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Young women who went to marry ISIS fighters desperate to go home

In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is losing ground to forces backed by the U.S. And now hundreds of young women who went to marry ISIS fighters are desperate to go home to Europe.

Sarah is a French citizen who traveled to Syria when she was just 18, married an ISIS fighter and had a baby.Three years later, though, Sarah's had second thoughts

Her husband was killed, she's run away from the extremists, and she wants to take her baby back to France.

She told us she wants to forget everything and get her life back. She wants to start again and protect her daughter

She's one of hundreds of young, European women who joined ISIS -- some of them just teenagers -- easily lured to Syria with false promises of a romantic life in the so-called Islamic State.  
Along with other foreign defectors, Sarah and her daughter were given shelter by a moderate rebel group in northern Syria. But one of their leaders, Mohammed Adeeb, said it's difficult to persuade foreign governments to accept t…

Mount Everest: Min Bahadur Sherchan dies attempting record

An 85-year-old Nepali man who was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest has died at base camp, Nepali officials say.
Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former British Gurkha soldier, was trying to reclaim the record from Japan's Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest aged 80 in 2013.
Mr Miura broke Mr Sherchan's own record set as a 76-year-old in 2008.
It comes a week after Swiss climber Ueli Steck, 40, died as he prepared to climb the mountain.
Mr Sherchan died at base camp on Saturday afternoon, officials at Nepal's tourism office said. Doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.
His long rivalry with Mr Miura - a year his junior - included a 2013 attempt to reclaim the record aged 81 that had to be abandoned after late spring weather conditions worsened.
In 2015 he was on his way to base camp for another attempt when a devastating earthquake struck the country, forcing him and many other climbers to abandon their plan…

M.anifest to represent Africa at Midem Artist Accelerator in Cannes

M.anifest will  represent Africa at the 2017 Midem Artist Accelerator (MAA), the only international career booster for emerging musical talent. Midem, the global music industry event, takes place in Cannes, France, from 6-9 June 2017. Global superstar Wyclef Jean as well as Latin superstar Daddy Yankee are the 2017 Ambassadors of the MAA. Both will hold exclusive conversations with the finalists, during which they will set out their vision of musical success and share their expertise.
The 2017 VGMA best rapper and International Song Writers Award winner unanimously had the nod following two fiercely contested phases of balloting; Panel selection and public voting. Now in its third year, the MAA is enjoying growing success, with more than 600 submissions representing some 67 nationalities. 
The 11 finalists, including M.anifest will perform live on the Midem by Night main stage set up on the beach of the Majestic Palace and will benefit from a 360-degree development programme …

Video: Drug dealers cut off teenager's ear and forced him to eat it in Live stream video

A disturbing new video has been shared on Brazilian social media, showing a suspected snitch being dealt with by drug dealers. In the video, they cut his ear while he tried not to scream out in pain. He was later given his ear to eat.
The entire process was livestreamed. When they were done with the first ear, they went to the second and repeated the same process. The teenager is one of the lucky ones, as drug dealers are known to torture then kill snitches. He was allowed to leave alive, thankfully. Go here to see the videovideo

After nearly 50 years of service, Chief Justice Wood bows out in June

After 47 years of public service, the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, will retire from office next month.
Although there are speculations in the media that Justice Wood will stay on until the end of the year, the experienced Judge says she has no such intention.
“In about four weeks I will be retiring. Specifically, on the 8th of June, I will no longer be in service. I should say this because I see all sorts of things. Some even say I am staying up till the end of the year. That is not accurate,” she said at a Justice For All Programme at the Nsawam Prisons.
Until her appointment to the position of chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Wood worked as Public Prosecutor with the Ghana Police Service and later joined the judicial service where she rose through the ranks until she was appointed Chief Justice by former President John Kufuor in 2007.
Speaking on Friday at the Justice For All Programme, which is an initiative to hear cases of remand prisoners whose cases had been pending …

The 3rd Edition of 'The Cake Fair' comes off July 29

It’s about that time of the year everyone for a sweet tooth’s dream come true! It’s time for The Cake Fair! Yesss! The Cake Fair is back! It’s bigger, better, sweeter, and extravagant!
Ghana’s first sweet experience, organized and brought to you by Yellow October and VoiceAds, has in store for you cakes above and beyond at ‘The Cake Fair 2017.’
Not only will you be able to come, try, and buy, but you’ll be able to watch cake and sugar take shape on the runway, register for master classes in baking on running a successful business, and networking with many attendees over great entertainment.
‘The Cake Fair 2017,’ will take place at The Red Carpet Events Center, Accra, East Legon, next to East Legon Police Station on Saturday 29th of July, from 9am – 9pm. It’s an all day experience you can’t miss!

