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World Cup Final: France Crowned World Champion after 4-2 Win Over Croatia


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There was to be no final, dramatic twist in a World Cup which has been full of joyous surprises and jaw-dropping late drama.

Twenty years after France won the first World Cup in its country's history, a youthful Les Bleus side beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow to win football's most prestigious prize for the second time.

This was the highest-scoring final since 1966 and an entertaining climax a wonderful tournament deserved. In 90 high-octane minutes there was a controversial VAR decision, an own goal, record-breaking feats, a pitch invasion and an underdog pushing a heavyweight to its limit.

A Mario Mandzukic's own goal and a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty either side of Ivan Perisic's wonderful long-range strike gave France a 2-1 lead at the break.

Arguably, France was undeservedly ahead but by the hour Les Bleus had scored two further goals, through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, to put France in command and the result in little doubt.

A dreadful error by captain Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to reduce the deficit in the 69th minute and though Croatia went in search of more goals in the closing 20 minutes France, despite nerves creeping in, refused to fold.

As the heavens opened, France celebrated wildly on the pitch and Didier Deschamps, who etched his name in the record books by becoming the third man to win the World Cup as a player and head coach, following Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer, was thrown into the air by his players and staff.

Mbappe, aged 19 years and 207 days, also further cemented his status as the most exciting young talent in world football with a long-range strike which made him the second-youngest player to score in a final after Pele, who scored as a 17-year-old in 1958.

Deservedly, the Paris Saint-Germain star was named the competition's best young player.

David vs. Goliath

This was a final not many would have predicted at the start of the tournament back in June, but Russia 2018 has had little respect for pedigree -- Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal were all toppled before the quarterfinals -- and so it made sense that this month-long competition would be brought to its conclusion with a David versus Goliath contest of sorts.

A gifted Croatian team, bidding to become the smallest country since Uruguay to win the sport's most coveted trophy, went toe-to-toe and often outplayed France, a top pick at the start of this competition and a nation contesting its third World Cup final.

As a country of four million, Croatia had overcome demographic and economic odds to reach the pinnacle and had come from behind in all three knockout games to reach this final, winning in extra-time on all three occasions.

But another comeback was a step too far for Zlatko Dalic's talented team.

Croatia on top, but France clinical

Croatia's journey to a first World Cup final was a fairytale. At 20 in the world rankings, it was the lowest-ranked team to reach a World Cup final, while manager Dalic was appointed just nine months ago following the sacking of his predecessor for poor results.

The early signs were that Croatia was going defy expectations once again.

Monopolizing possession and harrying its opponent on the rare occasions France had the ball, Croatia was the dominant side of the first half.

France's midfield of Pogba and N'Golo Kanté were outmuscled by Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and the outstanding Perisic, while Luka Modric -- named the player of the tournament -- was pulling the strings like the fine puppeteer he is.

But for all of Croatia's energy -- it had seven shots to France's one in the opening 45 minutes -- it was France that went into the break with the advantage.

Griezmann fortuitously earned a freekick 30 meters to the right of goal, even though replays showed Brozovic made no contact with the Atletico Madrid forward. He subsequently swung the freekick into the box and Mandzukic headed into his own net.

Perhaps it was fitting that at a World Cup where more set-piece goals have been scored than in any previous tournament the first goal of the final came from a dead-ball situation.

Ten minutes later, still bossing midfield, Croatia leveled with a brilliant strike.

Having made a dash to the byline, Sime Vrsaljko headed Modric's freekick into the box and following a series of ricochets the ball eventually fell to Perisic who, standing on the edge of the box, beautifully struck low into the far corner.

The midfielder celebrated a goal his performance deserved by pointing to his bruised thigh but, moments later, France's players were drawing the referee's attention to Perisic's left hand as they complained that the Inter Milan player had handled Griezmann's corner.

Replays showed there was contact, but whether Perisic deliberately handled was questionable.

Nevertheless, after consultation with VAR, the referee, Nestor Pitana, awarded a penalty and Griezmann stepped up to convert from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Croatia started the second half brightly -- twice Lloris was called into action before the clock had ticked past 50 minutes -- and it seemed only a matter of time before the scores would be level once again.

The match was brought to a halt temporarily because of a pitch invasion, which Pussy Riot later claimed responsibility for.

Within minutes, the final resumed and two France goals in six minutes killed Croatian hopes.

Griezmann and Mbappe combined to set up Pogba for a left-footed strike which made it 3-1 and soon France had a three-goal cushion as Mbappe, the teenager's pace putting Croatia on its heels after the break, fired home France's fourth.

Lloris added respectability to the scoreline as he dawdled over a backpass and gave the ball to the tireless Mandzukic, who became only the second player to score for his own side and the opposition in the same World Cup match.

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92 Year Old US Woman, Shoots Son Dead Over Decision to Put Her in Care Home


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A 92-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of her son after allegedly telling him "you took my life, so I'm taking yours” over his decision to place her in a care home.

Anna Mae Blessing is accused of shooting her 72-year-old son during an argument at their home in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona.

Police were called to the property at around 10am on Monday night by the son’s girlfriend, who reportedly disarmed Blessing in a struggle after the incident.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Blessing said she had been thinking about her son’s plan to place her in a home for a number of days prior.

She told detectives she then took two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe before confronting her son in his bedroom.

The nonagenarian had moved in with her son four months earlier and the girlfriend told officers she had “become difficult to live with”.

In her statement to police, the girlfriend said Blessing told her son she was tired of the way she was being treated by the pair.

The sheriff’s report said during the confrontation Blessing pulled out one of the pistols and fired multiple times at her son.

The son, who has not been named, was later found with a gunshot wound to the neck and jaw and pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said Blessing then pointed the pistol at her son’s girlfriend, which was knocked out her hand before reaching for the second pistol, which was also taken off her.

The girlfriend then called the police and Blessing was placed into custody.

Court documents said that as Blessing was escorted from the home she said to detectives that she had told to her son "you took my life, so I'm taking yours".

She explained she felt her life was effectively being ended by her son and his girlfriend's decision to place her in a home.

Asked what she thinks should happen to her and she told detectives she should be "put to sleep".

Blessing has since been charged with 1st degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping.

