outright, his publisher ... more
  • 4 days Gambian town mourns after Mauritania migrant boat sinking ModernGhana -Africa
    Bereaved Gambians shouted in grief and sobbed Thursday as they recounted how their loved ones drowned attempting to reach Europe in the worst migrant tragedy off West Africa this year. At least 62 people migrants died Wednesday when their makeshift vessel capsized off the coast of Mauritania while dozens more survivors managed to swim to shore. The boat was attempting to reach Spain's Canary Islands -- a perilous and poorly monitored route along West Africa's coast -- when their boat hit a ... more
  • 4 days Flashy Nairobi governor arrested for ‘economic crimes’ ModernGhana -Africa
    The flashy governor of Nairobi was arrested Friday after Kenya's chief prosecutor ordered his detention for alleged economic crimes. Governor Mike Sonko is the latest in a string of top officials -- including Finance Minister Henry Rotch -- to be hauled in on corruption charges as Kenya battles to clamp down on rampant graft. The Governor of Nairobi Mike Sonko has been arrested by our officers in Voi, in the south of the country, Yassin Amaro, spokesman for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption ... more
  • 4 days Supporting policies and infrastructure crucial for effective implementation of AfCFTA ModernGhana -Africa
    For the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to have a positive influence on long-term investment in Africa rsquo;s productive capacities, there is need for the continent to develop appropriate supporting policies, build requisite infrastructure and ensure an educated work force. This was said Monday by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, during Nigeria rsquo;s AfCFTA Forum that is underway in Lagos under the theme; Effective Implementation for ... more
  • 4 days France strike action enters second day, minister says people’s anger ‘heard’ ModernGhana -World
    France is preparing for a second day of public transport mayhem and school closures after trade unions warned they would keep up strike action to protest President Emmanuel Macron's proposed pension reforms. The first day of strike action, seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France, saw giant rallies across the country coupled w ... more
  • 4 days Algeria braces for more marches ahead of opposed presidential vote ModernGhana -Africa
    Algeria braced for fresh demonstrations Friday, the last in a series of weekly marches before a presidential election opposed by a protest movement that fears it will cement in power politicians close to the old guard. For nine months, protesters have marched on Fridays to demand that next Thursday's election not entrench a political elite linked to longtime strongman Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who quit in April when confronted by a wave of people power. I am not against voting, I am against t ... more
  • 4 days DR Congo survivors recount horror attacks by axe-wielding rebels ModernGhana -Africa
    Those who didn't flee like myself were hacked to pieces with machetes, said nine-year-old Edvige Kalivanda, whose parents were butchered in the latest wave of terror to rock DR Congo's volatile east. More than 110 civilians have been killed in the Beni region bordering Uganda since November 5, according to an AFP tally, in violence authorities blame on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group which originated in the neighbouring country. The repeated and gruesome attacks have spark ... more
  • 5 days Strike action enters second day in France, minister says people’s anger “heard” ModernGhana -World
    France is preparing for a second day of public transport mayhem and school closures after trade unions warned they would keep up strike action to protest President Emmanuel Macron's proposed pension reforms. The first day of strike action, seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France, saw giant rallies across the country coupled w ... more
  • 5 days Japan launches human trial of new Ebola vaccine ModernGhana -Africa
    Japanese scientists will begin the country's first human trial for a new vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus this month, they said Friday. The vaccine, which has previously been tested in monkeys, uses an inactivated form of the virus that can only effectively replicate in artificial cells. Scientists hope that will make it safer than other treatments, the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo said in a press release. We think there's high hope for a new, safe vacc ... more
  • 5 days Malawians await ruling on contested presidential poll ModernGhana -Africa
    Over the past four months, Malawians have eagerly followed live broadcasts of witnesses presenting evidence to judges of alleged rigging in an election narrowly won by President Peter Mutharika. For the first time in the southeast African nation's history, the court proceedings were aired on private radio stations. The testimonies, which ended on Friday, challenge the credibility of the May elections that saw Mutharika narrowly secure a second term with 38.5 percent of the vote. Runner- ... more
