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Whooping cough outbreaks kill 11 children in Nigeria

Report reaching us indicate that, health officials in Kiru area of Nigeria’s northern Kano State say 11 children have been killed by whooping cough, which is highly infectious and spread by spit or cough droplets.According to the reports, an estimated of about 40 others are also receiving treatment.We learnt that, the outbreak in Kano is attributed to poor routine immunisation and poor health services.Meanwhile, Kano state health authorities say, they are making efforts to contain the outbreak.

Uhuru Kenyatta advice Kenyans to desist from poll violence

According to KNTV report that, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the crowds at the Heroes' Day celebrations in central, Nairobi, that his administration is ready to counter any threats to national security as the country prepares for the re-run of presidential elections next Thursday.However, Mr Kenyatta said, "The security forces have been reinforced and appropriately deployed to maintain law and order".He also said, anybody caught causing  violence will face the rot of the law and would not be spared.The president said he would not allow a repeat of the painful past where lives and property had been lost.According to BBC report, after elections in December 2007, more than 1,500 died in post-poll, in ethnically driven violence.Mr Kenyatta also warned those threatening election officials.On Wednesday, an electoral commissioner fled the country to the US, saying she had received death threats.Mr Kenyatta's main rival Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the poll, s…

Jacob Zuma is not ready to sack his deputy

According to Reuters news agency, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is not about to sack his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa as recently reported by local media.However, Mr Jacob Zuma's spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said: "It's rumours and gossip and we don't comment on them at all".According to BBC report, the deputy president is a front runner in December's African National Congress (ANC) leadership contest to takeover from Jacob Zuma.We learnt that, Mr Jacob Zuma body language shows that, he is favouring Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, his ex-wife, to become the leader of the governing party.

President Uhuru Kenyatta meet judges who annulled his re-election at Heroes Days celebrations

KNTv report revealed that, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has addressed the country during the official celebrations of Heroes' Day in the capital, Nairobi.Report also confirmed that, among the dignitaries at the event was Chief Justice David Maraga, one of the four judges who last month annulled Mr Kenyatta's victory in the August presidential election.According to BBC report, the decision by the judges to annulled presidential election, angered Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and he ended up calling the judges "crooks" and accusing them of instituting a "judicial coup".However, Mr Kenyatta also vowed to "fix" the court following his anticipated victory in the re-run of the vote next week.Mr Maraga has criticised the comments, saying he is ready to defend the rule of law.

27 EU leaders have gathered in Brussels to assess progress on Brexit negotiation

Just In: Report reaching us disclosed that, Theresa May made a personal appeal to EU leaders for the Brexit talks to move on to the subject of trade at a working dinner in Brussels.However, the prime minister is reported to have asked for a deal she could "defend" to the British people, BBC report said.Thus, EU leaders said, on Friday there had not been enough progress in negotiations to start discussing trade with the UK.BBC report that, the EU leaders have agreed to begin talking about it among themselves.Meanwhile, the other 27 EU leaders have gathered in Brussels for a crunch summit to assess the progress made so far in Brexit negotiations with the UK, which is due to leave the EU in March 2019, following last year's referendum result, according to BBC report.

Irishman jailed four years ago in Egypt get his freedom

Report reaching us revealed that, Ibrahim Halawa, an Irishman who has spent more than four years in prison in Egypt, has been freed.Report also said, Mr Halawa, who is from Dublin, was arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo in 2013.However, the Irish teenager was accused along with 500 others, including three of his three sisters, of inciting violence, riot and sabotage.The 21-year-old was acquitted of all charges more than a month ago, but his release was delayed.In a reaction to the the issues, the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar said Mr Halawa was receiving "full consular assistance".Mr Leo added that, "We're helping him to get back to Ireland where he will be reunited with his family".

