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Hurricane Harvey makes Texas landfall

Hurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas with winds of up to 130mph (215 km/h) battering coastal areas. The storm, which has even stronger gusts, is expected to be the worst to hit Texas for 12 years. Up to 40in (1m) of rain is expected to fall. President Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation for the state, which will free up federal aid for the worst-affected areas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott ...

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5,500 delegates for NPP confab

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) annual delegates conference scheduled from today, August 25 to Sunday, August 27, to take place in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast, is expected to attract about 5,500 members and sympathisers in the country. The event, which will be hosted at the University of Cape Coast Medical School Auditorium, will deliberate on the national chairman’s report, national treasurer’ ...

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Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining. The area, covering 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles), straddles the northern states of Amapa and Para, and is thought to be rich in gold, and other minerals. The government said nine conservation and indigenous land areas within it would continue to be legally protected. But activists have voiced concern that ...

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Togo crisis: ‘ECOWAS intervention won’t help’

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said any intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the current political turmoil in Togo will not be helpful. According to him, the turmoil has arisen because the opposition parties are up against Faure Gnassingbe, the President of Togo who happens to be the Chief of ECOWAS, and so interventions by ECOWAS will ...

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Akufo-Addo ends 3-day official visit to Equatorial Guinea

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, returned to Ghana on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, after his 3-day official visit to Equatorial Guinea, with the visit serving as an opportunity for the two countries to strengthen existing bilateral cooperation. The meetings between President Akufo-Addo and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere, as the two leaders examine ...

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Trump: I’ll close government to build wall

Donald Trump has vowed to close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border. The president told supporters at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being "obstructionist". During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups "a platform". But he selectively quoted his initia ...

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‘It’s an honour to serve Ghana despite insults’

Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei has said she is honoured and blessed to serve Ghana in public office despite the insults and attacks on her person. “In spite of all the challenges, obstacles, attacks and hurdles I have faced in my 6-year journey in public service, I still truly believe that it is a great honour and a privilege to serve one’s country. And it is a special privilege to se ...

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US govt gives EC boss ‘Woman of Courage’ award

Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei has been honoured with the Woman Of Courage award by the US Embassy in Accra on Tuesday, 22 August. US Ambassador Robert P Jackson described Mrs Osei as a woman who epitomises courage at the ceremony. Receiving the award, Mrs Osei said: “This is indeed a great honour and I am totally overwhelmed and humbled by this recognition. I would like to since ...

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Togo crisis: Ghana on high alert

The Government of Ghana has assured its citizens living close to the common border with neighbouring Togo of maximum security despite the turmoil in the francophone country. Protesters in the French-speaking country over the weekend clashed with security agencies there resulting in deaths and destruction to property. With the demonstrators set to hit the streets on Friday, 25 August to pile pressure on the ...

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Indian court rules against instant divorce

India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "unIslamic". India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The landmark court decision came in response to petitions cha ...

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