• 6 days S. Leone govt rejects Ghanian chosen to coach national team ModernGhana -Africa
    The Sierra Leone government on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Ghana-born Sellas Tetteh to head the national football team, which has recently emerged from suspension by FIFA for political interference. On Tuesday the West African nation's football federation chose 62-yeard-old Tetteh as the national coach, announcing that he would take up the post in 48 hours . The federation's recruitment commission picked him over Spanish-Swiss Raoul Savoy, Dutchman Tahseen Jabbary and Englishman ... more
  • 6 days Graft fears as Liberia civil servants go unpaid ModernGhana -Africa
    More than 15,000 Liberian civil servants have not been paid for months, government and judicial sources said Wednesday, reinforcing concerns over graft and economic mismanagement under President George Weah. Former footballer Weah, elected last year, has come under fire for alleged corruption as well as spiralling inflation in the West African state still emerging from two civil wars. It is true that there is a delay in paying civil servants, one senior government official told AFP, ackn ... more
  • 6 days Somali army base hit by suspected Al-Shabaab attack ModernGhana -Africa
    An army base in southern Somalia was struck by car bombs and gunfire on Wednesday, a military official and witnesses said, in an attack claimed by the Al-Shabaab militant group. The attack in Awdheegle, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, also killed a Somali reporter embedded with the army, a journalist federation said. General Yusuf Rageh, commander of the Somali infantry regiments, said the assailants struck with vehicle bombs before gunmen surged forward. ... more
  • 6 days Battle of the Bogside: Derry marks 50 years since riot that changed N Ireland ModernGhana -World
    Fifty years ago British troops marched into Derry, Northern Ireland, to break up fighting between police and Catholic civil rights protesters in a move that spurred the decades of unrest known as the Troubles. While Catholics outnumbered Protestants in the medieval city, it was the latter who controlled Derry's council. Tensions were simmering amid high unemployment and poor housing for Catholics who were also disproportionately blocked from the electoral process. This was the backdrop f ... more
  • 7 days Focus on Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa wins key court battle over allegations of illegal campaign funding ModernGhana -Africa
    The affair concerns a huge undeclared campaign donation worth half a million rand ( 29,000) he received from the CEO of the controversial utility company Bosasa, ahead of the ANC's 2017 elective congress. In her report to Parliament challenged by Ramaphosa's lawyer before the Pretoria High Court, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane accused the President of breaching the Executive Code of Ethics by not declaring the Bosasa donations. Mkhwebane also urged the House to oblige Ramaphosa to dis ... more
  • 7 days 6 people killed by female suicide bomber in Lake Chad area: Chadian army ModernGhana -Africa
    A suspected Boko Haram female suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring several others in western Chad, according to a Chadian army officer who did not give his name. In the early morning hours, a female kamikaze and member of Boko Haram entered the courtyard of the head of Tatafiromou canton, where she detonated her vest, killing six people, including a soldier, the officer told Agence France Presse. The attack w ... more
  • 7 days In Tunisia, 26 presidential candidates approved to run next month: electoral commission ModernGhana -Africa
    Tunisia's electoral commission has approved some 26 candidates, including two women, to run for president next month, it announced on Wednesday. Some 71 other applicants were denied a spot on the ballot. Tunisians will go to the polls on 15 September after the death last month of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi. He was the first democratically-elected president after Moncef Marzouki became transitional president after the uprising in 2011. A number of notable candidates are vying f ... more
  • 7 days Malawi court sentences three to death over albino killing ModernGhana -Africa
    A Malawi court has convicted and sentenced two men and a woman to death for killing a person with albinism, a judiciary official said on Wednesday. Malawi has since late 2014 seen a surge in attacks on people with albinism, whose body parts are often used in witchcraft rituals to bring wealth and luck. The court found Douglas Mwale, Fontino Folosani and Sophie Jere guilty of murdering Priscott Pepuzani in 2015 using a metal bar and a hoe handle. The trio chopped off Pepuzani's limbs and ... more
  • 7 days Pakistan warns India against aggression in Kashmir on national holiday ModernGhana -World
