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August 14, 2017 1:19 PM Sierra Leone mudslide buries houses with scores feared dead

Scores of people are feared dead and others remain trapped after a mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud. A BBC reporter at the scene says many people may have been asleep when the mudslide occurred. The number of casualties is not yet known 15

August 13, 2017 6:29 PM Scars of the Irish crash still run deep

August is a quiet month. It can also be a cruel one, offering up bumper harvests for those of us hungry for hard news. After all, it was in the dog days of August 1914 that World War One was unleashed. Several decades later, the skids were under the Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev and the USSR after coup plotters sent tanks onto the streets 56

August 13, 2017 6:26 AM A reckoning in Charlottesville

In the middle of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, two young women, one white and one black, took each other's hands and held them tightly, and with their other hands they gripped the steel barrier in front of them. A few feet away, a young white man with a buzzed haircut and sunglasses leaned towards them over a facing barrier. "You'll 71

August 12, 2017 4:52 PM Accept postings to rural communities

President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged newly qualified doctors who are posted to rural communities to undertake their housemanship not to see it as a form of punishment. He said “the early Ghanaian doctors of legend, the pioneers who built the medical profession, such as Charles Easmon, Silas Dodoo, Cornelius Quarcoopome and Felix Konotey-Ahulu, amongst 59

August 12, 2017 7:51 AM 600,000 Syrians Returned Home in 2017, Mostly to Aleppo: UN

In the first half of 2017, 602,759 Syrians displaced by conflict have returned home, according to reports by the United Nation's International Organization for Migration. Well over half, approximately 67 percent, of the returning refugees have been to the Aleppo Governorate, where an estimated 405,420 individuals have been registered by the IOM as having 38

August 11, 2017 10:31 PM Kenyatta is declared the winner of Kenyan presidential race in disputed finish

NAIROBI – Kenya’s electoral commission announced Friday that the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been re-elected, putting an official end to a fierce electoral contest that many fear could be clouded by a dispute over the results. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga, 72, has alleged that the results of Tuesday’s balloting were rigged and pledged 43

August 8, 2017 6:23 AM Iran, Ghana partner for energy, industry

Iran and Ghana have signed a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) including those on dam constructing dams and setting up pharmaceutical factories, a report said. The MoUs were signed by Iran's Minister of Labour Ali Rabiei and Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia in Tehran, Iran Daily reported, citing Fars News Agency. Iran can exchange 34

August 7, 2017 4:24 PM Iran, Ghana ink MoUs on dam construction and pharmaceutical sector

Rabiei said Iran has economic relations with six African countries and can share its experiences in vocational education with Ghana. Bawumia, for his part, said that Iran can exchange technical knowledge in different fields with Ghana, including housing, cement production, processing cocoa, oil, gas, and medicine production. He noted that economic cooperation 29

August 5, 2017 3:31 AM Expats laud permanent residency law as wise and landmark decision

The new law on a permanent residency identification card for non-Qataris has been welcomed by the expatriates who term the step a ‘landmark decision’. According to the provisions of the draft law approved by the Cabinet, the Interior Minister may grant a permanent residency ID to a non-Qatari if they meet the conditions specified in the law. Also, a decision 45

August 2, 2017 9:10 PM Madinah teeming with pilgrims; authorities ensure best services

The report said since the beginning of the Haj season until Tuesday, some 109,428 pilgrims have arrived in the Prophet’s City. It said a total of 311 flights from various parts of the world carrying 103,123 pilgrims landed at Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport while 6,305 pilgrims arrived by road aboard 158 buses. The airport is well prepared 29