Category Archives: Around The World

Now That’s More Like It! Kendall Jenner ‘s Billowing Mini-Dress Stuns On The Cannes’ Red Carpet

(SL)- Kendall Jenner was scantily clad for the Met Gala but she stepped her game up on at the Cannes Film Festival. The 21-year-old model hit the red carpet for the screening of “120 Beats Per Minute” in dramatic fashion, wearing a Giambattista Valli Spring 2017 Couture gown.

Pippa Middleton Marries Fiance\Hedge Fund Manager James Mathews In England

(SL) –  The Daily Mail reports, Pippa and James Matthews’ spared no expense when it came to their lavish wedding reception and guests ate £40,000 Russian caviar, sipped magnums of expensive Champagne and some even enjoyed a game of ping-pong with seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

However, photos of the society wedding of the year were not plastered all over the internet as guests were banned from using their mobile phones. It was held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield.

The newly-weds even employed ‘phone police’ no enforce the rule and ensure not a single snap appeared in social media, reports the Mirror.

Federer was reportedly among the hundreds of guests who enjoyed a game of table tennis at the reception at the Middletons’ £6m family estate in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

But, putting on the party of the year doesn’t come cheap – with Pippa’s nuptials estimated to have cost £700,000. Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle wasn’t in attendance at the wedding, but was spotted heading to the reception.

 

France Elects Youngest President In History, First Lady Is Teacher He Had An Affair With As A Teenager

(SL) – Former President Barack Obama vouched for him and he got it right. Emmanuel Macron has beaten Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s election and taken more than 65 per cent of the vote, according to exit polls.

tdy_news_engel_france_elections_170424__306158.nbcnews-ux-1080-600Polling conducted by Ipsos, Ifop and BVA all gave Mr Macron, the pro-business candidate, a strong lead over Front National leader Marine Le Pen.

It comes after a massive hacking attack on Mr. Macron’s campaign database over the weekend which saw hundreds of thousands of private emails and official documents dumped online. Sound familiar?

Macron spoke saying, “I salute my adversary Ms Le Pen, I know why people chose to vote for an extreme party. I know the doubt, the fear they expressed.

“And it is my responsibility to take on those concerns and guarantee our unity and responsibility for our country.

“From tomorrow we will modernize politics, recognize pluralism, revitalize democracy. This will be my first mission, respecting everyone.”

macronPoised and committed, his campaign had been ruled by scandal after it surfaced that his 64-year old wife (Macron is 39) was a teacher that he had an affair with.

The Telegraph reports, the couple met in 1992, when Macron was just 15 years old, and a pupil at a private school in Amiens.

Brigitte, born into a wealthy family of chocolatiers in 1953, was his literature teacher, and a married mother of three.

Much has been made of their romance, and of the fact that Macron was just 17 when he declared his intention to marry Brigitte.

Macron’s parents, worried about the budding love affair, sent him away for his last year of high school. Brigitte eventually divorced and joined him in Paris.

The couple married in 2007.  They have no children together but Macron says his wife’s three children and seven grandchildren are his family.

Brigitte Macron often accompanies her husband on campaign stops, taking selfies and listening to people’s concerns. She also helps prepare his speeches.

A fashion lover, her style is often described as “modern” in French magazines.  She sat in the front row at recent Dior and Louis Vuitton shows.

She quit her job at a chic Parisian high school in 2015 to help her husband.  Former students at the Lycee Saint-Louis de Gonzague describe her as an enthusiastic, dynamic, joyful person keen to share her passion for French authors.

As a first lady, she has said she will continue to focus on young people. Different laws over there, I guess!

Trump Goes Against His Own Words With Attack On Syria, Russia Is Pissed And Syria Strikes Again

(SL) –  I can understand the moral pressure, but why kill more people to prove a point and put the imminent threat of WWIII on our heads? And……reportedly Syria flew more planes out of the same area that our  missiles hit. What’s more disturbing is the report that Syria hit the same area that was attacked with chemical weapons a few days ago again on Friday.

No report on who exactly executed the bombing, but only Russia and Syria have ordered hits on that particular area.

CNN reports, New airstrikes targeted a town in Syria that was hit by a chemical attack earlier this week, activists said, less than a day after the US bombarded a Syrian air base to “send a message” to the Assad regime.

It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.

The latest attacks come after a missile strike early Friday by the United States on a base in western Syria that the United States says was used to launch Tuesday’s chemical attack, which left more than 85 people dead and hundreds more injured.

 The new strikes came as Russia, the Syrian regime’s main ally, sent a frigate armed with cruise missiles to a port in western Syria in an apparent show of force in response to the US action.

The strike is the first direct military action taken by the US against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s six-year civil war. It represents a substantial escalation of the US military campaign in the region, and could be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war.

