• 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
  • 2 weeks Strike hits Mandela’s prison museum in South Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    Workers at South Africa's Robben Island Museum, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly two decades, started an open-ended strike over low pay on Monday, their union said. South Africa's first black president spent 27 years in jail for fighting white-minority rule before he was freed in 1990. Mandela served most of his sentence on Robben Island, off the coastal city of Cape Town. The prison is now a World Heritage site and a museum visited by more than 300,000 people per year. T ... more
  • 2 weeks Kogi Pastor Denies Using Concoction Made From Herbs As Spiritual Healing Water ModernGhana -Africa
    The general overseer of New Tabernacle Church, Ikuehi- Ihima in Okehi Local Government of Kogi State, Pastor Paul Damisa has refuted the insinuation in some quarters that he uses concoction made from herbs to serve as spiritual holy healing water for members of his church. Pastor Paul Damisa made the disclosure when this reporter visited his church and had a press interview with him on the alleged blackish substance prepared in bottle being given out to members who needed solution to t ... more
  • 2 weeks State Of Press Freedom In Somalia In 2019: Working Under Pressure And Targeted Attacks ModernGhana -Africa
    As 2019 ends, multiple actors continue to target Somalia media and its professionals through continued attacks, arbitrary arrests, death threats, and obstruction of access to information ndash; all representing a vital constitutional right that citizens were meant to enjoy. Instead, authorities continued to order arbitrary arrests and suspensions based on perceived criticisms, blocked independent news websites and introduced an anti-press bill currently before the Upper House of the Federal ... more
  • 2 weeks France public transport slowly returns to normal before next big strike day ModernGhana -World
    On Monday, many French returning from holidays may again face problems getting to work, but all metro lines are operational, albeit not always regular. The Suburban RER trains operate on certain branches and frequency is still less intense than on a normal working day. Traffic is expected to be almost normal on Tuesday, but a new day of national mobilisation is announced for Thursday, 9 January. All 13 metro lines will be operational on Monday, but many, such as the 7, the 8, the 10 and other ... more
  • 2 weeks Erdogan says Turkish soldiers have begun Libya deployment ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkish soldiers had begun deploying to Libya after parliament approved such a move last week. Our soldiers' duty there is coordination. They will develop the operation centre there. Our soldiers are gradually going right now, he told CNN Turk broadcaster during an interview. The Turkish parliament passed a bill allowing the government to send troops to Libya aimed at shoring up the UN-recognised government in Tripoli. The Tripoli ... more
  • 2 weeks Somali jihadists kill 3 Americans in attack on Kenya military base ModernGhana -Africa
    Jihadists from Somalia's Al-Shabaab group on Sunday stormed a military base used by US forces in Kenya's coastal Lamu region, killing three American citizens and destroying several aircraft and military vehicles, officials said. Attackers breached heavy security at Camp Simba at dawn but were pushed back and four jihadists killed, said army spokesman Colonel Paul Njuguna. The American military, however, said three US citizens died in the attack including a service member and two civilian d ... more
  • 2 weeks ‘Pope of Beaujolais’ Georges Duboeuf dies aged 86 ModernGhana -World
    Georges Duboeuf, a highly influential French wine merchant who gave Beaujolais Nouveau its lettres de noblesse, has died at the age of 86. Duboeuf suffered a stroke on Saturday afternoon in his home in Romanèche-Thorins, near Lyon in France, and died soon after, his daughter-in-law Anne told AFP on Sunday. He became famous for turning an ordinary red wine known as Beaujolais nouveau into a global phenomeno ... more
  • 2 weeks Somali jihadists attack military base in Kenya ModernGhana -Africa
    Jihadists from Somalia's Al-Shabaab group on Sunday stormed a military base used by US forces in Kenya's coastal Lamu region, destroying aircraft and military vehicles, according to Kenyan police and army officials. A group of attackers breached security at Camp Simba in the early hours but were repelled and four jihadists were killed, said army Colonel Paul Njuguna. Al-Shabaab has launched regular cross-border attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011 as part of an African Uni ... more
  • 2 weeks Power cuts return to South Africa ModernGhana -Africa
    South Africa's electricity utility Eskom at the weekend resumed power outages, citing a vulnerable generating system, just weeks after implementing the severest rationing in recent times. The debt-laden company which generates around 95 percent of the country's electricity, on Sunday said the cuts would last until Monday morning when factories and mines reopen after the year-end break. It had initially announced a 10-hour rationing that kicked in late Saturday to fix a broken conveyor b ... more
  • 2 weeks Seven children among 14 killed in roadside bomb in Burkina Faso ModernGhana -Africa
