'If you're the man?' - Elon Musk casually deletes the Tesla and Spacex Facebook pages after a Twitter user challenged him

Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla have disappeared, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users.

"Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you're the man?" a user tweeted to Tesla chief executive Musk. His response: "I didn't realise there was one. Will do."

Facebook pages of SpaceX and Tesla, which had millions of followers, are no longer accessible.

Musk's personal entrepreneur page was still on Facebook.

There were no injuries as the pad had been cleared of workers before the routine pre-launch rocket test. Source: Breakfast

Musk had begun the exchange by responding to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on the #deletefacebook hashtag.

The hashtag gained prominence after the world's largest social network upset users by mishandling data, which ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that worked on US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

"What's Facebook?" Musk tweeted on Friday.

Many users also urged the billionaire to delete the profiles of his companies on Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram.

"Instagram's probably ok ... so long as it stays fairly independent," Musk responded.

Tesla luxury electric cars are now competing with taxis and Ubers in Auckland in a new business venture. Source: Seven Sharp

"I don't use FB & never have, so don't think I'm some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow. Also, we don't advertise or pay for endorsements, so ... don't care."

Musk has had run-ins with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the past.

Last year, a war of words broke out between Musk and Zuckerberg over whether robots will become smart enough to kill their human creators.

When Zuckerberg was asked about Musk's views on the dangers of robots, he chided "naysayers" whose "doomsday scenarios" were "irresponsible".

In response, Musk tweeted: "His understanding of the subject is limited."

A screenshot graphic showing a Twitter exchange between Elon Musk and other users leading to the billionaire deleting both the SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages.
A screenshot graphic showing a Twitter exchange between Elon Musk and other users leading to the billionaire deleting both the SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages. Source: Twitter/Facebook/1 NEWS composite



Meghan Markle opens first-of-its-kind Oceania exhibit in London with a hongi

In her first solo royal engagement, Meghan Markle got a taste of Kiwi culture overnight - including a welcoming hongi. 

Ms Markle attended the opening of "Oceania", an exhibit of artifacts and art from the region on display in London.

Consisting of about 200 works of art spanning over 500 years, it is the first ever major UK exhibition that encompasses the vast Pacific region.

Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is guided as she views an exhibit after officially opening the 'Oceania' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. 'Oceania' is the first ever major UK exhibition of about 200 works of art spanning over 500 years, celebrating the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, and encompassing the vast Pacific region including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Arthur Edwards)
The Duchess inspects a piece at the Oceania exhibit. Source: Associated Press

In addition to New Zealand, the artwork hails from Melanesia, Micronesia, New Guinea, Easter Island and Hawaii. 

Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is welcomed after she officially opened the 'Oceania' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. 'Oceania' is the first ever major UK exhibition of about 200 works of art spanning over 500 years, celebrating the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, and encompassing the vast Pacific region including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Arthur Edwards)
The exhibit has about 200 works of art spanning over 500 years, celebrating the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, and encompassing the vast Pacific region including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand. Source: Associated Press

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex was given a tour by staff and leaders at the Royal Academy of Art. 

She wore a black Givenchy dress with billowing sleeves, held a black clutch and wore her hair straight and swept back. 


Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is guided as she views an exhibit after officially opening the 'Oceania' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. 'Oceania' is the first ever major UK exhibition of about 200 works of art spanning over 500 years, celebrating the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, and encompassing the vast Pacific region including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Arthur Edwards)
Meghan Markle at the 'Oceania' exhibition. Source: Associated Press


The Duchess of Sussex was given a tour by staff and leaders at the Royal Academy of Art. Source: Associated Press


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Rare beluga whale sighting in the River Thames

A beluga whale was spotted in the River Thames outside the British capital today, officials said.

The unusual sighting happened in the Gravesend area about 50 kilometres east of London. It was reported to be feeding near a number of barges.

TV news helicopters filmed the whale from the air as officials asked the public not to get too close to the animal.

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation group said that beluga whales are identified by distinctive white markings and are typically found farther north.

"Beluga whales inhabit cold, arctic waters off Greenland, Svalbard and in the Barents Sea," the group said in a statement. "There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the UK coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland."

The RSPCA animal welfare group said that it's "working with other agencies to monitor the situation" and sent researchers to the scene.

It says it is ready to provide help to the whale if asked to do so by other agencies.

Images posted on Twitter showed a white whale in the water.

The River Thames, one of the longest rivers in England, runs through several major cities and towns, including London, Oxford and Windsor.

A beluga whale was spotted about 50 kilometres east of the city. Source: BBC

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US woman who cut baby from her neighbour's womb says her boyfriend pressured her for a child

A North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant neighbour by cutting the baby from her womb testified today that her boyfriend had pressured her to "produce a baby" after figuring out she had lied about being pregnant.

Brooke Crews told the court that she had concocted a phony pregnancy to keep from losing William Hoehn, who is on trial for conspiracy in the August 2017 death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind. Hoehn has admitted helping to cover up the crime, but says he didn't know that Crews had planned to kill Ms Greywind and take her baby. Crews testified that she never "explicitly" told Hoehn that was her plan.

