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Jussie Smollett leaves Cook county jail last month following his release in Chicago. Kamil Krzaczyński-AP

US grand jury indicts Jussic Smollett for alleged hate attack hoax

A Chicago grand jury on Friday indicted American actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime.
R&B superstar R. Kelly denied allegations he sexually abused women and girls in his first public comments since being indicted last month.

R. Kelly denies sex abuse charges

R&B superstar R. Kelly denied allegations he sexually abused women and girls in his first public comments since being indicted last month.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in New York on March 2 [Reuters-Andrew Kelly]

Bernie Sanders kicks off 2020 presidential campaign

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign on Saturday not far from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn, and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after his sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. – US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered a blistering attack on his former boss as he was sentenced to three years in prison on December 12, 2018 for multiple crimes. “It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” Cohen said as he pleaded for leniency before US District Judge William H. Pauley III.Cohen, 52, said he was taking responsiblity for his crimes “including those implicating the President of the United States of America.” (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Michael Cohen set to expose Donald Trump as conman, racist, liar

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will tell Congress today that the president is a “racist” and “conman” and knew in advance that WikiLeaks would publish dirt on Hillary Clinton, US media reported.
Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP

Pope compares child sex abuse to ‘human sacrifice’, vows action

Pope Francis on Sunday vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to “human sacrifice”.
Jussie Smollett is pictured in a police mugshot after being charged with making a false police report. Chicago Police Department

Police: Jussie Smollett staged hoax attack as ‘publicity stunt…to promote his career’

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson blasted Jussie Smollett in an emotional press conference on Thursday in which he said that Smollett's alleged staging of a hoax attack was a "publicity stunt...to promote his career."
Jussie Smollett

Actor Jussie Smollett arrested, accused of lying to Chicago police

Actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said.
Jussie Smollett

Empire actor charged with making false police report

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.
AURORA, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 15: Workers are escorted from the property after a shooting the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were reported dead and 5 police officers wounded from the shooting. The gunman has been identified as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old man believed to be an employee at the company. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country’s latest mass shooting.
Police said the gunman killed five people after being fired from his job [Matt Marton- AP Photo]

Employee kills five co-workers in US shooting

A gunman opened fire at a suburban Chicago factory after being fired from his job there on Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was killed by police, authorities said.
R. Kelly

Sony Music drops R. Kelly over alleged sexual abuse

Popular American multiple Grammy Award Winner, Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as R. Kelly, has been dropped by his Record Label, Sony Music.

Ghana urges people of African heritage to ‘come home’

Sicley Williams was ready to escape what she found an unfriendly climate in the United States and take a leap of faith, leaving her native Chicago for Ghana.

90-year-old US cyclist fails doping test, loses crown

Carl Grove, a 90-year-old American cyclist, has been stripped of his age-group title and world record from the US Masters Track Championships after failing a doping test.
Spain's Rafael Nadal practices at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2018, on the eve of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. - AFP PHOTO - Ben STANSALL -

Rafael Nadal to join Roger Federer in 2019 Laver Cup

Spaniard Rafael Nadal will team up with perennial rival Roger Federer for the third edition of the Laver Cup in Geneva next year.
Tirso Martinez-Sanchez testifies during the trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. Reuters

Witness: El Chapo ran a cocaine train from Mexico to New York

Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman ran a cocaine train all the way from Mexico to New York City, a witness testified Monday.
Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney oversaw the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, as well as a broader naval coalition there that includes more than 20,000 United States and allied maritime forces. Credit Sgt. Wesley Timm/U.S. Marine Corps Image Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney oversaw the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, as well as a broader naval coalition there that includes more than 20,000 United States and allied maritime forces.CreditCreditSgt. Wesley Timm/U.S. Marine Corps

US Navy’s Middle East chief Scott Stearney found dead in Bahrain

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, who oversaw US Navy forces in the Middle East, was found dead on Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, according to navy officials.
President Donald Trump (C) surveys the damage from the Woolsey fire in Malibu on November 17, 2018. (Photo by Genaro Molina - POOL - AFP)

Donald Trump visits fire-wracked California, blames mismanagement

“They’re telling me this is not as bad as some areas; some areas are even beyond this, they’re just charred,” he added after looking at a street lined with melted cars, tree stumps and the foundations of wrecked houses.
President Donald Trump (C) surveys the damage from the Woolsey fire in Malibu on November 17, 2018. (Photo by Genaro Molina - POOL - AFP)

Donald Trump visits fire-wracked California, blames mismanagement

President Donald Trump expressed sadness Saturday at the devastation caused by fires in a California town, but persisted in his controversial claim that forest mismanagement is responsible for the tragedy which has left 76 dead and more than 1,000 listed as missing.

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Adamawa elections: APC rejects governorship supplementary polls date

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Woman abused in viral nude video begs for justice

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A lawyer walks through the compound at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

N8 billion scam: Court dismisses defendant’s objection to EFCC evidence

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NiMet warns against non-compliance to weather information

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