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U.S. immigration agency to close its overseas offices

President Donald Trump's administration is planning to close the U.S. immigration agency's overseas locations, according to current and former officials and an internal memo, in a move affecting offices that currently handle family visa requests, international adoptions and other tasks.

The move is the latest from an administration that has worked to limit both legal and illegal immigration since Trump took office in January 2017, including cuts to the U.S. refugee program and heightened vetting of U.S. visa applications.

Police Rush to R. Kelly's Apartment Amid Fears His Girlfriends Had Carried Out 'Suicide Pact'

In a police radio call shared online, a dispatcher, who received an anonymous call, can be heard telling officers that Kelly’s girlfriend Azriel Clary and “four other women, who are victims of R. Kelly are planning to carry out a suicide pact at one of the condos at Trump Tower.”

The anonymous caller, however, did not specify when the alleged suicide would take place or give a specific unit number.

Emergency responders arrived on the 400 block of North Wabash just before 5:30 p.m., the Chicago Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement.

Nations, airlines grounding Boeing's 737 MAX

By AFP

Several airlines have grounded the MAX 8s in their fleets, but many others are continuing to fly the plane pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.

Airlines still operating the model have been restricted by the airspace bans. Air Canada, for example, was obliged to cancel some flights to London because of Britain's ban on the aircraft.

The Latest: India's Jet Airways grounds Boeing 737 Max 8s

By Associated Press

Mideast budget airline FlyDubai says it will continue to fly Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft after reviewing a recent U.S. regulator statement about the aircraft.

Several airlines around the world have grounded the planes after a fatal crash in Ethiopia on Sunday and one in Indonesia last year.

No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines crash en route to Kenya

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, as grieving families rushed to airports in Addis Ababa and the destination, Nairobi. More than 30 nationalities are among the dead.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. The pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return, the airline's CEO told reporters.

R. Kelly Heading Back to Jail After Failing to Make Child Support Payment

Separate from Kelly’s criminal sex abuse charges – which he pleaded not guilty to and remains out on bail after several nights at Cook County Jail – the singer had a March 6th hearing set stemming from the delinquent child support he owed his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment

A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature.

The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs.

The researchers say it is too early to say the patient is "cured" of HIV.

Experts say the approach is not practical for treating most people with HIV but may one day help find a cure.

Nigeria, others to benefit from Uk’s £30m aid

By Valentine Amanze (with agency report)
Nigeria and other African countries are to benefit from the £30 million which the United Kingdom (UK) is to inject into prosperity and security projects across Africa.
Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said the gesture was to shore up UK’s investment in the continent.
The funding boost comes as Britain signs a new strategic partnership with the African Union, strengthening the engagement between the continent and the UK government.

Islamic State says it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers: Amaq

Islamic State said on Saturday it killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on Thursday in the country's northeastern Borno state, but a Nigerian Army spokesman said "no such incident was recorded."

In a statement issued through its news agency Amaq, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a village it referred to as Tdmari, near Maiduguri town. It said the attack happened two days ago.

People seriously think Meghan Markle is faking her pregnancy

The Duchess of Sussex is no stranger to online trolls — but this latest conspiracy is absolutely bonkers.

Meghan Markle been subjected to racist, classist and misogynistic scrutiny from both the media and the public, and now some people think she’s lying about being pregnant.
The hashtag that people are using to discuss Meghan’s supposed fake pregnancy is #moonbump, often accompanied by #megxit, which is a play on the word Brexit. The #moonbump refers to the alleged prosthetic bump or pillow that the Duchess “wears” under her clothes to “fake” her pregnant belly.

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