• 2 weeks Have Hong Kong’s protests killed off Taiwan’s opposition? ModernGhana -World
    Nineteen million voters go to the polls in Taiwan on Saturday to choose if they want closer ties to mainland China, or if they want to confront Beijing. China hopes to incorporate Taiwan in its one country, two systems project, but has become increasingly unpopular with islanders because of Beijing's treatment of protestors in Hong Kong. Taiwan's presidential rivals will hold mass rallies on Friday in a final push to convince voters ahead of a closely watched election that looks set to infu ... more
  • 2 weeks Former C.Africa leader returns after six-year exile ModernGhana -Africa
    Former Central African Republic rebel leader and president Michel Djotodia returned to Bangui on Friday, exactly six years after he quit as head of state. Djotodia, 71, who resigned 10 months after seizing the presidency at the head of a Muslim rebellion in March 2013, landed on board a Royal Air Maroc flight from Casablanca via Douala in Cameroon. He had been living in exile in Benin. He was welcomed at a hotel in the capital by about 30 of his supporters, an AFP journalist said. Djoto ... more
  • 2 weeks Tensions flare in French protests as pension dispute grinds on ModernGhana -World
    Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to streets across France on Thursday in the latest mass protests against a pensions overhaul that critics say could cut benefits and force people to work longer before retiring. Tensions flared in Paris and other cities as some black-clad protesters smashed shopfronts and bus stops, while others hurled paving stones at police who tried to disperse crowds with tear gas. It was the fourth day of demonstrations since the protest began on 5 December, wit ... more
  • 2 weeks British lawmakers finally approve Brexit deal ModernGhana -World
    Britain's parliament finally approved Brexit on Thursday, allowing the United Kingdom to leave the European Union later this month. The House of Commons erupted in cheers after MPs ratified Prime Minister Boris Johnson's divorce deal with Brussels by 330 votes to 231, ending one phase of an extraordinary era of political drama and chaos. The 2016 Brexit referendum divided the British public and parliament over how, when or even if Britain should leave its closest trading partners after nea ... more
  • 2 weeks Senegal’s remote cannabis growers evade crackdown ModernGhana -Africa
    Most Senegalese farmers sell peanuts and vegetables, but in one hamlet lost in a mangrove swamp in the West African country's south, only one crop is commercially viable -- cannabis. Kouba, a village deep in the mangroves of Casmance and inaccessible by road, teems with caiman crocodiles and rare birds. Locals say no police officer has set foot there since the 1980s, and a recent crackdown on cannabis cultivation has passed them by. Ever since I was born, people have been cultivating c ... more
  • 2 weeks Spirit world: Voodoo makes a comeback in its Benin home ModernGhana -Africa
    In his long life, voodoo priest Kpohinto Medji has seen his religion flourish and then go into decline, banned for years by the authorities and pressured by other faiths. Today, the ageing priest with mischievous eyes is somewhat happier. Benin is gearing for its annual voodoo festival -- an event that lures an influx of visitors to the capital Porto-Novo and underscores voodoo's comeback in the country of its birth. Houngo Hounto Square is among a number of squares, once owned by voodo ... more
  • 2 weeks Dozens killed by heavy rain in Angola ModernGhana -Africa
    Torrential rain in Angola has killed 41 people and caused widespread destruction, the government said on Thursday. Twelve out of 18 provinces were hit by a violent downpour which began in the early hours of Monday and lasted late into the afternoon, Interior Minister Eugenio Laborinho said in a statement. Forty-one people died and more than 300 homes were destroyed by flooding, he said. In recent days we have been witnessing heavy rainfall, causing flooding, destruction of infrastructu ... more
  • 2 weeks Libya’s Haftar rejects Ankara, Moscow’s call for ceasefire ModernGhana -Africa
    Eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar late Thursday rejected calls for a ceasefire by Turkey and Russia and announced a continuation of his military operations against a UN-recognised government. In a statement read by his spokesman Ahmad al-Mesmari, Haftar claimed that a revival of the political process and the country's stability could only be assured by the eradication of terrorist groups and the dissolution of militia controlling Tripoli. Haftar's forces in April launched an offens ... more
  • 2 weeks NAC, Partners Hold Community Dialogue To Identify Priority Areas To Combat HIV, Malaria, TB ModernGhana -Africa
    The National AIDS Commission of Liberia (NAC) is partnering with the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM), the Ministry of Health in holding community dialogue to identify priority areas that will allow Global Fund to combat HIV, Malaria, and TB in the country. The dialogue is tied towards the identification of priority needs that requires funding from Global Fund. The intensive dialogue has been categorized into five regions, region 1: Bomi, Gbarpolu, and Grand Cape Mount Counties, ... more
