• 6 days National AIDS Commission, Partners Commemorate World AIDS Day ModernGhana -Africa
    The National AIDS Commission of Liberia (NAC) and Partners have officially observed the 2019 commemoration of the World AIDS Day. Historically, the day was set aside on December 1st 1988 to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease since the beginning of the epidemic. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations including partners and individuals around the world observe the day, oft ... more
  • 6 days Uganda’s Museveni leads much-derided walk against graft ModernGhana -Africa
    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni led thousands of civil servants, supporters and police officers on an anti-corruption walk through the capital Wednesday in move derided by critics as a meaningless stunt. Central Kampala was locked down with businesses shuttered and roads closed, causing traffic chaos across the city as soldiers deployed heavily to protect the walking dignitaries including the speaker of parliament and the chief justice. Corrupt people are parasites, Museveni said at a ... more
  • 6 days AfDB takes the continent’s climate agenda to COP25 in Spain ModernGhana -Africa
    The Bank is playing a leading role in guiding progress on climate change on the continent. The Bank has doubled its total climate change commitment to $25 billion between 2020 and 2025. The African Development Bank has kicked off a campaign to present the continent rsquo;s case at the world rsquo;s leading climate change conference. The COP25 in Madrid, Spain comes at a crucial time for the globe and Africa in particular. In recent years, rising temperatures have wreaked havo ... more
  • 7 days Tiger Woods’ ‘aura’ has dimmed, says Presidents Cup rival Els ModernGhana -Africa
    Ernie Els on Wednesday said Tiger Woods has lost some of his aura but the skipper of the International team will not be under-estimating his superstar counterpart at the Presidents Cup next week. Woods is captaining and playing for the United States at the biennial matchplay showdown at Royal Melbourne, and one of Els' key decisions will be who plays the 15-time major-winner in the singles on Sunday. The big South African has seven rookies in his 12-man team, but he also has a core of expe ... more
  • 7 days Babies born on floor as Zimbabwe’s health system totters ModernGhana -Africa
    The floor is dusty, the walls filthy and the furniture decrepit, but for two weeks last month a tiny flat in a Harare township was transformed into a maternity clinic where scores of babies were born. Its owner, 69-year-old Esther Gwena, says she helped to deliver 250 infants as Zimbabwe's health sector tottered -- a feat that earned comparisons to Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing. Hundreds of junior medics at state hospitals began a strike three months ago because their ... more
  • 7 days UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal ModernGhana -Africa
    The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly $29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid. The world body's Global Humanitarian Overview estimated that 168 million people worldwide will need some form of emergency assistance in 2020, including food, shelter and healthcare. That figure marks a record in the modern era, UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock told reporters, clarifying that h ... more
  • 7 days Radio show helps ordinary Nigerians take on officials ModernGhana -Africa
    Early each morning, a crowd gathers outside Ahmad Isah's radio studio in Nigeria's capital Abuja hoping to share their problems over the airwaves. For those waiting -- men and women, young and old -- Isah's Brekete (very big in Pidgin English) Family show offers a rare chance try to hold officials to account in a country where rampant graft and abuses of the justice system often frustrate citizens. The lucky few who Isah picks each day get to make themselves heard on issues ranging from th ... more
  • 7 days Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019 ModernGhana -Africa
    Global carbon emissions boosted by soaring natural gas use are set to hit record levels in 2019 despite a decline in coal consumption and a string of countries declaring a climate emergency, researchers said Wednesday. In its annual analysis of fossil fuel trends, the Global Carbon Project said CO2 emissions were on course to rise 0.6 percent this year -- slower than previous years but still a world away from what is needed to keep global warming in check. In three peer-reviewed studies, a ... more
  • 7 days Italy authorises arrival of two ships carrying rescued migrants ModernGhana -Africa
    Italy authorised the arrival of two charity ships carrying more than 100 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, under the terms of an agreement with other EU countries, the interior ministry said late Tuesday. The European Commission has started the procedure of distributing the 61 migrants on the Alan Kurdi and the 60 aboard the Ocean Viking, the ministry said in a statement. Some European countries, including Germany and France, have offered to accommodate some of these migrants, it ... more