Come search for the cake you’ve always wanted for your wedding at a reduced price, find your next birthday cake on sale, explore how you can make your corporate events sweeter than before with swe…

Sulley Muntari: Pescara midfielder who protested at racist abuse has ban overturned

Sulley Muntari has had the one-match ban he received after protesting against racist abuse overturned.
The Pescara midfielder left the field after being booked in Sunday's Serie A game at Cagliari for complaining of being abused. The Italian Football Federation said it had considered the "particular delicacy" of the case.
"I hope this is a turning point in Italy and shows what it means to stand up for your rights," said Muntari, 32.
"I feel that someone has finally listened to me. The last few days have been very hard for me. I have felt angry and isolated.
"I was being treated like a criminal. How could I be punished when I was the victim of racism?
"I hope my case can help so that other footballers do not suffer like me."
Muntari was initially booked for dissent, then received a second yellow card for leaving the field.
Serie A, although agreeing that the abuse Muntari received was "deplorable", originally said that it could not impose…

Country singer Loretta Lynn hospitalized after suffering stroke

Country music singer Loretta Lynn was hospitalized after a suffering a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, her official website said Friday.
Lynn, 85, was admitted to a Nashville hospital on Thursday where she is "under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery," a statement on LorettaLynn.com said.
The singer's upcoming shows have been postponed on advice of her doctors while she recovers, the statement added.
Lynn was scheduled to perform at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina on Friday, and had performances lined up across the United States through November.
Born in Kentucky, Lynn carved a career in the country music scene with her down-home twangy voice, singing hits such as 1960's "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" and "Coal Miner's Daughter," released in 1970.

This Teen Wore The Same Dress Her Mom Wore To Prom 22 Years Ago

High school senior Ally Johnson honored her mom in a fashionable and nostalgic way by wearing her mother’s prom dress to her own prom, 22 years later.
Ally’s mom, Lori Johnson, wore a black dress embellished with silver glitter to her senior prom in 1995. On April 22, Ally wore the same dress to her senior prom as well. Ally told HuffPost the dress needed no alterations before the big night. 
“It is very stretchy, which made it fit perfectly,” she said. “I was surprised because my mom had a very different build than I did when she was in high school.”
Lori had suggested her dress to her daughter for past proms, but Ally was never interested in the idea. That changed this year when she ordered a dress online and didn’t fall in love with it after trying it on at her grandmother’s house. She then asked her grandmother, who had been holding on to Lori’s dress, if she could find it for her.
“I dug the dress out and tried it on, and I loved it instantly,” Ally told HuffPost.

On April …

Trump fires first black female chief usher at White House

The Trump administration has fired its chief usher, Angella Reid, who was the first woman and second African-American to hold the position.

White House residence staff were shocked with the news when they arrived at work Friday morning and were told that Reid had been fired.

Speaking to reporters on her dismissal, White House deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Reid 'left on very good terms and we wish her the very best.'

'It’s not uncommon that you might have a transition of staff when a new administration comes in. And it’s simply nothing more than that,' she added.

Angella Reid whose job at the White House was to coordinate all activities at the residence, including handling everything from the large staff of butlers, maids, chefs, florists and electricians to fiscal, administrative and personal duties was employed in 2011 by former President Obama.
Reid was said to be very close to the Obamas and very strict with the White House staff.

