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FILE PHOTO: Cocoa beans are pictured in Ghana's eastern cocoa town of Akim Akooko September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Kwasi Kpodo/File Photo

Incoming Ghana government gives cocoa sector chance of fresh start

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg | ACCRA Ghana’s incoming government could give the country’s $2 billion cocoa industry a boost if it installs a more transparent executive at industry regulator Cocobod and implements reforms, industry sources said. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) said its priority is to push annual cocoa output […]

Sen. Cory Gardner took pains to cast his proposal as far broader than the Russian hacking of U.S. election officials. | AP Photo
Politics USA World

Pressure grows on McConnell for special Russia hacking probe

Sen. Cory Gardner plans to introduce legislation to create a select committee to investigate an array of cyber security threats. By BURGESS EVERETT John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s bipartisan push to create a special committee to investigate Russia’s election-season hacking and other cybersecurity threats received a potential boost Monday as […]

Scores of anti-Kabila protesters have been shot dead, like those during election demonstrations in September in Kinshasa. Credit John Bompengo/Associated Press
Africans Abroad Others World

As President Joseph Kabila Digs In, Tensions Rise in Congo

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up. Instead, he is digging in. His second term is […]

A man, reported by The Associated Press to be the gunman, after the shooting of the Russian ambassador, on the floor, on Monday at a gallery in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Credit Hasim Kilic/Hurriyet, via Reuters
Europe World

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Is Assassinated in Ankara

ISTANBUL — Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what the leaders of Turkey and Russia called a provocative terrorist attack. The gunman, described by Turkish […]

Prof Mike Ocquaye (L) and other NPP members at thanksgiving service

Next Speaker of Parliament will come from the coast – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has given hints of who the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would put up for election as the next Speaker of Parliament from 2017 to 2020. Even though he did not mention a name, his description of the candidate fits that of Papa […]

Soldiers at Takoradi Police station

Soldiers vandalize police station in Takoradi

About 20 personnel of the Ghana Air Force base in Takoradi yesterday went on rampage at the Kwesimintsim Police Station in the Western Region, attacking two police personnel on duty, (a male and female). The police personnel, who sustained various degrees of injury, were attacked purportedly with clubs and metal […]

8 Conversations you must have before you get married

8 Conversations you must have before you get married

As a marriage therapist, I see a lot of couples, a lot of heartbreak, and a lot of sadness. Then—eventually—that turns into a lot of happiness and smiles. I see them thinking, “yes, we are going to make it.” Those are the moments that I hang on to. Although many […]

President Robert Mugabe called for unity in his party.

Zanu-PF confirms 92 year old Mugabe as 2018 election candidate

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 elections. Mr Mugabe, who is 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. At the party’s conference, the Zanu-PF youth wing even proposed that Mr Mugabe should be declared president for life. […]

Daniel Amartey snatches a point for Leicester City

Daniel Amartey snatches a point for Leicester City

Champions Leicester City recovered from Jamie Vardy’s red card and a two-goal deficit to claim an incredible draw at Stoke City. Vardy was contentiously dismissed by referee Craig Pawson for a two-footed tackle on Mame Diouf. Stoke took advantage to score twice before half-time, with Bojan Krkic converting a penalty […]

Antonio Guterres, UN Sec. General elect

“The right man for an impossible job”? New UN head has Catholic roots

Even before a new president takes office in the United States there will have been another major shift on the global stage. On January 1, a new United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, will replace Ban Ki-moon, who steps down after a decade in office. António Guterres is the first secretary-general […]