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It was a life-changing moment for David when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago. The Lagos state government said those detained had been engaging in "gay activities" and "permitting male persons to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature".
A second woman has accused Senator Al Franken of touching her inappropriately – this time, while he was a sitting senator. Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old resident of Frisco, Texas, told CNN that Mr Franken grabbed her rear end while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. The allegation comes days after radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden accused the Senator of kissing her and groping her without her consent in 2006, when he was working as a comedian.
By Maggie Fick and Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month's repeat presidential vote, paving the way for him to be sworn in next week. Chief Justice David Maraga said all six judges dismissed the two legal challenges to the vote. The opposition coalition NASA insisted the government was illegitimate.
An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Zimbabwe’s parliament could impeach Robert Mugabe and remove him from presidential office within two days, a ruling party official has said following the 93-year old president's shock refusal to stand down in an address to the nation. Paul Mangwana, Zanu-PF’s deputy secretary for legal affairs, told reporters at the party's Harare headquarters that impeachment could be set in motion as early as Tuesday amid claims Mr Mugabe avoided resigning on Sunday by swapping the script of his speech. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare, Sunday, Nov, 19, 2017 Credit: AP Mr Mugabe stunned the world and sparked confusion in Zimbabwe on Sunday night when he used a televised address - widely expected to be a resignation speech - to claim that the soft military coup against him did not represent a challenge to his authority and that he would preside over the party’s December congress as previously planned. Chris Mutsvangwa, the head of the country’s influential veterans association, called Mr Mugabe's refusal to stand down a "dereliction of duty" and said his organization would bring thousands of people back onto the streets in response. “We were disappointed yesterday in the midst of all those generals he appeared to swap [speeches]” he said at a press conference on Monday morning, referring to footage that showed Mr Mugabe shuffling a sheaf of A4 sheets before he began speaking on Sunday. People cheer soldiers during a march in the streets to demand that President Robert Mugabe resign and step down from power in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 19, 2017 Credit: Barcroft Media Addressing Mr Mugabe directly, he added: "Your time is up." Mr Mugabe has been under effective house arrest since the Zimbabwean military seized control of the country on Tuesday night in a coup designed to prevent him from installing his wife, Grace, as his successor. In an effort to retain a semblance of legitimacy for their actions, the generals have attempted to persuade Mr Mugabe to resign in accordance with the country’s constitution rather than to simply oust him in a classic coup d’etat. Tens of thousands marched through Harare demanding his resignation on Saturday, and Zanu PF has recalled him as leader of the party, though it has not expelled him. People cheer during a during a march in the streets to demand that President Robert Mugabe resign and step down from power in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 19, 2017 Credit: Barcroft Media MPs from Zanu PF gathered in Harare to discuss removing Mr Mugabe from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Monday afternoon after he ignored a deadline to step down. The party had demanded that Mr Mugabe resign by midday local time (10:AM GMT). MPs from the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, said they would meet on Tuesday to agree a position on a possible impeachment vote. Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, warned that infighting inside Zanu PF and differences with the military over how to handle the crisis should not be allowed to prevent a "fresh start" for the country. "It would be inimical to progress and the future of the country if all this action was about power retention at all costs," Mr Tsvangirai wrote on his party’s website. Zimbabwe’s constitution allows parliament to remove the president if two thirds of both houses find him unfit to carry out his duties. Parliament first would have to vote by a simple majority to appoint a select committee to investigate Mr Mugabe’s fitness to rule. Gen Constantino Chiwenga, head of the Zimbabwean military, looks on while Robert Mugabe reads a speech on Sunday Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Theresa May said on Monday that it was clear Mr Mugabe had lost the support of the Zimbabwean people but that the outcome of the crisis remained uncertain. "We don't yet know how developments in Zimbabwe are going to play out. What does appear clear is that Mugabe has lost the support of the people and of his party," said Jame Slack, Mrs May’s spokesman. Mr Slack said Britain "would appeal for everyone to refrain from violence and hope to see a peaceful and swift resolution to the situation." Kenneth Kaunda, a former president of Zambia, was expected to arrived in Harare on Monday in a bid to persuade Mr Mugabe to make a “dignified” exit.
The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.
Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention center near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said on Monday, after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were detained in 2014. Members of the group identified themselves as Turkish citizens and asked to be sent to Turkey but more than 100 were forcibly returned to China in July 2015, a move that sparked international condemnation, including from rights groups who feared they could face torture in China.
Robert Mugabe stunned the world on Sunday night by refusing to step aside as president of Zimbabwe, leaving him clinging to power despite being dismissed as leader of his own party. Instead, he used a televised address to acknowledge deep criticism of his leadership but promised to preside over next month’s congress of the ruling Zanu-PF party. The extraordinary spectacle of a 93-year-old ruler stumbling over his words while flanked by army generals suggests that a man whose reputation was forged as one of Africa’s liberation leaders is running out of time. Senior party figures say they will go ahead with impeachment proceedings, sparked by anger at the growing power amassed by Grace Mugabe. With the camera still rolling, Robert Mugabe apologised for missing several pages from his speech Credit: AP Photo During his speech, Mr Mugabe praised the country for the peaceful way it was dealing with the current crisis and said it was understandable that failures of the past had triggered anger. “We cannot be divided by bitterness or vengefulness, which would not make us any better party members, or any better Zimbabweans,” he said. A screen grab of Mr Mugabe's speech shown on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Credit: AFP He invoked the memory of the country’s liberation struggle in an effort to unite the warring factions. “I am confident that from tonight our whole nation at all levels gets refocused as we put shoulder to the wheel amidst the promising agricultural season of rain upon us. Let us all move forward reminding ourselves of our wartime mantra [you and I have work to do]. I thank you and good night.” With the camera still rolling, he apologised for missing several pages from his speech and said he hoped it could be corrected. The 93-year-old leader has been under house arrest since the army moved in on Tuesday, angered by his decision to dismiss Emmerson Mnangagwa, his long-term deputy, and position Mrs Mugabe, the first lady, to succeed him. Ruling party: Mugabe must resign as president by noon Monday 01:22 He appeared on TV hours after his own Zanu-PF party dismissed him as leader and said it would launch impeachment proceedings if he did not step down as president by noon today. Zimbabweans who took to the streets on Saturday to demand his resignation gathered around televisions in anticipation, but anger spread rapidly when the address ended without any sign that Mr Mugabe was standing down. The leader of Zimbabwe’s war veterans immediately said opponents would press on with impeachment. Chris Mutsvangwa, who has been leading a campaign to oust Mr Mugabe, told Reuters that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday. Douglas Mwonzora, secretary general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said the army generals had let down the country. “What this means is that Zanu-PF spoke too soon. They expected him to resign,” he said. However, a Zanu - PF insider who supports Mr Mugabe suggested it was part of a choreographed exit strategy “This means he stays in office until the congress where he can then retire with dignity rather then now in front of the generals standing over him," he said. Protesters demanding the resignation of Robert Mugabwe in Harare Credit: AFP Earlier, senior party figures gathered to deliver what they thought would be the fatal blow. As they removed him as party head, members of Zanu-PF’s central committee reminded delegates at a meeting in Harare of Mr Mugabe’s achievement in delivering independence and said they were meeting with a “heavy heart”. Obert Mpofu instead blamed Grace Mugabe and her associates who “have taken advantage of his frail condition”. About 200 members of the Zanu-PF central committee met at party headquarters in Harare. Delegates cheered and sang as Mr Mugabe was removed from his post and other figures loyal to the first lady, including a quarter of the cabinet, were expelled. Patrick Chinamasa, the reformist finance minister sacked last month, said he would ensure Mrs Mugabe was arrested if necessary. Mr Mugabe met Gen Constantino Chiwenga (R) on Thuesday Credit: AFP/ZBC As the central committee celebrated each expulsion, Mr Mugabe met army generals to negotiate the terms of his exit a few miles away at State House. Images from the state-run Herald newspaper showed the two sides shaking hands. Talks centred on security for Mr Mugabe’s family, access to his assets and possible protection from prosecution for him and his wife. Harare was subdued on Sunday and streets were empty after the largest demonstration 24 hours before. Impeachment requires two thirds of the members of the House of Assembly to impeach him and that process is expected to begin on Tuesday. It is not clear whether Mr Mugabe’s opponents will be able to bridge the political differences between Zanu-PF and the MDC to achieve the majority needed. David Coltart, a former education minister, said the speech was rambling and incomprehensible at times but still “classic Mugabe”. “He is too proud a man to be humiliated in this way, he has always lived for today without regard for tomorrow. And he was simply not prepared today to take that humiliation,” he said. Mr Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980. 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Adolfo Lagos, the head of struggling Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa's telecoms unit izzi, was shot dead on Sunday on the outskirts of Mexico City, the state attorney general's office said in a statement. The attorney general's office for the State of Mexico, which surrounds the capital, said it was investigating the homicide near the ancient Teotihuacan pyramids. In his Twitter profile photo, Lagos is shown riding a bike.
