• 1 week A Passion For Food Wins Contest On Innovative Thinking ModernGhana -Africa
    Winning an award was never part of Sylvie Ogoudedji rsquo;s expectations when she joined the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as a fellow in 2019. It was during her induction that she learned of ECA rsquo;s Innovation Challenge for the first time. What got her ldquo;really excited rdquo; was a new understanding - after a Google search - that ldquo;innovation does not necessarily mean invention rdquo; and that ldquo;it could simply be a new way of approaching existing matters. rd ... more
  • 1 week S.Sudan talks fail to end impasse over state boundaries: ModernGhana -Africa
    The latest round of peace talks between South Sudan's two rival leaders has failed to strike a deal on the vital issue of internal boundaries, mediators said on Friday. Critics have accused President Salva Kiir of reorganising state boundaries to shore up his power and the issue has hobbled talks with rebel leader Riek Machar. South Africa's Deputy President David Mabuza, mediating the talks in South Sudan's capital Juba, said the two men had agreed to a week-long arbitration process to he ... more
  • 1 week W.African anglophone states criticise move to rename CFA ModernGhana -Africa
    English-speaking West African countries on Thursday criticised a move to rename the CFA franc used by former French colonies, saying the move jarred with plans to introduce a region-wide currency of the same name. Members of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) Convergence Council said they noted with concern the December 21 announcement to unilaterally rename the CFA franc, used by eight countries, as the Eco by 2020. The move is not in line with plans by regional bloc ECOWAS to ad ... more
  • 1 week Libya strongman Haftar in Greece ahead of peace meeting ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar was holding talks in Athens on Friday, just two days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj are expected to attend. His visit comes as world powers step up efforts for a lasting ceasefire, nine months since an assault on Tripoli by Haftar's forces sparked fighting that has killed more than 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters and displaced tens of thousands. An interim truce that ... more
  • 1 week Cricket’s ‘end of innocence’: Cronje’s Centurion fix, 20 years on ModernGhana -Africa
    As England's batsmen carefully negotiated the opening day of the third Test in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, many people in the cricket world were casting their minds back 20 years to another Test in South Africa. The fifth Test at Centurion in 2000, which ended on January 18 with an exciting narrow England win, was celebrated at the time for its wonderful spirit before the shroud of match-fixing was lifted to reveal a cancer of corruption at the heart of the game. It was false, it was fake ... more
  • 1 week US indicts Malian over deadly 2016 attacks in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso ModernGhana -Africa
    The US Justice Department unveiled murder and conspiracy charges Thursday against a Malian who played a central role in suicide bomb attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in 2016 that killed 49. The department said Mimi Ould Baba, 32, assisted the planning and preparation of the attacks by two designated terror groups, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Murabitoun. In the January 15, 2016 attack on the Cafe Cappuccino and Hotel Splendid in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Baba conducted ... more
  • 1 week Transport strike puts Paris cyclists at increased risk ModernGhana -World
    The strike against France's pension reform has fuelled a 40 percent spike in road accidents with a cyclist, killed Thursday during Paris rush hour, the latest victim. Since crippling transport strikes began in December, Paris has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people hiring bikes and scooters to get around. Accidents on two-whe ... more
  • 1 week Oceans reached highest temperature on record in 2019 ModernGhana -World
    Last year saw the highest ever temperatures recorded in the Earth's oceans, adding more urgency to the climate emergency, according to the findings of a new study by Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. The journal this week published its study 'Record setting ocean warmth continued in 2019'. In it, it says more than 90 percent of the excess heat produced by greenhouse gases, which are create ... more
  • 1 week Sudan appoints new spy chief after crushing mutiny ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan on Thursday appointed a new intelligence chief to replace the general who quit after government forces crushed a deadly mutiny launched by some members of the country's powerful security agency. The new spy chief, Lieutenant General Jamalabdel Majid, previously served as head of army intelligence, a post he assumed after last year's fall of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Five people, including two soldiers, were killed when agents of the General Intelligence Service, formerly know ... more