    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned his country is prepared to respond to any Indian aggression in divided Kashmir in a speech on Wednesday, marking Pakistan's Independence Day. Speaking before parliament in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir, Khan accused India of planning military action in the disputed region. The Pakistani army has solid information that they are planning to do something in Pakistani Kashmir, and they are ready and will ... more
  • 7 days France’s jobless rate dips to lowest level in a decade ModernGhana -World
    France's unemployment rate, which successive governments have sought to bring down, has reached a 10-year low of 8.5 percent in the second quarter of 2019. In official figures published by the national statistics agency Insee on Wednesday, France's second-quarter unemployment rate is at is lowest level since 2009. The decline continues a long-term trend since unemployment peaked in mid-2015. On mainland France, t ... more
  • 7 days Caster Semenya unfazed after middle distance ban ModernGhana -Africa
    South Africa's two-time Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya on Wednesday shrugged off critics in the face of a ruling that has banned her from defending her world middle distance title in Doha in September. The 28 year-old has been embroiled in a bitter legal battle with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over rules that force female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels. Last month a Swiss court revoked a temporary suspension on the IAAF's controversia ... more
  • 7 days Franco-Irish family hopes police probe daughter’s death in Malaysia ModernGhana -World
    Malaysian police have been urged to consider possible foul play and accept assistance from French authorities as they investigate the death of a 15-year-old Franco-Irish girl whose body was found this week. Autopsy results were expected later on Wednesday, the day after the naked body of Nora Anne Quoirin was found and identified after going missing from a rai ... more
  • 7 days Alt-Right remains active online months after Christchurch attacks ModernGhana -World
    US tech giants cracked down on Alt-Right commentators in the weeks after the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand, but many have flocked to other online platforms such as China's TikTok. This comes as New Zealand officials admit they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of the massacre to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website 4chan, which has become notorious as a place for white supremacists to post ... more
  • 7 days The ‘Trump Wall’ Is Up In Europe As 500 Migrants Remain Stranded In Mediterranean ModernGhana -World
    The European response to the Trump administration 39;s zero tolerance of illegal migration has largely been one of outrage and disgust but, is Europe any different? For many in Africa and the Middle East, Europe 39;s migration policies are not so different from Trump 39;s. Many Europeans take umbrage at Trump 39;s attacks. But even if they don 39;t subscribe to his zero tolerance approach to migration, European governments have also become much tougher in handling migrants, as ... more
  • 7 days Fifth time lucky for Djibril aboard charity ship ModernGhana -Africa
    It has taken five attempts for Djibril, a migrant from Chad, to get this far. The 24-year-old is one of more than 350 people who have been rescued in the Mediterranean by the Ocean Viking since Friday. And as the ship operated by French charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) now searches for a safe port for its passengers, Djibril talks about the terrifying ordeals he has faced getting here. Sipping tea and wearing a white T-shirt on which he has scrawled a message ... more
  • 7 days Yemen’s southern separatists complicate peace efforts ModernGhana -World
    Yemen's five-year civil war is taking on a new dimension, this time at the hands of a group once allied with President Abd Rabba Mansour Hadi. Over the weekend, Yemeni separatists took over most of the southern part of the city of Aden, the de facto capital of the country's internationally recognised government. Four days of fighting which killed 40 and wounded over 250 took ... more
  • 7 days C.Africa militias abuse peace deal to tighten grip, say experts ModernGhana -Africa
    After years of bloodshed in the poor and largely lawless Central African Republic, renewed hopes of peace are being eroded by the country's militia groups, experts say. The military situation across the landlocked country has been considered stable since the deal -- the 13th in a decade -- was signed in February between the government and 14 armed groups But assaults on civilians and fighting among the militias themselves continue unabated in the provinces, and some armed groups are even m ... more
  • 1 week Cameroon’s military detains pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi ModernGhana -Africa
