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Woman's frightening discovery inside her toilet

A Queensland woman stumbled out of bed on the weekend to make a terrifying discovery under her toilet seat.

Jana Engler has lived in Cairns for 11 years and is the owner of Jana’s Bakehouse, known around town for its artisan sourdough, but has found herself in the news for something other than her baking skills.

After moving from Germany more than a decade ago, she has only had a few encounters with snakes in Australia and certainly wasn’t prepared for what she found.

South Korean pop star, Sulli, found dead at her home

South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said.

The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn't answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department.

Kim said that there were no signs of foul play and that police did not find a suicide note.

Prison officer jailed for having sex in cupboard with inmate

A married prison officer who had sex with an inmate in a cleaning cupboard during an 18-month affair has been jailed for a year.
Rachel Welburn started a relationship with Daniel Crompton after she became his designated personal officer at Frankland Prison in Durham.
Crompton was serving life for murdering an 87-year-old war veteran in 2014 in a vicious attack after he broke into his home looking for cash.
Durham Crown Court was told that Welburn, 39, "kept going missing on her shifts" to have sex with Crompton, 29, in a cleaning cupboard in the prison.

Malaysia sees palm oil output, prices edging up in 2020-economic report

Malaysia's palm oil output and crude palm oil prices are expected to pick up slightly in 2020 due to rising domestic use of biodiesel fuel and stronger demand in its export markets, according to a government economic report.

Crude palm oil prices are expected to average 2,100 ringgit ($500.95) a tonne in 2020, up 5% from a forecast of 2,000 this year, according to the report released on Friday along with the national budget.

Benchmark palm oil prices averaged 2,308 ringgit last year, and were trading at 2,209 ringgit on Thursday.

S.African ex-leader, Zuma, to face corruption trial

South Africa's scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma will face a corruption trial, a court ruled Friday, in one of multiple alleged graft cases over his long political career.

The country's High Court unanimously dismissed Zuma's bid for a permanent stay of prosecution over 16 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal dating back to before he took office in 2009.

Zuma, who has been accused of taking bribes from French defence company Thales, sought in March to have the case dropped.

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 in recognition of his efforts to end his country's two-decade border conflict with Eritrea.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute on Friday also praised the "important reforms" that Abiy, Ethiopia's leader since April 2018, has launched at home. The prize comes as Abiy faces pressure to uphold the sweeping freedoms he introduced, and critics warn that his ability to deal with rising domestic unrest may be slipping.

Ethiopia Airlines to begin permanent flights from Port Harcourt

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OPEC, GECF sign MoU to strengthen cooperation

MOHAMMAD Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC, and his GECF counterpart, Yury Sentyurin, signed the MoU in Moscow on the sidelines of Russian Energy Week.

The purpose of the MoU is to establish and strengthen cooperation in order to carry out activities and share experiences, views, information and best practices in areas of mutual interest.

Woman climbs into lion enclosure, taunts animal

A woman who climbed into a lion enclosure and taunted a large male lion at a zoo in New York put herself “in serious danger”, the zoo has said.
A video posted to Instagram shows the bemused-looking lion regarding the woman as she waves her hands and dances at it.
The woman does not appear to be frightened of the animal, even when it furtively steps nearer to her. Onlookers sound remarkably calm in the audio, despite the imminent life-threatening danger the woman is in.

Zimbabwe’s central bank shuts down use of mobile money for cash transactions

Mobile money is fast blossoming in Africa, boosted by rising mobile adoption across the continent, but in Zimbabwe—which is battling a severe financial crunch—the most common cash-in and cash-out functionalities have just been killed off as the government battles to contain the country’s economic crisis.

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