  • 1 week Calmer waters ahead as Nile states eye final dam deal ModernGhana -Africa
    Progress towards a final agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over what is set to be Africa's largest dam has eased tensions around Addis Ababa's mega-project on the Nile. Egypt released a statement Thursday toning down years of rhetoric and suggesting a conciliatory approach ahead of a final accord. That came shortly after the three countries announced a meeting in Washington on January 28-29 to finalise the deal. Cairo intends to continue its efforts towards concluding a balan ... more
  • 1 week Haftar ‘agrees to abide by’ ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has agreed to abide by a ceasefire and said he was ready to participate in an international conference in Berlin on Sunday, Germany's foreign minister said. Libya's UN-recognised government in Tripoli has been under attack since April from Haftar's forces, with clashes killing more than 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters and displacing tens of thousands. The leaders of the North African state's warring factions were in Moscow early this week at talks aimed at ... more
  • 1 week Malawi anti-bribery protest draws thousands ModernGhana -Africa
    Tens of thousands of Malawians took part in protests on Thursday at alleged attempts to bribe judges overseeing a legal challenge to the re-election last year of President Peter Mutharika. People took to the streets after the country's chief justice charged that the five judges presiding over the case had been offered kickbacks. The complaint, which was filed to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday, prompted a call for demonstrations in Malawi's three main cities. Around 50,000 pe ... more
  • 1 week Paris Live, Thursday 16 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    Today's edition of Paris Live begins with Lebanon and a look at the uptick in violence observed at the anti-government protests, now in their third month. The country is still waiting for a new cabinet to be announced after the resignation of the Prime Minister Saad Hariri. We also feature an exclusive interview with Martin Lee, the founding chairman of Hong Kong's Democratic Party, who expresses his views on the protest situation in the city today. We find out more about the women on the ... more
  • 1 week Libya’s warring leaders eye Berlin truce talks ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar agreed in principle Thursday to attend a peace conference in Berlin after the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj signalled he would be present. The talks come as world powers step up efforts for a lasting ceasefire, nine months since an assault on Tripoli by Haftar's forces sparked fighting that has killed more than 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters, displacing thousands. An interim ceasefire which came into force last Sunda ... more
  • 1 week Battered faces campaign depicts women leaders as victims of violence ModernGhana -World
    The beaten and disfigured faces of Angela Merkel, Brigitte Macron and Michelle Obama are among several high-profile political figures whose image is being used by an Italian artist to draw attention to the issue of violence against women. As part of a campaign called Just Because I am a Woman , portraits of the women, retouched to included cuts and bruises, have been put on display in the streets of Milan. The images also feature US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Indian opposition lea ... more
  • 1 week France wants Netflix, Amazon invest 25% of revenue locally ModernGhana -World
    France wants streaming services like Netflix and Amazon to invest a quarter of their sales in local productions. The rule is part of the country's broader push for what it has dubbed its cultural sovereignty in the digital era. Up until now, broadcasters and cinemas have tended to be the ones to subsidise local content. Now France wants to shift the burden to streaming firms, which have faced fewer demands in the past. Obligations for streaming firms to ... more
  • 1 week Nobody Is Dispensable Nor Indispensable In Rivers Apc – Abe ModernGhana -Africa
    The immediate past representative of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has said that no member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State is dispensable nor indispensable. Abe, who spoke on a national television programme in Abuja on Tuesday said, that for the Party to rise above its present predicament, it required all hands to be on deck. He bemoaned a situation where stakeholders of the party throw tantrums at ... more
  • 1 week ECA And Zimbabwe Sign Agreement Ahead Of Forthcoming Sustainable Development Forum ModernGhana -Africa
