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Cosby Wants Trial Moved, Citing 'Monster' Headlines

Bill Cosby wants to move his sexual assault trial out of suburban Pennsylvania, arguing in court papers that "inflammatory" coverage of the case makes it impossible for him to find an impartial jury.
"Branded variously a monster, sociopath and sexual predator, everyone from the current District Attorney of Montgomery County to President Obama has publicly weighed in on the allegations against Mr. Cosby," his lawyers wrote in a Friday filing asking for a change of venue.
The home where Cosby allegedly drugged and molested Andrea Constand in 2004 is in Montgomery County, outside Philadelphia, and that's where he is set to stand trial this summer.
Citing national and local media coverage, the defense said moving the trial to a bigger place will increase the chances of finding jurors who have not been prejudiced against Cosby.
The TV star and comedian has denied assaulting Constand, who settled a civil suit with him a decade before criminal charges were broug…

Brazil police name Greek ambassador's wife as suspect over his death

Authorities in Brazil believe that the Greek ambassador, who went missing last week, has been killed, and have named his Brazilian wife, a police officer and two others as suspects in the case.
Brazil’s TV Globo reported that police had identified the body found in a burnt-out car near a main road as that of Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, who was reported missing by his wife Françoise Oliveira, on Wednesday.

TV news reports showed her arriving at a police station for questioning. 
According to TV Globo and its G1news website, Oliveira told police that Amiridis had left the condominium where the couple were staying in Nova Iguaçu, a working-class satellite town 25 miles inland from Rio de Janeiro, on the night of 26 December without saying where he was going. The couple had been together 15 years, and have a 10-year-old daughter, the network said. 
Police investigator Giniton Lages told Associated Press that blood stains believed to be from the ambassador were found on a sofa inside the h…

3 NDC supporters commit suicide over Mahama’s loss

Three supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), committed suicide after Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was declared President of the 2016 December polls.

The three supporters, Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuiye said could not contain the pain of defeat hence they committing suicide. The Minister said on Accra-based Starr FM Wednesday that the incident happened across the country. He however failed to name names and the locations where it happened.

“We have reports of people committing suicide. Yes, I’ve heard of about three across the country. People could just not stand it… Even me, I broke down,” he said.

Incumbent President John Mahama eventually conceded defeat to main rival Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP later in the evening of Friday, December 9 as the latter had taken a commanding lead of over a million votes difference with four of the 275 constituencies unaccounted for.

The President-elect, Nana Addo will take the oath of office to officially assume his position…

British police say George Michael autopsy 'inconclusive', more tests needed

The cause of singer George Michael's death this week is unclear after an initial autopsy and more tests are needed, British police said on Friday.
British singer Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist, died at his home in southern England on Sunday. He was 53.
"A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday as part of the investigation into the death of George Michael," Thames Valley police said.
"The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks," they added in a statement.
British police had said that Michael's death was "unexplained but not suspicious." Michael's manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of heart failure.
In the mid-1980s, Wham! were one of the most successful pop duos with singles such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," “Careless Whisper,"…

Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer quits over Trump inauguration performance

The rocky road to Donald Trump’s inauguration performances gains another speed bump as one group slated to perform, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, has lost a member due to its decision.
Jan Chamberlin, who sings in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints-affiliated group, announced her resignation in a note on Facebook Thursday. “Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony,” she writes. “I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul.”
Chamberlin continues, “I also know, looking from the outside in, it will appear that Choir is endorsing tyranny and fa[s]cism by singing for this man.”
She also writes that she joined the Choir to honor her father and she now chooses to leave because “my father (who was an expert airforce bomber) hated tyranny and was extremely distraught over the holocaust. He and Mom both loved people greatly.” She says, “I only know I co…

Mahama ‘gunman’ Charles Antwi released

Charles Antwi, the 36-year-old man who attempted to assassinate President John Dramani Mahama has been released from the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
Mr. Antwi has been in BNI custody for more than a year since the High court quashed a Circuit Court decision that sentenced him to ten years in prison.
Antwi was sentenced to 10-years imprisonment for illegally possessing a firearm in the President’s church on his first appearance in court.
The sentence was immediately pronounced after the suspect confessed to wanting to kill President Mahama so he could become president.
An Accra Human Rights Court, however, quashed the earlier judgment of the Accra Circuit Court which sentenced Antwi.
Antwi was arrested on July 26, 2015 at the Ringway Gospel Assemblies of God Church, where the President worships.
He was found carrying a locally manufactured pistol with two rounds of ammunition.
When asked by security operatives, he said he had come to the church to kill the Pr…

