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Strictly Come Dancing bosses ‘hoping to sign’ Steph McGovern for 2022 series after being approached ‘a couple of times’

Steph is being tipped a spot in the Strictly ballroom, according to reports (Picture: Getty)Strictly Come Dancing bosses are said to be eyeing up Steph McGovern for the upcoming 2022 series. In 2020, the 40-year-old presenter revealed that she’s been asked ‘a couple of times’ to feature on the flagship programme, but couldn’t due to the launch of her Channel 4 daytime programme Steph’s Packed Lunch. However, after being hailed as the ‘perfect’ candidate, producers are hoping that this will be Steph’s year to shine on the dancefloor. ‘Steph has the personality and profile which makes her a perfect choice in the eyes of Strictly producers,’ an insider said. ‘They completely understood why she’s had to say no in the past. She was just establishing Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and w...

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Detained LGBTQ activists in Istanbul Pride being released

Istanbul’s LGBTQ Pride organizers say more than 360 people were detained by police Sunday following a ban on all Pride events. Kaos GL, a leading LGBTQ rights association, said all the detained were being freed Monday after giving their police statement and undergoing health checks. Some were released overnight. District governors in the two popular Istanbul districts of Beyoglu and Kadikoy outlawed all LGBTQ events last week, saying the ban would to ensure safety, peace and prevent crime. Numerous streets and subway stations were closed off by police Sunday to stop protesters from gathering. Police also pushed and detained journalists. Amnesty Turkey said the ban was “extremely harsh” and “arbitrary.” The rights group’s Turkey campaigner, Milena Buyum, tweeted that the detained individu...

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Ghislaine Maxwell placed on suicide watch ahead of sentencing hearing

Maxwell was convicted on December 29 on five criminal counts, including sex trafficking, for recruiting and grooming four girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse (Picture: Reuters)Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have warned they may seek a delay to her sentencing hearing after she was placed on suicide watch.  In a letter to the judge, Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said the British socialite is ‘unable to properly prepare’ for it.   She said officials at the Brooklyn jail took away her legal papers – along with her clothing, toothpaste and soap – when moving her to solitary confinement.  The lawyer wrote: ‘If Ms Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer

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Top Gun: Maverick reaches $1,000,000,000 in box office sales officially becoming Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing film ever

Kerching! Tom Cruise has truly made bank at the box office with Top Gun: Maverick (Picture: Splash News/Paramount Pictures)Tom Cruise can turn the engines off and put his feet up as Top Gun: Maverick has officially become the most successful film of his career after reaching a huge milestone.  The Hollywood action star returned to screens in May with the release of the long-awaited Top Gun sequel, which came 36 years after the original.  It rocketed to immediate success with a stream of glowing reviews from critics and, once fans got to see the action for themselves, the rest was history.  Following another strong weekend at the box office, Maverick pocketed another $30.5million (£25m) to its overall sales, a feat virtually unheard of for a film in its fifth week of release. It’s

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Life as a transgender woman with dementia: ‘LGBT people face particular challenges’

Andrea Elliott-Denham was diagnosed with dementia aged just 53 (Picture: Getty/Supplied)A transgender woman who waited over 40 years before transitioning was diagnosed with dementia just six years later. Andrea Elliott-Denham, 67, is now happily living with her partner in rural Wales – but knows that her illness, which doctors eventually realised was Alzheimer’s, will bring more challenges in the future. She spoke out about the struggles many LGBTQ+ people face, especially those facing similar medical issues. ‘I had to wait a long time before I was able to even consider transitioning mainly due to finances,’ she said. ‘The doctor I saw knew very little about trans issues, but he did some research. Luckily there was a gender clinic not too far from where I lived. I had to unde

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Could this be the year for a new Wimbledon men’s champion?

By HOWARD FENDRICH WIMBLEDON, England — It’s been two decades since the Wimbledon men’s singles championship was won by someone outside the quartet of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Could this be the year someone else earns that trophy? “Yeah, why not? What Roger, Rafa, Andy and Novak have done for this sport is really incredible, and they’ve had so many battles. But the time is definitely coming for new faces,” said Hubert Hurkacz, a 25-year-old from Poland who beat Federer a year ago on Centre Court en route to the semifinals at the All England Club. “We’re coming out and playing some really good tennis. It’s definitely getting more competitive. We’re starting to catch up a little bit,” added Hurkacz, who is seeded No. 7 and will face Alejandro Davidovich Fo

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People’s war: Ukraine, Russia crowd-funding gear for troops

In one of the combat zones against Russia, the supply chief for a Ukrainian fighting brigade places his online order for war supplies — a long list ranging from drones, trucks and thermal sights to batteries, generators and tape. They are needed, he writes, to equip two new battalions and “combat against armed aggression.” In a makeshift supply depot in the capital, Kyiv, crowd-funders start busying themselves with his request. Their bustle will get the equipment to the 72nd Brigade within days, all paid for with public donations. In their ramshackle office, a poster with the Vietnam-era peace slogan exhorts: “Drop acid, Not bombs.” With attritional combat devouring soldiers and resources, Ukraine is waging a people's war, fought away from front lines by self-starting networks of donors a