  • 2 weeks Paris Live, 9 January 2020 ModernGhana -World
    Today's edition of Paris Live opens with a closer look into the Carlos Ghosn saga in the wake of his international press conference in Beirut. The former Renault-Nissan boss skipped bail while awaiting trial in Japan for financial misconduct, but what will happen to him now? Paris Live also updates the latest elements in the French anti-pension reform strike and looks at a book written by two French men whose children died in the 2015 Bataclan terror attacks in Paris - one the father of a vic ... more
  • 2 weeks US to vote on Trump’s abilty to take military action against Iran ModernGhana -World
    The United States is set to vote on Thursday on a measure limiting President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against Iran, as the backlash following his decision to kill a top Iranian general continues to intensify. In a one-page statement, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi said last week's drone strike of General Qassem Soleimani was provocative and disproportionate. In response, ... more
  • 2 weeks Podcast: France resists pension reform, Charlie Hebdo 5 years on and the child who invented braille ModernGhana -World
    Why many French people continue to support strikes against changes to the pension system, freedom of expression in France five years after the Charlie Hebdo killings, and the blind teenager who invented braille. France is in the throes of its longest continuous transport stoppage for decades, forcing commuters in Paris and other large cities to walk hours to get to work. Yet despite the chaos, a majority of the French still support train and metro workers who are striking against a massive o ... more
  • 2 weeks Singer Akon signs tourism deal in Senegal homeland ModernGhana -Africa
    Senegalese-American singer and songwriter Akon has pledged to invest in tourism in his native Senegal, industry and government officials said Thursday. Best known for his R B hits such as Locked Up and Smack That, the singer signed a deal with Senegal's state-owned tourism company SAPCO on Tuesday. Beyond his status as an artist, it is Akon, the investor who believes in Africa (signing up to the agreement), the tourism ministry said in a statement before the ceremony. SAPCO Secret ... more
  • 2 weeks Lesotho PM’s party seeks his ouster over wife’s murder ModernGhana -Africa
    Lesothoâ s ruling party on Thursday asked Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to resign over alleged links to the 2017 murder of his wife, calling him a threat to the nation. In court documents seen this week, the country's police chief accused Thabane of involvement in the killing of Lipolelo Thabane on the outskirts of the capital Maseru two days before her husbandâ s inauguration. The accusations came after the prime minister suspended police commissioner Holomo Molibeli whose investigati ... more
  • 2 weeks As MPs sign off on historic Brexit bill, what happens next? ModernGhana -World
    Britain is on the brink of making history as Boris Johnson's Brexit Bill is voted on by lawmakers in the Commons. With the days of a minority government gone, and with the UK set to quit the EU on 31 January, the Withdrawal Agreement Bill looks certain to pass. Here's what we can expect to happen now: Next week: The bill makes its way through the House of Lords, where the government does not have a majority. Remainers are expected to table a ... more
  • 2 weeks Europe, N. Africa in diplomatic flurry to avoid ‘second Syria’ in Libya ModernGhana -Africa
    Europe and North Africa have launched a diplomatic offensive to try to prevent Libya, with the increased involvement of international players in its conflict, from turning into a second Syria . The flurry of visits across the two sides of the Mediterranean comes after Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar's forces captured the strategic coastal city of Sirte from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord and Turkey deployed troops in Libya to support the GNA. Turkish President Rec ... more
  • 2 weeks Japanese legal system under scrutiny after Ghosn escape from ‘hostage justice’ ModernGhana -World
    The daring escape of the former Renault-Nissan chief from Japan has thrust the Japanese legal system into the spotlight following his first public appearance. Carlos Ghosn slammed everything from the country's high conviction rate to the conditions he faced during the 130 days of pre-trial detention. Japanese officials have responded to some of his criticism, but in a ... more
  • 2 weeks 6 reasons France is being crippled by strikes ModernGhana -World
    More than a month after France's crippling strikes began, a compromise on pension reform feels far off, with the six points of friction between the government and unions remaining unchanged. The government is running a tight reforms schedule, with the text to be presented to the Council of Ministers on 24 January, before going before the National Assembly on 17 February where it will be studied for 15 days. With several professions ... more
