Flack, the 40-year-old former host of the hit UK reality show "Love Island," died by suicide at her northeast London apartment as she awaited trial for an alleged assault of her boyfriend. Mental health organizations urge against assuming a single factor in cases of suicide. But reaction was nonetheless swift and often definitive.Social media, the British press and the Crown Prosecution Service have all been blamed for their treatment of the star, while celebrity well-wishers have been attacked for hypocrisy and politicians have mooted a reform of the media.Meanwhile, the same media cycle that aided Flack's rise to fame was condemned for tearing her down in her final months, and many reacted with fury as tabloids like The Sun moved swiftly to delete previous negative articles about the star.What's clear is that the reverberations from the death of Flack, a longtime staple of Britain's raucous tabloid press, are being widely felt — with fundamental questions raised about the symbiotic relationship between the media and today's television personalities.For some commentators, the instant reactions were premature."When we experience the tragic loss of someone, we often look around for someone to point the finger at," said Honey Langcaster-James, a television psychologist who has consulted on on-set welfare for shows including "Love Island." "We get consumed when someone dies in these circumstances by the question of why, and of what could have been done… but the important thing is we don't speculate," she told CNN.But in death, as in life, fascination about Flack has given rise to plenty of speculation — and it's highlighting the relentless industry of outrage that has both aided the rise of reality television personalities and swarmed them in their lowest moments.

Tabloids under scrutiny

Flack's career was boosted, at least in part, by a media ecosystem that thrives on judgment and is quick to identify winners and losers. She won a public vote to claim victory in "Strictly Come Dancing," one of Britain's most popular shows, and then helmed another breakout hit — "Love Island" — whose success relies heavily on its omnipresence on social media and on the homepages of tabloid news sites.But that same environment ensured the lows of Flack's career were as loudly amplified as the highs. Flack attracted criticism for dating a 17-year-old Harry Styles while she was 31. Years later, the details of the alleged assault in December on her partner, Lewis Burton, have been combed over online on an almost daily basis.Britain's top tabloids were already going after Meghan. Now they're twisting the knifeAfter she was charged, a front page of the Daily Star newspaper branded her "Caroline Smack," while The Sun published and then deleted a story about a "brutal" Valentine Day's card mocking her assault case. "She lived every mistake publicly under the scrutiny of the media," Laura Whitmore, Flack's friend and replacement as "Love Island" host, said on her BBC radio show the day after her death was confirmed. "To the press who demonize and tear down success: we've had enough." Several commentators have compared the coverage to that of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.Now, commentators and politicians are asking whether such levels of media scrutiny should exist at all — and the fallout from Flack's death has reopened a long-running debate over press regulation in the country. "We welcome the public outcry for change. What happened to Caroline Flack will happen to vulnerable people again and again, until the government acts," Nathan Sparkes, policy director of the campaign group Hacked Off, told CNN. Hacked Off was formed in the wake of the 2011 British phone hacking scandal, which led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid and prompted a major inquiry into the British press."This applies to a minority of journalists overall … but we do need some form of accountability," said Sparkes.An online petition calling for a review into the media after Flack's death has attracted more than 200,000 signatures, and a campaign is urging for new legislation dubbed "Caroline's Law" to be implemented.But such calls have been resisted in the past, with fears they could threaten press freedom.Media law consultant David Banks has warned against identifying the media as culprits in Flack's death."To attribute her death to one thing is, in my opinion, and in my experience of 32 years reporting inquests, a mistake," he wrote on Twitter. "There were a number of things happening in her life that we know a little about — the upcoming trial for assault; her relationship with her boyfriend; her removal as a presenter of Love Island.""There may also be other things happening in her life that we know absolutely nothing about, but which contributed to what happened," he added. "The inquest *might* discover these things, but equally might not. We may never know."

Is social media fueling the fire?

