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Chelsea ready to beat Tottenham to Ross Barkley transfer in January

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Everton’s England international Ross Barkley (Picture: Getty) Chelsea are leading the race to sign England international Ross Barkley from Everton, according to the Daily Telegraph. Antonio Conte was hoping to bring Barkley, 24,...

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Arsenal want Wilfried Zaha to replace Alexis Sanchez

Wilfried Zaha is being targeted by Arsenal. (Getty Images) Arsene Wenger has settled on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha as his ideal replacement for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports. The 25-year-old made a slow start to the season due to...

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Nation hasn’t had a democratic transfer of power since 1944

In a presidential runoff, Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party is facing off against former soccer star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change. Weah won the first round in October with 38.4% of the vote, while Boakai received 28.8%, the National Elections Commission said.Because neither candidate garnered more than 50% of the vote, a runoff was initially scheduled for November 7. But claims of fraud and "gross irregularities" filed by Boakai's party and a smaller party delayed the November vote. Those complaints were dismissed and a December runoff was set."It is great day because it is a test for democracy," Boakai said Tuesday. "We went in one time (in the first round), there were 20 of us, now we are reduced to two. We have gone through the process, this is what the process has produced, we are willing to live with it."The West African nation of 4.6 million people has been ravaged by civil war, the Ebola virus and corruption and hasn't had a democrat..

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Refugees escaping Libya slave auction arrive in Paris

France plans to take in 10,000 refugees by 2019, with 3,000 people coming from a resettlement program in Niger and Chad.French President Emmanuel Macron announced the plan in the aftermath of CNN releasing video footage that showed migrants being sold into slavery in the North African country, some for as little as $400 each.Further flights from Niger are expected to land Tuesday and Wednesday in Paris, with additional arrivals set for January. Formal investigation On Tuesday, 25 people from Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia arrived at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport in the first flight out from Niger.The prescreened group included 19 women and children, including a 2-month-old baby, and six men.They will be housed in a convent in eastern France's Alsace region for four months, where they will receive psychological support and instruction in French.Then the nonprofit group France Horizon will help each individual find permanent housing.After obtaining footage of a human auction i..

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Tourist jailed for carrying painkillers

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested on October 9 at Hurghada International Airport on the Red Sea after police reportedly found 290 tablets of tramadol in her suitcase.Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull in east Yorkshire, was charged with drug possession and smuggling. Her lawyers argue the traveler misunderstood a question in court and gave a response that appeared to be a confession.While tramadol is legal in many countries as a prescription painkiller, it is illegal for a private individual to sell it in Egypt, where it is popular among lower-income sectors.Plummer said she had brought the drug to her Egyptian husband, Omar Abdel-Azim, who suffers from back pain.The pair met five years ago in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, when Abdel-Azim worked as a lifeguard. They were married in 2014 through an unregistered contract, known in Egypt as an "urfi" marriage. Plummer has been visiting her husband regularly since. A look at the court case In court, Plummer's lawyers arg..

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Ethiopia’s government used Spyware to track journalists, activists, ethnic Oromos

A report released by The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto this month found that multiple Ethiopian government agencies used spyware to monitor journalists, activists, and lawyers. One of the report’s authors, Bill Marczak, told Motherboard that he too was targeted. According to the report, the government used commercially available spyware to target more than 40 dissidents living in 20 different countries including the U.S. and the U.K. Government attackers would send targets an email with a link to a hostile website. Once on the site, a pop-up would appear prompting the viewer to install an Adobe Flash update. If clicked on, the spyware would then infect the viewer’s computer without their knowledge. From there, the government could monitor all of their online activity. Among those targeted were dissidents from Ethiopia’s Oromia region—one of Ethiopia’s nine ethnically based regional states. The members of this ethnic group have been at the center of a large regional conflic..

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Man Utd V Southampton at Old Trafford : Match Preview

No rest for Romelu Lukaku says Jose Mourinho Romelu Lukaku looks set to retain his place in Manchester United's team against Southampton, despite Jose Mourinho insisting he is jaded. Mourinho said his striker, who has played every single minute of...

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