Voting begins in Ghana's election as Mahama runs for second termWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:20:24 -0500By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - Long queues formed at voting stations in Ghana on Wednesday as President John Mahama ran for a second and final term against a backdrop of an economy that has slowed sharply since he took power. There have been few opinion polls but most political analysts say the vote could be close, with a strong challenge from opposition leader and former foreign minister Nana Akufo-Addo. Ghana is held up as a beacon of democracy in West Africa with a track record of peaceful elections.
EU fines three major banksÂ over Euribor rate riggingWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:16:37 -0500Brussels (AFP) - The EU's top anti-trust regulator on Wednesday slapped fines on banks HSBC, JP Morgan and Credit Agricole for rigging the Euribor interest rate benchmark used for a wide range of financial instruments.
Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsuredWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:13:27 -0500WASHINGTON (AP) â Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a clear replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.
IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in MosulWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:11:10 -0500MOSUL, Iraq (AP) â Iraqi army said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul, a day after the troops advanced deeper into the city.
Syrian rebels pull back further as military gains in AleppoWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:10:32 -0500BEIRUT (AP) â Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday, further widening their control over an enclave in the divided city that has been in rebel hands since 2012, Syria's state media and an opposition monitoring group said.
Indonesia quake toll jumps to 97 as more bodies found in rubbleWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:09:48 -0500The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia Wednesday has nearly doubled to 97, the military said, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers. The death toll has steadily climbed as rescue crews search, often by hand, through the homes, mosques and shops reduced to ruins.
The Latest: Hospital in Indonesia quake zone overwhelmedWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:08:37 -0500The Latest on a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province (all times local): 5 p.m. The director of the hospital in Pidie Jaya, the district that has taken the brunt of the quake damage, says ...
Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in voteWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:07:47 -0500ACCRA, Ghana (AP) â Voters in Ghana are choosing Wednesday between their incumbent leader and a three-time opposition presidential candidate amid widespread concerns about the credibility of the country's electoral commission.
EU fines 3 banks $520 million over market riggingWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:02:47 -0500BRUSSELS (AP) â European Union regulators have fined banks JPMorgan, HSBC and Credit Agricole a combined $520 million for colluding to manipulate the price of financial products linked to interest rates.
Hungary leaves anti-corruption group that criticized itWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:01:43 -0500BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) â The Hungarian government says it is pulling out of an international initiative to promote transparency and fight corruption because of the group's unfair criticism of the country.