Obsessive media coverage of celebrities is nothing new in Britain, a country whose tabloids are known for their relentless and unwavering pursuit of scandal.But on social media and in the streets, the dissection was often harsher still — and Flack had spoken about the difficulties of living in the public eye."People say you have to expect that kind of scrutiny because you work in television. Really? Why? Who says so?" Flack wrote in her 2015 autobiography."Perhaps the worst was Twitter," she wrote. "However vile they are, newspapers have to be careful because of libel and privacy. But Twitter is different. nobody censors that." CNN has contacted Twitter for comment.Caroline Flack on "Love Island."Langcaster-James, who works with television personalities on how to deal with online abuse, told CNN social media can be a lonely place for celebrities. "We hear the same things time and time again — social media has made a lot of things worse for people in the public eye," she said. "The public don't always see that people are struggling … we only ever see quite an unrealistic picture of someone's life online, and that's the same for celebrities." "It can be so difficult for them to be honest about how they're feeling, because they're worried it will affect their career prospects — we get told that from many clients," she added. "They don't want production companies to know that they're struggling."

Outrage at several targets

The media hasn't been the only target of anger over Flack's death.Even as the related hashtag #BeKind was trending, several Twitter users displayed their anger by sending abuse to the reporter who wrote a story in The Sun — headlined "Brutal Caroline Flack Valentine's Day card cruelly mocks troubled star with 'I'll f***ing lamp you' message" — that was published hours before she died.Decisions over whether to cover a story are usually taken by editors, with the story then assigned to a reporter, who often do not write the headlines. But such distinctions are lost in the whirlwind of social media outrage.Laura Whitmore announced as new  'Love Island' hostElsewhere, as celebrities shared messages of condolRead More – Source


Roger Blackwell, 68, told CNN "you don't want to give these people attention" after the "Happy Brexit Day" sign was seen on several fire doors in his building, Winchester Tower in Norwich, Friday. He said he thought someone "energized" by Brexit and "probably a fascist" had put it up.Police are investigating the poster, which told residents "we do not tolerate people speaking other languages than English in the flats."The sign, which was spotted just hours before the UK left the European Union at 11 p.m. Friday, has been attacked as "racist" on social media. The poster said "we finally have our great country back" and people wanting to speak other languages should return to their home countries and give their apartment back to the local authority "so they can let British people live here and we can return to what was normality before you infected this once great island."It added: "We do not tolerate people speaking other languages than English in the flats. We are now our own country again and the the Queens English [sic] is the spoken tongue here."Residents received a letter Saturday from Lee Robson, head of neighborhood housing at Norwich City Council, which read: "Some of you will be aware that there was an incident yesterday where someone put an unaceptable [sic] and offensive poster in Winchester Tower."Robson said the caretaker had swiftly removed the poster and remained on site to "monitor the situation and offer reassurance."Brexiteers celebrate after the UK finally leaves the EU. Blackwell, a retired photographer, told CNN he had not seen the poster before he received the council's letter. "I was surprised," he said. "The building is quiet, it's a quiet street." He said the block was "pretty self-contained" and he did not often see people. "With Brexit, it's energized these people to come out of their homes."You don't want to give these people attention. In some ways, it'd be better buried."He said people were "taking advantage" of the political situation. "I think it'll die down."Blackwell said that after the UK voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum "they were energized then, and it did die down."Music journalist Simon Price, who shared the photo of the poster taken by an anonymous Twitter account, wrote: "Brexit has encouraged and emboldened these people. It will get worse. Do whatever you can to support immigrants who face this s**t. We all need to stand strong against it."Pro-EU, anti-Brexit protesters held a banner and smoke flares during a demonstration on Westminster Bridge in London Friday.MP David Lammy said on Twitter that the poster's words were "chilling," adding: "Bigots and xenophobes have been emboldened. "Our fundamental values are under attack." Robson said the council had reported the matter to Read More – Source