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Shift in policy

Trump’s decision marked a dramatic shift in his position on whether the US should take military action against the Syrian President’s regime — which Trump opposed during his campaign for president — and came after the President was visibly and publicly moved by the images of this week’s chemical weapons attack.
Briefing reporters late Thursday night, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the strike did not represent a “change in our policy or our posture in Syria,” even though it marked the first time the US had decided to take military action against the Syrian government.
A senior administration official told CNN Friday that the strike should not be interpreted as the beginning of a wider campaign to weaken or remove Assad, but instead is aimed at dealing with the “unacceptability” of Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
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This official said the President’s order to his national security team to develop a plan for defeating ISIS remains the priority for the administration. That strategy is actually well on its way to being completed, the official added.
But the strikes represented not only an escalation of the US role in Syria, but could have a ripple effect on the US’ relations with the Syrian regime’s powerful backer, Russia.
Russians were present at the base the US struck, a US defense official said, though the role of those Russians was not immediately known.

A warship armed with cruise missiles has joined the Russian battlegroup off the coast of Syria as part of Moscow’s response to US cruise missile strikes on the Syrian airbase of Shayrat.

Russia’s angry declarations, a world away from hopes of a rapprochement voiced in Washington and Moscow after Donald Trump’s election, have overshadowed US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s planned visit to Moscow. His anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin will now be dedicated to reaching an understanding on Syria and addressing concerns over Russia’s suspension of an agreement designed to keep the world’s largest nuclear powers from accidentally clashing there.

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The frigate Admiral Grigorovich, reached the group of at least six warships off the coast of Syria, Russia state media reported. It carries Kalibr cruise missiles, the Russian equivalent to the US Tomahawk missiles fired at Shayrat, and has previously fired them at targets in the war-torn country.

While many saw the US strikes as curtailing hopes for better ties between Putin and Trump, some Russians believe they were more posturing than precision warfare.

“There’s a bad scenario with this flexing of muscles. The danger of a clash between the US and Russia in Syria is not pleasant, and it could have bad consequences,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, a leading foreign policy analyst in Moscow.

Inside Job? Two Women Officially Charged With Murder After Using Nerve Agent To Kill Kim Jong Nam

(SL) – The half-brother of North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un was in the busy Kuala Lumpur airport terminal heading back home to Macau on Feb. 13th when the two women approached him from behind and wiped what is believed to be a deadly nerve agent on his face.

Known as VX -a tasteless and odorless liquid with an amber-like color, it severely disrupts the body’s nervous system and is used as a nerve agent in chemical warfare.

A banned substance, authorities are trying to figure out how whoever gave the VX to the women got their hands on it; and if it came directly from North Korea Officials considering speculation is rampant that North Korea was behind the killing, particularly after Malaysia said Friday that VX had killed Kim. Experts say the oily poison was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory.

Someone also tried to break into the building where Jong Nam’s body is being held further leading to conspiracy theories that are looming.

Isolated North Korea has a long history of ordering killings of people it views as threats to its regime. Kim Jong Nam was not known to be seeking political power, but his position as eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since it was founded could have made him appear to be a danger.

Earlier this week, a high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur seeking custody of the body. North Korea opposed Malaysian officials even conducting an autopsy, while Malaysia has resisted giving up the body without getting DNA samples and confirmation from next of kin.

Malaysian officials have confirmed that the victim of the attack was Kim Jong Nam. North Korea, however, has identified him only as a North Korean national with a diplomatic passport bearing the name Kim Chol.

Kim Jong Nam was estranged from Kim Jong Un. He reportedly fell out of favor with their father, the late Kim Jong II, in 2001, when he was caught trying to use a fake passport to enter Japan for a visit to Tokyo Disneyland.

ct-suspects-charged-with-murder-in-airport-ner-001.jpgAs for the Women, both have reportedly said they thought they were part of a prank TV show playing harmless tricks on unsuspecting passengers. Indonesian Siti Aisyah told authorities she was paid the equivalent of $90.

Siti nodded as her translator told her: “You are accused of murdering a North Korean man at the departure hall” of Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Vietnamese suspect doan Thi Huog spoke English telling the court, “I understand but I am not guilty,” after the murder charge was read. She looked briefly at the public gallery as she was led out and bowed her head.

ct-suspects-charged-with-murder-in-airport-ner-002.jpgThe Pyongyang delegation is also seeking the release of a North Korean arrested in the case, 45-year-old Ri Jong Chol. Malaysia has not described his alleged role in the killing, and it was not clear if or when he could be charged.

Authorities are seeking seven other North Korean suspects, four of whom fled the country the day of Kim’s death and are believed to be back in North Korea. Others sought include the second secretary of North Korea’s embassy and an employee of North Korea’s state-owned airline, Air Koryo.

Kim Jong Nam is believed to have two sons and a daughter with two women living in Beijing and Macau.

Both women were wearing bulletproof vests as they were escorted from the court to Kajang Prison. Each faces a mandatory death sentence if convicted.

Children Spooked By ‘Goblin’ Type Figure While Playing in Argentina

(SL) – Not sure what this is…but it’s certainly pretty spooky.  While playing football, a group of Argentinian children are at first oblivious to something lurking about a 100 yards away from them.  But then, one kid rolling footage on his cell notices the dark shape and zooms in on it.

