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South African President Jacob Zuma blames ‘witchcraft’ for his party’s recent failure

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South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma has blamed witchcraft for his party’s failure to beat the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in its Western Cape stronghold,

 

According to the Sowetan Live, ‘In the last elections I was satisfied that we were taking the Western Cape‚ I even said so. What went wrong? I too can’t tell you. I don’t know‚ [maybe] it’s because of witchcraft, witches practice their craft in different ways” the news site quotes President Zuma as saying that ghosts might even been voting to keep the DA in power.

 

During the speech made in both isiZulu and isiXhosa languages, the president continues to say, ‘I don’t know where they get the luck to win here because people in the majority are not living comfortably. Maybe even ghosts are voting’.

 

President Zuma also accused his opponents of ‘using large sums of money‚ buying people’.

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Photo: 68-year-old grandfather caught with cocaine at Australian Airport claims he was tricked by a Nigerian man

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The lawyer of a 68-year-old New Zealand beekeeper charged with smuggling more than two kilograms of pure cocaine into Australia, told the court on Monday that his client is “a good person who fell victim to online Nigerian scammers”

The accused, Roy Stuart Arbon, a New Zealand citizen, was arrested at Perth International Airport in February 2016.

The drugs were concealed in a suitcase he brought from Brazil. He told authorities he had been given the bag by a Nigerian man in Brazil named “Anthony Lambert”.

The court heard he told authorities he was taking the suitcase to India “as a favour”, and he had checked it and believed it only contained clothes.

But Mr Arbon said he had not been able to go to India because he did not have a certificate for yellow fever vaccination.

The court heard two-and-a-half kilograms of powder was found in the bag, two kilograms of which was cocaine, estimated to be worth between $700,000 and $1.4 million.

Border Force officer Christopher Brown told the court Mr Arbon had claimed he was trying to organise a loan of $US120,000 with a Nigerian man named “Doctor William Johnson” who had approached him via the internet.

Mr Arbon said he had intended to sign some loan documents in India, but told a Border Force officer he was to meet Dr Johnson in Sydney for this.

The Border Force officer said Mr Arbon told him of a previous occasion when he brought two suitcases from India to Perth, to be collected by two men of Indian descent.

Mr Arbon’s defence lawyer said her client, who was a beekeeper in New Zealand, fell victim to online scammers.

Ms Oliver told the court that her client was an “innocent victim of a criminal enterprise who targeted him online”.

She said Mr Arbon was a “good person” who did not know he was involved in trafficking drugs.

Prosecutor Edward Fitzpatrick cautioned the jury against having sympathy or prejudice for Mr Arbon, despite the fact he “seems a rather grandfatherly man”.

The trial continues.

Source: The Australian

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcome second daughter

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan have welccomed their second child, a daughter named August.

 

Mark announced the news on Facebook saying, ‘Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August!”

 

He also included a letter to his daughter from himself and Chan expressing hopes that she would take time to enjoy her childhood.

 

The letter partly reads, ‘Childhood is magical. You only get to be a child once, so don’t spend it worrying too much about the future. You’ve got us for that, and we’ll do everything we possibly can to make sure the world is a better place for you and all children in your generation’.

 

He and Chan wrote a similar letter to his daughter Max upon her birth in 2015.

 

See the full post below:

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Lupita Nyong’o’s father elected as governor in Kenya

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Lupita Nyong’o’s father, Prof. Anyanga Nyong’o has won the governorship election for Kisumu County in Kenya.

Prof. Nyong’o won 63% of the votes, defeating his rivals, Jackton Ramguma and Christine Otieno. He reportedly got 252, 490 votes. Jackton Ramguma got 141, 320 which represents 36% of the voters and Christine Otieno got 1919, that’s less than 1% of the votes.

The professor ran under the National Super Alliance coalition. Kisumu is National Super Alliance coalition’s stronghold, and there, the party easily defeated the president’ s Jubilee party.

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5 Kenyan girls develop new app to fight Female Genital Mutilation

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Five school girls from Kenya: Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi, will be Africa’s only representatives at Technovation in California next month.

A competition where girls aged 10 to 18 develop mobile phone apps to end problems in their communities for a chance to win $15,000. The Kenyan team have designed an app for young women at risk of Female Genital Mutilation.

Their app is known as the I-cut, its main aim is to put an end to FGM. I-cut presents a total assistance mechanism to girls at risk of FGM. It also connects victims with rescue centres and gives legal and medical help to those who have been cut.

According to research, One in four Kenyan women and girls have undergone FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, even though it is illegal in the East African nation.

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JailBreak: 12 Inmate Escape In Alabama

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12 inmates escaped from the Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama on Sunday evening, leading to a massive manhunt and the recapturing of eight of them, authorities said.

