Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo wins re-election as 5 killed

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo won re-election with 51.59 percent of the vote, results from the election commission showed on Wednesday, as deadly violence gripped the West African country. The results follow a contentious poll that both candidates had said they were leading based on their camps’ tallies, five people were killed in election violence since Monday, police said, marring what observers said was a well-organised vote. The Ghanaian Police Service said it recorded more than 60 incidents at Monday’s vote, in which President Nana Akufo-Addo ran for re-election against his main rival, former president John Mahama, and 10 other candidates. … Continue reading Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo wins re-election as 5 killed

Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid dead at 53 from colon cancer

Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid died Monday morning from colon cancer, her family announced in an Instagram post. “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the loss of our beautiful Natalie this morning from colon cancer,” her family wrote. She was 53. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” Los Angeles Premiere – Red Carpet “She was a bright light in this world. A queen. An extraordinary mother and wife.” Desselle-Reid was known for her roles in “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “B*A*P*S,” and “Def Jam’s How to Be a Player.” She played Janie Egins for three seasons on the television show “Eve.” “B*A*P*S” … Continue reading Actress Natalie Desselle-Reid dead at 53 from colon cancer

Preliminary election results hand victory to Kabore in Burkina Faso

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s leader, according to preliminary results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission. Mr Kabore with 57.87 percent of the vote, is provisionally elected president of [Burkina] Faso in the first round, Newton Ahmed Barry, head of the commission, said on Thursday. Kabore vowed on Thursday to strengthen dialogue in his troubled country after the landslide victory in his bid for a second term. “I will deploy all my efforts so that through continuous consultation, through dialogue we can work together for peace and development, he said at his … Continue reading Preliminary election results hand victory to Kabore in Burkina Faso

The loyalty oath keeping Rwandans abroad in check

Leaked footage of a controversial “oath” ceremony at the Rwandan High Commission in London has fuelled allegations of an aggressive global crackdown on dissent by the authoritarian government of the small East African nation, dubbed the new “North Korea” by it’s critics. Members of the Rwandan diaspora have told reporters that such ceremonies are commonplace and designed to instill fear and obedience. One man said his relatives back in Rwanda had been abducted and possibly killed to punish him for refusing to co-operate. The Rwandan authorities have dismissed the allegations as false and unsubstantiated. In the video footage, recently circulated … Continue reading The loyalty oath keeping Rwandans abroad in check

Prominent Libyan lawyer gunned down in Benghazi

Hanan al-Barassi was gunned down by armed men in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya. Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord has condemned the killing of prominent Libyan lawyer and women’s rights activist Hanan al-Barassi, who was gunned down by armed men Tuesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, her killing in Benghazi, which falls under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA), came just a day after she shared comments on social media criticizing the son of renegade military general and LNA leader Khalifa Haftar. “The assassination of human rights defenders and opinion-holders and the silencing of voices is … Continue reading Prominent Libyan lawyer gunned down in Benghazi

Ivory Coast ex-rebel leader asks army to join opposition

An influential former rebel leader has told Ivory Coast’s army to mutiny and back a rival breakaway government in the wake of a contested presidential election that the opposition says was illegal. President Alassane Ouattara won the election with 94 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission. However, the opposition boycotted the vote, arguing Ouattara’s bid for a third term broke a legal two-term limit and undermined the country’s democratic process. Police in riot gear surrounded the houses of two of Ouattara’s main rivals on Wednesday after the government accused them of sedition for creating a parallel administration in defiance of … Continue reading Ivory Coast ex-rebel leader asks army to join opposition

Polls open in Tanzania’s general election

Polls have opened in Tanzania’s general election, following nationwide reports of restricted internet access plus the arrest of an opposition leader in the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar. Voters have until 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT) to cast their ballot, results are expected to be announced within one week. President John Magufuli, whose Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) party has ruled Tanzania since independence in 1961, is seeking a second term in office, his main challenger is Tundu Lissu of the biggest opposition party, Chadema, who survived an assassination attempt three years ago, he returned from Belgium in July where he had … Continue reading Polls open in Tanzania’s general election

Ten people killed in Guinea’s post-election violence

Eight civilians and two policemen were killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters after a tense presidential election with results showing President Alpha Conde in the lead. Guinea’s security ministry announced the death toll on Wednesday following last weekend’s vote, this strategy of chaos was orchestrated to jeopardise the elections of October 18, the ministry said in a statement, adding numerous people were wounded in the unrest, without providing a specific figure. Opposition supporters burned barricades in the streets on Wednesday after initial results showed Conde ahead in vote-counting, at least three people died … Continue reading Ten people killed in Guinea’s post-election violence

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Paramount Pictures studio Involving Police

There was a large police presence at the Paramount Pictures studio lot in Los Angeles after a reported officer-involved shooting. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had responded to a call of a man with a knife at around 10.15 p.m. on Sunday, according to Fox11. According to CBS Los Angeles, an incident at the studio lot led to a standoff between a suspect and officers, it wasn’t immediately clear what injuries were sustained, officers were using a K9 unit to search buildings on the lot, according to the station. Photojournalist John Schreiber tweeted that LAPD officers were … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Paramount Pictures studio Involving Police

#EndSARS: Nigeria says Special Anti-Robbery Squad dissolved

Nigeria’s police chief has announced the dissolution of a notorious anti-robbery unit following days of widespread protests against police brutality, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has long been accused of harassment, unlawful arrests, torture and even murder, thousands of people marched across the country this week to demand it be disbanded, while #EndSARS trended online in Nigeria for several days. In a statement on Sunday, Muhammed Adamu, inspector general of police, said the unit had been abolished “with immediate effect”, a move that was in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people. He added, however, that all SARS officers … Continue reading #EndSARS: Nigeria says Special Anti-Robbery Squad dissolved

Tax evasion and theft ‘rob Africa’ of $89bn a year: UN study

Africa is losing nearly $89bn a year in illicit financial flows such as tax evasion and theft, amounting to more than it receives in development aid, a new UN study shows. The estimate, published on Monday in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) 248-page report, is the UN’s most comprehensive to date for Africa. It shows an increasing trend over time and is higher than most previous estimates. Nearly half of the total annual figure of $88.6bn is accounted for by the export of commodities such as gold, diamonds and platinum, the report said. For example, gold … Continue reading Tax evasion and theft ‘rob Africa’ of $89bn a year: UN study

Jessica Szohr, ‘Gossip Girl’ star, is pregnant

Jessica Szohr, star of “Gossip Girl,” announced she is pregnant. Congratulations are in order for “Gossip Girl” star Jessica Szohr and her professional hockey player boyfriend, Brad Richardson. Szohr shared the news Wednesday on her verified Instagram account. “Full of Joy,” she wrote in the caption of a photo showing her smiling as Richardson bends down near her baby bump. The pair went public with their relationship in March 2019. Szohr starred on The CW teen drama as Vanessa Abrams. Some of her contemporaries took to the comment section to wish the soon to be first time mom well. “Holy congrats!!” … Continue reading Jessica Szohr, ‘Gossip Girl’ star, is pregnant