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Mugabe makes first public appearance after military takeover

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as ...

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Akufo-Addo invites Qatari businesses to invest in Ghana

The President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo called on Qatari businesses to invest in promising sectors of the Ghanaian economy, which include agriculture, mining and gas industry among others. This came during a meeting with Qatari businessmen yesterday headed by Qatar Chamber (QC) Vice-Chairman Mohamed bin Towar Al Kuwari and Ali Al Misnad, Honorary Treasurer at QC and number of other prominent ...

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Akufo-Addo statue to be unveiled in Nigeria

The Governor of Imo state in Nigeria, Rochas Okorocha is set to commission a statue of President Akufo-Addo in Owerri. Okorocha, popularly called ‘Rochas”, is a reported billionaire and colorful character who has governed Imo state in the southeast of Nigeria, since 2011. He is well known for his education philanthropy. He has already erected similar statues of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and J ...

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Akufo-Addo in Qatar for world innovation summit

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Accra on Tuesday night for a three-day official visit to Qatar. A statement signed and issued by, Mr Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Flagstaff House said whilst in Qatar, President Akufo-Addo, as co-Chair of the Group of Advocates of Eminent Persons of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, will attend the World Innovation Summit for ...

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Zimbabwe crisis: Army takes over – Mugabe ‘detained’

The military has seized control in Zimbabwe and has said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, is safe. After seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe who had caused "social and economic suffering". Messages attributed to a ruling party Twitter account described the takeover as a "bloodless transition". The move came after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, ...

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Iran quake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help. More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday. The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit area in the mountainous province of Kermanshah, where hundreds of homes were destroyed. One man told the BBC residents were afra ...

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Hundreds killed as Iran-Iraq border hit by quake

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 387 people and injuring thousands more. More than 7,000 people are also said to have been injured in the quake, the world's deadliest this year. Most of those who died were in Iran's western Kermanshah province, where a search for survivors has started. Nine more people died in Iraq, where residents fled ...

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Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claim

President Vladimir Putin felt insulted by allegations of Russian interference in the US election, Donald Trump has said after meeting him briefly at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam. "You can only ask so many times... he said he absolutely did not meddle in our election," the US president said. Mr Putin later dismissed the allegations as "political infighting". The US intelligence community has already con ...

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US’ll no longer tolerate trade abuses – Trump

President Donald Trump has said the US will no longer tolerate "chronic trade abuses", in a defiant address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Vietnam. He said he would always put US interests first and Apec nations should "abide by fair reciprocal trade". In stark contrast, China's Xi Jinping said globalisation was irreversible and voiced support for multilateralism. Mr Trump has vi ...

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Trump strikes warm relations with China president

US President Donald Trump has lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a marked contrast to his previous criticism of China on the flashpoint issues of North Korea and trade. But he also urged Mr Xi to "work very hard" on persuading North Korea to denuclearise. On China's trade surplus, Mr Trump surprised many when he said he did "not blame China" for "taking advantage". The US president was speaking i ...

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