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ECOWAS forms media corps for election reporting

The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Monday opened a two-day capacity training workshop aimed at developing and sustaining media interest in the delivery of credible, transparent and peaceful elections in the Sub-Region. ECONEC considers the media as playing key functions as a medium for public information, education and …

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AU to operationalise Mediation Support Unit

In a bid to consolidate its peace-making efforts, the African Union (AU) is in the process of operationalising its first ever Mediation Support Unit (MSU). Mr Smail Chergui, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said when established, the MSU would provide substantive and operational support to all AU-led and …

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Activists begin blockade of controversial German coal mine 

Anti-coal activists in Germany began a blockade of a controversial brown coal mine on Saturday, occupying an excavator and a rail line connecting the mine to factories. Organizers said thousands of environmentalists blocked a rail line connecting the mine to factories and other processing facilities by sitting on tracks. Police …

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ECOWAS needs functioning regional market – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday reiterated the call for a functioning common regional market in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He said a sub-regional market must be considered the fundamental objective for all, as the Region inched towards total integration. President Akufo-Addo made the call …

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AU lauds Ghana’s role in peace and security on Continent

The African Union has through an assessment report commended Ghana’s government for its role in the maintenance of peace and security in West African and the entire Continent. The Continental body said Ghana’s championing of democracy, gender equality and its adoption of mechanisms to address issues of climate change, gave …

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Forbidden Stories: Deadly border where journalists go missing

On March 26, 2018, a journalist and a photographer from Ecuador as well as their driver were kidnapped by former FARC guerillas on the border with Colombia while they were working on a story about drug-trafficking. They were found dead three months later. A group of nineteen Ecuadorian and Colombian …

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Abolish exams, Professor Jegede urges African universities

Emeritus Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, the Foundation Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria has called for the elimination of examination in the educational system in Africa. Prof Jegede said the system affects the continents goal of achieving quality education, suggesting that the education system in Africa must have …

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Africa losses $3.5b to cyber attacks – World Bank

Africa, which has yet to develop a robust digital economy, has lost an estimated $3.5 billion to cyber security attacks over the past few years, Mr Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director in Ghana, has said. He said whilst countries were focused on building their digital economies, cyber attackers continue …

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Danish Prime Minister gives utmost respect to journalists and all those who fight corruption

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Rasmussen today says he gives utmost respect to journalists and all those who are sticking it out and fighting corruption around the world. Speaking at the opening of the International Anti-Corruption Conference being held in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, he spoke about how the …

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Germany sold Saudi some $500m worth of arms this year 

The German government has approved just below half a billion euros worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia so far this year, making the kingdom the second-largest recipient after Algeria, according to an Economy Ministry document seen by dpa. Berlin approved €416.4 million ($477 million) worth of arms to Saudi …

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