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Edward Snowden seeks pardon from Barack Obama, arguing leaks were 'vital' and 'moral'

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Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who leaked thousands of highly classified documents which revealed the scale of US and British surveillance, has made an 11th hour pitch to Barack Obama to grant him a presidential pardon before leaving office.

Snowden, whose disclosures included the revelation that the US National Security Agency was collecting "metadata" on Americans' phone calls, is living in exile in Moscow, and would face up to 30 years in prison for alleged violations of the Espionage Act if he returned to the US.


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Ghana and Saudi Arabia holds bilateral meeting

Accra, Aug. 4, GNA – Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has held a bilateral meeting in Accra with her counterpart from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

Ms Tetteh said the aim of the bilateral meeting was part of efforts to strengthen economic ties between the two nations.

Mr Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir also reechoed that their meeting was to deepened economic cooperation and to strengthen other areas of cooperation.

The brief meeting was attended by government officials from both sides.


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Gas export from TEN Fields to be fast-tracked

TEN Fields

Operators of the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) offshore oilfields are in discussions with government to fast-track export of gas for electricity generation ahead of schedule.

The discussions are progressing smoothly and TEN partners are hopeful that work would be expedited to ensure that wet gas in delivered to the gas processing plant at Atuabo ahead of schedule, Mr Charles Darku, Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, has said.


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Ambassador Smith presents letter of Credence to Acting Governor General of Belize

Ambassador Smith with H.E. Carlos Perdomo

His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd) on Monday June 20, 2016 presented his Letters of Credence as Ghana’s First High Commissioner to Belize to the Acting Governor General of Belize, H.E. Carlos Perdomo at “Belize House” in Belmopan.

Ambassador Smith presented his Open Letters to the Minister for Natural Resources and Immigration, Senator Godwin Hulse, who stood in for Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister for Foreign Affairs who had travelled out of the country.


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Ghana calls for impartial action on all human rights violations

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Ghana today (July13, 2016) urged the international community to act impartially in all cases of human rights violations.


"In order to maintain the credibility of the international human rights architecture, we must demonstrate through our actions that every citizen of the world deserves the same level of respect and protection", Ambassador Martha Pobee, Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations stated in her address at the High Level thematic debate of the General Assembly in New York on "UN@70: Human Right at the center of the global agenda".


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Ghana is first to complete mechanisms for African passport – Zuma

Dr. Nkosazana Zuma – AU Chair

Ghanaians would wince, roll their eyes and suck their teeth when they hear Ghana is first of the 54 countries of the African Union (AU) to report back to the AU that it has completed mechanisms for the use of the continental passport proposed by the organisation.

Acquiring a passport in Ghana has become a case of a camel passing through the eye of a needle.


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Nice attack: 50 people 'between life and death', says Hollande

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Fifty people injured in the Bastille Day attack in Nice are in a critical condition "between life and death", President Francois Hollande has said.

At least 84 people died, including more than 10 children, after a lorry crushed them along 2km (1.2 miles) of the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday.

The driver, named by sources as French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, was shot dead by police.
Guns and a grenade found inside the lorry were reported to be fakes.

President Hollande, who is in Nice, said the attack was of "an undeniable terrorist nature".


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Theresa May officially appointed British prime minister

Theresa May

* Theresa May is appointed Britain's prime minister by Queen Elizabeth following David Cameron's official resignation on July 13th
* Boris Johnson made foreign secretary, Philip Hammond chancellor

Theresa May has been appointed the UK’s second female Prime Minister in a private audience with the Queen at which she was invited to form a Government.


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Ghana Begins Visa On Arrival For African Union Nationals

Ghana has started a visa-on-arrival scheme at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for all African Union Nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with the country, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has said in Accra.

“All AU nationals affected by the policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel; they must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas.


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UK report slams Iraq war; Blair says he acted in good faith

British former Prime Minister Tony Blair holds a press conference at Admiralty House, London, after retired civil servant John Chilcot presented The Iraq Inquiry Report on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Blair said he takes full responsibility for the decision and that the British military and civil service are not to blame for the problems that developed after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Tony Blair led Britain into an unsuccessful war in Iraq through a mix of flawed intelligence, "wholly inadequate" planning and an exaggerated sense of the U.K.'s ability to influence the United States, according to a damning official report on the conflict that was published Wednesday.


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