    The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Zimbabwe government on Wednesday signed an agreement in preparation for the forthcoming Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) which Harare is hosting in Victoria Falls from 24-27 February, 2020. Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics, signed on behalf of the ECA, while Mr. Simon Masanga, Permanent Secretary of the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Ministry, signed for Zimbabwe ... more
  • 1 week Angola’s Isabel dos Santos says run for president ‘possible’ ModernGhana -Africa
    The billionaire daughter of Angola's ex-president, Isabel dos Santos, has said she would consider running for president in the next election in 2022. Dos Santos has been targeted in an anti-graft campaign led by her father's successor President Joao Lourenco, who has vowed to fight corruption and rebuild the economy of sub-Saharan Africa's second biggest oil producer. Prosecutors froze the bank accounts and holdings owned by the 46-year-old businesswoman and her Congolese husband Sindika D ... more
  • 1 week Fresh protests hope to breathe new life into France’s ‘dead end’ strike ModernGhana -World
    French unions are staging a sixth inter-professional day of protest Thursday, in an effort to expand their anti-pension-reform strikes beyond the transport sector where they have begun to wane. This new national day of demonstrations will be a test for movement, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe adamant the transport shutdown, now in its 43rd day, was at a dead end and ... more
  • 1 week Unknown Person Shoot At The Office Of The German SPD-Party Parliament Member, Dr. Karamba Diaby ModernGhana -World
    In the German City Halle, unknown perpetrators shot at the office of SPD member of parliament Karamba Diaby. The politician does not want to be intimidated by this. The office of SPD member of parliament Dr. Karamba Diaby in the German City Halle (Saale) has been shot at. In the morning, employees of his citizens 39; office discovered five bullet holes in a window pane. Previously unknown persons had apparently fired a gun at the office of the member of parliament. Karamba Di ... more
  • 1 week Jihadists free five kidnapped aid workers in Nigeria ModernGhana -Africa
    Islamic State-aligned jihadists have released five local aid workers abducted last month in violence-wracked northeastern Nigeria, security sources and one of those freed said Thursday. The aid workers were seized along with other passengers in two separate incidents in December when fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) disguised as soldiers intercepted vehicles on highways outside the Borno state capital of Maiduguri. ISWAP, which split from the Boko Haram jihadist gro ... more
  • 1 week In Seychelles, nature is prized above mass tourism ModernGhana -Africa
    In a shady patch along a pristine white beach on Mahe Island, a radio spits out reggae and snapper sizzles on the barbecue, as Seychelloise Nareen tops up her rum and coke on time off from her job aboard a luxury yacht. Her family is spending the weekend at the beach where a couple dipping their feet into the turquoise waters off in the distance are the only foreign tourists in sight. We don't have mass tourism in Seychelles, and that's great. That is how we want it, says Nareen, 32, who ... more
  • 1 week 3-D chess with ex-presidents back in war-torn C.Africa ahead of polls ModernGhana -Africa
    The unexpected return of two former presidents to the Central African Republic, the main figures in a civil war that still bloodies the country despite an 11-month-old peace accord, has set the stage for high-stakes political chess ahead of elections in December. Francois Bozize, who is under an international arrest warrant for his role in the conflict, returned from exile in Uganda in mid-December -- timing that would enable him to mount a presidential run under electoral rules. Thousands ... more
  • 1 week Guinea opposition suspends anti-government protests ModernGhana -Africa
    Guinea's opposition has announced the suspension of protests against President Alpha Conde's suspected bid to prolong his rule, after days of demonstrations that left at least three people dead. The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), an alliance of opposition groups, raised the stakes last week and called for huge and open-ended demonstrations. The unrest was sparked by concerns that Conde intends to use a planned constitutional reform to seek a third term in of ... more
  • 1 week Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan make progress but delay deadline in dam row ModernGhana -Africa
    Ethiopia made progress with Egypt and Sudan in US-brokered talks over a controversial dam on the Nile, with an agreement to fill it only during the rainy season. The three countries had set a deadline of Wednesday to reach an accord over the Grand Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia, which Egypt fears could deplete its scarce drinking water. After three days of talks in Washington, they stopped short of announcing a resolution, saying the three countries would meet again in the US capital on Janua ... more
