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Boko Haram militants stage attacks in northern Cameroon E-mail
Some 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns in northern Cameroon over the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp on Sunday before being removed by the air force, an army spokesman said.
The heavily armed group attacked the military camp in Achigachia near the Nigerian border at around 4 a.m.. Following an intense battle, the army abandoned the camp, Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck told Reuters by phone.
"After that, the head of state ordered the air force to carry out strikes. With the bombardment, the fighters were forced to decamp from Achigachia," Badjeck said.
Pastor allegedly defiles girl, 16, to exorcise spirit of stubbornness E-mail

The head Pastor of the Eternal Grace Church has been arrested by police for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old apprentice dressmaker.

Reverend Lord Evans Appiah, reportedly forcibly had sex with the victim with the excuse of delivering her from a spirit.
The man of God vehemently denies the allegations.
The victim, name withheld, spoke to Joy News’ Daryl Kwao from the Police Hospital, where she is undergoing a medical examination. 

North Korea berates Obama over The Interview release E-mail

the interviewNorth Korea has condemned US President Barack Obama over the release of the film The Interview, about a fictional plot to kill its leader Kim Jong-un.

The National Defence Commission (NDC) also accused the US of shutting down North Korea's internet - and described Mr Obama as "reckless" and "a monkey".

Another internet shut-down was observed hours later, Chinese state media said.

Sony Pictures originally pulled the film after a cyber-attack and threats - a move criticised by Mr Obama.

He joined critics who had warned that freedom of expression was under threat if the movie was shelved.

Sony later reconsidered and released The Interview on Christmas Day.

Pope condemns religious violence in Christmas address E-mail

popePope Francis has denounced the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities, in his traditional Christmas Day address. In his second "Urbi et Orbi" - to the city and the world - Christmas message, the pontiff highlighted the plight of victims of conflict in Syria and Iraq. "Too many people are being held hostage or massacred" in Nigeria, he added. Pope Francis also urged dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and condemned Taliban attacks in Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people turned out on St Peter's Square to hear the Argentine Pope deliver his annual message. He said Christians in Iraq and Syria had endured conflict for too long, and "together with those belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, are suffering a brutal persecution". "May Christmas bring them hope, as indeed also to the many displaced persons, exiles and refugees, children, adults and elderly, from this region and from the whole world," the Pope said. James Reynolds, BBC News, Rome Shortly before midday a marching band headed along the main avenue towards the Vatican. Police officers shepherded back onlookers who got too close. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims then walked the short distance to St Peter's Square.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2014 01:27
DPSI reaches out to needy and abused children E-mail

dpsiThe Delhi Public School International (DPSI) has extended its support to the Don Bosco Centre in Tema by donating various items and a sum of money.

The items include clothes, books, shoes, toys, bags and a cheque for GHČ» 1000.

The centre was established in March this year to rehabilitate children who are victims of child labour, abuse and trafficking. So far, 7 children have been restored to their families and 35 children are currently been supported in boarding schools around the country.

Mrs. Tanya Thakwani who presented the items said the gesture is part of their social responsibility to the community and pledged more support to the centre.

Madam Tanya was touched by the horrific stories of the children at the centre and advised parents to be responsible and take good care of their children. She also advised parents who exchange their children for money or other items to desist from the practice.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2014 01:16
Obuasi Communities demand compensation from AngloGold Ashanti E-mail

obusaiLands, Forestry and Natural Resources Ministry is set to begin discussions over compensation for two communities in the Obuasi municipality. Sanso and Anyinam were affected by mining activities of AngloGold Ashanti.

Residents in the two communities are also unhappy about AngloGold's decision to stop paying for the electricity and water consumed by the two communities due to the company's operational decline. Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng who is pushing for the compensation told Joy News, the operations of AngloGold have made the communities poorer because they lost their farm lands and water bodies to the company. "We are asking for a comprehensive compensation plan be prepared and implemented for the two communities.

Police arrest five members of vigilante group in Ghana E-mail
policeFive members of a notorious vigilante group at Ofoase in the Eastern region have been arrested by the Police.

The suspected Islamic group operating in Akyem Ofoase Zongo is noted for flogging residents who breach certain requirements of the religion.

The area is said to be a predominantly Muslim community.

The group is also reported to have adopted the name of the notorious Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria Boko Haram.

In a video, the group members were seen flogging a woman for allegedly buying from a Christian.

Security officials in the Eastern Region have arrested three of the group's members.

Police Public Relations officer in the Eastern Regional ASP Nketiah Yeboah said they are now screening the suspects.

Tic Tac organizes charity pizza party at Kumasi Children's Home E-mail

Tic TacIt was an atmosphere of merry making when award winning artiste, Tic Tac, visited the Kumasi Children’s Home on December 24, to organize a Pizza Party for the children there.

The musician gave the kids a treat of their lives, as he provided a Christmas feast for the hundreds of children.

In partnership with Gennex Pizza, they provided them with pizza, chicken hot wings accompanied with assorted drinks and other products.

He topped everything up with a rare performance. Tic Tac dished out a couple of his hit songs, which the kids and staff of the home sang along.

The rapper organized a dancing competition for the kids after he posed for the cameras with them.

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