Here is a rundown of 5 of the hottest news topics…
1. Brexit lawmakers fail to reach an agreement
In a dramatic twist in the Brexit saga, UK prime minister, Theresa May in a desperate move to salvage her Brexit deal, told a meeting of MPs from her Conservative Party that she would step down if her Withdrawal Agreementwere to be accepted at the third time of asking.
The offer was made in the hopes that it would persuade enough rebel Conservative MPs to change their minds and accept her deal.
Indicative votes – a series of votes on the Brexit option – were held on Wednesday evening by the UK parliament. The vote is designed to see what MPs would and would not support amid the Brexit deadlock.
However, after several hours of debate, there was no sign of a breakthrough as the lawmakers failed to agree on an alternative to the Prime Minister’s plan.
2. Cardi B admits to drugging and robbing men
A video recently surfaced on Instagram showing Cardi B saying she used to drug and rob men. The video, which Cardi B says was made three years ago, features the singer reminiscing about the time when she worked as a stripper—a time when she said, “I’d drug niggas up and I’d rob them.”
The rapper has confirmed that the video is real and apologised for it after it caused an uproar on social media. She took to Instagram to say, “I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world with a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my shit,” she wrote. “I made the choices I did at the time because I had very limited options… I have a past that I can’t change, we all do.”
The revelation has received mixed views from onlookers with some taking a sympathetic stance with the Bodak Yellow rapper while others have related it to R. Kelly and Bill Cosby’s crimes of sexual assault.
3. Burundi schoolgirls freed
The Burundi schoolgirls detained for drawing on a photo of President Pierre Nkurunziza in their schoolbooks have been set free according to a Human Rights Watch official.
The schoolgirls were charged with “insulting the head of state” and faced up to five years in jail if they were convicted.
Their detention led to international condemnation of the Burundian government, with critics showing their support for the girls on social media with their own crudely drawn images of Nkurunziza and the hashtag #FreeOurGirls.
4. CBN to reinstate cashless policy
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Wednesday during the First Bank of Nigeria’s 125 years anniversary gala night dinner, revealed plans to extend the cashless policy nationwide almost two years after the policy was halted.
The former Central Bank Governor, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, had introduced the policy during his tenure but according to Emefiele, the CBN under his leadership was not certain about the rate of financial inclusion and penetration in the country. Hence the CBN suspended the nationwide implementation of the cashless policy.
“We had to wait a while because we felt that there was need to be sure that the rate of financial inclusion in Nigeria has effectively penetrated all the nooks and crannies of the country for us to be able to say yes, it is time to really proceed on cashless banking.
I want to use this opportunity to say that very soon, all the structures that have been put in place would improve banking services in Nigeria,” the CBN boss explained.
5. Bayern secure record signing
Bayern Munich has confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez on a five-year deal worth a club record €80m (£68m). The 23-year-old who won the 2018 World Cup with France will join the Bundesliga giants in July.
“This is a really important day in my footballing career. Bayern Munich is one of the best clubs in Europe and the world. I’m proud to be able to fight for all possible titles with Bayern.” the player said.
Hernandez, who is mainly a left-back, can also play as a centre-back. The transfer makes him the second most expensive defender in the history of the sport just behind Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.
The French international has made 67 La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid, winning the Europa League and Super Cup. He has also won 15 international caps for France, featuring in all their World Cup matches in Russia.
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