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Spain's Princess Cristina has testified for the first time at her trial for alleged tax fraud, answering only the questions posed by her own lawyer. She told the court in Mallorca that she had never asked her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, how he ran a property company they jointly owned. Mr Urdangarin is accused of using his royal connections to generate business...
European Council President Donald Tusk is due to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to try to strengthen their joint approach to Europe's migration crisis. Mr Tusk has raised the idea of "shipping back" migrants who arrive in the Greek islands from Turkey. He said on Thursday that it could break the business model of people smugglers. Mr Tusk has...
Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education, has said Government decision to print text books for the country’s educational sector was in the right direction. This, he said, will create about 1,400 jobs in the country’s publishing industry for the unemployed youth. Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa said this when he toured Buck Press, Type Press, Graphic Communications...
Kim Jong-un has said North Korea's nuclear weapons should be ready for use "at any time", state media report. He told military leaders North Korea would revise its military posture to be ready to launch pre-emptive strikes, the Korean Central News Agency said. But despite its rhetoric it remains unclear how advanced the North's nuclear weapons programme is. The UN has imposed...
The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) has intensified activities to revive the patronage and usage of e-zwich cards. Patronage of the electronic payment system has dipped over the years because most customers are constrained in accessing point of sale devises to put their cards into use. GhIPSS has therefore partnered First Allied Savings and Loans Limited and other banks...
The Executive Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Yaw Akrasi Sarpong, has called for the need to reform drug addicts specifically smokers rather than jailing them when arrested. According to him, apprehending such smokers who are found holding on to just a “roll” of cigarette or marijuana in public and private places by security forces is not the way...
Three final year students of Adventist Senior High School in Kumasi have been stripped of their boarding status for stealing a goat on campus belonging to one of their housemasters, authorities say. The goat was to be "used by the housemaster for the Christmas festivities". The three Arts students were said to have threatened to steal the goat on the...
Syria has suffered a massive power blackout across the country due to "unknown reasons", state media said. Officials were cited as saying power had been cut in all provinces and teams were trying to determine the cause. The electricity ministry said power was being restored and service would resume by midnight (22:00 GMT), TV reported. In most parts of war-torn Syria, electricity...
Flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP),  Ivor Kobina Greenstreet has called on government to return confiscated assets of the party or pay compensation for using them. He said the party rightfully acquired the assets through contributions of its members and should not be treated as state properties. “We believe these properties should be returned to us or compensation paid thereof...
The Electoral Commission says it will in future conduct a thorough background checks on persons before being selected to serve on the newly created National Election Steering Committee that has in the last weeks triggered controversy. The decision comes on the back of criticisms over the composition of the 18-member committee whose credibility has been questioned based on claims that...
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been denied leave to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Constitutional Court has made the ruling, meaning Pistorius will now be sentenced in April. Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door. A manslaughter verdict was overturned in December and a murder verdict...
Two Policemen who allegedly mounted a road block and extorted cash amounting to GH¢ 247.00 from unsuspecting drivers at Tabora junction have been granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court. They are to report to the Criminal Investigation Department every Thursday until directed otherwise by the Court. The two who are to reappear on March 23 have pleaded not guilty to...
The Cape Coast Polytechnic Association and the Coalition of Central Region Youth groups have staged a demonstration to register their displeasure over the non-inclusion of the polytechnic in the first phase of the polytechnics to be converted into technical universities. The groups together with some lecturers and workers of Polytechnic who were clad in red and black and chanted war...
A Somali military court has sentenced to death a former journalist who helped al-Shabab kill five fellow reporters. Hassan Hanafi assisted the Islamist militant group by indentifying possible targets amongst journalists between 2007 and 2011. He joined its armed wing after working for Radio Andalus, al-Shabab's mouthpiece in Somalia. More than 25 journalists have been murdered in Somalia since 2007, the Committee...
Nigerian police are hunting for three teenage girls abducted from their boarding school on the outskirts of Lagos city by heavily armed men. Kidnappings for ransom occasionally occur in Nigeria's commercial capital, but this is the first time a school in the city has been attacked by gunmen. The girls were taken from a private co-educational secondary school on Monday evening. A...

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