Maricopa Sheriff Paul Penzone said: “It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes.

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Michael Jackson's Father, Joe Jackson, Dead at 89


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Joe Jackson, the fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical dynasty, died Wednesday. He was 89.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press that Joe Jackson died at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

Fudenberg said he did not have full details, and a determination was not immediately made about whether his office would handle the case.

"We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death, but there is no reason to believe it's anything other than a natural death," the coroner said.

Jackson was a guitarist who put his own musical ambitions aside to work in the steel mills to support his wife and nine children in Gary, Indiana. But he far surpassed his own dreams through his children, particularly his exceptionally gifted seventh child, Michael. Fronted by the then-pint-sized wonder and brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie, the Jackson 5 was an instant sensation in 1969 and became the first phase of superstardom for the Jackson family. Over the following decades, millions would listen to both group and solo recordings by the Jackson 5 (who later became known as The Jacksons) and Michael would become one of the most popular entertainers in history.

Joe Jackson died two days after the nine-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.

The King of Pop's estate released a statement mourning the death.

"We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson's passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family. Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, to worldwide pop superstardom," said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the estate.

"Papa Joe," as he would become known, ruled through his stern, intimidating and unflinching presence, which became so indelible it was part of black popular culture, even referenced in song and on TV.

"This is bad, real bad Michael Jackson, Now I'm mad, real mad Joe Jackson," Kanye West rhymed in Keri Hilson's 2009 hit, "Knock You Down."

Michael and other siblings would allege physical abuse at their father's hands.

"We'd perform for him and he'd critique us. If you messed up, you got hit, sometimes with a belt, sometimes with a switch. My father was real strict with us -- real strict," Michael Jackson wrote in his 1985 autobiography, "Moonwalk."

La Toya Jackson would go as far as to accuse him of sexual abuse in the early 1990s, when she was estranged from her entire family, but she later recanted, saying her former husband had coerced her to make such claims. She and her father later reconciled.

By the time they were adults, most of the Jackson siblings had dismissed him as their manager; Michael and Joseph's relationship was famously fractured; Michael Jackson revered his mother, Katherine, but kept his distance from Joseph.

However, during some of his son's most difficult times, including his 2004 molestation trial, Joseph was by his side, and Michael acknowledged their complicated relationship in a 2001 speech about healthy relationships between parents and their children:

"I have begun to see that even my father's harshness was a kind of love, an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless. He pushed me because he loved me. Because he wanted no man ever to look down at his offspring," he said. "And now with time, rather than bitterness, I feel blessing. In the place of anger, I have found absolution. And in the place of revenge I have found reconciliation. And my initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness."

In his autobiography, Joseph Jackson acknowledged having been a stern parent, saying he believed it was the only way to prepare his children for the tough world of show business. However, he always denied physically abusing his children.

Joseph Walter Jackson was born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, on July 26, 1928, the eldest of four children. His father, Samuel Jackson, was a high school teacher, and his mother, Crystal Lee King, was a housewife.

The couple split up when Jackson was 12. He moved with his father to Oakland, California, while his mother moved to East Chicago, Indiana. When he turned 18, he moved to Indiana to live near his mother. It was there that he met and married Katherine Scruse.

In the 1950s, he had tried to launch his own music career as a guitarist, but he came to realize the truly gifted musicians in his family were his children.

He launched a group in 1962 that featured his three eldest sons -- Jackie, Tito and Jermaine -- and two neighbours. He eventually replaced the neighbours with brothers Michael and Marlon, and the Jackson Five went professional in 1966. By 1969, they had signed to Motown, when their bubble gum soul-pop hybrid would create Beatle-like mania, with hits including "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "I'll Be There."

Michael, who joined the group at age 8, was its showstopper from the beginning. A bright-eyed bundle of energy with a soaring voice and dynamic dance moves, he quickly became the lead singer.

Joe Jackson literally drove his kids to success, taking them around the country looking for singing engagements and recording opportunities.

Randy, the youngest Jackson brother, replaced Jermaine in the mid-1970s when the group left Motown and became The Jacksons at CBS; Jermaine, then married to founder Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel, stayed behind and launched a solo career.

While Michael's success as a solo performer would eventually dwarf that of the rest of his family, Janet would become another multiplatinum superstar; Joe Jackson initially managed her career, too, putting her in the Jacksons' variety show in the early 1970s, where she charmed with her Mae West routine, and shepherding her acting career on shows like "Good Times." But soon after she put out "Control," her breakthrough album at 19, she, too, would sever managerial ties with her father.

In a 2003 interview with Martin Bashir, Michael Jackson teared up when discussing the alleged abuse, saying he would sometimes vomit or faint at the sight of his father because he was so scared of him.

"We were terrified of him. Terrified, I can't tell you I don't think to this day he realizes how scared, scared," said Jackson, who added that his father would only allow him to call him by his first name, not "daddy."

The alleged abuse wasn't just physical. Michael Jackson, who drastically changed his face with plastic surgery through the years, talked several times about how his father would mock the size of his once-broad nose, calling him "big nose."

After Michael's death, Joseph Jackson sued when it was disclosed that he wasn't included in Michael's will. Michael's mother, Katherine, was given custody of Michael's three children and the money to support them. But none of the siblings were named as heirs.

Father and son seemed to have reconciled for a time when Michael Jackson was on trial on child molestation charges. His father was in court to lend him support nearly every day, and Michael was acquitted of all counts in 2005. But he left the country and when he returned, they weren't close.

Toward the end of his life, Michael did not allow his father to visit his Holmby Hills home. Bodyguards said they turned away Joseph Jackson when he appeared at the gate wanting to visit his grandchildren.

By 2005, no longer involved in his children's careers, Joseph Jackson had launched a boot camp for aspiring hip-hop artists, promoting lyrics without vulgarity and sponsoring competitions for young artists from across the country. He spent most of his time at a home in Las Vegas and travelled the country auditioning talent for the competition.

For many years before that, he and his wife had lived in an estate they built in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley where he had hoped his children would remain with him at least until they were married and perhaps even afterward. But there were estrangements, and Jackson, a dandy who wore a pencil-thin moustache and huge diamond pinky ring, faced allegations by his wife of infidelity. She filed for divorce twice but never followed through.

