Ghanaian president sacks energy minister

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has relieved Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, of his post with immediate effect, the presidency said. According to the presidency, Mr Akufo-Addo has asked Mr Agyarko to hand over to John Amewu, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, who would act temporarily as Minister for Energy, until a substantive appointment is made. No reason was assigned for Mr Agyarko’s sack. However, local reports say his dismissal was linked to attempts by his ministry to amend portions of the controversial 510 million dollars power deal…

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Trump admits his son met Russians for dirt on Clinton

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was “totally legal” and “done all the time in politics.” The Republican president had previously said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by Americans. Trump’s morning Twitter post was his most direct statement on the purpose of the meeting, though his son and others have said it was to gather damaging information on the Democratic candidate. In a…

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Polish president proposes vote on new constitution

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday presented plans for a non-binding vote on a new constitution to address issues ranging from giving the president greater powers to the supremacy of Polish laws over EU ones. The right-wing head of state had 10 questions for the proposed November 10-11 referendum, including whether a new constitution should replace the current one adopted in 1997 after Poland peacefully shed communism. Other issues include if the supremacy of Polish law over EU law should be enshrined and whether the preamble should refer to Poland’s…

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UNHCR welcomes EU’s deal on Mediterranean migrants’ stand-off

  The UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has given a cautious welcome to the decision by several EU countries to take in some 450 migrants who have been stranded at Mediterranean Sea for days. The UN refugee agency chief, however, warned that a “ship-by-ship” arrangement was not sustainable, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. The development came after the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain and Portugal ended a disembarkation stand-off involving the migrants, who had set out from the Libya coast, by agreeing…

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Back in Washington, Donald Trump under pressure to reverse course on Russia

President Donald Trump found himself isolated and under pressure to reverse course Tuesday after publicly challenging the US intelligence conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election during his face-to-face with Vladimir Putin. At his inaugural summit with the Russian president in Finland, Trump appeared to accept at face value the strongman’s denial that c interfered in a bid to undermine the Democrat Hillary Clinton — a stance that triggered bipartisan outrage at home. Back in Washington, Trump sounded a defensive note, insisting his meeting with Putin had been “even…

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Barack Obama: French World Cup victors show triumph of diversity

Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out the African heritage of many players in France’s World Cup-winning football team in a speech paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. Speaking in Johannesburg to mark 100 years since Mandela’s birth, Obama said that embracing diversity “delivers practical benefits since it ensures that a society can draw upon the energy and skills of all people.” “And if you doubt that, just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup — because not all these folks look like Gauls to…

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Haiti premier resigns after days of protests

Jack Guy Lafontant, Haiti’s embattled prime minister, has announced his resignation following days of violent protests sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices. “I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic”, who has “accepted my resignation”, Lafontant said on Saturday in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature. Haiti’s parliament was debating a vote of no-confidence against Lafontant. The unrest started after the government unveiled a proposal to remove fuel subsidies which in turn would have hiked fuel prices: 38 percent for gasoline, 47 percent for diesel…

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At 85, Cameroon’s Paul Biya seeks 7th term for fresh 7 years

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya said on Friday he would run for re-election in October, aiming to extend his 36-year rule by seven years and keep his place on the roster of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. The 85-year-old who came to power in 1982 when his predecessor retired is seeking a seventh term that could see him rule well into his 92nd birthday. It would leave him in rare company after former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh were ousted in 2017. Of Africa’s living rulers, only Equatorial Guinea’s President…

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UN confirms arms embargo on South Sudan

The UN Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan. Adopting a resolution by a vote of nine in favour and none against, with six abstentions, the 15-member body obliged all UN Member States to immediately to take necessary measures regarding the arms embargo, that will remain in effect until May 31 next year. Côte d’Ivoire, France, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and United States were in favour, while Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea,…

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Donald Trump nominates conservative judge to Supreme Court

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative Federal Court of Appeals Judge, to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit would fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Trump, while announcing Kavanaugh, said: “One of the most profound responsibility of the President of the United States – selection of a Supreme Court Justice. “I often heard that other than matters of world peace, this is the most important…

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