US elections: The African evangelicals praying for Trump to win

US President Donald Trump participates in a prayer during an event in the Oval Office of the White House - 28 August 2020

Despite making pejorative remarks about Africa, US President Donald Trump has attracted a devout following among some Christians on the continent.

“Pray for him [Trump] because when God places any of his children in a position, hell sometimes would do everything to destroy that individual,” said Nigerian Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, a prominent televangelist, in a sermon in June.

He has also warned that critics of the Republican president, who is seeking re-election in November, dislike his supporters.

“They are angry at Trump for supporting Christians, you better know it. So the real ones that they hate are you who are Christians,” said the pastor, whose broadcasts are popular around the world, including in the US.

President Trump has been a polarising figure the world over but he is popular in African countries like Nigeria and Kenya, according to a Pew Research poll released in January, where supporters do not appear to be bothered that he reportedly referred to African countries as “shitholes” in 2018.

Both Nigeria and Kenya are deeply religious countries. Mega churches proliferate in the Christian south of Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation – and in Kenya many politicians go to church sermons to address their supporters, such is their popularity.

Many evangelical Christian groups in Africa, which are mostly anti-abortion, against gay rights and support Israel, were not keen on his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, despite his Kenyan heritage.

“The Obama administration had been pushing a liberal agenda here in Africa and that agenda was of concern to some of us Christian leaders. It was a relief that during Trump’s time he’s taken a bit of a back seat,” Richard Chogo, a pastor at the Deliverance Church in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, told the BBC.

He praised the Trump administration for cutting funding to organisations, such as Marie Stopes, that provide contraception and safe abortion services in several African countries.

The charity criticised the 2017 US funding ban, saying that it “put women’s lives at risk”.

But Pastor Chogo agrees with the law in Kenya where abortion is illegal unless a mother’s health is in danger, saying that to legalise the termination of pregnancies is part of a “population control agenda”.

Norway blames Russia for cyber-attack on parliament

Norway has blamed Russia for a cyber-attack on the email system in the Norwegian parliament in August.

Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide talks to the media outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 13 October

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide called it a serious incident affecting the country’s “most important democratic institution.”

“Based on the information available to the government it is our assessment that Russia stood behind this activity” she said without giving any evidence.

Moscow has rejected the claim, calling it a “serious and wilful provocation.”

Ms Soreide said in a statement that Norway’s security and intelligence services were “co-operating closely to deal with this matter at the national level.”

In response, Russia’s embassy in Oslo hit back at the “unacceptable” announcement, saying no evidence had been presented.

“Millions of cyber attacks are annually committed from abroad against Russian state internet resources… but this does not give us the right to indiscriminately blame authorities of the countries of their possible origin,” the embassy added.

In September, Norwegian authorities said that email accounts belonging to several officials had been compromised during a cyber-attack, and some information had been downloaded. But the full extent of damage caused by the hack has not been made public.

Norway’s allegation comes during a time of increasingly strained relations with Russia. Both countries share an Arctic border, and Norway is a member of Nato.

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT REPLACED SARS WITH SWAT IN NIGERIA

“”I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria,” West tweeted Monday.

The head of Nigerian police says a new unit has been set up to replace the controversial Special Anti Robbery Squad, known as Sars, which was disbanded following protests over human rights abuses.

The new unit will be known as Swat or the Special Weapons and Tactics Team.

Correspondents say many Nigerians are sceptical and continue to protest to call for major police reforms.

In a bid to address the concerns the police chief said all members from the disbanded Sars unit would undergo a psychological and medical examination before further training and redeployment.

He also ordered the unconditional release of all people arrested during the protests.

Delaware suspect in Whitmer plot was pardoned last year

DOVER, Del. — The Delaware man charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has a long criminal history and was pardoned just last year by Delaware’s governor for crimes dating to 1994, according to state records.

Barry G. Croft Jr., 44, was taken into custody this week after being arrested by the FBI in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Croft made an initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Wilmington on Thursday.

Croft was being held Friday at a state prison in Wilmington. A hearing on his continued detention and removal to Michigan is scheduled for Tuesday.

Five other men, all from Michigan, were charged in the alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home.

Croft spent nearly three years in prison after being convicted on Dec. 1, 1997, of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. That sentence followed a one-year stint that ended in March 1996.

In April 2019, one week after Delaware revenue officials filed a state tax lien against Croft for more than $36,700, Democratic Gov. John Carney granted him a pardon for the 1997 gun charge and several other convictions from 1994 to 1996. The crimes involved included assault, burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

Carney’s pardon came after a December 2018 Board of Pardons hearing at which the attorney general’s office did not object to Croft’s request for a pardon. The board’s recommendation for a pardon was based on the lack of opposition from the state “and the need for a pardon for employment purposes.”

“The prior administration did not oppose this application because Croft’s criminal history was more than 20 years old and it appeared to everyone involved that his offenses were in his past and that he had gotten himself on the right track,” said Mat Marshall, a spokeswoman for Democratic Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “Needless to say, nobody — neither the DOJ nor the bipartisan Board of Pardons — would have endorsed a pardon had they known what the future held.”

