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Catalonia: Spain celebrates National Day amid political turmoil

Spain is preparing to celebrate its National Day amid a continuing political crisis sparked by Catalonia's disputed independence referendum. The public display of unity comes a day after PM Mariano Rajoy told parliament the country was facing the most serious threat to its 40-year-old democracy. He has given Catalonia's separatist leader five days to clarify whether or not he has declared independence. Spai ...

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‘Ghana, Benin need strategic bonds’ – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says there is every reason for Ghana and Benin to develop strong, strategic bonds based, inter alia, on the common democratic values that promote human dignity and solidarity. According to President Akufo-Addo, the two countries are recognised as beacons of democracy on the continent and have in the 1990s resorted to the use of the ballot, and not the gun, as the prefer ...

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Ablakwa’s ISIS claims mischievous – Majority

Claims by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs that Ghana is the second highest country that contributes fighters to ISIS in Libya, smacks of mischief, Frank Annor Dompreh, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, has said. Mr Ablakwa said at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, October 10 that: “Rather worrying for Ghana, we are considered to be among the sec ...

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Asantehene named in £350,000 money laundering case in UK

To the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, handing someone a holdall stuffed with more than £350,000 to deposit in a bank might seem nothing out of the ordinary. Indeed, when Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, summoned Mark Arthur to his multi million-pound residence in Henley-on-Thames in London and handed him a bag containing almost £200,000 in sterling as well as $200,000 in US currency with consecutive ...

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Deadly fire hits California wine country

Parts of California's wine region are being ravaged by fast-spreading fires that have killed at least 10 people. A state of emergency was declared in northern areas after mass evacuations, with 1,500 properties destroyed. About 20,000 people fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in response to some the state's worst-ever wildfires. Such fires are more common in southern California but a combination of dr ...

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Liberians vote today

Liberians are set to go to the polls to choose a successor to Africa's first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the race to succeed her. Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years. Ms Sirleaf urged people to vote peace ...

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Odinga quits Kenya re-run

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of the October 26, 2017 election re-run. Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll after finding irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable”. The electoral co ...

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Indonesian President forced to walk during traffic jam

Indonesian President Joko Widodo walked for several kilometers in scorching heat this week after his motorcade got stuck in a major traffic jam. In an almost unimaginable scenario for most world leaders -- accustomed to traveling on wide open streets secured by police —Widodo and his entourage were forced to walk 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) in Cilegon on Thursday to attend a military event. Widodo was schedule ...

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Catalonia referendum: Call for pro-unity rallies in Spain

Rallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday's disputed referendum. Demonstrations are planned in the capital Madrid and other cities, with supporters calling for a similar rally in Catalonia's capital Barcelona. Meanwhile, Spain's government representative in Catalonia earlier apologised to those hurt during police efforts to stop the referendum. But Enric Millo blamed the Ca ...

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Mahama leads Ecowas Observer mission to Liberia

Former President John Dramani Mahama is leaving Accra today, Thursday, 5 October, for Monrovia to lead the Observer Mission of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) ahead of Liberia’s October 10 general elections. A statement from Mr Mahama’s office signed by special aide Joyce Bawa Mogtari said: “As former Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Mr Mahama has been ...

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