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Truck plows into crowd at Berlin Christmas market, nine dead

A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday evening, killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others, police said.
German media, citing police at the scene, said first indications pointed to an attack on the market, situated at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, which was kept as a bombed-out ruin after World War Two.

The incident evoked memories of an attack in France in July when Tunisian-born man drove a 19-tonne truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

The truck careered into the Berlin market at what would have been one of the most crowded times for the Christmas market, when adults and children would be gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden huts that sell food and Christmas goods.

Berlin police said nine people were killed
"I heard a big noise and then I moved on the Christm…

U.S. judge orders unsealing of Clinton email probe search warrant

A U.S. judge on Monday ordered the unsealing of the application used to obtain a search warrant that allowed the FBI to gain access to emails related to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private server before the Nov. 8 election.
U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan directed the release by Tuesday of redacted materials used to obtain a search warrant after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey informed Congress of newly discovered emails on Oct. 28.

Comey's letter drew new attention to a damaging issue for Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, and roiled the campaign 11 days before the Nov. 8 election, won by Republican Donald Trump.

The search warrant materials' release sought by Randol Schoenberg, a Los Angeles-based lawyer, who in court papers said transparency was crucial given the potential influence the probe had on the election's outcome.
Sources close to the investigation have said the emails were discovered…

Russian Ambassador shot in Turkish capital, Ankara

Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot this evening while attending an art exhibition 'Russia in the eyes of Turks' in the Turkish capital, Ankara. He was shot in the back by an unknown gunman while speaking at the exhibition

According to Turkish media, the attacker let the guests out of the exhibition venue after he shot the diplomat and then engaged the police in a gun fight. Karlov has been transported to the hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

Paa Kwesi Nduom’s Groupe Nduom acquires Kojo Antwi’s Breeze 90.9 FM

Ownership of Accra-based Breeze FM has changed hands, can confirm.

The station, which started some 2 years ago, has been acquired by Groupe Nduom, the successful local business headed by Businessman/Politician Paa Kwesi Nduom. The newly acquired property will fall under its Ghana Media Group (GMG) unit, we’ve gathered.

The station Breeze 90.9 FM has been off for like a year now after several bigwigs like Bobie Ansah, Dr Prekese, Daddy Bosco, and DJ Nyammi, DJ Yoga left.

The Breeze 90.9 FM acquisition is the Group’s second major takeover in radio in the Greater Accra Region; it operates other channels in other regions of Ghana. can add that the new station will operate as a mass market and will share same premises with the recently acquired VOM (now Eezy 107.5 FM), Today Newspaper, and SpyderLee Entertainment at their Avenor offices in Accra.

GMG also owns the First Digital TV pay-tv service as well as a good number of commercial radio and television b…

More than 40 people dead from alcohol poisoning after drinking bath oil in Siberian city

Authorities have declared a state of emergency in a Siberian city after at least 41 people died of alcohol poisoning after drinking a bath oil they hoped would give them the same buzz as booze.
An additional 15 people were in critical condition in hospitals in Irkutsk, Russia’s sixth-largest city, with a population of 1.1 million. Mayor Dmitry Berdnikov called for the state of emergency after meeting with local authorities, the Interfax news agency reported.

Interfax said the death toll had risen to at least 41.
The bath oil bottles were labeled as containing ethyl alcohol, the state-run news agency TASS reported, and were clearly marked with warnings that they were not meant to be consumed internally. The products in fact contained methyl alcohol and antifreeze, said Alexei Krupin, the head of the alcohol regulating agency for Siberia.
Russia’s top investigative agency has opened a criminal investigation of the deaths and the sale of goods not meeting safety requirements. Inves…

GOtv Ghana Decoders Certified Ready For Digital Migration

As Ghana makes strides towards the eventual analogue switch off (ASO) of all analogue television transmissions as part of the digital migration journey, all decoder to be sold and/or used in Ghana need to pass a rigorous compliance test by the National Communications Authority (NCA). GOtv Ghana duly submitted its decoders to be thoroughly assess by the NCA for its compatibility for use to receive digital signals in Ghana.

