Ghana challenger names first woman as major party VP pick Jul 07, 2020 0 52 12345 Accra Ghana’s main presidential challenger John Mahama on Monday named Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for December’s election, the first time a major party has chosen a female vice-presidential candidate.Opoku-Agyemang, who served as Mahama’s education minister during his previous presidential term, was unanimously endorsed by the opposition National Democratic Congress. Mahama, who ran Ghana from 2012 until 2017, is hoping to unseat incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo at the vote in December.The election -- the fourth time the two rivals will face off against each other at the ballot box -- is expected to be close. Mahama in a statement described university professor Opoku-Agyemang, 68, as “god-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant and a role model”.Ghana is viewed as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies in a region characterised by insecurity and turbulence.It has been run by democratically-elected governments since 1992. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians seek closure of West Bank crossings to curb virus Jul 07, 2020 0 328 ‘Does not matter’ who wins next US elections: Iran foreign minister Jul 07, 2020 0 329 Kenya to emerge from virus lockdown, resume international flights Jul 07, 2020 0 343 Rocket fired at Baghdad airport, no explosion: Security source AFP Baghdad A rocket landed near Baghdad airport overnight but did not explode, an Iraqi security source said, after two other rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations at the weekend. .. Iran’s daily virus deaths near record high Tehran Iran on Monday reported 160 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, close to the country’s highest single-day toll announced the previous day. The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest .. Saudi Arabia makes masks mandatory, bans gatherings during Hajj DPA Riyadh Muslim pilgrims at this year’s Hajj must wear face masks at all times, authorities said, while workers will ensure no overcrowding or gatherings take place during the pilgrimage that in normal times brings .. Shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Kabul: USGS A shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Kabul on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, sending crowds into the streets of the Afghan capital. There were no immediate reports of any casualties after the quake shook .. Israel launches new spy satellite to target enemies ‘near and far’ DPA Tel Aviv Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his country was much better able to act against enemies “near and far” thanks to the successful launch of a new spy satellite. Against the backdrop of ..