  • 1 week Blaze engulfs historic E.Guinea cathedral ModernGhana -Africa
    Firefighters battled to bring a blaze at Malabo's cathedral under control on Wednesday, as flames engulfed parts of the historic building, considered the most important Christian church in Equatorial Guinea. Dozens of people gathered in silence near the cathedral in the early evening as the fire service sprayed water jets onto the century-old structure. It was not immediately known whether anyone was hurt in the fire, in which huge flames consumed part of the facade of the building. We ... more
  • 1 week 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to take place in January ModernGhana -World
    African football chiefs on Wednesday announced the continent's showpiece tournament - the Africa Cup of Nations - will be played next January and February in Cameroon. The date has been changed for meteorological reasons at Cameroon's request, said the Cameroon football federation (Fecafoot). The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will be played between 9 January and 6 February, it added following a meeting in Yaounde with Ahmad Ahmad, who runs the ... more
  • 1 week Pensions strikes have gone on far too long, says French PM Philippe ModernGhana -World
    The French Prime Minister remains adamant that transport strikes, set to enter a 43rd day on Thursday, will not succeed in derailing the government's reform of the pension system. Edouard Philippe said the shutdown has lasted far too long, and that the French needed to go back to normal life . The transport strike against pension reform will go nowhere. The government is determined, said Philippe, emerging from a meeting with key ministers and advisors on Wednesday to reiterate the stance ... more
  • 1 week Sudan spy chief quits after mutiny crushed ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan's intelligence chief resigned Wednesday after five people, including two soldiers, were killed as government forces crushed a mutiny by members of the country's long-feared security agency. Highlighting the continued fragility of Sudan's security situation nine months after longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted during mass protests, heavy gunfire broke out on Tuesday at several intelligence agency bases. The military said two of its soldiers were killed when the regular army a ... more
  • 1 week EU rolls out trillion-euro plan for green economy ModernGhana -World
    The European Union has signed off on a trillion-euro financing plan for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 including a mechanism to fund the clean energy transition of coal-dependent regions. Under the plan, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen laid out how she intends to bankroll her signature European Green Deal a complete revamp of the EU ... more
  • 1 week Macron denounces police violence, calls for ‘improved code of ethics’ ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron has called on police to reign in excessive use of force after crowd control tactics and arrest procedures came under scrutiny over the mistreatment of a protester and the death of a delivery person. Speaking in the city of Pau, Macron denounced unacceptable behaviour that harms the credibility and dignity of security forces. He called upon the Interior Ministry to come up with proposals to improve the code of ethics according to which they assure public ... more
  • 1 week US calls for cut in UN peacekeeping forces in Mali ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States called for a reduction in the number of UN peacekeeping troops in Mali on Wednesday, prompting a swift backlash from France and Russia. Cherith Norman Chalet, the US deputy ambassador to the UN Security Council, said it was time for this Council to begin developing an alternative approach to address growing instability in Mali. We must recognize that peacekeeping missions are not the answer to growing terrorist threats in Mali, she said. Washington, which is consid ... more
  • 1 week ‘Too early’ to say Libya ceasefire collapsed: Turkey ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkey said Wednesday it was still confident the ceasefire in Libya would hold despite strongman Khalifa Haftar's refusal to sign a permanent truce. Haftar walked away from talks in Moscow aimed at finalising a ceasefire orchestrated by Russia and Turkey, which came into force Sunday. The joint Turkish and Russian initiative is the latest international effort to broker an end to fighting between Haftar's forces based in the east of the country and the UN-recognised government in Tripoli. ... more
  • 1 week French pharmacies move paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen behind the counter ModernGhana -World
    French pharmacies have begun selling non-prescription treatments for headaches and sore throats from behind the counter after health officials ordered products containing paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin to be taken off the shelves due to fears of over-medication. The medications will remain available without prescription, but chemists will have to hand over the boxes to customers under the new rules from the Medicines Agency (ANSM). The experts will be able to give advice about the bes ... more
