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Why I never wanted children – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey in a sit down with Gwyneth Paltrow‘s first episode of “The Goop” podcast has explained why she never wanted children.

In their conversation, Oprah Winfrey discussed her choice to refrain from having kids—she just doesn’t like babies at their tender age of a day.

Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as state secretary

US President Donald Trump sacks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job".

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

Trump: N Korea talks could be ‘greatest deal’

President Donald Trump said his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could either fail or bring about the greatest deal for the world.

At a political rally in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump told supporters he believed North Korea wanted to make peace.

But he said he might leave the talks quickly if it didn’t look like progress for nuclear disarmament could be made.

Top Vatican figure faces historic sexual abuse hearing

The alleged victims of Cardinal George Pell, who has been accused of numerous historical sexual offences, are to be questioned in court for the first time this week.

The cardinal arrived at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday accompanied by several police officers who had to help him through an international media scrum as he walked into the courthouse.

He stood down from his post as Vatican treasurer in June last year to fight the case in his home country of Australia after being charged by Victoria police.

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76.


Somalia, Nigeria happier countries than Ghana – Report

The conditions existing in Nigeria and Somalia make them happier countries than Ghana.

This is according to the latest World Happiness Report.

The report, which was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14, days before World Happiness Day on March 20, placed Nigeria 17 places above Ghana in the 156-country list.

Nigerian judge elected new president of ICC

The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session have elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji of Nigeria as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect.

Judge Robert Fremr from the Czech Republic was elected First Vice-President with Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France as Second Vice-President.

Mississippi passes strictest abortion law

Mississippi's governor has just signed into law the tightest abortion restrictions in the US.

The bill bans most abortions after 15 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The only exemptions are in cases where there is a foetal abnormality that is "incompatible with life", or the mother's life is in danger.

Mississippi previously banned abortions from 20 weeks. Critics say the new law is unconstitutional.

Man shoots self outside White House

A man is reported to have shot himself outside the White House in Washington, the US Secret Service says.

It tweeted that agents were "responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound" outside the north fence.

President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Man pours acid on sleeping wife for giving birth to daughters

A man poured acid over his wife, on International Women’s Day, after she gave birth to a baby girl in Moradabad, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The victim, Farah Biwi, 25, suffered burns injuries to her face, hands and stomach after her husband Siraj Biwi, 32, allegedly threw acid over her.

Germany coalition deal: Merkel promises action on jobs and EU

Angela Merkel has said it is important that a new government gets to work quickly after the longest period of coalition-building in post-war Germany.

She said she would work to secure jobs and prosperity, and promised to provide a strong voice for Germany in the EU.

The chancellor is set to form her fourth government after the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) voted in favour of another grand coalition on Sunday.

DR Congo to shun its own donor conference in Geneva

The Democratic Republic of Congo says it will not attend a donor conference in Geneva next month, complaining the country is being given "a bad image".

The meeting aims to raise nearly $1.7bn (£1.2bn) for what the UN has described as a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.