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Ivory Coast Demands The Return Of 148 Works Of Art From France

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Ivory Coast Demands The Return Of 148 Works Of Art From France

Ivory Coast said on Wednesday it had drawn up a list of 148 works of art it wants France to return. They were taken during the colonial period. Last month, the West African state joined Senegal and Benin in lobbying France, their former colonial power, to hand back their cultural treasures.

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Ivorian culture minister Maurice Bandaman told a press conference, they have compiled a list of at least 140 works. He said all or part of it will be returned by next year.

Bandaman says the items were hauled away, confiscated, captured by the French and taken to a museum in Paris.

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The request follows a landmark speech by French president Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Burkina Faso last year. Macron’s office said lastweek, France would hand over to Benin 26 works of art plundered by troops in 1892.

Senegal then called on France to return all works of art taken from the country. Ivory Coast said that in a first step it would seek the return of “about a hundred” items.

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Bandaman, says tens of thousands of Ivorian artifacts were in foreign museums.

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Prime Minister And Cabinet Members Resign In Burkina Faso

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Prime Minister And Cabinet Members Resign In Burkina Faso

The cabinet of Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Kabore, has resigned according to a statement released on national television by the country’s president.

Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, a former economist, had held the position since January 2016 when he was nominated by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. Kabore accepted the resignations and said, a new government is to be form as soon as possible while no explanation was given for there resignation.

The government  is faced growing pressure over a rise in the number of kidnappings and attacks. The country lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a bloody Islamist insurgency.

Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since mid-December, and late Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected jihadists was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.

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Breaking: Court Grants Dino Melaye Bail On Health Ground

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Dino Melaye Granted Bail On Health Condition

Senator Dino Melaye has been granted bail by a High Court in Maitama, Abuja. Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground. Halilu was of the view that the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.

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The ruling was granted after an application by Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN). The senator is currently being held in a police health facility in Abuja.

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As terms for his bail, the defendant is expected to produce three sureties, one of whom must be the Clerk of the National Assembly.

The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.

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Ghana: Undercover Reporter Cries Out Over Death Threats

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Ghana: Undercover Reporter Cries Out Over Death Threats

Ghanaian undercover reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas has said, his team face death threats on a daily basis. He was speaking after his colleague Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot dead while driving home, after a politician called for retribution against him.

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Reports say Ahmed Hussein-Suale was near his home in Madina Suburb on Wednesday when two men on a motorbike pulled up next to his car and shot him at close range.

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The journalist died instantly after being shot twice in the chest and in the neck.

He was an investigative journalist with tiger eye private investigations, run by Anas. Hussein had exposed Ghana’s soccer corruption that led to the head of the Ghana Football Association resignation.

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