It's where he watched his father Joe play in the country's basketball league and where he took the first steps to becoming a global superstar. Like the rest of the world, Italy is still struggling to come to terms with the news that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday.However, amid the tears, there is a determination to remember the legend's influence which transcended the sport of basketball. READ: The 24 moments that made Kobe Bryant a global superstarAC Milan, the Italian soccer club supported by Bryant, led the tributes ahead of its match against Torino Tuesday.Players wore black armbands, while a video showing pictures of Bryant and his daughter were played on the big screens in the San Siro stadium before kickoff.Milan's former captain Massimo Ambrosini, who made 489 appearances for the Rossoneri and represented the Italy's national team, said he was inspired by Bryant and was left in tears once the news had begun to sink in. "I was shocked, I couldn't believe it had happened. It was so strange that you cannot believe it," he told CNN. "He was such a big athlete, such a big human being." "The meaning he gave to the word obsession is something that made me feel very close to him. I lived my job like an obsession, every day was a chance to become better and better. I heard a lot of interviews with Kobe talking about that. "I started crying, not at the moment when I heard he was dead but when I heard again his words about obsession. It's terrible."READ: Kobe Bryant will be mourned for a whole week in Italy

'Fundamental piece of his formation'

During his time in Italy, Bryant bought into the country's culture and maintained a life long bond with the town of Reggio Emilia, where he moved with his family in the 1990s. The northern Italian town was where Bryant learned to speak fluent Italian and where he would spent almost every day playing basketball.Reggio Emilia has been particularly rocked by Bryant's sudden death but the town remains proud of just how successful their former "son" became. Such was his impact on the area, Mayor Luca Vecchi announced the square in front of the town's Basketball Center would be named in Bryant's honor."This town saw him growing up in the sports world, in basketball, in NBA, globally with the awareness that for him, Reggio Emilia wasn't a stop like any other, but a fundamental piece of his formation," Vecchi told CNN. "When at the end of his career Kobe Bryant showed up here in Reggio Emilia, I think that has been the moment during which the entire citizenship of the town understood the genuine depths of the connection." READ: The making of a global superstar in 24 picturesBryant's 'Cantine Riunite' youth team in the early 1990's in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Bryant is in the top row, third from the left.

'He had the Mamba mentality'

Bryant famously credits the town's youth team — Cantine Riunite — for developing his skills and many of his former teammates from that time still remember when a young Kobe first turned up to the team's training sessions. Due to his height and obvious ability, Bryant was often asked to play with the older boys but continued to stand out despite the age disadvantage."He was so good and at that age. It is very difficult for a kid to play with bigger guys but for Kobe, it wasn't. He was very good," childhood friend and former teammate Davide Giudici told CNN. He was born to play basketball, but for Kobe Bryant that was never enoughGiudici is left with fond memories of his short timRead More – Source


(Kyiv, 29 January 2020): The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani today launched an appeal worth of US$158 million to provide humanitarian aid and protection to 2 million most vulnerable people in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine in 2020. Onstage, she was joined by the Deputy Minister for European Integration of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Mr. Oleksii Illiashenko.

“Last year, we have witnessed a number of important developments: the resumption of talks in the Normandy Four format, the disengagement of forces in several areas, and the restoration of the wooden footbridge at the “Stanytsia Luhanska” crossing point have created a momentum that may help bring lasting peace,” Ms. Lubrani stated. “Yet, the conflict in eastern Ukraine is still active and continues to impact the lives of innocent civilians and produce significant humanitarian needs,” Ms. Lubrani emphasized. “Today, 3.4 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection to live a life with dignity in conflict-affected areas,” she added. “We still hope for the best and for progress on the political front – but until that is the case, the people of Donbas count on us.”

Ms. Lubrani also recognized the important progress achieved by the Government of Ukraine on addressing and preventing humanitarian needs. Deputy Minister for European Integration of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, Mr. Oleksii Illiashenko, highlighted that “The Government of Ukraine undertakes concrete measures to improve the lives of conflict-affected people both on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and Government-controlled areas. In 2019 and early this year, we have made several Governmental decisions to simplify the procedures for the crossing of the “contact line”. We have adopted a compensation mechanism for housing damaged or destroyed by the conflict. We also restored voting rights for internally displaced people who live in the Government-controlled areas,” Deputy Minister noted.

