Category: World

US President falls on Air Force stage

President Joe Biden fell face-first on stage at the Air Force Academy in Colorado on Thursday after stumbling over a barrier, although he seemed unharmed.

Biden, 80, had just shook hands with a student and started back to his seat after giving the military academy grads’ commencement address when he slipped and collapsed.

Air Force soldiers assisted him in standing back up, and he didn’t seem to need any more assistance.

As he rose, Biden pointed to the object that had apparently caught his foot. It resembled a small black sandbag on the stage.

White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt tweeted shortly afterward that “he’s fine. There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands.”

Biden is the oldest person ever in the presidency and is seeking a second term in the 2024 election. His official doctor’s report this year declared him physically fit and he exercises regularly.

In November 2020, shortly after winning his election against the incumbent Donald Trump, Biden broke his foot while playing with a pet dog.

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45 years ago Dangote came to Lagos from kano with nothing, says Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has praised Dangote Group CEO Aliko Dangote for establishing his refinery in Nigeria, particularly Lagos.

He made the remark while speaking at the refinery’s ongoing commissioning.

He went on to say that Dangote, who moved to Lagos from Kano 45 years ago, has built an empire in Nigeria that will make Africa proud.

He said, “The first story is about a young Nigerian 45 years ago and you see the coincidence in the story. 45 years ago, who came to Lagos, all the way from another mega-city, Kano, who saw the prosperity, the diversity of our country, who came with nothing but in 45 years has built the biggest empire in the world for Africa.”

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Project, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited owned by Aliko Dangote, was commissioned today.

It is located at Dangote Industries Free Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, and it is set up to process crude oil grades from the continent of Africa, Asia and America, with a delivery of a surplus of close to 38 million litres of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel for Nigeria daily

The refinery set up to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day transforms crude oil into different usage of petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline, jet fuel and kerosene.

The refinery will produce Euro-V quality gasoline and diesel, as well as jet fuel and polypropylene.

The firm stated that the facility was designed to process a large variety of crudes including many of the African crudes, some of the Middle Eastern crudes and the United States Light Tight Oil.

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Court jails woman for killing her rapist, Activists protest

A non-governmental organisation defending women’s rights in Mexico, Nos Queremos Vivas (We Want to Stay Alive) has condemned a court judgment that jailed a woman for six years and two months for killing her rapist.

Roxana Ruiz, who strangled her rapist to death with a T-shirt in May 2021, was sentenced to prison for attempting to defend herself.

Ruiz was sentenced to prison in Mexico for “excessive use of self-defense” after strangling the man who stormed into her home and threatened and raped her.

According to Mirror, the court said while they admitted that she was a victim of rape, they believed “a blow on the head” would have been enough to defend the 23-year-old.

Two years ago, the mother of one was arrested by police after she was seen trying to drag a bag containing the chopped-up body parts of her attacker.

She ended up in a terrifying situation after she saw the man stranded on the street and offered him a place to stay.

The court heard how she woke up in the night and found the man in her bed raping her, and she hit him in the face and gave him a nosebleed.

While he was distracted she grabbed a T-shirt and used it to strangle him to death.

“I feel sad, disappointed in justice. If I had not defended myself, I would be dead,” Ruiz told the media outside the court in the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl — one of the most dangerous to be a woman in Mexico.

According to the National Citizen Observatory of Feminicide and the RNPED [National Registry of Data on Missing Persons], Nezahualcoyotl is the second municipality in the state of Mexico with the largest number of femicides and intentional homicides of women, and the third in disappearances.

Ruiz told El Pas Newspaper that she worried about her and her five-year-old son’s future.

“I feel tight in my chest because I don’t want to go back to jail,” she said last year.

Nos Queremos Vivas (We Want to Stay Alive), a Mexican organisation that campaigns against male violence, condemned the verdict and has sparked a protest.

The NGO said, “No woman should be jailed for defending lives that the state does not protect.

“Denying Roxana Ruiz’s right to freedom does not improve her life or the lives of hundreds of poor women who are imprisoned today; on the contrary, it perpetuates structural and cultural violence.”

Ruiz’s lawyer told reporters that the verdict, which also ordered her to pay 286,000 pesos (£13,000) in damages and compensation to the man’s family, would be appealed.

Last year, 3,755 women were murdered in Mexico, according to government figures.

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UFC: Adesanya confident to  beat Du Plessis

Israel Mobolaji Adesanya, a Nigerian-New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, has set his sights on his next opponent.

