U.S. Defense Secretary Carter in Iraq for talks on Mosul

Members of the Iraqi Army fire towards Islamic State militant positions at the south of MosulBAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on Sunday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the U.S.-backed military campaign against Islamic State militants in Mosul, the Pentagon said. It said Carter would meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the president of the Kurdish region Massoud Barzani, and the commander of the U.S.-led coalition supporting Iraqi forces, U.S. Lieutenant-General Steve Townsend. (Reporting by Dominic Evans)

29 killed, 166 wounded in Istanbul blasts

The explosions, one large blast followed by a smaller one, occurred after a football game, CNN Turk reported.

Gambia’s president-elect says loser Jammeh cannot reject polls

The new president of Gambia Adama Barrow smiles as he makes a call at his home in Yarambamba, West Coast Region, GambiaBy Edward McAllister BANJUL (Reuters) – Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said on Saturday that outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no authority to reject the results of the Dec. 1 election, while the United Nations and African Union piled pressure on Jammeh to step aside. Long-ruling Jammeh had conceded defeat publicly last week after his narrow loss to opposition leader Barrow. The surprise election result that ended Jammeh's authoritarian 22-year rule had been widely seen as a moment of democratic hope and a chance to end repression in a country known as a police state.

Day of mourning declared in Turkey after twin blasts kill 29

Rescue services work at the scene of explosions near the Besiktas football club stadium after attacks in Istanbul, late Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Two explosions struck Saturday night outside a major soccer stadium in Istanbul after fans had gone home, an attack that wounded about 20 police officers, Turkish authorities said. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey.(DHA via AP)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has declared a national day of mourning after twin blasts in Istanbul killed 29 people and wounded 166 others near a soccer stadium.

Turkish Deputy PM says Kurdish militant PKK may be behind Istanbul attack

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Sunday that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) may be behind the attack that killed 29 people and wounded 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul. In comments broadcast on CNN Turk, Kurtulmus also said that countries offering messages condemning the bombing should also show solidarity with Turkey’s fight against terrorism. “The arrows point at the PKK. It is clearly a planned event. There will be an announcement once the investigations are over. We cannot say anything definite for now,” Kurtulmus said. …

U.N. Security Council condemns Gambia’s Jammeh, urges restraint

Gambia's President Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita IslandThe United Nations Security Council on Saturday condemned Gambia President Yahya Jammeh's rejection of election results announced last week that saw him lose power after 22 years, and it urged all parties to refrain from violence. "(Security Council members) called on him to respect the choice of the sovereign People of The Gambia, as he did on 2 December 2016, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow," it said in a statement.

At least 60 killed as crowded church collapses in Nigeria

In this image taken from video people stand at the scene after the roof of The Reigners Bible Church International collapsed onto worshippers in Uyo, southern Nigeria on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, killing dozens, witnesses and an official said. (Channels TV via AP)LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said.

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