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1. Angolan ex-president’s son on trial for corruption
The son of Angola’s former president has gone on trial for corruption. Jose Filomeno dos Santos and his co-accused, former central bank governor Valter Filipe, helped spirit $0.5bn (£0.4bn) out of the country during his time as head of Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, prosecutors say. They have pleaded not guilty.
The case is being seen as a test of the country’s commitment to undoing the corruption that flourished during the four-decade rule of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Two years ago, his son, better known as Zenu, was untouchable – a member of the all-powerful Dos Santos family whose influence seemed to reach into every corner of Angola.
So, his trial in the capital, Luanda, is an extraordinary moment for a famously corrupt, impoverished and oil-rich country.
2. Buhari appoints new FIRS chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has named Mr Muhammad M. Nami as the new chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. He replaces Mr Tunde Fowler, whose tenure expired on Monday. He is a tax consultant and graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
“Mr Muhammad, a well-trained tax, accounting and management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical work experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non-profit organisations,” the Presidency said in statement by spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
3. Rapper Juice WRLD dead after a medical emergency in Chicago
Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” is dead. He died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad A. Higgins, was 21. Authorities have not released details about the cause of his death.
Juice WRLD was pronounced dead at a hospital around 3:15 a.m. and taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office several hours later, according to office spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, who said an autopsy would take place Monday.
4. White House says it won’t take part in Trump impeachment hearing
The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the United States House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.
In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, White House counsel Pat Cipollone called the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry “completely baseless” and said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ordered Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment “before your committee has heard a single shred of evidence”.
“We don’t see any reason to participate because the process is unfair,” said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“We haven’t been given any fair opportunity to participate. The speaker has already announced the predetermined result and they will not give us the ability to call any witnesses,” the official said.
5. Russia banned for four years to include the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup
Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was part of “chronic anti-Russian hysteria”.
“It is obvious that significant doping problems still exist in Russia, I mean our sporting community,” he said. “This is impossible to deny.”
“But on the other hand the fact that all these decisions are repeated, often affecting athletes who have already been punished in one way or another, not to mention some other points – of course, this makes one think that this is part of anti-Russian hysteria which has become chronic.“
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