Africa South Africa World 

European Union lifts flight suspension to Southern Africa

– – The European Union has announced the lifting of suspension on flights to and from Southern Africa, a restriction that was put in place amid the outbreak of the omicron variant. When the restriction was imposed last year, the African Union and United Nations strongly criticized it. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Nigerian counterpart asked the EU countries to reverse the travel ban. Th French presidency of the EU however said on Monday that after a meeting of the bloc’s Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) team, member…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana probes suspected bomb scare at major airport

– – Ghanaian officials have said that the country’s army is investigating a suspected bomb scare at the Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra. There was a discovery of an unattended to bag at the arrival hall of the airport’s Terminal 3 on Tuesday evening. A viral video showed an individual in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal outfit working in an area that had been cordoned off. According to local media reports, the airport was put under lockdown as passengers and staff were asked to avoid parts of the airport. The…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

UNESCO names Ghana’s Accra as World Book Capital for 2023

– – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Ghana’s capital, Accra as its World Book Capital for 2023. The West African nation will host the World Book Capital after Mexico’s Guadalajara in 2022. In a statement UNESCO said “the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.” It said picking Accra was because of its proposed programme that “seeks to use the power of books to engage these young…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana investigates bird strike that disrupted a KLM flight

– – Ghana’s aviation authorities say they have commenced investigations into a bird-strike that disrupted a KLM flight at a major airport in the capital, Accra. The incident occurred last Friday evening preventing the KLM flight from taking off at the Kotoka International Airport. The Ghana Airports Company Limited said in a statement on Saturday that investigations have already started into the incident which led to the cancellation of the flight. The pilot for the Accra to Amsterdam bound flight had reported a bird strike to the windshield of the…

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Africa East Africa Tourism World 

Sport has the power to boost conservation efforts in Kenya

– – Kenya’s wildlife is amongst the richest and most diverse on the African continent. Each year, the country’s national parks attract millions of domestic and international tourists. Kenya is home to not only Africa’s big five, which includes lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and black rhino but also to thousands of other species. The country is also where the world’s largest migration of wildlife takes place with millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra and gazelle traveling from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the south…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Tulsa race massacre survivors visit Ghana, accept citizenship

– – Two survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre in Oklahoma, United States of America are currently touring Ghana, their first visit to the continent. Viola Ford Fletcher, 107 and her brother Hughes Van Ellis, 100 are the last two known living survivors of the 1921 racist massacre in Tulsa. On May 31, 1921, a group of Black men had gone to the Tulsa courthouse to defend a young African American man accused of assaulting a white woman. They were met with a mob of hundreds of furious white…

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Africa Business Featured Nigeria West Africa World 

Beggars and hawkers banned in Nigeria’s Lagos state

– – Street begging and hawking has been banned in Nigeria’s Lagos state as officials make efforts to bring an end to the menace. A special taskforce has now been formed by the state authorities to ensure that beggars and hawkers do not roam the streets. Authorities have linked the activities of some of the beggars and hawkers to crime in the city as they are reported to be assaulting and robbing city residents. Police recently raised alarm over criminals disguising themselves as beggars and attacking Lagos residents. According to…

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Africa North Africa World 

Photos: The huge ancient Egyptian boat used by the pharaohs

– – Egyptian authorities have moved the huge boat used by the pharaohs thousands of years ago to its new home. The impressive ancient Egyptian boat from the time of the pharaohs was transported to its new home at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. The Great Boat of King Khufu which is more than 4,500 years old was discovered virtually intact in 1954. EGYPTIAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND ANTIQUITY It was unearthed in the Great Pyramid in Giza, greater Cairo, which was constructed by King Khufu. – – King…

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Africa Botswana Business Southern Africa World 

Botswana announces discovery of another huge diamond

– – Botswana has announced another discovery of a huge rough diamond, toppling an earlier huge discovery of the stone. The discovery on June 12 was carried out by the Canadian company Lucara and is a 1,174-carat gem. The latest discovered stone now becomes the world’s third largest diamonds. Lucara’s Managing Director, Naseem Lahri told AFP that this is a “historic discovery, for us and for Botswana as well.” “In the hierarchy of large stones, it ranks third,” she said during its presentation to the government in Gaborone. – –…

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Africa World 

The 20 most peaceful countries in Africa for 2021

– – The Institute for Economics and Peace has released the Global Peace Index for 2021. The index is a result of a study of 163 independent nations and territories around the world using several indicators. The indicators look at which countries are the most dangerous, as well as most peaceful to live in. A total of 23 indicators were used to compile the latest list in three categories of militarization, safety and security, and domestic and international conflict. The 2021 study has Iceland occupying the top spot and that…

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