    New York, August 13, 2019--Cameroonian authorities should immediately release without charge pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Wazizi 11 days ago and handed him over to the military, which has since held him without access to his lawyer or family in Buea, the capital of the country rsquo;s English-speaking Southwest region, according to his lawyer and local news reports. Wazizi, popularly known as ldquo;Halla Ya Matta, rdquo; w ... more
  • 1 week Italy’s senate to debate no-confidence motion next week ModernGhana -World
    Italy's senate said it will postpone the no-confidence debate until 20 August after a heated session on Tuesday evening. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said he would take on board the 5-Star Movement coalition government proposal to cut members of parliament, but only if snap elections would be called immediately afterwards, he told the upper house on Tuesday. We will cut 345 lawmakers and then, for the sake of dignity, honesty and coherence, we will go straight to a vote, ... more
  • 1 week Family identifies body of missing Franco-Irish teenager: Malaysian police ModernGhana -World
    The family of a missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish girl has identified the body of the missing girl that was found near the eco-resort in southern Malaysia, according to police. The naked body of Nora Anne Quoirin was found 2.5 kilometres outside the Dusun eco-resort in Negeri Sembilan state on Tuesday, nine days after she went missing from the hotel, according to national deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor. Quoirin had come to Malaysia w ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria Shia community leader flies to India for medical treatment after prison ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigeria's Shia leader, Sheihkh Ibrahim Zakzaky has arrived with his wife in Delhi, India, on Tuesday in order to receive medical treatment, according to Indian media. The couple were temporarily released from prison in order to get urgent medical attention, according to the community spokesman Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola. Zakzaky and his wife have been in prison since 2015 after Nigerian security forces stormed their Iranian-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) headquarters and reportedly k ... more
  • 1 week Malian children facing a spike in violence, UNICEF says ModernGhana -Africa
    UN child protection body UNICEF warned on Tuesday children in Mali faced rising violence with more than 150 killed in the first half of the year in jihadist and ethnic attacks. More than 150 children were killed in the first half of 2019 and 75 were injured in violent attacks, a UNICEF statement said. Recruitment and use of children in armed groups doubled in comparison to the same period in 2018, and more than 900 schools remain closed due to insecurity, it added. French forces int ... more
  • 1 week DR Congo Ebola tsar delighted by drug breakthrough ModernGhana -Africa
    DR Congo's pointman on Ebola voiced delight on Tuesday after researchers announced that two prototype drugs boost chances of surviving the dreaded disease. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, newly appointed by President Felix Tshisekedi to coordinate the year-long campaign against Ebola, said that out of four confirmed cases in the eastern city of Goma, two have been cured after 11 days of treatment. Expressing his great joy, Professor Muyembe said, This is a strong message for us that Ebola is cu ... more
  • 1 week Religious feast highlights interfaith unity in Senegal ModernGhana -Africa
    When Senegal's Muslim families gather for the biggest Islamic religious feast of the year, they often encourage the Christian minority to join them in a tradition of tolerance rare in West Africa. Many Roman Catholics in Dakar were invited Monday to join Muslim friends for Tabaski, the local name for the Eid al-Adha or the Festival of the Sacrifice, which commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to slaughter his own son if God commanded it. For Senegalese student Grasse Diop, his preparations to ... more
  • 1 week French children test positive for arsenic poisoning ModernGhana -World
    Thirty-eight children in France, including babies, living near what was once Europe's largest gold mine have tested positive for arsenic poisoning. Children in the Orbiel Valley, in the southern department of Aude, were examined when families became concerned that flooding in October last year had carried arsenic and heavy metals from the nearby Salsigne mine. After testing 103 c ... more
  • 1 week Notre-Dame pollution clean-up starts amid warnings of future contamination ModernGhana -World
