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African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015

Women gather to collect water at a motorised borehole at the Muna Internally displace people camp in Maiduguri, NigeriaBy Tom Gardner ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As many as 3.5 million people in Africa were uprooted from their homes in 2015 due to conflict and natural disasters and left stranded in their own country, with many governments overlooking this growing problem, according to a report released on Friday. Figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) showed an average of about 9,500 people fled their homes daily last year, bringing the total number of Africans displaced internally to 12.4 million, with the number set to rise in 2016. ...



South Korea President Park to hold cabinet meeting after impeachment vote: YonhapSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has called members of her cabinet for a meeting at 5 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Friday, the Yonhap news agency said. South Korea's parliament passed a motion to impeach Park earlier on Friday over an influence-peddling scandal that could lead to her becoming South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be removed from office. There have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for Park to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for her impeachment. ...
In fossil rarity, tumor found in 255-million-year-old beastBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors. University of Washington researchers on Thursday described a benign tumor composed of miniature tooth-like structures they found embedded next to the root of the creature's enlarged canine tooth while studying an unrelated aspect of the jaw.
Davis disgusted, Gentry frustrated as Pelicans' losses mount

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) battle under the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. The 76ers won 99-88. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? As far as Anthony Davis was concerned, there wasn't much to discuss. He appeared eager to escape the Pelicans' locker room rather than stew over what was arguably the most demoralizing of New Orleans' 16 losses this young season.



South Korea parliament votes to impeach President Park

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's parliament voted on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal, suspending her powers. The Constitutional Court will decide whether to uphold the motion and remove Park from office or reject it and reinstate her. The prime minister will be acting president until the court delivers a ruling. (Reporting by Tony Munroe; Editing by Robert Birsel)



How Gambia's top brass turned on long-ruling Jammeh

People tear a poster of former Gambian president Yaya Jammeh in BroussbiBy Emma Farge and Thierry Gouegnon BANJUL (Reuters) - Seconds after the chairman of Gambia's electoral commission read out the poll results that ended President Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule to reporters, a policeman left the building, cheering and clapping his hands in the air. This celebration of victory in last week's election for Adama Barrow, a property developer with no previous political experience, drew a rebuke from a fellow officer who reminded the policeman he was in uniform. "Adama Barrow is my new uniform," he retorted.



The Latest: South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach president

Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party shout slogans during a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Park, who faces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs. The signs read: "Impeach Park Geun-hye immediately." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? The Latest on impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):



Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens to questions during a special committee on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the parliament's upper house in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the TPP, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact. Upper house lawmakers approved the TPP, heeding Abe's calls to push ahead with it despite Trump's rejection of the free-trade initiative championed by President Barack Obama. (Yoshinobu Shimizu/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO (AP) ? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.



Ghana opposition leader set to win presidential election -private radio

Ghanaian presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) waves during his last rally at trade fair in AccraACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's main opposition leader is heading to victory in a presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, private Joy FM and Citi FM radio stations said on Friday. The two respected news stations based their projections on results from Wednesday's election announced at the constituency level. The electoral commission is set to begin releasing results on Friday. (Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Kim Coghill)



Panel rejects British company's $1.3B case against IndonesiaAn international tribunal has ruled against a London-listed mining company seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from Indonesia's government for terminating coal mining licenses that were forged by an Indonesian ...