Prior to his final fight against Derek Brunson at UFC 285 last month, Dricus du Plessis caused quite a stir with his remarks about African champions.

Before explaining what an African champion will be like if he wins the Middleweight title, Du Plessis asked if any UFC champions had ever visited Africa.

The comments irritated former UFC Welterweight Kamaru Usman and current Middleweight kingpin Adesanya, despite the fact that both were born in Nigeria.

Adesanya explained why he wanted the fight to be in South Africa where Du Plessis is from.

He said, “I tried to do the fight in South Africa, but apparently it might not work.

“But again, I told UFC President Dana White, You guys beat COVID before any other big sporting league got on the field or on the court, you guys did that. You can do anything.

“I still believe they can. I want to do it in South Africa or somewhere in Africa. [du Plessis] thinks they’re going to have his back.

“It’s only the product of him that’s going to have his back. He doesn’t understand who I am.

“Like I said, he’s created division. I don’t like that. He didn’t have to do that. He didn’t have to do that.

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Kenyan pastor arrested  for ‘mass killing’ of his church members

Kenya announced on Thursday that one of the country’s most prominent pastors would face charges for the “mass killing of his followers” just days after the discovery of dozens more remains tied to another church.

The head of the New Life Prayer Centre and Church, Ezekiel Odero, “has been arrested and is being processed to face criminal charges related to the mass killing of his followers,” stated Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki in a statement.

“The aforementioned church has been closed. Over 100 persons who were holed up at the location have been removed and will be forced to record statements,” he added.

Odero’s arrest comes on the heels of an ongoing investigation into Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, the cult leader accused of the deaths of 98 people linked to his church.

Police have not linked the two cases, and authorities have not provided further details about the nature of the allegations against Odero or his church.

Odero, dressed in his signature all-white garb and clutching a Bible, was transferred from the coastal town of Malindi where his church is headquartered to the regional police headquarters in Mombasa for questioning.

A wealthy televangelist who draws huge crowds — his church south of Malindi can seat 40,000 — Odero claims that “holy” scraps of cloth sold at his mega-rallies can heal sickness.

The government had promised a crackdown on fringe religious denominations after the discovery of dozens of bodies over the past week on a property near Malindi belonging to Nthenge.

The taxi driver-turned-preacher is accused of urging his followers to starve themselves to death as a path to God in a case that shocked the nation.

At least 22 people have been arrested over the gruesome saga so far.

More than half the bodies unearthed by investigators were of children, and police fear the death toll could rise as their search widens.

Kindiki had described the case as “the clearest abuse of the constitutionally enshrined human right to freedom of worship.”

But efforts to regulate Kenya’s dizzying array of churches and ministries have failed in the past, despite high-profile incidents of cults and rogue pastors being involved in crime.

Questions have emerged about how Nthenge was able to preach despite attracting police attention six years ago.

He was detained in 2017 on allegations of “radicalisation” after advising families not to send their children to school, claiming that the Bible does not recognize education.

According to local media, Nthenge was detained again last month after two toddlers died of starvation while in the hands of their parents.

He was released on 100,000 Kenyan shillings ($700) bail after a raid on his farm in the Shakahola forest turned up bodies.

On May 2, Nthenge is scheduled to appear in court.A Kenyan pastor has been charged with’mass murdering’ church members.

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Pakistan Parents padlocks daughters ‘grave as randy men rape dead women

Padlocks are now being placed on the graves of their late daughters in Pakistan to keep them from being raped by some criminal individuals.

According to a research, necrophilia instances are on the rise in the country, and on Thursday, some social media users, including activists and authors, addressed the issue once more.

According to First Post, one such user, Harris Sultan, an ex-Muslim Atheist campaigner and author of “The Curse of God, Why I Left Islam,” blamed extreme Islamist philosophy for such heinous deeds.

“Pakistan has created such a horny, sexually frustrated society that people are now putting padlocks on the graves of their daughters to prevent them from getting raped. When you link the burqa with rape, it follows you to the grave,” Sultan tweeted on Wednesday.

Another Twitter user Sajid Yousaf Shah wrote, “The social environment created by #Pakistan has given rise to a sexually charged and repressed society, where some people have resorted to locking their daughter’s graves to protect them from sexual violence. Such a connection between rape and an individual’s clothing only leads to a path filled with grief and despair.”

Women’s bodies have been unearthed and desecrated on several occasions in the past.