    Seven children and four women were among 14 civilians, killed when a roadside bomb blew up their bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, the government said. The provisional toll is 14 dead, a statement said, adding that 19 more people were hurt, three of them seriously in Saturday's blast. The explosion happened in Sourou province near the Mali border as students returned to school after the Christmas holidays, a security source said. The vehicle hit a homemade bomb on the Toeni-Tougan ro ... more
  • 2 weeks Iraqi parliament votes to expel US-led coalition troops ModernGhana -World
    Iraq's parliament has voted unanimously to end the presence of foreign forces in the country, outraged by a US strike that killed Iranian and Iraqi commanders. 5,200 US soldiers are stationed across Iraq after a 2014 invitation by the government to support local troops fighting the Islamic State group (IS). The parliament has voted to commit the Iraqi government to cancel its request to the international coalition for help to fight IS, speaker Mohammed Halbusi announced, after parliament pa ... more
  • 2 weeks Counter-terror unit takes over probe into Paris knife attack ModernGhana -World
    French counter-terrorism prosecutors have taken over an investigation into Friday's knife attack in a Paris suburb, which killed one person. The assailant, who was shot dead by police, was known to have been receiving psychiatric treatment, but evidence of radicalisation has now emerged. The man, named as 22-year-old Nathan C., attacked several people on ... more
  • 2 weeks Al-Shabaab jihadists attack US-Kenya military base ModernGhana -Africa
    Jihadists from Somalia's Al-Shabaab group on Sunday attacked a military base used by US and Kenyan forces in Kenya's coastal Lamu region, a government official said. There was an attack but they have been repulsed, Lamu Commissioner Irungu Macharia told AFP. He said the attack took place before dawn at the base known as Camp Simba, and that a security operation is ongoing , but did not indicate if there had been casualties. We are not sure if there are still remnants within, he sai ... more
  • 2 weeks At least 28 dead in raid on Tripoli military school: ministry ModernGhana -Africa
    At least 28 people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday in an air strike on a military school in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a ministry spokesman said. An air raid on the military school of Tripoli killed 28 cadets and injured dozens more, Amin al-Hashemi, spokesman for the health ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said. At the time of the strike the cadets were gathered on a parade ground before going to their dormitories, he added. The military school is in al ... more
  • 2 weeks 60 DR Congo troops killed by militia since October: army ModernGhana -Africa
    Militants have killed 60 Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers since October in the restive east of the country, the army said in a statement Saturday. In the space of two months, 60 brave combatants have fallen in the field of honour in the military campaign against fighters of the Islamist Allied Democratic Forces around the eastern city of Beni, military spokesman General Leon Richard Kasonga said. A total of 175 other soldiers have been wounded, he added. Kasonga added that there ... more
  • 3 weeks Schoolchildren among 14 killed in Burkina Faso bus blast ModernGhana -World
    Fourteen civilians, including many schoolchildren, have died after a roadside bomb blew up a bus in north-western Burkina Faso, security sources said. Four others were seriously hurt in the blast a security source told AFP. The attack occurred on Saturday morning in Toeni in the region of Sourou near the border with Mali, as children returned to school after holidays. The vehicle hit a homemade bomb on the Toeni-Tougan road, a second security source said. Most of the dead are s ... more
  • 3 weeks Beijing replaces top Hong Kong envoy in first post-protest reshuffle ModernGhana -World
    China has replaced its top envoy to Hong Kong, according to state media reports, in the most significant personnel change by Beijing since pro-democracy protests erupted in the city nearly seven months ago. The removal of the head of the liaison office, which represents the central government in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, comes as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. Wang Zhimin has been dismissed from his position as head of the liaison office and replaced by L ... more
  • 3 weeks Hundreds flee fearing Boko Haram after Chad army leaves Nigeria ModernGhana -Africa
    Chad has ended a months-long mission fighting Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and withdrawn its 1,200-strong force across their common border, an army spokesman told AFP on Saturday. It's our troops who went to aid Nigerian soldiers months ago returning home. They have finished their mission, spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa told AFP. None of our soldiers remains in Nigeria, he added. He did not specify if they might be replaced following Friday's pullout which saw them return to t ... more
  • 3 weeks Unions, Yellow Vests stage second united Saturday of pension reform protests ModernGhana -World
