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Spice Girl Mel B almost millionaire again after struggling financially following Stephen Belafonte divorce

Mel B almost millionaire again after struggling financially following divorce (Picture: Getty)Spice Girl star Mel B is almost a millionaire again, after racking up the cash following her expensive divorce from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. The singer, 45, struggled financially following her marriage split and was later forced to fork out millions on her ex, with reports claiming Mel also owed the taxman thousands of pounds. In the last 18 months, Mel has boosted her bank balance from £53,081 to £834,910, according to new documents filed via Companies House for her company Moneyspider Productions. The accounts reveal that Mel has a total net assets of £649,313, while £186,672 is due to be paid to creditors. Mel moved back to the UK from LA in 2019 following her split from Bel

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How to prepare children for going back to school as lockdown lifts

It’s nearly time for children to return to the school environment (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)If we feel like the last year has been a long and confusing slog, think about what it must have been like for children, for whom a year can feel like a lifetime. For adults, a year flashes by but for a child, it’s a whole era of development, life events, discoveries and memories that shape them for life. Covid-19 has disrupted routines in ways no-one could ever have forseen and parents and caregivers have been doing their best to juggle home life, careers, lockdown rules and home schooling their children. Across the months, children have been ping ponged between being at school, being at school socially distanced, sent home, sent back and so on and so forth. It’s confusing, frustrating

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Five questions you need to ask when you’re buying a house

Before you start packing boxes – do you know how old the roof is? (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)Buying property can be stressful, confusing and it can take a lot longer than you might first think. It’s a massive investment, so you need to make sure you have really got your head around the process – particularly before signing contracts or progressing with a sale. The old adage says knowledge is power – and that is particularly true when it comes to property. You don’t want to be blindsided with big problems after you have already handed over you life savings. So, it is really important that you ask the right questions before agreeing to anything. Property expert Heather Barrigan, from MyJobQuote, has shared the top five questions that you should never forget to ask when you’r

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Piers Morgan slams Meghan Markle amid new ‘bullying’ claims: ‘If you rattle a cage enough, the cage rattles back’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Piers Morgan has continued his slams against Meghan Markle claiming the latest allegations of bullying made against her was simply ‘the cage rattling back’.  Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, Piers was given plenty to talk about regarding the Duchess of Sussex overnight, with claims that she had ‘bullied two aides into quitting their positions’.  The new broke as it was also claimed Meghan wore ‘chandelier’ earrings gifted to her by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three weeks after he was linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.   ‘It seems that if you rattle a cage enough, eventually the cage rattles

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$119million Beverly Hills mansion featured in The Godfather is the most expensive house for sale in the US

It’s the most expensive house for sale in America (Picture: Beauchamp Estates)A Hollywood home with a rich celebrity history is the most expensive property for sale in the US – coming in at $119million (around £90million). The enormous 18-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion has featured in films including The Godfather and The Bodyguard, as well as Beyonce’s Black Is King video. It was also the honeymoon home of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy and served as the former president’s election HQ. However, despite these incredible merits, it seems no one wants to buy the impressive property… or perhaps no one can afford it. The house – which is set on 3.5 acres with 25 bathrooms and an Olympic-size swimming pool – has been on and off the market for 10 years without a buyer. It includ

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No, that isn’t Tom Cruise you’re watching on TikTok – it’s a scarily good deepfake

Pictured here – not Tom Cruise (Picture: TikTok)You’d be forgiven for thinking that Tom Cruise had joined TikTok if you stumbled across a new account that surfaced last month on the platform. In three videos uploaded to @deeptomcruise, the 58-year-old can be seen practising his golf swing, falling over in a store, telling an anecdote about Mikhail Gorbachev and performing a magic trick with a coin. Only… it isn’t Tom Cruise. These are highly slick deepfakes, which are either fascinating or terrifying, wherever you stand on the technology. The channel @deeptomcruise has notched up 1.1 million likes and 380,000 followers, as well as nearly 12 million views on its three videos, as people freaked out over the uncanny replica of Tom. As well as looking exactly like the Mission: Impo

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Boy and girl found walking alone in the cold in South Shore

A boy, thought to be about 2-years-old, and a girl, thought to be about 3-years-old, were found walking alone in the cold March 3, 2021, in the 7200 block of South Jeffery Boulevard. | Adobe Stock PhotoThe girl was only wearing a coat and boots, police said. The boy was wearing a shirt, jogging pants. A boy and a girl were found walking alone in the cold early Wednesday in South Shore on the South Side. About 12:30 a.m. a man was driving south on Jeffery Boulevard, when he saw a young girl, thought to be about 3-years-old, and a young boy, thought to be about 2-years-old, walking without proper outer garments in the 7200 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, and called police, Chicago police said. The girl was wearing a coat and boots, police said. The boy was wearing a shirt, jogging pan...

