Monday, 30 June 2014

'Thank you for helping me impress Michelle': Barack and Michele Obama celebrate the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's film Do the Right Thing


It's been 25 years since Spike Lee released his iconic film Do The Right Thing and around 25 years since President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama went to see that same film on their first date.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held a screening, a reception, and a Q &A with Spike Lee, and a special surprise from The White House, reports Jezebel.
Before the film began, Lee announced that he had a treat for the audience--a touching message from the President of the United States and the First Lady.
Michele Obama and Barack Obama made a video tribute to Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing and say that it's the movie they saw on their first date
Michele Obama and Barack Obama made a video tribute to Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing and say that it's the movie they saw on their first date

Bye bye dream house? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 'will sell $11m love nest they've been working on for ONE YEAR so she can live closer to mom

Over a year ago they splashed out $11 million on a Bel Air mansion.

Ever since, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have sunk even more millions into the sprawling Mediterranean villa, tearing down walls and adding new ones, so the property would be perfect for their A-list lifestyles.
But just when it seemed as if the house should be done and the parents to North, aged one, could finally be moving in, UsWeekly reported on Monday that the couple will be actually be selling the home.
Homeless?: Kim Kardashian, spotted in South Hampton on Sunday, will be selling the Bel-Air, California mansion she has been renovating with husband Kanye West for one year, according to a Monday report from UsWeekly
Homeless?: Kim Kardashian, spotted in South Hampton on Sunday, will be selling the Bel-Air, California mansion she has been renovating with husband Kanye West for one year, according to a Monday report from UsWeekly

'Kim's over how long it's taking,' a source told the weekly. The home was purchased in early June 2013 and ever since the couple have been residing in her mom Kris Jenner's

'Best birthday ever': Cheryl Cole cuts into pink two-tier cake as she celebrates her 31st after being surprised with dozens of red roses

While many might not want to broadcast the fact they're another year older, Cheryl Cole looked keen to show her fans how she was marking her 31st on Monday.
The singer took to Instagram to post a snap of her elaborate pink cake, complete with two-tiers and stunning flowers.
The X Factor judge could be seen cutting into the creation while dressed in an all-black look, after being surprised by huge bunches of red roses which were placed around her candle-lit room.
Lucky lady: Cheryl Cole shared this snap on Monday as she cut her pretty pink two-tier birthday cake in honour of her 31st
Lucky lady: Cheryl Cole shared this snap on Monday as she cut her pretty pink two-tier birthday cake in honour of her 31st

She commented on the sweet treat: 'Red velvet rose decorated birthday cake #allroserrrything #Bestbrithdayever thank you for your messages'.

The ISIS map of the world: Militants outline chilling five-year plan for global domination as they declare formation of caliphate - and change their name to the Islamic State

ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.
The announcement was described as the 'most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11'.
Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants - whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda - demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.
With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.
Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online. As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also reveals ISIS' ambition to extend into Europe. Spain, which was Muslim-ruled until the late 15th Century, would form part of the caliphate, as would the Balkan states and eastern Europe, up to and including Austria
Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online. As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also reveals ISIS' ambition to extend into Europe. Spain, which was Muslim-ruled until the late 15th Century, would form

One square metre of property in Kensington - yours for just £11,000: That's what home buyers in Britain's most expensive location will pay... and it's 13 times the cheapest area

Average house prices in parts of London have hit more than £10,000 per square, new research has revealed.
The London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, home to a number celebrities and royals, was found by Halifax to be Britain's most expensive place to buy a property on a 'per square metre' basis.
Homes in the west London borough were found to have an average price of £10,854 per square metre.
Average house prices in Kensington and Chelsea are now more £10,000 per square metre, a new survey found
Average house prices in Kensington and Chelsea are now more £10,000 per square metre, a new survey found

London's cut-price mansions: How a series of super-prime houses are available for millions less than the original asking price

Mega-mansions all over London are being offered at bargain prices with one now £30million cheaper than it was a year ago.
A number of trophy homes in some of the capital's most expensive streets - including the famous billionaire's row - have not been selling so are now being offered with more 'sensible' price tags.
One cut-price mansion in St John's Wood, North London, described as Britain's finest new home, has had its asking price cut almost in half from £65million to £35 million.
GV 23 Avenue Road, London. Reduced from £65m to £35m. Going cheap ! Wealthy property buyers looking for a cut-price mansion should head to London after a series of trophy homes had their asking prices slashed by millions. See swns story SWPRIME. The cost of a home in prime areas of the capital shot up by more than 11 per cent last year. But new research has shown a drastic drop in growth over the past quarter, with increases of just 1.1 per cent.  It is now thought the market is beginning to plateau, due to increased stamp duty and the spectre of a mansion tax.  Homebuyers purchasing a property costing more than #2 million have to pay seven per cent in stamp duty.  And a number of the capital√≠s largest new homes, which had enormous price-tags, have had millions taken off their asking price as they struggle to sell.  One of the properties is Stratheden, a nine-bedroom home on The Bishops Avenue which has a ballroom that is THREE TIMES the size of the average home. The mansion was put on
Going cheap: This vast mansion in St John's Wood, north London, has had its price slashed from £65million to £35million as the high-end of the property market struggles

Oscar Pistorius was NOT suffering from mental illness when he shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, psychiatric tests conclude as murder trial resumes

Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a panel of mental health experts has concluded.
The chief prosecutor at the athlete's murder trial referred to key parts of the conclusions today as the hearing resumed following a month's break.
During this time, a psychologist and three psychiatrists also assessed whether the double-amputee runner was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of his act when he shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door.
A panel of health experts has concluded Oscar Pistorius (pictured listening to evidence today) was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his trial heard today
A panel of health experts has concluded Oscar Pistorius (pictured listening to evidence today) was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his trial heard today

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Photos: At least 21 people killed in Nigerian shopping mall explosion as people prepared to watch national team play Argentina in World Cup

Devastating: An explosion has killed at least 21 people in a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital Abuja just an hour before the national football team started its match against Argentina in the World Cup
Devastating: An explosion has killed at least 21 people in a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital Abuja just an hour before the national football team started its match against Argentina in the World Cup
An explosion in a Nigerian shopping mall has killed at least 21 people as the nation prepared to watch its football team play Argentina in the World Cup.
Witnesses said the blast - just an hour before tonight's match - left body parts were scattered around the Emab Plaza in an upmarket district of Abuja.
Billows of black smoke could be seen from a mile away as more than a dozen people were wounded. No one has yet claimed responsibility but the attack bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram extremists.
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