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Amal Clooney Looks Stunning In Sheer Gown While Slamming Donald Trump At UN Dinner

Amal Clooney wowed at the 2018 United Nations Correspondents Association Awards, where she bravely called out Donald Trump for encouraging violence against the media.

It was both her strong-minded speech, and impeccable style, that had everyone taking notice of Amal Clooney, 40, at the 2018 United Nations Correspondents Association Awards. For the NYC event, held on Dec. 5, the wife of George Clooney, 57, looked gorgeous as ever. In a flowing navy and white color-blocked gown, from designer J. Mendel, she was truly the belle of the ball. The strappy two-tone number, which featured a sweetheart neckline, was classic yet modern all at once, a perfect choice for the star, who was being honored as the 2018 Global Citizen of the Year. With her hair swept to the side, and a bright red pout, Amal was the epitome of glamour for the ceremony.

Amal’s style wasn’t the only thing that garnered attention at the event. The star, who has a high-profile career as a human rights attorney, used her acceptance speech at the event to take aim at President Donald Trump, 72. The honoree made it clear how she feels about Donald’s treatment of the press. Amal said the U.S. President has given the ‘green light’ to autocratic regimes who jail and kill journalists after he named the American press the ‘enemy of the people,’ according to the Daily Mail. “And of course two months ago a Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, walked into a consulate in Istanbul and was brutally tortured to death,” she added, in her speech.

We love that Amal is never afraid to vocalize her political thoughts, but that might not be the only duty the lawyer takes on as 2019 quickly approaches. HollywoodLife learned that she and her hubby could very well be dubbed the godparents to Meghan Markle and Prince’s Harry’s new baby! “Meghan and Harry are happy and excited about the process of picking out their baby’s godparents and obviously there are lots of options,” a source close to the royals told us. “They may very well choose Hollywood royalty because they have become very close to George and Amal Clooney,” the source added. “Meghan raves about Amal and George all the time. She has a huge amount of respect for them and for the way they are raising their twins.”


We are loving Amal’s look from the ceremony, as well as her bold speech! Cheers to this lady for always being brave enough to speak her mind.

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Putin wants Kremlin to back rap music and youth culture

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the government to "take charge" of rap music after a number of concerts were cancelled across the country.

Efforts to ban rap were "impossible" and so the state should play a greater role in controlling it, he said.

The Ministry of Culture would find the best way to "navigate" youth concerts, he added.

His comments come after Russian rapper Husky was arrested after several of his concerts were cancelled.

In December, authorities in the southern city of Krasnodar called off his planned performance for "extremism".

The musician – real name Dmitry Kuznetsov – was then jailed for 12 days after performing for fans on the roof of a car.

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Image caption A number of Russian rap concerts have been cancelled recently

Speaking at a meeting of the presidential Council for Culture and Art in St Petersburg, President Putin said the problem should be approached "with great caution".

"However, what I really agree with is that if it is impossible to stop it, it should be taken over and navigated in a particular way," he said.

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The president expressed particular concern about drug abuse among young people.

"Rap and other modern [forms of art] are rested upon three pillars – sex, drugs and protest," he said. "I am most worried about drugs. This is the way towards the degradation of a nation."

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Image caption President Putin believes rap should be controlled, not banned

Mr Putin also said he was worried about bad language in rap, saying he had spoken to a linguist about it.

While she had explained to him that swearing is "a part of our language", Mr Putin compared it to the human body, joking that "we have all sorts of body parts, and it's not like we put them on display all the time".

The Russian government has long had a complicated relationship with music.

Feminist protest band Pussy Riot claims Russia's intelligence service poisoned member Pyotr Verzilov earlier this year.

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Under the Soviet Union meanwhile, most Western pop and rock music was frowned on and some Russian rock musicians faced persecution.

Even classical musicians clashed with the state. Composer Dmitri Shostakovich was denounced twice under the leadership of Joseph Stalin.

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Pete Davidson ‘safe’ after suicide concerns

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Police have checked in on Pete Davidson after the comedian posted a worrying message on Instagram.

Fans raised concerns about the 25-year-old following a now-deleted post in which he's widely reported as saying he didn't "want to be on this earth anymore".

New York City police told Radio 1 Newsbeat that Pete, who has borderline personality disorder, is safe.

Pete split from ex-fiance Ariana Grande earlier this year.

It's reported that he wrote: "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore.

"I'm doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don't know how much longer I can last.

"All I've ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so."

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Image caption Pete speaks openly about living with borderline personality disorder

The Saturday Night Live star appears to have since deleted his entire Instagram account.

Hours after the post, Pete appeared in a sketch on the comedy show and introduced guest Miley Cyrus.

Fans and celebrities posted their support for him on social media.

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Pete Davidson … hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love some where around you … today! Right now! And then … let in the help that will become available. I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.

— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 15, 2018


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We can be so insensitive. God bless Kanye & Pete. Being flippant about mental illness speaks more about you than them. Stop saying the word love & live it. Love is an action.

— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) December 15, 2018


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prayers for Pete Davidson. not cause it’s a Twitter trend. not cause you do or don’t “stan” him. because he’s a human with a heart who’s hurting and has to do it in front of millions of people- which can truly be the loneliest place. you’re valued Pete. we want you here.

— Tana Mongeau (@tanamongeau) December 16, 2018


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Pete spoke about his borderline personality disorder, which affects mood and how you interact with others, earlier this month.

He wrote on Instagram: "I've spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help to kids like myself who don't want to be on this earth.

"No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won't. I'm upset I even have to say this."

