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Macedonia queen of gypsy music dies at age 73

Esma Redzepova, one of the most powerful voices in the world of Gypsy music, has died in Macedonia's capital after a brief illness, according to local media. She was 73.
Called the "Queen of Gypsy music," Redzepova in 2010 was ranked among the 50 greatest voices in the world by National Public Radio.
News website Sakam da kazam reported that she died Sunday, citing family members.

She started singing in the early 1950s and was active almost to the end. Redzepova was the leading voice of her husband Stevo Teodosievski's ensemble, which performed Roma and Macedonian folk music. In 2013, she represented Macedonia at the Eurovision song contest.
Redzepova and her husband had fostered 47 children. She was also known as an advocate for Roma women's rights.

CNN corrects errors in Ghana report

Global news giant CNN has corrected an error it committed in its report on Ghana during the country's just ended elections.

The US-based news house had in a post-elections report described Ghana as a country where citizens queue up for food, sparking anger among Ghanaians on social media.

The internet community in Ghana tweeted their displeasure about the apparent untruth in the CNN report under the hashtag #CNNgetitright

Responding to the development, CNN corrected the error in the story and added a note saying: "An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the status of the retail economy in Ghana. Stores are generally well stocked, and food shortages are rare. The earlier version also erroneously said Nana Akufo-Addo ran for president in 1998. Ghana did not have presidential elections in 1998".

Below are details of the story

Ghanaian President John Mahama has conceded defeat to Nana Akufo-Addo in the recently concluded elections, a spokesman for the …

Trump Ties C.I.A. Reports on Russian Meddling to Democrats’ Shame Over Defeat

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday morning that he did not believe American intelligence assessments that Russia had intervened to help his candidacy, casting blame for the reports on Democrats, who he said were embarrassed about losing to him.
“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse,” Mr. Trump said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t believe it.”
He also indicated that, as president, he would not take the daily intelligence briefing that President Obama and his predecessors have received. Mr. Trump, who has received the briefing sparingly as president-elect, said that it was often repetitive and that he would take it “when I need it.” He said his vice president, Mike Pence, would receive the daily briefing.

“You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years,” he said. He added that he had instructed the officials who give the briefing: “‘If something should ch…

MzBel in tears after NPP supporters allegedly stormed her home

Ghanaian musician MzBel is utterly broken as she alleges supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) stormed her residence.

One of the many worries of openly declaring support for political parties and perhaps hitting at everyone that comes your way is what Ghanaian musician Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah may be facing at the moment.

In an exclusive audio available to, MzBel is heard narrating events that unfolded after the NDC (the party she campaigned for) lost and how members of the NPP allegedly stormed her house asking that she comes out to record a video and apologize to the president elect Nana Akuffo Addo.

Listen to the audio below.

Photos: 40 perish as tanker rams into vehicles and bursts into flames on Nairobi highway, Kenya

A tanker carrying inflammable substances rammed into several vehicles before bursting into flames near Karai on the Nairobi-Naivasha Highway, killing 40 people and injuring dozens on Saturday.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the tanker lost control while going downhill and hit the other vehicle which created chain of knocks. The accident on the busy highway, some 80 kilometres west of Nairobi created a horrible scene.

Two survivors of the accident have been admitted at the Nairobi hospital; one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and while the other is said to be in stable condition.
Four victims were taken to the Naivasha Mt Longonot Medical Centre while two were treated and discharged. Two others, according to the Clinical Officer at the facility Dalmas Otumba, were taken to Nairobi hospital for specialised treatment.
According to a preliminary police report released on Sunday morning, the truck (registration number UAK 519C) hit a bump before its driver lost contr…

Samuel L Jackson Throws Shade at ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Oscar Bait’ Movies

Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea" is picking up plenty of early Oscar buzz, but Samuel L. Jackson isn't impressed.
In remarks at Dubai International Film Festival on Thursday, where he was being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Jackson took aim at the politics of Oscar season, and wondered aloud about the hype surrounding "Manchester by the Sea."
After a riff about wanting to let the audience get away from their lives for a couple hours and "come in here and escape that in a big dark room," Jackson called out what he saw as the overly political -- and hypocritical -- awards season for what's ultimately the entertainment business.
"The politics of what happens during this time of year is very interesting in Hollywood," he said. "The movies they choose to say are amazing and great, you know -- 'Manchester by the Sea,' oh my god, you must see it, it's an amazing film!' But, ehh, I guess it is -- to s…

At least 60 killed as crowded church collapses in Nigeria

The roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said.
The Reigners Bible Church International in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state, was still under construction and workers had been rushing to finish it in time for Saturday's ceremony to ordain founder Akan Weeks as a bishop, congregants said.
Hundreds of people, including Gov. Udom Emmanuel, were inside when metal girders crashed onto worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in, they said. Emmanuel and Weeks, who preached that God will make his followers rich, escaped unhurt.
Bodies of at least 60 victims have been retrieved but the toll could mount as a crane removes debris, according to a rescue official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.
The governor's spokesman, Ekerete Udoh, said the state government will hold an inquiry to investigate if anyone compromised building standard…