  • 5 days In US, Sudan PM sees progress on terror list removal ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan's new civilian prime minister said Thursday he saw progress on removing his nation from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism as he paid a landmark visit to Washington. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who has embarked on ambitious reforms and peace initiatives since his transitional government took over in August after decades of military rule, is the first leader of Sudan to visit Washington since 1985. The United States agreed Wednesday to restore full diplomatic relations a ... more
  • 5 days Pompeo brings Iran pressure campaign to Morocco ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States and Morocco discussed efforts to isolate Iran, officials said Thursday, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a visit to the kingdom. Pompeo had been due to have an audience with King Mohammed VI but the meeting was dropped, apparently after the top US diplomat extended a visit to Lisbon to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Pompeo, the highest-ranking US official to travel to Morocco since President Donald Trump's election, said he saw progress on his ha ... more
  • 5 days French pensions protests – Macron’s moment of truth ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron faced his toughest challenge yet on Thursday as a nationwide strike challenging his pension reform crippled much of the country. Already weakened by months of often-violent Yellow Vest protests, experts question whether he will be able to push through one of his key campaign pledges. The strikes saw more than half a million people hit the streets Thursday to protest the government's planned overhaul of the pension system. The last time France saw mass prote ... more
  • 5 days Boko Haram kidnaps 17 youths in north Cameroon: officials ModernGhana -Africa
    Boko Haram militants have kidnapped17 children and youths, some as young as 11, in the north of Cameroon near the Nigerian frontier, police and local officials said on Thursday. Since it began a decade ago, Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 27,000 people, displaced some two million, but has increasingly spilled over into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Boko Haram attacked around 2300 (22:00 GMT) in Mbreche district, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the Nigeria ... more
  • 5 days Opposition figure freed in Nigeria after court ruling ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigerian opposition activist Omoyele Sowore and co-defendant Olawale Bakare were set free on Thursday after months in detention, for alleged treason. Our clients have been released. They were released to a lawyer in our team, said their lawyer Femi Falana. The pair were released hours after a judge gave the secret police 24 hours to release Sowore, who had been held since August by the Department of State Services (DSS) after urging protests under the online banner RevolutionNow . S ... more
  • 5 days Nigeria militants kidnap 14, including two Red Cross workers: sources ModernGhana -Africa
    Armed militants in northeast Nigeria have kidnapped 14 people, including two Red Cross workers and an army sergeant, security sources said on Thursday. The group were intercepted by fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday night in Borno state, two Nigerian security sources said. Terrorists from ISWAP set up a roadblock on a road between Maiduguri and Damaturu yesterday... and took 14 people, said one security source said. Among the kidnap victims are ... more
  • 5 days Pompeo arrives for his first visit to Morocco ModernGhana -Africa
    Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo visited Morocco on Thursday as the highest-ranking American official to travel there since the election of President Donald Trump. The State Department has called Morocco an essential partner in the US diplomatic strategy in the region, which aims for the normalisation of ties between Arab countries and Israel. We have a great relationship between our two countries, Pompeo said as he began his meetings in Rabat. We make our people safer in each of our two c ... more
  • 5 days S.Africa’s Tutu ‘on the road to recovery’ from hospital ModernGhana -Africa
    South African anti-apartheid icon and retired Cape Town archbishop Desmond Tutu appeared in good spirits Thursday at the hospital where he is being treated for an infection, his successor said. Tutu, hailed as the moral compass of the nation, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Wednesday for a stubborn infection . Aged 88, he has been under treatment for prostate cancer for more than two decades. I found him to be in good spirits and seemingly responding well to the excellent me ... more
  • 5 days UN appeals for aid to help millions of Zimbabweans buy food ModernGhana -Africa
    The United Nations on Thursday called for some $200 million in extra funding to help four million Zimbabweans unable to buy food due to drought and triple-digit inflation. The southern African country has been hit by a poor harvest and an entrenched economic crisis that has rendered basic goods out of reach for most people. The food security situation in Zimbabwe is very dire, said the World Food Programme (WFP) country director Eddie Rowe during a press briefing in the capital Harare. ... more
