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JUST IN: Trump fires Tillerson, US secretary of state

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President Donald Trump of the US has fired Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state.

Tillerson was replaced with Mike Pompeo, director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The president announced this on Twitter five minutes ago.

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018

The development comes less than 24 hours after Tillerson rounded off his visit to five African countries, including Nigeria.

The African trip ended one day ahead of schedule in order to make Tillerson “deal with urgent work there”, according to one of his spokesmen.

The spokesman told reporters travelling with him that top US diplomat’s travel plans changed so that he could return to Washington early on Tuesday morning instead of late that night.

Tillerson had cancelled the plan to spend the night in Abuja.

He met President Muhammadu Buhari and addressed the media alongside Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs.

The sacked secretary of state had pledged the assistance of the US government to assist Nigeria in many ways, including rescuing the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

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20 year old man walks into own funeral as family buries wrong body

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A 20-year-old man shocked his family after he walked into his own wake. Juan Ramon Alfonso Penayo’s relatives had been mourning his death at his home when he reportedly rocked up to the gathering.
The incident took place in Paraguay, in the village of Santa Teresa, according to Mirror UK. Penayo returned home after he had been missing for several days.
Police had earlier discovered the gruesome remains of a burned body that could not be identified and family members believed it was Penayo.
As drug gangs operated in the area, they feared that he had become involved in trouble and killed. However, they were stunned to see him casually walk into the house in the middle of the wake they were holding for him.

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Popular rapper XXXtentacion, 20, shot dead

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Popular rapper Xxxtentacion (born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) has been killed. He was shot and killed today June 18th in his sports car in Miami. According to police, the 20 year old was ambushed by two men in a Black SUV, while he was leaving a motorcyle dealership. The men pulled out guns and shot him dead.
Another story is that he was leaving the dealership when a ‘gunman driving a black Dodge Journey ran up to his vehicle and shot him.’ Multiple gun shots were heard.
Emergency dispatch radio described two black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask in the incident which they have classified as a drive-by shooting.
The car used in the shooting has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.
Witnesses at the scene also told cops that a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX’s vehicle
XXXTentacion who was a promising talent was awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. He was also facing more than a dozen felony charges and has been on house arrest until recently after the judge let him out so he could tour.
Xxxtentacion was filmed lying motionless behind the wheel of his car. He was later rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Central Bank Gov Dies of Heart Attack

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The Central Bank Governor of Sudan, Hazem Abdelqader, has died of heart attack while on a visit to Turkey, his family and the Sudanese presidential palace said on Saturday.
Born in 1960, Abdelqader served in various departments at the central bank from 1985 before he was appointed governor in December 2016.

Family members said the father of six was not known to be suffering from any illnesses.
Sudan’s economy had been grappling with crippling hard currency shortage and “black market” for dollars that pushed the central bank to devalue currency to around 30 pounds to the dollar earlier this year from 6.7 pounds in late December.

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