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GQ Men Of The Year Awards: Caroline Flack leaves on/off fiancé Andrew Brady alone on his birthday

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Loving life: Caroline Flack

She was said to be working on her relationship with Andrew Brady following their make-or-break holiday in the Caribbean. 

Yet Caroline Flack’s on/off fiancé seemed to be the furthest thing from her mind as she enjoyed a fun-filled night out at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London’s Tate Modern on Wednesday. 

Hitting the red carpet alongside an excitable Professor Green, the 38-year-old Love Island host looked to be having the time of her life, whilst her on/off fiancé Andrew revealed he’d celebrated his birthday with just their pet dog for company.

Loving life: Caroline Flack's on/off fiancé seemed to be the furthest thing on her mind as she enjoyed a fun-filled night out at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Tate Modern on Wednesday

Loving life: Caroline Flack's on/off fiancé seemed to be the furthest thing on her mind as she enjoyed a fun-filled night out at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Tate Modern on Wednesday

Loving life: Caroline Flack’s on/off fiancé seemed to be the furthest thing on her mind as she enjoyed a fun-filled night out at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Tate Modern on Wednesday

Caroline and Andrew bought six-month-old French Bulldog puppy Ruby together earlier this year during a happier period in their relationship, but have since split several times and are said to be sharing custody of the dog. 

And The Apprentice star Andrew revealed he was spending his 28th with the puppy, as he took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap with the pooch, captioned: ‘Birthday Hugs’.

Meanwhile, Caroline was living it up at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards where she was photobombed by Professor Green – real name Stephen Manderson.

Alone: The 38-year-old Love Island host looked to be having the time of his life, whilst her on/off fiance Andrew revealed he'd celebrated his birthday with just their pet dog for company

Alone: The 38-year-old Love Island host looked to be having the time of his life, whilst her on/off fiance Andrew revealed he'd celebrated his birthday with just their pet dog for company

Alone: The 38-year-old Love Island host looked to be having the time of his life, whilst her on/off fiance Andrew revealed he’d celebrated his birthday with just their pet dog for company

The TV star looked sensational on the night out as she sizzled in a stunning zebra-print mini dress with a train that skimmed her lean legs.

The strapless garment shimmered under the bright flashes and showcased her sensational figure without baring too much. 

She finished off the look with a pair of towering black heels and styling her glossy caramel locks in loose waves that framed her pretty features.  

Two's company: Caroline was living it up at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards where she was photobombed by Professor Green - real name Stephen Manderson

Two's company: Caroline was living it up at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards where she was photobombed by Professor Green - real name Stephen Manderson

Two’s company: Caroline was living it up at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards where she was photobombed by Professor Green – real name Stephen Manderson

Dressed to impress: The songstress looked sensational on the night out as she sizzled in a stunning zebra-print mini dress with a train that skimmed her lean legs

Dressed to impress: The songstress looked sensational on the night out as she sizzled in a stunning zebra-print mini dress with a train that skimmed her lean legs

Chic: Caroline looked sensational

Chic: Caroline looked sensational

Dressed to impress: The songstress looked sensational on the night out as she sizzled in a stunning zebra-print mini dress with a train that skimmed her lean legs

Meanwhile, Caroline and Andrew reportedly travelled to the Caribbean to see if they could mend their relationship.

Caroline has also deleted all traces of the CBB star from her Instagram account, with any photos of them together remaining absent from her social media.

A source said: ‘Caroline has had a really tough time but she really wants things with Andrew to carry on. 

Demure: The strapless garment shimmered under the bright flashes and showcased her sensational figure without baring too much

Demure: The strapless garment shimmered under the bright flashes and showcased her sensational figure without baring too much

Demure: The strapless garment shimmered under the bright flashes and showcased her sensational figure without baring too much

‘She loves him and knows he has strong feelings for her, too. They both felt if they could get far away, they could properly work things out.

‘They are laying low and deciding whether their ­relationship can be salvaged.’

MailOnline contacted representatives for Caroline and Andrew for comment at the time. 

The pair first split in March after a month of romance, amid claims of Andrew’s infidelity and fears that he was using the presenter for her fame.

Blonde bombshell: She finished off the look with a pair of towering black heels and styling her glossy caramel locks in loose waves that framed her pretty features

Blonde bombshell: She finished off the look with a pair of towering black heels and styling her glossy caramel locks in loose waves that framed her pretty features

Blonde bombshell: She finished off the look with a pair of towering black heels and styling her glossy caramel locks in loose waves that framed her pretty features

Gal pals: Inside the party, Caroline was seen chatting with Laura Whitmore, who is the girlfriend of her Love Island pal Iain Stirling 

Gal pals: Inside the party, Caroline was seen chatting with Laura Whitmore, who is the girlfriend of her Love Island pal Iain Stirling 

Gal pals: Inside the party, Caroline was seen chatting with Laura Whitmore, who is the girlfriend of her Love Island pal Iain Stirling 

However, they soon reconciled – with Caroline even having his initials tattooed on her inner wrist, just weeks after their first meeting.

Following a whirlwind two-month romance, the pair then became engaged in April, and confirmed the news on their Instagram pages.

Yet, things turned sour once again the following month, with Caroline announcing their second break-up in a statement on social media.

On/off: Meanwhile, Caroline and Andrew reportedly travelled to the Caribbean to see if they could mend their relationship

On/off: Meanwhile, Caroline and Andrew reportedly travelled to the Caribbean to see if they could mend their relationship

On/off: Meanwhile, Caroline and Andrew reportedly travelled to the Caribbean to see if they could mend their relationship

 

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Government arrests Catholic Bishop for resisting to church’s political party

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Chinese authorities have detained a Catholic Bishop Pietro Shao Zhumin for resisting demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body.

