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Caroline Flack, ‘Love Island,’ and industry of outrage surrounding star’s death

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 ..

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Are cell phone calls on airplane flights inevitable?

(CNN) — Ah, holiday travel. Between huge crowds and weather delays, flying during this time of year is hectic. Now close your eyes and imagine the entire scenario with one additional annoyance: Loud talkers yammering into their cell phones at 35,000 feet.Don't worry — this potentially ear-splitting scenario isn't a reality yet. At least not in the United States. But it could be soon. Some even say it's just a year or two away. The technology to support midair cell phone calls exists right now. Just about every plane that offers WiFi has the bandwidth to support voice over the internet, and several international airlines allow voice calls on certain routes already. Still, at least on domestic US flights, voice calls are forbidden for four distinct reasons: flight attendants, public perception, concerns about safety and US law. Airline officials won't even consider in-flight cell-phone calls until or unless they feel there is overwhelming demand from customers to ..

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Britain’s most prolific rapist sentenced to life in prison for 159 sexual offenses

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 entitlem..

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‘Hamlet’ in the skies? The story behind Taiwan’s newest airline

(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 G..

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Queen agrees on ‘period of transition’ for Harry and Meghan

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 g..

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Prince Andrew giving ‘zero cooperation’ in Epstein probe, US prosecutors say

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 ..

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Can Prince Andrew be forced to cooperate with Epstein probe?

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 rep..

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Why Italy remembers Kobe Bryant ‘as a son, not as a star’

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 onc..

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Brexit Day poster telling neighbors to speak English slammed by residents

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 coun..

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