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Video: Leicester awards late Mahama degree

The University of Leicester in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2017 posthumously awarded Major Maxwell Mahama a MSc in Security and Risk Management at the school’s congregation. The award was received by the late Ghanaian military officer’s mother, Veronica Bamford. Major Mahama was lynched two months ago by residents of Denkyira-Boase in the Central Region on suspicion of being an armed robber after a snail ...

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US ‘to ban Americans from visiting’ North Korea

The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later. The US has not confirmed the news. Young Pioneer Tours was the agency that took US student Otto Warmbier to North Korea. He was later arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison, bu ...

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US lifts laptop ban on Saudi routes

The ban on laptops in cabins of direct flights from Saudi Arabia to the United States has been lifted according to Saudi Arabian Airlines. It says two hub airports which serve the US have received clearance from the US Department of Homeland Security. Riyadh's King Khalid airport is the last of 10 airports to be exempted from the ban. In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and ...

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Akufo-Addo leaves for Cote d’Ivoire, France

President Nana Akufo-Addo is scheduled to leave Ghana for Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday, July 20. Speaker of Parliament Mike Oquaye made the announcement in the house on Thursday July 20. While in the country, he will attend the 8th Francophone Games as special guest of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. He is expected to depart on Friday July 21 to France on a visit. Mr Akufo-Addo is expected back in Ghana o ...

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John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

US Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, his office has said. The Arizona politician had a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday and tissue analysis since the procedure revealed a brain tumour, known as glioblastoma, was associated with the clot. His doctors in Phoenix said the 80-year-old is reviewing treatment options that may include a combination of chemotherapy an ...

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UK raises retirement age to 68

Millions of workers will have to work an extra year before retiring after the Government announced plans to extend the retirement age to 68. The state pension age had been due to rise by a year – from the current age of 67 – in 2044. But David Gauke, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the cash-saving move would be implemented from 2037, seven years earlier than planned. It will leave anyone aged 47 or yo ...

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French military head quits after Macron clash

The head of France's armed forces has resigned after clashing with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed budget cuts. In a statement, Pierre de Villiers said he no longer felt able to command the type of army "that I think is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people". The military chief clashed with Mr Macron last week after telling a parliamentary committee he would not allow ...

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Trump and Putin held undisclosed talks

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, had another, previously undisclosed conversation at this month's G20, the White House has confirmed. They spoke towards the end of a formal dinner but the White House has not revealed what was discussed. President Trump has condemned media revelations of the talks as "sick". The two leaders' relationship is under scrutiny amid allegation ...

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Tony Blair calls on Bawumia

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. Dr Bawumia shared pictures of his meeting with Mr Blair on his Facebook page. According to Dr Bawumia, Mr Blair expressed confidence in the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government to stay on track in its drive to take Ghana's economy to greater heights. Dr Bawumia also noted that Mr Blair pass ...

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Tensions high as Venezuela goes to polls

Violence is expected to flare in Venezuela as people cast their ballots in an unofficial vote to test the popularity of President Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution. Nicolas Maduro's push to create a Constituent Assembly that will rewrite the country's laws and dismiss elected representatives is seen by the opposition as a strategy to keep him in power and gather dictatorial powers. Supporters of Pr ...

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