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Mosul mosque ruin’s ‘shows IS defeat’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops. IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by the US. Aerial pho ...

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Lax security aided Nigerian kidnapper: Antwi-Danso

The ability of a notorious Nigerian kidnapper to obtain a Ghanaian passport is a reflection of the porous security in Ghana that must be addressed immediately, Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, an international relations expert and Director of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, has said. He also said it showed how poorly Ghana had managed its affairs because over the years some oth ...

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Saudi king ousts nephew for son

Saudi Arabia's king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince - replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman's decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will become deputy prime minister while continuing as defence minister. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, has also been removed from his role as head of domestic security, state media say. He has ...

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I leave with ‘great sadness’: Jon Benjamin

Outgoing UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has said he has relished his stay in Ghana for the past three years and will dearly miss the West African country. Mr Benjamin, who paid a courtesy call on President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, said: “I am privileged to have had series of amazing chapters in my life in different countries and this chapter in Ghana has been extremel ...

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Notorious Nigerian kidnapper has Ghanaian passport

The Inspector General of Police for the Nigeria Police Force, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris has revealed that a top Nigerian kidnapper who was arrested by the Nigerian Police two weeks ago had a Ghanaian passport as well as properties and a family in Ghana. The Nigerian IGP further stated that Chikwudubem Onwuamadike, known simply as Evans in Nigeria, has confessed to being a former drug trafficker. The Nigerian pol ...

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Jon Benjamin’ll be missed – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lauded the outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, for further deepening Ghana’s relations with the United Kingdom during his stay in Ghana. Nana Akufo-Addo noted that Mr Benjamin would be missed by Ghanaians for his keen interest in Ghanaian socio-political life unlike any other High Commissioner that has been to the country. Mr Akufo-Addo said t ...

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Sexual violence against refugees rising

There is an increase in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) among refugees living in the country, the Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) has said. According to the board, SGBV cases rose from 17 in 2015 to 41 in 2016. The Eligibility and Protection Officer of the Ghana Refugee Board, Doris Tagoe, made the revelation at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, as part of activities to mark this year ...

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Open doors to refugees – UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged people across the world not to relent on their efforts to help refugees whenever necessary. In a statement on Tuesday June 20, commemorated as World Refugee Day across the globe, Mr Grandi said various developments in the world “require opening our minds, hearts and communities to refugees”, adding: “It requires a whole-of-society approach – j ...

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US Emb. denies advising Mayweather against Ghana trip

The US Embassy in Ghana has denied claims by Ningo Prampram MP, Sam Nartey George, that boxer Floyd Mayweather cancelled his trip to Accra based on advise of “insecurity” offered 'The Money Man' by the mission. Mr Nartey George had said on his Facebook page that the lack of security in Ghana had put fear in Ghanaians and foreign nationals, a situation that led to cancellation of the American boxer’s June 16 ...

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2 dead in Mali gun attack

Gunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country's security minister has said. "It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released," Salif Traore told AFP news agency. "Unfortunately for the moment there are two dead, including a Franco-Gabonese." The attack happened at luxury resort Le Campement Kangaba, east of ...

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