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Influential former Iranian leader Rafsanjani dead at age 82

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack, according to state media.
Rafsanjani was a key figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979, and served as president from 1989 to 1997.
He was taken to the Shohadaa Hospital in northern Tehran earlier on Sunday with heart problems, the ISNA and Fars news agencies reported.
"Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was transferred to hospital after a heart attack," said Reza Soleimani, a speaker of the Expediency Council, Iran's main political arbitration body which Rafsanjani chaired.
"Despite the efforts of the doctors he died," he said, quoted by state broadcaster IRIB.
Al Jazeera's Dosra Jabbari, reporting from Tehran, said Iranian officials described his death as a "huge loss" to the country.
"His death couldn't come at a worst time for the country because there are disputes between the current government and the jud…

Photos: Meet the latest Ghana's presidential wives and daughters

The wives of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo and Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia went out in style to support their husbands as they were officially inaugurated into office. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia alongside their beautiful daughters were all seated together at the swearing-in ceremony, which held at the Independence Square on Saturday. 
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Photos of celebrities at the final White House party of Barack and Michelle Obama

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle hosted their final White House party on Friday as they prepare to leave for the next president-elect, Donald Trump.

The gig which lasted till 4 amon Saturday saw celebrities like Usher, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry, Kelly Rowland & rapper Wale in attendance.
Nick Jonas, Paul McCartney Jill Scott, Chance, Terrence J, La La Anthony, Jordin Sparks, Bradley Cooper, Magic Johnson, Pharrell, and Solange were also in attendance to bid farewell to the Obamas. See photos after the cuts......

Ugandan government releases funds for Cranes' Nations Cup campaign

The Ugandan government has released funds for the national team's Africa Cup of Nations campaign, totalling a sum which is considerably less than the Ugandan FA (Fufa) requested.
The government has given US$540,716 to help the Cranes at the tournament which kicks off in Gabon on 14 January.
Uganda's State Minister for Sport, Charles Bakkabulindi, admitted the sum is much less than the US$2 million Fufa had wanted, but said the government also had to factor in other commitments. 
"We are happy that although the money has taken a while to come out, it has finally come and it will handle several aspects including allowances for the team in Gabon," the Minister told BBC Sport. 
He said the government is also working hard to find money to fund part of the 2017 World Cross Country Championship which will take place in Kampala in March.
Bakkabulindi reasoned that since the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has sent over US$200,000 for each of the 16 teams to h…

Golden Globes: Hollywood gears up for film and TV awards

Hollywood is gearing up for this year's Golden Globes - one of the biggest nights in the entertainment calendar.
The ceremony is traditionally seen as an indicator of which films will do well at the Oscars.
La La Land leads the field with seven nominations, followed by Moonlight (six) and Manchester By The Sea (five).
The Globes also cover TV - and this year sees British actors including Claire Foy, Tom Hiddleston and Thandie Newton hotly tipped for trophies.
The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles from 17:00 PST Sunday/01:00 GMT Monday at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, tells the story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who are chasing dreams of stardom in Los Angeles.
Its nominations include best comedy or musical film, where it faces competition from Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street, 20th Century Women and Deadpool.
The musical is also in the running for best screenplay and best director, while Stone and G…

Queen Elizabeth II appears in public after heavy cold

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday made her first public appearance for over a month after missing traditional Christmas events due to a heavy cold.
The 90-year-old attended a Sunday church service at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, having missed a New Year's Day church service due to an illness that also forced her to delay her Christmas plans.
The world's longest reigning monarch was filmed getting out of a royal car at around 10:55 am (1055 GMT) for the service, accompanied by 95-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was also hit by the bug.
Despite her illness, the queen continued to receive her red boxes containing official papers, and spent Christmas at Sandringham with members of her family, as normal.
However, the royal couple's journey from London to the estate was delayed by a day because of their illnesses.
When she failed to appear on Christmas Day, speculation grew about the queen's health, and a fake report on Twitter…

Trump Says Only ‘Fools’ See Good Relationship With Russia as Bad

US President Elect, Donald Trump has been briefed by US Intelligence agencies and he’s still not convinced that Russia is behind the alleged election hacking.

In his latest Tweets, Donald Trump says, ‘Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad!’.

