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Obama To Frame Election Issues In Optimistic State Of Union Address

 

 

President Barack Obama is set to strike an optimistic and hopeful tone in his final State of the Union address.

The president will focus on cementing his legacy rather than unveiling new policies, officials have said.

What Conflict Has Done To South Sudan Children

 

 

More than half of children in South Sudan are not in school, the highest proportion in any country, UN children's agency Unicef, has said.

Government forces have been battling rebels for the past two years, although a peace deal was signed in August.

Ghana's Leader, Mahama, Defends Accepting Guantanamo Detainees

 

 

Ghana's president has strongly defended the government's decision to allow two Yemenis freed from Guantanamo Bay to live in the West African state.

Opposition and church groups had condemned the decision, saying the men were a security threat.

Anglican Church Will Not Split Over Homosexuality - Welby

 

 

 

A split in the Anglican Communion over homosexuality "would not be a disaster, but it would be a failure", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Cologne Attackers Were Migrants - Minister

 

 

The men suspected of attacking women in Cologne on New Year's Eve were "almost exclusively" from a migration background, mainly North African and Arab, an official report says.

Niger Presidential Candidate, Amadou, Denied Bail

 

 

The former speaker of Niger's parliament, Hama Amadou, will not be released from prison to campaign for elections, Niger's Court of Appeals has said.

Amadou was arrested in November 2015 for baby-trafficking charges after fleeing to France for a year.

Legendary Artist David Bowie Dies

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Islamic State Terrorist Group Claims Libya Police Bomb Attack

 

 

The Islamic State group (IS) says it was behind a bomb attack which targeted a police training centre in Libya on Thursday, killing at least 65 people.

Black Hole Seen 'Burping' Galactic Gas Supply

 

 

Astronomers have spotted two huge waves of gas being "burped" by the black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy.

The swathes of hot gas, detected in X-ray images from Nasa's Chandra space telescope, appear to be sweeping cooler hydrogen gas ahead of them.

Chelsea Trashes Palace 3-0

Chelsea displayed some of the swagger from last season's title-winning campaign in beating Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Premier League to continue its resurgence under caretaker manager, Guus Hiddink, on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

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