Gabrielle Union breaks her silence after her shocking exit from America’s Got Talent, President Buhari to leave the country again, Man City’s parent company buys controlling shares in Mumbai City FC. 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.
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1. Dozens of protesters killed as army deploys southern Iran
At least 25 people were killed after security forces opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas canisters to disperse anti-government protesters in the southern city of Nasiriya, medical sources and witnesses said.
Authorities in the capital, Baghdad, dispatched troops to “restore order” in southern Iraq, which has seen massive protests for weeks, the military said in a statement on Thursday. The Iraqi government fired the new military commander after the outbreak of deadly violence.
A source in the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office told the media that Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered the dismissal of Lieutenant-General Jamil al-Shammari less than a day after he was named military commander to manage Dhi Qar province following the violent escalation in Nasiriyah.
2. Buhari jets out to Malabo on Friday
President Muhammadu Buhari will begin a two-legged trip out of Abuja on Friday, first to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for a summit and another five-day visit to his country home, Daura, in Katsina State. He will be away till Wednesday next week.
The office of the Presidency explained on Thursday that Buhari would be in Malabo to attend the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit. Other gas producing countries expected at the summit include Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Bolivia, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Kazakhstan and Norway.
The countries “account for 70 per cent and 80 per cent of global gas reserves and production respectively”, Presidential spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, said in a statement.
3. Gabrielle Union breaks her silence after shocking America’s Got Talent exit
Earlier this week, it was announced that Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough would exit America’s Got Talent after one season.
As if that weren’t shocking enough, Variety reported that Gabrielle Union decided to leave America’s Got Talent after expressing concern over an “offensive” incident that occurred, which involved Jay Leno. According to the publication, the 47-year-old star also experienced harsh criticism over her fashion and beauty looks and was allegedly told her hairstyles were “too black” for viewers.
In light of the Gabrielle Union’s recent departure from America’s Got Talent, she finally broke her silence on social media. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday night, the Breaking In actress expressed how much it meant to her to receive so much love and support.
“So many tears, so much gratitude,” she began her caption. “THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”
4. Dozens from the diaspora given Ghanaian citizenship
As part of Ghana’s celebration of the “year of return”, the country has granted citizenship to 126 people from the diaspora who have been living in Ghana for many years, a statement from the presidency says.
Marking 300 years since the first African was sold in a slave market in America, Ghana – a major hub during the transatlantic slave trade – declared 2019 the year of return for people in the diaspora.
At the ceremony on Wednesday evening, President Nana Akufo-Addo told the new citizens: “You have the responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation, amongst the comity of nations, is, today, high.”
He said that development in the country was not a matter of relying on external assistance, which “is a mindset that I wish us to discard, a mindset of dependency and living on handouts.”
5. Manchester City’s parent company buys a majority stake in India’s Mumbai City FC
Manchester City’s parent company, City Football Group (CFG), has agreed to a deal to buy a majority stake in Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC. CFG is buying 65% of Mumbai City, meaning the group will now hold a stake in eight football clubs. Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor owns the remaining 35% of the club along with accountant Bimal Parekh.
On Wednesday, CFG also announced a £389m investment from US private equity firm Silver Lake. That deal values CFG at £3.73bn. The group already owns controlling stakes in Manchester City, Major League Soccer side New York City FC and Australian A-League team Melbourne City as well as minority shareholdings in clubs in China, Spain, Uruguay and Japan.
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