    Workers began cleaning lead particles from streets around the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, but environmental groups say the clean-up alone will not erase the risk of further contamination of fine particles released during this year's fire. Clean-up crews blocked off streets around the Notre-Dame Cathedral in order to carry out decontamination works expected to last three to four weeks. The process involves workers wearing head-to-toe white hazmat suits spraying blue-green gel ... more
  • 1 week Trump Government Tightens Rules For Green Card Issuance ModernGhana -World
    The US government wants to make access to citizenship more difficult for millions of immigrants. In future, applicants can be denied a green card if they are dependent on state aid Programmes. The government of US President Donald Trump is tightening up regulations on the granting of permanent residence permits. In future, the authorities will be able to refuse applicants a Green Card if they are dependent on state aid Programmes. According to Ken Cuccinelli, managing director of the ... more
  • 1 week UN Secretary-General Appoints Gillian Triggs Of Australia Assistant High Commissioner For Protection ModernGhana -World
    United Nations Secretary-General Ant oacute;nio Guterres has appointed Gillian Triggs of Australia as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Ms. Triggs will succeed Volker T uuml;rk of Austria who has been appointed as Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General and the High Commissioner fo ... more
  • 1 week Hundreds of migrants stranded in Mediterranean ModernGhana -World
    Two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea carrying more than 500 migrants were still searching on Tuesday for a port that will allow them to dock. On Monday the French charities SOS Mediterranée and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) rescued 105 migrants off the coast of Libya bringing to 356 the number of people aboard the Ocean Viking ship, formerly known as the Aquarius. ... more
  • 1 week Young Indians-CII Supports Karnataka Flood Victims ModernGhana -World
    With lakhs displaced a campaign to support fellow humans across Karnataka and kerala has been started under the banner of Bengaluru For Humanity. Initiated by Young Indians - CII, the campaign has 10 collection points across the city. The campaign has brought together organisations from across the city from hotels, hospitals and retailers lending their space. Whitefield Rising a prominent citizens initiative is partnering. 500 Kgs of groceries were contributed by the Robinhood Army. St ... more
  • 1 week Focus on Africa: Kenyatta-Odinga alliance casts dark shadow over Ruto’s presidential ambitions ModernGhana -Africa
    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his long-time political rival Raila Odinga are reportedly working to convert their famous handshake into a grand alliance, which could blow the 2022 presidential race wide open. The Daily Nation reported on Monday that Kenyatta's wing of the ruling Jubilee party and Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement are about to ... more
  • 1 week Hong Kong protests: leader Carrie Lam warns of ‘panic and chaos’ ModernGhana -World
    Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam has warned the city is in a state of panic and chaos as she called on anti-government protesters to back down. During an emotional press conference Tuesday, Lam said violence carried out during demonstrations risked pushing the Chinese territory to the point of no return . Flights at Hong Kong airport have resumed after a massive sit-in there caused major disruptions at the busy interna ... more
  • 1 week I’m The Next Governor Of Bayelsa State— Says George-Ikoli ModernGhana -Africa
    A people rsquo;s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, Barrister Anthony George-Ikolion Tuesday described his chances of becoming the flag bearer of the People rsquo;s Democratic Party (PDP) and governor of Bayelsa State in November as bright. lsquo; rsquo;I ran a very successful law practice. I went into government and also proved my mettle. The other contestants did not manage any enterprise successfully. I am not intimidated by the curriculum vitae of other contes ... more
  • 1 week Geospatial Information Crucial For Africa’s Economic Development—ECA’s Chinganya ModernGhana -Africa
    The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) views geospatial technology as a significant component that will help push Africa rsquo;s transformative development agenda even further, says Oliver Chinganya, Director of the Commission rsquo;s African Centre for Statistics (ACS). In a keynote address at an event marking Digital Earth Africa Day, Mr. Chinganya said the ECA understands that it is imperative for every African country to deliver relevant information that can promote and sustain economic ... more
  • 1 week Africa’s Key Development Partners Show Commitment For Joint Effort To Tackle Food And Nutrition Security ModernGhana -Africa
