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February 5, 2017 5:40 AM Own a toilet at half price, Accra residents urged

Mr George Asiedu, a Consultant at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), has called on the citizenry to take advantage of the “Own a household toilet at half price” programme, to curb open defecation. He said available statistics indicated that only 15 per cent of the people living in the Accra Metropolis had access to improved 76

February 4, 2017 9:47 PM UN calls for national reconciliation in Burkina Faso

Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, has called for a National Reconciliation in Burkina Faso. He said following the tumultuous events in the past two years after the exit of former President Blaise Campaore, there was need for stakeholders to support efforts of National 5

February 4, 2017 6:43 AM Angola President Dos to step down after 37 years

LUANDA : Veteran Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos announced Friday he will not run in August elections, signalling the end to 37 years in power and naming his defence minister as the candidate to succeed him. The autocratic 74-year-old has been the oil-rich country's president since September 1979, making him Africa's second-longest serving 17

February 4, 2017 4:39 AM UN warns of terrorism threats on regional scale in Africa

The United Nations (UN) says there is the threat of terrorism on regional scale, not only the hit-and-run attacks of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon but also the wider Sahelo-Sahara region. Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, said originally, militant groups were driven 3

February 3, 2017 1:51 PM What will the Trump presidency mean for Israel?

The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House was greeted by the Israeli right with enthusiasm. They believe that it heralds a new era of settlement expansion in the occupied territories. The Israeli government appeared to think so too, welcoming Mr Trump's victory with the announcement of permits for new housing units in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Last week, on a visit 23

February 2, 2017 1:00 PM US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is 'strong'

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong. Mr Mattis said the relationship would only be strengthened in the face of threats from North Korea. It comes after President Donald Trump accused South Korea and Japan of not paying enough for US military support. The visit 11

February 2, 2017 10:28 AM Rex Tillerson: New US secretary of state faces tough task

The 69th US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is taking charge of a state department distressed and anxious about Donald Trump's turbulent first days in office. The uneasiness began with an unorthodox overhaul of senior staff positions, and escalated into a simmering revolt against a controversial policy seen as cutting to the core of the department's 5

February 2, 2017 5:08 AM Bawumia's ‘undocumented GH?7bn’ claim points to govt's impending failure

A claim by Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, that the previous government did not account for a GH?7 billion expenditure has stirred a war of words between two Members of Parliament. Isaac Adongo, Minority MP for Bolgatanga Central Constituency and a member of the 6th Parliament’s Finance Committee suggests that the Vice President’s claim is part of a mischievous 6

February 2, 2017 3:35 AM Court of Appeal Judge Dennis Adjei gets UN job

A Justice of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Dennis Adjei has been appointed as the Chairman for the United Nations Environmental Programme for Environmental Law Training in the Judiciaries of Africa. The appointment, which was handed him by the United Nations Environmental Programme, in conjunction with the South African Judicial Education Institute 9

February 1, 2017 1:20 PM Brexit: George Osborne warns of 'constitutional crisis' if Article 50 blocked

A "deep constitutional crisis" would be caused if MPs vote against triggering Brexit, former chancellor George Osborne has warned. Mr Osborne said rejecting the government's Article 50 bill could "pit Parliament against people". He was speaking as MPs began a second day of debating the draft legislation that will allow formal talks to begin. The government 3