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Photos: See Katy Perry's new $19million California mansion

Katy Perry has splashed out on the ultimate luxury abode, she just purchased a California mega mansion for $19million.

The very private Beverly Hills property boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms, an infinity pool and beautifully manicured grounds.

More photos after the cut.

Facebook targets 30,000 accounts in crackdown on fake news in France

Facebook has cracked down on 30,000 accounts found to be spreading fake news stories or spam in France ahead of the country's pivotal presidential election.
Facebook(FB, Tech30) said the move was part of its efforts to fight spam, misinformation and other deceptive content. 
"Our priority, of course is to remove the accounts with the largest footprint, with a high amount of activity and a broad reach," Facebook security manager Shabnam Shaik said in a blog post. 
Facebook acknowledged, however, that the purge will not remove all accounts that are spreading fake news. "We know we have to keep getting better," said Shaik. 
The spread of fake news has raised concerns in France ahead of the the country's national elections. The first round of the voting, scheduled for April 23, will feature candidates including far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. 
Le Pen is expected to perform well enough to earn a place in a runoff scheduled for May 7. 
The c…

GUBA Awards 2017 Nominees Announced

The anticipated launch of the GUBA 2017 Awards took place on Monday the 10th of April 2017 at the Ghana High Commission in Highgate, London.
The launch which serves as a precursor to the official awards ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd of June, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, O2, London – served as an official declaration and announcement of the shortlisted nominees for the GUBA 2017 Awards.
Voting for the nominees of the respective categories commences on Wednesday the 12th of April, 2017, via Tickets for the awards are also available to purchase at
The final phase of elimination for the Made in Ghana, Professional of the Year and Charity of the Year categories takes place at midnight, on Thursday the 20th of April 2017. Nominees for the aforementioned categories will be condensed to 4 nominees and announced at the GUBA Ghana Launch on the 21st of April, 2017 at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

Every man is a potential rapist - Zimbabwean police Chief says

Inspector Precious Simango, a Zimbawean senior police officer and the police spokesperson of Bulawayo has made shocking claims that every man is a potential rapist. While reacting to Domestic and Sexual abuse in Zimbabwe, Simango told the Chronicle Newspaper that there is a high tendency of young girls getting raped if left alone with a male relative this Easter Holidays.
'We want to reiterate that every male is a potential rapist and as such we want to warn the public not to leave the girl child under the guardianship of male relatives.She also urged the youths not to take part in the act which is a punishable office.
'We also want to urge the youths not to indulge in activities that may endanger their lives.' However, police in Zimbabwe have profusely reported on rape cases of female sperm harvesters raping boys in the country.

Ivory Coast conflict: Gbagbo ally jailed over Novotel hotel murders

The head of the presidential guard under Ivory Coast's ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo has been sentenced to 18 years in prison over killings during the country's civil conflict in 2011.
Gen Bruno Dogbo Ble was convicted at the murder trial for four foreign businessmen, who were abducted from a top hotel in the main city of Abidjan.
Only one body was ever found, dumped in a lagoon in the city.
Some 3,000 people died in the conflict that followed elections in 2010.
The BBC's Tamasin Ford in Abidjan says there are still many unanswered questions about the case which was long shrouded in doubt and mystery. 
A unit of the elite presidential guard was found to have stormed the Novotel Hotel in Abidjan's financial district on 4 April, 2011, as fighting raged for control of the commercial capital.
They abducted the French hotel manager along with the French head of Sifca, the country's biggest agro-industrial group, his Beninoise assistant and a Malaysian colleague. 
The pr…

International Church of Cannabis to be launched in Colorado on April 20

A church for marijuana lovers is planning its official grand opening in Denver, Colorado on April 20 (world weed day). The new church known as International Church of Cannabis has taken over a former Christian church building and claims to be the first large venue in the world where cannabis can be legally consumed in a social environment.
The church says it will "offer a home to adults everywhere who are looking to create the best version of themselves by way of the sacred plant."

Members of the church call themselves Elevationists, founding member Steve Berke through the church's website said:

"Our lifestance is that an individual’s spiritual journey, and search for meaning, is one of self-discovery that can be accelerated with ritual cannabis use. Elevationists claim no divine authority, nor authoritarian structure, therefore, those of all religious and cultural background are welcome to visit our chapel and take part in our celebrations."The group i…

So Sad: 13-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Himself as Friends Watch on Instagram Live [Video]

A middle school student in Georgia was showing off a gun on social media when he accidentally shot himself in the head and died on Monday, his family said.
Family members say 13-year-old Malachi Stephens traded his iPhone for a handgun just four days before the shooting, CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports.

