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January 28, 2016 4:00 PM IMANI: Could recent monetary policy decision change Ghana’s economic outlook?

Thursday 28th January , 2016 3:55 pm On Monday, 25th January 2016, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana announced its decision to maintain the policy rate at 26 per cent consistent with the advice of the previous IMANI Alert.[1] The policy stance was at least commendable considering the fact that the IMF advised further increase in the 11-year-high 7

January 28, 2016 3:12 AM Ammon Bundy and other Oregon standoff leaders considered flight risk, denied release

A federal court judge Wednesday ordered Ammon Bundy and six others accused in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to remain in jail, calling them flight risks and a danger to public safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow argued that they would return to the refuge and "bunker in'' with their followers and stage a last violent 14

January 27, 2016 11:17 AM Ghana oil import slumps by $1.5bn

Ghana's spending on oil imports declined by more than $1.54 billion 2015, mainly account of crude oil price collapsing on the world market. The cut in oil imports bill, which is expected to produce a sense of relief in the domestic market and compensate for the loss in government's oil revenue, happened at a time demand for fuel had risen sharply due to the energy 22

January 26, 2016 6:11 PM Netanyahu blasts UN's Ban: Your remarks are a tailwind for terror

Speaking to the UN Security Council in a session on the current situation in the Middle East, Ban condemns terror wave, but says it is 'human nature to react to occupation' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday for his remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian Israeli conflict. Earlier in the day, Ban condemned 10

January 26, 2016 4:34 PM Russia Will ‘Reset’ Relations With West on Its Own Terms, Official Says

Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said that moves by some members of the International Syria Support Group to exclude the Syrian Kurdish party from peace talks violates the law. MOSCOW — The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said on Tuesday that while he wanted to see a “reset” of Russia’s relations with the United States, Moscow 4

January 26, 2016 9:40 AM Europol: ISIS planning more attacks in Europe

Targets designed for mass casualties, officers say Europe should be prepared for more of the ruthless and coordinated attacks that ISIS carried out in Paris last year, officials say. The militant group is planning more large-scale, "special forces-style" assaults that don't even necessarily need to be coordinated from Syria. That disturbing scenario 4

January 26, 2016 7:17 AM EU to extend border checks amid refugee crisis, terror fears

AMSTERDAM — European Union governments prepared to prolong passport checks at some internal borders for up to two more years, as the unrelenting inflow of refugees overwhelms countries from debt-stressed Greece to economically mighty Germany. Extended controls at borders in northern and western Europe would come as the 28-nation bloc is seen as failing 15

January 26, 2016 5:03 AM Another delay — and lowered expectations — for Syria peace talks

The United Nations on Monday set a new target date of Jan. 29 for the launch of a downgraded version of the Syrian peace talks that have already been delayed by squabbles over the guest list and the ultimate goal of the negotiations. The talks had been due to begin in Geneva on Monday and were intended to bring President Bashar Assad’s government and his opponents 7

January 25, 2016 5:10 PM EU police warn that more attacks by IS militants are likely

PARIS (AP) — Europe's top police agency issued a stark warning Monday: Islamic State extremists will keep attempting lethal attacks on soft targets in Europe as the militant group increasingly goes global. Some 2½ months after suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people in Paris, the Europol agency said, "there is every reason to expect that IS, IS-inspired 18

January 25, 2016 3:38 PM Islamic State jihadists planning 'large-scale' terror attacks in Europe, says Europol

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, said militants had developed a new combat strategy to attack major European cities. Islamic State jihadists are planning "large-scale" terror attacks and focusing primarily on European targets, Europol has said. The police agency launched a new Europe-wide counterterror initiative on Monday, and warned that the threat 31