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Chinese vessel fined $1m over illegal fishing in Ghana

Ghanaian authorities have fined owners of a Chinese vessel that engaged in illegal fishing in the country’s waters. Owners of the fishing vessel, Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 will have to pay a $1 million fine for illegal fishing and additional $22, 700 (GHc124,000) for having fish onboard. According to local news outlet CITI FM reporting, the fishing vessel was arrested offshore Ghana’s Cape-3-point in June this year. 27 persons comprising 22 Ghanaians and five Chinese nationals were onboard the vessel. Ghana decided to drop charges against the vessel owners…

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Uganda and Zambia reject Huawei spying claims

Uganda has denied allegations it hacked into the encrypted communications of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”. It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria. Zambia has also rejected the report. Information…

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Nigerian pastor trying to escape arrest killed in China

A Nigerian pastor, Joseph Nwajueze has been killed in China by security operatives. He was reportedly escaping arrest from security operatives for alleged visa violations. According to reports the Chinese security operatives in an attempt to capture the fleeing Nwajueze, used a security gadget to demobilise him. The security gadget made the pastor numb, leading to his fall, which eventually led to his death. Joseph Nwajueze was living with his wife, Chinwe, and four children in China before this incident. The Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike…

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Ghana downplays severity of illegal rosewood trade

Ghanaian officials appear to be downplaying the severity of the illegal logging of rosewood in the country. Rosewood has been classified as endangered plant given its economic value in Ghana, but illegal logging of the tree and it’s exportation to China has been on the rise. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) last month said in a report that the illegal trade and felling of rosewood trees has continued despite a ban in place since 2012. It estimates that in the past seven years, some six million rosewood trees had been…

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Real Madrid block Bale China move

Gareth Bale’s move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning has been cancelled by Real Madrid, a source close to Wales forward told AFP on Sunday. Bale, 30, who has been in the Spanish capital since 2013, was expected to join the Chinese Super League outfit on a three-year-deal worth £1 million ($1.1 million) a week. The 77-time international had been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane he does not form part of his future plans at the Bernabeu. The former Tottenham Hotspur winger came off the bench to play half an…

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