Symptoms of BPD can be grouped into four areas, according to the NHS: emotional instability, disturbed patterns of thinking, impulsive behaviour, and intense but unstable relationships.

Pete's ex-fiance Ariana Grande appears to have sent a message of support to the comedian in now-deleted tweets.

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Image caption Ariana and Pete broke up earlier this year

It appears she went to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, where Saturday Night Live is filmed, to support him.

"I'm downstairs and I'm not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know you have everyone you need and that's not me, but I'm here too," she wrote.

Ariana's ex-boyfriend, the rapper Mac Miller, was found dead at his home in September after an accidental overdose involving cocaine, alcohol and an opioid drug called fentanyl.

Pete and Ariana started dating in May and got engaged in June, but split up in October.

Following their break-up, the native New Yorker said he'd been getting "online bullied and in public by people for nine months".

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Protesting Ethiopian soldiers given jail terms

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Image caption The prime minister ordered the protesting soldiers to do press-ups to defuse the tension

A military court in Ethiopia has sentenced 66 soldiers to between five and 14 years in prison for marching on the residence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in October.

The government said the soldiers were asking for a pay rise but Mr Abiy later insisted they had wanted to kill him.

"These sentences delivered today will serve as lessons," prosecutor Cap Hailemariam Mamo told reporters.

The defendants' lawyer said he would lodge appeals for a few suspects.

One defendant was sentenced to 14 years in prison, while 65 others were given jail terms ranging from five to 13 years, for "violation of military ethics", Col Meshesha Areda, head of the military tribunals directorate, said quoted by Reuters news agency.

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The 66 were among 200 soldiers in fatigues and red berets who marched to the prime minister's office in the capital, Addis Ababa.

At the time, Mr Abiy defused the situation by ordering them to do press-ups and joining in but he later told parliament that he was very unhappy with the situation.

"The march of some members of the army to the National Palace [the prime minister's office] was not only unlawful but very dangerous, because the intention was to abort the ongoing reforms," Mr Abiy told MPs during a question-and-answer session.

"Meanwhile, after the situation was brought under control, some forces were heard saying: 'He escaped before we could kill him,'" he added.

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Image caption Mr Abiy has initiated several reforms since taking office in April

There was no word about the other soldiers who took part in the protest but Cap Hailemariam told reporters on Saturday that the sentences would serve as a lesson.

Since coming to power in April, Mr Abiy has made some dramatic changes – including freeing thousands of political prisoners, unbanning some outlawed groups and making peace with long-time foe Eritrea.

In September, Ethiopian prosecutors charged five suspects with terrorism over an attempt to kill Mr Abiy in a grenade attack at a rally in June.

He escaped uninjured and described the attack at the time as an "unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united".

Abiy's rapid pace of reform

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Image caption People celebrated as the land border between Ethiopia and Eritrea was reopened
  • 2 April – becomes prime minister after unexpected resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn
  • 19 April – replaces the head of the police and internal security
  • May – frees thousands of political detainees, including opposition leader Andargachew Tsege
  • 5 June – lifts state of emergency two months early
  • 5 June – agrees to accept border ruling giving disputed territory to Eritrea
  • 9 July – alongside the Eritrean president declares the end of war between the two countries
  • 11 September – reopens land border with Eritrea
  • 16 October – appoints women to half of ministerial posts

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Cambodia makes record breaking ivory haul at port

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Cambodia has seized more than 3.2 tonnes of African ivory hidden in a storage container from Mozambique, a customs official has said.

The discovery of 1,026 tusks at the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port on Thursday followed a tip off from the US embassy.

The shipment arrived in the country last year and its unknown recipient did not arrive at the port to pick it up.

Demand from China and Vietnam has meant Cambodia has become a key transit point for the illicit wildlife trade.

"The elephant tusks were hidden among marble in a container that was abandoned," Sun Chhay, director of the Customs and Excise Office at the port, told the AFP news agency.

Sun Chhay said he did not know whether the shipment was intended for other countries.

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Cambodia has made a number of high-profile busts over the past five years.

The largest before this week took place in 2014, when customs officials seized about three tonnes of ivory hidden in a container of beans at the southwestern port of Sihanoukville.

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In April of this year, 3.5 tonnes bound for Cambodia were seized at Maputo Port, Mozambique, reports the Phnom Penh Post.

In July 2017, authorities in Hong Kong said they had seized the world's biggest ever haul of ivory tusks – some 7.2 tonnes.

Wildlife campaigners believe 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year.

The international trade in ivory was banned in 1990.

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Collingham fire: Boy, 5, is third family member to die

Image caption The father of the children, aged 34, remains in hospital with serious injuries following the fire

A five-year-old boy has died in hospital following a house fire in which his mother, aged 33, and his eight-year-old sister died on Saturday.

The children's father, aged 34, remains in hospital with serious injuries following the fire in Woodhill Road, Collingham, near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The 53-year-old grandmother to the children escaped unhurt.

Churches in the area said prayers were being said for the family.

Image caption A joint fire and police investigation is taking place to establish a cause

Ch Insp Rich Stapleford said: "Tragically a boy, five, who was rescued from the house and taken to hospital has died.

"This follows the news that a girl aged eight and a woman aged 33 died following the incident.

"Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, friends and the community of Collingham at this difficult time."

East Trent Churches said there would be prayers for the victims of the fire at churches across the parish.

It also said All Saints Collingham would be open from 10:00 to 16:00 every day from now until Christmas Day for people to pray or leave messages of condolence.

A joint fire and police investigation is taking place to establish a cause.

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