"We just let our troubles die out," Jackson said in 1988, following a reconciliation. "We survived. We love each other, and we have children. That's why we're together."

When Dr. Conrad Murray went on trial in 2010, charged in Michael's overdose death from propofol, Joseph and Katherine attended court with several of Michael's siblings. Murray's conviction of involuntary manslaughter provided some measure of comfort for the family.

Joe Jackson is survived by his wife, his children and more than two dozen grandchildren.

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White Police officer Pulls Over Daughter's Black Boyfriend for no Reason


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A police officer in Ohio was fired after he pulled his daughter's boyfriend with her in the car- briefly detaining the boyfriend- and driving off with his daughter locked in the back of his squad car.

Lorain officer,John Kovach Jr. pulled over his daughter's boyfriend Makai Coleman, 18, on April 18, without cause, and tells him he is 'going to jail.' Meanwhile his daughter, Katlyn Kovach, 18, is in the back seat of Coleman's car. When Coleman asks Kovach why he is going to jail, he responds: 'Have a seat in my car. We'll make sh** up as we go,' with Kovach's dashcam  picking up the full exchange.

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Tragedy In Toronto as Van HitsPedestrians Near Busy Intersection: Nine Dead and 16 Injured


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Police have confirmed that nine people are dead and 16 injured after a van mounted a sidewalk in north Toronto, crashing into pedestrians. A man, said to be the driver of the van, is in custody after a brief standoff with police.

The incident took place near the intersections of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East near 1.30 p.m. The area has been closed to traffic, and transit services in the vicinity have been suspended.

Toronto Paramedic Services spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said personnel had treated an unknown number of injuries, but declined to provide further detail. Several bodies covered by blankets could be seen in the area.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto says it has received 10 victims from the scene, with two pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Five more are in a critical condition, with a further two in serious conditions. 

Dr. Dan Cass, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Executive at Sunnybrook, addressed media at 5:10 p.m. He described how, shortly after the incident occurred, Toronto’s lead trauma centre was put on code orange. Labs, blood banks, ICU and operating rooms all prepped to receive 10 of the victims, two of whom arrived without vitals and were pronounced dead.

Additional critical care nurses have since been called in. All of the victims transported to Sunnybrook were adults. Dr. Cass called the tragedy “unprecedented,” but something hospital staff drill for. He praised the efforts of EMS and the Sunnybrook team, and expressed his sincere condolences for families. Not all of the injured have been identified, and not all the families have been notified.

Const. Caroline de Kloet did not provide details on the suspect’s identity or any charges that might be pending.

“We don’t know the cause or the reason for the collision, but we can confirm that the van has been located and the driver is in custody,” de Kloet said in an interview.

Eye-witnesses to the incident describe a scene of devastation.

Phil Zullo was driving north on Yonge Street early Monday afternoon when he said he observed police chasing a vehicle.

Moments later he said he realized why.

“I must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers,” Zullo said. “It was awful. Brutal. Just people everywhere. People — shoes and shirts and ball caps on the floor.”

Photos from the scene show paramedics treating several people on blood-stained sidewalks.

“I thought he had a heart attack or something so I was trying to chase him down in a way, tying to catch up,” one witness said at the scene. “He was going 70-80 clicks, he was just hitting people one by one…it was a nightmare.”

Andy Jibb was working in his home office on the 27th floor of a condo building near Yonge and Empress Ave. when the van went by.

“I just heard screaming and I ran out to my balcony and I saw the van, still heading south on the sidewalk,” he said. “I heard something being hit, and people screaming. From my balcony I could see five or six people on the ground.”

“There was a body at this corner, and another one,” Jibb said, pointing to Yonge and Empress. “And there was like four bodies in Mel Lastman Square. “Three of them are still there right now and one of them was put in an ambulance.”

“I could see the van heading down south, and it was like he had the brakes on. I could hear the tires squealing. It was like brake torque — like he was pumping on the brakes and the gas at the same time. I’ve been here for 14 years, and you don’t see anything like this happen.”

Jibb said he couldn’t tell from his viewpoint whether it was an accident or deliberate.

A visibly shaken Amir Farokhpour, 28, said he was taking a break from his furniture store job when he saw the van coming toward the sidewalk on the east side of Yonge, about two blocks south of Finch, where he was walking.

“He on purpose hit this guy here,” he said, referring to a body. The victim appeared to be in his 40s.

“He (a pedestrian trying to cross the street) flew, I would say, a good four or five metres. So he hit him pretty hard.”

“Then he tried to hit some ladies right here,” he said, pointing to the sidewalk in front of his store. “But he couldn’t hit them because there was a curb here.”

“I saw the van heading south and I heard bangs, so I’m guessing he hit hit some other people. I was here for the guy but he was dead in five, six seconds. I tried helping him, but he was dead. There was not much we could do.”

“It seemed like he was doing it on purpose, for sure. The whole front of the van was pretty badly damaged, so I’m pretty sure he hit some other people before he got here.”

“It’s hard. It’s the first time I’ve seen a dead body. I couldn’t feel my legs and hands before. I still can’t feel my hands. I was just going to the convenience store. It could have been me, you know,” Farokhpour said.

A video posted to Twitter from the scene shows the suspect in front of the van after the collisions, pointing what appears to be a gun. A lone police officer gets out of a police car in front of the suspect and points a gun at him.

“Get down. Get down or you will be shot,” the officer is heard to say.

The suspect shouts something inaudible, before moving towards the officer who continues to tell him to get down.

The man then throws down what he had been holding and gets down as the officer approaches and handcuffs him.

 

 

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Nigerian ‘Yahoo Boy’ on FBI’s Most Wanted List Apprehended in Australia


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He owned a hip hop record label and he lived the high life of luxury hotels, gambling, strippers and bling. But behind the glitz and the glamour Tobechi Enyinna Onwuhara was one of the FBI’s most wanted men, allegedly a fraudster who scammed at least $44 million through cyber crimes.

But the sophisticated con artist, who fled Florida in August 2008 amid an intense FBI investigation, has been caught in Sydney and sent back to the US to face a string of fraud charges.

