Istanbul Club Attack Suspect Captured

    Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead. The Uzbek national is said to have been caught in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district. Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and dozens of people were injured. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack, saying itRead More

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Pennsylvania School Set Maths Homework On Sex Abuse Of Girl

  A US secondary school has apologised after setting a maths questions that asked students about a girl being sexually abused by family members. The homework asked: “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s _______ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” According to BBC, pupils in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, were given an algebra formula with the assignment to solve the problem. Parents complained to Pennridge High School officials about the homework A subsequent question in the same homework asked about a single mother who isRead More

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Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo Is Sworn In As President

  Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating incumbent leader John Mahama in last month’s election. Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories. But critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions. Mr Akufo-Addo repeated the presidential oath after it was read out to him at a ceremony in theRead More

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Guterres Calls For Teamwork

On his first day in office, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for teamwork. Guterres urged staff at the world body’s New York Headquarters that it was not enough to do the right thing; we need to earn the right to do the right thing”. “It is very important for us to recognise our achievements but we also need to recognise our shortcomings, to recognise our failures and where we are not able to deliver as we should,” he charged. He outlined the multitude of challenges – ranging from complexRead More

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Gambian Electoral Chairman Flees Country

  The Chairman of the Gambian Electoral Commission has fled the country following threats to his life, his nephew said on Tuesday. Alieu Momar Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Dec. 1 presidential election, but President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court. Modou Njai told journalists that his uncle had left the country because of the threats. “He was not willing to leave but the family had to put pressure on him. “I understand that he is currently outside Gambia,’’Read More

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‘Many Wounded’ In Istanbul Nightclub Attack

  Many people have been wounded in an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey’s NTV reports. NTV said around 20 to 30 people may have been wounded in the attack, which took place in the Reina nightclub, in the Ortakoy area, at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT). The channel says two attackers were involved, while CNN Turk reported they were dressed in Santa costumes. Unconfirmed reports say one attacker may still be inside. Istanbul had been on high alert for any terror attacks, with some 17,000 police officersRead More

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Russian Military Plane,TU-154,Kills 92 Passengers

A Russian military plane with 92 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea, Russia’s defence ministry says. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from the resort of Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT). Debris and several bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors. The defence ministry said the Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble, and nine reporters. It was flying to Latakia in Syria. The flight originated in Moscow and had landed at Adler airport inRead More

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Suspect In Berlin Lorry Attack ‘Had Been Under Surveillance’

    The Tunisian man wanted for the Berlin lorry attack which killed 12 people and injured 49 had been under surveillance earlier this year, media reports say. Anis Amri, 23, was reportedly monitored on suspicion of planning a robbery in order to pay for guns but surveillance was lifted for lack of evidence. Before entering Germany, he served four years for arson in Italy and faced a jail sentence in absentia in Tunisia. The failed asylum seeker is now the subject of a manhunt across Europe. An arrest warrantRead More

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Six Journalists Killed in Africa in 2016, Watchdog Says

  Twenty-sixteen has been a grim year for African journalism, with six journalists killed and 41 languishing in prisons across sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 2015, 14 journalists were killed, and 34 were in jail in Africa. Worldwide, at least 48 journalists were killed this year, many of them in the conflict zones of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan, 90 percent were local journalists. Worldwide there are 259 imprisoned journalists, the highest figure CPJ has documented in at least 16 years of record-keeping. InRead More

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Christine Lagarde: IMF Chief Convicted Over Payout

  A French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but did not hand down any punishment. As French finance minister in 2008, she approved an award of €404m ($429m; £340m) to businessman Bernard Tapie for the disputed sale of a firm. Ms Lagarde, who always denied wrongdoing, was not present in court, having left France for Washington. The IMF board will meet on Monday to consider the latest developments. Meanwhile, the French government said it still had confidence in the IMF chief. On Friday,Read More

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