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Human trafficking in Sweden on the increase: Human trafficking in Sweden is on the increase according to records made by länsstyrelsernas. 225 victims were identified last year. This is 75 victims more than 2016. Most of the victims are used for prostitution and as beggars. Many of them are children. "We have identified 56 children who are direct victims as well as 56 other children who followed an adult victim," according to Charlotta Thorelius who oversaw the collection of the statistics.

Zuma resigns: Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president, the evening before a no-confidence vote was scheduled in parliament. The rand surged. Mr Zuma is beset by corruption allegations. The new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, a former union boss and tycoon, is not. See article.

Morgan Tsvangirai is dead: Morgan Tsvangirai died from cancer, aged 65. He led the opposition to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe even after regime thugs tried to throw him off a tall building. He won a presidential election in 2008, but Mr Mugabe won the count.

Sirleaf wins Ibrahim Prize: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former president of Liberia, was awarded the $5m Ibrahim prize for African rulers who govern well and retire when their time is up. It is only the fifth time that the prize has been awarded since it was established in 2007, because of a lack of suitable recipients.

General screening for prostrate cancer to be introduced: Should all men in Sweden between the ages of 50 and 70 be summoned for regular prostrate cancer tests? Socialstyrelsen has so far said no. But this may now change. The old argument against general regular tests has been that it may bring about treatment that may not be needed and cause unnecessary worry. But new methods for testing can now establish with more certainty if treatment is required. The risks for lifelong side effects have also been reduced. How the new recommendations will be formed has not yet been revealed. If the suggestion is formally made, the matter will be put up for general discussion. General screening for breast cancer in females is already practised in Sweden
Group picture of Stockholm Ghanaians who met embassy official on her visit to Stockholm.
Kingsley Sarfo's problems continue - arrested again: Kingsley Sarfo has yet again been arrested in Sweden for an alleged rape incident involving five underaged girls. This is the third time the Malmo star has been arrested since moving to the Scandinavian country in 2013, as he was twice put behind bars last year for rape and driving under the influence of alcohol and without license. Sarfo was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of raping an under 15-year old girl. The offencses are suppossed to have ocurred in Uppsala and Stockholm between May 2016 and July 2017. He was questioned on Friday after which the prosecutor, Ola Lavie, decided that he should be held. The magistrate's court in Malmö ruled on the same day that there was enough evidence to hold him and that there was the possibility that he could run away from the country or interfere in the investigations. His club has announced that he has been suspended. Read more...  
  If found guilty, Kingsley Sarfo, who denies the charges, faces a prison term of between two and six years after which he will be deported from the country.
Kingsley Sarfo starts training after being jailed: Ghana's Malmo FF midfield dynamo Kingsley Sarfo has revealed in an interview he has begun training with his club after he was banned and imprisoned for allegedly defiling a Swedish girl. Kingsley was last year jabbed with a claim by the Swedish court suggesting he had lured a minor to bed which got the former IK Sirius playmaker sentenced to six months in jail. Speaking to Kumasi based Angel FM, Kingsley confirmed: "Yes it's true l had a ban placed on me but as at now it has been lifted and I've started training with my teammates as the suspension was expected to last for only some weeks." "They lifted the ban off my head for good upon finding no evidence against me." Read the rest...  
  Kingsley Sarfo has started training again with Malmö FF after his suspension has been lifted for good for lack of evidence
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