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Former Israeli ambassador on Shimon Peres: He was an icon, a giant and a personal hero

CREDIT: AFP/JACK GUEZ

A picture taken on May 22, 2016 shows Israeli President Shimon Peres welcoming the French prime minister before at the Peres Centre for Peace in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv CREDIT: AFP/JACK GUEZ

The world has lost a giant, Israel has lost an icon and I have lost a personal hero.

Throughout my life and diplomatic career Shimon Peres was a role model. He was the face of our country for decades and shone his face upon the world.

Anyone tasked with representing the State of Israel and the Jewish People, if they take that responsibility seriously, emulates Peres – as a diplomat, leader and human being. Never meet your heroes, they say, but I am grateful to have had a career in which I met and got to know mine. . .


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Prez Mahama, Hollande hold talks in Paris

President Mahama being welcomed by French President Francois Hollande

President John Dramani Mahama yesterday held bilateral talks with the French President, Francois Hollande, at the Elysee Palace in Paris as Ghana and France took their relations a notch higher.
President Mahama, who was in the French capital in his capacity as Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to speak at a UNESCO forum on the importance of information and the media to sustainable development, with a focus on Goal 16 of the 2030 SDGs, rounded off his three-day visit with the bilateral talks with President Hollande.


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Winnie Mandela: ANC Needs Fresh Leadership

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (L) and South African President Jacob Zuma (R)

Nelson Mandela’s former wife has said that South Africa requires a “whole layer of fresh leadership” and called on senior figures in the African National Congress (ANC) to deal with allegations of corruption.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who is herself a member of the ANC’s highest decision-making body, said that the party required “introspection” in order to determine “where we went so wrong” since leading the campaign against apartheid, the political system of racial segregation that ended in South Africa in 1994.


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Tulsa shooting: Manslaughter charge for police officer who shot black man

Officer Betty Shelby (L) shot and killed Terence Crutcher, pictured with his twin sister

A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with manslaughter, a prosecutor has said.

Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher last week while he was standing next to his broken-down car.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a curfew went into effect to prevent a third night of violence after a black man was shot dead by a black police officer.

Keith Lamont Scott's family deny police allegations that he was armed.


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GHANA PRESIDENT DRAWS ON KING OF POP FOR U.N. ADDRESS

President John Dramani Mahama

Ghanaian President John Mahama had a simple message for world leaders when addressing the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday—heal the world.

Drawing inspiration from the King of Pop, the 57-year-old leader told the assembled leaders that the time had come to realize the utopia envisioned by Michael Jackson in one of his most famous records.


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Bad leaders made Africa poor – Lumumba

Professor P.L.O. Lumumba

Renowned Kenyan Law Professor and Pan Africanist, Professor P.L.O. Lumumba, has attributed Africa’s endless challenges to the poor quality of political leadership on the continent.

According to him, leaders on the continent have failed to harness the opportunities that abound on the continent to liberate their people economically.


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Mahama speaks at UN General Assembly [Full text]

President Mahama addressing the UN

President John Mahama on Wednesday addressed the United Nation’s 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The president lamented about challenges some Africans encounter while migrating to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea and also used the opportunity to court support for the continent.

President Mahama also highlighted some of the progress made by African government with regards to governance, free speech, technology among others.


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CPP marks 107 birthday of Dr Kwame Nkrumah

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Accra, Sept. 21, GNA – The Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) has enjoined Ghanaians to observe 2016 Founders day with sobriety as the nation prepares for the December 7 polls.

Professor Edmund N. Delle CPP Chairman gave the suggestion in an interview with the Ghana News Agency to mark the 107 birthday of the Founder of the Party and nation Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The Party is observing the day on the general theme: “Solid vanguard to meet the needs of Ghanaians.”


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Obama's final UN assembly address: 'At this moment we all face a choice'

President Obama addressing UN General Assembly

US president sought to rally the morale of embattled liberal democracies at the summit, which is labouring under the shadow of resurgent east-west tensions

Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that the world faced a stark and urgent choice between striving for fairer open markets and democracies or falling prey to the lure of populist demagogues, xenophobia and division.


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Ghana to Launch First Foreign Exchange Auction From Cocoa Loans

BofG Governor Abdul Nashiru Issahaku with President Mahama

Ghana will start its first foreign-exchange auction by inviting bids for the proceeds from the cocoa regulator’s syndicated loans as the West African country seeks to liberalize its currency markets.

“We will start with a rules-based market-driven auction,” Bank of Ghana Governor Abdul Nashiru Issahaku told reporters Monday in the capital, Accra. “Banks will come to the auction and bid for the proceeds.”


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