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MISS­ING CARS

Ghana’s new gov­ern­ment was try­ing to track down more than 200 cars that have gone miss­ing from the pres­i­dent’s of­fice, a gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said.

The gov­ern­ing party counted the cars a month af­ter tak­ing power af­ter vic­tory in De­cem­ber’s elec­tions.

Af­ter pre­vi­ous trans­fers of power, state-owned cars have been seized from of­fi­cials who did not re­turn them.

A min­is­ter in the for­mer gov­ern­ment said the im­plied al­le­ga­tion of wrong­do­ing by his col­leagues was false.

For­mer com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Omane Boamah said this was “a con­ve­nient way for the new gov­ern­ment to jus­tify the pur­chase of new ve­hi­cles”.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Eu­gene Arhin said of­fi­cials could only find, among other ve­hi­cles:

Seventy-four of the presidency’s 196 Toy­ota Land Cruis­ers; Twenty of the 73 Toy­ota Land Cruiser Pra­dos; Eleven of the 24 Mercedes-Ben­zes; Two of the 28 Toy­ota Aval­ons; and Two of the six BMWs. Ghana­ian ra­dio sta­tion Citi FM re­ported that the pres­i­dent had been “forced to use a 10-year-old BMW” as a re­sult.

– BBC THE SLAPPING LAW

One of Rus­sia’s most pop­u­lar news­pa­pers has told women to be “proud of their bruises”, as the coun­try par­tially de­crim­i­nalised do­mes­tic abuse this week.

The ar­ti­cle, pub­lished by Kom­so­mol­skaya Pravda, came ahead of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin sign­ing into law a new mea­sure that will see of­fend­ers face fewer penal­ties.

Yaroslav Koro­ba­tov, a columnist for the pa­per, said: “For years, women who have been smacked around by their hus­bands have found so­lace in the rather hyp­o­crit­i­cal proverb: ‘If he beats you, it means he loves you!’

“How­ever, a new sci­en­tific study is giv­ing women with iras­ci­ble hus­bands new grounds to be proud of their bruises, in­so­far as women who are beaten, bi­ol­o­gists con­firm, have a valu­able ad­van­tage: they’re more likely to give birth to boys!”

The move to par­tially de­crim­i­nalise do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Rus­sia has sparked world­wide anger.

The pres­i­den­tial ac­tion, which re­duces the as­sault of a rel­a­tive from a crim­i­nal of­fence to a civil one, has sparked fears it will send a sig­nal that abuse is not a se­ri­ous crime. More than 14 000 women die in Rus­sia each year as a re­sult of do­mes­tic abuse.

In­de­pen­dent – The

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