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A contestant takes part in the colour run at the Ersha Island Sports Park in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Dec. 16, 2017. Nearly 15,000 participants competed in the colour run game. (Xinhua/Wu Lu)

1. More senior officials in the African National Congress have openly come out in support of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the contest to succeed President Jacob Zuma at the helm.

While voting continued Monday, party’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, used Twitter to express support for Ramaphosa to lead the ANC. He is contesting for the top party job against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former chairperson of the African Union Commission.

2. Kenya’s controversial opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has warned that he will soon be sworn-in as the “people’s president” while scoffing at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s warning last week that anyone who undermines the country’s constitution or peace of the nation would face the full wrath of the law, Kenya’s Daily Nation reports.

3. Two Danish journalists were wounded after being stabbed by an attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great in Arabic) in the Gabonese capital Libreville, Reuters reports.

4. Four people were killed when a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid convoy was ambushed in north-east Nigeria, a WFP spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday.

5. One year on from smashing the Campaccio course record, Hellen Obiri will defend her title at the IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting in Milan on Saturday, January 6.

6. A dozen Arab ambassadors have asked India to clarify its position on the U.S recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, diplomatic sources said, after New Delhi’s muted response suggested a shift in support for the Palestinian cause.

7. Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third test in Perth on Monday to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare and condemn Joe Root’s team to a period of gloomy introspection.

8. Toyota plans to offer more than 10 purely electric vehicle models in its lineup by the early 2020s, marking the Japanese automaker’s commitment to that growing technology sector.

9. A Russian Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-07 manned spacecraft lifted off on Sunday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver the crew of Expedition 54/55 to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket was launched from Gagarin’s Start launch site, the same pad cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin used to become the first human to ever journey into space.

10. President Donald Trump says he’s not considering firing Robert Mueller, but that didn’t stop him from adding to the growing conservative criticism of the special counsel’s move to gain access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration.