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Ghana opposition leader wins presidential election, radio stations report

Ghanaian presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) waves during his last rally at trade fair in AccraGhana's main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the country's presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, the private radio stations Joy FM and Citi FM said on Friday. Joy FM's website showed Akufo-Addo winning with 53 percent of the vote with Mahama on 45.15 percent, based on a count of 217 constituencies out of 275 in total.



The Latest: SKorea's Park to meet Cabinet after impeachment

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 the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):



U.S. defense chief visits Afghanistan amid questions over Trump's foreign policy

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter attends a joint news conference with Japan's Defense Ministeri Inada after their meeting at the Defense Ministry in TokyoBy Idrees Ali BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday, amid questions about what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will mean for the country as it faces a renewed Taliban-led insurgency. Carter will meet U.S. troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani while in Afghanistan. Trump has given few details on his foreign policy plan, with surprisingly little specifics on Afghanistan, where nearly 10,000 U.S. troops still remain more than 15 years after the Islamist Taliban were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces.



Brexit minister "not really interested" in transitional Brexit deal - FT says

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davies speaks at the annual Conservative Party Conference in BirminghamBritain's Brexit minister David Davis is ?not really interested? in a transitional deal to cushion the country from the effects of leaving the European Union, he told a private meeting with the City of London Corporation, the Financial Times reported, citing a memo of the meeting. The FT, citing a memo of the mid-November meeting made by an unidentified City of London Corporation representative, said Davis would consider a transitional deal only in order to "be kind" to the EU. Davis also told the City of London Corporation that the EU?s ?inflexible approach? on immigration meant it was unlikely the UK would achieve access to the single market, the FT said, citing the memo.



South Korea's President Park impeached in parliamentary vote

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in SeoulBy Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be pushed from office in disgrace. Members of parliament voted by secret ballot with 234 in favor and 56 opposed, meaning dozens of members of Park's own conservative Saenuri Party backed the motion to remove her. The Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.



Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

In this image made from video, Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo speaks to earthquake survivors in Tringgading, Aceh, province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. More than 100 people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of Aceh province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday. Hundreds of people were injured and more than 11,000 buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. (AP Photo)TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesia's president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake, as estimates of the number of displaced people swelled, and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt.



Russia says over 8,000 civilians leave eastern Aleppo

This Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 photo, released by the International Committee for the Red Cross, shows members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carrying a patient on stretcher out of a medical facility in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. The ICRC said it evacuated 148 disabled or civilians in need of urgent care from the facility, now under Syrian government control. ICRC said in a statement Thursday the evacuation was possible after fighting calmed down in the area. (Syrian Arab Red Crescent/Noor Hazouri via AP)MOSCOW (AP) ? The Russian military says it has helped more than 8,000 civilians leave the rebel-controlled eastern part of Aleppo.



South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall

A supporter of South Korean President Park Geun-hye holds the national flags during a rally opposing the parliamentary impeachment of Park in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Park entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed. The signs read "Oppose the impeachment." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. ...



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. The report calculates the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is double the number of the continent's refugees, estimated by the United Nations to have reached 5.4 million in 2015, highlighting the scale of Africa's comparatively overlooked "internal displacement crisis".



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. ...