The United Nations and humanitarian partners have been on the ground in eastern Ukraine since 2014, mobilizing relief and protection worth more than half a billion U.S. dollars. Every year, humanitarian actors have been able to reach over 1 million people on both sides of the “contact line” with assistance and protection services.

The Humanitarian Response Plan – a strictly prioritized and comprehensive plan of action – lays out how 56 partners including UN agencies, national and international organizations aim to provide aid to 2 million most vulnerable civilians in 2020. The Plan encompasses different sectors including education, food, health, protection, shelter, water and sanitation.

“We appreciate that humanitarian actors have been standing by our side since 2014. As humanitarian needs are significant and urgent, the continued support of the humanitarian actors remains crucial,” Deputy Minister Illiashenko noted. “We join the call of the humanitarian community and ask donors to support the humanitarian response efforts in eastern Ukraine,” the Deputy Minister concluded.

“Without an end to hostilities, humanitarian needs are expected to remain high,” Ms. Lubrani continued. “Our response, therefore, plays a crucial role in saving lives and sustaining communities. We are thankful to our donors for their continued support, but we appeal for more funding as the Plan that we have presented today, can only make a difference if it is sufficiently funded.”

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In November, the prince said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency" if required, after he appeared in a BBC Newsnight interview in which he was questioned over his friendship with Epstein. But Geoffrey Berman, US attorney and the lead prosecutor in the inquiry, said Monday that the Duke of York has not responded to requests for an interview. "It's fair for people to know whether Prince Andrew has followed through with that public commitment," said Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation."Gloria Allred, a US lawyer representing some of Epstein's alleged victims, told BBC Radio 4's Today program on Tuesday: "This is ridiculous. It's just not acceptable."She added: "I don't now whether Prince Andrew thinks he's above the law or whether he thinks that he doesn't know anything… but excuses just don't cut this anymore."Lisa Bloom, another US lawyer representing five women who say they were abused by Epstein, told BBC's Newsnight on Monday that her clients were "outraged and disappointed" by Prince Andrew's failure to cooperate."If Prince Andrew truly has done nothing wrong then it's incumbent upon him to go and speak to the FBI at a time that's convenient for him and say what he knows," she said. "Perhaps he can help bring other people to justice."Buckingham Palace did not provide any comment in response to CNN's request.

Can the US subpoena Prince Andrew?

A subpoena is an order that compels someone to appear in court or to submit evidence.Antonios Tzanakopoulos, associate professor of Public International Law at Oxford University, told CNN that a US court "can always issue a subpoena" but they cannot make someone comply if they are in another jurisdiction, including the UK. Allred told the BBC that lawyers in the civil lawsuit could seek to subpoena Prince Andrew if he were to travel to the US. "Certainly, if he ever came back to the United States, that would be one of the first things that I'm sure a lot of lawyers, including me, would want to do," she said.If he were to travel to the US on an official visit, it is likely he would have some form of immunity, although it might be different if he were on a private visit, added Tzanakopoulos.A photograph appearing to show Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts Giuffre and, in the background, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Is there another way Prince Andrew could be made to give evidence?

Countries including the UK and US have a Mutual Assistance Treaty, but this is reserved for criminal matters, says Tzanakopoulos. "There is no criminal matter pending in regard to Prince Andrew," he said. Epstein died by apparent suicide in August, so his alleged victims have instead brought a civil suit against his estate, claiming damages. The FBI's criminal investigation concerns Epstein's alleged co-conspirators.Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein&#0Read More – Source