  • 2 weeks Angola billionaire Isabel dos Santos lashes out over graft probe ModernGhana -Africa
    Isabel dos Santos, Angola's billionaire businesswoman and daughter of the former president, has launched a head-on attack on the government since her assets were frozen last month by graft investigators. Usually wary of the media limelight, Dos Santos has fired a broadside of scathing tweets, interviews and statements, lashing what she says are lies and a corrupt regime. The 46-year-old has been named Africa's richest woman by Forbes magazine, which last year rated her net worth at $2.2 ... more
  • 2 weeks Child’s Corpse Discovered In The Landing Gear Of Air France Aircraft In Paris. The Plane Had Taken Off From The Ivory Coast In Abidjan To Paris ModernGhana -World
    Child 39;s corpse has been discovered in the landing gear of Air France aircraft in Paris. The passenger plane took off from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast to Paris and after landing, the airport staff made a terrible discovery. At Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, employees discovered a child 39;s body. The child had apparently hidden in the landing gear before take-off in the Ivory Coast. Airport employees have discovered a child 39;s corpse in the landing gear of an Air France plan ... more
  • 2 weeks British MPs to finally agree terms of Brexit ModernGhana -World
    British MPs will today (Thursday) finally approve the terms of Brexit, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU on January 31. The House of Commons will complete its scrutiny of a bill ratifying Prime Minister Boris Johnson's European Union divorce deal, drawing a line under an extraordinary period of political chaos. Brexit deadlock For much of the time since ... more
  • 2 weeks Iranian plane was turning back when it crashed killing more than 176 passengers ModernGhana -World
    Iranian authorities have said a Ukrainian airliner, which crashed outside Tehran with the loss of all 176 people on board, turned back after suffering a problem, as Ukrainian experts joined the investigation Thursday. Both Canada and the United States called for a full investigation to determine the cause of Wednesday's crash, which came shortly after Tehran launched missiles at US troops in Iraq in response to the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone strike in Baghdad. There was ... more
  • 2 weeks Haftar’s Sirte seizure major blow to Libya government, analysts say ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's capture of the strategic city of Sirte on Monday was a major setback for Tripoli's UN-recognised government, analysts say. The fresh advance by Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army comes as Turkey deploys troops -- 35 so far, in a training capacity -- to bolster the beleaguered Government of National Accord. Diplomatic efforts to contain the spiralling crisis saw Turkey and Russia on Wednesday call for a ceasefire, despite supporting opposing sides of ... more
  • 2 weeks Al-Shabaab warns of more attacks against Kenya, US interests ModernGhana -Africa
    Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab on Wednesday warned Kenya will never be safe , threatening tourists and calling for more attacks on US interests after they stormed an American base at the weekend. The Al-Qaeda linked group said its attack on Camp Simba, in which three Americans were killed and several aircraft destroyed, should serve as a warning and Kenya should withdraw its forces from Somalia while they still have the chance . Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011 as part of an Af ... more
  • 2 weeks The death of Soleimani: Israel’s perspective ModernGhana -World
    In Israel, the death of Iranian Quds-Force general Qassem Soleimani, was received with mixed feelings. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reaction was measured, while a military leader said it was part of the fight between Iran and the United States . But victims of terror organisation Almagor rejoiced. RFI spoke to Meir Indor, Chairman of Almagor. We've sent a message to President Trump, that he did a big favour, not only to ... more
  • 2 weeks Clashes over Nigeria garrison town spark deadly displacement camp fire: witnesses ModernGhana -Africa
    Intense fighting between Nigeria's army and jihadists over a key northeastern garrison town killed three soldiers and sparked a deadly blaze at a nearby displacement camp, witnesses and security sources said Wednesday. On Tuesday afternoon, dozens of fighters from the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), aboard several trucks fitted with machine guns attacked Monguno, a town some 135 kilometres (85 miles) north of Borno State capital Maiduguri. Witnesses said a rocket-propelled gre ... more
  • 2 weeks UN Secretary-General Expresses Condolence To Families Of Victims Of Ukrainian Passenger Plane Crash In Iran ModernGhana -World
