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Joe Biden reverses global abortion ‘gag rule’ and expands Obamacare

US President Joe Biden has reversed a ban on federal funds going to international aid groups that perform or inform about abortions. He said the ending of the so-called Mexico City Policy reverses former President Trump’s “attack on women’s health access”. The memo orders a review of a Trump-era policy blocking funding for US clinics that offer abortion referrals as …

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Useful tips for successful admission and scholarship applications

Ghana Writes experts in admission and scholarship applications recently sat down with one of our clients, “Ivan” to review his rejected application to the Stanford University Scholarship program. And below are some of the useful points they raised; Your essays should answer all the questions or promptsConcerning his essays, the team criticized him constructively. First, they advised him to go …

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Meet Emmanuel Neba-Fuh and his PAN-African Memorial (PAM) Project

Project overview — PAN-African Memorial, also known as the Black Memorial, is an international memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Africans, African-Americans and people of African origin around the world, terrorized and humiliated by colonialism and white supremacy. Background Work on the memorial began on January 11, 2018 after President Donald Trump unleashed a vile word in reference to …

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South Africa lifts ban on use of hijab in the military

Female military officers in South Africa can now wear their hijabs with their military uniforms. It follows a review of the dress code of the South African military after a rights organisation challenged the policy in court. A Muslim woman, Maj Fatima Isaacs has waged a two year battle against the dress policy after she was charged with disobeying lawful …

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Uganda: Soldiers finally leave Bobi Wine’s home

Ugandan police and the army have now left the home of former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi — popularly known as Bobi Wine. They had earlier remained at his home despite a court order for them to leave. The security officers have been stationed at Bobi Wine’s home in Magere village, Wakiso District since January 14 when he went out to …

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Kenya adopts Trusted Travel digital tool for COVID-19 test result verification

0n 9 January 2021, the Government of the Republic of Kenya announced the launch of its Trusted Travel platform, based on the Africa CDC Trusted Travel platform, becoming the first country to adopt the platform for managing travels during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ministry has collaborated with the African Union and Africa CDC, with technical support from PanaBIOS to implement an online …

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CAR troops ‘kill 44 rebels’ who surrounded capital

Officials in the Central African Republic say government troops have killed 44 rebel fighters who had surrounded the capital, Bangui, in an attempt to overthrow the new administration. A government spokesman told the French news agency that the soldiers had captured the village of Boda with the help of Russian paramilitaries. There’s no independent confirmation of the government claim, which …

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Mali reopens schools after weeks of closure

Schools in Mali reopened on Monday after several postponements following a teachers’ strike and efforts to control the spread of coronavirus. Education authorities said that measures had been put in place to ensure pupils learn in a safe environment. This will include a 20-minute health awareness lesson to be undertaken by all pupils throughout this week. The education ministry also …

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What Happened To Ghana Airways — once Africa’s flagship airlines?

Founded by Ghana’s government in 1958, Ghana Airways was a joint venture between the government who held a 60% stake in the airline and the British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC). Under a seven-year agreement of understanding, BOAC staff ran the airline while Ghanain personnel were sent to London for training. When the airline came into existence, the industry was very …

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