NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press...
US House Speaker Pelosi to meet Ghana’s president
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Ghana as the head of a Congressional delegation to hold discussions with President Nana Akufo-Addo Monday and to address Ghana's lawmakers...
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Two days after announcing his international retirement, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has changed his mind and been included in a provisional squad for the African Cup of Nations...
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.
Former FIFA Council member gets soccer life ban for bribery
ZURICH (AP) — Former FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned from soccer for life on Tuesday after being filmed taking bribes by an undercover television program in Ghana.
FIFA said its ethics committee judges found Nyantakyi guilty of bribery, corruption and conflict of interest.
Nyantakyi was also fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($498,000), though it is unclear if FIFA has any authority to force payment.
Merkel’s Africa tour arrives in Ghana as migration a concern
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ghana on Thursday during a three-nation West Africa visit aimed at boosting investment in a region that is a major source of migrants heading toward Europe.
"I firmly believe that there can only be a prosperous European Union if we can deal with the issues of migration and the issues of partnership with Africa," the leader of Europe's largest economy said after emerging from talks with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.
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.
MOSCOW (AP) — Under investigation in Ghana for alleged corruption, FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi has resigned from the world soccer body.
Confederation of African Football president Ahmad says Nyantakyi also offered his resignation as first vice president of the continental body.
Ahmad tells more than 50 African football federations a special election meeting will be held Sept. 30 in Egypt for them to fill the vacancies.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi is banned from soccer while under investigation for taking cash gifts in a Ghanaian media undercover sting.
FIFA says its ethics committee provisionally suspended Nyantakyi for 90 days, and can add 45 days more.
Nyantakyi, vice president of the Confederation of African Football, is barred from attending a FIFA Council meeting on Sunday in Moscow, and the 2026 World Cup hosting vote three days later.
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) — Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday ordered police to arrest football federation head Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of the powerful FIFA Council, over allegations of fraud.
Akufo-Addo's order was announced by the state-run Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
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.
The Nigerian media mogul who helped three presidents get elected
It would be a remarkable achievement for an entrepreneur of any age, but at just 31 years old, Nigerian Adebola Williams has already helped three presidential candidates to election victory.
As the founder of political communications agency StateCraft Inc., Williams worked on the campaign that got Goodluck Jonathan elected to the Nigerian presidency in 2011.
Four years later he provided his services for the successful election campaign for Jonathan's rival, current President Muhammadu Buhari.
New Ghana president’s speech copies US inaugural addresses
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's new president is facing criticism after passages in his inauguration speech appeared to be lifted from speeches given by American leaders, an embarrassment for a country that long has been praised as one of Africa's strongest democracies.
President Nana Akufo-Addo took the oath of office Saturday after he won election on his third bid for the presidency.
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.
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.