    The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the crash of a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran today. He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Governments of all the countries whose nationals lost their lives in this tragedy. St eacute;phane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General ... more
  • 2 weeks RIVPA Hails Pastor Paulinus Nsirim’s Appointment As Information And Communications Commissioner ModernGhana -Africa
    The Rivers State Independent Publishers Association (RIVPA) has described the appointment and swearing in of Pastor Paulinus Nsirim as the State Commissioner For Information and Communications as duly earned and well deserved. Pastor Nsirim rsquo;s appointment, according to a statement by RIVPA signed by the Chairman, Pastor Jerry Needam and Secretary, Solomon Parakom, is not only a plus to the Journalism profession but also an appreciation of the media practitioners for their efforts ... more
  • 2 weeks US sanctions South Sudan vice president over human rights ModernGhana -Africa
    The United States on Wednesday hit South Sudan's first vice president with financial sanctions, accusing him of ordering the deaths of two opposition leaders. Taban Deng Gai also has created distrust that has inflamed conflict in South Sudan and undermined the peace process, the US Treasury Department said in a statement. Deng reportedly arranged and directed the disappearance and deaths of human rights lawyer Samuel Dong Luak (Dong) and SPLM-IO member Aggrey Idry (Aggrey)... in order to ... more
  • 2 weeks Stowaway child found dead in plane at Paris airport ModernGhana -Africa
    A child stowaway was found dead Wednesday in the undercarriage of a plane at a Paris airport, officials said, having probably frozen to death or asphyxiated on the flight from Ivory Coast. The child, aged around 10, had clambered into the underbelly of the Air France Boeing 777 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It took off on Tuesday evening and landed at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of the capital, early Wednesday morning. The corpse, not warmly dressed, was found in the plane's undercarriage ... more
  • 2 weeks Galthié anoints Ollivon to lead French rugby’s new wave ModernGhana -World
    France's new rugby boss Fabien Galthié on Wednesday named Charles Ollivon as national skipper for the 2020 Six Nations tournament. The 26-year-old is the youngest and least experienced captain of the national side for two decades. Ollivon replaces Guilhem Guirado who retired after France's quarter-final defeat at the 2019 World Cup in Japan. It's an honour to be the ... more
  • 2 weeks ‘I have not fled justice, I have escaped injustice’ – Carlos Ghosn ModernGhana -World
    Fugitive auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn has vowed to clear his name as he made his first public appearance since escaping from Japan where he was facing trial for financial misconduct. I'm here to clear my name, the former boss of Renault-Nissan said Wednesday at a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon where he arrived nearly two weeks ago. The charges against me are baseless. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compen ... more
  • 2 weeks Clashes over garrison town kill 3 Nigerian soldiers ModernGhana -Africa
    Three soldiers have been killed in intense fighting between Nigeria's army and jihadists over a key northeastern garrison town, a security source said Wednesday. The soldiers died when an army vehicle burst into flames after a car filled with explosives rammed into a convoy on Tuesday afternoon, the source told AFP. The attack occurred during fighting with Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) militants in the town of Monguno some 135 kilometres (85 miles) north of Borno State capital Maidugur ... more
  • 2 weeks Germany warns of ‘second Syria’ as EU hosts Libya PM ModernGhana -Africa
    EU leaders met the head of Libya's UN-recognised government Wednesday as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could deteriorate into a second Syria . Fayez al-Sarraj, whose beleaguered Government of National Accord is facing an offensive by rival forces who control the country's east, met EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell, who cautioned that Libya was facing a watershed point . He also met EU Council President Charles Michel and German Fo ... more
  • 2 weeks France’s hairdresser to Brigitte Bardot and the stars dies age 94 ModernGhana -World
    French hairdresser Jacques Dessange, head of an international chain of salons and appreciated by film stars such as Jean Seberg, Brigitte Bardot and Ava Gardner, has died at the age of 94. Hubert Dessange, as he was originally known, was born on 5 December, 1925 in Souesmes in Sologne, central France. His father was a hairdresser and his mother ran the café next door. He began his career with his father, and then came to Paris in 1945 and began working with Louis Gervais. In 1954, he ... more
