6 arrests in killing of journalist who exposed FIFA official
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Six people have been arrested and released on bail in connection with last month's killing in Ghana of an undercover journalist who exposed a high-ranking official at FIFA as corrupt, police said on Friday.
David Eklu, director general of police public affairs, said the arrests on Thursday were "preliminary arrests based on reasonable suspicion."
Police did not identify any of the suspects. Eklu said there was "no strong evidence for now."
Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday.
His employers said he was assassinated.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was killed late Wednesday, shot twice in the chest and once in the neck at close range while driving in the suburb of Accra where he lived. He died immediately, according to police.
For Ghana e-waste recyclers, a safer option amid toxic fumes
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — On any given day, plumes of noxious smoke rise above the Agbogbloshie dump site in Ghana's capital, Accra.
The billowing black smoke comes from the many informal e-waste recyclers who take unwanted electronics, strip them of their cables and burn away the protective covers to reach the valuable copper beneath.
South Africa earns first trip to Women’s World Cup
South Africa earned its first trip to the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Mali in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana.
Forward Thembi Kgatlana, who also plays for the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League, scored in the 31st minute to put South Africa out in front before Lebohang Ramalepe's goal sealed it with 10 minutes left. It was Kgatlana's fifth goal of the tournament.
Ghana: Prince Charles says visit to city evokes fond times
KUMASI, Ghana (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended a dubar - a traditional celebration of leaders - as part of their visit to Ghana.
The heir to the British throne and his wife, Camilla, arrived in the West African country's capital, Accra, on Friday night and flew into Kumasi International Airport on Sunday.
Prince Charles, Camilla land in Ghana on second Africa stop
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have arrived in Ghana for the second stop of their West African tour.
The royals landed Friday afternoon in Accra where they walked down a red carpet at the start of their five-day stay. High school students lined the roads from the airport waving flags to greet them.
Ahead of the visit, Prince Charles said he was delighted to be returning to Ghana which he first visited more than 40 years ago.
Dulles facial recognition tech nabs 3 impostors in 40 days
STERLING, Va. (AP) — New facial recognition technology has identified three impostors at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Melania Trump opens Africa tour with wave and baby in arms
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Melania Trump opened her first big solo international trip as U.S. first lady on Tuesday with a wave, a smile and a baby in her arms, aiming to promote child welfare during a five-day tour of Africa.
She arrived in the West African nation of Ghana after an overnight flight from Washington and quickly made her way to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
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Leaders laud ex-UN chief Kofi Annan at Ghana state funeral
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — United in sorrow, world leaders and international dignitaries came to Ghana to pay their last respects to the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who was honored with a state funeral Thursday, as many lauded him as an exceptional man and leader.
Annan died on Aug. 18 in Bern, Switzerland at age 80. The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the U.N. leader and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Ghanaians gather to mourn former UN chief Kofi Annan
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians are paying their respects to former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan ahead of Thursday's state funeral.
Annan died in August in Switzerland at age 80. The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the U.N. leader and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Ghanaians have thronged at a conference center in Accra to remember him.
Kofi Annan’s body returns home to Ghana before funeral
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The body of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has received a hero's welcome upon landing at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana's capital.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was with Annan's widow and family members Monday as uniformed soldiers brought Annan's coffin down from the aircraft amid solemn music played by a detachment of Ghana's armed forces. Prayers followed.
Ghana proposes Sept. 13 burial date for Kofi Annan
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's president has proposed Sept. 13 as the date for the burial of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died Saturday in Switzerland at age 80.
State-owned Radio Ghana reports that President Nana Akufo-Addo made the proposal to Annan's family during a meeting in Accra and will wait to see "if this is acceptable to the family."
In Ghana, where Annan was born, it is tradition for the family to decide on the burial date.
Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Streets were hushed as the West African nation of Ghana on Saturday mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post.
President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered flags to fly at half-staff for a week while trying to reassure the country's 28 million people that the former U.N. secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner left the world without pain.
Nevada governor on two-week trade mission to Africa
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval is on a two-week trip to Africa for a trade mission.
Sandoval's spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner said the Republican governor arrived in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday for meetings with the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and officials from the mining and gaming industry.
Sandvodal will then travel next week to South Africa for meetings in Cape Town and Durban, including a speech at a chamber of commerce.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — FIFA Council member and Ghana Football Association head Kwesi Nyantakyi was arrested upon his return to his home country on allegations of corruption following a complaint made against him by the Ghanaian president.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Rallying behind the slogan of "Ghana First," thousands of people in the West African nation have protested a new defense cooperation deal with the United States, with many in the longtime U.S. ally saying they worry the expanded military presence could attract extremists and harm their country's sovereignty.
The demonstrations are another signal of discontent in Africa with the Trump administration as its counterterror efforts across the continent grow.
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Ghana sisters blending style, tradition for Muslim women
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Two sisters in Ghana are creating Islamic-friendly fashion from the locally produced fabrics that are wildly popular across West Africa.