  • 1 week French priest admits caressing boy scouts for 20 years in sex abuse trial ModernGhana -World
    Accused of sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 80s, a French Catholic priest has confessed in court to caresses he knew were forbidden, saying for 20 years it happened every weekend . Bernard Preynat told a court in Lyon on the first day of his trial that it could have been four or five children a week . For me, at the time, I was not committing sexual assault but giving caresses, hugs, he said. I was wrong. Preynat's voice reportedly faltered as he admitted t ... more
  • 1 week ICJ to rule next week on urgent measures in Rohingya genocide case ModernGhana -Africa
    The UN's top court said Wednesday it will deliver its decision next week on whether emergency measures should be imposed on Myanmar over alleged genocide against its Rohingya Muslims. The ruling comes a month after Myanmar's civilian leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi travelled to The Hague to defend the bloody 2017 crackdown by her nation's army against the Rohingya. The mainly Muslim African nation of The Gambia brought the case against Myanmar at the International Court of ... more
  • 1 week Militia chiefs on trial in C. Africa over UN killings ModernGhana -Africa
    Two militia chiefs and 29 of their men went on trial in the Central African Republic on Wednesday over a massacre of civilians and 10 UN peacekeepers in a southeastern town in 2017. The 31 are accused of attacking a district in Bangassou and a nearby UN base on May 13, 2017. According to the UN, 72 people were killed, 76 were wounded and 4,400 people fled their homes. The militia group especially targeted members of the Muslim community who had taken refuge in the town's Catholic church ... more
  • 1 week Islamic State replaces al-Qaeda as Enemy No. 1 in Sahel ModernGhana -Africa
    Brutal attacks that have killed nearly 300 people in less than two months have propelled the Islamic State to the status of the Sahel's most-feared jihadist group, eclipsing al-Qaeda, experts say. The vast fragile region on the southern rim of the Sahara has been battling an escalating insurgency by violent Islamists, beginning in Mali in 2012 and then spreading to Niger and Burkina Faso. Until recently, groups under the banner of al-Qaeda were in the forefront of the bloodshed. But the ... more
  • 1 week Mozambique president says gas wealth to benefit all ModernGhana -Africa
    Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday vowed to channel future gas revenues back into the economy and fight graft as he began a second term already marred by violence. Nyusi's ruling Frelimo party was hit in 2016 when it emerged that the government had secretly borrowed $2 billion (1.8 billion euros). The hidden debt scandal uncovered a vast corruption network with links to the regime and sparked the worst financial crisis in the southeast African nation's history. Despite the ... more
  • 1 week Iran’s Foreign Minister claims Iranians were “lied to” over jetliner crash ModernGhana -World
    Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians were lied to for days following the Islamic Republic accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing 176 people. The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi represent the first time an Iranian official referred to the earlier story that a technical malfunction downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight as a lie. The shootdown has sparked days of angry protests in the country. In the last few nights, we' ... more
  • 1 week Royal freeze out: France’s Poles ambassador ‘fired’ for Macron criticism ModernGhana -World
    French former presidential candidate and ex-environment minister Ségolène Royal has claimed she is to be fired as ambassador to the North and South Poles for criticising President Emmanuel Macron's policies. Royal, a former wife of socialist ex-president Francois Hollande, posted a letter on Facebook saying she had been formally notified of her impending dismissal. Madam Ambassador, we are considering terminating ... more
  • 1 week African Governments Must Not Take Desert Locust Invasion Lightly, PACJA ModernGhana -Africa
    Desert Locusts are causing havoc in parts of Africa. Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), in an article, has urged African governments to fight the locusts rsquo; invasion to avert food security crisis on the continent. Read his full article below: The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is greatly alarmed by the invasion of desert locusts now affecting residents of several counties in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, as w ... more
