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.


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.

ICRC, Amnesty International, others condemn killing of second UN aid worker

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned the killing of another aid worker by a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

In a tweet on Monday, the ICRC wrote, “We are hearing devastating reports Hauwa has been executed.

“At this stage, we don’t have confirmation this is true. We desperately hope not. We will provide an update when we have accurate information. This situation is heartbreaking, and our thoughts remain with her family”.

Boko Haram: Red Cross begs Nigerian govt to secure release of abducted health workers

The Red Cross on Sunday appealed to Nigeria Government and to communities and individuals with influence to secure the release of two abducted health workers, as a deadline set by Boko Haram to kill them approached.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spoke out a month after another hostage kidnapped with them was executed by the jihadists.

“A deadline that could result in the killing of another health care worker is less than 24 hours away,” said an ICRC statement.

“Speed and urgency are critical,” it added.

UN earmarks $2.1b as grants for IDPs in Nigeria

The United Nations has earmarked the sum of $2.1 billion to be given out as grants to people affected by the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria.

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told journalists in Abuja, on Sunday that the grants is to help victims of the insurgency to recover and build their lives.

ICC denies meeting with Buhari at Hague

By Valentine Amanze

The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has said that the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari did not discuss with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

  This was contrary to what the Presidency stated that Buhari, during a recent visit to The Hague, had discussion with Bensouda on election violence, terrorism,

Hostages and the recent Jos crises.

181 countries to tackle Big Tobacco meddling in treaty talks

No fewer than 181 countries are converging on Geneva, Switzerland for the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the global tobacco treaty to shut off one of the last avenues of influence the tobacco industry has to interfere with public health policymaking at the talks.

  At the conference holding holding October 1 through 7, 2018, participating countries will advance a provision that will prohibit the tobacco industry from exploiting public badges, which are primarily used by tobacco industry representatives to delay, block and weaken the treaty.

Nigerian groups to attend WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Geneva

Nigerian delegates and civil society groups will arrive Geneva, Switzerland on October 1, 2018 for the eight conference of parties meeting of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).