  • 1 week Nile states to return to US for talks on controversial dam ModernGhana -Africa
    Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed at talks in Cairo aimed at resolving a feud over a massive dam project on the Nile to reconvene next week in Washington, Egyptian authorities said Tuesday. The irrigation ministry said the three countries would hold ministerial-level meetings on December 9 in the United States capital followed by technical discussions in Khartoum on December 21-22. Their two days of meetings in Cairo were held in the presence of World Bank and US observers. Egypt, Ethi ... more
  • 1 week Africa’s largest power dam stokes Nile River tensions ModernGhana -Africa
    Ethiopia's construction of a massive power dam on the Blue Nile is raising tensions with Egypt, which depends on the river for 90 percent of its water supply. As the neighbours and Sudan met in Cairo for talks Monday and Tuesday on the potential conflict flashpoint, here is some background. Ten countries At 6,695 kilometres (4,160 miles), the Nile is one of the world's longest rivers and a crucial supplier of water and hydropower in a largely arid region. Its drainage basin ... more
  • 1 week 23 killed as fire engulfs Sudan factory ModernGhana -Africa
    Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out at a tile manufacturing unit in an industrial zone of north Khartoum, witnesses said. Police cordoned off the entire area, an AFP correspondent reported from the scene as fire engines battled to douse the blaze. A fire erupted in an ind ... more
  • 1 week General urges mass voter turnout as ‘slap in face’ of Algeria foes ModernGhana -Africa
    Algeria's military chief called Tuesday for massive voter turnout in the country's sharply-disputed December 12 elections to serve as a slap in the face of its enemies. If November marked the liberation from French rule, said General Ahmed Gaid Salah, referring to the November 1954 start of the country's war of independence, December will have the honour of finalising the construction of a state of law . The Algerian people will know... how to respond to all its detractors plotting a ... more
  • 1 week Joy of six: Yet another Messi night at the Ballon d’or ModernGhana -World
    Lionel Messi's entered the record books with his sixth Ballon d'Or in 10 years on Monday night. The 32-year-old Argentine's latest accolade as the best footballer of the year allows him temporary - perhaps even eternal - bragging rights over Cristiano Ronaldo who has claimed the prize five times. On 2 December, Messi scored his 614th goal for Barcelona in the 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid. The victory restored the Spanish champions to the top of La Liga with 31 points after 14 games. Four day ... more
  • 1 week Can Nato be saved from the demons of discord? ModernGhana -World
    Allied Heads of State and Government meet in London for a two-day Nato summit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the alliance. But deep divisions are already evident between US President Donald and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, while Turkey's Recip Erdogan has come up with strict conditions of his own. Very insulting, and a very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries, is how Trump ... more
  • 1 week French police clear massive Tibetan migrant camp outside Paris ModernGhana -World
    Police in France have dismantled a huge makeshift camp on the edge of a forest outside Paris that was home to some 600 asylum seekers from Tibet living in exile. Local authorities in Yvelines said the camp was dismantled on Tuesday morning to protect the migrants after growing health and safety concerns. The prefect of this town 40 km west of Paris tweeted that the evacuation was carried out with the support of aid groups and volunteers. Except for families with children, men and wome ... more
  • 1 week France braces itself for chaos ahead of massive December strike ModernGhana -World
    France is hastily scraping together contingency plans for this Thursday's massive nationwide strike, which is expected to bring the country to a standstill. Schools will be closed and public transport cancelled as everyone from teachers, postal workers, firefighters and hospital staff protest proposed pension reforms. Opponents say the government's universal retirement syst ... more
  • 1 week Paris Live, Tuesday 3 December 2019 ModernGhana -World
    In today's edition of Paris Live, we turn firstly to the NATO summit, which opens in watford, England, marking the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. However, this comes against a backdrop of several divisive issues such as Turkey's operations in Syria, the budget of the alliance which Washington feels is unbalanced. We move on to Spain, where deputies took their seats despite the fact that a government has not been formed since the general election last month. In Africa news, we l ... more
