Morning top 5: At least 21 dead following Baghdad bombings; world prepares to ring in the New Year

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Two bombs have exploded in central Baghdad, killing at least 21 people.

Emergency services in the Iraqi capital say more than 40 others were wounded.

The blasts targeted a busy market.


A member of the Kilkenny brewing family Smithwicks has been given an OBE by Queen Elizabeth.

Paul Benedict Smithwick a lawyer is being honoured for services to British-Irish relations.

Mr Smithwick is included in the New Year's honour list, alongside dozens of others including Northern Ireland soccer manager Michael O’Neill.


Donald Trump has praised the Russian president for his decision not to retaliate against new US sanctions.

Barack Obama decided to expel 35 Russian diplomats from the United States in response to alleged hacking during the US presidential election.

In response, Moscow's announced American officials will not be sent home - choosing instead to invite them to go to the Kremlin for New Year.


Sinn Féin says the Government is still not doing enough to tackle homelessness.

The party's housing spokesperson says figures published on the Department of Housing website yesterday showed almost 7,000 people were recorded as homeless across the state in November.

Eoin O'Broin has accused the Government of releasing the figures over the holiday in the hope that people would not notice.


We will all have a tiny bit more time to celebrate this New Year's Eve, as scientists are adding a leap second at the stroke of midnight.

The extra second is being added to ensure our electronic clocks are in sync with the Earth's rotation.

We have two timescales - one is based on the earth's rotation and the other is based on atomic clocks.