  • 5 days CSIR And Research Develops Stress Tolerant Maize To Enhance Food Security In Sub-Saharan Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Research Scientists at the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and its international partners have developed a Stress Tolerant Maize variety to be adopted by farmers in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) where climate change is gradually becoming a major threat to food security. The new (Stress Tolerant) maize variety has been introduced to smallholder farmers and actors in the maize production value chain at Ejura in the Ejura- Sekyere Duma ... more
  • 5 days Stakeholders resolve to leave no youth behind in Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 5 December 2019 (ECA) - Organizers of the 14th African Economic Conference (AEC2019) - African Development Bank (AfDB), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) - have reaffirmed their commitment to engage Africa rsquo;s youth as an integral part of the continent rsquo;s development initiatives. ldquo;We must stop assuming that we can solve their problems in their absence, rdquo; said Adam Elhiraika, Director of Macroeco ... more
  • 5 days Young African entrepreneurs asks governments to unlock jobs creation, empower growth ModernGhana -Africa
    Young African entrepreneurs urged to make their voices heard in business policy-making across the continent and called on governments to implement friendlier tax policies, improve access to finance and boost support for youth-led businesses to create jobs. Speaking at the 2019 African Economic Conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Tuesday, the young business leaders said their role as engines of growth needed to be taken more seriously. ldquo;Youths running businesses ar ... more
  • 5 days 2019 African Economic Conference, Egypt: Delegates urge policy-makers to create jobs for Africa’s next generation ModernGhana -Africa
    Africa must work as one to turn the continent rsquo;s lsquo;youth bulge rsquo; into opportunities, delegates at the closing of the 2019 African Economic Conference said on Wednesday. The three-day conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, discussed initiatives for boosting entrepreneurship, improving the business ecosystem, access to capital and better infrastructure ndash; all to create decent jobs for the continent rsquo;s unemployed and under-employed youth. Hanan Morsy, Director of Macro ... more
  • 5 days Nigerian, Godwin Nwangele, emerges 2020 Rhodes Scholar-Elect for West Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Lagos, Nigeria, December 5, 2019 ndash; Godwin Nwangele, a 25-year-old Electrical Electronics Engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, has emerged winner of the 2020 Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa. He becomes the second Nigerian and the fourth recipient of the prestigious scholarships from the sub-continent since its re-launch in 2017. Established in the will of Cecil John Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship is the world rsquo;s most preeminent p ... more
  • 5 days DR Congo militia attacks kill 14 in restive east ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 14 people have been killed since Monday in eastern DR Congo in attacks blamed on a militia responsible for a series of massacres, local officials said. Dozens of armed groups have troubled the DR Congo's restive east for decades despite a UN peacekeeping presence, but recent attacks have been blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Islamist-rooted militia. Three people were killed in the night between Wednesday and Thursday in Oicha, Beni region administrator Donat Kibwana ... more
  • 5 days At least 265 dead in floods, landslides as rains batter East Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Two months of relentless rains have submergedvillages and farms and sent rivers of mud crashing into houses across East Africa, with at least 265 killed, according to an AFP tally, as meteorologists warn of more to come. The extreme downpours have affected close to two million people and washed away tens of thousands of livestock in Kenya, Somalia, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti and Ethiopia. With a tropical storm headed for Somalia and more rain forecast across the regio ... more
  • 5 days French unions count on mass protests to force pensions U-turn ModernGhana -World
    A national strike by French transport workers has brought the country to a virtual standstill. All seven unions are united against Emmanuel Macron's pension reform programme and predict the biggest demonstration in 25 years. The Communist-aligned CGT labour federation and five other trade unions have called on members to support Thursday's strike. They say strike action will continue until their demands are met. Only the moderate CFDT has ... more
  • 5 days What to do if a woman compares you to Socrates? Ask the Japanese ModernGhana -World
    A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying You sound like Socrates has been ridiculed in the country ranked one of the world's worst for gender parity. JJ, a fashion magazine aimed at young women, encourages readers to compare men to the Greek philosopher whenever the males say something complicated. The page sparked mirth when it was shared on Twitter -- with some users noting that Socrates did not live happily ever after, as he was s ... more
  • 5 days 4 key elements driving France’s current unrest ModernGhana -World
