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An injured policeman lies on a stretcher at the site of an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 10, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Blast outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 13 - police sources

A suspected car bomb outside an Istanbul soccer stadium killed at least 13 people, police sources said.

Broadcaster NTV said 38 people had been wounded but gave no details of any death toll.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had earlier said around 20 people were wounded and that there was no immediate information on any deaths. Soylu said initial indications were that a car bomb targeting a police bus was responsible.

The blast is said to have happened hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams.


Republicans reject reports Russia helped Donald Trump win election

Republicans rejected reports about a secret CIA assessment finding that Russia sought to tip the US presidential election in Donald Trump's favour, as a Democratic Senate leader called for an investigation.

"The intelligence is wrong," Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told CNN. "It didn't happen."

He was referring to a New York Times report saying US intelligence agencies had "high confidence" that Russian hackers infiltrated the Republican National Committee's computer systems as well as Democratic Party's, but released information taken only from Democratic computers.


Opec and other oil giants agree cuts in 'historic' deal

Eleven countries agreed to cut their oil output, teaming up with the Opec cartel in an exceptional bid to end the world's glut of crude and reverse a dramatic fall in income.

Russia and 10 other non-Opec states will reduce their production by more than half a million barrels a day, Opec announced.

The deal will take effect from the start of 2017 and last for six months, though it may be extended depending on market conditions.


Football: Vardy treble blasts Guardiola's sorry Man City

Jamie Vardy ended his Leicester City goal drought with a brilliant hat-trick as the Premier League champions crushed Pep Guardiola's shambolic Manchester City 4-2.

Leicester returned to form in style, racing into a 4-0 lead as Vardy ended a run of 16 club games without a goal by scoring a fine treble.

Andy King also scored for the champions as Guardiola's men were torn apart, suffering an embarrassing reverse despite late goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito halving Leicester's winning margin.


Formula One: Nico Rosberg dreaming of quiet Christmas - and movie stardom

Formula one world champion Nico Rosberg was looking forward to a quiet Christmas on Saturday before plotting his next bid for the big time... as an action hero movie star.

"I'd really like that," the blond and photogenic 31-year-old German told AFP when he revealed his dream of an acting career.

"I know some German actors. Perhaps one day, that would be nice. I have some experience because when you are a racing driver, you have to do a lot of filmed commercials. An action hero... that would make me very happy!"


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