  • 1 week 16 killed as fire hits Sudan factory: doctors ModernGhana -Africa
    A fire triggered by an explosion tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, killing 16 people and injuring dozens, doctors and witnesses said. Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out at a tile manufacturing unit in an industrial zone in north Khartoum. Police cordoned off the entire area, an AFP correspondent reported from the scene. A doctors committee linked to the country's protest movement said at least 16 people were killed and mo ... more
  • 1 week France warns US of EU retaliation as digital tax row gets heated ModernGhana -World
    France has vowed to retaliate against the United States after it threatened to impose tariffs of up to 100 percent on $2.4 billion of French goods, including champagne, after concluding the country's digital services tax was discriminatory. The row over digital taxation has been rumbling since the beginning of the year. It kicked off when the French parliament passed a law taxing US tech giants from Facebook to Google, because of concerns that US technology groups were unfairly avoiding ta ... more
  • 1 week S.African court cuts jail term for white farmers in coffin case ModernGhana -Africa
    A South African court has cut the sentences of two white farmers who forced a black man into a coffin and threatened to kill him, sparking nationwide outrage. South Africa is beset by deep-rooted racial inequality even after the end of white-minority rule in 1994 and racist incidents regularly erupt on social media. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson had been sentenced to 16 and 19 years in October 2017 after a video of their act in the eastern Mpumalanga province went viral. Th ... more
  • 1 week Will France’s attempts to tackle conjugal violence change anything? ModernGhana -World
    The tracking and publicising of femicides in France - as many as 137 so far this year - has pushed the government to announce a raft of measures and proposed changes to the law. But with no extra public funding, feminist organisations insist nothing will change. So is it all hot air? After a three-month consultation (Grenelle) on how to tackle conjugal violence, the government announced more shelters, more training, better guidelines... and most significantly changes to the law which w ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria’s Sultan of Sokoto bans #ArewaMeToo campaign ModernGhana -World
    The Sultanate Council has banned the ArewaMeToo movement in Sokoto State resulting in police allegedly beating up woman's rights activist, Sadiya Taheer. Hours after the ban was imposed by Nigeria's most influential Islamic leader, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, women's rights activist women's rights activist and sexual abuse survivor Sadiya Taheer says she was manhandled by police officers during a demonstration. Two of my colleagues were taken away by the police and I was beaten up, Taheer ... more
  • 1 week Tunisia arrests 11 after clashes in birthplace of Arab Spring ModernGhana -Africa
    Eleven Tunisians were arrested during a night of clashes between protesters and police in the central region of Sidi Bouzid, the interior ministry said Tuesday, after the self-immolation of a young man sparked outrage. Clashes in Jelma started after the death last Friday of a 25-year-old who set himself on fire in the centre of the impoverished town in desperation over his economic woes. Angry residents blocked roads and attacked police on Saturday and Sunday nights, interior ministry spok ... more
  • 1 week Wild boar ‘carnage’ in eastern France was ‘intolerable’ – hunting president ModernGhana -World
    The killing of 158 wild boar in a single day's hunting in eastern France has sparked anger in the region and accusations of carnage , even if the hunters were within their allowed quotas. The boar were killed in a battue in which beaters drove the game towards the 82 hunters last Wednesday in the eastern Ardennes region. Local officials said the hunters were within their rights as they had still not attained their quotas for the season of some 300 animals. But a participant in the hu ... more
  • 1 week Two Malian troops killed, seven injured in roadside bomb ModernGhana -Africa
    Two soldiers were killed and seven were injured by a roadside bomb in central Mali on Monday, the army said, in the latest deadly incident to hit the conflict-ridden West African country. The attack follows the deaths of 13 French troops in a mid-air helicopter collision last week as they were chasing jihadists in northern Mali. Mali has been struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that erupted in the north in 2012, and which has claimed thousands of military and civilian lives since. ... more
  • 1 week Rare Gauguin painting from Tahiti period expected to fetch €7m in Paris ModernGhana -World
    A rare canvas by French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin from his period on the Polynesian island of Tahiti is set to go on auction in Paris on Tuesday, with an estimate of 5 to 7 million euros. There is keen interest in the sale at the Artcurial auction house amid growing controversy over Gauguin's relationships with young girls in Tahiti and his depictions of them. The painting, Te Bourao II , is one of the few works by Gauguin from his Tahiti period still in private hands. It dat ... more
  • 1 week Mugabe left $10 mln, a farm and two houses ModernGhana -Africa
    Zimbabwe's late former president Robert Mugabe left US$10 million, 10 cars, a farm and two houses, details of his estate released on Tuesday revealed. The state-owned Herald newspaper said his daughter, Bona Nyepudzai Mutsahuni-Chikore, disclosed these assets to the High Court after the family had been unable to locate his will. The $10 million (nine million euros) was in a foreign currency account with a local bank, the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ), the report said. It did not ide ... more
  • 1 week Miss Geek GH; 10 Girls To Go Head To Head In Tech Power Context Finale ModernGhana -Africa
    After weeks of stiff competition between some 200 female contestants who entered the maiden Miss Geek Ghana 2019 Competition, 10 young ladies have made the final cut and they will be going head to head to determine and winner this week. Miss Geek Ghana, which forms part of the Innovation Africa 2019 Summit, is slated for the plush Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on December 5, 2019. Unlike several other strictly female competitions, which usually focus mainly on the looks of th ... more
  • 1 week STEMi Makers Africa And US Consulate Lagos Train 100 Educators In STEM ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States (US) Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria from November 26-29 this year collaborated with the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation Makers Africa (STEMi Makers Africa) in a quest to cultivate a world-class STEM workforce by improving Educator rsquo;s competence with modern STEM Integrated tools. A rigorous, diverse and hands-on workshop training was offered at the event that engaged Educators in design thinking projects, hardware prototyping, dat ... more
  • 1 week AfCFTA Under Spotlight As Nigeria Hosts Nationalforum On Historic Agreement ModernGhana -Africa
    Nigeria, which signed the landmark African Continental Free Trade Agreement in July, is this weekhosting its national AfCFTA Forum on the Effective Implementation of the AfCFTA for Industrialization and Inclusive Economic Development . The Forum, which runs from 5-6 December 2019 in Lagos, is being co-organized with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the European Union, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commer ... more
  • 1 week The Pound Will Drop To $1.20 If Election Delivers Hung Parliament ModernGhana -World
    The pound will fall to 1.20 against the U.S. dollar if the UK election delivers a hung parliament, predicts the CEO of one of the world rsquo;s largest independent financial advisory organisations. The prediction from Nigel Green, the founder and chief executive of deVere Group, comes following new polling that indicates that Jeremy Corbyn rsquo;s Labour is closing the gap on Boris Johnson rsquo;s Conservatives in next week rsquo;s general election. Kantar demonstrated an increase o ... more
  • 1 week What kind of just transition is needed to shape a climate resilient future for Kenya? ModernGhana -Africa
    In this article, Robert Muthami, Programme Coordinator of FES Kenya, explores Kenya rsquo;s current efforts and position in ensuring a low carbon, climate-resilient future. Kenya is a global player often leading part in various international discussions linked to the pressing issues of climate change and sustainable development. The country has its long-term development blueprint rsquo;s social, political and economic pillars (Vision 2030) aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Go ... more
  • 1 week World leaders descend on London for tense Nato summit ModernGhana -World
    As leaders of 29 countries gather in London to celebrate 70 years of Nato, the future of the world's most successful military alliance remains in doubt. Nato members will be looking at ways to ensure the grouping founded by the US and Europe in the aftermath of World War II as a defence against Soviet Russia is able to survive another decade. Ahead of the summit, Nato Chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia the alliance is ready to respond to any attack on Poland or the Baltic countries. ... more
  • 1 week 2010s hottest decade in history, UN says as emissions rise again ModernGhana -Africa
    This decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said Tuesday in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity's ability to adapt to it. The World Meterological Organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius (two degrees Farenheit) above the pre-industrial average, putting 2019 on course to be in the top three warmest years ever recorded. Manmade emissions from burning fossil fuels, building infrast ... more
