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Heathrow airport sets new record with 76 million passengers in 2016

Heathrow Airport, the world’s sixth-busiest airport, handled 1.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2016, a rise of 3 per cent.

Norway becomes first country to turn off FM radio

The move would ultimately see both state and commercial broadcasters leave FM radio for DAB.

Germany to deploy helicopters, more soldiers to UN mission in Mali

“The four attack helicopters and a similar number of transport machines will stay in Mali until mid-2018.”

Gambia: Jammeh seeks reconciliation, appoints mediator with Barrow

Yahya Jammeh issued an executive order not to arrest or prosecute citizens for “acts or omissions’’ committed during the pre and post electoral period.

Tears as Obama delivers farewell speech

“We must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.”

Jammeh asks Buhari, others to postpone Gambia trip

The team will visit Banjul on Friday.

Gambia’s Supreme Court postpones hearing in Jammeh’s petition

The postponement came a day after the Communications Minister stepped down and fled the country.

Gambia’s Information Minister abandons Jammeh

“The Gambia has decided and we must accept and respect this decision,” Mr. Bojang said.

ISIS days are numbered — U.S.

ISIL fighters are surrounded on all sides by a superior force.

U.S. ship fires warning shots at Iranian Guard boats

The crew of the U.S. ship attempted to make contact with the Iranians over the radio, but received no response, an official said.

WikiLeaks boss, Julian Assange

WikiLeaks rejects U.S. intelligence report that Russia leaked materials

“U.S. intelligence services have been politicised by the Obama administration,” Julian Assange said.

Cote d’viore cabinet resigns

A new cabinet was expected to be in place by Tuesday, a report added.

Thailand moves closer to death penalty for corrupt politicians

Thailand last carried out the death penalty in August 2009.

Syrian govt. ready to negotiate on ‘everything’, Assad says

But Mr. Assad says it is up to the Syrian people to elect their president.

Former Iranian president dies of heart attack – State Media

Rafsanjani was an influential figure in Iran, and headed the Expediency Council.

Akufo-Addo sworn in as Ghana’s President

The new president said “I will not let the good people of Ghana down”.

Flight MH370: Malaysia to round off search in two weeks

“We hope we can find the plane and we pray hard that the search will bear fruit on how to locate MH370.”

Obama outlines achievements, regrets in goodbye memo

Mr. Obama would deliver his farewell address on January 10 “to say thank you” to Americans.

Obama releases Guantanamo Bay detainees against Trump’s wish

Four more detainees were released.

U.S. House breaks with Obama, condemns UN resolution on Israeli settlements

The U.S. allowed a UN resolution to pass by abstaining.

Bin Laden

U.S. blacklists Osama bin Laden’s son a terrorist

The State Department said that Hamza bin Laden has called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals.

America’s military most powerful on earth – Obama

President Obama says he will miss Air Force One and Marine One.

Amnesty International begins aggressive Guantánamo closure campaign in Obama’s final days

President-elect Trump has said no further prisoners should be released from the facility.

6,330 HIV patients registered in Libya in 2016 – WHO

Ten people also died due to lack of ARV drugs, WHO said.

Trump blames Democrats on hacking, ObamaCare

“Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have “hacking defense” like the RNC has.”