    Several thousand people demonstrated on Saturday in Paris demanding the withdrawal of government plans to overhaul the French pension system. Demonstrators, some wearing yellow vests, marched carrying banners and chanting for French President Emmanuel Macron to scrap his reform project. Demonstrations and strikes against French plans to reform the pension system entered their 31st day ... more
  • 3 weeks Uganda’s Museveni begins jungle march to highlight liberation struggle ModernGhana -Africa
    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday began a six-day march through the jungle to re-trace the route through which his guerrilla forces seized power three decades ago, which critics dismissed as a bid to rally support ahead of 2021 elections. Museveni is one of Africa's longest-ruling leaders, having seized power in 1986 after taking part in rebellions to end the brutal rule of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, and is expected to seek a sixth term in office in the next elections. He began ... more
  • 3 weeks Soleimani strike: Why now and what next? ModernGhana -World
    The killing of Qassem Suleimani has sent simmering US-Iran tensions boiling over and it could strengthen the position of Tehran's hardliners. Iran has said it will avoid taking hasty action for the moment. But what made Washington decide to take hostilities to the next level, and why now? Iran's Mehr News Agency quoted army spokesman General Abolfazl Shekarchi as saying: In the event of an Iran-US war or any confrontation, Americans will suffer severely. ... more
  • 3 weeks Self-employed workers in France join strike over pension reform ModernGhana -World
    Representatives of more than 16 professions including doctors and lawyers have joined strike action to defend their self-funded pension schemes which they say the government's pension reforms ignore. Lawyers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pilots some 16 professions across the healthcare, law, finance and aviation sectors united on Friday 3 January to form the SOS Retraites collective, calling for strike action in some cases through next week. Nurses and physiotherapists were enc ... more
  • 3 weeks Libya MPs call for break with Turkey over military deal ModernGhana -Africa
    Libyan deputies voted Saturday for a break in diplomatic relations with Turkey over its controversial agreements with the UN-recognised government that is contested inside the North African country. At an emergency meeting in the eastern city of Benghazi, parliament also urged the international community to withdraw recognition of the Government of National Accord (GNA) which MPs accused of high treason because of the maritime and military deals it signed with Ankara in November clearing th ... more
  • 3 weeks There’s Music in the Kitchen! (The sixth of many to come!) ModernGhana -World
    This week on The Sound Kitchen, a special treat: RFI English journalists Zeenat Hansrod and Michael Fitzpatrick share their musical favourites with you. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy Hello everyone Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. You'll hear the winner's names announced and the week's quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you've grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, On This Day , quirky facts and news, inte ... more
  • 3 weeks Russia’s Diplomacy Of Education, Contribution To Human Resource Development And The Third World: 60 Years Of RUDN ModernGhana -World
    Professor Vladimir Filippov, Rector of the Russian University of Peoples 39; Friendship (RUDN) and Minister for Higher Education (1998-2004) has given an exclusive long-ranging interview in which he speaks about his university as it marks its 60th year of establishment and the plans for the future. During his meeting with this correspondent, Kester Kenn Klomegah, he also discusses the importance of reforms, challenges and achievements in his university in the Russian Federation. The Russian ... more
  • 3 weeks Fuji Lord K1 Storms Oyo Palace For Conferment As First Maiyegun Of Yorubaland ModernGhana -Africa
    In a very conscious build-up, preparations are already at feverish points in view of the consummation and glorious conferment of the prestigious chieftaincy title of Maiyegun of Yorubaland on Fuji Czar, K-1 De Ultimate, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in few days to come. The organizing committee of the event, led by K-1 himself, in collaboration with selected Alaafin rsquo;s top palace chiefs, are right now in the ancient town of Oyo to put finishi ... more
  • 3 weeks Burundi Prosecutor Seeks 15-year Prison Term For Iwacu journalists ModernGhana -Africa
    Burundi rsquo;s public prosecutor on December 30 asked for a 15-year prison term for four journalists for privately owned online news outlet Iwacu and their driver who are charged with undermining state security, according to Iwacu and other news reports . The prosecutor is also seeking to have the five stripped of their right to vote for five years after the imprisonment, and to have their property--including phones, camera, and a company car-- confiscated , according ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘A more dangerous world’: France urges restraint after killing of top Iran general ModernGhana -World
