Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead a Jubilee audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope speaks of Armenian 'genocide' in Yerevan visit

Pope Francis has again described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman Turkish rule in World War One as "genocide". He made the remarks during a visit to the Armenian capital, Yerevan. He made a similar statement last year, prompting Turkish anger. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. Turkey has always disputed that figure and rejects using the term "genocide". It says the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1. The row over characterising the killings has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey, as well as drawing in other countries such as Germany, whose parliament recently declared ...

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Man named Gambles wins lottery, and that’s not even the best part

A man with the last name “Gambles” has won the lottery for the second time using the exact same numbers. Larry Gambles of Chicago is a retired school administrator and perhaps the luckiest man in Illinois. The 65-year-old first won the lottery nine years ago using numbers from the jerseys of his high school basketball team, reports NBC Chicago 5. Back then, the prize was $50,000. Gambles was so pleased with the results that he decided he would keep using those same numbers whenever he played. Nine years later Gambles’ approach finally paid off. The retiree matched all five numbers of the Lucky Day Lotto to win the jackpot of ...

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EU says UK 'must not delay leaving'

EU leaders have insisted that the UK must move swiftly to negotiate leaving the organisation, saying any delay would prolong uncertainty. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker stressed the "Union of the remaining 27 members will continue". The UK voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU, and David Cameron has announced he will step down as PM by October. He has said it will be up to the new PM to invoke the article that will begin the UK's withdrawal. Global stock markets fell heavily on the news of the so-called "Brexit" and the value of the pound has also fallen dramatically. Mr Juncker went into crisis talks with European parliament president Martin ...

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Ghana handed tough draw in 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Ghana have been handed a tough task to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they face Uganda, Congo and Egypt in Group E of the African qualifiers. The four-time African champions recorded a double over Uganda in the Group stage of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Another mouthwatering tie in this group will be Ghana against Egypt. This is the second time the team countries will be meeting in a World Cup qualifier following their meeting in 2013 where Ghana edged out Egypt out. The Black Stars last played Congo last year in an international friendly and managed a 3-2 win. Below is the full Group of the 2018 World ...

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Confirmed: Don King to organise “Rumble in The Jungle” II in Ghana

Ghana will be the center of global attention in September when the country host the second “Rumble in the Jungle” to celebrate the life of boxing legend Muhammed Ali. The Minister of Youth and Sports Nii Lantey Vanderpuye disclosed this during the WBO featherweight title bout between Ghana’s Isaac Dogbe and Ugandan Edward Kakembo at the Accra Sports Stadium last Saturday. The decision for Ghana to host was taken when sports Ministers of the African Union (AU) met in Addis Ababa to discuss how Africa will immortalize the death of Muhammed Ali. The Minister said all the ministers at the meeting unanimously agreed that Ghana should host the bout. “Don King wants ...

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Supreme Court should run elections in Ghana – Anyidoho fumes

Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho says the Supreme Court should be allowed to run elections in the country. He could not fathom why the apex court through its actions is seemingly interfering in the operation of the Electoral Commission (EC). Koku Anyidoho's comment is in reaction to the directive by the apex court to the EC to furnish it with a “comprehensive" list of all persons who registered with the NHIS cards. The Supreme Court in a bid to give further interpretation to its May 5 judgment on the controversy regarding the voters' register, has directed the EC to furnish it with a “comprehensive" list ...

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Social media ban not worth it - Kofi Annan

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has called for the responsible use of the social media platform ahead of the November polls. He explains that the platform, elsewhere, has been used for healthy interactions that have positively changed the course of elections there hence, same can be replicated here. His comments come on the back of intentions of the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, to place a ban on social media during the November polls for what he called the irresponsible use of the platform. Answering questions on how social media can make or break the 2016 election at the 12th Kronti Ne Akwamu Lecture in Accra on Thursday, ...

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Mahama sacks judge Ivy Heward Mills

A High Court judge Ivy Heward Mills has been sacked by President John Mahama for taking bribe in the infamous Judicial corruption scandal which hit Ghana last year. According to the first deputy Judicial Secretary Justice Juliana Amonoo-Neizer, the respected judge was “found culpable” in the scandal uncovered by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Tigereyepi. The Judicial Service has directed the Director of Human Resource to “delete her name from the payroll of the Judicial Service with effect from June 20, 2016.” The decision to remove her from office follows a recommendation by the “committee set up by the Hon. Lady Chief Justice [Georgina Wood] to investigate a petition from Anas ...

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Trudeau says Canada 'well positioned' to weather Brexit storm amid market jitters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians waking up to jittery markets Friday that Canada's economy is in a good position to weather the storm in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. "The country's economy is strong, diversified and resilient. While last night's vote will undoubtedly increase the global economic uncertainty, Canadians can be reassured that we are monitoring the situation closely and that we will work with our partners across the world to maintain stability and create economic growth," Trudeau said in French in Quebec City. The prime minister was in his home province to celebrate Quebec's official holiday, known as Fête Nationale. Trudeau said ...

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Trudeau booed in Quebec for speaking English on Fete nationale

QUEBEC - All in all, it was fairly tame compared to the virulent reaction against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father 48 years ago. Trudeau was booed briefly by a few people in Quebec City on Friday — the province's Fete nationale — about 11 seconds after he began speaking in English about the result of the Brexit referendum in Britain. He gave English another six seconds before reverting to French to discuss the scheduled topic of the day — the inauguration of a museum pavilion. Exactly 48 years earlier, Trudeau's father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was involved in one of the most politically charged incidents in Quebec history when he attended the annual ...