Nigerian-born Tobechi Onwuhara, 33, was “provisionally arrested in response to a request from the United States Government” in December last year, according to a spokeswoman for the Australian Attorney-General’s department.

Mr Onwuhara is to face prosecution in the US for fraud related offences, including identity fraud and computer fraud, the spokeswoman said.

“On January 29, the Minister for Justice [Jason Clare] made a determination to surrender Mr Onwuhara to the US.

“As a matter of long standing practice, the Australian government does not comment on operational matters,” she said.

Fairfax Media understands Mr Onwuhara had been living it up in Sydney after disappearing in August 2008.

The FBI’s website now lists Mr Onwuhara as captured, but with scant detail of the arrest. They were offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

The source who tipped off Fairfax said Mr Onwuhara had been making regular trips to The Star casino as well as splashing cash at numerous popular nightclubs.

“He would bet at the Star under a different name, he was a regular, then one day he just disappeared and someone told us he wanted by the FBI,” a source said.

A spokeswoman for Echo entertainment, owner of The Star, did not return calls and emails. The US Consulate in Sydney also did not return calls.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman confirmed the AFP arrested Mr Onwuhara.

According to the FBI’s most wanted list Mr Onwuhara is wanted for his alleged involvement in an elaborate scheme that defrauded the financial industry out of tens of millions of dollars.

“Onwuhara is a key member of a group of Nigerians who allegedly have been conducting fraudulent banking activities from Florida and Texas, since 2005,” the FBI’s most wanted website states.

“It is alleged that the group has been using online internet databases to steal victims’ identities.

“Once acquired, they allegedly use the victims’ information to gain access to the victims’ ‘Home Equity Line of Credit’ accounts and wire transfer the money to accounts mainly located overseas, some in the United States.”

Some of Onwuhara’s alleged co-conspirators have been arrested, inside and outside of the United States, the FBI’s website states.

Onwuhara was charged federally with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest by the US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, on August 1, 2008.

 

 

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YouTube Shooter Visited Gun Range Before Attacking Strangers, Police Say


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The woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters Tuesday practiced shooting at a gun range hours before the attack, police said.

She then took her 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun to the Silicon Valley campus and shot three people she apparently didn't know, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said.

All this because Nasim Najafi Aghdam was upset with YouTube's practices and policies.

Nasim Najafi Aghdam shot and wounded three people before killing herself, police say.

"We know she was upset with YouTube, and now we've determined that was the motive," Barberini said.

Aghdam shot and wounded three people before killing herself. Two of her victims have been released from the hospital, and one remains in serious condition.

Barberini said the shooter did not have a link to the three people she shot.

Website reveals angst against YouTube

Police are investigating a website that appears to showthe same woman accusing YouTube of restricting her videos.

CNN is working to confirm the authenticity of the website, which lists four YouTube channels: one in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English and one devoted to hand art. It also lists an Instagram page that focuses on vegan life.

The woman's grievances against YouTube appear to focus on censorship and revenue.

"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!" one post reads. "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!"

Another post accuses "close-minded" YouTube employees of putting an age restriction on videos, saying it's aimed at reducing views and discouraging the woman from making new videos.

Differing reports on shooter's final hours

Aghdam's brother said he warned police his sister "might do something."

His concerns started over the weekend when Aghdam stopped answering her phone in Southern California, her brother told CNN affiliate KGTV.

Then, early Tuesday morning, Mountain View police said they found Aghdam in her car.

The discovery worried her brother.

"I Googled 'Mountain View,' and it was close to YouTube headquarters. And she had a problem with YouTube," said Aghdam's brother, who did not want to be identified.

He said he warned police that "she went all the way from San Diego, so she might do something."

But Mountain View police said they didn't notice anything alarming after encountering Aghdam, whose car was parked in a lot, around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

"At no point during our roughly 20 minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others," Mountain View police said. "Throughout our entire interaction with her, she was calm and cooperative."

Police discovered Aghdam had been reported missing from the San Diego area and called her family.

"At no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her (YouTube) videos," the department said.

An hour later, "Her father called us back to let us know that she made a series of vegan videos for her channel on YouTube, and that the company had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset," Mountain View Police said.

"Once again, at no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her videos. They remained calm throughout this second phone call."

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the father's home in Menifee much of the day. ATF Los Angeles spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun said the agency is assisting San Bruno police, who have obtained search warrants for several locations and vehicles in Southern California.

The family handed a statement to reporters Wednesday afternoon from the father that said the family was in "absolute shock and can't make sense of what has happened."

The family offered its regrets to the victims and said it was praying for their speedy recovery.

Family members also asked "God to bestow patience upon all persons hurt in this horrific senseless act," the statement said, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

YouTube senior software engineer Zach Voorhies said he bolted when the fire alarm blared shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"I went outside with my electric skateboard and I started skating down, because I thought it was a fire," Voorhies told CNN affiliate KPIX. "I heard some yelling and I saw somebody down on his back with a red spot on his stomach."

As they fled the building, he said, the shooter was in the courtyard yelling, " 'Come at me,' or 'come get me!' "

Product manager Todd Sherman said he was at his desk when he heard what sounded like rumbling as people ran.

"First thought was earthquake," Sherman said in a series of tweets. He dashed toward the exit, where someone said there was a person with a gun.

"At that point, every new person I saw was a potential shooter," he said. "I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs."

He fled downstairs, peeking around him to ensure the shooter was not around before dashing out of the building.

YouTube was founded in February 2005 and quickly became a major site for online videos. It was later purchased by Google.

More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube campus in San Bruno, south of San Francisco. Employees there include engineers for the site and sales teams that work with advertisers and content creators.

A statement from YouTube on Wednesday said the company would increase security at all its offices. Security protections already in place prevented the shooter from entering the building from the courtyard.

It said employees can take time off from work or work from home if they want.

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Outrage as Hunter kills Elephant in Ondo state (PHOTOS)


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A hunter is facing serious criticisms online for killing an Elephant in Ondo state. The hunter carried out the terrible act at Janiyi Camp, Idanre area of the state.

Members of the community claim that the Elephant was destroying crops in the area.

