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Bake Off’s Candice Brown rushed to hospital after suffering ‘prolonged’ asthma attack

Bake Off’s Candice Brown rushed to hospital after suffering 'prolonged' asthma attack

“Anxiety and phobia hasn’t helped. Also I can breathe, which at about 6am this morning I couldn’t speak two words.”

Candice added: “This is not how my Saturday was supposed to go.”

The baker is now out of hospital and back home ahead of England’s game against Ukraine this evening.

In her latest post, she shared a picture of herself holding onto the team’s top in support of the players.

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Over 400,000 in Tigray suffering famine now, with 1.8m on brink

Over 400,000 in Tigray suffering famine now, with 1.8m on brink

More than 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray are now suffering famine and 1.8 million others are on the brink, a top United Nations official has said, painting a devastating picture of an embattled region where humanitarian access is extremely restricted.

Tigray has been racked by conflict since November 2020 when fighting erupted between Ethiopia’s federal government – backed by troops from neighbouring Eritrea and fighters from Ethiopia’s Amhara region – and forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the northern region’s then-ruling party.

The UN Security Council held its first public meeting on the conflict on Friday, days after the Tigrayan forces, in a stunning turn of events, retook the regional capital, Mekelle.

Acting UN aid chief Ramesh Rajasingham told the council that the humanitarian situation in Tigray had “worsened dramatically” in recent weeks, with an increase of some 50,000 in the number of people now facing famine.

“More than 400,000 people are estimated to have crossed the threshold into famine and another 1.8 million people are on the brink of famine. Some are suggesting that the numbers are even higher. 33,000 children are severely malnourished,” he said.

“Two million people are still displaced and close to 5.2 million people still require humanitarian assistance. The great majority are women and children. One of the most distressing trends is the alarming rise in food insecurity and hunger due to conflict.”

The Ethiopian government declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday, which the TPLF dismissed as a “joke”. The region has since experienced electricity and communication blackouts and there are reports of continued clashes in some places, with different forces controlling different areas.

UN political and peacebuilding affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo said reports indicate that TPLF leaders including its former president, Debretsion Gebremichael, have returned to Mekelle. “Key infrastructure has been destroyed, and there are no flights entering or leaving the area,” she said.

Elsewhere in Tigray, DiCarlo said, Eritrean forces, who have been accused by witnesses of some of the worst atrocities in the war, have “withdrawn to areas adjacent to the border” with Eritrea.

Amhara forces remain in western Tigray, and DiCarlo said the Amhara branch of the ruling Prosperity Party warned in a statement on June 29 that the region’s forces will remain in territory it seized in the west during the conflict.

“In short, there is potential for more confrontations and a swift deterioration in the security situation, which is extremely concerning,” she warned.

Ethiopia’s UN Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie Amde told reporters later when asked if Amhara forces would remain in western Tigray, “that is a matter of fact.”

The ambassador, who comes from that part of Ethiopia, said the western area was once part of Amhara but was “forcibly incorporated into Tigray in 1990 without any due process”. He said the dispute will now be submitted to a government border commission.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, said the security situation in Tigray is “complex and fluid”.

“Tigrayan fighters continue to gain ground; central government and Eritrean forces are withdrawing; regional Amhara fighters who still control much of western Tigray claimed by both ethnic communities say they will not leave – and caught in between, desperate civilians that just want to go back to normal.”

On the humanitarian front, Rajasingham, the acting UN aid chief, said over the past few days UN teams in Mekelle, Shire and Axum have been able to move out to other places, a development he described as “positive”. The UN now plans to send convoys to difficult-to-reach areas but its World Food Programme only has enough food for one million people for one month in Mekelle, he said.

“This is a fraction of what we need,” Rajasingham said. “However, we have almost run out of health, water, sanitation and other non-food item kits. Food alone does not avert a famine.”

Rajasingham urged “all armed and security actors” in Tigray to guarantee safe road access for humanitarian workers and supplies, using the fastest and most effective routes.

He expressed alarm at Thursday’s destruction of the Tekeze River bridge, “and the reported damage to two other bridges – which cut a main supply route to bring in food and other life-saving supplies”.

Rajasingham called on the Ethiopian government “to immediately repair these bridges and by doing so help prevent the spread of famine”.

“What we are seeing in Tigray is a protection crisis,” Rajasingham stressed, citing civilian killings during the conflict, and more than 1,200 cases of serious sexual and gender-based violence reported, “with more continuing to emerge.”

The Security Council took no action and made no statement after its first open meeting on the conflict following six closed discussions.

But United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Ethiopia’s government must demonstrate “it truly intends to use the ceasefire to address the humanitarian catastrophe,” warning that any denial of aid access is “not an indication of a humanitarian ceasefire, but of a siege”.

Taye, the Ethiopian ambassador, told reporters the purpose of the ceasefire “is not to make a siege, it is to save lives.”

He also questioned the need for the public Security Council meeting, telling the body the ceasefire was declared to improve aid access and “should have encouraged our friends to give support and de-escalate the unhelpful pressure.” He said the government hoped the ceasefire could also spark dialogue.

While Russia and China did not object to Friday’s public meeting of the Security Council on Tigray, they made clear that they believed the conflict is an internal affair for Ethiopia. Russia’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said: “We believe that interference by the Security Council in solving it is counterproductive.”

Russia and China are both council veto-powers, along with the US, France and Britain.

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Kevin De Bruyne in tears after suffering black eye injury during Champions League final

Kevin De Bruyne in tears after suffering black eye injury during Champions League final
Kevin De Bruyne struggled to hold back the tears after being forced off in the second half of the Champions League final. The Belgian suffered an immediate black eye after being knocked off his feet by Antonio Rudiger in an unfortunate coming together between the two players.
De Bruyne had endured a difficult evening after struggling to find his rhythm against Chelsea’s dogged midfield.

