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Israel pilgrimage postponed to August 12

Government has postponed the proposed Christian pilgrimage to Israel to August 12, 2017. The first batch of pilgrims was expected to leave Accra last Saturday, July 15. The new date, according to the Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Paul Essien, was due to some administrative challenges. Government in June announced plans to organise pilgrimages for Christians to enable them visit holy cities around the world. The move was met with criticism by sections of the public, who argued that it was an unnecessary use of state resources. But…

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US national sentenced for spying in Iran

A US national has been sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison on spying charges, Iranian officials have said. The individual, who had not been named, was also a citizen of another country, deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeie said on state television. Earlier this year, the authorities in Tehran said as many as 70 people they described as spies were serving sentences in the capital’s jails. The identities of only a handful of them have been made public. “This person, who was gathering information and was directly guided by…

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Trump’s Approval Ratings after six months are the worst of any president

Donald Trump’s approval rating has reached a historic new low in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with almost half of Americans believing the country to be weaker since he took office. According to the poll, just 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, down six points from Trump’s 100 days approval rating—which was itself the lowest for any president in polling history at that point. The only other president whose approval ratings were as poor six months into his tenure was Gerald Ford, whose approval ratings…

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‘Eight Dead’ At Senegal Football Stadium

Eight people have died and at least 49 are injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal. It happened at Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar, at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam. Fighting started between rival fans and police responded by using tear gas, which led to panic, a stampede, and the wall collapse. Some fans were throwing projectiles including stones at others. Pictures circulating online appear to show people scrambling over a low wall amid…

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Nigeria’s President Buhari to return ‘soon’ – Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” and will return home “very soon”, says Nigeria’s acting head of state Yemi Osinbajo. He made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday morning, after visiting Mr Buhari at the London hospital where he is being treated for an unspecified illness. Mr Osinbajo, now back in Nigeria, said he had discussed a wide range of issues during the hour-long meeting. Mr Buhari has been in London since May. The 74-year-old leader was elected to power in 2015, becoming the first Nigerian opposition leader…

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President Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter

President Donald Trump has been party to an eye-watering 4,000 lawsuits over the last 30 years, US media say. And now the mogul turned commander-in-chief has attracted one more, after seven people sued him for blocking them on Twitter.   Mr Trump is an avid user of the social media forum, which he deploys to praise allies and lambast critics. The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute, a free speech group at Columbia University. The seven Twitter users involved claim their accounts were blocked by the president,…

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Photos: The first ever gay Muslim wedding takes place in the United Kingdom

24-year-old Jahed Choudhury and 19-year-old Sean Rogan tied the knot in Walsall registryoffice in traditional Muslim attire. The pair, who’ve been together for two years, first met when Choudhury was crying on a bench in Darlaston. . He told Express and Star: “I’d not long overdosed and I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was okay.” Adding that Sean gave him hope at his lowest point and has stood by him ever since. Choudhury said that being an openly-gay Muslim made him feel…

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Man proposes to girlfriend while arrested (VIDEO)

An Oklahoma couple is showing the world that “through thick and thin” starts before marriage. Police officers were arresting Brandon Thompson, 35, at his Muskogee home on July 4 when he made an odd request. He wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Leandria Keith. A police body camera caught the moment Thompson got down on one knee. “I didn’t want to part ways with her not showing exactly how I feel for her,” Thompson told CNN by phone. “I want her to be my wife for the rest of my…

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Church of England to vote on transgender services

The Church of England’s governing body is due to vote on whether special services should be held for transgender people. Supporters of the services say the Church should offer a welcome to people to mark their transition. Others suggest the services would be counter to some parts of the Bible which state that humans are created as either male or female. The Church’s four-day general synod meeting in York started on Friday. The Church conducts multiple marriages, christenings, and blessings every day, and now it is being asked to add…

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Priest pulls gun in road rage incident

A North Carolina priest faces assault charges after he pulled out a gun in a road rage incident, officials say. They say the priest, William Rian Adams, was driving near Palm City in Florida when a pick-up truck that had been following his Chevrolet Corvette closely tried to overtake him. Mr Adams, 35, then “pointed a semi-automatic hand gun” at the two people in the other vehicle, police say. The priest was arrested on Friday after the victims reported the incident. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly…

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PHOTOS: Teachers strip female students to flog them for coming late to school

The below photos have sparked outrage online!  Why would someone strip young women to their underwear in public, just to punish for late-coming? Here’s what Song wrote on Facebook; ‘Only in Africa will you see this type of nonsense. Student stripped naked and flogged as part of school punishment. I really don’t care what they did but this is totally unacceptable. And it’s so funny why these grown ass students allowed themselves to be punished in this manner.’ According to Cameroonians who shared the photos online, the awful incident took place…

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