It's been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history. Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the "Unity March for Puerto Rico," a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm. SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a '10' but these numbers prove otherwise The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. A sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the US Capitol this morning. I’ve never quite seen anything like it. Thousands here for the #unitymarchforpuertorico to call on the rest of America to help the island. pic.twitter.com/jOlo0qoVvy — Kellie Meyer (@KellieMeyerNews) November 19, 2017 Yuge crowd. Yuge. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/ueedKhD3Hq — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2017 We are in DC marching for Unity with Puerto Rico & equality for our fellow American citizens! #ChefsForPuertoRico @HispanicFed @Lin_Manuel @EvelynMejil pic.twitter.com/eRlB7mhQDg — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 19, 2017 As of Nov. 19, two months after the storm made landfall, 50 percent of the island is still without power. Power lines that have been restored remain unstable, causing daily, widespread outages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 75 percent of the island will have power by the end of January. According to their website, Unity March organizers are calling for more aid in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the permanent repeal of the Jones Act (which slows down recovery efforts), and the cancellation of Puerto Rico's more than $70 billion in debt. President Donald Trump has previously criticized Puerto Rico's debt, suggesting that it could limit the aid it receives. In fact, that criticism is one of the factors that prompted Sunday's march. Big crowd. “Puerto Rico se levanta,” they shout in unison. PR rises. #UnityMarchForPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/yZHQ3J6huR — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 Sunday in Puerto Rico60 days after Maria Status.pr reports:*49% power generation (power outages are occurring almost daily) *91% of ppl have water (boil advisory remains in effect)Today, Puerto Ricans are marching in Washigton DC using the hashtag #UnityMarchforPuertoRico — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 19, 2017 Something tells me this crowd hasn’t forgotten about that paper towel stunt. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/YdWtFJL8Db — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 This is the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico. Sea of Puerto Rican flags outside the Capitol. Want to change “unjust laws” stifling recovery. pic.twitter.com/uKsknN27GC — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 The Trump administration recently requested $44 billion in hurricane aid from Congress, though much of it would be dedicated to recovery in Florida and Texas. The White House's request falls billions short of the aid sought by both Texas (Governor Abbot asked for $61 billion in aid) and Puerto Rico (Governor Rosselló requested $94 billion). According to the White House, Puerto Rico's damage assessment is still not completed, and more aid will be requested from Congress in the future. Puerto Ricans are Americans citizens who are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. Standing in solidarity with those attending the #UnityMarchforPuertoRico today. pic.twitter.com/ooO3R46lOd — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 19, 2017 The #UnityMarchforPuertoRico moves from the Capitol to the National Mall along Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/G5K6jPk98Z — NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) November 19, 2017 We march for a just recovery for PR, led by the people, and for the people of Puerto Rico. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico#Power4PuertoRico pic.twitter.com/xVon7Zxhqz — Hispanic Federation (@HispanicFed) November 19, 2017 Unfurled a huge flag outside the Lincoln Memorial. @Lin_Manuel was there, speaking about fundraising efforts. #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/2ic1HGaQCI — Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) November 19, 2017 And the march has taken us to the Lincoln Memorial #UnityMarchforPuertoRico pic.twitter.com/0hDfJn24Ph — Eric Waldo (@ewwaldo) November 19, 2017 Democratic and Republican lawmakers from areas affected by the Hurricane have called the White House's response "wholly inadequate." In response, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, "I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either." WATCH: Puerto Rico is recovering cell service... with balloons
A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday. The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital city, to discuss ending their relationship.
