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IMF And Western Union Suspends Afghanistan’s Access To Funds

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suspended Afghanistan from accessing funds following the Taliban’s takeover of the country last weekend.

Resources of over $370m (£268m) from the IMF had been set to arrive on 23 August. These funds were part of a global IMF response to the economic crisis in the country.

An IMF spokesperson said on Thursday, August 19, it was due to “lack of clarity within the international community” over recognising a government in Afghanistan.

Access to the IMF’s reserves in Special Drawing Rights (SDR) assets, which can be converted to government-backed money, have also been blocked. SDRs are the IMF’s unit of exchange based on sterling, dollars, euros, yen and yuan.

“As is always the case, the IMF is guided by the views of the international community,” the spokesperson added.

Also, in another development, Independent money transfer giant, Western Union also announced it had suspended money transfer services to Afghanistan “until further notice”.

Western Union said it’s service will not be used to finance terrorists activities by terrorists regimes.

The announcement by the IMF comes after an official from the Biden administration told the BBC that any central bank assets the Afghan government has in the US will not be made available to the Taliban.

Earlier, the head of Afghanistan’s central bank said the US had cut off access to its assets – around $7bn of which are held at the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Ajmal Ahmady, who fled the country at the weekend, tweeted that Da Afghanistan Bank’s total reserves were approximately $9bn as of last week.

However, he said as per international standards, most of this was held in safe, liquid assets such as US Treasury bonds and gold offshore.

“Given that the Taliban are still on international sanction lists, it is expected (confirmed?) that such assets will be frozen and not accessible to Taliban,” Ahmady tweeted.

“We can say the accessible funds to the Taliban are perhaps 0.1-0.2% of Afghanistan’s total international reserves. Not much.”

The Afghan currency, the Afghani, has fallen to record lows. Ahmady added that Washington’s suspended shipments of physical dollars were causing Afghanistan’s currency to depreciate.

“I believe local banks have told customers that they cannot return their dollars — because [Da Afghanistan Bank] has not supplied banks with dollars,” he tweeted.

“This is true. Not because funds have been stolen or being held in vault, but because all dollars are in international accounts that have been frozen.”

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Xavi Agrees To Become Barcelona’s New Boss

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Barcelona football icon, Xavi has reportedly agreed a deal with Barcelona to become their new manager .

Ronald Koeman was sacked after Wednesday night’s defeat by Rayo Vallecano and the club have announced that Sergi Barjuan will take charge in the interim.

According to Spanish paper, AS, Xavi wants to say a proper farewell to Qatari club Al Sadd but could land in Barcelona on November 4 and either be presented on that date or the following day.

According to AS, Xavi has a release clause of £840,000 that Barcelona will have to pay, although AS say there could be a gentleman’s agreement between the manager and his bosses in Qatar could let him leave for free.

Xavi has managed Al Sadd for two years and joined as a player in 2015 after leaving Barca.

Popular football transfer news guryz Fabrizio Romano tweeted: ‘Barcelona will announce new interim coach. Then it’s gonna be Xavi. He has accepted Barça project after talking with president Laporta days ago. Still waiting contract termination process with Al-Sadd.’

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Kennedy Agyapong Was Going To Use Our Old Pictures For Damage Control : Serwaa Broni

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Serrwaa Broni, the alleged lesbian and side chic of President Nana Addo has come out to speak about her photos with the President that she shared on social media years ago.

According to Serwaa Broni, she is a friend to Nana Addo and they have been friends way before he became the President of the land.

According to her, she took some pictures with the President onboard the Presidential plane on the way to Kumasi for a funeral which Nana Addo had personally invited her.

She later shared photos on social media because she saw it to be a one-time experience thing onboard a private jet.

Serwaa narrated that after sharing the photos of social media, Nana Addo called her and asked her to delete the photos before it creates problem for him and the government.

After she pulled down the photos from her social media page, she had a meeting with Kennedy Agyapong who told her that what she did was wrong and the opposition party could capitalize on it for them to lose the elections.

The alleged side chic explained that prior to meeting Kennedy Agyapong for that meeting, they have been friends for a long time so they have a lot of pictures and videos together.

At their meeting Serwaa disclosed that (President and some others) asked Kennedy to do a damage control should the opponent raise this issue.

Without micing words, she said Kennedy was to use their old photos and video together to counter all allegations from the opposition party.

Kennedy Agyapong is yet to defend his reputation in this fresh scandal that has surfaced in the media.

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Nana Addo And Hopeson Adorye Staged My Robbery In Ghana : Alleged Side Chic Of Nana Addo

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A Ghanaian based in Canada identified as Evelyn Adu but known popularly as Serwaa Broni has accused the President of the land Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and Hopeson Adorye of robbing her.

According to the lady in a video sighted on social media, she is a friend of the President and they’ve both met at different locations all on the order of Nana Addo.

She explained that one time she had the privilege of joining the Presidential Falcon to Kumasi for a funeral together with Nana Addo and took some pictures whiles on the plane.

Serwaa added that she posted the photos on Facebook which generated a lot of issues with the President forcing her to delete the photos.

The alleged side chic of the President continued that after that incident she flew back to Canada but was still in communication with the President who wanted her to return to Ghana so they could meet.

She finally decided to come to Ghana and informed the President about it but he also told her he was travelling to Russia but would leave everything in the hands of Hopeson Adorye.

Looking at how the President was mounting pressure on her coming down, she suspected that he might be up to something so she discussed with her detective friend who adviced her not to meet up with the President or Hopeson Adorye.

Despite attempt to dodge Hopeson on her arrival at the airport he still saw her and took her to Golden Tulip Hotel where they had booked a room for her.

Days later, she planned on traveling to Togo with another person together with the driver Hopeson provided for her.

On their way they got robbed few meters away from the Central University by three armed men who took away their belongings and money.

After reporting the incident at a nearby Police Station, they returned to their hotel to reliase that someone has come into the room and has tempered with their laptop.

Serwaa Broni stated that after joining dots together she came to conclusion that her robbery was orchasted by the President and Hopeson Adorye.

She revealed CCTV footage from the hotel revealed that it was Hopeson Adorye that entered her hotel room whilst they were been robbed by the alleged robbers who from her checks showed are National Security.

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