George Bush and Barack Obama have voice out over US divisions

Report reaching us indicate that, US ex-Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush cry out over the current political climate in the US.BBC report said, Mr Barack Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life.Report also revealed that, both ex-president speaked separately. But, they do not mentioned President Trump by name.At the time of this report, Mr Trump, who has been critical of his two predecessors, is yet to comment.Ex-presidents traditionally shy away from commenting publicly on their successors, and Mr Obama said on leaving office he would extend that courtesy for a time to Mr Trump, as George W Bush had to him.However, Mr Barack Obama has broken his silence since to issue statements on Mr Trump's efforts to dismantle Obamacare, as well as his controversial "Muslim ban" and decision to abandon the Paris climate accord.Mr Barack Obama said, &quo…

Danny Jordan overpowered and painfully raped me - South Africa singer

Local media reports revealed that, a South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country's football boss Danny Jordan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago.The singer alleged that, Danny Jordan "overpowered" her and "painfully" raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city.However, Mr Danny Jordan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment.According to BBC report, Ms Ferguson, now living in Sweden, said, she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out.Jennifer however, said the attack took place when she was "high and happy" following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa's first democratically elected parliament in 1994.Mr Jordan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association, came to her hotel suite after she had given a performance at …

Kenyan opposition leader held a meeting with electoral body

According to BBC report, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has held consultations with the chairman of the electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati.However, Mr Chebukati confirmed through a tweet that the meeting took place. He said they discussed electoral matters.He added that, he looks forward to meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.He also said, a joint meeting will be held afterwards.Meanwhile, Mr Kenyatta had turned down Mr Chebukati's request for the political leaders to meet today.The opposition leader withdrew from next week’s presidential election and called for mass protests on the day of the poll.

Johannesburg mayor promise to deport illegal immigrants

Local media reports revealed that, a Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba promise to enforce the deportation of undocumented foreigners in the city by taking action in court.South Africa Eyewitness News report said, Mr Mashaba criticised South Africa's home affairs ministry:He also said, "We’re under chaos now, people are running all over the show with no documentation, so I want to bring back the rule of law".Mr Mashaba added that, his lawyers will be launching a High Court application against Home Affairs Minister Ayanda Dlodlo next week.Mr Mashaba wants to improve Johannesburg's central business district, and told Eyewitness News that he only has a duty to provide housing to people evicted from buildings in the area if they are South African nationals.

Couple sentences to jail in Tunisia for kissing in car

According to BBC report, an appeal court in Tunis has upheld the public indecency conviction of a couple arrested in September for kissing in a car.However, Nessim Ouadi, who is a French national, was also accused of refusing to obey police after they apprehended him and his Tunisian girlfriend.Report also revealed that, the couple were given lighter sentences, four months for the man and two for the woman, than the original terms handed out at their October trial.BBC news report said, the case prompted widespread outrage on social media and triggered a debate in Tunisia over public morality and the role of the police.The public prosecutor said, the case had been misrepresented in the international press and that the couple had been naked and engaged in a sexual act when stopped, BBC added.

43 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a twin bomb attack

Local media reports revealed that, an estimated of about 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed after two suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted a military base in the southern province of Kandahar.Afghan defence ministry said, at least Nine soldiers were wounded and six were missing. Ten militants were also said to have died.Report also said, the attack happened in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district, is the third major assault on Afghan security forces this week.The Taliban said, it was behind the early morning bloodshed.

Spanish government set to suspend Catalonia autonomy

Report reaching us indicate that, Spain authorities is to start suspending Catalonia's autonomy from Saturday, as the region's leader threatens to declare independence.However, Spain government said, ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region, according to BBC report. Notwithstanding, the Catalonia's leader said, the region's parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued "repression".Catalans voted to secede in a referendum deemed illegal by Spain.But, some fear the latest moves could spark further unrest after mass demonstrations before and since the ballot on 1 October.According to BBC report, "the central government wants to minimise the risk of large-scale demonstrations, our correspondent says. Civil servants and government lawyers have thought long and hard about what measures to adopt and when and how they should be implemented".