  • 2 weeks Gangs of Mombasa shift to life without crime in Kenya ModernGhana -World
    Former gang members in Kenya's port city of Mombasa have found a new lease of life without crime under a Red Cross programme. Thousands have already benefitted by putting in a hard day's work and earning an honest living For the past three years, the Kenya Red Cross Society has been running a programme in ... more
  • 2 weeks Cutting edge French startup unveils smart projector for tactile surfaces at CES ModernGhana -World
    French technology companies will be present again in large numbers at the annual Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. Close to 300 startups will be showcasing their innovations at the world's largest tech fair that runs from January 7 to January 10. The Paris-based startup Adok, which has developed a projector that turns any flat surface into a 40-inch tactile surface, is one of the exhibitors at this year's event. The technology is based in image recognition. Thanks to an infrared LED ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria says it has rescued 3 foreigners abducted by pirates ModernGhana -Africa
    Three foreign sailors kidnapped by pirates in the oil-rich south of Nigeria last week have been rescued, the Nigerian Navy said Wednesday. The three -- two Russians and one Indian -- were saved in an operation late Tuesday by a navy team in the southwestern coastal state of Ondo, spokesperson Suleman Dahun told AFP. The rescue happened yesterday around 11pm, he said, adding that one of the hijackers had been arrested. Separately, security sources said several pirates had been killed a ... more
  • 2 weeks Suspected car bomb explodes near Somalia parliament ModernGhana -Africa
    A suspected car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia's parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, witnesses and a security official said. A plume of thick black smoke was seen over the city and witnesses said a number of vehicles were on fire. It looks like a car bomb, but we don't have details yet, security official Mohamed Abdikadir told AFP. The powerful blast comes just days after the Al-Shabaab Islamist militants claimed a massive car bombing in Mogadishu on De ... more
  • 2 weeks Botswana opposition wins right to challenge election result ModernGhana -Africa
    Botswana's court of appeal on Wednesday ruled in favour of hearing an opposition bid to throw out general election results after a lower court rejected their petition for lack of evidence. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won a sweeping majority in the October 23 polls, securing 38 out of 57 seats in parliament. The runner-up, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), which won 15 seats, had filed suit to the high court in November, citing irregularities in some of the constitue ... more
  • 2 weeks Uniport Undergraduate Wins Princewills Trust December Cash Prize ModernGhana -Africa
    An undergraduate at the University of PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Tombari Akata, has won the December 2019 edition of the Help the Hardworker Project of Princewill Trust Foundation. Speaking while presenting the cash price of N100,000 to the beneficiary at the school premises, the founder and sponsor of the foundation, Prince Tonye Princewill said the gesture would be his little monthly contribution of giving back to the society while encouraging the hard workers in it. The Prince, ... more
  • 2 weeks Nhaka Foundation Begins Charity At Home In Zimbabwe ModernGhana -Africa
    In this interview, Patrick Makokoro, the Founder and Chief Eexecutive Officer of Nhaka Foundation, discusses the organisation 39;s efforts at supporting education and health care in rural regions in Zimbabwe, a landlocked country located in southern Africa. According official information, Zimbabwe 39;s total population stands at 12.97 million. Due to large investments in education since independence, Zimbabwe has the highest adult literacy rate, in 2013 was 90.70%, in Africa, but much still ... more
  • 2 weeks Sadio Mane crowned Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year ModernGhana -Africa
    Liverpool star Sadio Mane was crowned on Tuesday as Africa's 2019 Player of the Year for the first time at an awards gala in Egypt on Tuesday. The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City. I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award, said Mane at the ceremony organised by the Confederation of African Football in the Egyp ... more
  • 2 weeks Guinea opposition confirms election boycott ModernGhana -Africa
    Guinean opposition parties on Tuesday confirmed they would boycott upcoming elections, allowing a registration deadline to pass, the day after fresh anti-government protests. The West African country has been hit by rolling demonstrations since mid-October over concerns President Alpha Conde plans to reform the constitution to attempt to stay in office for a third term. We confirm the boycott, said main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, a foremost critic of Conde's proposals. T ... more
