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Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn in as president

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating John Mahama in last month’s election. Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school ...

UN ‘cancels Gambia army chief visit’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A diplomatic source has told the reporters that the UN has cancelled the head of the Gambian army’s visit to Gambian peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the Darfur region of Sudan. Gambian soldiers this week occupied the Gambian election commission’s headquarters in an apparent show of loyalty to the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh, who ...

Belgium advises citizens to leave DR Congo

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Belgium has advised all its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo whose presence there is not essential to leave the country over fears of violence at planned anti-government protests, Reuters news agency reports. It has also advised against all travel to the country. Condemning the expulsion of two Belgian television crews, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders ...

Burkina Faso militant attack: Twelve soldiers killed

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Twelve soldiers have been killed and two are missing after an attack by Islamist militants near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, the army has said. Insurgents who carried out the attack did so on pick-up trucks and motorbikes, waving black flags. The soldiers were in the area to guard Burkina Faso’s long and porous border with ...

Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF confirms Mugabe as 2018 election candidate

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 elections. Mr Mugabe, who is 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. At the party’s conference, the Zanu-PF youth wing even proposed that Mr Mugabe should be declared president for life. However, there have been unprecedented protests ...

French and Spanish police arrest five over ‘Basque Eta arms cache’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG French and Spanish police have arrested five people following the discovery of a suspected weapons cache of the militant Basque separatist group Eta. The guns and explosives were found in the town of Louhossoa, near Bayonne in south-west France, officials said. However, French human rights lawyer Michel Tubiana said those arrested were activists who wanted to ...

These Are The Two Men Behind South Sudan’s crisis

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG December 2013: President Salva Kiir (right) accused former Vice-President Riek Machar (left) of plotting a coup Fighting between factions of the presidential guard took an ethnic turn between Dinkas and Nuers Thousands killed and millions forced from their homes Many accusations of atrocities, such as rape and people being burnt alive April 2016: Machar returned to ...

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG For three years South Sudan has tumbled deeper into self-inflicted chaos, and it now finds itself on the brink of something even more terrifying. United Nations officials rarely use the words “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing,” but they now say potentially both could envelop the world’s youngest country. Since violence flared in Juba in July and spread ...

Trump ally Rudy Giuliani SHOCKS Washington after withdrawing from secretary of state race

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Trump’s transition team announced on Friday that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been withdrawn from consideration to become secretary of state – one of the most important positions in government. Mr Giuliani, a close friend of New York native Trump, was a key adviser to the incoming President during his hard-fought election campaign. Trump ...

RUSSIA TO DESTROY MERKEL: US official discovers intelligence of takedown plot

REPORTED BY KALAHN DENG RUSSIA has launched a cyber campaign to take down Angela Merkel and promote far-right groups in the upcoming German elections, a US official has claimed. Moscow will escalate a decade long operation to boost support for the far-right and nationalist groups in Germany. It comes as a CIA probe confirms Moscow helped Donald Trump win the ...

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