PDP endorsed Gbenga Daniel as party chairman in the upcoming convention

According to report from social media, a former Minister of Police Affairs Minister, Adamu Maina Waziri, warn PDP in Abuja on Wednesday at the declaration of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, for the office of the national chairman of the party.Mr Waziri warned that, the zone would be the loser in the event of the inability of any of the aspirants from the zone to emerge victorious at the December convention.He said, “If, for any reason, Gbenga Daniel fails in his bid to become the national chairman, it is Daniel that would lose. But if none of the about six aspirants from the South-West fails to win, the South-West will be the loser".He called on the aspirants from the zone to close ranks and present a common front at the convention in the interest of the party.Also speaking at the declaration event, a former Aviation Minister and a chieftain of the party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, lauded the leadership acumen of Daniel even as he charged the PDP to shun divisi…

Nigeria PDP reacted to former President Obasanjo's comment

Report reaching us disclosed that, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not force former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return as its member.However, the opposition party said, it would respect the decision of the former President, but added that whether he returned or not, PDP would not die.Obasanjo had on Tuesday vowed never to return to the party, saying he would rather remain a statesman, working for the interest of the nation.He spoke with journalists after he held a meeting with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, behind closed doors at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.Former President Obasanjo said, “I have said no partisan politics for me again, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us apart. And anything that concerns Nigeria, the good of Nigeria, you’ll see my involvement".He added, “So, the chairman has come to greet me and I greet am, and now that we have greeted ourselves, the chairman will be goin…

African countries has agreed to scrap phone call roaming charges

The East African Newspaper reports revealed that, the phone calls across African borders could become cheaper, as ministers have discussed making an agreement to abolish roaming charges.The Newspaper said, this emerged from a meeting of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (comesa), which has been taking place in Lusaka, Zambia.Meanwhile, the Ecowas, which is a group of 15 West African states, agreed to abolish phone roaming fees from the beginning of 2018, according to BBC report.However, the wider agreement could be between 40 countries.

British experts kidnapped by militants in Nigeria

Official police report said, Four people, believed to be British, have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state.However, report also said, the four were reportedly taken at about 02:00 local time on Friday when suspected militants stormed a rural community they were living in.At the time of this report, British embassy has not commented on the incident.Andrew Aniamaka, a police spokesman in Nigeria, said officers had identified a militant group, calling themselves the Karowei, as the main suspects.Police authority said, "No ransom demand had yet been made".

Theresa May promise to make it easy for EU citizens to remain in UK

Report reaching us indicate that, Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders.However, on a social media, the prime minister insisted the application process for settled status would be "streamlined" and the cost "as low as possible".The British PM said, representatives of EU citizens will sit on a "user group" which will iron out any problems in the system.Report also said, other 27 EU leaders will assess overall progress in the talks so far.BBC report said, at a meeting on Friday, the UK will not be present, they are expected to conclude officially that "insufficient progress" has been made on the status of EU nationals in the UK and British expats on the continent - and other separation issues - to move onto the second phase of trade discussions.

Kenyan electoral commission senior official resigned, flee to US

According to BBC report, a senior member of Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC), Roselyn Akombe has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week.However, Roselyn Akombe said, the IEBC was under political "siege", unable to reach consensus or take any decisions.She told journalists that, she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats."There is a very high likelihood that the mistakes that some of the presiding officers made during the last election will be repeated".She added: "I have tried the best I could do given the circumstances. Sometimes, you walk away, especially when potentially lives are at stake. The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege".Roselyn said, "The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017".Less than ten days ago, the opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of th…

Nigerian Northern governor's meet in Bauchi this week

Report reaching us indicate that the Northern governor's wife held their meeting in Bauchi between 16th and 17th of October, 2017.We learnt that, the Nigerian Northern governor's wife went into a closed doors meeting during which a new exco was elected.However, the wife of Bauchi state Governor H.E. Haj Hadiza Abubakar emerged the new Chairperson.After the new leaders was elected, then other issues was put on ground. These include updates and next steps on the ongoing program against Drug Abuse, advocacy on Immunization rounds going on nationally, completing legal framework and constitution of the forum and furnishing the secretariat recently given to the forum by the wife of the president H.E. Haj Aisha Buhari. The meeting was followed by a guided tour of the Yankari Games Reserve and a gala night. On the second day, the First Ladies paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji (Dr.) Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu. The Chairperson Haj Hadiza Abubakar solicited his support and …

Ivanka Trump disclosed her punk hair style in 1990s

According to BBC report, Ivanka Trump has revealed she once had a "punk phase" during the 1990s.Writing in her mum Ivana's book Raising Trump, she said she loved Nirvana, and dyed her hair blue as well.However, many online are questioning whether she actually was a punk, and have pointed out Nirvana were grunge, not punk.Ivanka in her write up, said, "My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts".She said, "One day after school, I dyed my hair blue. Mom wasn't a fan of this decision".The president's daughter said she was "inconsolable" when Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life in 1994.She added: "It was a shock and I was distraught. Mom had no idea who Kurt Cobain was, and she sympathised only so much"."After 24 hours of my crying inconsolably in my room, alone - major melodrama - Mom had to pull me out of there to go down to dinner".She was 12 years old at the time.