Walker County Jail officials said that 12 inmates escaped at around 9:30 p.m. local time. Authorities have not said how the inmates were able to escape the prison.

According to officials at the Walker County Jail, the following escaped prisoners are still on the run:

Christopher Micheal Smith, 19 – in jail for attempted murder, first-degree burglary, unlawful breaking and entering, second-degree theft.

-Brady Andrew Kilpatrick, 24 – in jail for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

-Larry Inman Jr, 29 – in jail for two counts of receiving stolen property, attempting to elude, failure to appear.

– Ethan Howard Pearl, 24 – in jail for resisting arrest, obstructing government operations, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting prison contraband, failure to appear on fourth-degree theft.

While Eight of the runaway inmates were recaptured at 10:45 p.m. local time, about four hours after breaking out of the Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama about 33 miles northwest of Birmingham.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook page that a $500 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the escapees. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 205-302-6464.

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Elderly Man Shot His 28-year-old Wife In The Face Because ‘she Told Him He Didn’t Satisfy Her’

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72-year-old Clarence White who got fed up of his wife complaining about his inability to satisfy her sexually or financially ended up pulling the trigger on her.

The man is said to have grabbed a 22-caliber handgun and shot his much-younger wife in the face at their Bronx home on Thursday morning.

Sources told the New York Daily News that the shooting followed an argument between White and his 28-year-old wife over her growing dissatisfaction with his inability to satisfy her financially or sexually.

Responding officers who were called to the scene found Dominique White around 8:40 a.m. sitting on the floor in a hallway of their home on Glebe Ave. in Parkchester.

The young woman was shot in the right cheek and was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where she remained in critical but stable condition on Friday, while the suspect was arrested by the Police.

According to court documents, White told Cops “I shot my wife.’

He also told the Police that he and his wife were arguing in the hours leading up to the shooting. Money was tight after he lost his job. During the argument, his wife ordered him to move out which made him shot her in the face in anger.

Appearing before the Bronx Criminal Court on Friday, a judge ordered White held on $300,000 bail when he was arraigned on attempted murder, assault, harassment and weapons possession charges.

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Pics: Ivanka Trump celebrates her meeting with two Chibok Schoolgirls at the White House

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First Daughter of the United States, Ivanka Trump took to her IG page to celebrate her meeting with two Chibok girls who escaped from Boko Haram. Ivanka Trump met with Joy and Lydia at the White House last week. The two Chibok girls also met with US President, Donald Trump. Read what Ivanka Trump wrote after the cut..

Honored to have welcomed Joy and Lydia, two incredible young women from Chibok, Nigeria to the White House last week. They shared with me their remarkable journey in overcoming tremendous adversity, and I am in awe of their courage and heart. I look forward to watching them flourish as they begin a new chapter at Southeastern University this fall. Joy and Lydia, I am so proud of you both! Thank you for inspiring us with your story.

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Johnny Depp Jokes About Assassinating Trump

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American actor, Johnny Depp during the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday made a joke about killing President Donald Trump.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor asked a large crowd when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. Depp said to the crowd: “Can we bring Trump here? I think he needs help.
“It is just a question — I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you’re all part of it. But when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
He followed by saying that he is not an actor, but someone who lies for a living.
He said, it’s “been a while, and maybe it’s time.”
This comes recently after Comedian and CNN presenter Kathy Griffin got sacked after sharing graphic images of herself holding a severed head that looks like Trump.
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Read how a 5-year-old boy saved parents who overdosed on heroin

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Ohio Police in a new statement says a 5-year-old boy ran for two blocks in the dark to get help after finding his parents unconscious early on Thursday morning.
His grandfather Kenny Currey said the boy burst into his house saying, “Mom and dad’s dead, mom and dad’s dead!”. Currey then ran back to the house and what he found scared him to death: His stepdaughter and her partner had overdosed on heroin.

 

Middletown police went to the house where they found the boy’s 3-month-old sister sitting in a car seat, crying. They later found two adults who were unconscious.
“This 5-year-old child, a hero, saved 3 lives today. How can something so awesome be so sad all at the same time?. They are supposed to be her guardians and never let anything bad happen to her”  the police department posted on Facebook.
The father was revived after one dose of Narcan, a medication used to reverse heroin and other opiod overdoses, the police report said. The mother was given seven doses of Narcan and then transported to a hospital because she had not regained consciousness. She was later revived and was taken to jail, the report said.

In Middletown, police brought the 5-year-old boy and his baby sister to the station after the incident and gave the boy a badge for his bravery. The boy’s parents were arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment and disorderly conduct, police said, but more charges could be filed.

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