At least 15 women were killed and five injured Sunday in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira in western Morocco, authorities and witnesses said. A witness told AFP that hundreds of women had gathered at a village marketplace for a distribution of flour organised annually by a prominent benefactor from the region who lives in the commercial capital, Casablanca. "The local authorities on the spot were overwhelmed.
A commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Islamic State in Syria in recent days, Iranian media reported on Sunday. The Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s most powerful military force which also oversees an economic empire worth billions of dollars, have been fighting in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for several years. An Iranian official told the Tasnim news agency last year that more than 1,000 Iranians have been killed in Syria.
Squirrels could hold the key to helping stroke patients avoid brain damage, scientists believe. Researchers in the US have discovered that when squirrels hibernate a protective process occurs in their cells which allows their brain to function with reduced blood flow and oxygen. When they awaken the animals suffer no ill-effects despite being deprived of essential nutrients. During an ischemic stroke the blood supply, containing sugar and oxygen, is cut off to the brain, causing cells to die, which often leads to paralysis and speech problems. Scientists from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) believe that creating a drug which could trigger the same cellular changes of hibernating squirrels could prevent that brain damage. "If we could only turn on the process hibernators appear to use to protect their brains, we could help protect the brain during a stroke and ultimately help people recover," said first author Joshua Bernstock, a graduate student at NINDS. Around 100,000 people have strokes each year in Britain, and 85 per cent will suffer ischemic strokes, with almost two thirds of the survivors leaving hospital with a disability. There 1.2 million people currently living in the UK with the after-effects from a stroke. Two thirds of people leave hospital after having a stroke with a disability Credit: Peter DazeleyGetty Images Contributor Currently, the only way to minimize stroke-induced cell death is to remove the clot as soon as possible. But if a treatment could be quickly administered which helped the brain survive without blood and oxygen, outcomes for patients could be radically improved, experts believe. Researchers found that a cellular process called SUMOlyation goes into overdrive when squirrels hibernate, protecting their cells. They found that process could be boosted by the enzyme ebselen. When ebselen was injected into animal brain cells, they stayed alive, even when deprived of blood and oxygen. Further experiments also showed that ebselen boosted SUMOylation in the brains of healthy mice. "For decades scientists have been searching for an effective brain-protecting stroke therapy to no avail. said Dr Francesca Bosetti, program director at NINDS. “If the compound identified in this study successfully reduces tissue death and improves recovery in further experiments, it could lead to new approaches for preserving brain cells after an ischemic stroke." In numbers | Stroke Mr Bernstock said he hoped the research would encourage other scientists to look to nature to solve pressing medical problems. "As a physician-scientist, I really like to work on projects that have clear relevance for patients," he added. "I always want outcomes that can lend themselves to new therapeutics for people who are in need." The research was published in The FASEB Journal, the journal of the Foundation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State's last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hezbollah said on Sunday. The army had declared victory over Islamic State in Albu Kamal earlier this month but the jihadists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in the town.
An Argentine man holidaying in India has been gored to death by a bull in the popular tourist city of Jaipur, police said Sunday. The 29-year-old was walking along a street near Jaipur's main market on Saturday afternoon when he was attacked and seriously injured by the animal. The Argentine embassy had been informed of his death, The Press Trust of India reporred.
Jack Ruby told an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” on the day President John F Kennedy was assassinated, the latest release of JFK files reveals. Ruby, who went on to shoot and mortally wound Lee Harvey Oswald two days later, made the comments hours before the President was killed in Dallas, Texas. Although the President was assassinated on 22 November 1963, the interaction between Ruby and the FBI informant, identified as Bob Vanderslice, was not officially relayed to the FBI until March 1977.
The previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it. Resistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. It’s a finding that experts said might be driven by the popularity of first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the increasing prominence of military-style guns in the consumer market.
Rich businessmen around the world want Russia to turn its Tupolev-160 strategic bomber into a private jet. A senior Tupolev executive claims that the aircraft manufacturer has turned down many requests to civilianize its Tu-160 (NATO codename Blackjack), a long-range strategic bomber that resembles America's B-1 Lancer, and its TU-22M3 Backfire bomber.