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Pirates kidnap 6 off Benin – authorities

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Seoul's foreign ministry says 5 of its nationals were seized along with a Ghanaian

IMF approves $1 billion in virus aid for Ghana

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Ghana will get $1 billion through the International Monetary Fund's rapid credit facility

LOCKING DOWN GHANA. A city worker disinfects a market as a preventive measure against the spreading of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Accra on March 23, 2020. Photo by Nipah Dennis/AFP

Ghana announces lockdown in 2 key regions

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The move came as the authorities reported 137 confirmed cases, including 4 deaths

LOCKING DOWN GHANA. A city worker disinfects a market as a preventive measure against the spreading of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Accra on March 23, 2020. Photo by Nipah Dennis/AFP

U.S. aid agency slashes $190 million in compact funding to Ghana

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:21 PM

This comes after the termination of a Meralco-led consortium which was supposed to take over electricity distribution in the West African country

New cocoa deals help peasant farmers, but not enough

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana remain mired in poverty

COCOA SECTOR. Members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019, at a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Cocoa prices soar as Ivory Coast, Ghana threaten supply cut

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Ivory Coast and Ghana, which together account for 60% of the world's cocoa production, summon buyers to demand a price of $2,600 per ton

Women members of an agricultural cocoa cooperative put cocoa beans to dry on April 17, 2019 in a farm near Adzope, southern Ivory Coast. - US president's daughter, who attended a Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit, unveiled on April 17 $2.0 million in aid for women working in Ivory Coast's key cocoa sector. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Female tanker truck drivers change gears in Ghana

May 04, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Ghana's Ladybird Logistics has a fleet of 21 drivers and claims to be 'the first company globally to employ only female drivers'

Rita Twenewaa, one of Ladybird Logistics' 21 female truck drivers, poses inside her vehicle in Takoradi, western Ghana, on April 3, 2019. Nearly eight percent of men in Ghana work in the transport and storage sector, according to government figures, compared to only 0.3 percent of women. In October 2018 Ladybird began delivering fuel on behalf of Zen Petroleum to supply the mines. The drivers, aged between 28 and 45, were all experienced and licensed to drive heavy-duty vehicles. Ladybird's all-women team drive heavy 47,000-litre trucks across the West African nation, delivering fuel to Ghana's famous goldmines.  CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP

At least 60 killed in Ghana bus collision – police

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The buses were each carrying about 50 passengers at the time of the crash. One of the buses caught fire, leaving people burned beyond recognition.

Ghana investigative journalist shot dead

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Reports say Ghanaian investigative journalist Ahmed Divela was shot thrice – twice on the chest and another on the neck – before he died on the spot

DISGUISE. Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas participates in disguise on a panel at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event in Accra, Ghana, on May 3, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Rozen/CPJ

Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The US First Lady attempts to step out of her husband's shadow, this Africa trip has been seen as an attempt for her to carve her own diplomatic path

AFRICA TOUR. File photo shows US First Lady Melania Trump. AFP Photo.

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

Kofi Annan: UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as arguably the United Nations' most popular leader

KOFI ANNAN. In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Current UN chief Antonio Guterres voices deep sadness at the news, describing Annan as 'a guiding force for good'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks during the Langenburg Forum for sustainability in Langenburg, central Germany on June 8, 2017. Photo by Christoph Schmidt/AFP

Meralco a step closer to bagging Ghana power deal

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:05 PM

Meralco is expected to operate and manage Electricity Company of Ghana Limited, which supplies 80% of the population of Ghana

Ghana president says 'no reason' to return to IMF

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:51 PM

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo tells parliament his government had buckled down on mismanagement and pledged to stabilize the economy to avoid another bailout

NANA AKUFO ADDO. President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo addresses the audience at The Confederation of African Football (CAF) 2017 Awards at The Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on January 4, 2018. Photo by Cristina Aldehuela/AFP

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana's toxic dump

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The United Nations has said that salvaging materials for recycling provides income for more than 64 million people in the developing world

ART. Ghanaian artist Joseph Awuah-Darko works on a clock, the pieces of which were found at Agbogloshie dumpsite, at his workshop at Ashesi University College where he studies, outside Accra on November 29, 2017. Photo by Cristina Aldehuela/AFP

