Tunisia’s newly elected President Beji Caid Essebsi is sworn in after winning the country’s first free presidential election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Amateur video purports to show rebel fighters clashing with government forces after destroying a regime headquarters in Aleppo. Gavino Garay reports.
In an interview with National Public Radio, U.S. President Barack Obama says diplomacy with Iran hinges on Tehran agreeing to long-term deal to curb its nuclear program. Gavino Garay reports.
U.S. Central Command release video showing what it says are a series of air strikes on Monday on IS warehouses near Fallujah. Rough Cut (No reporter Narration)
North Korea’s state media broadcasts a new documentary showing leader Kim Jong Un piloting a plane by himself. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Liberians got a chance to interact better on December 31st as authorities in the country lifted the curfew imposed to curb the spread of Ebola so that people could attend New Year’s Eve church services.
The United Nations’ health agency did not comment directly on the one-night suspension but called for authorities to keep up “social distancing” measures and encourage people to avoid large gatherings.
Liberia introduced the curfew in September at the height of an epidemic that has killed more than 3,400 people inside its borders and at least 4,400 more in Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to figures from the World Health Organization.
The virus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding, is spread by contact with the bodily fluids. It has no known cure.
Churches that held services observed measures to prevent the spread of Ebola such as hand washing, temperature testing and avoiding over-crowding on
The midnight to 6 a.m. curfew was reimposed the following night.
Meanwhile, Medecins Sans Frontieres, a medical charity that has been at the forefront in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, has warned of complacency in Liberia.
“Whilst progress has been made, it is of great concern to everyone at MSF that the population is now much less vigilant about Ebola and health promotion messages are being pushed aside,” said MSF field communications coordinator Caitlin Ryan.
The rate of new cases has slowed in Liberia and health officials say the next phase of the fight against the virus will involve deploying teams of health workers to identify chains of infection.
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Six people have been confirmed death in a car bomb explosion in Maiduwa village of Fika Local Government Area of Yobe, state north east Nigeria.
An officer of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Maiduwa Town, who pleaded anonymity told Channels Television that the bomber boarded a commercial Volkswagen Golf Car with the explosive devices from Fika Town heading to Potiskum, the commercial nerve center of the state.
He further revealed that five kilometers after takeoff, the car ran into a coming vehicle, killing six people on the spot as the explosive devices went off prematurely.
The NURTW officer also said the incident happened around 1:00PM today (Wednesday) with the survival of the Volkswagen Golf Car driver and one other teenager who have both been taken to Fika General Hospital.
Authorities are yet to confirm the incident.
Maiduwa is 65 kilometers to Potiskum town east of Damaturu the Yobe state capital
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The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has presented the sum of 141.2 billion naira to the Imo State House of Assembly as the total budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
While presenting the budget tagged “Budget of Total Rescue and Sustainability” to the Imo State House of Assembly, the governor said 43% will be allotted to recurrent expenditure, totaling 60.7 billion naira while 57% will be allotted to capital projects, totaling 80.5 billion naira.
He said the policy thrust of the 2015 budget is derived from the rescue mission agenda of the his administration which anchored on a 4 year development plan that derived its bearing from the vision of his administration which are belief in God, free education, massive infrastructural development and increased agricultural production to ensure food sufficiency and food security.
The governor added that the 2015 budget will mainly focus on delivery of social services to the people of Imo State.
Governor Okorocha said the expected revenue projections for 2015 is 119.7 billion naira for recurrent items and capital receipts of 21.5 billion naira.
The 2015 budget is just less than five percent increase from the 2014 budget which is 137.7 billion naira.
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A survivor of the ferry fire in the Adriatic Sea says a lack of information during the incident caused some people to jump into the sea, costing them their lives. Jennifer Davis reports.
Tottenham Hotspur youngster, Musa Yahaya and FC Porto’s Chidera Eze, have promised to be with the Flying Eagles squad by the January 15 deadline given to them.
“We have been following up on the release of the foreign pros called up for the African Youth Championship and so far the signals have been very encouraging,” said team secretary Auwal Aliyu Ibrahim.
“For instance, Musa Yahaya is off to Malaysia for an invitational tournament with the Spurs youth team and he has called to say he will join us as soon as he returns.
“Chidera Eze has also assured he will come in before the January 15 deadline set by the coach for all overseas-based players to report to the training camp in Kaduna.”
Sweden-based Taiwo Awoniyi and Musa Muhammed are so far the only pros now training with the African Youth Championship-bound squad.
The other foreign pros called up include Moses Simon, Kingsley Madu, Isaac Success, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali.
Meanwhile, the team led by coach Manu Garba will open 2015 with an endurance drill in the morning of New Year’s day.
“We will begin 2015 with hard work,” said Flying Eagles assistant coach Nduka Ugbade.
“There is still a lot of work to be done before our first match at the AYC and so we cannot afford to relax even for a day.
“All celebrations therefore have to be put on hold until we have met some of our targets.
“Our New Year’s day will be when we would have qualified for the World Cup in New Zealand.”
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