According to the Associated Press, At least 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Police also defused explosive devices in a car. The man in question claimed responsibility for the shootings and left behind a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. Two other armed suspects were being held in custody. Police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” and that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ardern said.
According to CBN, At least 120 people have been killed in a series of alleged attacks by the Fulani militia on Christian communities in the Adara chiefdom of southern Kaduna in Nigeria since February, according to the nonprofit group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The organization reported 52 people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed last Monday in the latest attacks on Inkirimi and Dogonnoma villages in Maro, Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA). The victims included women and children. Survivors of the attack told CSW that their assailants divided into three groups. One group shot and killed people, another set fire to homes as people ran away, and the third waited in the bush to intercept fleeing villagers. Later that same day, dozens of people were injured and 43 houses were destroyed in another attack by militant Fulani herdsmen on another village. The Fulani herdsmen, also known as the Fulani militia, are a semi-nomadic group herding cattle over vast areas, living in the central regions of Nigeria. The majority of the herdsmen are Muslim and have fought with Christian farmers over grazing land for centuries.
According to the Daily Mail, DeLauren McKnight, a 27-year-old woman in North Carolina will donate a kidney to the pastor who adopted her in 1992 after learning that she is a perfect match. ‘She told me, ‘Daddy, you thought you were saving my life pulling me from foster care but in actuality, you were saving my life so I could save yours later,” the pastor, 64-year-old Billy Houze, explained during an appearance on Good Morning America. ‘I am extremely proud of her.’ The father-of-five started having complications with his kidney in 2016 after undergoing a gallbladder surgery. He was informed by doctors that he wouldn’t live past five years if he didn’t get a kidney transplant. ‘And then they told me I would be on the list and it would be seven years before I would possibly get a kidney,’ Houze said. Houze’s sons tested but weren’t matches with their father. However, McKnight learned on February 1 that she was a match. ‘I never thought I would be a match because I was adopted,’ McKnight said. She is thrilled to give back to the man who has given so much to her. She said: ‘I call him my Superman. Without him and my mom, I don’t know where I’d be. There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t give him so he can enjoy life and be right there beside me.’
According to the Los Angeles Times, Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams revealed on Tuesday’s episode that she has been living in a sober house “for some time now, and even today and beyond.” Standing amid her studio audience, the tearful host said not to be fooled by her glamorous look and unveiled her less glamorous daily routine that is helping her fight addiction. “Either you’re calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don’t care,” the 54-year-old said. Williams, who just returned from an extended break from her show, previously struggled with cocaine and said she stopped using without seeking treatment in a facility. Only her husband and son had known about her current living arrangement, she said. “So that is my truth.” The talk show host returned to her TV duties earlier this month after announcing in January that she was taking an “extended break” to deal with complications from her Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that can affect the muscles behind the eyeballs. While she was away, entertainers including Nick Cannon, Sherri Shepherd, and Jason Biggs have filled in to guest host her show.
According to CBS Sports, Star WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded from the NY Giants to the Cleveland Browns in what is widely considered to be a stunning, league-shifting offseason blockbuster deal. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the trade involves the Browns, who now have a loaded offense, sending their first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), one of the Browns third-round picks this year (their second one) as well as safety Jabrill Peppers. Beckham himself sounded stunned when talking to Kim Jones of NFL Network, calling the trade news “bittersweet” because he would be leaving New York. “At this point, I have no idea what to think. I’m trying to process it right now. [Leaving NYC is] bittersweet, but it is what it is. It’s life.” Beckham has been one of the best receivers in the history of football through the first five years of his career. He averaged 78 catches, 1,095 receiving yards, and just shy of nine touchdowns per season over the course of his career with the Giants.
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