    In partnership with the African Union, leaders of four multilateral agencies ndash; The African Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank-- called a high-level meeting with development partners on August 5-6 in Kigali, Rwanda at the first Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue (AFSLD). The event focuses on concrete ways to strengthen and accelerate their support to food ... more
  • 1 week Breakthrough trial shows Ebola is now curable ModernGhana -Africa
    Scientists say Ebola is no longer an incurable disease after a trial of two drugs in the Democratic Republic of Congo put survival rates at 90 percent. Four experimental drugs were used in an unprecedented clinical trial in the DRC, where Ebola has killed nearly 1,900 people over the past year. Two of the drugs Regeneron's REGN-EB3 and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 were developed using ... more
  • 1 week Two Ebola drugs found to increase survival rates ModernGhana -Africa
    Scientists were a step closer to an effective treatment for Ebola after two drugs in a clinical trial were found to significantly boost survival rates, the US health authority co-funding the research said Monday. The study began last November in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but its current phase has been halted and all future patients switched over to the treatments that have shown positive results, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement. REGN-EB3 and mAb114 a ... more
  • 1 week Ford’s College Community Challenge Empowers Youth through Education ModernGhana -Africa
    ACCRA, Ghana, 12 August 2019 ndash;International Youth Day (IYD) which has been observed annually on 12 August since 2000, is a global awareness day designated by the United Nations (UN), focussing on young people and their place in society. Youth, as defined by the UN, are persons between the ages of 15 and 24. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings ndash; involving national and local government officials, young people, youth-led or youth-focussed organisatio ... more
  • 1 week Great Britain: For Fear Of No-Deal-Brexit Survey: Every Fifth Briton Hoards Food ModernGhana -World
    With Boris Johnson at the helm: Britain 39;s exit from the EU without an agreement, is becoming more and more likely. If there is a no-deal Brexit, delivery bottlenecks threaten in Great Britain. That 39;s why many British people are already hoarding all sorts of things. According to a survey, every fifth inhabitant builds up stocks. Concerned about an unregulated Brexit, the British have already stockpiled goods worth four billion British pounds (about 4.3 billio ... more
  • 1 week Today is World Elephant Day, but elephants have little to celebrate ModernGhana -World
    In the seven years between 2007 and 2014, Africa lost a third of its elephants, mostly due to the insatiable demand for ivory. If African elephants continue to be killed at this rate, the species could be extinct in the wild within a decade. ldquo;As long as the international and domestic ivory trade continues to be allowed, elephants will never be safe, rdquo; says Vera Weber, President of Fondation Franz Weber that fights for a worldwide and complete ban of the trade in ivory. Botsw ... more
  • 1 week Tributes after top West African singer DJ Arafat dies in crash ModernGhana -Africa
    DJ Arafat, an Ivorian singer with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, evoking a wave of tributes to the award-winning star of the coupe-decale dance genre. Death of artist DJ Arafat... today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight, Ivory Coast state broadcaster RTI announced on Monday. Hundreds of fans gathered on Monday, weeping and chanting Arafat cannot die outside the hospital in Abidjan's Cocody suburb where the 33-year-old ... more
  • 1 week French-Israeli diamond magnate to face trial in Geneva ModernGhana -Africa
    French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz will go on trial in Geneva over his alleged role in a corruption scandal involving mining deals in Guinea, Swiss prosecutors said Monday. Geneva prosecutor Claudio Mascotto, in charge of an investigation that began in 2013, has opened a case against the businessman and two partners on charges of corrupting public officials and forging documents. No date has been set for the start of their trial. Swiss prosecutors accuse the defendants of mak ... more
  • 1 week 70 years on, how relevant is the Geneva Convention? ModernGhana -World
    The Geneva conventions mark 70 years of upholding standards of humanitarian treatment during times of war. Revised in the aftermath of World War II, how relevant is it today? It's easy to say that the conventions can't be relevant today given the technology involved in warfare these days. And especially since the cold war that changed the typical notion of a war. But the conventions do set ... more