    The French President Emmanuel Macron has called on all sides to avoid an escalation of tensions after a US airstrike killed Iran's top military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force and architect of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East, was considered the second most powerful figure in Iran behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. He was killed early Friday in a strike in Baghdad. The attack was praised by US President Donald Trump's R ... more
  • 3 weeks One killed in Paris suburb stabbing, police shoot dead assailant ModernGhana -World
    French police have shot dead a man who killed one person and wounded several others in a knife attack in a park in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. A local mayor confirmed that the attacker had killed one person in the southern suburb before fleeing to L'Hay-les-Roses, where he was shot by police. A ... more
  • 3 weeks Japanese officials stumped by Ghosn Houdini act ModernGhana -World
    Japan and Turkey have opened an investigation into how former Renault-Nissan company boss and now international fugitive Carlos Ghosn skipped bail in Tokyo and evaded justice, boarding a private jet to Lebanon. In a statement, Ghosn, 65, said he fled Japan because the judiciary was rigged against him and he feared not receiving a fair trial. I have not fled justice I have escaped injustice and political persecution, he said. Ghosn said he would speak to the press in Beirut next ... more
  • 3 weeks DR Congo cleric says migrant influx inflaming eastern region ModernGhana -Africa
    A top member of DR Congo's powerful Catholic Church on Friday said neighbouring countries were pouring people into a lawless border region, stirring anger among the local population. It is up to the government to assume its responsibilities and persuade... neighbouring countries, particularly Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, to stop pouring people into Congo, said Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, who is archbishop of Kinshasa. Ambongo, speaking at a press conference in the capital, said the Demo ... more
  • 3 weeks Ethiopia adopts new version of much-criticised terrorism law ModernGhana -Africa
    Ethiopian lawmakers have replaced anti-terrorism legislation that had drawn criticism from rights activists, although Amnesty International said the new version still had the potential to be used against government critics. The new law, adopted Thursday, removes text invoked to arrest scores of journalists and politicians over the years. A vaguely-worded provision to punish acts encouraging terrorism has been axed in favour of more specific language targeting incitement . The new ver ... more
  • 3 weeks Prosecutors investigate French author for rape, based on allegations in book ModernGhana -World
    Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation into author Gabriel Matzneff, accused of rape of a minor. The probe comes after the publication of an autobiographical book by leading publisher Vanessa Springora, who describes the sexual relationship she had with Matzneff when she was 14, and he was 50. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a statement that Springora's book Le Consentement (Consent), p ... more
  • 3 weeks The risks and benefits of Turkey’s Libya deployment ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkey's parliament has approved a military deployment to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya which has been under siege by military strongman General Khalifa Haftar since April. No details on the timing or scale of the deployment have been set, but the move carries a number of benefits -- most notably securing an ally for its claims to the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean. It also carries major risks for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. ... more
  • 3 weeks Who was Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force? ModernGhana -World
    Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Quds Force killed in a US airstrike early Friday, was a celebrity at home, and considered a threat by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia. As the head of the Quds Force, Soleimani was in charge of Iran's proxy forces abroad, commanding fighters in Syria backing President Bashar Assad, and fighting American troops in Iraq. He was a figure of national resilience for Iran and ... more
  • 3 weeks S.African hostage in Syria returns home after three years ModernGhana -Africa
    A South African freelance photojournalist kidnapped in Syria returned home on Friday after almost three years in captivity, his family announced. Shiraaz Mohamed was kidnapped on January 10, 2017, while travelling out of the war-torn country into neighbouring Turkey. He was seized at a hospital run by South Africa-based charity Gift of The Givers in Darkouch, a town 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Aleppo, Syria's second city. Shiraaz Mohammed is back in the country, his ex-wife Shirley ... more
  • 3 weeks France warns citizens in Iran after US airstrike kills top military commander ModernGhana -World
    The French embassy in Tehran has asked its citizens in Iran to stay away from public gatherings after Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US strike in Iraq. Three days of mourning have been declared after the death of General Soleimani. In this context, we recommend French citizens to stay away from any gatherings and to behave with prudence and discretion and abstain from taking pictures in public spaces, the embassy said in a statement on Twitter. Soleima ... more