Many Nigerians have condemned the act as some have called for his immediate arrest.

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Crowd Gathers as Fayose Cuts His Hair at Local Barber Shop in Ekiti (PHOTOS)


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Crowd Gathers as Fayose Cuts His Hair at Local Barber Shop in Ekiti (PHOTOS)

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'Shocking, Incredible': Donald Trump Accepts Invitation to Talks Wiith North Korea’s Kim Jong-un


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Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sometime before May, a South Korean official said after a meeting at the White House. It would be the first time a sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea.

‘Shocking that Trump agreed’

Jenny Town, assistant director, US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS:

“It was a bit of a shock. It wasn’t shocking that Kim offered, it’s a bit of a shock that Trump agreed to it,” Town said. “Those of us who have been pushing for US-North Korea talks, this isn’t what we had in mind.”

“Trump needs to realise this will come with a lot of criticism, and Trump needs to be able to shoulder that. Clear, consistent messaging is going to be important, and Trump has not been shown to be adept at that.”

While Trump won’t be diving into the minutiae of what North Korea needs to do with its nuclear programme, Town said he should push for “a continued moratorium on nuclear and missile testing, a moratorium on space launch vehicles, stopping fissile material production and allowing inspectors back into the country”.

‘An incredible coup for Kim’

Jefferey Lewis, director of the east Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies:

“This is literally the end of a North Korean movie – North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, compelling the US president to come to Pyongyang,” said Lewis, referring to a series called The Country I Saw.

“It’s an incredible coup for Kim. The message is that Saddam and Qaddafi disarmed. They are dead,” he said. “Kim finished the nuclear weapons program. He gets a summit with the president of the United States.

“We should be talking to Pyongyang, but you don’t frontload the big concession.”

‘Guarded optimism’

Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation and former state department official.

We don’t have a lot of reasons to trust Kim, but we also want to avoid a disastrous conflict. We should look at this offer with guarded optimism and have realistic short-term goals,” Bell said.

“This offer was more than anyone was expecting and could have imagined and I will not deny that it seems a little too good to be true, but it is an offer worth pursuing in a careful and cautious manner. Maintaining a test freeze for as long as possible is in our interest.

“The hard work of real nuclear negotiations takes months, if not years,” she added. “The White House has to be prepared to endure a lot of long, slow-moving negotiations that may stall along the way.”

‘Smile, nod, but don’t agree to anything’

Mintaro Oba, former US diplomat who worked on North Korea policy.

“My advice to Donald Trump is this: nod, smile, and be open to any possibilities that help get us closer to denuclearisation and peace. And don’t agree to anything – or rule anything out – without taking the time to consult trusted advisers, especially career diplomats.

“It would be a shame if President Trump didn’t come to the summit with a bold, creative proposal designed to put the ball in North Korea’s court and test Pyongyang’s willingness to make progress.”

China, which was a major force in previous rounds of negotiations, seems to be left out this time, but Oba said: “China has always been comfortable with the division of the Korean Peninsula, but it wants to make sure the situation is stable and that tensions aren’t rising in a way that could endanger China’s security. Beijing will be happy with the latest progress.”

‘Kim may offer more’

Frank Aum, senior North Korea expert at the US Institute of Peace.

“Since Kim Jong-un has already made some concessions without getting anything in return, such as freezing nuclear and missile tests, and conceding that US-South Korea military exercises need to continue as scheduled, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kim Jong-un is prepared to offer many things during a summit meeting.

“North Korea’s price for giving up its weapons may be too high for the US to bear, such as the withdrawal of US forces from South Korea or the end of the US-South Korea Alliance,” Aum said.

“Or North Korea may not provide enough reassurances on the monitoring and verification aspects of denuclearisation. Or NK may agree to denuclearise over a longer period than the US would find acceptable.”

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After Seven-Year Trial, Court Sentences Charles Okah to Life Imprisonment


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After a trial that lasted more than seven years, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, finally sentenced Charles Okah and his accomplice, Obi Nwabueze, to life imprisonment for their complicity in the October 1, 2010 independence day bombings near the Eagle Square, Abuja, that resulted in the deaths of 12 persons.

The judge handed down the sentences yesterday, having found them guilty in five of the eight charges preferred against them by the federal government.

The judgment, which lasted for about six hours, has finally brought to a close the protracted trial over the independence day bombings in Abuja.

In contrast, Charles’ brother, Henry, who masterminded the bombings but was apprehended in South Africa where he was resident, was handed a 24-year prison sentence five years ago in that country.

Unsurprisingly, the Abuja trial judge lamented the tortuous journey that the court went through in ensuing that justice was served.

Okah, Nwabueze, Edmund Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis-Osvwo (aka General Gbokos) were initially arraigned before the court on December 7, 2010, over their alleged involvement in the bombings, which left 12 persons dead and several others injured during Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations.

However, while Francis-Osvwo had died in prison custody, Ebiware, who was tried separately, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Delivering his judgment yesterday, Justice Kolawole held that the prosecution, through the plethora of exhibits tendered and witnesses called during the trial, was able to prove its case against the two defendants beyond reasonable doubt.

He said though Charles Okah had called two witnesses including himself, while the second defendant had called four witnesses while the trial lasted, they were unable to prove their innocence.

The judge found Charles Okah guilty on counts one and eight, bordering on terrorism financing and perpetuating acts of terrorism in the October 1 bombings in Abuja, while Nwabueze was convicted on counts five, six and seven for the March 15, 2010 twin bomb blasts at the Delta State secretariat annex in Warri.

Having found the defendants guilty of the charges, the court consequently sentenced them to life imprisonment.

“They are accordingly convicted as charged,” held Justice Kolawole.

Also ruling on the plea for clemency by Messrs Emeka Okoroafor and Oghenevo Otemu, counsel to the first and second defendants, respectively, Justice Kolawole, said that the court was mindful, in applying the maximum sentence as prescribed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act, of the said offences, having earlier handed down a similar sentence on Ebiware in 2013.

The judge also held that to ensure justice was served in the eyes of those who were injured, had died or had lost loved ones, owing to the dastardly act perpetuated by the defendants and dissuade others from similar acts, the maximum punishment as prescribed by the law must be handed down.

