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Relocate Pan-African Parliament from xenophobic South Africa – Ablakwa

The Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has charged the African Union to consider relocating its Pan-African Parliament from Midrand, South Africa as part of measures to sanction the country for recurrent violent attacks on foreign nationals. According to Mr Ablakwa, South African …

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Outrage on Twitter over SA Xenophobic attacks

Social media users have reacted in disgust and horror following reports of fresh xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Several videos capturing harrowing scenes have emerged of South Africans subjecting other African nationals to beatings and other forms torture. Nigerians, who claim they’ve been the targeted group in the recent attacks …

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Pope freed by firefighters after being stuck in Vatican lift

Pope Francis has apologised for arriving late for his weekly prayer in St Peter’s Square, saying he was stuck in a lift in the Vatican. The 82-year-old pontiff said he had been trapped in the lift for 25 minutes because of a power outage before he was freed by firefighters. …

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Stakeholders review Beijing Declaration

Stakeholders, including civil society groups, women and gender rights activists, have expressed their worry about the increasing spate violence against women, and dwindling resources hindering the empowerment of women globally. They said despite the progress made towards gender equality over the years, women and girls still face widespread poverty, abuses, …

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Man who stole $50 to be freed after 36 years in jail

An Alabama judge has ordered that a man who robbed a bakery of $50.75 (£41.72) be released from his life sentence. Alvin Kennard, 58, was handed the harsh sentence under strict rules introduced in the 1970s to deter repeat offenders. The ruling provoked an emotional reaction from friends and family, …

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French cyberpolice break up massive hacking ring

French internet police have neutralised a hacking operation that had taken control of more than 850,000 computers, mainly in Latin America, since 2016. The agents went into action last spring after the Czech antivirus firm Avast alerted them to the software worm, called Retadup, that was being controlled by a …

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Ablakwa solidarises with Brazilians over Amazon rainforest fire

The Chairman of the Ghana Brazil Parliamentary Friendship Association is solidarising with the South American country as desperate efforts are made to put out the fire eating away the Amazon forest. “I extend the solidarity and very best wishes of Ghanaian MPs as desperate efforts to put out fires in the Amazon rainforest …

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Insect-only eatery aims to make bugs palatable

Bugs have a lot of potential — as a food source. The average diner may be skeptical, but that’s the position of food scientist Leah Bessa and her partners. Their South Africa-based company, Gourmet Grubb, produces ice cream made from an insect-based dairy alternative they’ve named EntoMilk. It’s made from Hermetia illucens, the black soldier fly. And …

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