Ghana gives illegal gun owners amnesty ahead of polls

File photo©Felipe Dana/AP/SIPAGhana has given people with illegal firearms a 32-day ultimatum to hand over the weapons without the prospect of prosecution as the country gears for the December general elections.

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South African police to tighten security as election violence fears rise

Photo©Peter Dejong/AP/SIPAWith less than a week to South Africa's fifth local government election, police say they will deploy close to 60,000 officers, and a further 40,000 moving members, to monitor the country's more than 22,000 voting stations, as fears of politically motivated violence rise.

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Wildlife and food security as drones keep watch

A hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers, Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Cordova, Md, U.S. Photo© Alex Brandon/AP/SIPADrones are being used in Africa today to track poachers, to gather vital agricultural information to help farmers with their crops, and as an intelligence tool to help the military anticipate and prepare against danger.

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East Africa's IGAD seek special UN mandate to secure South Sudan's capital

File photo©AP/SIPAEast Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, is seeking a revision of UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s mandate in an effort to set up an intervention brigade that will secure Juba, that country's capital.

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Ghana aviation workers threaten crippling strike

File Photo©Yves Logghe/AP/SIPAGhana's civil aviation authority's workers have threatened to shut down the country's airspace beginning Friday in protest against the body's failure to install equipment to guarantee safety at airports.

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Ghana vows to crackdown on hate speech

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAGhana has threatened to crackdown on hate speech following claims by an opposition legislator that the head of the country's electoral body got her job after sleeping with influential people as well as threats by two political commentators to kill certain judges.

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As Northern Nigeria begins to rebuild

A man holds a cow at the cattle market in Maiduguri; thousands of farmers were displaced by the insurgency. Photo©Afolabi Sotunde/ReutersThe reconstruction needs for regions affected by Boko Haram are huge. The government and donors are beginning to mobilise funds, but improving security, relaunching economies and fostering justice and reconciliation are proving challenging.

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Ghana: UN envoy seeks unregulated security forces ban ahead of polls

Mohammed Ibn Chambas. Photo©DAVID KARP/AP/SIPAUnited Nations Secretary General's special representative, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has pressed on political parties in Ghana to ban unregulated security forces and seek dispute resolutions or dialogue through laid down structures, as polls draw closer.

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Mandela Fellows: Pathway to Africa's economic growth is inclusion

Aurelie Adam Soule, Mandela Washington fellow from Benin. Photo©FacebookMandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders' initiative has concluded a three-day regional conference in Ghana, with a call on African leaders to pursue inclusive financial, social and digital policies to quicken the continent's development pace.

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Burkina Faso's jostled priorities

outside the capital’s splendid Hotel two days after a jihadist attack by gunmen on 15 January. Photo©Issouf Sanogo/AFPThe country's new president is promising radical change in the way Burkina Faso is governed, but his previous attempts at revolution did not end so well.

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ECOWAS frets over growing terrorist attacks amid dwindling funds

ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman says more countries are now facing threats of terrorismThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed concern over deteriorating financial contributions from member countries despite mounting insecurity confronting the regional bloc.

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Uganda police confiscate drone flying near military zone

A drone hovering close to army facilities in Uganda's Nakasongola district was the least Uganda security organisations expected on Tuesday.

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Ghana: Security chiefs issue terror attack alert

Photo©Christian Thompson/AP/SIPAGhana's top security officials have warned locals and foreign residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious character to security agencies, as the country faces a "credible terrorist threat" after its neighbours suffered a sequence of deadly attacks.

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A day in the life of a Proud protector

Photo©Lee-Ann OlwagePatrolling on foot with the Black Mambas – a mainly female anti-poaching unit – Siphiwe Sithole helps preserve rhinos in South Africa's Balule Nature Reserve.

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Burundi: Troop deployment to take centre stage at AU meeting

File photo©ReutersThere is an expectation Burundi's Pierre Nkurinziza will have no choice but accept the deployment of African Union troops to his country when the powerful African Peace and Security Council meets at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa next week.

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Ghana: John Mahama's government allays fears of attacks after taking in ex-Guantanamo detainees

A United States Department of Defence report in 2009 described Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef as posing a high risk to America, its interest and allies. Photo©US Dept of DefenseGhana's government has defended its decision to take in two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners at the request of the United States, saying the duo from Yemen do not pose any security risk.

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Tourism: Egypt to increase security measures after Red Sea resort attack

Egypt's Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou says the country will announce even greater security measures to safeguard all tourists. Photo©ReutersEgypt's Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said on Saturday that the government will announce additional security measures to safeguard tourists after an attack in the Red Sea resort of Hurgada left three injured on Friday.

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Low oil prices and security threats haunt central African region

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde says the prolonged slump in oil prices presents a new reality for CEMAC. Photo©ReutersTighter public spending, economic diversification and greater regional trade are needed to spur growth in central Africa that has been hampered by plunging oil prices and security threats, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday.

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Security: Drones protect civilians - Hervé Ladsous

Hervé Ladsous, UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operationsUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, according to UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, helps with quick and more decisive actions because they do a better job in protecting civilians as they provide real-time pictures of situations on the ground.

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Security: Ghana mulls opening more borders after arms haul

File photo©ReutersGhana is contemplating opening more borders and tightening security with its neighbours, after large quantities of sophisticated ammunitions were seized by the police in the country's second largest city, Kumasi.

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