Th…

Bugri Naabu clashes with Otiko over school feeding appointment

The Northern Regional chairman  of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bugri Naabu Friday went berserk scuttling a meeting being  held by the Minister for  Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba.
The chairman accompanied by a group of rowdy women affiliated to the NPP stormed the meeting vandalizing properties in protest to what he described as the Minister’s seeming disrespect to his authority as she did not seek his consent before holding her meeting.
Describing the meeting as “illegal”,  Naabu said the Gender Minister has no right to come to the region to organize a meeting without prior notice to the regional executives, observing that even the president would not do that.
“I have told the Minister point blank what she did was wrong. It is unconstitutional and therefore her meeting is illegal,” he declared to the admiration of the women accompanying him.
According to Starr News’ Northern regional correspondent Eliasu Tanko, incensed Mr. Naabu  persona…

Chrissy Teigen once got lipo on her armpit

Yes, Chrissy Teigen has had work done -- and not just in the areas that you would expect. The Sports Illustrated model told Refinery29 that she once got liposuction on her armpit.
"I had an armpit sucked out, which was one of the best things. It's a big secret, but I don't care," she said. "It was nine years ago or so. And I had two inches to my armpit. Now it's back though, so now I've gotta pay for [liposuction] again."
She's certainly not worried about repeating the procedure. 
"It was so easy. It made me feel better in dresses; I felt more confident," she said. "It was the dumbest, stupidest thing I've ever done. The dumbest, but I like it, whatever. I have no regrets, honestly."

While Chrissy is one of more real celebrities out there from a personality standpoint, she joked that she's hardly real when it comes to her appearance.

"Everything about me is fake except my cheeks," she joked. Chrissy then…

Aaron Hernandez suicide note to fiancée revealed by Mass. court : 'You're rich'

On Friday, Bristol County Massachusetts court officials released an excerpt of the suicide note former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, who was a Tight End for New England Patriots, left his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. Before Aaron killed himself in his prison cell last month he left 3 suicide notes. The one he left for his fiancée partly reads:
"Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and i want you to live life and know I'm always with you," Hernandez wrote. "I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel -- literally! We split into two to come change the world! ... I love you! Let [redacted] know how much I love her! Look after [redacted] and [redacted] for me -- those are my boys. (YOU'RE RICH)" I KNEW I LOVED YOU- SAVAGE GARDENAccording to Massachusetts law, a dead convict whose appeal has not been heard can be considered not guilty in the eyes of the law. Hernandez’s appeal for the 2013 murder of Od…

Ibrahim Mahama settles Gh¢12m GRA debt

Ibrahim Mahama, a brother of former President John Mahama, has settled a Gh¢12 million debt owed the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Mr. Mahama was given a two-week ultimatum to defray the whopping amount else risk having his assets confiscated by the State.
He was alleged to have issued over 20 dud cheques in 2015 to the Customs Division of the GRA, being duties for imports of equipment. Anti-graft agency the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) is the lead investigative body probing the case.
Starrfmonline.com has seen two Stanbic Bank cheques from MBG Ltd and Holman Brothers – all belonging to Mahama – issued to the GRA to clear the debt. Both cheques were issued on May 4, 2017. MBG Ltd owes Gh¢10,216,258.47 while the latter is due to pay Gh¢2,176,544.61.

When Starrfmonline.com reached the Communication Department of the GRA for confirmation, an official who pleaded anonymity said: “We don’t have an information to that effect.”
GENESIS

According to Assistant Commissioner f…

France bans extremely thin models

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect. 
Models will need to provide a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) - a measure of weight in relation to height.
The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.
Digitally altered photos will also have to be labelled from 1 October.
Images where a model's appearance has been manipulated will need to be marked photographie retouchée (English: retouched photograph).
A previous version of the bill had suggested a minimum BMI for models, prompting protests from modelling agencies in France. 
But the final version, backed by MPs 2015, allows doctors to decide whether a model is too thin by taking into account their weight, age, and body shape.
Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros (£63,500; $82,000) and up to six months in jail.
"Exposing yo…

Diego Costa set to become world's highest paid player with move to China

Rumours surrounding Diego Costa and a move to China have refused to go away and it seems the transfer will go ahead. The player met with super agent Jorge Mendes who is believed to be in the process of brokering a deal. Chinese side, Tianjin Quanjian have been persistent in their pursuit of the Chelsea forward and are willing to offer him £620K a week to swap the spotlight of European football for the riches of Asia. 
The club managed by Fabio Cannavaro believe they have an agreement in principle to complete a stunning £75million deal for the Chelsea forward this summer having failed with an attempted swoop in January and they are confident of landing the player.