  • 1 week Detained Shiite leader leaves Nigeria for medical treatment ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigerian Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, detained by the authorities since 2015, on Monday flew out of the country to receive medical treatment in India, his supporters and lawyers said. The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife have at last just left Nigeria for India alongside some family members and security operatives, his supporters said in a statement. Two of his lawyers confirmed the cleric's departure from the capital Abuj ... more
  • 1 week ‘Bear wars’ heat up in French Pyrenees ModernGhana -World
    French farmers in the Pyrenees mountains blame brown bears for a spike in attacks on sheep in an ongoing dispute over the efforts to bring the animals back into the wild. For the past 20 years, France's government has been gradually reintroducing brown bears to the Pyrenees mountain range on the country's southern border with Spain. Hunted to the brink of extinction, only half a dozen bears remained in the mountains in the mid-1990s, but subsequent efforts to boost their population, mostly ... more
  • 1 week Two French ministers want France links to disgraced financier Epstein investigated ModernGhana -World
    Two French government ministers issued a joint statement on Monday calling for an investigation into alleged US sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein after the US investigation indicated there were links between Epstein and France. The American investigation has highlighted links with France. It thus seems fundamental for the victims that an investigation be opened in France to shed light on this issue, according to the joint statement by ... more
  • 1 week Brazil’s Bolsonaro dismisses Germany’s move to freeze €35M over Amazon deforestation ModernGhana -World
    Germany has suspended millions of euros worth of conservation funds to Brazil saying that President Jair Bolsonaro's administration is not committed to curb the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Brazil's president dismissed the move. In response, Bolsonaro said that his country doesn't need Germany's 35 million that had been earmarked for forest conservation and biodiversity. The policy of the Brazilian government in the Amazon raises doubts as to whether a consistent reduction of ... more
  • 1 week Death toll climbs to 75 in Tanzania fuel tanker blast ModernGhana -Africa
    The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania rose to 75 on Monday as four more people succumbed to their injuries, a hospital official said. We deplore four new deaths. Their bodies are currently resting at the morgue while we wait for relatives to identify them, said Aminiel Aligaesha, spokesman for the National Hospital in the economic capital, Dar es Salaam. Funeral services which began Sunday were expected to continue Monday as the country concluded a period of national mou ... more
  • 1 week French police under investigation for brutality – video ModernGhana -World
    France's police disciplinary body is investigating a case of police brutality against an alleged drug dealer in the suburb of Saint-Ouen, north of Paris. Images from an amateur video and the city's surveillance cameras captured the altercation. Bobigny's Public Prosecution Office requested that the IGPN (Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale[ ... more
  • 1 week Kashmir cut off from Eid festivities, blockade continues ModernGhana -World
    Fearing anti-government protests, Eid celebrations in India-administered Kashmir were subdued with streets and markets in the Muslim-majority region deserted due to tight security restrictions. After a security lockdown and a communications blackout imposed by New Delhi following the withdrawal of Kashmir's special constitutional autonomy a week ago, the festival of Eid was muted across the Valley. Blackout remains People were only allowed to pray in the Jama Masjid, Srinagar's big ... more
  • 1 week Seven dead in DR Congo lake boat capsize ModernGhana -Africa
    Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday. Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels. The total number of deaths is seven, the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a stateme ... more
  • 1 week Congolese entrepreneurs hope to clean up Kinshasa through recycling plastic ModernGhana -Africa
    With 7,000 tons of waste produced daily including 1,500 tons of plastics, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a major source of pollution for the Great Lakes region. The management of plastic waste by the municipal authorities is almost non-existent, but new initiatives are in line to put this waste to good use as well as clean up the city. More than twelve million people use at least one bottle a day, so you can imagine the environmental chaos that this r ... more
  • 1 week Leading West African singer DJ Arafat dies in road crash ModernGhana -Africa
