One Killed As Terrorists Attack Libya’s Foreign Ministry In Tripoli

One person has been reported dead following gunfire and at least one explosion rocked Libya’s foreign ministry on Tuesday as attackers stormed the building in the capital Tripoli. The assault was carried out by several “terrorist attackers”, according to the Libyan unity government’s official TV channel, which cited foreign and interior ministry sources. Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the building, witnesses said. There was no immediate casualty toll or claim of responsibility. Torn apart by power struggles and undermined by chronic insecurity, Libya has become a haven for…

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Christmas Dashed For Residents Of Sydney ‘Cracking’ Tower

Some residents of a recently completed Sydney high-rise apartment block were on Tuesday spending their Christmas in makeshift camps after they were evacuated by authorities when “cracking noises” in the building were heard. Hundreds of people in the 38-storey Opal Tower in the Sydney Olympic Park and other nearby buildings were told to leave their homes on Monday after reports of “cracking noises”. Some two-thirds of the units were declared safe to return to Tuesday morning, but 51 others were declared “structurally unsafe”, New South Wales state police said. “Residents…

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Anger in Kogi as Governor Bello fails to pay salaries despite federal allocation

There is intense anger among the workers of the Kogi State civil service over failure of the state government to pay salaries despite the release of N813 billion federal allocation to the 36 states last week. The morale of workers, it was observed in Lokoja on Monday, became dampened after close of the day’s work without salaries. Some workers who spoke with our correspondent expressed regret for the development, saying, the government cared less for workers. A staff of Kogi State Ministry of Health, who spoke under anonymity, explained that…

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43 Killed, Dozens Injured As Gunmen Attack Government Compound In Kabul

About 43 people have been killed following an hours-long gun and bomb attack on a Kabul government compound. Officials said Tuesday that the attack which is one of the deadliest assaults on the Afghan capital this year has left dozens injured. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the raid, which caps a bloody year for Afghanistan as long-suffering civilians and security forces are slaughtered in record numbers. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP the attack had “nothing to do with the militants”. Another 27 people were wounded in Monday’s…

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Lukaku set for Manchester United exit after Solskjaer takes over

Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku, could be set for an Old Trafford exit, with Juventus ready to make a move for the player. The Serie A league leaders are on the hunt for forwards to take over from players like 32-year-old Mario Mandzukic, according to CalcioMercato. Lukaku has scored six goals in 22 appearances for United so far in this campaign. The 25-year-old, who missed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first win as United boss on Saturday due to compassionate leave, is not the only United player on the Italian club’s radar.…

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Xmas: Ambode preaches love, kindnes

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged Nigerians to seize the symbolic occasion of Christmas to extend acts of love and kindness to all especially to the less privileged. Ambode made the appeal in his Christmas message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna.He said the qualities that Jesus Christ represents, which include love, care, selflessness and compassion for persons, especially the weak, vulnerable and less-privileged was the real essence of the season. He added that his message to everyone at this period was to put a smile…

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David Mark tells Buhari govt: Security of Nigerians should be addressed #Christmas

Former Senate President, David Mark, has congratulated Nigerians as they celebrate Christmas. Mark, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Paul Mumeh, sued for peaceful coexistence between and among Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic or religious leanings. Mark called for present administration to review the nation’s security arrangement for an improved performance and environment for Nigerians. The statement read: “Citizens should be guided by the lessons of the Christmas season, which is anchored on love, forgiveness and peaceful coexistence. “Security operatives need to do more to…

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Klopp reveals team that will challenge Liverpool, Man City for title

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted Tottenham Hotspur will contest the Premier League title race with his team and Manchester City, following their 6-2 win over Everton on Sunday. Spurs closed the gap to league leaders Liverpool to six points with the victory at Goodison Park and are just two points behind City. “I saw the game yesterday against Everton. “Of course, with the goal which didn’t count, and then the first goal of Tottenham was a situation that Tottenham obviously needed because Everton played absolutely more than okay in…

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Chelsea, Arsenal still in title race, says Liverpool boss

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says “nobody should feel safe” in the Premier League title race and insists Chelsea and Arsenal remain in the hunt. Klopp’s side will reach the halfway point of the season on 26 December at the top of the table after establishing a four-point lead. Chelsea and Arsenal, who are fourth and fifth respectively, are 11 points behind the Reds with 20 games to play.“No-one should feel out of the race,” said Klopp. In eight of the past 10 seasons, the leaders on Christmas Day have gone…

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Manchester United urged to replace Mourinho with Zidane

Former Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, has urged the club to appoint Zinedine Zidane as Jose Mourinho’s long-term replacement. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been put in charge temporarily and began life as United’s interim boss, with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday. Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is the leading contender to take the job permanently. But Saha, who played for United for four years from 2004, is backing three-time Champions League winning manager Zidane for the role. “He was an exceptional player (and) the coach, there is no…

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