Man jailed for stealing chickens

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A 21-year-old labourer, Bashir Abdullahi, has been sentenced to one month in prison by a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano State, for allegedly stealing six chickens.

The prosecutor in the case, Corporal Yakubu Galadima, told the court presided over by Magistrate Fatima Muhammad, that one Ghali Abdulkarim of Wurro Bugga village in the state, had reported the matter at the Badawa Police Division on July 14, and upon investigation, it was realised that Abdullahi had entered Abdulkarim's house and stole six chickens valued at N8,400.

Magistrate Muhammad, however, gave the convict an option of N3,000 fine, adding, however, that the convict had the right to make an appeal within 30 days.

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Muslim ‘Hijab wearing’ teen wins ‘best dressed’, shatters stereotypes

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Abrar Shahin, 18 and Muslim, was awarded 'Best Dressed' by her New Jersey high school, shocking her even though she had earned it.

Looking at her street style and the confidence with which she pulls off her looks, the honour comes as no surprise.

'My fashion inspiration is definitely Queen Rania of Jordan,' Says Shahin, who wears a hijab as part of her Muslim faith.

'She keeps up with all the fashion trends while looking elegant and modest! My other fashion inspirations are the hijabi fashionistas on Instagram.'

18-year-old Shahin's love of fashion came at an early age, growing up making clothes for her dolls as a kid.

Once she started wearing a hijab, that interest didn’t fade.

'My hijab is my crown. While wearing it, I feel safe and confident with myself. I have the power to let people see who I truly am.'

Shahin’s Clifton High School classmates voted the fashionista 'Best Dressed', after having seen her for who she truly is.

'I am honored to come from a generation that is accepting. My sister, who went to Clifton High School 10 years ago, said she would never have imagined a hijabi winning this award,' Shahin said in an interview.

Shahin says:

'As a young Muslim-American woman, I just want to let every girl out there know that they should not be afraid to express themselves through their style! Growing up in this society can be difficult, but the only way to advance and break stereotypes is to stay true to ourselves and beliefs.'

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See the face of the suspect in murder case of transgender girl

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Joshua Vallum, a known gang member was arrested last month for allegedly stabbing to death a transgender girl in Mississippi.

Joshua Vallum, 28, was arrested on June 2, the day police recovered the body of 17-year-old transgender teen, Mercedes Williamson, buried in his father's backyard.

Vallum appeared in court today for a preliminary hearing in the murder case.

The murder case in a rural Mississippi town gained national attention last month, when Caitlyn Jenner mentioned Williamson as just one of the many transgender teens murdered in the U.S. this year.

Prosecutors say Vallum admitted to his father on June 1 that he killed someone and hid their body in the wooded area behind the house.

Vallum allegedly told police that the remains belonged to Williamson, and his admission was confirmed with a DNA analysis.   

Since then, the member of the Latin Kings gang has been held on $1million bail for first-degree murder charges.

While the motivation behind the attack is still not known, police have said that they are looking into whether Williamson's status as a transgender woman may have played a role in her cruel end.

'We're looking at several different things. It could have been gang-related, it could have been a hate crime, we're not certain yet,' Shonna Pierce, public information officer for the George County Sheriff's office, said.

'We're still in the process of investigating this murder. Mercedes deserves justice and we're working diligently to make sure that she gets justice.'

'If that's the case, Vallum could face not only murder charges, but federal hate crime charges.'

At the time of her death, Williamson had apparently become estranged with her family and had moved to nearby Theodore, Alabama, where she was sleeping on the couch of 41-year-old friend, Jeanie Miller's trailer, since September.

Miller says the last time she saw Williamson was on May 30, around 2pm, when the teen left to go spend some time at 'the bay' with a friend.

Miller remembers seeing Williamson get into an unknown silver vehicle and then driving off.

When Williamson didn't return to the trailer for several days, Miller called the friend who she thought had picked Williamson up and the girl told her that the teen was dead.  

'I couldn't believe it,' Miller told the Sun Herald.  'I don't want to hear. I miss how she flipped her hair. I miss the crooked teeth with that beautiful smile. … I can smell her. I just keep wanting her to walk through that door. … I'll never have nobody like her again. That is barely something that crosses people's lives anyway. She is the most beautiful person.'

While police have not yet revealed how Williamson died, remarks on a Facebook tribute page to the teen say stab wounds were found on her body.

Williamson, who was born male and named Michael Wilkins by her parents, was an aspiring cosmetologist who friends say also enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Miller said she regarded Williamson 'like a daughter'. She became the ninth known transgender woman killed in the U.S. for 2015, according to data from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

Caitlyn Jenner referenced Williamson's death while accepting the Arthur Ashe courage award at this year's ESPYs.  

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More on 18-month-old baby found dead in hot car

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Last week, an 18-month-old baby was found dead inside a car, suspected to have been killed by severe heat, in Arkansas.

The Police have identified the 18-month-old boy as the son of a Juvenile court judge, Wade Naramore.

Naramore is also a former Garland County deputy prosecutor.

