Susu collector in court for battering wife with metal over too many night calls

63-year-old Susu (Rotating Savings) collector, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly battering his wife with a piece of metal for receiving too many night calls. Richard Odonkor alleged that his wife Faustina Laryea had been receiving calls from her boyfriends. Madam Laryea is said to have suffered severe head injuries which had affected her brain. She is unable to walk well and she had to be assisted from the Courtroom to the house. Charged with causing harm, Odonkor has pleaded not guilty. The Court presided over by…

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Africa’s week in pictures: February 2021

  A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent and beyond: image captionAn Egyptian goose is spotted among daffodils in a London park on Wednesday. image captionOn Monday, a girl from Mozambique’s Makonde community poses for the camera at a camp for internally displaced people. image captionAn Egyptian woodcarver living in Iraq perfects an image of a minaret on a wooden door on Monday. image captionGuests cover up against coronavirus at Milan Fashion Week in Italy on Tuesday, where for the first time five African-born designers opened…

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Vintage technology: ‘It sounds so much cleaner’

  Air Vice Marshal Rich Maddison is a senior RAF officer with decades of flying experience. “As an Air Force we are as high-tech as you get, but this, this is just me.” He is referring to a miniature computer with a black and lime green screen and miniscule memory that uses AA batteries to power a 1997 design. It is a Psion 5 device and for AVM Maddison it represents his personal aviation history. The dated device is where he keeps his own flying log. Hailing from an era…

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British Airways owner IAG calls for digital health passes

  British Airways owner IAG has called for digital health passes “to reopen our skies safely” as it posted a record loss for 2020 due to Covid disruption. IAG posted an operating loss of €7.4bn (£6.5bn) for last year after the pandemic grounded many of its flights. UK-focused airlines got a boost this week from government plans for travel markets to possibly reopen from mid-May, prompting a flood of bookings. But uncertainty remains about what routes will be available. The airline group – which also owns Iberia, Aer Lingus and…

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Facebook Australia row: A dose of realism on tech regulation

image captionFacebook has blocked all news content to Australians The enormous beef between Australia’s government and Facebook has persuaded a lot of people that we are entering a new era of technology regulation. In policy and news conferences from Palo Alto to Perth, mostly conducted on Zoom of course, heavy chat about regulation and chin-stroking reliably go together. But as is often the way with complex areas of policy, the word “regulation” has now been so used and abused as to have lost all precision in meaning. A dose of…

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John Geddert: Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges

    image captionJohn Geddert coached the US women’s gymnastics team for the 2012 Olympics A former US Olympics gymnastics coach has killed himself hours after he was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, officials say. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the death of John Geddert on Thursday afternoon. In the morning, Ms Nessel had outlined 24 felony charges facing Geddert. Geddert was head of the women’s gymnastics team in 2012 and worked closely with team doctor Larry Nassar who abused hundreds of athletes. Nassar…

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‘Op Silent Viper’: How an Indian rape suspect was caught after 22 years

  image captionBibekananda Biswal was produced in court and remanded in custody Police in the eastern Indian state of Orissa (also called Odisha) have arrested a man wanted in a notorious 1999 gang rape. The accused hid in plain sight for more than two decades – until a few days ago when his luck ran out. When police approached Bibekananda Biswal’s home last week in Pune district in the western state of Maharashtra, they say he tried to run away. “He saw the team coming and tried to escape. When…

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Biden approves US air strike on Iran-backed militias in Syria

  image captionAmericans were injured when rockets hit Irbil on 15 February The US military has carried out an air strike targeting Iran-backed militias in Syria, the Pentagon says. The attack destroyed “multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups”, it said. It was the first military action ordered by the Biden administration and came in response to attacks against US and coalition personnel in Iraq. A civilian contractor was killed in a rocket attack on US targets this month. A US service…

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Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. Some of the plots listed via Facebook’s classified ads service are as large as 1,000 football pitches. Facebook said it was “ready to work with local authorities”, but indicated it would not take independent action of its own to halt the trade. “Our commerce policies require buyers and sellers to comply with laws and regulations,” the Californian tech firm added. image captionThe Amazon…

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Analysis: Can Asia help Myanmar find a way out of coup crisis?

image captionMyanmar has seen almost-daily mass protests since the 1 Feb coup The arrival of the Myanmar junta-appointed foreign minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, in Bangkok on Wednesday for an unannounced meeting with his Thai and Indonesian counterparts marked the start of a of a daunting diplomatic undertaking for South East Asia. No details were released of what was discussed. This first official contact with a senior member of the junta was so delicate that, when asked about it, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was unwilling to confirm that it had…

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