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In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her lack of passion for dogs.

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Ghana's dancing pallbearers bring funeral joy

Pallbearers are lifting the mood in Ghana with flamboyant coffin-carrying displays.

Treason charges dropped against Ghana separatists

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

A court in Ghana has dropped charges against members of a separatist group who had been accused of treason.

The three men are part of a secessionist movement called Homeland Study Group Foundation, which wants to create a breakaway state in eastern Ghana.

They were arrested in March for declaring the Volta region and parts of northern Ghana as Western Togoland.

The region did not fall within the administrative borders of the Gold Coast, which became known as Ghana at independence 60 years ago.

What was then Trans Volta Togoland territory was then incorporated into Ghana.

On their release today, the separatists were instructed to sign a bond of peace and told to channel their grievances to the United Nations.

A man holds Ghanaian flags up in the air
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Ghana marked 60 years of independence in March

'Azonto' singer Fuse ODG talks schools and dolls

'Ed Sheeran recorded at my house in Ghana'

'It's a new Africa' - singer Fuse ODG is branching out after his huge hit 'Antenna' took Afro Beats into the mainstream in the UK. The London-born musician of Ghanaian heritage is supporting a school in Ghana and wants all African children to believe they are 'kings and queens'. Fuse ODG joined Alan Kasujja in the BBC Newsday studio. (Pic: Fuse ODG performing on stage; Credit: BBC)

Ghana miners trapped underground

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

A Galamseyer, illegal gold panner, clears by hand mud and sand as he works on a gold field in Kibi on April 10, 2017.
Many poor people mine illegally in the hope of getting rich

Emergency workers in Ghana are trying to rescue 17 miners trapped in an illegal mining pit since Sunday.

The pit, in Prestea-Nsuta town in the Western region, caved in, trapping the miners more than 25 metres underground. Five managed to escape, according to local police. Rescue efforts are still ongoing 48 hours later in the hope of finding survivors.

Illegal mining, allegedly led by Chinese nationals, has been a source of concern to the Ghanaian authorities both because of safety issues and its destructive impact on the environment. Several arrests have been made and equipment seized.

The government has now set up a task force to investigate the problem as the number of accidents increase.

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