The Hot Springs Police Department said it was conducting a criminal investigation.

It says the boy's death was likely due to 'excessive heat.'

A statement released on the family's behalf by a family friend Sunday night called the death a 'tragic accident.'

The Hot Springs Sentinel Record reported Monday that an official cause of death wouldn't be released until toxicology reports are ready in a few weeks.

Police Cpl. McCrary Means said Naramore and others have spoken with police about the death.

The local prosecutor has asked to recuse himself.

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China conducts air, sea drills

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China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbours.

The live-ammunition drills involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft, information warfare units as well as the nuclear force, the state-backed China Military Online said in a report posted on the defence ministry's website.

It did not specify where exactly the exercises took place.

China claims most of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and rejects the rival claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The United States has called on claimants to settle differences through talks and has said its Pacific Fleet aims to protect sea lanes critical to U.S. trade with Southeast Asia and the oil-rich Middle East.

China rejects U.S. involvement in the dispute and its more assertive approach recently, which has included land reclamation and construction on disputed reefs, has raised tension.

The latest exercises focused on integrating information warfare systems with air and naval forces, as well as testing the combat effectiveness of new weapons and equipment, China Military Online said.

The military achieved "new breakthroughs" in several areas including engaging high-speed low-altitude targets, anti-submarine warfare and intercepting supersonic anti-ship missiles with surface warships, it added.

The drills used "all sorts of information technology tactics" to create simulated reconnaissance, surveillance, and early warning systems to detect air and sea targets in real time, it said.

The exercises were conducted in "a complex electromagnetic environment" involving many types of missiles, torpedoes, shells and bombs, it said.

China's navy on Saturday played down its recent exercises in the South China Sea and criticised other countries for "illegally" occupying islands and reefs.

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‘1.4 million people die of hepatitis every year’ – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that hepatitis B and C cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

The global health body made this known in a statement released to mark World Hepatitis Day.

The group also highlighted the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment.

To this end, WHO recommends among other things that people should know their risks, demand safe injections, get vaccinated, get tested and seek treatment.

According to WHO, people should be aware of the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment, adding that some 11 million people who inject drugs have hepatitis B or C infection, while approximately 2 million people a year contract hepatitis from unsafe injections.

Also, children born to mothers with hepatitis B or C and sex partners of people with hepatitis are also at risk of becoming infected.

They, therefore, emphasized the need for all health services to reduce risks by using only sterile equipment for injections and other medical procedures, testing all donated blood and blood components for hepatitis B and C (as well as HIV and syphilis) and promoting the use of the hepatitis B vaccine, including in children.

According to the WHO, since 1982, over one billion doses of hepatitis B vaccine have been used worldwide and millions of future deaths from liver cancer and cirrhosis have been prevented.

Earlier in the year, WHO issued new guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis B infection, recommending using simple non-invasive tests to assess the stage of liver disease to help identify who needs treatment.

WHO will update recommendations on drug treatments periodically as new antiviral medicines become available and as new evidence emerges.

WHO’s flagship event takes place in Egypt this year, a country that has one of the world’s highest hepatitis burdens, with an estimated 10%of the 15 and ‎‎59 population ‎infected with hepatitis C.

Co-sponsored by WHO, the summit is co-organised by the Scottish Government and the World Hepatitis Alliance.

The summit aims to raise the global profile of viral hepatitis, to create a platform for exchange of country experiences, and to focus on working with countries to develop national action plans.

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US gave President names of oil thieves – Report

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A source close to President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the United States of America gave the Nigerian leader names of oil thieves during his recent official visit.

The source is said to be one of the persons who accompanied Buhari on the US trip, according to Punch.

“I can tell you that the President already has the list of names of the people engaging in the stealing of Nigeria’s oil. The list, when released by the President, will shock Nigerians. But let’s wait and see first,” the source said.

Another source in the Presidency also confirmed the existence of the list but said Buhari “has been keeping the list to himself.”

The US is also said to have given the president a separate list containing the name of oil bunkerers.

Buhari had revealed during his US trip that some former ministers had stolen barrels of Nigeria’s oil and stored the funds received in personal accounts.

He said further that the ministers in question will be arrested while the said funds will be retrieved.

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Obama laments African leaders overstaying in office, “even after siphoning lots of money”

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Barack Obama told African nations on Tuesday,  July 27 they need to respect democratic rules and create jobs to avoid a slide into disorder.

In the first speech by a serving U.S. president to the 54-nation African Union, he said violence unleashed in Burundi by the president's bid for a third term in office showed the risks of ignoring constitutional rules.

"Africa is on the move, and a new Africa is emerging," he said at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, adding the continent's rapid economic growth is changing "old stereotypes" of a continent of war and poverty.

But he said there is an "urgent task" facing a continent whose 1 billion people will double in a few decades.

"Africa will need to generate millions more jobs than it is doing now," he said. "We need only look to the Middle East and North Africa to see that large numbers of young people with no jobs and stifled voices can fuel instability and disorder."