Seemingly neither man nor beast, the mysterious figure that resembles a ‘goblin,  crawls slowly forward, swaying, moving awkwardly. And it is in deed eerie. Take a look for yourself.

 

The kids were playing in the city of Santiago del Estero in the northern Argentinian province of the same name.

Local media also described the strange figure as a goblin. Goblins are monstrous mythical creatures first mentioned in European folklore in the Middle Ages.

They are usually described as small and grotesque, mischievous beings with conflicting abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on who you ask.

 

Russian Spies Have 72 Hours To Leave Country As President Obama Retaliates Against Russia For Election Tampering

(SL) – White House reps are keeping mm on the what else President Obama plans to do after Congress ruled that Russia did in fact tamper with the United State’s Presidential Election. The only person who isn’t buying it, of course, is Donald Trump who believes we she just….’get on with our lives.’

The Daily Mail reports, President Obama launched a Cold War strike on the Kremlin and its spies on Thursday, accusing them of hacking the presidential election on orders from Vladimir Putin.

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He ordered 35 Russian intelligence operatives to leave the country as part of sanctions ordered for what he said where the country’s attempts to ‘interfere with democratic governance’ and harassment of U.S. diplomatic officials in Russia.

And he launched a scathing attack on Putin’s Kremlin in an official announcement of sanctions over allegations of hacking in the run-up to the presidential elections.Obama all but named the Russian strongman in his statement – saying hacking was ‘ordered at the highest level’.

That prompted an angry response from the Kremlin which promised an ‘appropriate’ retaliation – while its London embassy tweeted a picture mocking him as a ‘lame duck’. Donald Trump took four hours to react – and did not say if he had been briefed in advance.’It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,’ he said in a statement.landscape-1450461032-putin-index ‘Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.’

The sanctions came after the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s secrets were published, mostly by Wikileaks, in a series of releases before Hillary Clinton’s election defeat.

 These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.
Obama accuses Putin of being behind hacking which led to the Democrats’ secrets being published

The White House says Russia hacked the emails, and Clinton has claimed Putin acted out because of a ‘personal beef.’

Wikileaks has denied Moscow was the source.

‘This is not in question. There’s no debate within the U.S. administration about the fact,’ a senior U.S. official said Thursday, ‘that Russia interfered in our democratic election. We’ve established that clearly to our satisfaction.

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Watch Now: SytonniaLIVE Episode 5

(SL) – On this Episode of SytonniaLIVE the TV Series Bianca Haly joined me at the desk to talk about Dylann Roof’s trial, Donald Trump’s approaching presidency and more in our top headlines. We also talked about the latest Hollywood gossip and the royal romance that’s heating up between Meghan Markel and Prince Harry. But did you know that the Queen of England was once black? Check it out!

‘Suits’ Her Fine: Miss Markel Appears To Have A Type As Photos With Ex Cory Vitello Spark Rumors That She Left Him For Prince Harry

(SL) – Beautiful Royal Romance ….But did Meghan leave famous Canadian Chef Cory Vitiello to date Prince Harry? She’s rumored to have been dating the chef and restaurateur when she met Harry.

He’s not talking about it though. Her ex-husband film Producer and talent manager Trevor Engelson (2011-2013)isn’t talking either. Meghan and Harry spent time in London together last week and she’s preparing for a trip to Rwanda for charity work as the Global Ambassador for World Vision.

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She was also paired with Hockey Player Michael Del Zotto after she posted pictures of him during her divorce to Trevor branding him “the best”.  But Zotto quickly released a statement denying that he was in a relationship with the actress and soon after she reportedly removed the pictures from her twitter page.

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Markel was also spotted having dinner with golfer Rory McIlroy but shot down those rumors saying they were just friends. At the time, Rory had nominated her to take the ice bucket challenge and a friendship grew from there. No worries though, as Prince Harry is known for being a bit of a playboy. He’s had his fair share of good times and these two are in their 30s. Soooo…of course they have a past. Rooting for them!

 

 

 

He Forgot One! Where’s Alexandre? Prince Albert Of Monaco Releases Royal Christmas Card With Wife And Twins

(SL) – Technically speaking, he forgot to include two of his children in this Holiday snap. But daughter Jazmin Grace Grimaldi is 25 years old. However, son Alexandre Coste Grimaldi (House of Grimaldi) is just 12. unnamed-6Prince Albert is known for loving black women (dated Naomi Campbell as well) so it was no surprise when it was announced that he was having a son with flight attendant Nicole Coste whom he dated for 6 years. In the beginning it seemed like Prince Albert was very

much involved in Alexandre’s life, but that relationship reportedly became strained after he married South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2011. Alexandre is Prince Albert’s oldest son and his mother fought for his right to be recognized as a Prince but because he is considered illegitimate, her request was shot down.

Prince Albert is always photographed with his twins and occasionally his oldest daughter but never with his first son.

As for the snaps,they were taken by Monacobased photographer Vaness von Zitzewitz. Their 2-year-old twins are named Jacques and Gabriella.