Also citing the recent abduction of 110 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Dapchi town, Yobe State, Justice Kolawole stressed that the judiciary could not remain aloof to the increasing wave of violent crimes in the country and as such had to deliver judgments that would serve as deterrent to others.

The federal government’s amended eight-count charge was marked FHC/ABJ/CR/186/2010.

In the course of the trial, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Alex Izinyon (SAN) had called 17 witnesses to prove that the defendants actually committed the crime.

Following the closure of the prosecution’s case, the defendants however filed a no-case submission, which was dismissed by Justice Kolawole on June 1, 2017.

In dismissing the no-case submission, the court had held that the prosecution had made a prima facie case through the testimonies of witnesses, which linked the defendants to the charges that required them to offer explanations.

Consequently, the court ordered the defendants to open their defence on July 5, 2017.

On December 15, 2017, the defence team closed their case after calling seven witnesses, including the first defendant.

After taking the submissions of their counsel, Justice Kolawole had adjourned till yesterday for ruling.

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Senate Rejects Bill Making Trousers Optional for Female NYSC Members


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The Senate wednesday opposed an amendment to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act seeking to make putting on trousers optional, instead of compulsory, for female corps members.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba PDP) ,seeks to allow female corps members to be able to put on skirts as part of their uniform.

The bill failed to pass through second reading.
Bwacha argued that some of the uniforms and exercise regime violate the religious practices and beliefs of corps members, and violate the right of freedom of religion, thought and conscience guaranteed by the constitution.
This, he said, had become a basis for tension and controversy between the NYSC Directorate and corps members and members of the public.

Several lawmakers, however, argued against the bill, warning about the effect on other paramilitary and military agencies.

Senator Sam Egwu urged his colleagues not to vote for the bill.

“If we allow to this pass, for the sake of argument, we would soon tell the army to start wearing gowns,” he said.
Presiding, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said any issue with the NYSC was a constitutional amendment matter, which cannot be done with a bill.

He cited Section 9(2) of the constitution and said any such amendment has to go to the states.
The bill was defeated when it was put to voice vote.

Briefing journalists after plenary, Bwacha said the bill was misunderstood

“It has nothing to with Christianity or Islam, we discussed extensively with Senator Yerima (Sani) of Zamfara, and Senator Aliero Adamu, and myself who is a Christian, and we agreed that a lady can be allowed to put on a skirt even during drills, if it does not inconvenience her,” he said.

He disclosed his intention to reach out to the directorate to allow corps members who feel it runs contrary to their beliefs.

Bwacha also dispelled the domino effect, saying to join the armed forces is voluntary.

“If you feel the military conflicts your faith, you would not join it, she would either work in a bank or elsewhere. The NYSC is mandatory. Even in the military, they are allowed to wear skirts,” he said.

He claimed that several female corps members had chosen to drop out of compulsory youth service rather than contradict their faith, which affect their chances of employment.

The senator also disagreed that his bill was ill-timed, when considering the issues of insecurity bedevilling Nigeria.

“Everyone knows my position on that: My state (Taraba) is one of the worst hit. Are you saying we should stop discussing other issues, and only discuss insecurity whose solution we have not found? I have not hidden my position, I do not grandstand.

“The alternative is for the NYSC to allow corps members who do not want to wear trousers, to sew skirts, to cover the trousers, not expose their feminine physique. They can wear skirts and still go for drills, it can work.

“You don’t expose the feminine physique, you know the attitude with lust, if I see a lady with trousers and look at her buttocks standing like this (gesticulates), you begin to lust after her, this is true. So people are saying it is not good,” Bwacha argued.

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Photo Captures Gov. Ajimobi’s Son Kissing And Fondling His bride, Gov. Ganduje’s Daughter


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 Here is Gov. Ajimobi’s son, Idris, who has been pictured kissing and groping his new bride, Gov. Ganduje’s daughter, Fateema, after their wedding yesterday.

Meanwhile the couple who got married in Kano were carried away by the excitement of their union were seen engaging in Public Display of Affection (PDA), as photographers couldn’t help but catch glimpses of the romantic moment.

The Fatiha of Fatima and Idris, son of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, took place around 12.30 pm at the Kano Central Mosque.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the wedding proceedings were conducted by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and supported by the Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zaharaddeen.

Buhari, who represented the groom, gave out the N50,000 dowry to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who represented the bride on the occasion.

Among other important personalities in attendance were the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; 22 governors, 11 ministers and over 10 traditional rulers from across the country.

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Arrested Notorious Assassin Reveals He Killed 4 Persons for Ex-NURTW Boss


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The long arm of the law has caught up with a notorious assassin identified as Adeola Williams alias Ade lawyer who revealed in his confessional statement that he had killed four persons on the orders of former Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Akanni Olohunwa on different occasions.

Ade lawyer who also revealed that he had killed for some traditional rulers too noted that he had known Olohunwa while he was the chairman of NURTW, Lagos.

“I have carried out many killings for him, during the clash between him and Musiliu Akinsanya, alias MC, I killed two people for him. On this present one, he contracted me to kill Kunle Poly that he betrayed him.

“Olohunwa told me he brought Kunle Poly into NURTW and there is money he is entitled to as ex-chairman but they were not giving him the money anymore claiming that it was Kunle Poly that was blocking the money from getting to him from their office at Abule- Egba.

“He then said as a result of that, he does not want to see Kunle Poly, he asked me to come and meet him somewhere to discuss, but I told him I don’t have a car, he personally drove to where I was at Igbosere area to discuss with me on how to carry out the operation.”

The assassin added that; “He called me on his phone and I went to meet him in his car; that was how we discussed on how to carry out the attack on Kunle Poly. While I was about going out of his car he gave me N500,000 as part payment and promised to give me the remaining N1 million as agreed.

“After he had given me the money, he said he did not want to know about the operation, that was why he came to me personally. And I assured him that nobody would hear about the killing.

“We were supposed to carry out the operation on Tuesday, January 22, but we shifted it to the following day. We missed our target which is Kunle Poly but killed his aide Ganiyu Ayinla on the fateful day. Immediately, I called Olohunwa on phone to inform him about the development.