  • 1 week Canada says Burkina mine will not reopen this year after attack ModernGhana -Africa
    Canadian mining company Semafo said Monday it does not plan to reopen its mine in Burkina Faso this year after an attack killed some three dozen of its employees. The November 6 ambush of a convoy transporting workers to the company's Boungou mine, which the government blamed on terrorists, also left 60 people wounded, and was the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country. We do not anticipate Boungou restarting this year, the Semafo gold mi ... more
  • 1 week ‘Gandhi of Western Sahara’ warns time running out to avoid war ModernGhana -Africa
    Aminatou Haidar, a champion of peaceful resistance to Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara, is demanding urgent international action to prevent the frozen conflict from devolving into war. The 52-year-old Sahrawi human rights activist, who on Wednesday will receive a top human rights award in Stockholm, said she feared that youth in the disputed region have given up hope of achieving self-rule through non-violent means. The international community must act without wasting any more time, ... more
  • 1 week Troubled waters for Egypt as Ethiopia pushes Nile dam ModernGhana -Africa
    Under the shade of a tree, Mohamed Omar joined other farmers bickering over who would water their crops first as supply from the Nile to a nearby canal dwindled. My plot has been thirsty for days. I need the water to nourish the soil before it goes to others, said Omar, 65, whose farm is nestled in a village on the outskirts of Egypt's Giza. We are dependent on the Nile water which is especially short during summertime, he added as he tended to his leafy vegetable crops of spinach and ... more
  • 1 week Sudan cinema flickers back to life after Bashir ouster ModernGhana -Africa
    Talal Afifi has worked for years to revive Sudanese cinema which has languished through decades of authoritarian rule. With the fall of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, he sees new hope. Bashir's Islamist-backed rule of 30 years had seen cinemas shuttered and US sanctions prevent imports of vital equipment in a country once known as a pioneer for film-making in Africa. When Afifi attended a 2008 short film festival in Munich, the winning film -- an Iraqi documentary shot on a handycam -- ... more
  • 1 week EU fails to squash WTO ruling on Airbus subsidies ModernGhana -World
    A World Trade Organization panel found Monday that the EU had failed to remove illegal subsidies given to Airbus, which are at the centre of bitter, 15 year old dispute between Washington and Brussels. Last month, a WTO arbitrator gave the United States the green light to slap tariffs on 6.8 billion Euro worth of European Union imports, a landmark moment in the 15-year legal battle between Airbu ... more
  • 1 week Top rebel leader says more time needed for Sudan peace deal ModernGhana -Africa
    A senior Sudanese rebel leader Monday called for a three-month extension to finalise a peace deal with the Khartoum government, as talks between the two sides are to resume next week. Yasir Arman, deputy leader of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), also called on Washington to remove Sudan from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism . Peace talks opened in October in Juba between Khartoum's new transitional government and rebels who fought now-ousted presid ... more
  • 1 week New IMF chief urges debt wisdom in maiden Africa visit ModernGhana -Africa
    New International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Monday highlighted Africa as a lure for investment as she kicked off her maiden visit to the continent, but urged leaders to be smart on debt management. Africa has made tremendous improvements , the IMF managing director said at a conference near the Senegalese capital Dakar on sustainability and debt. As a result, over the past two decades, extreme poverty levels have declined by one-third, life expectancy has increased by a ... more
  • 1 week US court acquits main defendant in Mozambique debt scandal ModernGhana -Africa
    A US court on Monday acquitted the main defendant in a bribery case that plunged Mozambique into its worst-ever financial crisis following a trial in which he implicated the country's president. The New York federal court jury found Lebanese businessman Jean Boustani not guilty in the alleged $2-billion fraud after a six-week trial, dealing a blow to United States prosecutors. Boustani works for Abu Dhabi based ship-building company Privinvest. Between 2013 and 2014, Mozambique state-ow ... more
  • 1 week France honours soldiers killed in Mali ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron honored 13 soldiers who were killed in Mali while on a mission. Some 2500 people gathered at courtyard of the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris to attend the commemoration ceremony. The soldiers died when two helicopters collided on November 25 while pursuing jihadists in northern Mali. During his speech, President Emmanuel Macron said he bowed to the sacrifice of soldiers killed in Mali last week, for France and for the people of the Sahel. In a ... more