    DJ Arafat, an Ivorian singer with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday. Death of artist DJ Arafat... today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight, it tweeted. According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. Critically injured, he was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died. Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat - ... more
  • 1 week Libya airport reopens after truce-violating rocket fire ModernGhana -Africa
    Flights have resumed from the Libyan capital's sole functioning airport as calm returned Monday to the outskirts of Tripoli after a temporary truce was violated the previous day. Reopening airspace at Mitiga international airport after maintenance and cleaning... so that airlines can renew their flights, the facility's management said late Sunday on Facebook. The UN-recognised government and forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar had agreed a truce for the three-day Muslim holiday of E ... more
  • 1 week France’s Green Monday challenge to be served up in University cafeterias ModernGhana -World
    As of 11 October, the network of university restaurants across France will be offering a wider selection of vegetarian options to fit in with the objectives of the 'Green Monday' campaign. The online challenge started by two professors, encourages environmentally friendly behavior by dropping meat and fish from the menu once a week. Back in January 2019, 'Lundi Vert' or 'Green Monday ... more
  • 1 week Tanzania lays to rest dozens killed in fuel tanker blast ModernGhana -Africa
    Tanzania on Sunday laid to rest most of the 71 people who died while trying to collect leaking petrol from an overturned fuel tanker that exploded. The deadly blast, which took place Saturday near the town of Morogoro, west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, is the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa. President John Magufuli declared a period of mourning through Monday. He was represented at funerals by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. Majaliwa spoke at a ceremony in Ko ... more
  • 1 week Kashmir rally in London as Pakistan warns against nationalism ModernGhana -World
    Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in London on Saturday to express their anger at India's controversial decision to withdraw special rights for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state. The protest comes amid warnings from Pakistan against Hitler-style nationalism. Protesters gathered outside the Indian embassy on Saturday, carrying signs expressing solidarity with the people of India-administered Kashmir. Asmaa, who has relatives in the region, held a sign that read 'Restore Article 370' ... more
  • 1 week Italy to decide on Salvini’s vote of no-confidence ModernGhana -World
    Italy's heads of political groups in the Senate will decide today on a timetable for a vote of no-confidence motion against the government headed by Prime minister Guiseppe Conte. Interior minister Matteo Salvini is hoping for snap elections as early as October. Italy's Interior minister and head of the far-right League party summoned all League members of Parliament, despite the summer recess, to Rome today. He is pushing for a vote of no-confidence, filed on 9 August, which he hopes might t ... more
  • 1 week Searching for lost lives: S.Africa’s unidentified corpses ModernGhana -Africa
    At Olifantsvlei cemetery on the outskirts of southern Johannesburg, undertakers clad in white plastic overalls, boots and face masks take on a grim task: mass pauper burials. They are burying 46 bodies that have been lying in public morgues, unidentified and unclaimed, for up to three months. It is a task undertaken every month -- the numbers are often higher. The routine is a sombre reminder of South Africa's perennial failure to identify many corpses. At the busiest mortuaries in J ... more
  • 1 week FBI probes Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide ModernGhana -World
    The FBI is investigating the death of disgraced US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who apparently committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex. His death in New York early Saturday triggered outcry over how such a high-profile detainee was able to die while in custody leading to immediate calls for an inquiry. Epstein was found unresponsive inside his cell at the ... more
  • 1 week Four French departments on thunderstorm alert ModernGhana -World
    Following intense stormy weather in the north of France including a rare tornado the country's weather service Meteo France again sounded an orange alert Sunday, with four departments in the south-west warned of a significant risk of violent phenomena . In its third thunderstorms warning this week, the forecaster has told residents of Drôme, Isère, Savoie and Haute-Savoie to watch out for strong winds, lightning and hail in the afternoon, with the orange alert to take effect from 4pm loc ... more