“We are proud to announce that on the 1st of December the NCA issued us with a Type Approval Certificate for our GOtv Decoders. This means all GOtv decoders are ready for use after digital migration” says Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, Managing Director of GOtv Ghana Limited. He explains that all persons who have purchased GOtv decoders already will not need a new decoder when Ghana migrates onto the digital broadcast platform in September 2017.

With this certification all GOtv decoder will now bear the Digital Ghana logo, a sign to confirm the decoder has gone thr…

Prez Mahama invites West African leaders to Nana Akufo-Addo’s inauguration

President John Dramani Mahama has invited West African leaders to the inauguration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Ghana's President on January 7, 2017. "It is my hope that as many of our colleagues as possible will join us to inaugurate President Akufo-Addo," he said in a farewell address to the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government at its 50th ordinary session in Abuja last Saturday.
High on the agenda of the Abuja meeting was the continuation of discussions on how to resolve the political impasse in The Gambia.

President Mahama said the successful conduct of the December 7 general election in Ghana had further strengthened the country's reputation as a model of democracy and thanked the various observer missions for their roles in the success of the polls.
"I wish to say that elections were successfully held on December 7. I want to thank ECOWAS for its role in the success of the elections and other observer missions that were with us thr…

Sylvester Stallone Signals He Won’t Take Trump Arts Post, Wants to Instead Focus on Veterans

Sylvester Stallone said that while he is “flattered” to be considered for an arts post by President-elect Donald Trump, he believes he’ll be more effective working for veterans.
In a statement released by his publicist on Sunday, Stallone said that he was “incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts. However I believe I could be more effective by bringing national attention to returning military personnel in an effort to find gainful employment, suitable housing and financial assistance these heroes respectfully deserve.”

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that Trump had approached Stallone about a top arts-related position in his administration, perhaps as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. At the time, Stallone’s spokeswoman declined to comment.

The NEA is responsible for distributing government grants to arts organizations. It was the target of Republican attacks in the 1990s, but the organization survive…

IMF chief Christine Lagarde convicted over payout

A French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but ruled that she would not be penalised.
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 was not present in the court in Paris for the verdict, having left France for Washington.
On Friday she told the trial she had always acted in good faith.
Her lawyer said his team would look into appealing against Monday's verdict, Reuters news agency reports. Lagarde, 60, was tried by the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) on charges of "negligence by a person in position of public authority".
Accused of allowing the misuse of public funds, rather than actual corruption, she could potentially have been sentenced to a year in prison. Public outcryThe CJR is composed mostly of politicians rather than judges, and handles allegations of crimes committed by cabinet ministers in of…

Sogakope EPA Boss Escape Death

Two persons died on the Tema-Aflao highway when a Toyota Tundra reportedly collided with a vehicle belonging to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The driver in-charge of the EPA director’s Mitsubishi Pajero with registration number GE 508-16, Samuel Nunyanu, 30, died on the spot in the gory crash which occurred around the Kpone barrier in the Greater Accra Region.

Michael Affrey, a 32-year-old resident of Dawhenya near Tema in-charge of the Tundra with registration number GE 5594-15, also lost his life on the spot.
The remains of the deceased persons have since been deposited at the Tema General Hospital for autopsy.
However, the EPA boss survived the accident but sustained various degrees of injuries, including fractured legs. He was initially rushed to the Tema General Hospital before referred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra where he is responding to treatment.
Chief Superintendent Oduro Amaning, Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MT…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes $290m on first weekend

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has taken $290.5m (£232.8m) globally on its opening weekend.
North America accounted for about half of the Star Wars spin-off's total, making $155m, according to box office analyst Exhibitor Relations.
That gave the film the second-best December opening weekend in both the UK and the US and Canada on record.
The record is held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took $248m in North America on its debut last year.

Rogue One has taken £16.8m at the UK box office and is yet to open in China and South Korea.
Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst with comScore, said the film lived up to expectation
Based on the success of Rogue One and The Force Awakens, he said: "The next film in the Star Wars saga has the potential to claim the title as the biggest movie of all time."
That title is still held by Avatar, which made almost $2.8bn in 2009, followed by Titanic on close to $2.2bn in 1997. The Force Awakens has made about $2.07bn.
Produced by Lucasfilm and…

Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after stunning 2016

Tennis star Andy Murray won “the best year” off his career by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time in four years. In doing so he became the first person to land the prize three times and in successive years.
The 29 year-old was the huge favourite after retaining his Olympic title and winning Wimbledon for the second time on his way to overtaking Novak Djokovic ending the year as Britain's first ever world no1.