Anger in Ghana after 7 die in fuel station fire, blasts

Oct 08, 2017 - 7:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A tanker truck carrying natural gas catches fire, triggering deadly explosions

A picture taken on October 8, 2017 in Accra shows burnt vehicles on the site where a gas tanker caught fire, triggering explosions at two fuel stations on the evening of October 7, 2017.  At least three people were killed and dozens injured after a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in Ghana's capital, Accra, triggering explosions at two fuel stations, emergency services said on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ruth McDowall

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The vaccine also known as Mosquirix is developed by GlaxoSmithKline GSK in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative The large scale three country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015.  File photo by Stephanie Aglietti/AFP

Football: Man of the match thanks wife and girlfriend

Mar 19, 2017 - 10:37 PM

A footballer in South Africa scored an own goal in a post match interview

OWN GOAL. A slip of the tongue probably made for interesting conversation when Mohammed Anas got home. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down – after 10 years

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Fraudsters posing as consular officers operated a fake American embassy in the Ghanaian capital Accra for about a decade and printed counterfeit visas a US official says

AMERICAN 'EMBASSY' This undated photo provided December 5, 2016 by the US State Department shows a building in Accra, Ghana that operated as a US embassy. US State Department/Handout/AFP

The Ghana neighborhood where boxing is a way of life

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:44 PM

In Ghana a country rich with oil and gold but with high unemployment and low household incomes it s often the sons of fishermen who step into the boxing ring to escape a hard life at sea

Ghana's Sheriff Quaye (L) fights with Ghana's Benjamin Lamptey for the National Lightweight belt during the opening of the Bukom Boxing Arena, Accra, November 15, 2016. CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP

9 dead in Eid party stampede in Ghana

Jul 07, 2016 - 7:59 PM

There are conflicting reports about the cause of the tragedy and a security meeting is called for to determine what happened

Over 150 killed in Ghana petrol station blast, floods

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:01 PM

Ghana s President John Dramani Mahama describes the loss of life as catastrophic and almost unprecedented

Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED The renewed violence underscores the extent of the difficulties facing Nigeria as the election approaches and also the increasing threat Boko Haram poses for the country s neighbors

AFP file photo of Boko Haram

Boko Haram leader threatens Nigeria's neighbors

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Boko Haram also claims a massive attack feared to be the worst in its 6 year insurgency


Ban pledges UN support in tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Today we have reason to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated says UN chief Ban Ki moon

MORE UN SUPPORT. A handout image released by the United Nations (UN) shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) sit for a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia, December 19 2014. Photo by Evan Schneider/Handout/EPA

Burkina Faso transition talks off to rocky start

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Meanwhile ousted leader Blaise Compaore accuses his military and political opponents of jointly plotting his overthrow

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina talks agree one-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:02 AM

There is mounting international pressure on the military to return the country to civilian rule

President of Ghana John Mahama Dramani (C) President of Senegal Macky Sall (R) and President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (L) attend a meeting of ECOWAS leaders and the transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (not pictured) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

African leaders in Burkina to urge army to hand over power

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:12 PM

The presidents of Nigeria Ghana and Senegal flies to Ouagadougou to press the issue after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished West African nation

Transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (L) meets with African Union (AU) representative Edem Kodjo (C) and Kadre Desire Ouedraogo President of the commission of ECOWAS (R) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 04 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina Faso army wants power transfer 'in two weeks'

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:39 AM

French President Francois Hollande reveals Paris helped evacuate ousted president Blaise Compaore as his exit was necessary to avoid worsening the situation and provoking a possible bloodbath

Transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (L) meets with African Union (AU) representative Edem Kodjo (C) and Kadre Desire Ouedraogo President of the commission of ECOWAS (R) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 04 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Ebola 'winning the race', infections to soar

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:14 PM

We either stop Ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan

ANOTHER ONE. A team of funeral agents specializing in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus put a body in a grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on October 10, 2014. Florian Plaucher/AFP

Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:14 PM

While nations like Ivory Coast Kenya and South Africa have well equipped hospitals with specialist units and high tech labs vast expanses of the continent remain health care deserts

Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Aug 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Health ministers from west African nations hit by Ebola will gather in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday to discuss responses to the epidemic