  • 1 week Spain climate talks seek to narrow rich-poor gap ModernGhana -World
    Global climate talks kicked off Monday in Spain amid a stark warning from UN chief Antonio Guterres that humanity faced a choice between hope or surrender. For NGOs, rich nations are failing to foot the bill for the impact of climate change on developing nations. The world must choose between hope and surrender, Guterres told the opening plenary of the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, whic ... more
  • 1 week Protester, policeman killed in new anti-UN demo in DR Congo ModernGhana -Africa
    A young man and a policeman were killed and several others wounded Monday in a new protest against UN forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a military prosecutor told AFP. Demonstrations have erupted in the city of Beni, where local people accuse the UN force MONUSCO of failing to protect them against a notorious militia, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). A policeman, its seems, killed a demonstrator and the demonstrators killed a cop, military prosecutor Kumbu Ngoma to ... more
  • 1 week BBC Africa Eye – My Bloody Country ModernGhana -Africa
    Kismayo in Jubbaland, southern Somalia, was meant to be a safe haven, a place where children could grow up in peace away from Somalia rsquo;s civil war. A place which offered up hope of a secure and peaceful future. For years, Somali journalist, Jamal Osman, has been searching for an end to the cycle of violence which has ripped his country apart for three decades. He believed in Kismayo, he had finally found the answers. But a horrific Al Shabab attack on the Madina Hotel in July this year, ... more
  • 1 week Islamization, Emirate in Ebonyi: Fmr Guber Aspirant alerts CAN, Ohanaeze as Igbo Mandate Congress Seeks for Caution. ModernGhana -Africa
    A former gubernatorial aspirant under the banner of National Rescue Movement NRM in the just concluded governorship polls in Ebonyi State and a Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Rev Paschal Gold Nwaigwe had alerted the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN, Christian Association of Nigeria CAN and Ohahaeze Ndigbo of a grand plan to install an emirate in Afikpo. In the letter to CAN, PFN and Ohanaeze made available to Igbo Mandate Congress yesterday, the politician alleged that there is a secret p ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria, Next Level Agenda: Experts Fashion Strategy for Reducing Revenue Leakage ModernGhana -Africa
    hellip;..Implore FG to assign trustworthy persons as heads of revenue generating agencies In the federal government bid to accomplish her Next Level Agenda, a promise made to the electorates and Nigerians alike, diverse stakeholders from different walks of life who converged on Abuja recently have called for the appointment of trustworthy, down-to-earth and persons with requisite merit to man government Revenue Generating Agencies (RGAs). The above counsel was part of the many views, sugg ... more
  • 1 week China lashes out at US navy and US NGOs over Hong Kong bill ModernGhana -World
    China suspended US warship visits to Hong Kong and said that American NGOs based in the territory announced sanctions against several U.S. non-government organizations for encouraging protesters to engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts. Last week US President Donald Trump signed the ... more
  • 1 week French army boss slams Charlie Hebdo cartoons on soldiers killed in Mali ModernGhana -World
    French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Sunday defended itself following outrage over cartoons about a deadly military helicopter crash in Mali, the day before a memorial service for the 13 dead soldiers. The magazine, which was itself the target of a devastating attack by Islamic extremists in January 2015, published the cartoons on its website. The F ... more
  • 1 week Protester killed in new anti-UN demo in DR Congo ModernGhana -Africa
    A young man was killed and five other people were wounded Monday in a new protest against UN forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an AFP reporter saw. Demonstrations have erupted in the city of Beni, where local people accuse the UN force MONUSCO of failing to protect them against a notorious militia, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The reporter said police repeatedly fired warning shots in a bid to disperse a new protest. He then saw a corpse being taken to Beni ho ... more
  • 1 week Anti-corruption drive in Gabon reshuffles political pack ModernGhana -Africa