 The award was presented by Jessica Ennis Hill and Prince William at a ceremony in Birmingham but he wasn't present at the award show. The award was presented to him physically by three-time heavyweight world champion, Lennox Lewis.

(Photo) Prez Mahama Attends Ovation Carol Service in Nigeria

All eyes were glowing and movements remained at a standstill as the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama was welcomed to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria as he prepared to join other class of crème de la crème to grace The Ovation Carol 2016.

The Ovation Carol 2016, a brainchild of Chief Dele Momodu, Chief Executive Officer of Ovation Group of Companies was birthed in 2007 with the purpose of showing appreciation to God at the tail end of every year.
According to Dele Momodu, “Our intention was to give hope, help and voice to those who need just that little push. Ours was not to concentrate on those who have already given up on life and have decided to do nothing about it. We were interested in those pushing on against the vicissitudes of life and knowing there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

We are happy to note and report that we’ve been doing our bits and pieces adding salt and sugar in our own humble way to the lives of mos…

Bisa Kdei Kicks Off Europe Tour With Amsterdam Concert

This year has been a roller coaster of performances, videos drops and studio sessions for Ghana's VGMA highlife Artiste of the Year Award winner Bisa K Dei.

Undoubtedly taking major strides in taking Ghanaian highlife music beyond borders his Europe fan Base has been consistently demanding Bisa Kdei to pay a visit.

Earlier this year, lots of business discussions had been underway to get Bisa KDei to perform in Europe and there is no perfect time than the Christmas season for Bisa KDei to rock Europe.
The tour kick-started in Amsterdam as he jammed the audience with a thrilling performance. The #amazingamsterdam trended with live images of Bisa KDei.

The story gets better with a total shutdown of Belgium. Fans waited patiently into the wee hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of Bisa KDei's performance.

Bisa Kdei and his manager, Jay Foley will be in Paris tonight as their next stop. However, series of events in Ghana are booked for the Life crooner and will have to c…

Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player of the tournament award as Real Madrid win FIFA Club World Cup (photos)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Sunday evening took to his Instagram account to show off his best player of the tournament award given to him after his hat trick ensured Real Madrid defeated Kashima Antlers 4-2 on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

Two goals from Gaku Shibasaki shocked Zinedine Zidane's men before Ronaldo scored a penalty and two more goals during extra time despite Sergio Ramos' red card to ensure Real Madrid win their first club World Cup trophy under Zinedine Zidane.

 More photos after the cut...

Blac Chyna Reveals Her Instagram Account Was Hacked by a ‘Really, Really Mad’ Person

Blac Chyna confirmed on Saturday that her Instagram account was hacked. In a series of posts to her Snapchat, Chyna explained that she had started a new Instagram account (@_blacchynala) and that somebody is “really, really, really, really mad.”
Whoever allegedly hacked Chyna’s account clearly has a lot of anger towards the Rob & Chyna star. In a series of screenshots of Notes, the anonymous person first claimed that they were Chyna’s fiancé Rob Kardashian and that she had left him.

“I no longer am with Rob,” the hacker wrote, posing as Chyna. “I left him and took the baby and did not even let him know.” The hacker then threatened to release alleged screenshots of Chyna’s direct messages with other men and an alleged text conversation she had with her lawyer over trademarking her presumed married name, Angela Renee Kardashian.

In one post, the hacker showed a screenshot of what they claimed was a conversation with Chyna’s lawyer where she said she wasn’t going to “ask Kris”…

Photos: Miss Puerto Rica crowned Miss World 2016

Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle was crowned Miss World 2016 on Sunday, winning the top prize in the 66th edition of the pageant held this year in the United States.
The first runner-up was Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic. Indonesia's Natasha Mannuela took third place.

Contestants from more than 100 countries took part in the Miss World beauty pageant, held at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

See more photos after the cut......