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Three more ratifications to kickstart implementation of AfCFTA

Egypt’s Parliament has approved the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, bringing the total approvals to 19, of which 15 have already been deposited as the formal instrument with the African Union Commission Secretariat. Mr Bakary Dosso, the Acting Director of Economic Commission for Africa Sub-Regional …

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UN declares 2021–2030 Ecosystem Restoration Decade

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared 2021–2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity. …

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Germany extends arms export ban to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing

The German government plans to extend a ban on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia for an additional two weeks, dpa has confirmed. The temporary extension, first reported Friday by German magazine Spiegel, was agreed to in principle by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. No official announcement has …

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US Supreme Court strips World Bank of immunity from legal suits – Report

The United States Supreme Court has revoked the legal immunity enjoyed by the World Bank, according to a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). In a 7-1 ruling, the Court rejected the Bank’s claims of complete legal immunity and ruled that one of the members in the …

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R Kelly’s concert in Germany cancelled after abuse charges 

R Kelly’s concert in Germany has been cancelled in light of “new and objective facts,” organizers said Tuesday. The news comes after a judge set the Grammy-winning R&B singer’s bond at 1 million dollars last week. The singer had handed himself in to police in Chicago amid allegations he abused four …

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How investments in WAFM is stimulating growth in food production and processing in West Africa

Agriculture is core to the economy of West Africa, representing some 35 per cent of the region’s GDP and offering about 60 per cent of all jobs. The meaningful development of agriculture will bolster food security and potentially drive overall economic growth in the region. But that growth can only …

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London Stock Exchange, Ghana to co-operate in developing capital markets

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has agreed to partner Ghana in a bid to aid the development and robustness of her capital markets infrastructure. The agreement was reached when Ghana’s delegation, led by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, held a joint meeting with the leadership of the LSE, at the …

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African parents urged to open conversation on sex with their children

Mrs Cecilia Eben Bleeker, the Founder and President of the Bleeker Foundation International, a Health Non-governmental Organisation, on Monday encouraged African parents to help break the ice around open conversations on sex and sexuality with their children. She said this has become very critical in the light of the soaring …

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WANEP calls for urgent attention on deteriorating crisis in Cameroon

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has called for urgent attention on the deteriorating crisis in Cameroon and its implication for stability in West Africa. A statement issued by WANEP and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the organisation wished to express its concern and to draw global …

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537 Ebola deaths reported in DRC – UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported 537 deaths among the 844 cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since last August, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said OCHA reported Wednesday that the …

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