Crews said Hoehn appeared surprised when he entered the bathroom in their apartment and discovered she had cut Ms Greywind's baby from her body. Crews said Hoehn then retrieved a rope and tightened it around Ms Greywind's neck, saying: "If she wasn't dead before, she is now."

Ms Greywind's daughter survived and is being raised by family.

Hoehn spoke regularly with his attorney, Daniel Borgen, during Crews' testimony but showed little emotion. Crews was crying and sniffling throughout.

"You never told Will that you had planned to do this, is that right?" Borgen asked.

"Not kill Savanna for her baby, no," Crews replied.

"In fact, there was never a conversation at all about killing Savanna and taking her baby," Borgen said.

"Not explicitly," she said.

It wasn't immediately clear what Crews meant by "explicitly".

Crews described her relationship with Hoehn as rocky and violent, saying it was fuelled by drugs and alcohol. She said they broke up at one point, and that's when she lied to him about being pregnant. She went so far as to email him a phony positive pregnancy test and sonogram photo.

In early August, Hoehn told Crews he didn't believe she was pregnant and said she needed "to produce a baby". Crews said she believed this was "an ultimatum".

"I took that to mean I better have a baby, no matter how it happened," Crews said.

Crews originally told police that Ms Greywind had given her the child. She later told police they had argued and that she pushed Ms Greywind down and knocked her out before cutting her open. A medical examiner testified Monday that there was no evidence of any head injuries.

Crews stuck to her story today, saying she pushed Greywind, who was knocked out when her head hit the bathroom sink. Crews said that's when she got a knife and began cutting the baby out.

Crews said the couple kept ropes around the house because Hoehn liked to tie her up during sex, including around her neck. She also said Hoehn expressed fantasies about killing people and Crews said she initially told him she would be interested in that too.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy, Dr Victor Froloff, testified yesterday that he isn't sure whether Greywind died from blood loss or strangulation.

Ms Greywind's disappearance sparked several searches before her body was found several days later, shrouded in plastic and dumped in the Red River. Crews testified today that police missed Ms Greywind's body and her baby during three searches of the couple's apartment.

Crews testified that Ms Greywind's body was in the bathroom closet and the baby was covered up next to Hoehn on a bed during one of those searches. She said Hoehn eventually moved Ms Greywind's body to a hollowed-out dresser and the two of them carried it out of the apartment.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Crews' testimony.

Crews pleaded guilty to murder and is serving life in prison without parole. She said she has no agreement with prosecutors for a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying.

Ms Greywind's death prompted North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to introduce Savanna's Act, which aims to improve tribal access to federal crime information databases and create standardized protocols for responding to cases of missing and slain Native American women. A similar bill has been introduced in the House.

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Cass County Sheriff's Office in Fargo, N.D., shows William Hoehn, and his girlfriend Brooke Crews, the two people charged in connection with the murder of Savanna Greywind in North Dakota in August 2017. Greywind was eight months pregnant. Crews, ultimately admitted killing Greywind and cutting her baby from her womb. Hoehn, goes on trial Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, for conspiracy to commit murder. He has admitted helping cover up Greywind's murder. (Cass County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
William Hoehn and his girlfriend Brooke Crews. Source: Associated Press


Priest who blamed sex abuse on cancer, which he didn't actually have, to stand trial

A former New Mexico priest, who fled the US decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behaviour on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

Arthur Perrault is expected to appear in US District Court in Albuquerque for a detention hearing as prosecutors seek to hold the 80-year-old priest until his trial for aggravated sexual abuse.

Court documents filed in federal court said victims described Perrault showering them with gifts and meals before abusing them. Victims also collaboratively described Perrault as someone who smoked pipes and wore silk underwear.

Documents also said the Connecticut-born Perrault wrote an apology letter to the parents of one victim in 1971 and blamed his actions on cancer, which prosecutors said he was never diagnosed with.

Perrault was extradited to New Mexico last week from Morocco in connection with sexual abuse cases that are alleged to have taken place between 1991 and 1992 at Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and a former Air Force chaplain has been charged in a federal indictment with seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.

Perrault pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Friday. He also told a US magistrate judge he'd had a stroke three years ago, was deaf in one ear, and had trouble walking.

Perrault, a one-time pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Albuquerque, is one of many priests sent to New Mexico in the 1960s from around the country for treatment involving paedophilia.

Victims, lawyers and church documents show the priests were later assigned to parishes and schools across New Mexico — especially in small Native American and Hispanic communities.

Perrault vanished in 1992, just days before an attorney filed two lawsuits against the archdiocese alleging Perrault had sexually assaulted seven children at his parish.

The FBI said Perrault first fled to Canada and then to Tangier, Morocco, where he worked until last year at an English-language school for children.

Perrault denied abusing children in a handwritten letter to a judge related to sexual abuse lawsuits in Albuquerque. Perrault said his assets included money from military retirement and Social Security.

Church records released last year by a New Mexico judge show Perrault is also accused in state lawsuits of sexually abusing at least 38 boys in other cases.

Records also show Perrault was sent in 1965 to Servants of the Paraclete — a religious order that ran a treatment centre for paedophile priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico — after he was accused of molesting young men while serving in Connecticut.

FILE - Perrault, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
This 1989 file photo shows Father Arthur Perrault in Albuquerque, N.M. Source: Associated Press