Updated 7:00 am CDT, Thursday, June 6, 2019 ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Authorities in Ghana say two Canadians on an exchange program have been abducted. Police and local media say the two were attending Kumasi Technical University in the West African country's second-largest city. Guillaume Berube, spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Canadian officials are providing assistance to the victims' families. Berube says no other information is being released so as not to "compromise ongoing efforts or endanger the safety of Canadians." This is the second time in less than a month that foreigners have been targeted in the south-central city of Kumasi. An Indian national earlier was abducted and rescued. Ghana's president has vowed to crack down on those committing the crimes. … [Read more...] about 2 Canadians kidnapped in West African nation of Ghana
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By Burt Constable Watching dramatic scenes of immigrants in a caravan moving toward the United States-Mexico border, this 20-year-old resident of the Northwest suburbs knows their plight. He walked across that bridge. He survived that jungle. He was that hungry and sick. He had that fear. related advertisement "It reminds me of what I did," says Ahmad, whose journey began after he healed enough from a vicious attack in his home in West Africa to embark on a six-month, 7,000-mile odyssey where he saw death, feared for his own life, was abandoned in a jungle, and often lost hope that he'd survive long enough to request asylum in the United States. "I see these people asking for the same things I'm here for."Ahmad was 17 when he made it to Tijuana in Mexico, waited a month for his turn to ask American authorities for asylum, and was sent to a U.S. immigration facility for juveniles in Chicago. The number of people seeking asylum has grown so much and so quickly that … [Read more...] about Constable: How 7,000-mile trek through the Americas leads West African asylum-seeker to the suburbs
THE military in Gabon have seized power in the oil rich nation after gunshots were heard in the country's capital, Libreville. Here is everything you need to know about the country and the coup. Where is Gabon in Africa? Gabon is located on the west coast of Africa and borders the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The country's population is just over two million and is home to many national parks, such as the famed Loango National Park. Its capital city is Libreville, home to some 700,000 people, and is where the military have mobilised to overthrow the current government. The country has been independent of its former colonial masters France since 1960. The current president's father, Omar Bongo, ruled Gabon for 42 years before his death in 2009 when Ali Bongo first took power. Gabon has an extremely unequal society, with its ruler Ali Bongo possessing huge wealth stemming from the nation's oil reserves.Why is the army attempting a coup? A New Year's eve address by … [Read more...] about Gabon coup latest news – where is the African nation and why is the army attempting a coup?
News / UK and world by Press Association November 1, 2018, 4:07 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Prince of Wales has begun the first full day of his west African tour by highlighting the “important milestone” taken by Gambians in turning their backs on “22 years of autocratic rule”. Charles’ comment came during a welcoming ceremony attended by Gambia’s president Adama Barrow, whose shock election victory in 2016 brought an end to the authoritarian regime of former leader Yahya Jammeh. The heir to the throne and the Duchess of Cornwall had a busy day in Gambia where highlights included the prince’s visit to the Gambian Armed Forces Training School while his wife attended a Commonwealth Big Lunch at the High Commissioner’s residence. Speaking in McCarthy Square, in the capital Banjul, where officials and schoolchildren had gathered to welcome their royal guests, the heir to … [Read more...] about Charles and Camilla receive official welcome as their West African tour begins
ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Twelve crew members of a Swiss merchant vessel kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria by pirates are from the Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia, the West African nation's maritime agency said on Sunday. Sunday Umoren from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency said seven of those abducted were from the Philippines and one from each of the other five countries. They were abducted on Saturday from the Swiss vessel that was travelling between the cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt. (Reporting by Anamesere Igboeroteonwu in Onitsha; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Edmund Blair) … [Read more...] about Nigerian maritime agency identifies nationalities of 12 abducted ship crew