"Africa's progress will also depend on democracy," he said, adding that jailing journalists or restricting legitimate opposition groups led to "democracy in name, but not in substance".

Obama said leaders should stick to the rules and the African Union should put pressure on leaders to stick to limits.

"I don't understand why people want to stay so long, especially when they have got a lot money," Obama said, drawing laughter from an audience on a continent often known for politics of "Big Men" accused of siphoning off state funds.

Noting that he is in his second term and could not serve again, even though he thought he could win a vote, Obama said: "I'm looking forward to life after being president."

Obama's speech wound up a tour of Kenya, his father's homeland, and Ethiopia, a once famine-stricken nation which is on course to deliver 10 percent growth this year.

Throughout his trip, he has spoken of security cooperation with states battling Islamist militants in Somalia, democratic development and trade with a continent, which since 2009 has done more trade with China than America.

In an apparent swipe at China, without mentioning any country, he said the United States offered a partnership that "can't simply be about building countries' infrastructure with foreign labour or extracting Africa's natural resources".

China has built huge amounts of infrastructure across Africa, including a new metro snaking across Addis Ababa.

But Africans have increasingly accused Chinese firms of using expatriate labour and sucking out commodities without adding value. China insists it is also a partner in development.

While in Ethiopia, Obama held talks with regional African leaders on the conflict in South Sudan. The U.S. president calls for tougher measures against the world's newest nation if its warring factions failed to reach a peace deal by Aug. 17.

He repeated that threat in his speech, while also calling on leaders of the Central African Republic, another nation struggling with conflict, to respect elections later this year.

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Ukranian born ‘faceless’ girl lands loving family

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6 year old Danica Wetmore, born without a face has been adopted into a loving family who have first hand experience with her condition, thanks to their biological daughter.

Danica had only ever lived inside a Ukrainian orphanage and all that time, Thom and Tami Wetmore were the only ones who ever visited her.

Danica was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome, resulting in deafness and bones missing from her face.

Due to her challenges, the Wetmores were told, the chances were, she'd be turned out of the orphanage when she got older to live on the streets.

'It's just, you felt it in your heart. We knew, as soon as I saw her. I knew, in my spirit, 'Go get your daughter,' Tami Wetmore said. 'That's exactly what I felt is, 'Go get your daughter.'

'She's quirky. Extremely inquisitive. Very artistic,' Thom Wetmore said. 'She loves drawing, painting, expressing herself.'

Most people wondered why the couple took on the challenge that Danica seemed to be.

The answer is their daughter, Juliana Wetmore.

She was born into the family 6 years before Danica showed up.

She has Treacher-Collins syndrome, but a much more severe case.

Along with deafness, she was born without 40 percent of the bones in her face.

'You forget that there's anything different about her after she's sitting there for five minutes,' Thom said.

Juliana has endured 45 surgeries for her face, but her body and her brain have always been perfectly healthy.

Her spirit is always bright.

'Pure love. She loves everybody. She doesn't judge anybody. She doesn't see anybody as different,' Thom said. 'She just takes everybody as the same.'

'My favorite thing to do is watch movies. Watch TV. Play on the computer. Play with my sisters,' Juliana said, talking like a typical 12-year-old.

'Whatever you first think of somebody when you see them on the outside, that's not what they are on the inside,' Thom said.

Juliana on the inside is a girl whose strength inspired her parents to find room in their hearts for Danica, to understand the challenges ahead better than most.

'Danica had been in an orphanage for six-and-a-half years and no one had visited her,' Tami said. 'Nobody had ever inquired about her.'

'We were the first and only ones,' Thom added.

And the Wetmores' love didn't stop with Danica.

After her, they still had more room in their hearts to adopt three siblings who desperately needed a home.

'It's just amazing how your daughter that you look at as just a normal, everyday child that looks a little bit different has changed so many lives,' Thom said. 'Because you realize it's OK to be who you are.'

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Whitney Houston’s daughter will be buried with her in New Jersey

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The faimily and friends of the young woman's loved ones will come together in Georgia this weekend to mourn and celebrate her short life, Us Weekly reports.

Sources  have revealed that the funeral will be held on Saturday morning, Aug. 1. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, July 30, but an insider revealed that certain family members couldn't make it that evening, prompting the rescheduling.

The services will take place at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga. Those who were close to the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston will say their goodbyes before she is buried two days later.

Sources said that a private burial is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3, in New Jersey. Bobbi Kristina, who was 22 years old at the time of her untimely death, is expected to be buried next to her iconic mother in Westfield, N.J.'s Fairview Cemetery. New Jersey native Houston, who died at the age of 48, was laid to rest in the cemetery after her February 2012 death.

Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday, July 26, after spending months in the hospital and in hospice care. An autopsy was performed this week to determine just what happened before she was found unresponsive in her Georgia home on Jan. 31, but early results provided few details. A representative for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office told Us that additional testing will be performed to help determine a cause of death.

Bobbi Kristina was remembered after her death by famous family members and friends. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God," the Houston family told Us Weekly in a statement, while Oprah Winfrey added, "Peace at Last!"

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