  • 1 week Two soldiers killed as Sudan crushes revolt by security agents ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan said Wednesday that two soldiers were killed as government forces crushed a rebellion launched by agents of the country's long-feared security agency against a restructuring plan. On Tuesday, gunfire broke out Khartoum at two Khartoum bases of the Directorate of General Intelligence Service, formerly known as the National Intelligence and Security Service, after some of its agents rejected a retirement plan proposed by the country's new authorities. NISS agents were at the forefront ... more
  • 1 week ICJ ruling on urgent measures in Rohingya case on Jan 23: Gambia ModernGhana -Africa
    The UN's top court will deliver its decision next week on whether emergency measures should be imposed on Myanmar over alleged genocide against its Rohingya Muslims, the Gambian government tweeted Wednesday. In a shock move, Myanmar's civilian leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi travelled to The Hague last month to defend the bloody 2017 crackdown by her nation's army against the Rohingya. Some 740,000 fled over the border into Bangladesh, carrying accounts of widespread rape, ... more
  • 1 week Africa struggles to stem deadly flood of fake medicine ModernGhana -Africa
    After he was struck down by malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was set to recover when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor. But far from curing him, the medication he was given at the neighbourhood clinic made him far worse -- eventually costing him one of his kidneys. The drugs were fake. After four days of care, there was no improvement, but I started to feel pain in my belly, Hievi, 52, told AFP. After two weeks of suffering he became unable ... more
  • 1 week C.Africa’s former child soldiers learn new trades ModernGhana -Africa
    Now we can sleep safely at night, I want to set up a bakery, said Prisca. Forced into marriage with a rebel fighter, Prisca -- not her real name -- is one of thousands of former child soldiers in the Central African Republic. http://cdn.modernghana.com/images/content/afp a former child soldier works on drilling a borehole in bangu.jpg A former child soldier works on drilling a borehole in Bangui, part of a vocational programme for young victims of the Central African Republic' ... more
  • 1 week Wike Disgracing Rivers Traditional Stools Despicable, Unacceptable — Dakuku ModernGhana -Africa
    The recent actions of Governor Nyesom Wike against traditional stools in Rivers State have been described as demeaning, unbecoming, irresponsible, despicable, unacceptable and unbefitting for someone who occupies such a dignified office. Prominent son of Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside stated while reacting to the way and manner Governor Wike addressed traditional rulers in the state during their quarterly meeting in Port Harcourt. Governor Wike was seen lambasting the traditio ... more
  • 1 week French transport says traffic improving on 42nd strike day ModernGhana -World
    Wednesday marks the 42nd day of strikes in France against the government pension reforms, but train management SNCF said on Tuesday that the train flow will improve and continue to improve, with traffic gradually returning to normal. Some 80 percent of TGVs, France's high-speed inter-city rail service, and TERs, or regional trains, will be in operation on Wednesday. ... more
  • 1 week French government wants to test facial recognition in video surveillance ModernGhana -World
    French officials say they want to establish a legal framework for developing facial recognition for security and surveillance, extending concerns about the rapid spread of the new technology. Facial recognition technology, a form of artificial intelligence that can identify a person by analysing a digital image of their face, is already widespread in France. In fact, the country is on track to become a European leader in its development and use. Consistent with President Emmanuel Macron's ... more
  • 1 week French birth rate slows to lowest since WWII ModernGhana -World
    The population of France surpassed 67 million as of 1 January 2020, but the growth was limited due to a continuous decline in the birth rate for the past five years, according to a report released by the French National Institute for Statistics and Studies (INSEE) this week. The report indicates that part of the reason is because females born during the post-World War II baby boom, which lasted until 1973 in France, are no longer in the 20-40 reproductive age bracket. Last year, there were ... more
  • 1 week Paris Live, Tuesday 14 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    In today's edition of Paris Live we feature an exclusive interview with Claudia Mo, a key member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. She shares her observations of the pro-democracy election victory in neighbouring Taiwan, and how impressed she is with the young generation's involvement in the Hong Kong protest movement. Paris Live also looks at the latest from Iran, where the government says it has arrested those responsible for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week. We cross ... more
