Rave News Digest: Ari Behn, Another Kevin Spacey Accuser Dies, PFN Pleads With FG, Ibrahimovic + More
Ari Behn, Kevin Spacey’s accuser, is dead, PFN tells FG to release Nigerians in illegal detention, Ibrahimovic in talks to move to AC Milan. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…
1. Iraq president threatens to quit over PM nominee
Iraqi President Barham Salih has refused to designate the nominee of an Iran-backed parliamentary bloc for prime minister, saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters.
The Iranian-backed Binaa bloc, the largest in Iraq’s Parliament, had nominated Basra Governor Asaad al-Eidani to be the next prime minister. But Salih said in a statement issued by his office Thursday that appointing al-Eidani would not placate protesters demanding an independent prime minister with no party affiliation.
He said that because the constitution does not give him the right to reject nominees for the premiership, he was ready to submit his resignation to Parliament.
2. Release all Nigerians in illegal detention, PFN tells FG
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to release all Nigerians in illegal detention in accordance with the rule of law.
The PFN National President, Rev. Felix Omobude, in a Christmas message on Wednesday, saluted the decision of the government to release the #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore, and ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
He commended the Federal Government for responding to the criticisms by many, including the PFN about its apparent reluctance to obey court orders.
3. Kevin Spacey’s accuser, Ari Behn, dead at 47
Ari Behn, who accused disgraced actor Kevin Spacey of groping him, has passed away at the age of 47. The author and ex-husband of Norway’s Princess Martha Louise died by suicide on Christmas Day, his manager Geir Håkonsund told the Norwegian media. “It’s with great sorrow in our hearts that we, those closest to Ari Behn, must report that he took his own life today,” the statement said. “We ask for respect for our privates lives in the time to come.“
In 2017, Ari Behn accused Kevin Spacey of groping him 10 years earlier at a concert for the Nobel Peace Prize. Behn is not the only person to accuse the actor of inappropriate behaviour. In 2017, Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a pass at him when Rapp was just 14. Several more accusers would come forward.
Ari Behn becomes the third accuser of Kevin Spacey to die in 2019. In May, Linda Culkin, who accused Spacey of sexual harassment, was stuck by a vehicle in Massachusetts. In September, an anonymous massage therapist who accused Spacey of sexual assault died in the middle of a lawsuit against the actor. Ari Behn’s death happened barely 24 hours after Spacey posted a bizarre “Kill them with kindness” video.
4. FDA approves the first-ever vaccine for the prevention of Ebola virus
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved for the first time in the United States a vaccine for the prevention of the deadly Ebola virus, the agency announced Thursday. The vaccine, Ervebo, was developed by Merck and protects against Ebola virus disease (EVD) caused by Zaire Ebola virus in people 18 and older, the FDA said in a statement.
“While the risk of Ebola virus disease in the U.S. remains low, the U.S. government remains deeply committed to fighting devastating Ebola outbreaks in Africa, including the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Anna Abram, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Legislation, and International Affairs, said in a press release.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic in talks to rejoin AC Milan
Former Sweden and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in talks to return to AC Milan. It is understood there are other clubs interested in the 38-year-old, a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.
However, confidence is growing in Italy that the striker will rejoin Milan, where he spent two seasons from 2010, scoring 42 goals in 61 league outings. Milan is without a major trophy since their 18th Italian title in 2011.
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