“That is my godson, Malachi. He was 13 years old and he was in his bedroom playing with a gun on Instagram Live,” Shantiera Bankston told WGCL while holding a portrait of the teen. “He was full of life, he was a good kid, very active, loved dancing.”

Family members consider the shooting an accident and believe the fatal incident would have been prevented if someone had spoken up.

“He did not kill himself,” said Bankston. “He loved life, he was just playing with a gun and the gun went off… If somebody would have said something, maybe he’d be still here.
” The boy’s father, Ernest Stephens, said Malachi’s mother kicked down his locked bedroom door in Forest Park and found her son lying…

UPSA dismisses 22 students for manipulating grades

Twenty-two final year students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) have been dismissed for hacking into the university’s grading system.The students are said to have paid a hacker between GH¢2000 and GH¢4000 to manipulate their grades for the 2015/2016 academic year in the university’s database. 
According to the Registrar of the University, Seidu Mohammed Mustapha, the decision to expel the 22 students was taken without prejudice to any criminal investigation.
In an interview on Citi FM, he said the integrity of the university was at stake, hence the need to “take these measures in order that they serve as a deterrent. So the Academic Board met and took a decision and decided that all of them should be expelled.”
Seven of the 22 dismissed students had their pictures published on the school’s website as a further sanction, because they did not aid investigations into the matter, according to Mr. Mustapha.
In the meantime, police are investigating the matter,…

Meet the first African elected to the Federal Parliament in Australia

Kenyan-Australian based lawyer, Lucy Gichuhi has emerged as the first African descent elected to the Federal Parliament as a senator in Australia.

The Family First member who came second behind her fellow candidate, Bob Day, in a recent election was later declared the winner after the electoral commission found Day ineligible to hold office because he had an 'indirect pecuniary interest' in an agreement with the commonwealth.
According to a South Australian political source, Gichuhi’s election was confirmed at a special recount conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission on Thursday. She will be the first person of African descent elected to federal parliament.

Speaking after the confirmation in a statement. Ms. Gichuhi said: I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to serve Australia. I see it as an opportunity to give back to this great nation,' However,  Lucy Gichuhi migrated to Australia in 1999 and became an Australian in 2001.

New Single + Video : He Cares For Me by ED

Fast-rising gospel singer, Ed, has released a new single which is taking Easter reflections to new dimensions.
Dubbed He Cares For Me and released with a great video, the single is rekindling the true spirit of Easter – the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross at Calvary.
The single was only released on April 1, but many followers are already emphasising how it has generated deep personal introspection and caused many to reflect on God’s grace and mercy despite our human failures.
Since releasing his two debut singles ‘Tis Amazing and Father to the Fatherless in 2015, Ed has been quietly taking gospel music by storm. He represents an exciting phase of spirit-filled, edifying gospel music that not only inspires but also uplifts the body, soul and spirit.
God has blessed him with the special gift for leading our generation into His presence in praise and worship. His style is no different from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (BTC) in New York.
He ‘Car…

Here's How Much the 'Mother of All Bombs' Costs

The United States Defense Department likes to show off. After proving it can move with the quick strike capability of a cobra as it did when it launched 59 tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield, the Pentagon on Thursday decided to up the ante by showing its muscle. 
They dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb against ISIS in the Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. The GBU-43B known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or the Mother of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound monster. It took $314 million to develop and has a unit cost of $16 million.

FGM: Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala faces life in jail

A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. 
Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 years.
She was investigated after the authorities received a tip-off.  If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
FGM was made illegal in the US in 1996.
In a voluntary interview with investigators earlier this week Dr Nagarwala denied being involved in any such procedure, local media reported.
But prosecutors said she had performed "horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims". 
Some travelled to her practise from outside the state of Michigan and were told not to talk about the procedure, they added.
Dr Nagarwala appeared in a federal court in Detroit and was remanded in custody. 
"Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal …

Pope celebrates 'Holy Thursday in prison, washes the feet of 12 prison inmates

Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday celebration washed the feet of prison inmates at the Paliano detention center in Italy for former mafia members. As part of the mass celebration, the pontiff bent to wash and kiss the right foot of 12 inmates in commemoration of Jesus' gesture of humility towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified.

Two of the inmates, who participated in the ceremony are said to be serving life sentences while the remaining 10 are due to be released between 2019 and 2073

According to the Vatican, three of the inmates were women and one was a born Muslim who had converted to Catholicism. The group consisted of 10 Italians, an Albanian and a prisoner from the pope’s homeland of Argentina. According to the pope in his massage culled from AP, he said by washing the feet of inmates, he was willing to do 'the work of a slave in order to sow love among us' and urged the prisoners to help each other. 'If you can do something, a s…