  • 1 week Sudan security agents launch ‘rebellion’ over payoff plan ModernGhana -Africa
    Heavy gunfire broke out in Sudan's capital Tuesday as several agents of the long-feared security agency launched a rebellion against a restructuring plan, prompting a closure of the international airport. A teenager was wounded when shots were fired at some bases of the Directorate of General Intelligence Service, formerly known as the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the powerful security arm of longtime president Omar al-Bashir. NISS agents were at the forefront of a ... more
  • 1 week What’s behind Haftar’s refusal to sign Libya deal? ModernGhana -Africa
    Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's reluctance to sign up to a Turkish-Russian orchestrated ceasefire accord underlines the complexity of Libya's conflict and pressures exerted by key foreign players, analysts say. He left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting against the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj. His abrupt departure was a setback for an international diplomatic push, after Sarraj had sig ... more
  • 1 week Spike Lee to head jury at 2020 Cannes Film Festival ModernGhana -World
    American director Spike Lee has been named to head the 2020 Cannes film festival jury, becoming the first black person to do so in the history of the world's biggest film festival. Lee is no stranger to Cannes - seven of his movies have debuted on the silver screen on the French Riviera. His first film, She's Gotta Have It , a now-iconic feature portraying black female empowerment, won the youth prize at Directors' Fortnight in 1986. Lee said in a statement he was shocked, happy, surpris ... more
  • 1 week South Africa rugby skipper Kolisi anointed 2019’s main man ModernGhana -World
    The cognoscenti have spoken and voted South Africa's rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi as their 2019 personality of the year. Kolisi took the prize following a poll of more than 200 members of the Rugby Union Writers' Club. The accolade came for his inspirational leadership during his country's surge to a third World Cup crown in Japan last November. ... more
  • 1 week Berlin summit to build on shaky Libyan ceasefire ModernGhana -Africa
    Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Libya ratcheted up on Tuesday as Russia claimed that the warring factions had agreed to maintain a fragile ceasefire and Germany announced an international summit on the crisis this Sunday. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left talks in Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting, though Russia claimed he agreed to maintain the current ceasefire. Berlin then announced it had invited both sides of the L ... more
  • 1 week France, Germany, UK launch Iran nuclear deal dispute action ModernGhana -World
    European signatories to the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal have launched action paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran's overstepping of limits specified in the agreement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said. France, Germany and the UK, which signed the international agreement in 2015 along with the United States, Russia and China, informed Borrell in a letter that they are triggering its dispute mechanism, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic. The leade ... more
  • 1 week French government denies report of Renault-Nissan breakup ModernGhana -World
    French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has denounced a report in Britain's Financial Times claiming Japanese carmaker Nissan was preparing to end its alliance with France's Renault in the wake of the downfall of former executive Carlos Ghosn. Do not pay too much attention to malicious rumours whose only purpose is to destabilise an industrial group of which our country is proud, Le Maire told French media. On the contrary, we are renewing this alliance between Renault and Nissan, which ... more
  • 1 week Four Chinese sailors kidnapped in Gabon are free ModernGhana -Africa
    Four Chinese sailors who were kidnapped last month in the port of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, have been released, the Chinese consulate in Lagos said. A Nigerian security source separately told AFP Tuesday that the four had been freed in a military operation. The consulate general in Lagos cooperated with the relevant embassies and local Chinese enterprises and overseas Chinese groups to carry out rescue efforts, and the hostages were released safely, according to a statement poste ... more
  • 1 week Libya’s Haftar leaves Moscow without signing peace deal ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending nine months of fighting, leaving the future of a fragile truce uncertain. The commander's abrupt departure in the early hours of Tuesday was a setback for an international diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insisted it would continue mediation efforts. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who first brokered the Libya truce deal with President Vladimir Putin of Russia ... more