  • 2 weeks Australian bushfires the new norm ModernGhana -World
    As firefighters in southeast Australia continue to battle hundreds of unrelenting bushfires, the death has risen to 25. Despite much-needed logistic aid announced at the weekend in the form of army reservists, volunteers are digging their heels in for the long haul with the knowledge that this scenario is likely to become the new norm. Firefighters took advantage of a brief drop in temperatures and some much-needed rainfall on Tuesday before the arrival of the next heatwave, forecast for late ... more
  • 2 weeks Weinstein trial resonates in French debate on sexual violence ModernGhana -World
    The trial of the former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on charges of rape and sexual assault is being watched closely in France, where sexual abuse by powerful men is in the spotlight. As Weinstein's criminal trial got underway on Monday in Los Angeles, on the other side of the Atlantic, doctors and health professionals gathered at Unesco's sprawling headquarters in we ... more
  • 2 weeks Sudan bans newspapers, TV stations over Bashir ties ModernGhana -Africa
    Sudan banned two newspapers and two television stations on Tuesday, saying they had received funding from the government of former president Omar al-Bashir who was ousted last year following protests. The decision was made by a committee tasked by Sudan's transitional authorities with dismantling institutions linked to Bashir and his defunct National Congress Party. The ban covers the dailies Al-Sudani and Al-Ray Al-Am and satellite channels Ashrooq and Teeba along with their parent compan ... more
  • 2 weeks Qassem Soleimani attack: the Iranian perspective ModernGhana -World
    The killing of top Iranian military official, Qassem Soleimani, targeted by US drones last Friday near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, resulted in a massive outpouring of grief and indignation in Iran. According to Foad Izadi, a political scientist at Tehran University, the American attack will backfire badly. Soleimani has united the country. He has basically done more in his death than what he has done during his life, says Izadi. His lifetime goal was to reduce the power of the US in the Mid ... more
  • 2 weeks Five years after Charlie Hebdo, press freedom faces new threats in France ModernGhana -World
    Five years after deadly attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo prompted public national unity rallies that drew millions of people across the country, rights groups said France faced a whole different set of threats to press freedom. The Islamist attacks that killed 12 people and injured 11 others in and around Charlie Hebdo's Paris office on 7 January 2015 spurned lively public debate about the freedom of the press. The magazine's attacks on religion, especially Islam, were no ... more
  • 2 weeks Mali govt anti-US Twitter comments an ‘unfortunate mistake’ ModernGhana -Africa
    A former Malian government official claimed responsibility Tuesday for embarrassing tweets from the president's account which labelled the US assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani as a fuck-up . Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's official Twitter account had posted Monday that no one is around to tell Trump that he committed a fuck-up by ordering the assassination. Soleimani was killed on Friday in a US drone strike in Iraq ordered by President Donald Trump, trigger ... more
  • 2 weeks Police deploy in C.Africa flashpoint district ModernGhana -Africa
    Police have resumed patrols in a flashpoint district of the Central African Republic's capital, 20 months after being forced out by militia groups, an AFP reporter said Tuesday. The Domestic Security Forces (FSI) -- the CAR police and gendarmerie -- were patrolling the main streets of the PK5 district, accompanied by UN peacekeeping troops. The PK5 is a notorious trigger for violence in the CAR, one of Africa's poorest and most troubled countries. The district became a theatre for clash ... more
  • 2 weeks Paris Live Tuesday 7 January ModernGhana -World
    In today's programme we cover the commemorations here in Paris to mark the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people died. As at least 35 people are killed during the mass funeral ceremony for assassinated Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani we ask what comes next amid threats of retaliation from Tehran. We also go live to Istanbul ahead of tomorrow's scheduled meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin a ... more
  • 2 weeks Four held for lion body part trafficking in S.Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    South African police have arrested four people for allegedly trying to sell lion paws, just days after eight mutilated lion carcasses were discovered at a private game farm. The four were arrested on Monday in South Africa's northern city of Rustenberg, around 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Swartruggens, where the carcasses were found over the weekend. The suspects... were allegedly looking for a buyer for four lion paws that were in their possession, police said in a statement on Tuesday ... more
