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ICC drops charges against former Ivory Coast first Lady Simone Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court said on Thursday it had dropped its arrest warrant for Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo. Since 2012, she faced four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape, other inhumane acts and persecution, that would have supposedly been committed during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, following her husband Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to hand over ...

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Drawing Further Apart: Widening Gaps in the Global Recovery

The global economic recovery continues, but with a widening gap between advanced economies and many emerging markets and developing economies. Our latest global growth forecast of 6 percent for 2021 is unchanged from the previous outlook, but the composition has changed. The recovery is not assured until the pandemic is beaten back globally. Growth prospects for advanced economies this year have improved ...

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Mid-year budget: Ghana’s economic outlook not good – Terkper

A former Finance Minister Seth Terkper has said that overall, the Article IV of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Ghana’s economic outlook is not good, even with a post-COVID recovery. However, he said the public can wait for the GOG post-Article IV Outlook when the Minister presents the 2021 Mid-Year Review today Thursday July 29. “I quoted IMF’s post-COVID ...

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Tunisians unable to make a living amid economic crisis

Many stands are half empty in the district of Bab el-Fella in Tunis, with Tunisians being more and more badly hit by an economic crisis, which is seemingly unending and fueling popular resentment against the political class. Mahran Mezlini, vegetable vendor says; “This market is for the poor, today you can not buy a kilo of fruit. The kilo of peaches ...

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Nominations Open for Ghana Integrity Awards 2021

The  Ghana  Integrity  Initiative (GII), has launched the 2021 Ghana Integrity Awards (GI Awards) meant to recognize outstanding individuals, private and public sector institutions making significant contributions in the fight against corruption in Ghana. The Awards are purposed to serve as incentives to influence positive behaviour in Ghana and to provide an emotional reward to individuals and organizations doing the ...

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UN chief says race to reach SDGs ‘can and must’ be turned around

The COVID pandemic has taken four million lives, devastated the global economy, pushed a further 124 million people into extreme poverty and continues to inflict profound suffering dramatically impacting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN chief said on Tuesday at a key international forum.   “Nearly one person in three around the world could not access adequate food in 2020 – an increase of nearly 320 million ...

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UNICEF chief resigns

The head of the UN Children’s Fund, Henrietta Fore, announced her resignation on Tuesday, in order to devote herself full-time to caring for her husband, who is suffering from what she described as a serious health issue. Ms. Fore said it had been “a difficult decision”, and in a message to staff, described holding the office of Executive Director as “a tremendous honour”. ...

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20 business opportunities for Africans considering business in and with China

According to the World Economic Forum, China is expected to have the largest economy in the world by 2030, just 10 years from now. Despite the undeniably negative toll that COVID-19 has had on the global economy, China’s diverse economy remains a huge global hub of profitable business opportunities and potential, especially for foreigners. How can you take advantage of ...

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Nigeria’s SARS: A brief history of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

In April last year, Kofi Bartels, a 34-year-old radio journalist in Nigeria’s Rivers State, was filming three police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) beating another man when they and three of their colleagues turned their attention to him. In a series of tweets, he described being beaten and arrested: “They took turns to slap, punch and kick me ...

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A call for the passage of an Affirmative Action Law in Ghana

Madam Cynthia Maamle Morrison

The Affirmative Action Bill is among the outstanding listed Bills by Parliament for consideration and we expect that this exercise would be undertaken before the dissolution of the 7th Parliament. To this end, ABANTU for Development and PLAN International need to reiterate the urgent need for the Bill to be passed into Law. An Affirmative Action Law presents itself as ...

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