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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 ...

Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny spreads to Abidjan

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A mutiny by Ivory Coast soldiers over pay has spread to the commercial capital Abidjan, with soldiers taking over the country’s army headquarters. They fired in the air as they took control of the base in the city’s Plateau district. The mutiny began on Friday in the central city of Bouake. It then spread to a ...

Donald Trump blasts ‘fools’ who oppose good Russian ties

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as “‘stupid’ people, or fools”. Mr Trump vowed to work with Russia “to solve some of the many… pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!” His comments came after an intelligence reportsaid Russia’s president had tried to aid ...

Turkey nightclub attack claims victims from 14 countries

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Lubna Ghasnawi was among the glamorous crowds of young partygoers gathered inside Istanbul’s Reina nightclub to ring in 2017 in the early hours of Sunday when a gunman opened fire, killing her and at least 38 other people. The 34-year-old entrepreneur was one of seven victims from Saudi Arabia who had traveled to Istanbul to attend ...

How are Australia’s Syrian refugees coping?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Australia has resettled about half of the 12,000 refugees it agreed to take in over the past 13 months from the conflict in Syria, but how are they adapting to life in their new country? It is a year since Iymen Baerli, a refugee from Syria, arrived in Sydney with his wife and three young children. ...

India mine collapse: Bodies of 13 recovered in Jharkhand

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The bodies of 13 people have been recovered from a coal mine which collapsed on Thursday in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Dozens remain missing and their distraught families are waiting anxiously as rescue efforts continue. Two men were rescued alive but there were at least 60 working in the Lalmatia open cast mine in ...

South Korea scandal: Daughter of Choi Soon-sil arrested

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The daughter of the woman at the centre of a presidential scandal in South Korea has been arrested in Denmark, say South Korean police. Chung Yoo-ra, 20, is accused of staying in Denmark illegally, they said. They have requested her extradition. Her mother is accused of using her friendship with President Park Geun-hye for personal gain. ...

Equatorial Guinea’s VP Obiang on trial in France

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Equatorial Guinea’s flamboyant vice-president has gone trial in absentia in France on charges of corruption after he failed to stop the landmark case. Teodorin Obiang Nguema is accused of buying a mansion and sports cars in France with a fortune amassed from oil-rich Equatorial Guinea’s public funds. A lawyer for Mr Obiang, the president’s son, denies ...

New image of suspected Istanbul gunman released as Isil claim nightclub attack

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Islamic State yesterday/MON claimed responsibility for the New Year’s Eve shooting that killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” attacked Turkey for its incursion into Syria. Police arrested eight suspects in connection with the attack today, but said they were still hunting for the gunman. A blurry picture of ...

Trump spokesman Jason Miller not taking White House job

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Jason Miller, President-elect Donald Trump’s spokesman, has decided he will not take the job of White House communications director he was tapped for just two days earlier. Citing family reasons, Miller announced he will not continue on to the White House and will hand off his responsibilities as communications director to Sean Spicer, the Republican National ...

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