  • 3 weeks Nigerian communities struggle with devastating oil spills ModernGhana -Africa
    Martha Alfred used to harvest 20 bags of cassava each year before an oil spill forced her to abandon her field and hawk roasted fish to survive. Her smallholding at Ikarama-Okordia, a community in southern Nigeria's Bayelsa state, became unfit for growing crops after crude from a nearby Shell facility spewed into the environment last August, she says. Today, the 33-year-old mother of two looks angry and helpless, her woes compounded by downpours during the last rainy season that flooded he ... more
  • 3 weeks South Sudan president pardons prominent economist ModernGhana -Africa
    South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has pardoned a Harvard-educated economist whose conviction earlier this year on spying charges drew international criticism. Peter Biar Ajak was among 30 prisoners on a pardon list seen by AFP and dated January 1. A spokesman for the main prison in the capital Juba, where Biar was being held, said Friday that he would be released soon. As a matter of procedure we are currently awaiting the document from the Ministry of Justice and after that those pa ... more
  • 3 weeks Turkey’s vote to send troops to Libya sparks condemnation ModernGhana -World
    Turkey's parliament has approved the deployment of troops to Libya to support the UN-backed government in Tripoli. Regional powers have condemned the move. Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed a joint statement late Thursday saying it threatens stability in the region. This decision seriously undermines the international community's efforts to find a peaceful, political solution to the Libyan conflict, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cyp ... more
  • 3 weeks UN concerned over Mali political delays, growing insecurity ModernGhana -Africa
    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said delays in Mali's implementation of a 2015 peace agreement were worrisome, in a document circulating after the country's national political talks ended with few clear solutions. Guterres emphasized that uncertainty prevails, in a quarterly report on Mali, which was distributed to members of the UN Security Council and seen by AFP on Thursday. The uncertainty, he said, follows the dialogue process which included calls for new elections but failed ... more
  • 3 weeks Libya parliament dubs Turkey military support ‘high treason’ ModernGhana -Africa
    Libya's parliament on Thursday denounced as high treason Turkey's prospective military intervention in support of the UN-recognised Tripoli-based government. Libya has been beset by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, with rival administrations in the east and the west vying for power. The elected parliament in the east is allied with military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is at war with the UN recognised Government of National Accord (G ... more
  • 3 weeks Algeria’s presidency unveils new government ModernGhana -Africa
    Newly-elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune formed his government on Thursday, two weeks after he took office following a controversial election, his spokesman said. Tebboune's cabinet is composed of 39 members, whose names were announced by the spokesman on state TV live from the presidency, in a departure from the usual procedure of naming a government in a statement. Tebboune was elected last month in a poll marred by an official turnout of less than 40 percent, with a months- ... more
  • 3 weeks Trump warns Turkey against ‘interference’ after Libya vote ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkey's parliament approved Thursday military deployment to Libya aimed at shoring up the UN-backed government in Tripoli, sparking a blunt warning from US President Donald Trump against any foreign interference in the war torn country. The beleaguered Tripoli government has been under sustained attack since April by military strongman General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Turkey's regional rivals -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. In response to the prospect that ... more
  • 3 weeks Algeria frees prominent war veteran, government critics ModernGhana -Africa
    Algeria released several prominent anti-government protest figures from detention on Thursday, including well-known independence war veteran Lakhdar Bouregaa, one of his lawyers told AFP. Bouregaa was freed from an Algiers prison where he had been detained for six months, an AFP photographer said. His trial, which was due to start this (Thursday) morning, has been postponed and the judge has decided to release him, lawyer Abdelghani Badi said. Bouregaa, 86, was arrested at his home in ... more
  • 3 weeks Turkey parliament approves Libya military deployment ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkey's parliament passed a bill on Thursday approving a military deployment to Libya, aimed at shoring up the UN-backed government in Tripoli. The beleaguered Tripoli government has been under sustained attack since April by military strongman General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Turkey's regional rivals -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office confirmed last Friday that a request for military support had been received from the Trip ... more