A Star Wars Story revealed

Report reaching us indicate that, the title of the Star Wars spin off-film about the young Han Solo has been revealed as Solo: A Star Wars Story.However, the movie will star Alden Ehrenreich as the title character alongside Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke.BBC report said, director Ron Howard made the announcement in a video shared on Twitter.Ron Howard also said the movie had now wrapped and will go into editing. It's due to be released on May 25 2018.But, the Solo's title follows the "A Star Wars Story" format set by Rogue One, the first spin-off movie set in the Star Wars universe but occurring outside the main franchise.Report also said, the movies focus on the same Star Wars fictional history, but don't centre on the Skywalker family and the central storylines from the main films.

A gangster shooting take place at South Africa's airport

The police authority confirmed that, Two men have been wounded after a shooting at South Africa’s busy Cape Town International Airport.According to News24 website, "It is believed to be gang-related".News24 report that, some suspected Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome "Donkie" Booysen was shot four times after apparently being chased into the airport.Report also said, "This is the third time that Mr Booysen, who is now in hospital, has been targeted".Meanwhile, police department said, "A man, about 50 years of age, was shot in a drive-by shooting and in the process a bystander, a 30-year-old man".BBC report that, police said, operations at the airport in Cape Town, a tourism hub, had not been affected by the early morning shooting.

Magadascar plague outbreak killed 74 people

Country health ministry revealed that, the plague outbreak in Madagascar has now killed 74 people, with 805 cases recorded in more than two months.However, one week ago, the death toll stood at 33 with 230 people infected.According to the reports, there are normally about 400 cases of plague every year on the Indian Ocean island nation.BBC report said, this year the majority of cases are of pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs and is transmitted through coughing.Moreover, the current outbreak is unusual as it has affected urban areas, including the capital, Antananarivo, the World Health Organization says.Public gatherings have also been banned and schools and universities are shut.The less deadly bubonic plague, which is more common on the island, is often spread by rodents fleeing forest fires.Humans usually become ill after being bitten by infected fleas.

Australian fishermen boat capsized, six men missing

An official report revealed that, six fishermen are missing after their trawler capsized and sank off the east coast of Australia.According to Australia authorities, the seventh person managed to survive being stranded for about 12 hours in waters near the Queensland town of Seventeen Seventy.A local media reports said, "He survived by clinging to the boat's hull before treading water until he was seen by a passing yacht".Search teams have found debris but no trace of the missing men.BBC report said, wet weather hindered the search on Tuesday. Search vessels, aircraft and local trawlers returned to the area on Wednesday.However, Police said, they had not detected any emergency transmissions or beacons from the vessel.Queensland police said, "It was only through sheer luck that a passing couple on a yacht managed to hear the screams of the individual that was rescued".

Ghana, Ivory Coast set up a commission to resolve border dispute

Local media reports revealed that, the West African countries Ghana and Ivory Coast have set up a commission to implement an international ruling on a maritime border dispute.Report also said, the border runs through disputed oilfields and has caused bilateral tensions for a decade.But, two weeks ago Ivory Coast accepted a ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which favoured Ghana.BBC news report said, the judgment was passed after Abidjan accused Accra of encroaching on its waters to drill for oil.However, Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has praised his Ivorian counterpart Alessane Ouattara, who's currently on an official visit, for what he called his statesmanship, friendship and regard for the two countries' interests.

Migrants are living in shocking conditions in Libya - UN

Report reaching us indicate that, United Nations says, thousands of migrants are living in shocking conditions in the Libyan town of Sabratha, which it called a site of human suffering and abuse.BBC news report said, "The UN refugee agency is providing urgent assistance to 14,000 people who've been freed from captivity, but it warned that another 6,000 are still held by human traffickers, who've made the town one of their main hubs after the end of the rule Muammar Gaddafi in 2011".However, UN said. most of the refugees have been subjected to abuse, including sexual violence.

