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Togolese President Gnassingbe is new chairman of ECOWAS

By: BBC/Africanews Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been named the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Liberia’s capital Monrovia. He takes over the rotational role from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who faced a tough task in her 12-month tenure. This was announced at …

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UN to honour two Ghanaian Peacekeepers posthumously

By: Ghana News Agency Two Ghanaians are among the 117 who would posthumously receive the Dag HammarsKjold Medal at the United Nations Headquarters. MR Antonio Gutteres, Secretary General of the United would perform a wreathlaying ceremony to commemorate the heroes who served the world with their hearts. The Ghanaian heroes …

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Manchester attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt in suicide bombing

By: BBC Twenty-two people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened in the foyer at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. Police said the lone male attacker, who died in …

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Rwanda fines MTN 8.5m dollars

By: BBC Africa Rwanda’s telecom regulator says it has fined South African-owned mobile phone giant MTN about $8.5m (£6.6m) for breaching its licensing conditions by hosting its IT services outside the country. MTN Rwanda pressed ahead with hosting IT services in neighbouring Uganda despite being warned that it would constitute …

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39 year old Macron elected new French President

By: BBC Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39, the country’s youngest president. Mr Macron will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since …

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Manchester United fans in Nigeria electrocuted watching match

By: BBC Africa|April 21, 2017 At least seven people died after an electric cable fell on fans watching a Manchester United match on TV in Nigeria, police say. The high-tension cable fell on a crowded shack showing the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in the southern city of Calabar. At …

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Russian court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist

By: Reuters News|April 21, 2017 Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses were an “extremist” organization and must disband and hand over all property to the state, local media said. The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its “liquidation” in Russia. “We are greatly disappointed by this development …

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Zimbabweans to pay school fees with ‘Goats and Sheep’

By: Africafreeds/April 18, 2017 Parents in Zimbabwe can now pay the school fees of their children using livestock. That is the announcement from the country’s government. Zimbabwe’s Minister Lazarus Dokora has said that managers of schools must be willing to accept the new mode of payment.  The Finance minister of …

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Three-week-old baby killed in an attack on Parent’s car

By: Mirror UK A three-week-old baby was killed in front of his brother and sister when a gunman opened fire on his parents’ car. Marcus Thomas Jr died when bullets tore through the parked vehicle in a “targeted” attack. His dad Marcus Sr was hit four times but survived and …

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Benin’s parliament rejects one-term limit on presidency

By: BBC Africa Benin’s National Assembly has narrowly rejected a proposal by President Patrice Talon to amend the constitution. He was seeking to limit his successors to a single six-year term in office. Mr Talon was elected last year, saying he wanted to shorten presidential terms to combat complacency. He …

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