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Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana presidential election
Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana presidential election

Private radio stations Joy FM and Citi FM have projected a massive victory for Nana Akufo-Addo over President John Mahama.

South Korea Parliament begins historic vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye
South Korea Parliament begins historic vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye

There have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for President Park Geun-hye to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for her impeachment.

Sydney bomb plot: 2 jailed on terror charges

Two men who planned to bomb a Shia prayer hall in Sydney and had threatened to stab people in the kidneys were sentenced today to 20 years in prison.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to receive Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos travelled to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, together with representatives of the thousands of victims of the country`s half-century conflict, the media reported on Friday.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces impeachment vote

The National Assembly introduced the impeachment motion on Thursday, setting up a likely vote on Friday

United Nations calls on Myanmar`s Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine

The UN has urged Myanmar`s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit northern Rakhine state, where the army is accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Donald Trump defends cabinet as hardline picks slammed
Donald Trump defends cabinet as hardline picks slammed

Donald Trump on Thursday vigorously defended his incoming cabinet against uproar from Democrats, green activists and workers unions who said his nominees for the environment and labor signalled a sharp shift to the right.

Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Solomon Islands, region at risk of tsunami

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning in a wide area of the South Pacific.

UN calls for Aleppo evacuation plan; Syrian Army advances
UN calls for Aleppo evacuation plan; Syrian Army advances

The United States and Russia must broker an evacuation from east Aleppo, UN Syria humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday.

Theresa May disclaims Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's remark on Saudi 'proxy war'

Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has claimed that UK ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East, comments that Prime Minister Theresa May said do not represent Britain's position.

'No progress' as John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov meet on Syria: US
'No progress' as John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov meet on Syria: US

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov failed to make progress on a Syria truce in talks in Germany early Thursday, an American official said.

11 dead in fresh clashes in Myanmar
11 dead in fresh clashes in Myanmar

The region has been tense since violence erupted in northern Shan state in late November. Thousands of people have already fled their homes.

Donald trump effect: `China should build more nuclear arms, increase military spending`
Donald trump effect: `China should build more nuclear arms, increase military spending`

On Wednesday, Donald Trump selected Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who has close ties to Chinese President Xi Jinping, as ambassador to China.

Blunt Trump threat by building more nuclear arms, says Chinese media
Blunt Trump threat by building more nuclear arms, says Chinese media

Beijing should also quickly deploy its intercontinental ballistic missiles to defend its interests if Trump tries to corner the country, AFP quoted the editorial as saying.

Bill English set to become New Zealand's next prime minister
Bill English set to become New Zealand's next prime minister

Both Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Police Minister Judith Collins dropped out of the race after it became clear English had more support.

Aftershocks rattle Indonesia; earthquake toll rises to 102
Aftershocks rattle Indonesia; earthquake toll rises to 102

The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake levelled hundreds of homes, mosques, and businesses across Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected by the devastating 2004 tsunami.

South Korea moves impeachment motion in parliament against President Park
South Korea moves impeachment motion in parliament against President Park

The motion, which will be tested with a full vote of the National Assembly on Friday, accuses the president of constitutional and criminal violations.

US, UK spies targeted phone calls made from airplanes: Report

Le Monde has an access to US whistleblower Edward Snowden's archive in partnership with news website The Intercept.

PIA crash: Pakistan mourns 47 victims, probe launched
PIA crash: Pakistan mourns 47 victims, probe launched

Pakistani actor Fakhr-e-Alam and model-turned-actress Urwa Hocane were among the first few celebrities who mourned for renowned singer and preacher Junaid Jamshed.

Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo call for ceasefire, evacuation of civilians
Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo call for ceasefire, evacuation of civilians

Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded.

Germany: 3 teens on trail; accuse of jihadist bomb attack on Indian wedding
Germany: 3 teens on trail; accuse of jihadist bomb attack on Indian wedding

All three extremists of 16 years-old at the time, allegedly set off a home-made bomb in April outside a prayer hall where a Sikh wedding was taking place, also leaving two others with lesser injuries.

Angela Merkel terms full face cover inappropriate; calls for 'Burkha' ban in Germany
Angela Merkel terms full face cover inappropriate; calls for 'Burkha' ban in Germany

Support for bans on 'Burkha' has been growing across Europe since France became first country to implement such a law in 2011, followed by countries including Belgium, Bulgaria and parts of Switzerland.

Syrian Army seizes key areas in Aleppo
Syrian Army seizes key areas in Aleppo

Airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the country's northwestern city of Idlib killed 25 people on Tuesday.

Indonesia earthquake toll jumps to 97: Military
Indonesia earthquake toll jumps to 97: Military

Mosques and shops were flattened in the small town of Meureudu, where the force of the quake sent people fleeing from their homes. No tsunami alert was issued.

Donald Trump says Air Force One deal too costly, seeks cancellation of order
Donald Trump says Air Force One deal too costly, seeks cancellation of order

President elect-Donald Trump has called for cancellation of a brand new 747 Air Force One, which is being built by Boeing.

Indonesia earthquake: At least 25 dead, dozens feared trapped in rubble
Indonesia earthquake: At least 25 dead, dozens feared trapped in rubble

Aceh lies on the northern tip of Sumatra island, which is particularly prone to quakes.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel re-elected by Christian Democratic Union to lead it into 2017 polls
German Chancellor Angela Merkel re-elected by Christian Democratic Union to lead it into 2017 polls

Angela Merkel on Tuesday was elected by CDU to lead the party into next year`s elections.

Bernard Cazeneuve named France's new PM after Manuel Valls quits to run for president
Bernard Cazeneuve named France's new PM after Manuel Valls quits to run for president

Bernard Cazeneuve will essentially be a caretaker prime minister ahead of the election in May.

Syrian government says it rejects ceasefire in Aleppo if rebel remains
Syrian government says it rejects ceasefire in Aleppo if rebel remains

The Syrian government said no ceasefire in Aleppo if rebel factions remain in the city.

North Korea hacks South Korea's hi-tech cyber command
North Korea hacks South Korea's hi-tech cyber command

Interestingly, South Korea had set up the cyber command in 2010 to prevent and counter cyber attacks on its military.