Here are our top headlines today from various parts and covering various topics like news, politics, gossip and business.
Let's start with Nigeria; with the country facing economic issues and the problem of insurgency , a new militant group has been formed which is set to add more salt to the injury of the Nigerian economy, and below is the news;
Avengers strike again in Nigeria
New militant group, the Niger Delta Avenger, Thursday, destroyed the main pipeline supplying gas that provides electricity to the Escravos tank farm in Delta state owned by Chevron.
In a tweet sent via its Twitter handle, @NDAvengers, the armed militant group, said the latest action was carried out after Chevron ignored its May 12 warning not to fix a major crude pipeline blown up by the group early in the month.
And meanwhile in the business world, there seems to be ripples with Jack Ma's baby, Ali Baba, and that is according to U.S regulators. Bad Blood, don't you think? just saying, below is the full report
Ali Baba under Investigation over Accounting Methods U.S. regulators are investigating Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's <BABA.N> accounting practices to determine whether they violated federal laws, the Chinese e-commerce giant said, sending its shares tumbling nearly 7 percent on Wednesday.
Alibaba said the Securities and Exchange Commission launched the investigation earlier this year. Questions about its growth rate and its relations with affiliated companies have dogged the firm for years.
The latest investigation highlights how far Alibaba has to go to improve transparency, as it also fights sales of fake items, while a continuing acquisition spree creates uncertainty over its earnings.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the SEC investigation. Alibaba said that it was cooperating with the authorities, and that the SEC advised it the investigation should not be seen as an indication the company had violated federal securities laws.
The SEC focused on the accounting for logistics firm Cainiao Network, which is around 47 percent-owned by Alibaba, accounting practices applicable to related-party transactions in general, and operating data from its annual "Singles' Day" sale, according to Alibaba's annual report filed on Tuesday.
Some merchants in China have questioned whether results from the Nov. 11 Singles' Day promotion, which have exceeded the combined sales of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events in the United States, are as high as reported by Alibaba. Last year it reported about $14 billion in transactions on Singles' Day, when shoppers are encouraged to treat themselves to special deals.
Cainiao, started jointly in 2013 by Alibaba, Yintai Holdings, Fosun Group, Forchn Holdings and five major delivery companies, has in the past been unconsolidated in Alibaba's financial statements, raising questions among some investors and analysts.
Alibaba said its latest annual report disclosed for the first time Cainiao's revenue, net loss, assets and liabilities. Alibaba spokesman Robert Christie said those figures are "exactly the kind of robust and transparent information that will address the underlying issues in SEC's inquiry".
There are no other undisclosed SEC inquiries, Christie said.
And now to the news which is currently trending on the entertainment scene, read below;
Three wounded, One die at New Concert Venue where T.I wanted to perform
Shots rang out inside a concert venue in New York City where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform, leaving one person dead, three others wounded and concertgoers scrambling for the nearest exits, police said.
The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in a third-floor green room area at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square. It was not immediately known who had access to that area.
Witnesses described a frantic, frightening scene.
Live Hoffman, 19, was in the balcony VIP area to the left of the stage when the shooting happened. She said there had been some kind of argument between two groups of people before the shooting. A girl she had been talking to was one of the victims.
"The girl next to me was shot point blank, and men picked her up and carried her out," Hoffman told The Associated Press, still shaken by the events that unfolded right in front of her. "For two to three minutes we still heard firing, still heard shots, we were clutching each other making sure no one was getting hit."
Video shot inside the venue showed concertgoers rushing to the sides trying to leave the area as a group of people tended to a person on the floor.
"I ran out, just trying to look for my friends, just trying to see if everyone was OK. Everyone was hysterical," Hoffman said.
Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry said a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest. He was listed in critical condition. A 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were both shot in the leg. They were expected to survive.
Elijah Rodriguez was in the VIP area by the stage and said that T.I. was supposed to go on at 9 or 9:30 p.m., but "he never showed up."
Aubry said T.I. was in the building, but performers Maino and Uncle Murda were on stage at the time of the shooting.
"It was scary to deal with. When I got outside, like literally across the street, there were a few girls having, like, panic attacks. One girl thought she saw someone get shot in front of her," Rodriguez said.
Police said metal detectors were set up at Irving Plaza, a 1,025-person ballroom-style music venue, but witnesses said security getting into the concert was lax.
Representatives for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., said they were referring all questions about the shooting to police.
No arrests have been made.
The Big boys have arrived in Japan to do some brainstorming, and below states the number one thing they will be focusing on;
G7 meeting kicks off, Economy takes center stage
World leaders kicked off two days of G7 talks in Japan on Thursday, with the creaky global economy taking centre stage and disquiet over China's growing influence looming over proceedings.
Heads of state and government from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and host Japan are meeting in Ise-Shima, a mountainous region about 300 kilometres (200 miles) southwest of Tokyo.
The group, including US President Barack Obama -- who is making a historic trip to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on Friday -- visited Ise Jingu, a shrine complex that sits at the spiritual heart of Japan's native Shintoism.
Obama was the last to arrive at the leafy site under heavy security, a phalanx of black SUVs with tinted windows pulling up alongside a group of schoolchildren waving Japanese flags.
He then walked with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe along a curved wooden bridge as they approached the forested sanctuary.
In line with tradition, the site's buildings are regularly replaced, but the sprawling shrine is believed to have occupied the same spot for more than 2,000 years.
Abe's decision to take his counterparts to the site -- also a hotspot for domestic tourists -- has raised eyebrows among some critics, however, due to lingering nationalist overtones left over from when Shinto was the state religion.
The group will also get a brief crash course on Japan's world-leading green car technology later Thursday, with a series of bilateral meetings also scheduled.
Among them, Germany's Angela Merkel meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is also holding talks with French leader Francois Hollande.
The sputtering global economy is expected to take centre stage when the formal talks get under way later Thursday, although divisions are likely to remain over whether the world should spend or save its way out of the malaise, with Japan and Germany at odds on the issue.
OHH! and now to the favorite part. Gossip. I though this two(Johnny Depp and Amber Heard) were going to last a couple of years, but it seems it was just business as usual, but just days after his mother's death is rather cruel, don't you think?
Full report below
Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard set to divorce days after actor's mother died
Film star Johnny Depp and his actress wife Amber Heard are to divorce, US court documents have revealed. Heard, 30, filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. They married 15 months ago and have no children. They have recently been embroiled in a legal case in Australia after Heard took two dogs into the country illegally. She pleaded guilty in April to a charge of falsifying documents. Depp, 52, and Heard met while co-starring in the 2011 film The Rum Diary. In the court papers, Texan-born Heard listed the separation date as Sunday. Celebrity news website TMZ reported that Depp had asked a judge to reject Heard's claim for spousal support. The split comes days after the death of Depp's mother. His latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is due to be released on Friday.