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South African teacher admits killing teen with albinism for ritual

A 40-year-old South African teacher, Josiah Thubane, has admitted guilt to kidnapping and killing a 13-year-old girl with albinism, Gabisile Shabane, for a ritual referred to locally as muti. The man, who is only one of four men accused of the crime, also abducted a 15-month-old baby without albinism and …

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How a Nigerian scammer conned a woman out of $200,000

The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It grew into an internet romance over 10 months of daily emails. It ended with the woman $200,000 poorer and on the verge of bankruptcy …

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At 19 hours, this is the world’s longest flight

Regular nonstop flights between the east coast of Australia and London or New York could soon become a reality. In preparation, Australian airline Qantas has announced three test flights, with 40 people traveling directly from London or New York to Sydney, to see how the human body copes with 19 solid hours of …

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Catholic cleric loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of sexual abuse, has failed in a legal bid to quash his convictions in Australia. Pell was jailed for six years in March after being found guilty of abusing two boys in a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s. He …

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Nigerian teenager stages own kidnap for party money

Police in the Nigerian city of Jos are investigating the circumstances of how a 15-year-old boy staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his father for his release. “It was expertly done,” police spokesman Terna Tyopev told the BBC. The teenager and four of his older friends, who …

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Uganda, Zambia deny Huawei helped spy on political opponents

Uganda and Zambia on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had helped them spy on political opponents. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported this week that Huawei technicians helped the two African governments intercept communications and social media activity of their opponents, while also tracking …

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No pupil will be sacked for not wearing new uniforms – GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) says no pupil will be sacked for not wearing the new school uniforms for Junior High School students when the academic year starts in September. Commenting on its implementation, the Director-General of GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa said the old uniform will be phased out …

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GHS launches mobile app to strengthen disease surveillance

A new mobile application (app) dubbed ‘GEPP’ was on Tuesday Launched in Accra for use by the public to aid the early detection and prevention of infectious diseases. The app developed under the Global Epidemic Prevention Platform (GEPP), a collaborative initiative between the Korean Telecom (KT) and the Ghana Health …

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UK signals tariffs on Ghanaian goods after Brexit

Ghanaian businesses that export products to the UK will be compelled to pay tariffs on their goods exported from next year after Britain exits the European Union. This is will happen if the government fails to sign a continuity agreement for its exporters to enjoy the benefit of the Economic …

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Saudi King to build medical university, 42 SHS blocks for Ghana

The Saudi King, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has pledged to finance the construction of a medical university in the northern part of Ghana. The Saudi King has also promised to provide funding for the construction of 42 Senior High Schools in Ghana.  Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia revealed these …

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