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Mali crisis mediation falters amid opposition defiance

Mali’s opposition on Wednesday reiterated calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, again spurning a compromise floated by West African leaders seeking to resolve a weeks-old political crisis. Using the acronym by which the president is known, prominent opposition leader Choguel Maiga told a news conference that “the only watchword remains the resignation of IBK”. He said a “second ...

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Refugees suffer extreme rights abuses journeying to Africa’s Mediterranean Coast

Thousands of refugees and migrants are dying, while many are suffering extreme human rights abuses on irregular journeys between West and East Africa and Africa’s Mediterranean Coast. A new report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) at the Danish Refugee Council, titled ‘On this journey, no one cares if you live or ...

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NYA to engage youth for solutions to aid Ghana’s post coronavirus recovery

Sylvester Tetteh

National Youth Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is set to engage Ghanaian youth as part of the International Youth Day Celebration scheduled on 12th August 2020 to tackle the challenges created by the Covid-19 by providing solutions to aid Ghana’s post coronavirus recovery. According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Youth Authority ...

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Shut down ‘witch’ camps – GPCC as it condemns ‘barbaric’ lynching of 90-year-old

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has said it is time for the government to consider closing down the various “witch” camps in the country. The Council also called for the reintegration of the inmates of those camps mostly found in the Northern Region of the country, into society through their families. The call by GPCC comes days after ...

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Lockdown: GHC12m was spent on hot meals not GHC54m – Ofori-Atta

Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has clarified that only GHC12 million out of the GHC54 million captured in his mid-year review presentation was used for the provision of hot meals during the COVID-19 lockdown. Many including the Minority questioned the amount asking for details following the Minister’s presentation. However, in his concluding remarks to end the debate on the Supplementary Budget in Parliament today, Hon. ...

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Trade pact could boost Africa’s income by $450 Billion, Study finds

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion, a new World Bank report has found. If implemented fully, the trade pact could boost regional income by 7% or $450 billion, speed up wage growth for women, and lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty by ...

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AfDB Group supports Ghana’s COVID-19 response plan with $69 million grant

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Friday approved a $69 million grant to support Ghana’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic impact on the nation. The grant from the ADF, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank will provide fiscal budget support to finance the government’s national COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness ...

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Gender Ministry calls for probe, prosecution of persons who lynched 90-year-old woman

Cynthia Morrison, Gender Minister

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is calling for the immediate prosecution of persons behind the lynching of a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba in the Savannah Region. A group of women had been seen in a video lynching the elderly woman after a soothsayer allegedly claimed she was a witch. The Ministry in a press statement issued on ...

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Haiti will quit United Nations to join African Union – Haitian Leader

According to a report from a local radio station called Bon Déjeuner! Radio based in Haiti, the young Haitian political leader Werley Nortreus (also known as Prince Werley Nortreus) said the Haitian Revolution must continue so Haiti can become free and independent again. For the first time, Haiti will exit the United Nations to join the African Union under the ...

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Adwoa Safo, Oquaye Jr. gave each of 500 delegates GH¢3K, other freebies – Corruption Watch

A Corruption Watch investigation has found that Procurement Minister, Sarah Adwoa Safo, allegedly gave GH¢3,000 and a GLICO Life Insurance package worth GH¢10,000 to delegates in the governing New Patriotic Party’s recently-held parliamentary primaries. Her challenger, Michael Aaron Oquaye Jr., Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, on the other hand, allegedly gave GH¢3,000, a 32-inch Nasco flat screen television set and an ...

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