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Fiat Chrysler, PSA profits dropped in pandemic before merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot on Wednesday reported their last financial statements as independent companies, each contributing full-year profits of around 2 billion euros to the new company, Stellantis, formed in January. Fiat Chrysler reported adjusted net profits in the pandemic year of 1.9 billion euros ($2.3 billion), down 57% from 2019. PSA reported earnings of 2.2 billion euros, a drop of 32%. The Italian-American carmaker and the French mass-market automotive company completed their merger on Jan. 16, creating Stellantis, the world’s fourth- largest carmaker. Fiat Chrysler reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of 2.3 billion euros, a record 2.2 billion euros of those generated in North America. Maserati made a positive contribution for t...

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Dear Abby: He hides me from his friends and punishes me for my behavior. Will he ever be a good boyfriend?

DEAR ABBY: I have been on and off with a man for two years. In all this time, he has never spent a holiday or Valentine’s Day with me, or introduced me to his family or friends. He told me to stay in the bathroom at his office when his friends showed up unexpectedly. When I objected, he said, “It’s only for 20 minutes.” I was horrified. Jeanne Phillips When I try to talk with him about this, he accuses me of picking fights and says I will never be happy with anyone. He breaks up with me at holiday time, never calls when he’s on vacation, and our dates are always last minute. I realize he is using me for sex, but he insists I am wrong and he is a decent man. Two birthdays passed, and he didn’t even wish me a happy birthday, yet he buys presents and cards for every occasion for his friends a

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Police reform overhauls are moving again in Congress. Here’s why 3 experts are skeptical a House Democratic bill would really change law enforcement.

Summary List PlacementMembers of Congress have walked alongside protesters and given fiery speeches on the need for police reform since the Memorial Day 2020 death of George Floyd. So far, their efforts have fallen short. But now with Democrats controlling both the House and Senate, lawmakers are trying to seize the opportunity to get a police reform bill on track to President Joe Biden's desk for signature. It'll be an uphill climb. The House is expected to vote on a major police reform bill later this week that would prohibit racial profiling and create a Justice Department-run national registry on police misconduct.  The measure, formally known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, would also federally ban chokeholds and require law enforcement officers to use dashboar...

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Doctor, 30, writes book to son as heartbreaking last gift before dying of brain tumour

This dad wrote one last heartbreaking book for his son (Picture: PA Real life)A doctor who died from a rare brain tumour aged just 30 has written two children’s books for his three-year-old son. Paediatrician Aria Nikjooy, from Manchester, explained illness in parents and the importance of family – as a final heartbreaking gift to his little boy Eliyas. The dad was only 27 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, called a grade 4 cerebellar medulloblastoma, in November 2018. Despite having the tumour removed, the cancer returned several times before spreading to his spine and Aria died in February this year. While undergoing chemotherapy in 2019, he wrote Eddie and the Magic Healing Stone for Eliyas, now three. Before Aria died, he managed to get the book publish

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Denmark becomes first European country to tell Syrian refugees to return home

A girl looks out of her apartment on the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, which the Danish government says is a safe zone (Picture: AFP)Denmark has been criticised for telling Syrian refugees that it is safe for them to go home. The Scandanavian country became the first European nation to decide that the area around the capital Damascus was now safe, before stripping some 94 people from Syria of their residency permits. Now the Danish Government has extended the safe zone to the southern area of Rif Dimashq – which could leave around 1,500 people facing a choice between staying in deportation camps or returning to a country which nearly all of the rest of the world considers dangerous. The move means a further 350 Syrians residents will have their temporary prote

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Pedestrian struck and killed on 134 Freeway in North Hollywood

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A pedestrian was struck by multiple vehicles and killed Tuesday night along the Ventura (134) Freeway in North Hollywood. The California Highway Patrol received reports about 7:50 p.m. of a person running across the eastbound Ventura Freeway just east of the Hollywood (170) Freeway, said Officer Stephan Brandt. The person was struck by vehicles while in the number one lane, and died at the scene, Brandt said. Officers shut down multiple lanes on the freeway while they investigated the crash. All lanes of the freeway were reopened about 11:55 p.m., the CHP said. Related Articles SUV carrying 25 crashes with semi truck, killing 13 north of US-Mexico border Two drivers sought following hit-and-run that killed pedestrian in Sun Va...

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US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties. The rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province at 7:20 a.m., spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said. Later, the Iraqi military released a statement saying the attack did not cause significant losses and that security forces had found the launch pad used for the missiles. An Iraqi military official said they had been found in the al-Baghdadi area of Anbar, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to brief media. It was the first attack since the U.S. struck Iran-aligned militia targets along the Iraq-Syria border last week that killed one militiam...

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Rishi Sunak admits ‘I’m a total coke addict’ to two boys – then corrects himself

Rishi Sunak didn’t let the potentially embarrassing connotations stop him from extolling the virtues of his favourite drink (Picture: Youtube/ Big George)Rishi Sunak accidentally admitted to being a ‘total coke addict’ before spending an inordinate amount of time clarifying that he meant the drink, not the drug. In unearthed footage, said to be from summer 2019, the chancellor is seen making awkward conversation with two schoolboys, confessing: ‘I’m a coke addict, a total coke addict.’ In a moment of blind panic, he then looks at the camera and clarifies: ‘Coca Cola addict, just for the record. Just to be totally clear. Coca Cola addict’ While many would have moved swiftly on at this point, Mr Sunak chooses to linger on the topic, going on to extol the virtues of the drink – at...

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