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ghana's amputee footballers strive for international glory

Jul 11, 2014 - 1:11 PM

While footballers around the globe have their eyes on Brazil Ghana s national amputee football team is gearing up to compete in a world cup of its own in Mexico this year

AMPUTEE FOOTBALL. Ghana amputee soccer team celebrates winning the first amputee football championships held in Freetown, Sierra Leone, February 14, 2007. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Filipinos in west Africa warned vs Ebola

Jul 02, 2014 - 4:26 PM

The Philippines raises crisis alert level 2 over Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone because of a deadly virus outbreak

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

West African nations in crisis talks as Ebola spreads

Jul 02, 2014 - 11:44 AM

The WHO has described the current Ebola epidemic as one of the most challenging since the virus was first identified in 1976 in what is now DR Congo

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

Risk of Ebola spread in west Africa, WHO warns

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:38 AM

A total of 399 people have died of Ebola 280 of them in Guinea The World Health Organization however insists that travel bans are not the answer

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

World Cup: Klose equals goal record as Germany draws 2-2 with Ghana

Jun 22, 2014 - 5:32 AM

Miroslav Klose equaled Brazilian legend Ronaldo s record of 15 World Cup goals with the equalizer for Germany in their 2 2 Group G draw with Ghana

HISTORY. Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates his record-tying 2-2 goal against Ghana. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

World Cup: US earns memorable win over Ghana

Jun 17, 2014 - 2:33 PM

USA s Clint Dempsey scored the opener after just 30 seconds and John Brooks headed a dramatic winner as America defeated the 2010 quarter finalists

USA's Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the 1-nil goal. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

Ghana gold mine collapse kills 6 illegal miners

May 27, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Those who died were allegedly digging illegally on land belonging to a mining company

Child star icon turned diplomat Shirley Temple dead at 85

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:26 PM

UPDATED Temple died of natural causes on Monday night in her California home surrounded by her family and caregivers

CHILD STAR. An undated photo of young Shirley Temple. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Ivory Coast denies sending hit squads to target opponents

Dec 03, 2013 - 9:06 AM

Ivory Coast denies a United Nations report that it sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former president Laurent Gbagbo

#AskMegan: Miss World PH 2013 Megan Young

Sep 28, 2013 - 7:13 PM

The newly crowned beauty queen is in the Rappler studio to answer your questions

MEGAN IS IN THE RAPPLER STUDIO! The new Miss World Philippines lets us in on her journey from celebrity to beauty queen and how she's preparing for the next big challenge. Graphic by Rappler

Renowned Ghanaian poet killed in Kenya mall attack

Sep 22, 2013 - 8:21 PM

Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead so far in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall

SHOOTING. Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Photo from AFP

Ghana Supreme Court upholds president's election win

Aug 30, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Ghana s Supreme Court upheld President John Dramani Mahama s win in elections last year dismissing an opposition case alleging voter fraud

Will Megan Young win Miss World title?

Aug 19, 2013 - 8:18 PM

What are Megan s chances of winning the Philippines first ever Miss World crown?

STRONG CONTENDER. Miss World Philippines 2013 Megan Young has conquered the national round. Up next: the international bout. All photos by Arcel Cometa

Bill Gates the unknown explores Ghana's health progress

Mar 27, 2013 - 1:32 PM

Bill Gates foundation has been on a high profile campaign to improve health by increasing vaccinations in poorer nations

ADVOCACY. Bill Gates (L) at the Awutu health clinic in Ghana. Photo courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

France launches 'total reconquest' of Mali's north

Jan 21, 2013 - 9:12 AM

French troops on Sunday January 20 consolidated gains in Mali s Islamist held north as Paris said the aim was its total reconquest and Canada Germany and Russia offered vital aid for the offensive

IN MALI. French soldiers from the 5th RHC (Combat Helicopter Regiment) walk on the flight path on January 20, 2013 at the 101st airbase near Bamako. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

3 dead, dozens trapped after mall collapse in Ghana

Nov 07, 2012 - 9:59 PM

Around 40 workers and an unknown number of customers were inside the building when it collapsed

TRAPPED. Rescue teams look for victims under the rubble in Accra. Screen grab from Ghana United Television