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Government urged to help end violence against women

Madam Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, United Nations Resident Coordinator, has called on the government to do more in the fight against gender-based violence. She said abuse against women and girls had gone beyond domestic and was happening in all places including; churches which needed government’s attention. Madam Lopez-Ekra was speaking at the …

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Ghana, South Africa officials meet to finalise visa free arrangement

The South African Minister for Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has indicated that South Africa was committed to ensuring the full implementation of the visa waiver arrangements with Ghana to enhance travels between the two countries. South Africa announced a free entry visa for Ghanaians and citizens of seven other countries …

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Uber had 6,000 US sexual assault reports in two years

Uber said it received almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the United States in 2017 and 2018. While the number of cases rose in 2018, the rate of incidents dropped by 16%, as the number of journeys was higher. The data was published in a report which Uber said showed …

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Top Nigerian senator guilty of stealing $19.6m

Prominent Nigerian senator Orji Uzor Kalu has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of 39 fraud charges amounting to $19.6m (£14.9m). Kalu is a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress and a chief whip in the federal parliament’s upper house. He was accused, …

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‘Internet fraud academy’ busted in Nigeria

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has arrested 23 people undergoing training in internet fraud scams in a remote village in the south of the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the suspects – aged between 19 and 35 – were being trained on how to carry out …

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Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast: UN

At least 58 people, including women and children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the United Nations’ migration agency said on Wednesday. The perilous sea passage from West Africa to Europe was once a major route for migrants seeking jobs …

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UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox

A patient has been diagnosed with the rare viral infection monkeypox in the south west of England. It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England (PHE) said. According to the World Health Organisation, the condition is similar to human smallpox and although it is …

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Chinese tech firm Huawei to sue US as security fight heats up

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei said Wednesday it plans to sue the U.S. government over the latest attempt to blacklist the company from the American market over security concerns. Huawei is at the center of a battle between the U.S. and China over the future of the internet, specifically the …

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Doctors treating Ebola flee DR Congo’s east amid deadly violence

The non-profit group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) pulled its foreign staff out of an eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo after an armed group tried to enter its compound. The group is the latest aid agency to withdraw its staff from the Biakato region, after three health workers treating Ebola were killed in an …

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How China-US rivalry is dividing the internet

When Hyunjin Seo visited Beijing in July last year, she scrolled through Google News on her smartphone and discovered several reports about an attack on the city’s US embassy. An associate professor at the University of Kansas’s journalism department, she bypassed China’s strict digital media censors thanks to the roaming …

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