    French public sector workers began a nationwide strike on Thursday over Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform France's generous pension system, in the biggest challenge to the president since yellow vest protests erupted last year. Here are four reasons many French people are taking to the steets: 1. Macron's pensions reforms Macron wants to set up a single points-based pension system ... more
  • 5 days Dozens of migrants drown as boat sinks off Mauritania ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 58 migrants heading to Europe died as their makeshift boat sank off the coast of Mauritania, but 83 survivors managed to swim to shore, the International Organization for Migration said. The migrants were mostly clandestine immigrants trying to reach Spain, coming from Banjul in Gambia, Mauritania's interior ministry said in a statement released Wednesday night. At least 58 people are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania, ... more
  • 5 days Armed attack in Burundi aggravates tensions with Rwanda ModernGhana -Africa
    A deadly attack on the Burundi army last month near the Rwanda border has sent tensions soaring between the neighbours, with Bujumbura directly accusing Kigali of armed aggression. The assault took place late at night on November 16 on Twinyoni Hill, around 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Bujumbura, in thick forest some five kilometres from the Rwandan border. The attackers were equipped with bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles, according to survivors. An initial government ta ... more
  • 5 days South African Airways begins last-ditch rescue plan to prevent ‘collapse’ ModernGhana -Africa
    South African Airways was placed under a state-approved rescue plan on Thursday to avoid the embattled airline's collapse following a costly week-long strike last month. Thousands of South African Airways (SAA) staff walked out on November 15 after the flag carrier failed to meet a string of demands, including higher wages and job in-sourcing. The strike was called off the following week after SAA management and unions eventually clinched a deal. But the walkout dealt a severe blow to t ... more
  • 6 days CPJ To Release Annual List Of Journalists Imprisoned Worldwide ModernGhana -Africa
    The Committee to Protect Journalists is set to release its annual census of journalists imprisoned worldwide on December 11, 2019. The census lists journalists jailed as of midnight on December 1, 2019, and indicates the country where held, charge, and medium of work in each case. The census does not include the many journalists who were imprisoned during the year but released prior to December 1. In the days leading up to the launch of the report, CPJ is highlighting the stories of ... more
  • 6 days France grinds to halt as unions square up to Macron ModernGhana -World
    France was already paralysed Thursday morning by a nationwide strike by transport workers, teachers and other professionals in a showdown between unions and President Emmanuel Macron over his planned pension reforms. Some 90 percent of high-speed trains have been axed, most of the Paris metro will be shut, hundreds of flights cancelled and the majority of schools closed in the strike. With ... more
  • 6 days Climate change threatens end of trail for Niger’s nomadic herders ModernGhana -Africa
    Ali's sharp eyes scanned the heat-shimmered horizon, searching in vain for clouds. It was noon and 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on the ninth day of their quest to reach new pastures. There was no tree anywhere, no shelter at all for his family, 27 sheep and six camels. We heard that the first rain has fallen in the north. That's where we're going, the turbaned herder said, as he filled up a water bottle at the side of the road. An arduous trail lay ahead: more than 1 ... more
  • 6 days South African Airways secures state-led rescue ModernGhana -Africa
    South African Airways was placed under a state-led rescue plan on Thursday as part of a massive restructuring following a costly week-long strike last month. Thousands of South African Airways (SAA) staff walked out on November 15 after the cash-strapped airline failed to meet a string of demands, including higher wages and job in-sourcing. The strike was called off the following week after SAA management and unions eventually clinched a deal. But the walkout dealt a severe blow to the ... more
  • 6 days West Africa’s Fulani nomads fight climate change to survive ModernGhana -Africa
    They are one of the last great nomadic peoples of the planet, a community of some 35 million people scattered across 15 countries in West Africa, from the dusty Sahel down to the lush rainforests. The Fulani are pastoral herders who migrate with their cattle, following the pendulum swing of the seasons. But their age-old way of life is under threat. Booming populations have intensified conflicts for land, religious extremism has shattered social bonds and climate change is driving them ... more
  • 6 days Factfile: The Sahel and climate change ModernGhana -Africa
    The Sahel, the vast region that stretches along the Sahara's southern rim from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, is on the front line of climate change. Its extreme vulnerability to drought and shifting rainfall patterns is ratcheting up problems of poverty, population pressure and jihadist violence, experts say. Weather extremes Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global temperatures have risen 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.98 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a report issued in ... more