  • 1 week Muted celebrations for Sudan’s first post-Bashir Eid ModernGhana -Africa
    As Muslims in Khartoum marked their first Eid al-Adha feast without Omar al-Bashir as a ruler in three decades, the mood was upbeat Sunday but the menu stayed frugal. Months of bloody anti-regime protests created a historic opportunity for civilian rule in Sudan but also saw prices soar, putting a damper on celebrations. In Khartoum markets, the price of a sheep -- a must in the Feast of the Sacrifice which is considered the holiest day in the Muslim calendar -- has doubled since last year ... more
  • 1 week Muted Eid celebrations in Gaza amid blockade ModernGhana -World
    As the Muslim world celebrated the Eid al-Adha religious holiday on Sunday, the menu stayed frugal in the Gaza Strip where an ongoing blockade has forced Palestinians to keep a tight rein on their pockets. This is the second Eid of the year, after Eid al-Fitr in June, and is the ... more
  • 1 week Yellow Vests vandalise office of Macron party lawmaker ModernGhana -World
    French Yellow Vest protesters on Saturday vandalised the offices of Emmanuel Macron's LREM party in Montpellier, in the south of France, while elsewhere marches were held in Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris. Some 100 Yellow Vests sprayed the offices of MP Patrick Vignal with yellow and green paint. The member for Hérault, in the Occitanie region, becomes one of more than a dozen Republic on the Move party ... more
  • 1 week French mayors remain popular despite rising threats ModernGhana -World
    While confidence in politicians is declining, in France, one political figure continues to attract praise: mayors. According to a Sunday poll, 83 percent of people prefer their local mayor to their MP. Ironically however, mayors are facing increasing abuse. For many French people, a mayor remains ... more
  • 1 week Tanzania mourns 69 killed in fuel tanker blast ModernGhana -Africa
    Tanzania was in mourning Sunday, preparing to bury 69 people who perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol. President John Magufuli declared a period of mourning through Monday following the deadly blast near the town of Morogoro, west of Dar es Salaam. He will be represented at the funerals by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, an official statement said. We're currently mourning the loss of 69 people, the last of whom died while being tra ... more
  • 1 week Rocket fire hits Libya airport, breaking Eid truce ModernGhana -Africa
    Rocket fire hit the Libyan capital's sole functioning airport Sunday, violating a temporary truce between the unity government and forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, airport authorities said. Mitiga airport has been targeted by fire this morning, the first day of Eid al-Adha , the airport's management said in a statement on Facebook, referring to the three-day Muslim holiday that began on Sunday. Air traffic was suspended until further notice , the statement added, alongside photo ... more
  • 1 week Rival Libya forces agree to UN-backed Eid truce ModernGhana -Africa
    Forces battling for control of Libya's capital agreed to a truce Saturday, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, but a car bomb killed two UN staff in the eastern city of Benghazi. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces announced that they would implement a ceasefire, after the unity government conditionally accepted the truce for the three-day holiday which starts Sunday. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has been fighting since early April to seize Tripoli f ... more
  • 1 week More than a dozen feared drowned in DR Congo shipwreck ModernGhana -Africa
    More than a dozen people are feared to have drowned in yet another shipwreck on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official said Saturday. The overcrowded motorised boat was carrying around 100 passengers when it capsized on the lake, near the eastern city of Bukavu. We have already registered 76 survivors, said Swedi Basila, the regional transport minister for South Kivu province, adding that up to 20 people were still missing. No body has been found until now ... more
  • 1 week Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 64 ModernGhana -Africa
    Sixty-four people perished in Tanzania Saturday when a fuel tanker overturned and then exploded as crowds of people rushed to syphon off leaking fuel. The deadly blast, which took place near the town of Morogoro, west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, is the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa. At the moment, there are 64 dead after two of the 72 people who were injured died from their wounds, the governor of Morogoro, Stephen Kebwe, told reporters at the scene in Msam ... more
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