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This file photo taken on Jan 17, 1996 shows Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (L) welcoming Portuguese president Mario Soares in Jericho.
This file photo taken on Jan 17, 1996 shows Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (L) welcoming Portuguese president Mario Soares in Jericho.PHOTO: AFP

Ivory Coast defence minister trapped in city as soldiers open fire

Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city, Bouake, opened fire on Saturday (Jan 7), trapping the defence minister inside a local official's house shortly after a deal to end two-day mutiny appeared to have been agreed, a Reuters witness said.

The dramatic turn of events came just an hour and a half after President Alassane Ouattara announced he had agreed to the soldiers' demands for bonus payments and improved living standards.

In addition to Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi, the deputy commander of the elite Republican Guard, the mayor of Bouake and other local officials as well as journalists were trapped inside the sub-prefect's residence.

A crowd of angry soldiers massed outside the house, and the Reuters reporter said he heard some loudly shouting that they wanted their bonuses paid immediately, not next week.

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Portugal's democracy founder Mario Soares dies aged 92

Wayne Rooney left his footprint on FA Cup third-round day with the first goal in holders Manchester United’s 4-0 rout of Championship side Reading on Saturday (Jan 7) to draw level with Bobby Charlton as the club’s record scorer.

His seventh-minute effort took his United tally to 249 since joining the 12-times Cup winners in 2004, but Rooney failed to surpass Charlton’s long-standing mark as Anthony Martial and two late goals from Marcus Rashford completed United’s comfortable victory at Old Trafford.

“I think it’s just a question of time to score one more goal and become in the history of Manchester United. It’s arriving; the big moment for him is arriving,” manager Jose Mourinho said after his side’s eighth straight win in all competitions.

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