  • 6 days Nigerian Footballer Reveals Plot Against TB Joshua ModernGhana -Africa
    Sani Emmanuel, the former Nigerian football starlet whose recent social media plea for help to fund an operation for his career-threatening injury made headlines, has revealed a stunning plot against prominent Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua by some lsquo;big men of God rsquo;. In a tell-all post on Facebook , Emmanuel revealed he received a phone call from ldquo;a woman named Bisola Johnson rdquo; who spoke to him for over two hours, promising substantive financial benefits if ... more
  • 6 days UK Condemned For Ignoring UN Deadline To Hand Chagos Islands To Mauritius ModernGhana -Africa
    The UK has defied an order given by the UN after failing to return control of an overseas territory to the island nation of Mauritius. In May 2019, the UN 39;s highest court ruled that the 60 or so Chagos Islands which include Diego Garcia had been transferred to British authority illegally in 1965. The islands were previously part of Mauritius, but Mauritius handed control of them to Britain for a cash fee two years before gaining independence. The government of Mauritius accused ... more
  • 6 days Body of peacekeeper found in DR Congo: army ModernGhana -Africa
    The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday said it had found the body of a peacekeeper near the eastern city of Beni. Although it did not say when the body was found, the military launched large-scale operations on October 31 in the Beni area against the many armed militias that have been causing violence in the country's troubled east for nearly a quarter of a century. The nationality of the peacekeeper was not given. An Islamist-rooted Ugandan armed group, the Allied ... more
  • 6 days Algeria opens first corruption trial for ex-PMs, tycoons ModernGhana -Africa
    The corruption trial for two former Algerian prime ministers, prominent politicians and automotive industry tycoons started Wednesday in Algiers, with defence lawyers boycotting the proceedings. The trial is the first resulting from sweeping investigations into graft allegations launched after the resignation of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the face of mass protests in April. The accused face charges ranging from money laundering to abuse of office and granting undue privileges ... more
  • 6 days Hailing reforms, US exchanges ambassadors with Sudan after two decades ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States said Wednesday it would name an ambassador to Sudan for the first time in 23 years as it welcomed the country's new reformist civilian leader. The United States hailed early steps taken by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to break with the policies and practices of the previous regime, which had tense relations with the West. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would appoint an ambassador to Khartoum, subject to Senate confirmation, and that Sud ... more
  • 6 days Early start for marathons at Tokyo Olympics ModernGhana -World
    Organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on Wednesday confirmed an early morning start for the distance races at the event. The men's marathon will begin at 7am on 9 August - the final morning of the games - in Odori Park in Sapporo, some 800 kilometres from the epicentre of the action in the Japanese capital. The women's course will take place on 8 August, also at 7am. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which ove ... more
  • 6 days Mozambique poachers handed 16 year prison sentences ModernGhana -Africa
    A Mozambique court has sentenced 10 poachers to 16 years in jail after they were caught hunting illegally in a national park. The southeast African country has been slowly reviving its wildlife reserves after a civil war from 1975-1992 left one million people dead. While animals have started to return, conservation efforts have been sluggish and poaching remains a major threat. The defendants were among 12 men detained in June this year following an anti-poaching operation in Gorongosa ... more
  • 6 days Podcast: France’s alcohol dilemma, gender-neutral toys and the day secularism became law ModernGhana -World
    Alcohol consumption is a problem in France, but the wine industry doesn't want people to know. We look at the paradox of having to address alcoholism in a country whose second biggest industry is wine and spirits. Also, a store in Strasbourg is trying to break gender stereotypes by offering gender-neutral toys and kids' clothes, not divided into pink or blue, just in time for the holiday shopping season. And the day that France officially became a secular country. The French government has re ... more
  • 6 days US to name ambassador to Sudan for first time in 23 years: Pompeo ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States said Wednesday it would name an ambassador to Sudan for the first time in 23 years as it welcomed the country's new reformist civilian leader. The United States hailed early steps taken by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to break with the policies and practices of the previous regime, which had tense relations with the West. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would appoint an ambassador to Khartoum, subject to Senate confirmation, and that Sud ... more