    The oil-rich central African state of Gabon has carried out a string of top-level arrests and reassignments as it ramps up a drive against corruption. Nearly two dozen people, some of them in the inner circle of power, have been ousted from office, arrested or given other duties. A leading figure is President Ali Bongo Ondimba's chief of staff, Brice Laccruche Alihanga, who has been dismissed from his job, although he retains the rank of minister. Others are the former director of the N ... more
  • 1 week Macron honours ‘sacrifice’ of 13 French soldiers killed in Mali ModernGhana -Africa
    President Emmanuel Macron on Monday paid tribute to the sacrifice of 13 soldiers killed in a helicopter collision while battling jihadists in Mali, a disaster that has prompted fresh questioning of the costs of France's six-year campaign in West Africa. The soldiers died when two helicopters collided last Monday while pursuing jihadists in northern Mali, where militant violence has soared in recent months. It was the biggest single-day loss for the French military in nearly four decades, ... more
  • 1 week Morocco bus crash kills 17 ModernGhana -Africa
    A bus crash in northern Morocco killed 17 people as the vehicle overturned, the health ministry said Monday, in the second such accident in North Africa the same day. The bus crashed on Sunday near Taza, a town between the Rif and Atlas mountains, local authorities said, with the cause of the accident unclear. The ministry told AFP the death toll had risen to 17, while 36 others were injured. An investigation was opened into the accident at Taza, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Fez, a ... more
  • 1 week CPJ Launches 2019 #FreeThePress Campaign ModernGhana -World
    The Committee to Protect Journalists today launched its annual FreeThePress campaign to raise awareness of jailed journalists globally. The campaign will highlight the plight of several journalists via CPJ rsquo;s Instagram account . In dictatorships and developing democracies alike imprisonment has become an effective method to silence the press, with record numbers jailed globally in the past three years. CPJ rsquo;s 2019 census of journalists behind bars for their work as of midnig ... more
  • 1 week Hardest hit by climate change, Africa demands special considerations at COP 25 ModernGhana -Africa
    African civil society organizations are pressing for a decision at the Chile Climate Change Summit taking place in Madrid, Spain, (COP 25) that recognizes the special circumstances and needs of the continent, which is among the hardest hit and the least prepared for the adverse impacts of climate change. Among other things, current projections show the continent will warm 1.5 times faster than the global mean. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in its Sp ... more
  • 1 week Rights groups applaud scrapping of France’s boat offer to Libya ModernGhana -World
    Rights groups hailed on Monday a French decision to drop plans to offer six boats to Libya's coast guard. French officials confirmed they had cancelled the delivery after eight NGOs filed a lawsuit against the move, criticising Libya's treatment of migrants. Lola Schulmann of Amnesty France -- one ... more
  • 1 week 3 rescuers die in French helicopter crash, 2 more civilians die in floods ModernGhana -World
    Three emergency workers were killed in a helicopter crash near Marseille while on a rescue mission in southern France where floods have left two dead, officials said Monday. Their EC145 helicopter lost radio and radar contact while on a rescue and reconnaissance flight in the Var region Sunday night. The three were found dead at 1:30 am near the town of Rove, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and his secretary of state Laurent Nunez said in a statement. An investigation was under wa ... more
  • 1 week France honours 13 soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Mali ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron will lead a national tribute Monday for 13 soldiers killed while battling jihadist insurgents in northern Mali. The ceremony will be held at the Invalides military hospital and museum in Paris. French president, Emmanuel Macron, will bestow the Legion d'Honneur on the fallen soldiers The 13 French soldiers died when two helicopters c ... more
  • 1 week France honours 13 soldiers killed in Mali helicopter disaster ModernGhana -Africa
    Hundreds of people lined avenues in Paris on Monday to honour 13 soldiers killed while battling jihadist insurgents in Mali, ahead of a national ceremony to mourn a disaster that has prompted soul-searching over the costs of the over five-year campaign in West Africa. Sporadic applause punctuated sombre silence as a motorcade bearing the coffins crossed the Alexandre III bridge toward the Invalides military hospital and museum. The soldiers died when two helicopters collided last Monday wh ... more
  • 1 week Air raids in Libyan capital kill five: ministry ModernGhana -Africa