Sekina Abam, 27, said it can be difficult for women in Ghana to avoid discrimination when wearing the Islamic headscarf known as the hijab. Muslims make up 18 percent of the population.
Ghana police arrest, question 3 men found with explosives
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's police say they are questioning three men who were arrested Monday after being found with explosives.
Inspector General of Police David Asante-Apeatu said Tuesday they want to determine how the suspects acquired grenades and explosives and if the three are linked to the Islamic State group. He wouldn't give the nationalities of the three.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Mohamed Salah won African Player of the Year on Thursday, a reward for success on all fronts in 2017 for the Egypt forward after he inspired his country to a long-awaited World Cup place and had a phenomenal start to his career at Liverpool.
Salah won ahead of Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the other finalists at the Confederation of African Football awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
Death toll rises to 7 in gas station explosions in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A pair of explosions at a gas station in Ghana that sent a fiery mushroom cloud into the night sky has killed at least seven people and left 68 others hospitalized, authorities said Sunday.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia visited the site of the accident early Sunday where he pledged that the government would work to curb such tragedies.
"Eight of these explosions in three years is too much," he said while at the LNG filling station near Legon, a suburb of Accra.
Flying from Paris to Accra takes six hours and 20 minutes, direct. But why fly when you can drive? One Ghanaian opted to take the road less traveled this summer, clocking 4,900 miles in just nine days. Why? For family and for country.
Twenty-nine-year-old mechanical engineer Nicholas Afedi Donkoh drove all the way from his house in France to his hometown in Ghana to prove a point: that everyone deserves an adventure.
African Bicycle Contribution Foundation hosts Ghanaian entrepreneur
As the CEO and founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Bernice Dapaah is working to cultivate economic opportunities in Africa.
The Ghana-based entrepreneur started the initiative almost 10 years ago as a way to engage young people in the production of eco-friendly bamboo bicycles.
Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.
Could Ghanaian waves become the next big renewable energy source?
The force of crashing waves can generate huge amounts of energy.
But there’s a catch: how do you develop technology that can withstand the sea’s harsh environment with minimum disruption to the ecosystem?
One Israeli-based company, Yam Pro Energy — believes it can offer the ideal solution and is set to build a wave-energy plant on the coastline of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.
Wave technology is an endeavor that has recently been trying to catch up with the likes of solar and wind energy.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A rainstorm toppled trees onto people at Ghana's Kintampo Waterfall, killing at least 19, most of them students who were visiting and swimming at the tourist site north of the capital, officials said Monday.
Early reports had blamed Sunday's disaster on a single large tree and estimates from local officials on the number of dead had varied during the day, ranging from 17 to 20.
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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — As desperate Syrians flee the devastating war in their country, some are finding refuge in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana.
One imam from Aleppo, Abdul Ghani Bandenjki, first visited Ghana in 2006 after being invited to officiate at prayers during the Ramadan holy month. When fighting broke out in Syria five years later, Bandenjki decided to return to this West African nation more than 3,000 miles (4,825 kilometers) away.
Ghana’s new president, vice president peacefully sworn in
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's newly elected President Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn into office Saturday in a peaceful handoff of power that stood out in a region facing political crises.
Thousands of people gathered in Accra's Independence Square, dressed in the red, blue and white colors of the New Patriotic Party, to witness the swearing in of Akufo-Addo as president and Mahamudu Bawumia as vice president.
It used to be that Ghanaians that wanted to study architecture picked a school in Europe or the United States.
Returning, they’d bring foreign techniques, import foreign materials, and create foreign buildings, mainly in the Bauhaus style that dominated thrifty post-war Europe.
“Functional, buildable and economical,” is how Akosua Obeng, a Ghanaian architect at Orthner, Orthner & Associates, describes the style.
Ghana TV: President concedes defeat to opposition leader
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's longtime opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidency late Friday on his third run for the office, a race that was largely seen as a referendum on how the incumbent party had managed the economy in this long stable democracy.
Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians began lining up at polling stations before dawn on Wednesday to elect their next president as the West African nation hopes to reaffirm its reputation as a model of democracy on the continent.
Despite concerns about the credibility of the elections, voter enthusiasm has been high. The race is expected to be tight between incumbent President John Dramani Mahama and opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo.
Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after ‘about a decade’
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced.
The scam was orchestrated by "Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings" and a Ghanaian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large.
Ghana says it wants to remove Gandhi statue from campus
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana has expressed its intention to remove a statue of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi from a university in the capital, citing a controversy over what critics call his "racist identity."
But the government made clear the move would be for the statue's safety, telling the critics that "we must remember that people evolve."
Ghana professors campaign for removal of new Gandhi statue
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Professors at a university in Ghana's capital are campaigning for the removal of a new statue of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi.
The petition, delivered Thursday to the University of Ghana's governing council, takes issue with what the professors call Gandhi's "racist identity" and controversial references to Africans in his writings. Launched online on Sept. 12, the petition has garnered more than 1,250 signatures.