Evening top 5: At least 13 killed in car bomb attack in Turkey; Arnold Schwarzenegger breaks silence on Trump; and the Obamas break tradition with final Christmas card

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At least 13 people have been killed in two explosions outside a football stadium in Istanbul, it has been claimed.

At least one of the blasts was caused by a car bomb and targeted a riot police bus directly outside the Besiktas stadium, interior minister Suleyman Soylu said.

He later said it was believed that a suspected suicide bomber had struck Macka Park, next to the stadium, also known as the Vodafone Arena.

"Two bombings may have taken place according to our understanding: one outside the stadium... the other at Macka Park," Mr Soylu said.

"The explosion at Macka Park is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber."
He described the attack as a "cruel plot".


Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of Celebrity Apprentice has defended President-elect Donald Trump after he has announced he will retain a producer’s stake in the show.

Schwarzenegger said that it’s just business, and compared Trump’s situation to when he became California’s governor and retained a screen credit and kept earning royalties for the Terminator movie.

“So, I think this is a contract that he had and I think it’s great that he was part of it,” Schwarzenegger said during a red-carpet event for NBC’s The New Celebrity Apprentice.

Replacing Trump as boss in the reality show’s boardroom meant “big shoes to fill,” he added.


President Barack Obama released this year’s White House Christmas card, featuring a photo of the first family.

Typically, the White House Christmas card is usually a simple photo of the White House.


Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony today, but did not attend the event.

The Swedish Academy's Horace Engdahl explained in the presentation speech why the legendary singer-songwriter was given an award usually reserved for authors, poets and playwrights.

In the speech, Engdahl said Dylan "dedicated himself body and soul to 20th century American popular music, the kind played on radio stations and gramophone records for ordinary people, white and black: protest songs, country, blues, early rock, gospel, mainstream music."


Jennifer Lawrence has issued an apology for disrespecting a sacred Hawaiian site during filming of The Hunger Games.

The actor told a story of how, during filming, she would rub her backside on the rocks, considered to be sacred by Hawaiians.

In a statement on Facebook, she said she meant "absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people".