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Liberia’s awful prison conditions lead to jail breaks

When over 200 prisoners broke out of Monrovia Central Prison just before Christmas, some may have felt that the inmates, many of them on remand, were justified in their actions. The prison system in Liberia, which is still recovering from a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003, is notoriously …

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Service station card scam inquiry

Details from bank cards thought to have been compromised at a Northampton filling station have been used for fraudulent spending across the globe. A Shell service station on the A45 eastbound road near Northampton is at the centre of a police investigation. Purchases were made in places like Thailand, Canada …

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French college starts degree programme in Islamic finance

A French business school launched a degree in Islamic finance on Wednesday January 21, 2009, as more European Muslims seek careers in a fast-growing sector run under the precepts of Sharia law. Islamic banks avoid business that could be considered ‘riba’ – usually translated as ‘usury’ – and will not …

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Ghanaian jailed 12 years for identity theft

A Ghanaian has been jailed for 12 years in Singapore for identity theft. The man, 33-year-old Essien Emmanuel was sentenced Wednesday January 21, 2009 for his involvement in the cloning of credit cards and theft of cash from Citibank auto-teller machines, Singaporean media and press have reported. Emmanuel pleaded guilty …

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Guinea junta audits industry leaders

Guinea’s ruling junta has summoned former ministers and top business executives to appear Thursday before an audit commission investigating corruption, a public order published Wednesday said. Top businessmen such as employers’ federation chief Mamadou Sylla and representatives of the country’s rich bauxite mines have also been summoned to appear before …

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Obama’s first interview as President

The following is a transcript of Robin Roberts’ exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, on his opening day as the nation’s first black president. The president talks to ABC’s Robin Roberts about the error at inauguration. ROBIN ROBERTS: “Mr. President.” Sound good, doesn’t it. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It’s got a …

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US banking shares decline sharply

Leading US indexes saw their biggest one-day fall in nearly two months, with banking shares falling sharply amid concerns over the sector’s outlook. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 332 points or 4% to 7,949.09 while the Standard & Poor’s dropped 5.2% and the Nasdaq shed 5.7%. As he …

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Made in Ghana cloth in Obama inauguration celebrations in US

Made in Ghana cloth took centre stage in  the celebrations to mark the inauguration of President Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America Tuesday January 20, 2009 the Connecticut Post reports. While most Americans simply watched the televised ceremonies for Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration Tuesday, …

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Historic: Obama takes office

Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America’s first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord” to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of …

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Detained Ivorian cocoa officials complain of rights abuse

Top officials from Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry detained under a corruption probe ordered by President Laurent Gbagbo have complained of human rights violations, their lawyer said Monday. Narcisse Aka said in a statement he had filed a complaint against Ivory Coast to the court of the regional body, the Economic …

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