Authorities in Guinea imposed a curfew in the city of Nzerekore overnight Monday following violent clashes between rival political groups ahead of the presidential election. Dozens were injured in fighting over the weekend and local media sources said one person was killed, according to Reuters.

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Distinguished Guests, the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Danquah Institute was invited by the coalition of pressure groups agitating for a new register to come and share with the general public the doubts we have raised over the last few years on the integrity of the voter registration that took place in 2012 and the way forward. We accepted the invitation and I am happy to say that this is my first public statement since my appointment by the governing board of the institute as its Executive Director on 1st September.

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Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, with deteriorating safety and lack of economic opportunity overshadowing any gains made on the human rights front especially in resource-rich nations, a survey said on Monday.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.

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Despite its seemingly extreme ideology and its even more extreme use of political violence, al-Qaida has been able to elicit sympathy and support from a surprisingly large number of people. Suspected al-Qaida members have been arrested in dozens of countries around the world, and opinion polls in both Western and Middle Eastern countries have shown that relatively large numbers of young Muslims express sympathy with al-Qaida. In other words, we have a situation in which al-Qaida has killed civilians on a massive scale, including a large number of Muslims, but still seems to enjoy relatively widespread support. How can we explain this apparent conundrum? This article argues that al-Qaida's continuing appeal is a result of three key factors. First, al-Qaida propagates a simple popular message, which resonates strongly with deeply held grievances in the Muslim world. The organisation strives to follow the popular mood in many respects. Second, al-Qaida has created for itself a powerful and captivating image.
IMF Executive Board Concludes 2013 Article IV Consultation with Ghana
On June 12, 2013, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Ghana. Economic growth continued at a robust pace of 8 percent in 2012 amid rising fiscal and external imbalances. Fiscal pressures came to the fore in a mounting public sector wage bill and costly energy subsidies that pushed the deficit close to 12 percent of GDP. The fiscal expansion led to a significant deterioration in the public debt ratio and contributed to a widening deficit in the external current account, with the latter also reflecting sizeable foreign direct investment (FDI).
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The financial system is the nerve centre of the modern economy. Banks pool the capital of savers and lend it to companies at longer maturities, allowing them to invest in new initiatives for continuous expansion. They provide cash machines, credit cards, debit cards and so on allowing the vast majority of commercial activities to take place. The capital market allows companies to raise capital at a reduced cost, enabling risk to be effectively managed. The financial freeze starting September 2008 was accompanied with a corresponding held up in all these commercial activities, plummeting national economies and the world economy at large into the biggest recession since the end of World War II. Recent economic reports across the world’s heavy economies suggest the world economy is steadily responding to growth. Britain is the latest to have announced its economy is officially out of recession. German and France were first to have recorded positive growth figures. America so far has been cautious about its figures but for the first time over a year the American economy has recorded an expansion. The message coming out so far is good taking into account the fact that the world economy came to near collapse.
Finally! We have something to applaud the Ministry of Energy for! Those who have been following our releases should by now be familiar with our incessant ranting about “transparency”. This week the Ministry of Energy announced that it shall be subjecting the draft petroleum revenue management bill to a full and open public discussion extending to all corners of Ghana prior to its submission to the relevant select committees in parliament. All hail transparency!
AN Overview of Dr Bawumia's Book on Ghana's Economy
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Akufo-Addo condemns coup in Mali and calls for firm ECOWAS action
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