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Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton’s bodyguards should disarm and ‘see what happens to her'

Donald Trump has sparked a fresh furore by calling on Hillary Clinton’s security detail to disarm and “see what happens to her”.

Presidential candidates are heavily protected by armed Secret Service agents at all times.

“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” Mr. Trump, the Republicans’ presidential nominee, said at a rally on Friday night in Miami.

The TelegraphSat, Sep 17, 2016 Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Paul Pogba celebrates Muslim festival with former Manchester United and Juventus team mate Patrice Evra

Paul Pogba has taken time out of his Premier League weekend preparations to celebrate the Muslim holiday, Eid Al-Adha.

The Manchester United midfielder is a practising Muslim and joined fellow France international and former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in marking the September festival.

Pogba was criticised for his anonymous performance in United's derby defeat to Manchester City on Saturday but the 23-year-old looked in good spirits in a video posted to his Instagram page.

The TelegraphWed, Sep 14, 2016 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

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

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.

The TelegraphTue, Sep 13, 2016 Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Ghana’s Central Bank Cuts Key Rate for First Time Since 2011

Inflation slowed to 15.8% in October from 17.2% in September

Ghanaians scheduled to vote in general elections on Dec. 7

Ghana’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than five years after inflation slowed to the lowest rate since 2014.

The Bank of Ghana cut the rate by 50 basis points to 25.5 percent, Governor Abdul Nashiru Issahaku told reporters Monday in the capital, Accra.

Five of the six economists in a Bloomberg survey forecast the rate would be reduced and one said it would be kept unchanged at 26 percent.

BloombergMon, Nov 21, 2016 Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Ghana Mulls Doubling Capacity of Planned Second Oil Refinery

The operator of Ghana’s sole oil refinery said the planned capacity of a proposed second plant could be doubled as the West African nation targets exports to neighboring countries.

Tema Oil Refinery will complete studies next year to build a 200,000 barrel-a-day plant in the port city, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of the capital, Accra, Managing Director Isaac Osei said in an interview. Output at the existing 45,000 barrel-a-day plant has been slashed by an explosion at its crude distillation unit in January.

BloombergTue, Mar 7, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Ghana Cedi Falls as Government Wage Bill Exceeds Projections

Country exceeds annual allocation for local government workers

Overspending on wages to weigh on cedi, inflation: Databank

Ghana’s currency retreated on Monday after government data showed the West African nation is overshooting key budget targets as it approaches elections in December.

BloombergMon, Oct 3, 2016 Mon, Oct 3, 2016

Ghana’s Eurobond Loosens IMF Straitjacket Ahead of Elections

Nation raised debt of $750 million at 9.25 percent yield
Staff visit to Ghana had ‘constructive discussions,’ IMF said

Ghana will have more fiscal room to maneuver ahead of elections as a fifth Eurobond gives the nation funds to pay debt and implement projects amid spending restrictions imposed by the International Monetary Fund.

BloombergTue, Sep 13, 2016 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Ghana to Launch First Foreign Exchange Auction From Cocoa Loans

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.”

BloombergMon, Sep 19, 2016 Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Colin Powell Calls Trump ‘a National Disgrace’ in Leaked Emails

Washington (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in newly leaked emails, criticized both major presidential candidates, calling Donald Trump "a national disgrace" and lamenting Hillary Clinton's attempt to equate her email practices with his.

The emails were first reported by Buzzfeed News late Tuesday. Powell, a respected retired general who served under Republican presidential administrations, told BuzzFeed that he does not deny the emails' authenticity. In a subsequent statement to NBC News, Powell said "the hackers have a lot more" of his emails.

BloombergWed, Sep 14, 2016 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Ghana likely to receive next IMF disbursement after successful talks, say sources

ACCRA, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Ghana has made progress after talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the West African commodities exporter could receive the next disbursement under its $918 million aid deal next month, three sources close to the talks told Reuters on Friday.

The IMF staff evaluation mission, led by Joel Toujas-Bernate, is leaving the capital Accra broadly satisfied that Ghana remains on track with agreed fiscal and institutional reforms aimed at restoring economic stability by the end of the three-year programme, they said.

ReutersFri, Sep 2, 2016 Fri, Sep 2, 2016

Nigeria puts two presidential jets up for sale in cost-cutting drive

Oct 4 Two of Nigeria's 10 presidential jets have been put up for sale as part of a drive to cut costs, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday.