A Catholic news service reports that Bishop Zhumin’s detention was against recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.

Asia News reported that the bishop dropped out of sight several days ago, but gave no details other than saying he had been subjected to “dozens of days of indoctrination as in the times of the Cultural Revolution,” a reference to Mao Zedong’s radical 1966-76 attack on traditional Chinese culture, religion and the intelligentsia.

Shao was appointed by the pope in 2016 and posted to the southeastern city of Wenzhou, which has a large Christian community.

Officials reached the local religious affairs bureau, a department regulating the Catholic church and police headquarters Friday by phone, but they said they had no knowledge of Shao’s situation and refused to give their names.

Shao’s disappearance follows a breakthrough agreement to give Chinese authority a say over the appointment of bishops that critics called a cave-in to the ruling party just as it is waging a sweeping crackdown on religion.

Others characterised it as an imperfect but much-needed step toward uniting Catholics in the world’s most populous country.

The Vatican has long hoped to bring together China’s 12 million Catholics who are divided between those worshipping in state-sanctioned churches and the underground priests and parishioners loyal to the pope, who are frequently detained and harassed.

Details of the September agreement haven’t been released, although analysts say the Vatican will retain the power to put forward candidates while Beijing will likely have the right to refuse them.

Bill Gates unveils future-toilets in China Such moves are seen as a concession on the Vatican’s part in the face of Beijing’s assertion that it would not allow “foreign forces” to govern the country’s faith groups.

Under president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, the authorities have in recent months cracked down heavily on Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Buddhists in the name of national security and the “Sinosization” of religion.

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How thousands of Africans die each year due to use of fake drugs

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When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains one day last month he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.

The doctor prescribed a malaria treatment but the medicine cost too much for Dieng, a 30-year-old tailor, so he went to an unlicensed street vendor for pills on the cheap.

“It was too expensive at the pharmacy. I was forced to buy street drugs as they are less expensive,” he said.

Within days he was hospitalized – sickened by the very drugs that were supposed to cure him.

Tens of thousands of people in Africa die each year because of fake and counterfeit medication, an E.U.-funded report released on Tuesday said. The drugs are mainly made in China but also in India, Paraguay, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Almost half the fake and low-quality medicines reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2013 and 2017 were found to be in sub-Saharan Africa, said the report, also backed by Interpol and the Institute for Security Studies.

“Counterfeiters prey on poorer countries more than their richer counterparts, with up to 30 times greater penetration of fakes in the supply chain,” said the report.

Substandard or fake anti-malarials cause the deaths of between 64,000 and 158,000 people per year in sub-Saharan Africa, the report said.

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The counterfeit drug market is worth around $200 billion worldwide annually, WHO says, making it the most lucrative trade of illegally copied goods. Its impact has been devastating.

Nigeria said more than 80 children were killed in 2009 by a teething syrup tainted with a chemical normally used in engine coolant and blamed for causing kidney failure.

For Dieng, the cost can be measured in more than simple suffering. The night in hospital cost him more than double what he would have paid had he bought the drugs the doctor ordered.

“After taking those drugs, the provenance of which we don’t know, he came back with new symptoms … All this had aggravated his condition,” said nurse Jules Raesse, who treated Dieng when he stayed at the clinic last month.

Fake drugs also threaten a thriving pharmaceutical sector in several African countries.

That has helped prompt Ivory Coast – where fake drugs were also sold openly – to crack down on the trade, estimated at $30 billion by Reuters last year.

Ivorian authorities said last month they had seized almost 400 tonnes of fake medicine over the past two years.

Able Ekissi, an inspector at the health ministry, told Reuters the seized goods, had they been sold to consumers, would have represented a loss to the legitimate pharmaceutical industry of more than $170 million.

“They are reputed to be cheaper, but at best they are ineffective and at worst toxic,” Abderrahmane Chakibi, Managing Director of French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi’s sub-Saharan Africa branch.

But in Ivory Coast, many cannot afford to shop in pharmacies, which often only stock expensive drugs imported from France, rather than cheaper generics from places like India.

“When you have no means you are forced to go out onto the street,” said Barakissa Cherik, a pharmacist in Ivory Coast’s lagoon-side commercial capital Abidjan.

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Reasons El-Zakzaky cannot be freed – El- Rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai has provided reasons detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shittes, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, cannot be set free.

El-Rufai said that El-Zakzaky was not being held illegally as widely reported.

Recall that the Shittes leader was arrested in 2015, after a confrontation between members of the group and the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai.

According to the Governor, the IMN leader was detained on the orders of a competent court, being a suspect standing trial for multiple murders and other related criminal offences.

Governor El-Rufai stated this yesterday in Kaduna, when he received management team of The Sun Publishing Limited.

Although there was an order by a Federal High Court in 2016 that he be released, El-Rufai revealed that the said order had no bearing on El-Zakzaky’s current case.

The governor said the state government took time to investigate the Shi’ite leader and discovered that his activities for more than 20 years had caused several killings.

He said having concluded investigation, the state took custody of El-Zakzaky from the DSS and duly charged him with multiple murders.

Explaining the alleged daily expenses of about N3.5 million on El-Zakzaky, he said the money was not on feeding of the Shi’ite leader but on everything related to his protective custody.

El-Rufai said El-Zakzaky is guarded by a detachment of soldiers and DSS operatives who live in the place he is being kept and who are maintained by the state government.

He said, “The N3.5 million monthly feeding on El-Zakzaky is not only about his food, but other expenses on security men attached to him.

“The security men are permanently stationed with him, they surrounded where he is kept.

“He is in custody because he is facing murder charge which is not bailable, among other charges.

“As a government, we decided to proscribe Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) of which El-Zakzaky is the president because it is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

“So, any procession in the name of IMN is illegal, as far as Kaduna State government is concerned.”

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