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Chinese tycoon who called President Xi a 'clown' is jailed for 18 years

A Chinese property mogul and critic of President Xi Jinping, has been jailed for corruption after calling the president a clown.

Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of Huayuan, a state-owned real estate group, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for corruption, bribery, and embezzlement of public funds. He was also fined 4.2million yuan (£484,485) fine, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court said on its website on Tuesday.

The court verdict said the 69-year-old “voluntarily and truthfully confessed all his crimes”, and would not appeal the court’s decision.

Rights campaigners have accused President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of using corruption charges to silence dissent.

Ren, an influential critic of the Chinese Communist party described president Xi Jinping as a “clown” over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, was put under investigation in April for “serious violations of discipline and the law”.

Back in March, the retired property executive went missing after writing a critical …

Bright Philip Donkor writes: 21st September: We can make the Black Star shine

I am writing because I am a citizen who's passionate about the fact that, the black star can shine even in the midst the darkness thrown at it.  I think that nation building is a passion borne out of love, and it is not for people whose main goal is material acquisition. One does not need to be a politician before making a difference in the country. In one's own capacity, a difference can be made wherever you are, irrespective of your status, qualification, position and prestige.

It's 21st September and I cannot continue this piece without giving acknowledgement to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Today forms another milestone of his; though it's in his absence but there is no denying the fact that it's one worthy of remembrance. For as Ghana goes, so does much of Africa. Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana to independence in 1957 - the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve this feat.

He’s still remembered for his unrepentant anti-colonial stance and strident Pan-Africanism. Above a…

"I'm so sorry" Ellen DeGeneres publicly addresses allegations of misconduct on her show for the first time

Ellen DeGeneres has publicly addressed allegations of misconduct on her show for the first time.

The talk show host returned on Monday, September 21, for season 18 of her eponymous talk show and as she gave the opening monologue, she addressed allegations of a toxic work environment.

DeGeneres apologized to viewers, saying she takes responsibility “for what happens at her show.”

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” DeGeneres said.

The show filmed the episode on stage for the first time in months after taping from DeGeneres’ home during quarantine, but there wasn’t a studio audience because of the pandemic.

During Monday's show, Ellen revealed that necessary changes have been made.

She said: “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have …

“Let’s Build United, Prosperous, Stable, Secure ECOWAS” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has tasked the President, Commissioners and Staff of the ECOWAS Commission to work to continue to work to build a united, economically prosperous, politically stable, and secured Community that meets the aspirations of the citizens of the Community.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “As we round off the implementation of ECOWAS Vision 2020, and finalise the development of Vision 2050, we should strive to make ECOWAS a Community in which our dreams of prosperity, peace, security, integration and development are realised for the well-being of its citizens.”

The President made this known on Monday, 21st September 2020, when he paid a working visit to the offices of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Addressing a gathering of Commissioners and staff of the Commission, he explained tha…

Cameroon soldiers jailed for killing women and children

Four Cameroonian soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years for their roles in shooting dead two women and two children in 2015.