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President Trump has said he is scrapping two business councils after more bosses quit over his handling of violent clashes in Virginia.

Business leaders left the White House manufacturing council after the backlash against how he reacted to the far-right rally last weekend.

The clashes culminated in a woman’s death and nearly 20 wounded when a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-fascists.

Mr Trump’s reaction has sparked outrage and generated global headlines.

His announcement on Twitter came as the heads of 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson, and United Technologies announced their resignations on Wednesday.

Mr Trump said: “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both.”

BBC reports that before Mr Trump’s announcement, the Strategy and Policy Forum announced it was a joint decision to disband the council.

Businesses have been under pressure to distance themselves from Mr Trump over his handling of the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On Monday, Mr Trump belatedly condemned the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups that rallied in small Virginia town on Sunday.

But in a rancorous news conference on Tuesday he backtracked and again blamed left-wing counter-protesters for the violence too.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, a member of the Strategy and Policy Forum, released a separate statement on Wednesday saying he strongly disagreed with Mr Trump’s recent statements, adding that “fanning divisiveness is not the answer”

“Constructive economic and regulatory policies are not enough and will not matter if we do not address the divisions in our country. It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart,” he said.

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Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Co said she could not continue to participate in the advisory panel after Mr Trump’s comments. Activists had called on Campbell Soup, among other firms, to take action.

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TOO GOOD!! King Messi & Coutinho Score As Barcelona Thrash Alaves 3 – 0 [Watch The Goals Highlight]

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Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona got their La Liga title defence off to a winning start with a deserved, hard-fought victory over Alaves.

Messi fired a fantastic free-kick under the wall to open the scoring – Barcelona’s 6,000th La Liga goal.

Half-time substitute Philippe Coutinho then cut inside to curl home a second.

And Messi controlled Luis Suarez’s pass with his chest, beat two defenders and steered a low shot into the bottom corner of the net in injury time.

You Can Watch & Download The Goals Highlight Below:

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Kofi Annan: Buhari And Saraki React To Death Of Former UN Secretary-General

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of the former United Nations, UN, Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan.

The 7th UN Secretary General died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland in the early hours of Saturday.

Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a tweet on the Presidency’s official Twitter page.

”Buhari commiserated with the government and people of Ghana over the passing of former United Nations @UN Secretary General, @KofiAnnan, in the early hours of Saturday 18th August, 2018,” the tweet read.

The statement added that Buhari had called President Nana Akufo-Addo from London, informing him that all Nigerians and ECOWAS member countries share in the deep loss, considering the strategic influence of the former scribe in global affairs and his vision for the repositioning of the West Africa and Africa.

Similary, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, described the demise of Annan, as the end of a golden era in global politics and international relations.

He said that the late Annan was a quintessential African diplomat on the global plane and a citizen of the world, who deployed his vast capacities to tackle intractable global challenges ranging from hunger, conflict, epidemic and restoration of peace in war-torn countries.

He noted that many developing nations benefitted immensely from the humanitarian efforts of the late Annan during lifetime as he was able to raise the concerns and challenges confronting hitherto forgotten peoples and nations in the Assembly of world powers.

”Annan was a quintessential African Diplomat who bestrode the world stage with dignity, finesse, admirable restraint and wisdom. He was a diplomat’s diplomat.

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He dedicated his immense expertise, experience and energies to resolving some of the world’s most pressing problems and conflicts, including most recently, the Rohingya refugee crisis. He was a citizen of the world.

“Annan was an African avatar and God’s messenger of peace to the world. His demise is a huge loss to the international community and to humanity. Africa has indeed lost one of her best. He shall be sorely missed.”

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President Buhari Arrives Abuja After 10-Day London Vacation

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President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after a vacation in London.

He embarked on a 10-working days vacation to the United Kingdom on August 3, 2018, and returned to the country this evening.

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