Chinese ruling party delegate hold a crucial congress

Official report reaching us indicate that, China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security.Report however said, Chinese president Xi Jinping has been addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital for about three hours now.According to BBC report, "The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term".Mr Xi, who became the leader in 2012, has been consolidating power and is expected to remain as party chief.Meanwhile, in his statement, Mr Xi listed China's recent achievements, saying that "socialism with Chinese characteristics in this new era" meant China had "become a great power in the world", and added that the country should not copy foreign political systems.

IS capital in Syria has fall asleep to US-backed forces

According to BBC report, the US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State's one-time "capital" of Raqqa.Report also revealed that, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said, the fighting was over after a four-month assault.Talal Sello added that, the clearing operations were now under way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines, he added.A formal declaration of the city's "liberation" and the end of three years of IS rule is expected made soon.Earlier on Tuesday, the SDF cleared the last two major IS positions in Raqqa, the municipal stadium and the National Hospital.We learnt that, fighters raised the flag of Popular Protection Units, a Kurdish militia that dominates the SDF, inside the stadium and celebrated in the streets and chanted slogans from their vehicles.

South Africa president sacked a vocal critic from his government

Local media reports revealed that, South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has sacked a vocal critic of his from the government, as he tightens his grip on power.However, the South African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande - who has condemned widespread corruption in government and has backed former trade unionist and business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa's presidential campaign, was removed as Higher Education Minister.BBC report said that, Mr Jacob Zuma made a controversial change, by appointed the Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, as the Minister of Energy.

Zimbabwe government has banned importation of fruits in it territory

Local media, Herald Newspaper reports revealed that, Zimbabwe's government has decided to ban the importation of horticultural products, including fruit and vegetables, in order to save foreign currency and to promote the sector's growth of.Meanwhile, the nation agriculture minister, Mr Joseph Made said, President Robert Mugabe had ordered him to "quickly stop" the imports, and "the foreign currency being wasted on the importation of carrots and grapes will now be utilised towards the purchase of more fertilisers and pesticides".Mr Joseph Made added: "The government also wanted to increase rice production because it has "become a very important source of starch, but is consuming a lot of foreign currency".

United Nation set to resolve dispute in Western Sahara

According to BBC report, the new UN envoy for the disputed territory of Western Sahara is visiting the region to assess the possibility of restarting peace talks between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front.Reports say, Horst Koehler a former German president, met the Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat on Monday.BBC report said, later in the week he's expected to travel to the Tindouf region of Algeria where he'll meet Polisario officials and some of the refugees living there.Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975, prompting an insurgency which lasted until a UN-brokered ceasefire in 1991.

Nigerian government lawyer asked Abuja court to revoked Nnamdi Kanu bail application

Report reaching us indicate that, a lawyer representing Nigerian government has called for an arrest warrant to be issued for secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu, and for his bail to be revoked, after he failed to appear at his treason trial in the capital, Abuja. However, Mr Kanu's lawyer said, he did not know whether he was dead or alive. The lawyer argued that, he had not seen Mr Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra group, since a security force raid last month on his home in the south-east. There is some debate about his whereabouts.

Nigerian government lawyer asked Abuja court to revoked Nnamdi Kanu bail application

Report reaching us indicate that, a lawyer representing Nigerian government has called for an arrest warrant to be issued for secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu, and for his bail to be revoked, after he failed to appear at his treason trial in the capital, Abuja.However, Mr Kanu's lawyer said, he did not know whether he was dead or alive.The lawyer argued that, he had not seen Mr Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra group, since a security force raid last month on his home in the south-east. There is some debate about his whereabouts.