CEO resigns after overworked employee commits suicide

The head of the Japanese advertising giant Dentsu has resigned after the suicide of a junior employee was linked to a company culture that required staffers to work huge amounts of overtime.
The company confirmed Thursday that its president and CEO, Tadashi Ishii, would step down after its January board meeting. 
Dentsu, which employs 47,000 people and operates in 140 countries, has been in the spotlight following the suicide of an employee on Christmas Day in 2015. 
Japanese regulators have found that the woman, Matsuri Takahashi, had been forced to work excessively long hours. The punishing workload resulted in her suicide, they ruled. 
Takahashi had clocked about 105 hours of overtime in the month leading up to her death, authorities found. 
Ishii's resignation comes after investigators raided Dentsu's offices. Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has referred the case to prosecutors. 
"We deeply regret failing to prevent the overwork of our new recruit…

AFCON 2017: Ghana FA receives $237,500 from CAF to prepare tournament

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given the Ghana Football Association $237,500 to prepare for the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The money forms part of CAF’s responsibility to ensure that participating teams at the Nations Cup gets the needed funds to partake in the competition.

The amount released is 50% percent of the total amount all participating teams will get from CAF.
Each participating Federation is expected to receive a total amount of $ 475,000.
The Black Stars have started their non residential training ahead of the tournament.
Black Stars coach Avram Grant is expected to name his final squad on Saturday before they leave for Dubai on January 2 for a pre tournament camping.

Muse Live Concert With Kwamz & Flava, Eugy , Joey B, MzVee, Medikal & Others Postponed To January 1

With less than 24hours to the first MUSE LIVE concert, MUSE Africa regrets to announce the change in venue and date of the event.

Commenting on the change, Sadiq Abdulai Abu, co-founder / CEO of stated that “the change was necessitated by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control with our previous venue which would have prevented us from unleashing the effect of the event; this however affords us the opportunity to present the official first rave of 2017 with an even more amped experience” .
The new date of the event is 1st January, 2017 at the World Trade center, Accra.  The performing line-up however remains the same.  MUSE LIVE is a high energy no break party-inside-a-live-concert experience that will bring together top rated urban music acts, DJ’s, MC’s full audio-visual effects to create an atmosphere of intense fun. Muse Live line-up remains same with top urban music and afrobeats stars Eugy Official, Maleek Berry, Kwamz & Flava, Joey B, Medikal, MzVee and othe…

Rob Kardashian Leaves Hospital After Being Treated for Diabetes: He's 'Fallen Off Track Recently'

Rob Kardashian has been released from the hospital after his health scare on Wednesday night, which was due to his diabetes, a source close to the 29-year-old reality star tells ET.  Rob was taken to the emergency room near Hidden Hills, California, where his mother, Kris Jenner, and his fiancee, Blac Chyna, were both spotted visiting separately. The 29-year-old reality star left West Hills Medical Center on Thursday, in footage obtained by TMZ. 
Our source says the current stress in Rob's life is what led him to become sidetracked in regard to his health.
"He was diagnosed with diabetes and has been very good at monitoring it, but has fallen off track recently," the source says. "It was everything from the new baby's arrival, filming the show, craziness with the holidays and then some drama with Chyna that all boiled up and sidetracked his health."
"He is OK, they are just monitoring him right now," the source adds.
The source also confirms t…

Gov't pays ¢200,000 as hospital bills for victims of La Gas explosion

Government has issued a cheque worth 200,000 Ghana cedis to some major hospitals to cover expenses for the victims of the La Gas explosion which happened near the Trade Fair Center in Accra.
Minister for Health, Alex Segbefia handed over the cheques at a short ceremony in Accra Thursday.
This comes on the back of Government’s promise to foot the hospital bills of victims of the gas explosion.
So far 11 people have died and several others injured with some still responding to treatment. The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.
"As promised the president asked the ministry to foot the bills of the patients at the various hospitals.
"Yesterday the Minister handed over cheques worth 200,000 cedis to four hospitals taking care of the victims," PRO for the Health Ministry Tony Goodman told Joy News.
According to him, 37 Military hospital got 125,000.00 cedis, Police Hospital got, 10,000.00 cedis, Korle Bu got 15,000.00. La General Hospital got 50,000.00 cedis an…

Russia responds to US sanctions, promises to retaliate in a huge way

The Russian Embassy in UK responded to US Pres. Obama's sanctions on the country (read here). An angry response from the Kremlin promised an 'appropriate' retaliation against the US that will make US Govt. officials uncomfortable, while its London embassy tweeted a photo mocking Pres. Obama  as a 'lame duck'. 
Read more tweets after the cut...

Serena Williams is engaged to billionaire Co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian

Tennis champ Serena Williams has announced she's engaged to boyfriend of 15 months, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.The 34-year-old champion revealed her engagement story on Reddit – with this short poem below..

"I came home A little late Someone had a bag packed for me And a carriage awaited Destination: Rome To escort me to my very own "charming" Back to where our stars first collided And now it was full circle At the same table we first met by chance This time he made it not by chance But by choice Down on one knee He said 4 words And r/isaidyes"

 Congratulations to them.