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Trial to begin for Omoyele Sowore, a New Jersey journalist imprisoned in his native Nigeria

Omoyele Sowore's family and friends are hoping the Haworth resident will come back to New Jersey soon.

The journalist is standing trial beginning Wednesday in his home country of Nigeria on charges that followed his Aug. 3 arrest while he was organizing a peaceful pro-democracy protest.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include organizing a protest, insulting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and transferring U.S. money to a Nigerian account.

Kanye West's long-awaited 'Jesus Is King' debuts at No. 1, tying Eminem's record

In the end, they propelled the rapper's latest album, released Oct. 25, to debut at No. 1.

The gospel-inspired album is West's ninth in a row to open at the top of the Billboard 200, putting him in a tie with Eminem for the most consecutive No. 1s, Billboard says.

The Billboard 200 ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. On the new chart, set to be released Tuesday, "Jesus Is King" earned 264,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that, 109,000 were in album sales; the rest were largely from streaming activity.

Kanye West's long-awaited 'Jesus Is King' debuts at No. 1, tying Eminem's record

In the end, they propelled the rapper's latest album, released Oct. 25, to debut at No. 1.

The gospel-inspired album is West's ninth in a row to open at the top of the Billboard 200, putting him in a tie with Eminem for the most consecutive No. 1s, Billboard says.

The Billboard 200 ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. On the new chart, set to be released Tuesday, "Jesus Is King" earned 264,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that, 109,000 were in album sales; the rest were largely from streaming activity.

Exxon Mobil profit halves on weak oil prices, chemicals margins

Exxon Mobil Corp's third-quarter profit nearly halved, hit by lower oil prices and weaker margins in refining and chemicals, with its three major business reporting lower year-over-year profit.

Earnings fell to $3.17 billion, or 75 cents per share, in the quarter, from $6.24 billion, or $1.46 per share, a year earlier, the company reported on Friday.(http://bit.ly/2WxMI0q)

Islamic State vows revenge against U.S. for Baghdadi killing

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States.

The Iraqi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself "caliph" of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before Islamic State's control disintegrated under U.S.-led attacks.

Indiana Woman Found Dead with Python Around Her Neck in Home with 140 Snakes

f you’re one of the 51 percent of Americans who fear snakes, then this story might cause some nightmares.

An Indiana woman was found dead this week with a massive python wrapped around her neck in a house that 140 snakes call home.

Laura Hurst, 36, was found dead in Oxford, Indiana on Wednesday by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson. Not only did Munson own the house, which was set up specifically to house snakes, but he also lives next door, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

Shell slips as profits plunge on weaker oil prices

Shell’s stock fell on Thursday as the oil major’s third quarter profit dropped 15% due to lower oil and gas prices.

Nigerian pastor accused of abusing children who fled Boko Haram

By AFP

Deep in the tropical forest in southern Nigeria, an evangelical pastor runs a sprawling camp billed as a refuge for thousands of children who fled the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the north.

Solomon Folorunsho, known as Pastor Solomon, says he is on a self-proclaimed mission to help humanity, creating the International Christian Centre for Missions (ICCM).

How all humans descended from a woman who lived in modern-day Botswana about 200,000 years ago, a new study finds

By Business Insider

Anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens sapiens, emerged in Africa about 200,000 years ago. But the precise location from which they originated has remained uncertain.
Now, a new study suggests modern humans' ancestral homeland was in modern-day Botswana, just south of the Zambezi River.
Researchers narrowed in on that area using genetic analysis.

EU agrees to grant UK request for Brexit delay until Jan. 31 2020 – Tusk

THE European Union (EU) has agreed to grant the UK’s request for a Brexit extension until Jan. 31 instead of the deadline of Oct. 31, European Council President Donald Tusk said Monday.

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a #Brexit flextension until Jan. 31, 2020.

“The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure,” Tusk said on Twitter.

The decision was made at a Monday meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the EU.

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