Archive for World

  • August 17, 2019

    Nigerian gov’t...

    A British judge has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $9bn in assets to a small private company. The firm, P&ID, had reached a deal with the Nigerian government in 2010 to build a natural gas plant – but the deal fell through two years later. P&ID then sued the...

  • August 15, 2019

    Plane crash-lands...

    A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing in a cornfield near Moscow after striking a flock of birds. Twenty-three people were injured in the incident, which saw the plane land with its engines off and landing gear retracted, health officials said. The Ural Airlines Airbus 321 was travelling...

  • August 14, 2019

    Uganda’s malaria...

    More than one million people have been infected with malaria in Uganda in the last two months, officials have said. The health ministry has attributed the rapid rise partly to climate change, with the disease now appearing in regions that were previously malaria-free thanks to a mild climate. This time...

  • August 14, 2019

    Nigeria: Buhari...

    President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to block food importers’ requests for foreign currency in a bid to boost local agriculture. He said the country’s foreign reserve should be conserved and used strictly for diversifying the economy not “encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.”...

  • August 13, 2019

    Trump targets...

    US President Donald Trump’s administration is to make it more difficult for poorer legal migrants to extend their visas or gain permanent resident status (a green card). The rule targets migrants who rely on public benefits, such as food aid or public housing, for more than a year. Their applications...

  • August 12, 2019

    African leaders...

    A number of African leaders have shared Eid-ul-Adha messages with Muslim faithful celebrating the festival of the sacrifice today. Across the world, Muslims have engaged in communal prayers and are marking the day with the slaughtering of their sacrifices – camel, sheep, goats – sharing food and visiting neighbours. In...

  • August 10, 2019

    Typhoon Lekima:...

    At least 13 people have been killed and more than a million forced from their homes as Typhoon Lekima hit China. Sixteen people were also missing after a landslide was triggered by the storm, state media reported. Lekima made landfall in the early hours of Saturday in Wenling, between Taiwan...

  • August 10, 2019

    Jeffrey Epstein...

    Jailed multimillionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide, according to two law enforcement sources. He was taken from New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on Saturday morning in cardiac arrest and died at an area hospital, the sources told CNN. Epstein, 66, had been jailed since early July,...

  • August 10, 2019

    PDS saga:...

    One of the insurance companies at the centre of the botched Power Distribution Services (PDS) concession agreement, has welcomed government’s decision to investigate the deal. Donewell Insurance Company Limited (DICL) in a statement said, all appropriate processes were followed throughout its handling of the deal and accused Qatar-based Al-Koot Insurance and...

  • August 10, 2019

    Major travel...

    Commuters have been left stranded across the UK after large parts of the country had been left without electricity in a major power cut. Blackouts have been reported in London and the South East, the South-West, Wales, as well as the Midlands, the North-West and the North East. The Department...

  • August 10, 2019

    YouTube child...

    A six-year-old YouTube star known in Burundi for his popular comedy sketches has died of malaria, his manager says. Darcy Irakoze, known as Kacaman, was a primary school pupil who performed online and in theatres. He contracted malaria on Wednesday and died one day later. Malaria has killed over 1,800...

  • August 9, 2019

    Fart pushes...

    A heated debate about market stalls was disrupted by a foul smell and furious finger-pointing at a Kenyan regional assembly on Wednesday, local reports say. “Honourable Speaker, one of us has polluted the air and I know who it is,” Julius Gaya reportedly told Homa Bay county assembly. But the...

  • August 9, 2019

    680 undocumented...

    After immigration authorities rounded up hundreds of workers in a massive sweep at seven Mississippi food processing plants, friends and family members are desperately searching for answers. A crowd waited outside a plant in Morton, Mississippi, on Thursday morning, hoping authorities would release their loved ones. Many had been by later...

  • August 7, 2019

    Trump imposes...

    First-ever expanded sanctions against a western hemisphere government in over 30 years similar to those faced by Cuba. US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order imposing an economic embargo against Venezuela, in the latest move against President Nicolas Maduro and his government. The measure also bars transactions with Venezuelan authorities whose assets are blocked...

  • August 7, 2019

    Wall St...

    Billions of dollars in losses reported as US president accuses China of currency manipulation. Wall Street’s major indexes posted their biggest percentage drop of the year, as China’s devaluation of the yuan sparked fears of further escalation of the US-China trade war, with the US president accusing Beijing of “currency manipulation”.  ...

  • August 7, 2019

    Toni Morrison:...

    Nobel Prize-winning US author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. Her family confirmed “with profound sadness” that Morrison had died “following a short illness”. Author of 11 novels, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970....

  • August 5, 2019

    US mass...

    President Donald Trump has said “hate has no place” in the US after 29 people were killed in two mass shootings over the weekend, amid accusations that he bears some responsibility. An attack on a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas left 20 dead, while nine died in a shooting...

  • August 5, 2019

    US: Ghanaian...

    A Ghana-born doctor living in Maryland pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal passport fraud charge, the justice department said. Michael Nana Baako, 50, was arrested in May after law enforcement officials found a Ghanaian passport and documents he was reportedly using to try to fraudulently obtain documents saying he was...

  • August 5, 2019

    Man in...

    A 31-year-old man, who was on a flight from Los Angeles to Dubai when he assaulted a Ghanaian air hostess and behaved erratically, faced multiple charges at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday. The Dubai public prosecution accused the Jordanian passenger – who works as a purchase PRO...

  • August 5, 2019

    India to...

    India’s government has moved to revoke the part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status in an unprecedented move likely to spark unrest. Article 370 is sensitive because it is what guarantees the disputed Muslim-majority state significant autonomy, The entire region is disputed between India and Pakistan. Each...

  • August 5, 2019

    Egypt: Cairo...

    Authorities have blamed a car driving against traffic and colliding with oncoming vehicles as the reason for the explosion. Rescue workers are searching for bodies in the Nile River, fearing some may have fallen in. An explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) killed at least 19 people and injured 30 others,...

  • August 5, 2019

    US mourns...

    Donald Trump orders flags flown at half-mast as critics say his language encourages violence against minorities. Two mass shootings that killed 29 people in less than 24 hours in the United States has prompted debate over whether President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was partly to blame for the surging gun violence. The first assault occurred on Saturday morning...

  • August 2, 2019

    Sudan protesters...

    Thousands take to streets denouncing killing of protesters, including school children, ahead of new round of talks. Thousands of people have marched across cities in Sudan to condemn the killing of protesters as the country’s ruling generals and the opposition said they would resume talks aimed at forming a new transitional government....

  • August 2, 2019

    Ghana marks...

    Ghana’s parliament welcomes US House of Representatives speaker to West Africa, from where millions of Africans were sold into a life of slavery in the Americas. It is 400 years since African slaves were brought to America. The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, led a delegation...

  • August 1, 2019

    Pelosi describes...

    Four hundred years after the first ship of enslaved Africans sailed to America, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the “grave evil” of slavery in a speech Wednesday to Ghana’s parliament. The California Democrat, who was the first U.S. House speaker to address Ghana’s lawmakers, said her and her colleagues’ visit was...

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