    At least five civilians were killed and 10 wounded in overnight air strikes in a suburb of Libya's capital, the unity government's health ministry said on Monday. Violent air raids on the residential area of al-Swani killed five civilians and injured 10 others, some of them seriously, said spokesman Amin al-Hashemi. Hashemi reported major damage after the strikes on al-Swani, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of central Tripoli. He said there was no military infrastructure in the area. ... more
  • 1 week Greece to ask for NATO support over Turkish-Libyan military agreement ModernGhana -Africa
    Greece will seek support from NATO at an alliance summit in London this week following a military deal signed by Turkey and Libya's UN-recognised government, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Prime Minister Fayed al-Sarraj, on Wednesday to sign agreements on security and military cooperation, as well as maritime jurisdictions. The agreements have also ra ... more
  • 1 week Death toll in Tunisia bus accident rises to 26 ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 26 people were killed when their bus careered into a ravine in the northwest of Tunisia, officials said in a new toll. The health ministry said late Sunday that 17 people were also injured in the accident in a mountainous region popular with Tunisian tourists. The disaster was one of the most deadly accidents in a country whose poor road safety record has sparked criticism of officials. All those aboard the bus were Tunisian, the ministry said. The bus had set off from Tunis ... more
  • 1 week 14 killed in Burkina Faso church attack: regional govt ModernGhana -Africa
    Fourteen people were killed in an attack Sunday on a church in eastern Burkina Faso where places of worship have suffered a string of Islamist assaults this year, the regional government said. Unidentified armed men carried out the attack during a Sunday service at a Protestant church in the town of Hantoukoura near the border with Niger, the government statement said. This attack unfortunately left 14 dead and many wounded, it said. Soldiers in the region were hunting down the assa ... more
  • 1 week Fury over Charlie Hebdo cartoons on French army deaths ModernGhana -Africa
    French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Sunday defended itself following outrage over cartoons about a deadly military helicopter crash in Mali, the day before a memorial service for the 13 dead soldiers. The magazine, which was itself the target of a devastating attack by Islamic extremists in January 2015, published the cartoons on its website. The French army's chief of staff General Thierry Burkhard expressed his indignation at the cartoons in response to last week's deaths. But ... more
  • 1 week French cabinet in Sunday crisis meeting ahead of 5 December strike ModernGhana -World
    The French cabinet has meet in a Sunday crisis session convened by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to discuss tactics in the face of Thursday's nationwide strikes against proposals to reform retirement and pension legislation. With a series of strikes planned in key sectors like transport and teaching, the government has already held a number of meetings to thrash out a common strategy to defend reforms described as essential by President Emmanuel Macron. On Friday, several ministers m ... more
  • 1 week Mali leader appeals against hostility to foreign forces ModernGhana -Africa
    Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has urged Malians not to bite the hands of nations giving aid, in a response to growing hostility to foreign forces helping the Sahel country battle Islamist militants. French forces have been in Mali since a 2013 campaign to drive out Islamist fighters from the country's north, but public anger over growing militant violence has recently turned on the presence of foreign troops. Keita's appeal came days after a mid-air collision between two helico ... more
  • 1 week DRC army claims fresh win against Hutu Rwandan militia ModernGhana -Africa
    The army in DR Congo said Sunday it has driven out Hutu Rwandan rebels from their bases in the east of the country, a few weeks after having killed their leader. Troops launched a campaign Tuesday against the CNRD -- an offshoot of the FDLR militia -- in South Kivu region, which borders Rwanda and Burundi, military spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka told AFP. Since Saturday, we have dislodged these rebels from their headquarters and recaptured all the areas that were previously under their cont ... more
  • 1 week Tunisian bus plunges off cliff, killing at least 24 ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 24 Tunisians were killed and 18 more injured Sunday when a bus plunged off a cliff into a ravine in the country's north, officials said. The bus had set off from Tunis to the picturesque mountain town of Ain Draham, a popular autumn destination for Tunisians near the Algerian border, the tourism ministry said. Twenty-four people were killed and 18 injured, the victims aged between 20 and 30, said the health ministry, releasing updated information on the tragedy. Pictures and vi ... more
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