In November, Britain's Prince Andrew said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required" after he appeared on the BBC and was questioned about his relationship to Epstein and allegations he had sexual encounters with an underaged girl."It's fair for people to know whether Prince Andrew has followed through with that public commitment," Berman said at a news conference Monday outside of Epstein's Manhattan mansion."To date Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation."CNN has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.Berman said prosecutors are continuing to investigate individuals who helped Epstein carry out an alleged multi-year sex trafficking operation of underaged girls. He declined to say when any charges might be brought.Prince Andrew faces allegations stemming from his relationship with Epstein, who died by apparent suicide in August while awaiting trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls and ran a sex-trafficking ring.One of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, has alleged that she was forced into sexual encounters with the prince while she was underage. In a 2015 federal court filing, Giuffre alleged Epstein forced her to perform sex acts with several prominent men, including Prince Andrew in 2001. All of them have denied the allegations.In a November BBC interview, Prince Andrew said he had never met Giuffre and suggested that a photo of the two of them may have been doctored.The Duke of York said he trusted Epstein and conceded that he had stayed at Epstein's homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, had been on Epstein's private plane and visited Epstein's private island. He also met with Epstein in 2010 in Central Park two years after the financier pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges and was required to register as a sex offender.Read More – Source


After a crisis meeting of senior royals at the Queen's Sandringham estate north of London, the Queen said she had agreed that Prince Harry and Meghan could split their time between the UK and Canada but that "complex matters" would have to be resolved. The monarch said she had ordered final plans to be drawn up in the next few days.The highly unusual meeting was called after the couple's bombshell announcement last week that they wished to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. The Queen was joined at the summit by Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, while Meghan was due to have dialed in from Canada.In a statement after the meeting, the Queen said the family would have preferred the couple to "remain full-time working members of the royal family," but that they "respect and understand" Prince Harry and Meghan's "wish to live a more independent life."The Queen said the family had "very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family" during the meeting, adding that they are "entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family."There were "complex matters for my family to resolve," and no final agreement had been reached, particularly over Harry and Meghan's desire to become "financially independent.""There is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days," the Queen said in the statement.The meeting came on a tumultuous day for the royals. Before the meeting Princes William and Harry denied a UK newspaper story alleging that William's "bullying attitude" had caused the splits in the family. The story was "false," the princes said in a joint statement. "For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful," the statement said.Monday's summit was the first time the senior royals have met since the Prince Harry and Meghan's shock announcement last Wednesday — leading to a mood of Read More – Source


(CNN) — Debuting its first flights in January 2020, Taiwanese start-up STARLUX Airlines could be the first new player in 30 years to upend the island's duopoly aviation market.

And even before the carrier, dubbed Taiwan's first luxury boutique airline, set its first aircraft into the air, it's been creating a stir.

Eleven minutes after opening ticket sales online on December 16, the Taipei-based carrier sold out all seats on its first three flights — Taipei-Macau, Taipei-Penang and Taipei-Danang.

But both aviation watchers and the general public are abuzz for another reason: A succession drama involving STARLUX founder Chang Kuo-wei that's so juicy he's being referred to as the aviation industry's "Prince Hamlet" by local media.

Chang Kuo-wei founded STARLUX Airlines after being ousted from his family business, EVA Airways.

courtesy Starlux Airlines

This Shakepearean tale took root in 2016, when Chang Yung-fa, founder of Taiwan's Evergreen Group and airline EVA Airways, passed away at the age of 88, sparking a battle over who would take over one of the island's biggest family-run conglomerates.

Chang, 49, who had been the chairman of EVA since 2013, revealed that his late father had named him the successor of parent company Evergreen in his will.

A well-loved figure in the aviation industry, known for his outspokenness and expertise, the son had experience working for EVA Airways as both an aircraft technician and a pilot.


Reynhard Sinaga was found guilty of 159 counts of sexual offenses against 48 different men, and must serve 30 years before he is considered for release.Sinaga, 36, approached men in the early hours of the morning outside nightclubs in Manchester, offering them somewhere to sleep or more alcohol at his home.Once there he would drug them, then film himself raping them while they slept. Police found evidence linking him to assaults against as many as 190 different people. They said victims were often unaware they had been assaulted.Sinaga's attacks only came to light in 2017, when a victim woke up and fought him off before going to the police. Police believed he had been carrying out similar attacks for 12 years by that point.He was found guilty in four separate trials, the details of which can only now be published."Reynhard Sinaga is the most prolific rapist in British legal history," Ian Rushton, North West Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said. "His extreme sense of sexual entitlement almost defies belief and he would no doubt still be adding to his staggering tally had he not been caught."SinaRead More – Source