  • 3 weeks All eyes on Hong Kong as Taiwan prepares for polls ModernGhana -World
    A huge New Year's Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong ended in mass arrests and clashes between police and hardcore protesters, as demonstrators sought to carry their movement's momentum into 2020. Taiwan, ten days away from general elections, is closely watching Beijing's handling of the Hong Kong situation. After a peaceful start, Hong Kong's first demonstration of the decade erupted in violence, with police and masked protesters facing off in several neighbourhoods on the city's main isla ... more
  • 3 weeks Belgium suspends extradition case against Catalan MEPs ModernGhana -World
    A Belgian judge on Thursday suspended consideration of a Spanish warrant seeking the return of two Catalan separatist leaders, who are also members of the European Parliament, to face trial. Exiled former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont and his health minister Toni Comin were elected members of the European Parliament in May last year. The European Court of Justice ruled last month that they enjoy immunity from prosecution unless Spain requests this be removed and their fellow ... more
  • 3 weeks Legion d’Honneur nomination sparks ire amidst pension reform strike ModernGhana -World
    Critics of the French government's pension reform have been honing in on the nomination for the Legion d'Honneur of Jean-Francois Cirelli, the head of the French branch of American asset management company BlackRock, which critics say will benefit from the pension reform that has provoked four weeks of strikes across the country. Jean-François Cirelli was one of 487 people ... more
  • 3 weeks Tunisia’s PM-designate announces cabinet ModernGhana -Africa
    Tunisia's prime minister-designate on Thursday unveiled a proposed government composed of independent figures, after months of negotiations between political parties to fill positions failed. The cabinet -- comprised of 28 ministers, most of whom are unknown to the general public, including four women -- still needs to be approved by parliament. I am confident this government will be approved by parliament , said Habib Jemli, designated prime minister by the Islamist inspired Ennahdha pa ... more
  • 3 weeks Turkey parliament to vote on Libya military deployment ModernGhana -Africa
    Turkey's parliament was set to pass a bill on Thursday approving a military deployment to Libya, hoping it will shore up the UN-backed government in Tripoli. The beleaguered Tripoli government has been under sustained attack since April by military strongman General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Turkey's regional rivals -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office confirmed last Friday that a request for military support had been received ... more
  • 3 weeks [Video] Pope Francis Apologises For Hitting Female Worshipper Who Pulled His Hand ModernGhana -World
    Pope Francis has apologised for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees - shortly before he delivered a speech denouncing 39;every form of violence against women. 39; The image of a visibly annoyed Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of an admirer as he walked by Catholic faithful on New Year 39;s Eve instantly went viral on social media. A personal apology followed. 39;We lose patience many times, 39; Francis confessed. 39;It ... more
  • 3 weeks French citizen dies in US immigration custody ModernGhana -World
    A French citizen, native of Angola, died in the custody of US immigration agents in hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to immigration officials. French consular services have been notified, and are trying to locate the person's relatives. A statement from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday said the detainee had died on Sunday at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque while in federal custody. ICE did not provide identifying information, except to say that ... more
  • 3 weeks Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn fled Japan using spare French passport ModernGhana -World
    Japanese authorities allowed former Renault and Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn to carry an extra French passport in a locked case while he was out on bail, which explains how he managed to leave the country for Lebanon. Prosecutors raided his Tokyo residence on Thursday, ahead of an investigation into his disappearance. Ghosn, who has French, Lebanese and Brazilian citizenship, l ... more
  • 3 weeks Arsène Wenger among 487 French Legion d’Honneur award winners ModernGhana -World
    Football all-rounder and former Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger, actresses Jeanne Balibar and Marina Hands, singer Gilbert Montagné and Nobel prize winner Gérard Mourou were among 487 people According a statement by the Grande Chancellerie de la Legion d'Honneur, which hands out the distinctions, a total of 395 knighthoods, 73 officers, 13 commanders, 4 officers a ... more
  • 3 weeks Guinea-Bissau opposition chief wins presidential election ModernGhana -World
    Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo won Sunday's presidential election with 54 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced Wednesday. Embalo, 47, takes over from incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, whose tenure was marred by political infighting, an ill-functioning parliament and corruption. He served as prime minister under Vaz from 2016-18 and faces the difficult task of overcoming a long-running political impasse and modernising the W ... more
  • 3 weeks Hong Kong protests continue unabated with the New Year ModernGhana -World
    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy marchers filled the streets of Hong Kong for a massive rally on New Year's Day as police and hardcore demonstrators faced off once again in a continuation of almost seven months of often-violent unrest. Despite a peaceful start on Wednesday, violence erupted near the march as it proceeded through the Wan Chai district on Hong Kong Island. Riot police used pepper spray and tear gas, while hardcore protesters threw Molotov cocktails. The Civil Human Rights ... more
  • 3 weeks Single-use plastic ban enters into effect in France ModernGhana -World
    Disposable plastic plates, cups, straws and other products were banned in France as of Wednesday as part of legislative measures coming into effect with the New Year. The ban applies to some of the most common polluting products but does not concern plastic packing material. The ban aims to put an end to some of the most recognisable single-use products for anyone familiar with summer picnics not to mention the ... more
  • 3 weeks G. Bissau opposition head wins presidency, beaten PAIGC cries foul ModernGhana -Africa
    Opposition leader Umaro Sissoco Embalo won the presidential election in the volatile West African state of Guinea-Bissau, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced Wednesday, but the country's historic ruling PAIGC party cried foul. Embalo won 53.55 percent of votes, according to the provisional results, with PAIGC head Domingos Simoes Pereira on 46.45 percent in Sunday's runoff election. I declare Umaro Sissoco Embalo to be the winner, CNE President Jose Pedro Sambu said. [IM ... more
  • 3 weeks Angolan ex-president’s family in crosshairs of anti-graft probe ModernGhana -Africa
    Prosecutors in Angola have ramped up pressure on former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos's family, targeting his son and daughter in an escalating probe into corruption. Just two weeks after Dos Santos's son went on trial for alleged embezzlement at Angola's sovereign wealth fund, prosecutors froze his daughter's assets in a probe into a suspected billion-dollar fraud. President dos Santos, 77, ruled Angola for 38 years -- a time widely associated with authoritarianism, corruption and nep ... more
  • 3 weeks Hardline CGT trade union leader calls for strikes ‘everywhere’ ModernGhana -World
    The leader of France's hardline CGT union on Wednesday urged all workers to join pension strikes that have crippled public transport over the past month, as a showdown with President Emmanuel Macron enters a second month. In his New Year's address Tuesday Macron vowed not to back down on his plan to replace France's 42 separate pension schemes wit ... more
  • 3 weeks Macron plans to award London the Legion d’honneur  ModernGhana -World
    French President Emmanuel Macron appears to have put strained relations over Brexit to one side and plans to award London its highest honour in recognition for its role in welcoming and sheltering French leader Charles de Gaulle during WW2. According to a journalist at Le Figaro, Macron plans to present London with the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) to commemorate how it acted as a base for French leader Charl ... more
  • 3 weeks Mauritania’s new president sets down his mark in volatile country ModernGhana -Africa
    In less than six months after he was elected, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani has consolidated his grip on power, leaving on the sidelines his predecessor and one-time mentor, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a soldier who ran the African desert country for 10 years. Early in 2019, suspicions ran high that Aziz, who came to power in a bloodless coup in 2008, wanted to breach the constitution and run for a third term. Instead, the former general backed his loyal aide and defe ... more
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    New York dropped its traditional crystal-encrusted ball to ring in 2020 in a packed Times Square, after crisis-marred celebrations in other countries ended a year of worldwide upheaval that saw strike-hit Paris welcome the new decade with fireworks, and London's Big Ben ring out after a long restoration. Billions around the world cheered in 2020 after a tumultuous year dominated by demonstrations calling for political revolt and action on climate change. I'm not particularly optimistic ab ... more
  • 3 weeks Angolan ex-president’s daughter denies graft allegations ModernGhana -Africa
    The daughter of former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has denied allegations of financial irregularities after a court froze her bank accounts, calling the claims politically motivated . Isabel dos Santos -- nicknamed Africa's wealthiest woman -- is under investigation for alleged irregularities involving state companies including the OPEC nation's giant state oil company Sonangol. The allegations are riddled with obvious lies, errors and omissions , she said late Tuesday. ... more
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