The scariest necrophilia case ever reported in Pakistan was in 2011 when a grave keeper named Muhammad Rizwan from North Nazimabad, Karachi was arrested after he confessed to raping 48 female corpses. Rizwan was caught running away after desecrating a corpse. He had caught the attention of nearby grave diggers and some other people.

Most recently in May 2022, some unknown men dug out the corpse of a teenage girl and raped it in the Chak Kamala village in Gujrat, Pakistan. This occurred on the same night the family had buried the deceased.

According to reports, the tragic act was discovered when the deceased girl’s relatives attended the burial the following morning in accordance with their religious traditions. The kin discovered the body dug up and exposed. Rape marks were found on the body.

In 2021, some unknown guys committed a similar barbarous act in Maulvi Ashraf Chandio’s village near Ghulamullah.

In 2020, A man was arrested on February 28 after being caught red-handed raping a corpse of a woman in a graveyard in Punjab, Pakistan. The incident occurred in Okara City in the Punjab province. The accused was identified by his first name, Ashraf.

In 2019, a woman’s dead body was allegedly dug up and raped by unidentified men in Karachi’s Landhi Town. The woman was buried in Ismail Goth Graveyard.

One day after she was buried, the woman’s body was discovered. The graveyard’s custodian informed the deceased’s family that a dog had removed the stone that covered the grave.

In 2013, the body of a 15-year-old girl was discovered outside her grave in Gujranwala, where she had allegedly been sexually raped.

Following this occurrence, Pakistan’s then-chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, demanded an immediate investigation. According to reports, the case is still pending.

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“Pressure to Arrest Putin  is unfair” -S/Africa president

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has threatened to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to calls for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to VOA, Ramaphosa made the remarks during a joint press conference with his visiting Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto.

In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin on alleged war crimes charges in Ukraine, raising fears for South Africa’s leader to carry out at the BRICS conference.

Ramaphosa said there had long been a feeling in the governing African National Congress (ANC) that the ICC treats certain countries unfairly, likely referring to the fact that many African leaders have been brought before the court in The Hague, Netherlands.

“Our view is that we would like this matter of unfair treatment to be properly discussed,” Ramaphosa said. 

“But in the meantime, the governing party has decided once again that there should be a pullout, so that will be a matter that will be taken forward.”

The ANC wanted to pull out of the court some years ago but was prevented from doing so by a South African court that found the move unconstitutional.

Putin has been invited to a meeting of the BRICS group of emerging nations in August in Johannesburg. BRICS nations include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The ANC is a staunch friend of Moscow and has refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine.

If he does attend, as a signatory to the ICC, South Africa is obliged to arrest him.

However, Pretoria refused to arrest former Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir when he visited in 2015, despite an ICC arrest warrant out for him.

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Ed Sheeran resumes copyright trial over Marvin Gaye song similarities

Ed Sheeran arrived at US federal court Tuesday for a trial over whether the British pop star plagiarised American music icon Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” in his own 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud.”

Industry members are closely following the copyright lawsuit as it could set a precedent for protections on songwriters’ creations and open the door to legal challenges elsewhere.

It’s the second trial in a year for Sheeran, who successfully testified at a London court last April in a case centred around his song “Shape Of You,” saying that lawsuit was emblematic of copyright litigation going too far. The judge ruled in his favour.

He arrived Tuesday at the courthouse in Manhattan silently and with his head lowered, wading past the throng of cameras and journalists stationed outside.

At issue in the New York case are alleged “striking similarities and overt common elements” between Gaye and Sheeran’s songs.

During the trial, Sheeran told the court “Yes, Amy Wadge and I wrote the song ‘Thinking Out Loud,’” referring to the ballad’s co-author, said The New York Times, which had access to the room.

The plaintiffs are the heirs of Ed Townsend, a musician and producer who co-wrote Gaye’s 1973 soul classic, who was also in court Tuesday.

“I am here for justice, protecting my father’s intellectual properties,” Townsend’s daughter Kathryn Townsend Griffin told journalists outside the courthouse.

“As Marvin Gaye would say, ‘Let’s get it on,’” quipped Ben Crump, lawyer for the plaintiffs.

– ‘Coincidence’ –

Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” shot up America’s Billboard Hot 100 charts when it was released, and won Sheeran a Song of the Year prize at the Grammys in 2016.

Townsend’s family has pointed out that the group Boyz II Men has performed mash-ups of the two songs, and that Sheeran has blended the songs together on stage as well.