God desire for mankind

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.God wants to have a relationship with us. He has given us His Word so that we can see how He has dealt with man in the past.Many times man tries to do what he can to rise up to the level of God.It seems odd to us today to build a tower for the purpose of reaching heaven.Yet, people try to put themselves on equal footing with God when they throw out what the Bible tells us about creation and the history of man and try to formulate their own model of the beginning of the world.Allow God to speak to you through His Word. He has created a way to come to us and lift us to His level through His Son. We can’t reach God by the things we try to do or build. We can only go to Him through Jesus Christ.God promised mankind that, "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," "Therefore, repent and live".God say to mankind, "As I live!' declares the Lord GOD, 'I take no pleasure in the deat…

How did God call Abraham

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.God told him, "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed". So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh.At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar t…

Facebook has buy out teenagers app for an undisclosed fee

Report reaching us indicate that, an app that encourages teenagers to be nice to each other has been acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed fee.However, the app is called tbh, meaning "to be honest", is just nine weeks old, but had already been downloaded 5 million times.According to the app's creators, "It will remain a standalone program but will now have more resources thanks to Facebook".The app's creator added that, "We were compelled by the ways they could help us realise tbh’s vision and bring it to more people".According to start-up news site TechCrunch, the deal was for "less than $100m", and tbh's four person team would become Facebook employees.

A prominent blogger in Malta has been killed

Report reaching us disclosed that, a well known blogger in Malta, who had accused the island's government of corruption, has died in a car bomb attack.However, police authority explain that, Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was reportedly killed when the car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta.Local media say one of her sons heard the blast and rushed outside.BBC report said, PM Joseph Muscat, whom Caruana Galizia accused of wrongdoing earlier this year, denounced the killing.The PM said, "I condemn without reservations this barbaric attack on a person and on the freedom of expression in our country".

Kenyan electoral boss refused to resign

KNTV report revealed that, Kenya's electoral commission chief officer Ezra Chiloba has defended his decision not to step down after the Supreme Court ruled that the presidential election held in August was invalid due to procedural irregularities.However, the state own television also report that, the presidential election re-run is due to take place on 26 October. However, the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga has declared he will not take part.Meanwhile, Mr Ezra Chiloba told our colleague journalists that, he still has a responsibility to the people of Kenya.

Ex-commander of Al-Shabab donated blood to survivors of the truck bombing in Somalia

Report reaching us indicate that, the ex-commander in Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has been donating blood to survivors of the truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu.However, the former militant leader was one of the founders of al-Shabab, along with other more radical leaders following the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union in late 2006."Robow quickly rose in the group's ranks to become its official spokesman and a deputy leader".According to BBC report, he, fell out with the al-Qaeda-linked group’s leadership in 2013, and remained a fugitive in the remote areas of south-western Somalia until his surrender.BBC added that, in June, the US State Department withdrew Mr Robow from its terror list and lifted the $5m (£3.8m) reward for information leading to his capture.He announced his defection to the Somali government in August.

Cairo is number one most worst city for women

According to Reuters news agency, Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women to live in while London is the best.However, Cairo is not the only African city named on the list.Meanwhile, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo is listed as the second-worst city for women, while Lagos in Nigeria is ranked eighth.A total of 19 so-called megacities - defined as cities with populations of 10 million people or more - were surveyed.According to BBC report, key factors used in the ranking are sexual violence, harmful cultural practices, plus access to good healthcare, finance and education.

Kenyan MP was asked to apologise over naughty WhatsApp message

Local media, the Daily Nation newspaper reports that, a newly Kenyan MP has been asked to apologise after posting a message with sex tips on his constituency WhatsApp group.The newspaper also said, Anthony Kiai, also known as Highflyer, appeared to have forwarded the message innocently, and asked members of the group to ignore it after he realised his mistake.However, Group admin Bernard Chege said he asked the MP to say sorry for the “naughty language”. Instead, the lawmaker’s personal assistant apologised.Daily Nation revealed that, the message, in the Gikuyu language, explained in detail how to give a woman an “utterly fulfilling intimate time”.According to BBC report, some people defended the MP, including one who said: "Is sex sin!!??"Mr Kiai became the MP for Mukurweini following his victory in April's general election.

26 people was killed in ambush by rebels in DR Congo

News report reaching us indicate that, the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo says, the bodies of 26 people killed in an ambush by rebels earlier this month have been discovered in the east of the country.However, the victims all but one of them civilians were attacked in the restive Beni territory of North Kivu as they travelled by taxi.According to BBC report, "They had been unable to locate the bodies before now because of intense fighting in the area, where hundreds of people have died in recent years".The Congolese army and United Nations peacekeepers have blamed the ambush on a Ugandan-based Islamist group called the Allied Democratic Forces.