  • 2 weeks DR Congo measles outbreak kills 6,000 in a year: WHO ModernGhana -Africa
    Measles has killed more than 6,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January, the world's worst outbreak and nearly triple the toll in the country's Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. DR Congo declared its latest measles epidemic in June, and last September the country launched an emergency vaccination campaign to counter the outbreak. In 2019, more than 18 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated across the DR Congo, the WHO said in a sta ... more
  • 2 weeks Togo president confirms candidacy for fourth term ModernGhana -Africa
    Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe on Tuesday confirmed his candidacy for elections next month that look set to see him claim a fourth term and extend his family's decades-long rule. The incumbent has been in power for nearly 15 years since taking over after the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who led the small West African nation with an iron fist for 38 years. Togolese lawmakers last May approved a constitutional amendment allowing Gnassingbe to run for office again in 2020 and 20 ... more
  • 2 weeks 148km Run To Promote Gender Equality ModernGhana -World
    Mysuru: To promote gender equality, Bengaluru based running group Running Roadies decided to pull off a 148 km relay run from Bengaluru to Mysuru. The run which was flagged off in Bengaluru on Saturday reached Mysuru on Sunday afternoon. 28 runners including 9 women runners started the relay at around 3.30 PM on Saturday from Bangalore culminating at 3.30 pm on Sunday at Mysuru Palace. What started as a plan for 18 hours relay eventually became a 24 hour one with the morning sun showing no me ... more
  • 2 weeks Power-starved Ethiopia rallies around Nile dam as Egypt dispute simmers ModernGhana -Africa
    Cell phone batteries constantly dying, health centres bereft of modern equipment, a dependence on flashlights after sundown -- Kafule Yigzaw experienced all these struggles and more growing up without electricity in rural Ethiopia. So five years ago, he leapt at the chance to work on a project designed to light up his country and the wider Horn of Africa region: the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a 145-metre-high, 1.8-kilometre-long concrete colossus that is set to become the largest hydrop ... more
  • 2 weeks Charlie Hebdo targets ‘new censorship’, five years after terror attacks ModernGhana -World
    Five years ago to the day, the offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, were the target of a jihadist attack that claimed the lives of 12 people. On Tuesday, 7 January 2020, a special issue of Charlie targets a new form of censorship imposed by the gurus of political correctness . The satirical's 2020 anniversary issue remembers the attack and slams the new gurus of monolithic thinking bloggers, tyrannical associations, navel-gazing minorities, who the paper accuses of imposing poli ... more
  • 2 weeks Libya’s Haftar forces seize control of Sirte as Turkey intervenes ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces Monday seized the coastal city of Sirte from factions loyal to the Tripoli government, raising tensions as Turkey said it was deploying troops in the North African country. Sirte, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, had been held since 2016 by forces allied with the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). But on Monday, a spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) said the city had fallen to his ... more
  • 2 weeks Trial opens in Paris for Charlie Hebdo attacks ModernGhana -World
    On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the trial of 24 suspected jihadists linked to the massacre that killed 12 people at the satirical weekly has opened in Paris. Only five of the suspects are expected to appear in the dock, with most presumed dead in Iraq or Syria. Known as the Sevran network , the suspects became radicalised at a clandestine mosque in the Paris suburb of Sevran. The 20 men and four women, of French, Moroccan, Mauritanian and Algerian nationa ... more
  • 2 weeks Sex crimes trial of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein gets under way ModernGhana -World
    The trial of American movie executive Harvey Weinstein has opened in New York. Weinstein is accused of sexual misconduct by 90 women, but faces trial on the allegations of just two of his accusers. The victims of Weinstein's alleged crimes include actresses and business associates, among them Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Details of the movie executive's sexual misconduct were published in a New York Times article in October 2017, and many victims have come forward since to add t ... more
  • 2 weeks France cautions US against punitive tax tariffs for its new digital tax ModernGhana -World
