Khafi Kareem’s sex in Big Brother Naija house on live TV gets UK police attention, risks disciplinary action, Priyanka Chopra argues with ex-fan at BeautyCon, Ebola drug trial has been successfully two times in a row and is 90% done, it is confirmed.
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1. Khafi Kareem in trouble for sex in Big Brother Naija house
Big Brother Naija’s Pepper Dem season housemate, Khafi Kareem, who is also a Metropolitan Police officer in the United Kingdom, is under investigation for appearing on the reality TV show despite being refused permission by her employers.
The 29-year-old, who joined the UK Police as a Constable in 2015, is being probed after she was filmed having sex with a 31-year-old housemate, Ekpata Gedoni on the show. The Metropolitan Police said it had not granted Kareem’s request to appear on the show and that an internal investigation would be carried out.
The Force added that Kareem was granted unpaid leave for an “unrelated reason” ahead of appearing on the show, but her request to take part in the programme was denied.
2. Ivorian music sensation, DJ Arafat Dead at 33
Ivorian musician DJ Arafat has died of injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident. J The 33-year-old, whose real name is Ange Didier Houon, died on Monday in a hospital in Abidjan.
He had been undergoing treatment after the accident on Sunday, CNN reports. “He was involved in an accident in the Angre neighbourhood and later died in hospital. He died at 8:10 am this morning,” Yves Jay Jay, his manager confirmed on Monday. “He was Ivory Coast’s best musician.” He gave no further details about the incident or the nature of the musician’s injuries.
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has offered his condolences to the musician’s family and the arts community. “It is with great sadness that I learned of the premature passing of Houon Ange Didier “DJ Arafat” Youth Icon and ambassador for Ivorian music and culture. I extend my sincere condolences to his mother, his children, his biological and artistic families as well as to all his fans. My prayers are with them during this painful ordeal,” President Ouattara wrote on Facebook.
3. Scientists are very close to curing Ebola in Congo
Ebola may soon be a “preventable and treatable” disease after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates, scientists have said.
Four drugs were tried on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there has been a major outbreak of the virus which has killed thousands. More than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the most effective drugs, the research showed. The drugs will now be used to treat all patients with the disease in DR Congo, according to health officials.
The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which co-sponsored the trial, said the results are “very good news” for the fight against Ebola. The drugs, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, work by attacking the Ebola virus with antibodies, neutralizing its impact on human cells.
4. Priyanka Chopra called out on her hypocrisy for supporting the war between India and Pakistan
Priyanka Chopra got into an intense argument with a former fan during Beautycon, who accused her of being a hypocrite due to a tweet about the ongoing India-Pakistan conflict. In the tweet, Priyanka wrote “Jai Hind” (which means “Victory to India”) and used the hashtag #IndianArmedForces.
The tweet sparked controversy at the time, but a woman confronted Priyanka Chopra about it during a recent Beautycon interview, saying “It was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity because as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you’re a bit of a hypocrite. You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan, there’s no winner in this. As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business…”
Priyanka responded by saying “I hear you, whenever you’re done venting. Done? Done? Okay, cool. I have many many friends from Pakistan, and I am from India. War is not something that I’m really fond of, but I am patriotic, so…I’m sorry if I’ve hurt sentiments, to people who do love me, and have loved me. But I think all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well.”
She continued, “The way you came at me right now, girl, don’t yell, we’re all here for love. Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself. But we all walk that middle ground, but thank you for your enthusiasm and your question, and your voice.” Priyanka Chopra’s reaction and response is causing quite the stir on social media and she is yet to respond to the BeautyCon fiasco.
5. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Rematch has been confirmed
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says Andy Ruiz Jr has signed to have a rematch against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia despite speculation he has not committed to the fight.
The unified world heavyweight champion, 29, has not shared any fight details on social media since the 7 December rematch was announced on Friday. His trainer Manny Robles says “there’s a reason why” Ruiz has kept silent. Hearn, who promotes Joshua, said: “Both fighters signed for this fight. The governing bodies have been informed.”
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