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White House suspends CNN's Acosta after Trump confrontation

The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.

They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

Nigeria Tweeted Trump caravan speech to defend shooting protesters

The Nigerian army posted — then later deleted — a video on Twitter of President Donald Trump bashing the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico.
The post was apparently an attempt to justify the military’s deadly crackdown on protesters in the West African nation.
The army tweeted the section of Trump’s press conference Thursday when the president said that if migrants in the caravan throw rocks, American troops stationed at the border should “consider it a rifle.”
He added: “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back.”

Nigerian govt summons envoy over closure of Nigerians’ shops in Ghana

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday summoned the High Commissioner of Ghana to Nigeria, Amb Rashid Bawa, over the continued closure of over 400 Nigerian shops in Ghana. Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the Ghanaian envoy was invited to give a definitive explanation on the treatment of Nigerian traders in that country.

How I missed boarding ill-fated Lion Air plane, by passenger

Unusually heavy traffic that causes you to miss your flight under most situations would be very unlucky — but for Sony Setiawan, it may have just saved his life.

Setiawan, who works for the Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, took the 70-minute Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang off Sumatra every week with numerous colleagues. The plane that crashed on Monday morning — which Setiawan missed because of bad Jakarta traffic — had about 20 other Ministry of Finance employees on it, according to Agence France-Press.

Catholic church splits over abuse scandal

Pope Francis has vowed to end clerical sexual abuse, but bishops from Asia and Africa have shown a mixed response to a scandal some have termed a "Western problem".

  Church leaders from around the world attended the closing mass Sunday of a month-long meeting, or synod, which many had hoped would take the global struggle against paedophile priests up a notch.

  As the talks began, Francis warned again that abuse and cover ups would not be tolerated.

Plane with 189 aboard crashes, wreckage found

An aircraft with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java on Monday, shortly after takeoff from the capital on its way to the country’s tin-mining hub, officials said.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling.

Painting of Jesus remains untouched as 150-year-old church burns down

A 150-year-old church in Wakefield, Mass., was engulfed in flames on Tuesday after being struck by lightning during a storm. Remarkably, the one thing to survive the blaze was a large painting of Jesus.

China to launch artificial 'moon' into orbit to light up city

China is to launch a fake "moon" into space that it hopes will illuminate one of the country's biggest cities.

Officials in Chengdu, a city of 14 million people in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, announced plans to place a satellite in orbit by 2020 capable of reflecting sunlight onto its streets at night, claiming it will be bright enough to entirely replace street lights.  

Woman paralysed after falling off bed during lovemaking, sues mattress company

A woman left paralysed after being “catapulted” from her new bed during sex is suing the bed firm for at least £1m in damages.

Claire Busby, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, suffered a serious injury to her spine when she fell from the super king-size double divan as she shifted her position.

The 46-year-old claims the bed was in a “defective state” at the time of her accident and is taking legal action against Berkshire Bed Company, Evening Standard has reported.

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UN, U.S. Senate, CAN condemn killing of health workers

There was outrage across Nigeria and beyond yesterday following the killing of yet another humanitarian aid worker by terrorists operating in the North-East of the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed that a health worker abducted by the Boko Haram had been murdered by her captors.
The ICRC named the worker as Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife.

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