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Catalan ex-leader vows to resist takeover

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid by Spain's government. He condemned the suspension of Catalonia's autonomy and promised to continue to "work to build a free country". He made the call in a TV address broadcast from an undisclosed location. The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government ...

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Ghana police arrest 26 Togolese protesters

Police in Accra have picked up 26 Togolese who were part of some 300 demonstrators in Accra. Accra FM's Anita Bempong reported that the demonstrating Togolese who are all resident in Ghana, converged on Kawukudi Park near Accra Girls Senior High School on Saturday morning clad in red and black attire to protest against their country’s leader. They are joining their fellow citizens back home to put pressure ...

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Nigerian man buys Joburg man a G-Class to apologise for impregnating his wife

A Nigerian man based in South Africa says he does not regret buying a luxury Mercedes-Benz G-class to a South African man as a token to apologise for impregnating his wife. “I know what I did is wrong but I feel better he has accepted my gift. He accepted that his wife, my girlfriend, is pregnant and will soon give birth to my son. He was angry at first but when I presented the car to him his anger vanished ...

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Catalans declare independence from Spain

The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region. Catalan MPs backed the motion 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by the opposition. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalonia. The crisis began when Catalans backed independe ...

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Security tightened as Kenya goes to polls

Voting is under way in Kenya amid tight security in a re-run of the presidential election, which is being boycotted by the main opposition. Police have clashed with opposition supporters, some of whom have been blocking access to polling stations. President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner in an August vote, but it is being held again over "irregularities". The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Nairobi says ...

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Asia Huang galamsey video played in court

A criminal court in Accra presided by Justice Charles Ekow Baidoo, has adjourned a case involving Asia Huang, the Chinese lady accused of involvement in illegal mining (galamsey) in Ghana, to November 6. Ms Huang is standing trial with four others – Gao Jin Cheng, 45, Lu Qi Jun, 39, Haibin Gao, 26, and Zhang Zhi Peng, 23. During the trial on Wednesday, 25 October, a tape containing video evidence brought by ...

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ITLOS : Ghana victory collective effort – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has paid glowing tribute to successive Presidents and governments who, he said, played important roles, over the years, in ensuring a favourable verdict was handed down by the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). According to President Akufo-Addo, “this victory could not have been achieved through the actions of one person, one political party or one g ...

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Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life. They were speaking separately. Neither mentioned President Trump by name. Mr Trump, who ...

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Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed blamed ...

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ITLOS Ruling: Akufo-Addo praises Outtara’s statesmanship

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has applauded President Alassane Ouattara for his show of statesmanship, in the aftermath of the verdict passed by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of the two countries. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we realised there was a delicate moment, when it came to this dispute over our maritime border ...

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