“Because I missed the target, he started behaving strangely to me whenever I called him. I later called him with my private line but he told me he did not want to talk to anybody and I told him not to be afraid, that whatever happened had happened, that he should come out to face it.”

Williams added that he tried calling Olohunwa to get his balance but couldn’t at the time but was surprised when Olohunwa sent his brother to give him a Toyota Camry car which the assassin refused requesting a Hyundai jeep instead.

“His brother who later brought the jeep said Olohunwa promised to settle me after which he would collect the car and the car has been with me for about three weeks now.”

The assassin also revealed how many people he had killed for Olohunwa: “I have killed four persons for him. I also killed for one Kazeem Eletu and Olumegbon.”

However, Olohunwa on his part, denied paying the assassin half a million naira as part payment to kill Kunle Poly.

He said: “The N500,000 I gave to Williams was not part payment to kill Kunle Poly.

“There was a time, when I was travelling to Ede, in Osun State, he called me that he had accident along Lagos-Ibadan expressway and he was disturbing my boy that they should tell me to do something for him.

“I did not do anything for him, I travelled to England. While abroad he was sending threatening massages to me that if I fail to give him he would kill me and my family members.

“When I came back, I called one of my boys to explain what was happening to him, that my boy said we should give him something because he’s a troublesome person. That was how I gave that my boy N500,000 to him so as to get some respise.

“I did not give him my car, it was my brother who gave him the car. I did not send my brother. I was sleeping when my son and one of my brothers came to wake me up that brother Skoda had given my car to Williams. “Immediately my brother gave him my car, I was looking for who to contact so as to retrieve it.

“And it was then I knew William was afraid of one person which is Abija that was how I called the said Abija and he promised to get it back for me but I have to be patient.

“What made me fear Williams most was when about nine people were coming from Ajah to the Island and the nine of them were shot dead by him and he also killed a branch chairman of NURTW at Oyingbo. With these two scenario I have been afraid of him since then.”

According to Mr. Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the suspects who were paraded at the commands headquarters yesterday were arrested based on confessional statements of other suspects arrested.

The Lagos CP said the interrogation of some suspects who were involved in an attack on January 23 which witnessed the killing of one Ganiyu Ayinla by unknown gunmen on Lagos Island led to the arrest of the suspects.

Edgal revealed that one Azeez Adekunle alias Kunle Poly a branch chairman of National Union who escaped death during the attack was the main target of the assassins.

 

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Armed Robbers Meet Their Waterloo


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They engaged the Police in bloody gun-shoot out challenge in Aba-Ngwa before been over powered. How can our people plan to frustrate and scare away our brothers and sisters from returning to Igboland. Thank God for Anambra-State Security.
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Some Libya Returnees Test Positive HIV/AIDS


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Some Nigerians deported from Libya have tested positive for HIV/AIDS.

Screening was carried out by Edo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA).

Alarmed by the discovery, the state said it has begun the process of recalling Libya returnees to make them undergo HIV/AIDS screening.

The Executive Officer of SACA, Mrs. Flora Oyakhilome, who addressed reporters while screening some returnees, said the government valued returnees’ health.

She said anyone with the virus would be treated.

Oyakhilome, who refused to disclose the number of those that tested positive for the virus, said screening was on.

She said: “We are making arrangement to recall those who have been deported, to have them tested for HIV/AIDS. We have discussed with the commissioner for Women Affairs.

“The woman said she is compiling the list so that they will have the data to know how to get these persons tested and integrated into the society

“We are here to look at the returnees from Libya to advise them and test them for HIV/AIDS. We feel their health is important, their lives are important. So, on that note, the government has said they should be brought here for screening so that they will enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

“In achieving a healthy lifestyle, they must be whole. So on that note, we decided to come in so as to collaborate with the committee to have them tested. If we find out that anybody tests positive for HIV/AIDS, we will refer the person to general hospital.

“We thank the government for this platform it has given us. We are still on. You can see that we are still working. We cannot disclose the number of those infected now because the work is still on.”

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Police Storm Kidnappers Den, Arrest Killers of Production Manager of N/Delta Petroleum Resources com


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A crack team of detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Intelligence Response team (IRT) on Monday storm some den of kidnappers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and arrested seven notorious armed robbers.

It was gathered that a yet to be ascertained members of the gang sustained bullet wounds during a bloody shootout with the police team.

It was gathered that members of the gang were allegedly  responsible for the abduction and murder of one Ubani Onyema, 64, who is the Production Manager of the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources in Port Harcourt.

 Those arrested are: 34 year old Nduka Alaribe aka Abiola who happens to be the gang leader, 
Godstime Eme, 35, the gang second in command, Nkere Uwam, 38, Wisdom Uchechi Chidi, 35, Ayakazi Woyin-Kuro, 32, Okpako Emperor, 37, and  Adimibe Kanayo ,30.

 The policemen recovered one AK47 rifle and two of the gang's operational vehicles used in the kidnap.

 It was gathered that the victim was abducted on October 16, 2017 in a village known as Woji in Port Harcourt.

 It was also gathered that after the victim had been kidnapped, the suspect demanded for a ransom of N100 million from the company before they would allow him go.

 An impeccable police source who took part in the operation told our correspondent that the ransom was later reduced to N10 million.

 The source said that the amount demanded for was allegedly paid to the suspect, through one of the gang's agent.

 On hearing about the unfortunate incident, the IGP,Ibrahim Idris directed the leader of the IRT team, Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police to investigate and bring all behind the kidnap to book.

 Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, who confirmed the arrest said that based on the IGP directives the team moves to Port Harcourt, stressing that through unrelenting follow up by the detectives led by Kyari eventually led to the arrest of seven Of the Kidnappers.

 He said: "The Suspects confessed to various roles each played in the kidnap, and admitted that the hostage, Ubani Onyema, died on the very day of his kidnap as a result of gun shot wounds he sustained during the kidnapping and they still went ahead to collect a ransom of 10 million."

 Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) disclosed that the suspects has confessed as to the role they played in the abduction of Ubani

 He said during interrogation Nduka Alaribe AKA Abiola admitted organizing the kidnap of Ubani.

He said that Nduka also admitted recruiting the hostage keepers, and that he was the one who brought the two cars used for the kidnap.