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Stolen vehicle bursts into flames after crashing into Scarborough home

The occupants of a Scarborough residence escaped unharmed after a stolen van being pursued by police crashed into the front of their home and burst into flames early Friday morning. It happened at a residence on Ellesmere Road near Kennedy Road at around 3:45 a.m. Toronto Fire says that people were inside the house at the time but were able to escape without injury. Firefighters are shown on scene after a van collided with a home in Scarborough and then burst into flames. (Kyle Surowicz) The damage to the home is believed to be extensive. “They (the residents) won’t be going back into that house,” District Chief Joe Bennett told CP24 at the scene. ...

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Roma family returns to Canada after Conservatives' deportation order reversed

When Georgia Brouwer, 11, hugged her friend Viktoria (Lulu) Pusuma, 8, goodbye at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2014, neither of the girls wanted the moment to end. "We wouldn't let go of each other and it was really sad," Georgia said of their farewell two years ago. But her dad, Andrew Brouwer, also the Pusumas' lawyer, promised his daughter he'd keep fighting for the family until they came home. On Thursday, the family — deported from Canada in 2014 — did just that, returning to the country that was their sanctuary for nearly three years. "This is freedom's smell!" Lulu's mother, Timea, exclaimed, stepping outside the airport for the first ...

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Militants rejoiced as Canadians were beheaded, freed hostage says

Philippine militants claiming to belong to Abu Sayyaf are seen holding hostages, from left to right, Filipina Marites Flor, Canadian Robert Hall, and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, in a still frame made from a militant video accessed by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-SITE Intelligence Group MANILA, Philippines -- Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday. Marites Flor tearfully recalled to reporters the harrowing moment when Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were handcuffed and led away to a nearby jungle clearing to be separately decapitated in April and early ...

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Trade delegation from Ghana on food & beverage processing and agricultural inputs concludes visit to the Netherlands

A 20-member trade delegation from Ghana concluded a week-long visit on Friday to the Netherlands to explore opportunities for business and cooperation in food & beverage processing and agricultural inputs. The mission was led by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Ghana Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), supplemented by members of GhanaVeg. GhanaVeg is a programme funded by the Netherlands Embassy with the aim of establishing a sustainable and internationally competitive vegetable sector in Ghana that contributes to inclusive economic growth. The goal of the trade mission was to promote cooperation, investment and exchange knowledge between Ghanaian and Dutch entrepreneurs, and to build the capacity of AGI and ...

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Nana Addo's 1 district 1 factory plan won't work – TEGLEU

Plans by the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to establish a factory in each of the 216 districts across the country if he becomes the next president of Ghana will not work, Mr Abraham Koomson, General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TEGLEU) of the Ghana Federation of Labour, has said. Mr Akufo-Addo said his government would embark on a factory building spree as part of plans to industrialise the economy. But speaking with Prince Minkah, host of the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Wednesday June 23, Mr Koomson said: “It is not feasible, it will not work, it will ...

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I didn’t enjoy being President – Rawlings

A former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, has disclosed that he did not enjoy being in office, but had to stay on to help stabilise the country. The founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who marks his 69th birthday today, Wednesday, June 22, told Morning Starr host Nii Arday Clegg that being a president was a very demanding job which he does not miss anymore. “...It was a very tasking situation for all of us...some of us didn’t enjoy being in office...but we had to work hard and after 10 years of that kind of work during the revolution period you want to break along but you are forced ...

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Don’t politicise car gift debate – Peace Council

Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev Professor Emmanuel Asante has welcomed the raging debate on the controversial presidential car gift, but warns it must not be politicised. The opposition NPP and anti-graft bodies have raised concerns about the president’s acceptance of the Ford Expedition from Burkinabe Contractor Djibril Kanazoe. They have called for a probe into the matter. The Youth Wing of the CPP has petitioned the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on the matter. The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) intends doing so, too. Professor Asante told Class News, even though the debate on the issue could be helpful in getting to the bottom of the matter, ...

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Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia is 95 years today

World-renowned Ghanaian musicologist and composer Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia is 95 years old today. He was born on 22 June 1921 at Mampong, then a little town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana (then known as the Gold Coast). Professor Nketia received his first musical education, and eventually trained as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong Akwapin, where he later taught and was appointed as Acting Principal in 1952. At age 23, a very young age to go abroad in those days, Prof. Nketia, through a government scholarship, went to the University of London to study for a certificate of phonetics at the School of Oriental and African studies. He ...

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My mom tried aborting me – Gospel musician Celestine Donkor

Gospel songstress, Celestine Donkor says her existence in this world was by great intervention from God. According to the Turning Around singer, her mother after having six children decided to abort her seventh pregnancy which happened to be her (Celestine Donkor). She narrated circumstances surrounding her birth when it was her turn to take the Shades seat, a program shown on GhOne Television. “I would say my birth was saved by Grace. My mom told me a story. According to my mom, after her sixth child, she decided not to give birth again so when I was conceived, she opted for an abortion,” she said. She continued; “Hence her decision to see a ...

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I haven’t stolen Okala’s style - DKB

Ghana's most influential comedian, DKB has been accused of copying the late Bob Okala’s style of comedy. The picture of the sensational comedian was on social media (Facebook) where he posed like the late comedian, wearing slapstick, a style attributed to concert party performers. We reached DKB to know his side of the story and this was what he had to say; “First of all I would like to put across that I in no way stole from the late legendry Bob Okala, the pictures you saw are part of visual concept for my one man show called Point of view, coming up at the National theatre on Saturday, July 9”. He further ...

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