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Alec Baldwin announces interview with Woody Allen but ‘could not care less’ about sex abuse allegations against filmmaker

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Alec Baldwin will sit down for an interview with Woody Allen this week but has stated he is not bothered about any backlash.  In his latest Instagram post, the Beetlejuice actor announces that he will sit down for a chat with the filmmaker on Tuesday morning.  However, he anticipated criticism in light of the ongoing controversy surrounding Allen, who has been accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a child. The director has previously denied the allegations but the scandal continues to plague 86-year-old Allen.  Baldwin, 64, shared a video announcement, in which he holds up Allen’s memoir to reveal his

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6 injured after driver strikes pedestrians at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve

Six people were injured, including an 89-year-old driver, when her car struck five other people June 26, 2022 at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve.Sun-Times file photo A driver was among several injured after she struck five pedestrians Sunday evening at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve. The driver, an 89-year-old woman, struck five others at the forest preserve about 6:50 p.m., a spokesperson with the forest preserve, said. The woman and those struck were taken to area hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening, the spokesperson said. Bystanders who spoke with WGN News say the woman accidentally reversed as she was driving, causing the incident. Forest Preserves police were leading the investigation with the assistance of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. ...read mo...

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Wimbledon 2022: When are Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray playing?

The British hopefuls will compete at this year’s Wimbledon (Pictures: Clive Brunskill/Getty)Wimbledon 2022 serves up its first round of matches today (June 27), with tennis aces from around the world competing to win the top prize. British hopefuls Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray will pick up their rackets in the hopes of bringing home the coveted Wimbledon Trophy. But when will they compete? Here’s everything you need to know about their first rounds, and when they could play after. When is Emma Raducanu playing? Emma Raducanu, the current British Number One, will return to Wimbledon this year as a Grand Slam champion for the first time in her career. Raducanu will face Alison van Uytvanck in her opening match of the 2022 tournament that will take place today, June 27 at 3

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Emmerdale spoilers: Terrified Nicola begs Bernice not to leave her alone

Nicola is living in fear (Picture: ITV)Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) is struggling in the aftermath of her attack in Emmerdale. Recently, after a night with Bernice (Samantha Giles) and Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy), Nicola decided to head home early. But in a multi-storey carpark, Nicola was approached by a group of teenage girls, mugged, and brutally beaten. In hospital, as Nicola recovered, Jimmy (Nick Miles), Laurel and Bernice all assumed Nicola had been attacked by a man. As the aftermath continues, Nicola is really suffering and when she hears a knock at the door, it’s clear she’s fearing her attackers have returned. When Bernice enters, a shaken Nicola hides how she’s really feeling. Conversation soon turns to work on the council, and Nicola is thrown when Bernice s...

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Coronation Street spoilers: Toyah returns to work at Underworld 

Things don’t go Toyah’s way (Picture: ITV)Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) puts on a brave face in upcoming Coronation Street episodes as she returns to work at Underworld, fully aware that’s essentially the hub of one thing and one thing only. Gossip. Recently, Toyah was charged with murder after DS Swain collected enough evidence to argue she crashed her car with the intention of killing Imran (Charlie de Melo). With Adam (Sam Robertson) no longer representing her, Toyah’s new solicitor suggested claiming diminished responsibility and telling the courts she was not of sound mind when she got in the car. Coming up, feeling a bit stronger, Toyah tells Leanne (Jane Danson) she will repay her the money for the legal bills and heads back to work. During her shift, Toyah start...

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Hero neighbours risked own lives to rescue man from house ‘destroyed’ in explosion

The aftermath of the massive blast in Birmingham (Picture: West Midlands Fire Service/ SWNS)A heroic group of neighbours risked their lives by entering the burning remains of a house destroyed by a gas explosion to rescue a man. The residents clambered over flaming debris, through dust and rubble to pull the man from the property alive. He was rushed to hospital and is in a life-threatening condition following the blast in Kingstanding in north Birmingham. One man, who declined to give his name, described how a group of around a 12, saw a way into the burning building and seized their moment. ‘Everyone was watching, the house was on fire, nobody was going in, so we could see a way in – so we went in the house, me and about a dozen others,’ he told PA News Agency. ‘There was

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Boris jokes ‘we’ve got to show our pecs’ as G7 leaders mock Putin’s macho image

World leaders poked fun at the Russian tyrant’s macho image (Picture: Pool)World leaders poked fun at Russian president Vladimir Putin’s macho image as they met to agree more sanctions over his brutal war in Ukraine. ‘Shall we take our clothes off?’ Boris Johnson asked in a sweltering venue at the G7 summit in Germany. ‘We have to show we’re tougher than Putin.’ Citing the dictator’s topless photos, Canada’s Justin Trudeau said: ‘We’re going to get the bare-chested horseback riding display.’ The prime minister told him: ‘There you go! We’ve got to show them our pecs.’ Vladimir Putin pictured riding a horse topless in southern Siberia in 2009 (Picture: Reuters) G7 leaders, (clockwise from front) Mario Draghi, Ursula von der Leyen, Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz, Boris Johnson, Justin T

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