Crump pointed to a 2014 fan video showing Sheeran performing a mash-up of his song and Gaye’s at a concert, which the lawyer said amounted to a “confession” and a “smoking gun,” according to the Times.

The lawsuit, filed in 2016 — and refiled in 2017 after being rejected on procedural grounds — also names Sony.

Sheeran’s team contests the allegations, saying “there are dozens if not hundreds of songs that predate and postdate” Gaye’s song, “utilising the same or similar chord progression.”

“These medleys are irrelevant to any issue in the case and would be misleading [and] confuse the jury.”

There have been a flood of such copyright trials in recent years, notably in 2016 when Gaye’s family — who is not part of the New York lawsuit against Sheeran — successfully sued the artists Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. over similarities between the song “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”

They were ordered to pay some $5 million in damages, in a result that surprised many in the industry including legal experts who saw many of the musical components cited as foundational musical elements largely in the public domain.

Five years later an appeals court decision confirmed Led Zeppelin’s victory over a similar case with the classic “Stairway to Heaven” at issue.

But jury trials over music copyright could go any which way, and in this case likely will ultimately come down to the arrangement of a single chord progression.

A musicologist retained by the defence says in court documents that the four-chord sequence was used in a number of songs before Gaye’s hit came out in 1973.

“There are only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music,” Sheeran said in an Instagram video last April.

“Coincidence is bound to happen if 60,000 are being released every day on Spotify.”


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Trump faces civil trial on rape allegation

Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday in a civil trial pitting Donald Trump against a prominent former American columnist, who says he raped her in the 1990s.

E. Jean Carroll, 79, says Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York department store and then defamed her after she went public with the allegations years later.

Trump, who is facing a slew of legal woes that threaten to derail his 2024 run for a second term in the White House, denies the allegations.

The start of the trial comes just weeks after his historic arraignment on criminal charges related to a hush-money payment made to a porn star just before the 2016 election.

Carroll, a former columnist for Elle magazine, says she was raped by Trump in the changing room at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.

She said the attack came after Trump asked her for shopping advice.

Carroll first made the allegation in an excerpt from her book published by New York Magazine in 2019.

Trump responded then by saying he never met Carroll, that she was “not my type” and that she was “totally lying.”

Carroll first sued Trump for defamation in 2019 but was unable to include the rape claim because the statute of limitations for the alleged offense had expired.

But a new law took effect in November last year in New York that gives redress to victims of sexual assault decades after attacks may have occurred.

It gave sexual assault victims in the state a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers even when the abuse occurred long ago.

Lawyers for Carroll filed a new suit that accused Trump of battery, “when he forcibly raped and groped” her.

It also included defamation for a post that Trump made on his Truth Social platform where he denied the alleged rape and referred to Carroll as a “complete con job.”

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for psychological harm, pain and suffering, loss of dignity, and damage to her reputation.

Trump is not expected to testify as Carroll’s lawyers have said they do not intend to call him to the witness stand.

The trial is likely to last between one to two weeks.

Trump became the first sitting or former president to have ever been charged with a crime when he was arrested in the hush-money case earlier this month.

He is also being investigated over his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the southern state of Georgia, his alleged mishandling of classified documents taken from the White House, and his involvement in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.


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Man undergo surgery to increase his height because of women

Moses Gibson, a guy from the United States, had surgery to increase his height by a few inches in an effort to feel more comfortable.

Gibson struggled with talking to women because of self-doubt after seeing other guys his age have growth spurts that he did not, according to a Daily Mail report. Gibson had experienced insecurities about his height since he was 15 years old.

He tried several drugs and even got in touch with an internet “spiritual healer” who said they may aid in his growth. in a futile effort to become taller.

Moses eventually decided to have surgery to increase his size after all other options failed. The results? Doctors added five inches to his height.

Speaking about how he struggled with his height, he said, “I’ve struggled with my height. Even when I was in high school, I was always unhappy with my height.

“When I was like 15, I realized most of my peers were taller than me. It started getting to me gradually.”

He learned about a procedure that could lengthen his legs, and he began working extra hours to save up enough money for the surgery during college.

After working as a software engineer during the day and as an Uber driver at night for three years, he underwent surgery to add three inches to his height in 2016, but seven years later has had a second round and is using a height-lengthening device.

Moses’ tibia and fibula bones were broken, and magnetic, limb-lengthening nails were placed into them.

He is now required to lengthen his height three times each day by dragging the broken bones apart millimeter by millimeter.

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