  • 2 weeks Libyan strongman delays signing ceasefire at Moscow talks ModernGhana -Africa
    Libya's eastern strongman General Khalifa Haftar delayed signing a ceasefire agreement at talks in Moscow, but Russia said it was hopeful the country's warring rivals would soon conclude the deal to end nine months of fighting. Talks on the terms of a ceasefire between Haftar's forces and the UN-recognised government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj went on for seven hours on Monday without the two delegations actually meeting, though Moscow noted certain progress . Sarraj's Government of Nation ... more
  • 2 weeks Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria ‘bandit’ conflict ModernGhana -Africa
    Haruna Hasaman knew she only had moments to get away when the roar of motorbikes ruptured the quiet of her village in Zamfara state, northwest Nigeria. She scrambled for her five children and fled just as the gunmen screeched in and opened fire. They killed many of the men, including her brothers and nephews, she said. Now more than eight months later, Hasaman and her children are among several thousand displaced people living in tents in the town of Anka. The attack on her village ... more
  • 2 weeks Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo calls for referendum on seasonal rentals to ease housing burden ModernGhana -World
    Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo says affordable and plentiful housing, environmental friendliness and solidarity are the three main pillars of her electoral campaign for the upcoming municipal elections. The first female to be elected as head of Paris stated her projects on Monday for the next six years if she wins the upcoming election slated for March. Green Paris The starting base is the environment, she stated at a press conference in front of the city hall of the 4th borough. T ... more
  • 2 weeks Two dead in Guinea at start of sweeping anti-government rally ModernGhana -Africa
    Two youths were killed in Guinea on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde's suspected bid to prolong his rule. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since mid-October over concerns that Conde intends to use a planned constitutional reform to seek a third term in office. At least 20 civilians and one gendarme have been killed since the start of protests, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of people while scores have been arrested. ... more
  • 2 weeks France, Sahel nations vow to step up anti-jihadist fight ModernGhana -Africa
    France and its five partner nations in the Sahel region of West Africa pledged Monday to bolster their fight against jihadists waging an increasingly deadly insurgency, while urging allies to join their effort to restore government control across the vast region. President Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad also called on Washington to maintain its crucial support , after a top US general confirmed the Pentagon was weighing a drastic troop reduc ... more
  • 2 weeks More transporation chaos and delays expected as France’s strike enters day 41 ModernGhana -World
    Parisian metro lines were nearly all running on Monday, but only during peak hours, ensuring another day of frustrating travels for those in the capital as the nationwide strike continues with more woes expected as it enters its 41st day on Tuesday. Despite small improvements to the flow of public transportation in Paris, the regional transport company RATP asked commuters to find alternative means of getting around as the trains, trams and bu ... more
  • 2 weeks French strike continues, despite government concession on age ModernGhana -World
    The strike against pension reform is now into its seventh week, and is still causing major delays on to Paris public transport system. Despite an offer from the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to withdraw the age limit of 64 to qualify for a full pension, most trade unions say the protest will continue. The strike goes on. The national high-speed rail network was ... more
  • 2 weeks Tombstone of murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Wolinski ‘defaced’ ModernGhana -World
    The tombstone of French cartoonist, Wolinski, who was killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack five years ago, appears to have been defaced, with the word Charlie removed. The Paris municipality has said it doubts it was a criminal act. Maryse Wolinski, the cartoonist's widow, said she will file a complaint. She believes it to be an intentional act, she tol ... more
  • 2 weeks US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said resources could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase readiness of the force in the continental US or shifted to the Pacific. His comments came as he flew in for talks with NATO counterparts in Brussels. The ... more
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