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The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a “minister of loneliness” to tackle the social and health issues caused by social isolation.

As Peter Walker at the Guardian reports, Tracey Crouch, who most-recently served as minister for both sport and civil society, will lead a cross-governmental group responsible for creating policies to address the growing problem.

Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey of opinion in 134 countries showed a record collapse in approval for the US role in the world, from 48% under Obama to 30% after one year of Donald Trump – the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago.

The result comes after a separate Gallup survey found that Trump reaches the first anniversary of his inauguration with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.

Prominent Zimbabwean politician Roy Bennett has been killed with his wife in a helicopter crash in North America.

The couple died along with three others when the aircraft crashed on Wednesday in a mountainous area in the US state of New Mexico. One person survived.

Mr Bennett, 60, was a former white farmer who became a stalwart of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, announce that they are expecting their first

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant. 

Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week break.

"And we thought 2017 was a big year!" she wrote on Instagram.

It was 3 in the morning when Luis Fernando Figari, the leader of a powerful Catholic organization in Peru, summoned Oscar Osterling and two other young men in their 20s to a room with him.
He had made unusual requests before, under the guise of “spiritual guidance,” but not this: Figari, Osterling says, told the men to undress as he pulled out a video camera and started recording.

Edet Asuquo, a bus conductor assaulted the little child for being a girl instead of boy. He allegedly said having a girl is of no use.
Nigeria’s Lagos state police have initiated a search for 32-year-old man after he allegedly slapped his 3-week-old baby so hard that the she had to be hospitalized.

A tour agency in Namibia has returned fire on Donald Trump with a parody video talking up its credentials as "Africa's number one shithole country."

The spoof short video was published on YouTube in the wake of a political backlash against Trump's alleged description of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and unspecified parts of Africa as "all these people from shithole countries."

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