SOMALIA ATTACK: 300 people were killed in Mogadishu attack

Report reaching us revealed that, a massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed an estimated of about 300 people.Reuters news agency reports that 300 others were wounded.AFP news agency reports that, when a lorry packed with explosives was detonated near the entrance of a hotel.Reuters quotes Ahmed Ali, a nurse working at a local hospital, as saying 160 bodies couldn't be recognised so they were buried by the government yesterday. He says the others were buried by their relatives.Meanwhile, it is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since militant Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed blamed the attack on them, calling it a "heinous act".He added "We have confirmed 300 people died in the blast. The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing".

Catalonia independence declaration fail once more time

Report reaching us indicate that, president of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia has failed to clarify whether he has declared independence, in a letter to Madrid.Spain had issued a Monday deadline for Carles Puigdemont to clarify his intent - or face direct rule.Meanwhile, the Catalan leader called for negotiation over the next two months.But, Mr Carles Puigdemont declared independence last week after a controversial referendum but, immediately suspended the declaration to allow for talks.According to BBC report, it is now thought that Spain will offer an extended deadline of Thursday for Mr Puigdemont to change his mind, before attempting to enact direct rule from Madrid.The region voted for independence in a controversial 1 October poll declared illegal by Spain's Constitutional Court.Polling day was marred by scenes of violence as Spain's police confiscated ballot boxes and attempted to prevent members of the public entering polling stations.

Liberia election enter run-off between two major contenders

Liberia electoral commission has confirmed that, almost all the results from Tuesday's poll have been counted.However, the ex-FIFA footballer of the year, George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are headed for a run-off in Liberia's presidential election.But, Mr George Opong Weah, the first African to win the Ballon D'Or football award, is leading with 39%, while Mr Boakai is in second place with 29%.Report said, a second round between the pair is expected next month.They lead the field of 20 candidates who competed to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected president and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.Fewer than 5% of polling stations have yet to declare results, and lawyer Charles Brumskine is in third place with 9.8%.

North Korea defied UN Security sanctions

US government said, North Korea has defied international opinion by conducting its sixth nuclear test and launching two missiles over Japan.Report reaching us indicate that, the secretive communist state is clearly set on developing a nuclear-capable missile, able to threaten the continental US, despite UN sanctions.However, previous news report said, Mr Tillerson disclosed that, the US was in "direct contact" with the North and looking at the possibility of talks."After months of heated rhetoric, it came as a surprise to some that, the two countries had lines of communication".Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has insisted President Donald Trump wants to resolve the confrontation with North Korea through diplomacy.BBC report said, it will continue until "the first bomb drops".South Korean forces have been holding exercises along the border with the North Korea.

Iraqi forces have taken control of Kurdish

Local media reports revealed that, clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province.However, the state own television report that, Iraqi forces have taken control of some areas, including oil fields, "without fighting", but Kurdish officials deny this.BBC report said that, an exchange of artillery fire is said to have occurred south of Kirkuk city.However, Washington says, it is very concerned and urged dialogue "as the best option to defuse tensions".Tensions between the two sides over the future of Iraqi Kurdistan have been high since Iraqi Kurds voted for independence in a September referendum.

Kenya opposition lawmakers was tear gas by police

KNTV report revealed that, police had thrown a tear gas canister into a car during a protest in the capital, Nairobi.The driver then rolled out of the vehicle and lay on the road.However, at the time of this report, we are not sure of who the driver was.But, the local media has now identified him as opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi.

Morroco FA replace Kenya FA to host CHAN 2018

According to BBC Sport, Morocco will replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), organisers announced on Sunday.We learnt that, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea.CAF replace Kenya, who had their rights to host withdrawn by Caf due to a lack of preparation.The tournament for locally-based players is scheduled to take place in January and February 2018.The decision to move the competition was made at an emergency Caf executive committee meeting in Lagos, Nigeria.Third candidates, Ethiopia, were not considered, after not providing a letter of guarantee from the country's government.The awarding of the tournament to Morocco also benefits Egypt, who were awarded Morocco's place - now freed up as hosts - after being initially knocked out by their fellow North Africans in qualifying.It will be Egypt's first appearance in the competition.Kenya's preparations were…