Jonathan Starkey, a spokesman for Carney, noted that the charges in Croft’s unopposed pardon petition were from 1994 and 1997, more than 20 years earlier, and the pardon was unopposed.

“The charges brought in Michigan are disturbing and everyone charged in this plot should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Starkey said. “This is also another warning sign about the growing threat of violence and radicalization in our politics.”

In addition to Croft’s criminal convictions, authorities in Delaware twice sought to have him declared a habitual offender for motor vehicle offenses, first in 1995 and again in 2004.

He was also the subject of a criminal judgment filed in July 2005 but not satisfied until 2018. It’s unclear what offense that involved.

According to the Delaware Department of Correction, Croft was last under DOC supervision in January 2005, when a period of probation ended.

NEWS: Days after he was beaten by Georgia sheriff’s deputy, Roderick Walker remains in jail


Roderick Walker, a Black man whose alleged assault and subsequent arrest by a Georgia deputy was captured on video, has been released from jail and is seeking medical treatment for his injuries, his attorneys said.

More “I lost consciousness. I couldn’t breathe,” Walker said at a Friday news conference.

“I was scared and I feared for my life,” Walker said. “I just pray and just hope that it don’t happen to nobody else.”

Walker’s left eye was filled with blood as he spoke Friday, one week after the incident.

Walker’s arrest was on Sept. 11 when he was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for allegedly having a broken tail light, his lawyers said. Walker was ordered out of the car, and when he questioned why the two white Clayton County Sheriff’s deputies asked for his ID, he was arrested, Walker’s lawyers said.

Witness video captured one of the deputies beating Walker in the face and body. Walker told the deputy, “I can’t breathe,” and Walker’s 5-year-old son, who was in the car, was heard yelling, “Daddy!”

That deputy was fired for excessive use of force. A criminal investigation of the incident was turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.

Walker’s attorney, Shean Williams, said Friday, “They used an illegal, in my view, chokehold on him that almost killed him — similar to what we saw in the George Floyd situation.”

“He was literally fighting for his life,” Williams said.


GBI investigating fatal police-involved shooting in Brunswick

A man is dead after he was shot by Brunswick police Saturday night, officials said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was called in to investigate a shooting that appeared to have happened somewhere between Newcastle and Bay streets in downtown Brunswick.

Investigators are still gathering details, but said no officers were injured in the shooting.

Police taped off the area of Monck Street from Newcastle to Bay streets Saturday night.

Investigators were seen bagging evidence outside of the crime scene tape. One piece of evidence looked like a car key.

LeBron James the Next caught smoking blunt on Instagram

With his father, LeBron James, not present at home, Bronny felt this was the perfect opportunity for him to try out something new: ‘a blunt’

In a short, 2 second clip, Bronny films himself smoking what appears to be a ‘blunt’

It is safe to assume that LeBron James and wife Savannah do not take lightly of this situation as Bronny is only 15 years of age.BLI

Bronny himself did not post the clip, as the original tweet which had the video got deleted.

LeBron James was asked a week or so ago on why he did not bring his kids to the Bubble to visit, to which James responded, “There’s nothing to do here.”

A third term as president because he is ‘probably entitled’ to it,Trump

President Donald Trump on Saturday once again suggested interest in serving three terms in office, claiming that he was “probably entitled” to an additional four years following a hypothetical second term at a campaign event in Nevada. 

“And 52 days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re gonna win four more years in the White House,” Trump told the mostly maskless, non-socially distant crowd of his supporters on Saturday. “And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably — based on the way we were treated — we are probably entitled to another four after that.”

  • President Donald Trump on Saturday once more suggested he would spend three terms — 12 years — in office, claiming that he was “probably entitled” to an extra term in office. 
  • Throughout his presidency, Trump has sometimes suggested he would spend more than two terms in office.
  • The 22nd Amendment, which was ratified in 1951, established that a president may not serve more than two terms.
  • Prior to the ratification of the 22nd Amendment, FDR was elected to serve four terms in office, serving 12 years as president before his death in 1945. 

UFC Fighter Conor McGregor Arrested After Accusations of Sexual Assault, Indecent Exposure


The attempted assault allegedly took place at a bar, according to TMZ, but no other details about the incident have been confirmed. McGregor is being held in custody on the island of Corsica, where he was vacationing, according to reporting from TMZ Sports.

Former UFC and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor was arrested in France Saturday in response to accusations of attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure, for which a complaint was filed on Sept. 10.

SNOOP DOGG AND DAMIAN LILLARD, A.K.A. DAME DOLLA, DROP KOBE BRYANT TRIBUTE TRACK

Snoop Dogg and Damian Lillard, a.k.a. Dame Dolla, recently teamed with songwriter Derrick Milano up for their Kobe Bryant tribute track “Kobe.” The song had landed on the NBA 2K21 soundtrack that released earlier this month. Now, the song is available on all streaming platforms.

Dame raps about what Kobe meant to him not only in the NBA but growing up as well. “Rest in peace to the Mamba and baby Gigi/Still remember where I was standing after the three-peat/Fro was lined up yelling, ‘Kobe’ but playing pee-wee,” Dame raps.