Buhari, a 73-year-old former military ruler who took office last year, has vowed to crack down on corruption and mismanagement of public funds that has seen a rich elite benefit from the OPEC member's oil wealth while most Nigerians live on less than $2 per day.

ReutersWed, Oct 5, 2016 Wed, Oct 5, 2016

African Markets - Factors to watch today, April 13

NAIROBI, April 13 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic
indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on
Friday.
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EVENTS:
*CONGO REPUBLIC - Finance ministers from the West African
and Central African monetary unions meet in Congo Republic's
capital Brazzaville to discuss the franc currency and other
economic issues.
*MAURITIUS - Bank of Mauritius to auction 364-day Treasury
bills worth a total 800 million rupees.

ReutersFri, Apr 13, 2018 Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Ghana's central bank holds benchmark policy rate at 26.0 percent

Ghana's central bank held its benchmark policy rate at 26.0 percent on Monday as expected and said inflation should come down towards government targets faster than expected.

The Bank's decision to hold the rate for a fifth successive time is in line with steps taken by authorities to stabilize the macro-economy of the West African country and reduce inflation, which rose slightly to 16.9 percent in August.

ReutersMon, Sep 19, 2016 Mon, Sep 19, 2016

South Africa's Sanlam sells stake in Ghana's Enterprise insurance business

South Africa's largest insurer Sanlam Ltd has sold its stake in Ghanaian holding company Enterprise Group's insurance business for $130 million but will retain a presence in the country, Sanlam said on Friday.

Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM), a subsidiary of the Sanlam Group, acquired the 40 percent stake in Enterprise Insurance in 2014.

ReutersFri, Jun 23, 2017 Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Ghana inflation rate drops in July as cedi holds steady, harvest begins

ACCRA Aug 10 (Reuters) - Ghana's annual consumer price inflation dropped to 16.7 percent in July from 18.4 percent in June as the cedi currency stabilised and food prices fell at the start of the harvest season, the statistics office said on Wednesday.

The West African country has enjoyed general price stability this year compared to last, when water tariffs increased 15 percent and petroleum prices also increased significantly.

ReutersWed, Aug 10, 2016 Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Malaysian flight MH17 downed by Russian-made missile: prosecutors

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from a launcher brought into Ukraine from Russia and located in a village held by pro-Russian rebels, international prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The findings counter Moscow's suggestion that the passenger plane, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014, was brought down by Ukraine's military rather than the separatists. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch, were killed.

ReutersWed, Sep 28, 2016 Wed, Sep 28, 2016

IMF says plans to meet new Ghana government over aid programme

ACCRA (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) plans to visit Ghana to hear the new government's plans for implementing the country's $918 million aid deal, the Fund said on Thursday.

President Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday pledging to cut taxes, spend on development and boost annual growth to double digits as he seeks to return Ghana to its place as one of Africa's most dynamic economies.

ReutersThu, Jan 12, 2017 Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Ghana president outlines policy plans ahead of December election

Ghanaian President John Mahama outlined on Tuesday the ruling party's plans for the next four years in a bid to establish policy credibility ahead of what is expected to be a tight general election in December.

The speech delivered before the launch of the National Democratic Congress' manifesto on Saturday contained few of the attacks on the opposition New Patriotic Party that might have been expected given the audience of party faithful.

ReutersTue, Sep 13, 2016 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Ghana Opposition Slams President Over 'Elephant Size' Government

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's main opposition party and radio phone-in callers slammed new President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday for naming an 'elephant size' team of 110 ministers and deputies despite a campaign promise to cut government waste.

Akufo-Addo named 50 deputy ministers and four ministers of state on Wednesday in addition to 56 ministers and deputies previously announced. It is the largest government since the West African country adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.

ReutersThu, Mar 16, 2017 Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Ghana producer inflation rises to 10.3 percent in July

ACCRA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Ghana's producer price inflation (PPI) rose to 10.3 percent year-on-year in July from 7.6 percent the month before, driven by rising gold prices, the statistics office said on Wednesday.

PPI is a major component of consumer inflation, which has for years remained above government targets. The West African commodity exporter is implementing a three-year aid deal with the International Monetary Fund to restore fiscal balance.

ReutersWed, Aug 24, 2016 Thu, Aug 25, 2016