    France's Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has cautioned the United States against any tit-for-tat levies on French exports in response to its new digital tax. If the Americans decide to go ahead and impose sanctions against the digital tax ... in this case we would retaliate, Le Maire said during an interview on France Inter radio. If there were to be sanctions, and it is a possibility that we will take sanctions, we would immediately contact the WTO , he added ... more
  • 2 weeks Police chief links Lesotho PM in murder of own wife ModernGhana -Africa
    Lesothoâ s police chief has accused Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of involvement in the killing of his estranged wife ahead of his inauguration in 2017, according to court documents seen on Monday. Unknown assailants gunned down Lipolelo Thabane on the outskirts of Lesotho's capital Maseru two days before her husbandâ s inauguration. The killing of Thabane's 58-year-old wife shortly before he took office shocked the tiny poverty-stricken country, which is completely surrounded by South A ... more
  • 2 weeks Guinea anti-government protests turn violent ModernGhana -Africa
    Tens of thousands of Guineans took to the streets on Monday in new anti-government protests, with violence between rival groups injuring at least 12 people in the east. Crowds marched from the suburbs of the capital Conakry to the city centre in one of the biggest protests, and witnesses told AFP that demonstrators came out in cities including Labe, Pita, Dalaba, Mamou and Boke. The West African country has been hit by rolling protests since mid-October over concerns President Alpha Conde ... more
  • 2 weeks Libya’s Sarraj and Turkey FM in Algeria visits ModernGhana -Africa
    The head of Libya's UN-recognised government visited Algeria on Monday to discuss the heightened tensions in his country, ahead of a visit by the Turkish foreign minister whose country has sent troops. Since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that killed longstanding dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has been plunged into chaos. It is now divided between the Government of National Accord and rival authorities based in the country's east. Tensions escalated last year when eastern-based strongman Khal ... more
  • 2 weeks Golden Globe Winners 2020: Complete List With Nominees ModernGhana -World
    Here is a list of winners at last nights 77th Golden Globe Awards for television. Best Motion Picture, Drama: WINNER: ldquo;1917 rdquo; ldquo;The Irishman rdquo; ldquo;Joker rdquo; ldquo;Marriage Story rdquo; ldquo;The Two Popes rdquo; Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Cynthia Erivo, ldquo;Harriet rdquo; Scarlett Johansson, ldquo;Marriage Story rdquo; Saoirse Ronan, ldquo;Little Women rdquo; Charlize Theron, ldquo;Bombshell rdquo; WINN ... more
  • 2 weeks Holidays end, strikes continue in France ModernGhana -World
    French commuters returning to work after the holiday period were faced with continuing travel disruptions on Monday at the start of a week of renewed negotiations and mass protests over President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. In Paris, commuters still faced travel disruptions, though more metro lines were operating than when the strikes began a month ago. The RATP, the company operating the Paris Metro, reported traffic on Monday remained very disrupted , althoug ... more
  • 2 weeks Paris Live Monday 6 January ModernGhana -World
    In today's edition of Paris Live we go to Beirut for more on the fallout across the Middle East following Friday's assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. We have the curious story of contaminated oysterbeds in northern France and an official health warning banning the sale of oysters until further notice. A look at the French newspapers as the national transport strike against pension reform enters its second month. We take a look at France's response to Australia's devas ... more
  • 2 weeks Libya’s Sarraj and Turkey foreign minister to visit Algeria for talks ModernGhana -Africa
    The head of Libya's UN-recognised government was in Algeria on Monday to discuss increasing tensions in his country, ahead of a visit by the Turkish foreign minister. Since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that killed longstanding dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has been plunged into chaos. It is now divided between the GNA and rival authorities based in the country's east. Tensions escalated last year when eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to capture the capital Tripo ... more
  • 2 weeks UN Commiserates With Victims Of Sudan Plane Crash ModernGhana -Africa
    The Secretary-General is saddened at the tragic loss of lives in the airplane crash yesterday near El Geneina in Sudan. He conveys his heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims, including those of a staff member of the World Food Programme (WFP). The Secretary-General also extends his condolences to the people and Government of Sudan on this tragic event. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General ... more
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