USAID boss to visit Ethiopia in push for aid access

The head of the US aid agency (USAID), Samantha Power, will next week visit Ethiopia to push for more aid to be allowed into conflict-hit Tigray region. Ms Power will meet government officials to seek a solution to the lack of humanitarian aid to those affected by the nine-month conflict. On Thursday, UN humanitarian chief […]

Arrest warrant on Ivory Coast’s Simone Gbagbo lifted

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has lifted an international arrest warrant against former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo. She was facing accusations of crimes against humanity committed during the country’s 2010-2011 post-election crisis – after her husband’s refusal to hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, who won the 2010 election. The ICC said “the […]

Banned Nigerian athletes hold protest in Tokyo

A group of Nigerian athletes – who were ruled ineligible to compete at the Olympics in Tokyo – have held a protest in the Japanese city. On Wednesday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) ruled that a total of 20 competitors, including 10 from Nigeria, would be unable to take part in the competition because of non-compliance […]

Malawi president defends daughter’s diplomatic job

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera says it is “unfair” to criticise him for appointing his daughter as a diplomat. “I have made over 2,000 appointments in the civil service, and Malawians have a problem with only one person – my daughter, who is going to Brussels as a diplomat. Why? I’m very disappointed. It’s unfair,” Mr […]

China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft Exchange servers

The UK, US and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year. The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30,000 organisations globally. The UK said Chinese state-backed actors were responsible, while the EU said the attack came from “the territory of China”. The Chinese Ministry of State Security […]

Civil Society Organisations in oil and gas demand accountability in operation of BOST


Executive Director of the Institute of Energy Policy and Research, Mr Kwadwo Poku, says the Civil Society Organisations in Oil and Gas will continue to demand accountability from Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST), to ensure that Ghanaians get value for money in the operations of fuel depots across the country. Mr. Poku told […]

Kojokrom Gari Processors launch first product

Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis, Mr. Abdul-Mumin Issah, has lauded the willingness of the women in the “Kojokrom Gari Co-operative” to empower themselves and alleviate poverty through the Gari business.He said, “As a private businessman, I believe in skills and entrepreneurship and I, therefore, commend the initiators of this great idea to […]

Nigerian newspapers in joint front-page protest

Nigerian newspapers have jointly published the same front page as part of a campaign by the country’s media industry to oppose two media bills that they see as undermining press freedom in the country. Alongside the words “information blackout” is an image of what appears to be a child with jail bars replacing the mouth. […]

Tunisia calls for diaspora help amid Covid surge


Tunisia’s government has appealed for help from citizens abroad after the authorities declared the country’s health system had “collapsed”, amid a rapid surge of the Delta variant which has led to increase in hospitalisation. “Donate money, medical and paramedical equipment,” the Tunisian embassy in France said in a post on Facebook. A spokesperson for the […]

Kaaka’s family declines invitation to appear before committee


Family of the deceased Social Activist, Ibrahim Mohammed alias Kaaka, who were expected to appear before the Committee today, has declined the invitation due to their doubts about the outcome of the committee’s work based on its performance so far. The Family’s Spokesperson, Nafiu Mohammed, in a statement explained that events in the past few days […]