Florida airport gunman faces 'possible death penalty'

US authorities have charged a US army veteran accused in a deadly shooting rampage at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, with offences that could carry the death penalty, while continuing to probe whether "terrorism" was a potential motive.
Federal prosecutors charged Esteban Santiago on Saturday with firearms offenses and carrying out an act of violence at an airport, US Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty or life in prison.
Santiago, 26, was accused of killing five, wounding six and sending thousands scrambling for safety on Friday before authorities shut down the airport in Florida, a major gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America.
The suspect was scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Monday.
Murder charges could be forthcoming from state prosecutors, but no decision has been made yet, according to the Sun Sentinel newspaper.
Santiago had travelled from Alaska to Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

President Akufo-Addo’s speech plagiarised

Parts of President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s inaugural speech have been found to have been plagiarised.
The president at his inauguration Saturday in the capital Accra, told Ghanaians, “I ask you to be citizens not spectators; citizens not subjects.”
It has turned out that these were the exact words used by former US President George W Bush.
The words are actually being traced to another United States president, Woodrow Wilson.
President Akufo-Addo did not attribute the statement to anyone in his speech.
Social media has been set ablaze since it emerged that the statement is plagiarised.
Since the revelation that that portion of the speech was plagiarised, Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has issued an apology.
"My attention has been drawn to references being made to a statement in the speech delivered by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at his swearing in on Saturday, January 7, 2017, which was not duly acknowledged.
"I unres…

(Photos) South African Lesbian athlete, Caster Semenya weds partner on her birthday

South African Olympic champion and lesbian athlete, Caster Semenya has married her long-term partner Violet Raseboya. Semenya who turned 26 today, celebrated her birthday by tying the knot with Violet in a lavish ceremony, which held at Chez Charlene wedding venue in Pretoria. 
After the wedding, a joyous Semenya took to Instagram to share photos from her wedding. Captioning one of the photos, she wrote: 'Our perfect day! #wedidit #married #ourweddingday #love #casviowedding' 
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Chris Brown Kicked Out Of New York Gym

Chris Brown was reportedly kicked out of a New York City gym for disruptive behavior.
According to a report, Brown and an entourage were on the basketball court at Manhattan’s Life Time Athletic facility when the incident went down. Instead of simply playing a game of basketball, the singer was allegedly playing music loudly, trash-talking, and swearing with his friends. 
Complaints from other gym goers at the club led a female manager to confront Brown and his group.
TMZ says Brown did not take too kindly to this, and “went ballistic, screaming and swearing at the woman.” He and his pals were subsequently ordered to leave, after which Brown allegedly spit at a door on his way out. Gossip Cop reached out to Life Time Athletic, but a manager was not available to comment.
Brown spent the last few days engaged in a feud with Soulja Boy . The pair’s exchanges on social media — in tweets, Instagram captions, and videos — were filled with expletives and insults as they warred over Karrueche Tr…

Man, 86, commits suicide in the Eastern region

Eighty -Six year old man has committed suicide at Anlo Town, a suburb of the New Juaben Municipality in the Eastern region.
The deceased hanged himself in his chamber and hall room on Saturday when most Ghanaian were busily trooping to the inaugural ceremony of the then President-elect Nana Akufo Addo.

Speaking to Ultimate News’ Eastern regional Correspondent, Kojo Ansah, the New Juaben Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Richardson Kumekor narrated that, police received information in the morning that, a man has committed suicide in his room.

He said police personnel and investigators were dispatched to the scene where the deceased, Samuel Sarpong was found hanging at the entrance of his room with electrical cable around his neck.

He said, after taken inventories and other relevant crime scene information, the body of the deceased was conveyed to Regional Hospital at Koforidua for preservation and post-mortem examination.

According to Superintendent Kumekor, preliminary in…

Swiss court rejects lawsuit against FIFA over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The commercial court of Zurich on Friday rejected a claim lodged by a group of trade unions over the working conditions in the Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The suit was filed by Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress and the Dutch Union FNV, on behalf of a man who claims he was exploited in Qatar.
In the lawsuit, FIFA was accused of wrongfully choosing Qatar to host the tournament, without ensuring that the country reformed its labor laws and should be held liable for abuses. But the court said it didn't accept the case for 'formal reasons' because parts of the complaint such as calling for new labor laws and courts in Qatar was too vague or not legal. In a statement released by FIFA, the football governing body welcomed the Commercial Court of Zurich's ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Unions as they bid to ensure safe working conditions for construction workers. ''FIFA takes the issue of working conditions and human rights in connection with th…