 "He led the gang members to pick up the ransom. Godstime Eme a university graduate, is the gang's second in command admitted that he purchased the pre-registered sim which he used in negotiating for the ransom. He also monitored the movement of late  Ubani Onyema on the day of his kidnap. Nkere Uwam works in the same company with the victim he gave information on victim's movement .

 "Wisdom Uchechi Chidi happens to be a notorious leader of Greenlanders cult gang who have been terrorizing residents of Ahoda-East LGA. He admitted that he provided the gang with the arms used in the kidnap.

Ayakazi Woyin-Kuro claimed to have assisted in the recruitment of gang members. While Okpako Emperor also worked in the same company was part of the plot to kidnap Ubani. Adimibe Kanayo also worked in the company was part of the plot to kidnap Ubani."

 Effort is ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members, to recover the remaining arms and the body of the Victim which they confessed to have dropped into the River.

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British Zoo Owner 'Turning to Stone' After Insect Bite in Indonesia Jungle Triggers Rare Disease


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A 37-year-old British zoo owner is slowly "turning to stone" after she was bitten by an insect while on a tiger trek in an Indonesian jungle in 2015.

Rebecca Willers was diagnosed in September with Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, also called scleroderma, a deadly incurable condition. The disease has left Willers with hands that feel like "they are made of rock".

Willers, who runs the Shepreth Wildlife Park in Cambridgeshire, said she did not know how long she would live, Mail Online reported.

"Even brushing my teeth is difficult – I'm unable to grip anything at all. Animals are my life but now I sit in the zoo's office filling in paperwork.

"My doctor has warned me that the next three years will be the most aggressive."

Willers is currently waiting for her test results to know if the disease has affected her internal organs.

According to Willers's doctor, Professor Christopher Denton, her immune system "went into overdrive" after spending a lot of time in the jungle. Willers feels that an insect bite could have triggered the condition.

"I was genetically disposed to the disease and it just needs something to set it off."

After she returned back to the UK, she suffered a series of unrelated ailments until she was diagnosed with scleroderma, Mail Online stated.

"I began googling it and was terrified. Some people die within two years," she said.

According to Denton, "It's an extremely dangerous disease and it kills around half of all sufferers."

Willers's has also cancelled her pension and is trying to put her house on the market so that she can arrange money for her tests and treatment.

What is scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a rare disease whose cause is not yet known. It is not contagious, infectious, cancerous, malignant or hereditary.

Willers on her Facebook page wrote, "Some of my close friends are now aware that I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease last month called Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis.

"The disease is a subtype of scleroderma, which affects my organs including heart, lungs, kidneys, GI tract, muscles and joints.

"I have been having lots of tests and still have a few more to do, however so far it looks like the disease is in its early stages, which is really amazing news. I start immunosuppressive therapy from today, and will be on this for life."

She added: "I'm embracing a very positive attitude as I'm acutely aware of how lucky I am to have been diagnosed so early. My symptoms began to manifest two years ago, however I'm still fortunate as many people are not lucky enough to have had such an early diagnosis.

"I would like to genuinely thank all my family and friends for their most incredible support.

"I have always been a very positive, upbeat person and there is no way this condition will change that about me, but I do know some people have found that a little hard to take – so I can only thank you for going through this process with me in the way that I have chosen."

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8-Year-Old Russian Girl's Heart Beats Outside Her Chest


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Virsaviya Borun, an eight-year-old Russian girl, suffers from a rare condition known as Pentalogy of Cantrell. This condition affects about six in a million people. She is currently in the United States to seek treatment.

Virsaviya's heart is only protected by a thin layer of skin. A part of her chest bones, a diaphragm and abdominal muscles are also missing, Straits Times reports.

A video posted on YouTube on 18 September shows Virsaviya's heart pushing out of her chest as she laughs. The video has received over 600,000 views.

She also featured in the BBC series Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook in February this year.

"This is my heart. I'm the only one that has this," she said. "When I'm getting dressed, I put soft clothes on to not hurt my heart," the girl said.

"I walk around, I jump, I fly, I run, I'm not supposed to run but I love running."

Virsaviya's condition first came to light in the year 2015. Dari Borun, the girl's mother had launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money for her medical bills, according to Straits Times.

"It's not easy for Virsaviya to live with her heart on the outside because it's really fragile. She has to be careful as of course she can fall and it can be really dangerous - she can die from that," her mother said.

What is Pentalogy of Cantrell?

This rare condition is present at birth and is characterised by a combination of birth defects. The exact cause of this condition is not known and in most cases, it is believed to occur sporadically, according to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD).

The defects can involve five anomalies: Deficiency of the anterior diaphragm (muscle separating chest cavity from abdomen), a midline supraumbilical abdominal wall defect, a defect in the diaphragmatic pericardium, various congenital intracardiac abnormalities, and a defect of the lower sternum (breastbone). If all the five defects are present, it is referred to as a complete Pentalogy of Cantrell.

Signs and Symptoms:

The symptoms differ from person to person. Some infants may have mild defects with incomplete expression of the disorder while others may have serious, life-threatening complications. The affected infants may not necessarily have all of the symptoms.

The most severe expression of Pentalogy of Cantrell shows up at birth with ectopia cordis and omphalocele, according to NORD.

Ectopia cordis is a severe condition in which the heart is partially or completely outside of the thoracic cavity. In this condition, the heart is not protected by the chest wall and this disorder is quite often associated with pentalogy of Cantrell. Virsaviya's is suffering from Ectopia cordis.

Omphalocele is an abdominal wall defect in which parts of the intestines and abdominal organs of the infant stick out through the bellybutton. The intestines and organs are covered by a thin membrane or sac. The condition may be small, in which the intestines stick out, or large, in which both intestines and abdominal organs stick out.

According to NORD, another abnormality is the absence of the cartilage prominence at the end of the sternum. The others consist a hole in the heart, hole in the diaphragm, and more. These defects lead to the underdevelopment of the lungs that causes breathing difficulties. Blood vessel issues, and impaired function of the heart are other signs of this condition.

Infants with suffering from this disorder are at a risk of developing widespread internal infection of the abdominal cavity.

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