Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth reach a divorce settlement, five die in Christmas Day accident in Niger, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce plans Tokyo Olympics. 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. Five die in Niger Christmas Day accident
The Federal Road Safety Commission in Niger State said on Wednesday that five people were killed in an accident along Bida-Kutigi road of Bida Local Government Area. The media reports that five people died on Tuesday in an accident in Bonu village along Lambata-Minna road.
FRSC Sector Commander, Joel Dagwa, said in Minna on Wednesday that 18 persons were involved in the accident – 7 males, 2 females, 3 male children, 6 female children. He said 9 persons were critically injured in the accident – 3 male adults, 3 male children and 3 female children and were receiving treatment at the Kutigi General Hospital, while 4 people were not injured during the accident.
2. At least 14 killed in attack on Burkina Faso church
The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso has confirmed that 14 people were killed in an attack on a Protestant church during Sunday services in the country’s east. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on Twitter that he condemned “the barbaric attack” in the town of Hantoukoura. He said several people were also wounded.
Kabore offered his “deepest condolences to the bereaved families” and wished “a speedy recovery to the wounded.”
The identity of the gunmen was not immediately clear and further details on the attack had yet to emerge. Burkinabe armed forces were caring for the wounded and searching the area, the government said in a statement.
3. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth reach divorce settlements
“Its a relief for both of them that they can move on legally from one another and fully put this behind them,” a source close to Hemsworth told the media. “It was not a complicated divorce because of their prenup and it was all handled by attorneys. Their earnings were kept separate while they were married and that was helpful. They are both very much ready to move on and untangle whatever affairs were left to figure out. They are happy to close this chapter of their lives.“
The news came about three weeks after fans of Miley and Liam learned the divorce case was still not complete. According to documents obtained by reporters, the superior court had notified Hemsworth his case could not proceed until he delivered his petition and summons to Cyrus and filed proof with the court. Had he failed to do so, Hemsworth would have had to appear in court on Jan. 21, 2020 and possibly pay a fine.
4. The US recalls ambassador to Zambia after gay rights row
The US has recalled its ambassador to Zambia amid a diplomatic row after he criticised the imprisonment of a gay couple, embassy sources have said. Last month, Daniel Foote said he was “horrified” that a judge had sentenced the men to 15 years in prison after they were caught having sex in 2017.
The government accused him of trying to dictate policy, and President Edgar Lungu declared him persona non grata. Zambia is a deeply conservative society where homosexual acts are illegal.
“You cannot ask a government to make a decision at gunpoint – ‘because we are giving you aid, we want you to do this’ – you can’t,” Zambia’s Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji told the media last week.
5. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce plans Tokyo Olympics 100m & 200m sprint double
Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will also run in the 200m when she defends her Olympic 100m title in Tokyo next year. It is set to be the final Olympics for Fraser-Pryce, who will be 33 on Friday. “I will be doubling up definitely,” she was quoted as saying in Kingston
“Last year [season] I really wanted to attempt the double but my coach had other plans so I just worked with that plan. He knows best.”
Fraser-Pryce’s Olympic best at 200m was a silver medal at London 2012, although she did triumph at that distance in this year’s Pan American Games.
Her main rivals in the 200m in Tokyo will include Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who is fresh from winning gold at that distance in the recent World Championships in Doha – but took 100m silver behind Fraser-Pryce at the same championships.
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