  • 6 days Court orders FG to recover pensions collected by Akpabio, Saraki, others, directs AGF to challenge states’ pension laws ModernGhana -Africa
    The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos in a landmark judgment has ordered the Federal Government to ldquo;recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly, and directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN to challenge the legality of states rsquo; pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions. rdquo; A certified true copy of t ... more
  • 6 days Emissions reach records high with rich nations hit hardest by heatwaves, drought ModernGhana -World
    At the Cop25 climate conference in Madrid, it has been revealed that carbon emissions will reach a record high this year while scientists find that rich nations are among those hardest hit by climate-related disasters. Research by the Global Carbon Project, a group of international scientists who track the world's CO2 output, shows that emissions will increase by 0.6 percent in 2019 despite a drop in the use of coal. It' ... more
  • 6 days Paris Live, Wednesday 4 December 2019 ModernGhana -World
    In today's Paris Live - we start with the impeachment proceedings in the United States against President Donald Trump, which move to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Then we turn to Colombia, where despite last-minute talks with the government, unions and student groups are moving ahead with another national strike, the third in three weeks. At the UN COP 25 environment summit in Madrid, we take a closer look at a report that reveals carbon emissions will reach a record high thi ... more
  • 6 days Senegalese Koranic teacher sentenced for chaining truants ModernGhana -Africa
    A Senegalese court issued a suspended prison term Wednesday to a Koranic school teacher who chained up truants, in a much-publicised case that has split opinion in the West African country. Six people were arrested last month after several children were discovered, by chance, with chains around their feet in a Koranic school in the northern town of Ndiagne. The resulting court case against the teacher has inflamed passions in the poor nation of some 16 million inhabitants. Some 90 perce ... more
  • 6 days Wild Przewalski horses: a journey from France to Mongolia ModernGhana -World
    A small wildlife conservation association in southern France has been working relentlessly for the past 30 years to bring the wild Przewalski horses back to their natural habitat on the steppes of Mongolia. Twenty-nine Przewalski horses, or Takhi as they are known in Mongolia, roam freely on 400 hectares of fenced land on the desolate Causse Méjean plateau in southern France. It is an isolated place where there is neither mobile coverage, nor internet access. It's over eight hours, by train a ... more
  • 6 days Police order shops to close over strike violence fears ModernGhana -World
    Paris police have ordered shops and restaurants located on the main route of Thursday's massive pension strike in the French capital to close over fears of fresh protest violence. Shops, cafés and restaurants will be forced to close their doors Thursday to limit the damage to public buildings and other key sites on the protest route. Strikers are scheduled to march from Gare du Nord to Place de la Nation in central Paris. But police are worried about plans announced by some Yellow Vest ... more
  • 6 days S.Africa’s Tutu hospitalised for ‘infection’ ModernGhana -Africa
    South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital in Cape Town for treatment of a stubborn infection , his office said on Wednesday. The 88-year old retired archbishop has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer for more than 15 years. He was last hospitalised in September 2018 for a series of tests and discharged after two weeks. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital for treatment of a stubborn infection, said his wife Leah ... more
  • 6 days In Sahel, French troops hunt hidden menace of jihadist landmines ModernGhana -Africa
    The unit commander's order crackles over the radio and the column of French armoured vehicles en route between Burkina Faso and Mali comes to a sudden halt. In the Sahel scrub some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Deou, in northern Burkina Faso, the vehicles fall into a semi-circle. Eight military engineers step out and walk in an inverted-V formation, metal detectors in hand, in a routine performed so often that its life-or-death importance is easily forgotten. They are searching for IEDs ... more
  • 6 days Cameroon Minister urges experts to render big data profitable for Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    ldquo;By 2030, revenues generated by big data in Africa will reach 10 billion dollars, but how much of this will stay in Africa, how many of our youths will play a leading role in the creation of this wealth as a function of their skills and to what extent will the big data economy transform our private sectors and productivity rdquo; quizzed Cameroon rsquo;s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Minette Libom Li Likeng today as she opened a two-day continental meeting on these issues, co ... more
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