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10
Nov
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Two robbery suspects jump to their death, three others arrested

A daring escape bid by two suspected robbers in handcuffs – jumping from a storey building at Sepe in Kumasi, turned tragic as they died of serious injuries sustained.

They were identified as Mohammed Lukeman and Awudu Usman.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, told journalists that the deceased were members of a robbery gang, terrorizing residents of the city.

Three of thier colleagues, Emmanuel Fosu, alias “Alhaji”, Farouk Amadu, alias “Burger” and Saliu Yakubu, alias “Baba Tunde”, have been arrested and detained.

The deceased had told investigators after their arrest that they had been keeping guns for the robbery attacks in a house and had led the police to the place only to make the daring escape attempt.

ASP Obeng indicated that the gang was linked to series of robbery in the metropolis and the arrest of the members was based upon intelligence.

Fri
27
Oct

Low turnout taints Kenyatta victory in Kenya election re-run

Results of Kenya’s presidential election re-run started to trickle in on Friday, with early estimates of the turnout at below 35 percent, dealing a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hopes for a decisive second-term mandate.

Tue
17
Oct

Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to set up a strategic co-operation framework, and have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SAP), to that end, which will give new momentum to Ivorian-Ghanaian co-operation.

This agreement covers the areas of Defence and Security; Cocoa and cashew economy and other strategic crops; Maritime cooperation; Mining, energy and environment; Transport; and Economic policies.

Signing the agreement on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that “this Agreement will bind our two countries in even closer intimacy, and go beyond the conventional tools of co-operation, and, I am confident, will yield results of a historic and enduring nature for our two peoples.”

The signing of the Agreement was conducted at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, 17th October, 2017, at the end of the 2-day visit to Ghana by the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.

Fri
06
Oct

Suspected monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria

A suspected monkeypox outbreak has hit Nigeria's southern Bayelsa State, with at least 10 people quarantined because of fears that they have contracted the viral infection, health officials are quoted by local media as saying.

They 10 include a doctor, and efforts are being made to trace 49 other people who had contact with those thought to be infected by the virus, the privately owned Punch newspaper reports.

Monkeypox is a rare smallpox-like disease, which is not usually fatal to humans.

The Punch quoted Bayelsa State Health Commissioner Ebitimitula Etebu as saying that the outbreak had not yet been confirmed and samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in Senegal for tests.

The results would indicate whether there was an outbreak, he said, adding:

Sat
30
Sep

US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal

US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business.

He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since May at a cost of $400,000 (£300,000) to taxpayers.

Government officials, except those dealing with national security matters, are required to take commercial flights for work related travel.
Three other members of President Donald Trump's cabinet are under scrutiny for using private planes while working.

A White House statement said President Trump had accepted Mr Price's resignation, adding that Don J Wright had been designated as acting health secretary. Mr Wright is currently deputy assistant secretary for health.

The White House revolving door: Who's gone?

In his letter of resignation, seen by the New York Times, Mr Price said he regretted that "recent events have created a distraction" from the work of the health department.

Mon
25
Sep

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country.

Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers.

This applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, the minister added. The world "should clearly remember" it was the US that first declared war, Mr Ri said.

The two sides have been engaged in an increasingly angry war of words. Despite weeks of tension, experts have played down the risk of direct conflict between the two.

After Mr Ri addressed the United Nations on Saturday, the US president responded by tweeting that Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "won't be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric.

Mr Ri's response came as he was leaving New York, following the UN General Assembly.

Thu
21
Sep

Trump speech is 'a dog's bark' - North Korea

North Korea's top diplomat has called US President Donald Trump's speech to the UN "the sound of a barking dog".

Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if it posed a threat to the US or its allies.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho's comments were North Korea's first official response to the speech.

The North has continued to develop its nuclear and weapons programmes, in defiance of a UN ban.

Mr Ri told reporters near the UN headquarters in New York: "There is a saying that goes: 'Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on'."

"If [Trump] was thinking about surprising us with the sound of a barking dog then he is clearly dreaming."

Speaking about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Mr Trump had told the UN: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime."

Mon
11
Sep

Kenya’s reelections will cost taxpayers an extra $117 million

Kenya is set to hold another expensive election—with taxpayers expected to foot the $117 million needed for the upcoming presidential poll.

Ezra Chiloba, the chief executive officer of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said the October election will cost about 12 billion shillings, most of which will go towards facilitating human resources and logistics. In an interview with The EastAfrican newspaper, Chiloba said they will present the budget to treasury officials this week.

Fri
08
Sep

Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises as rescue effort begins

The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 58, officials say.

A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under rubble. President Enrique Peña Nieto says at least 200 people have been injured.

The 8.1-magnitude quake was the strongest to hit the region in a century.

"The National Emergency Committee is currently reporting 58 deaths from the September 7 earthquake," the agency's director, Luis Felipe Puente, wrote on Twitter.

Officials said 45 deaths had been reported in Oaxaca; 10 in Chiapas and three in Tabasco.

One of the worst hit towns was Juchitán, in Oaxaca, where at least 17 deaths have been reported. The town hall and a number of other buildings were destroyed or badly damaged.

Tue
05
Sep

Lesotho army chief shot dead

The commander of the Lesotho defence force has been shot dead this morning.

There are reports that there was gunfire at an army barracks between high-ranking officers earlier today that led to the death of two high ranking army officers at Lesotho’s Ratjomose Barracks in Maseru.

Reports indicate that the commander of the army, Lt General Khoantle Motsomotso and one of the top suspects in the assassination of late Lt General Maaparankoe Mahao, Lt Colonel Bulane Sechele were shot dead

The minister of defence Sentje Lebona has confirmed the in-fighting and that some soldiers have run away but could not confirm deaths.

It is not yet known what was the source of fighting between high ranking army officers.

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