And with City pressing hard for an equaliser, you just wondered whether this was going to be their night after De Bruyne hit the deck.

As he tried to make a run off the ball, Rudiger stopped him in his tracks.

In doing so, both players fell to the deck in what looked a nasty collision in real-time.

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De Bruyne did not appear to react well to treatment and remained on his back as he received attention from City’s medical staff.

BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher feared the playmaker may have suffered a neck injury.

But those fears are eventually eased when De Bruyne rose to his feet, albeit gingerly.

The damage to De Bruyne’s eye was immediate as the bruising and swelling ballooned.

Gabriel Jesus was then summoned to replace him as he left in tears.

De Bruyne was then checked over by UEFA’s medical staff and was clearly devastated that his night ended early.

Five minutes later, he was spotted seated on the bench applying ice to the injury as he nervously watched on from the sidelines.

As Chelsea made a substitute on 80 minutes, De Bruyne was then pictured limping down the tunnel under the assistance of the City medical staff.

It appeared he was off for further medical checks as Belgium fans and Roberto Martinez sweat on the fitness of their star man.

The scenes were reminiscent of the 2018 Champions League final, when Mohamed Salah’s night ended in Kiev for Liverpool.

Salah fell awkwardly in a tussle with Sergio Ramos before suffering a shoulder injury.

He would later be declared fit for the World Cup despite missing the first match for his country in Russia.

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'It's never quiet in my head' Phillip Schofield opens up on suffering with tinnitus

'It's never quiet in my head' Phillip Schofield opens up on suffering with tinnitus

This can make people think there is a noise when, in reality, there is none.

“It’s constant,” said Phillip. “It’s never silent in my head”, describing it as a “high-pitched noise”.

Sometimes the noises go by themselves, said Dr Nighat, other times it might require treatment.

Answering a phone-in query from the public who also suffers from the condition, Dr Nighat said cognitive behavioural therapy might be helpful.

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Adele’s estranged dad Mark Evans 'dies aged 57' after suffering from cancer

Adele’s estranged dad Mark Evans 'dies aged 57' after suffering from cancer

Speaking of her long-term manager Jonathan Dickens, she said: “I love you so, so much.

“I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”

It’s not known if the pair managed to make up in recent years before his death.

He previously said he had never met Adele’s son Angelo, who she shares with ex-husband Simon Konecki.

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London stabbing: Boy, 15, fights for life after suffering wounds in Chelsea Harbour

London stabbing: Boy, 15, fights for life after suffering wounds in Chelsea Harbour
The 15-year old boy was taken to hospital and is currently in a life-threatening condition. Met Police said they were called at 6.50pm to Harbour Avenue in southwest London.
Two male suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime, police said.

A Section 60 stop and search power has been authorised in the SW10, SW6, SW5 and SW3 areas until 7am on May 6.


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Facebook DOWN: Users still suffering blank screen bug when using web browsers

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Facebook DOWN: Users still suffering blank screen bug when using web browsers

5.45pm BST UPDATE: Independent outage monitor Down Detector is once again experiencing a spike in Facebook down reports.

The downdetector.com website has suddenly seen a rise in Facebook down reports, with the majority of affected users either experiencing a total Facebook blackout or login problems.

4:30pm BST UPDATE: Earlier today, Facebook users were hit by a strange browser bug that left them facing a blank screen. Hours later reports continue to flood in that the problem is still causing some issues. Although most users now seem to have access to Facebook hundreds still say they are affected by the glitch.

ORIGINAL STORY: If you’re trying and failing to access Facebook this morning it seems you are not alone. Hundreds of users are complaining that they are seeing a blank screen when trying to access their news feeds via web browsers. Reports suggest that both Chrome and Safari are affected although most of the mentions from users seem to centre around Apple’s software.

Independent tracking website DownDetector, which monitors mentions across social media to track when web services are offline, is suggesting that hundreds of Facebook users are currently experiencing the outage. In fact, at the time of writing, there are some 800 complaints that users can’t access the site.

Express.co.uk has tried to access Facebook from the Safari browser with the screen turning black and no content appearing within the web window.

Users have also flocked to social media to vent their frustrations with one fan saying: “@Facebook Is there a reason why all my Facebook a/cs are down? When I try to open them I am met with a plain black screen. Any suggestions appreciated.”

Another tweeted: “is #facebook down for anyone else right now? It’s just loading a blank page… #facebookdown #fb”

Along with plenty of mentions on Twitter, a number of users have posted images that clearly show how the problem is affecting some fans of Facebook.

The photos clearly show the site’s URL along with a totally blank screen within the browser window.

There’s no word on what is causing the issue or when it will be fixed but Express.co.uk will update this article when we hear more.

For now, you might be better switching to another web browser, such as Firefox and Edge, or using a smartphone app as these appear unaffected.


Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape accuser

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape accuser

Former model Kathryn Mayorga, who is accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a Las Vegas hotel room after meeting on a night out in 2009, is seeking a total of $ 78 million in damages, according to court documents.

Newly-released details show that Mayorga is splitting the claim between “past pain and suffering”, “future pain and suffering” and punitive damages, as well as smaller amounts for expenses and legal fees.

Ronaldo vigorously denies the claims by the 37-year-old.

Mayorga accepted $ 375,000 as part of an out-of-court non-disclosure settlement in 2010, but filed a civil lawsuit in Las Vegas three years ago in which she said she had been “mentally incapacitated” when she agreed to it, signing under duress.

Mayorga’s legal team has filed a list of more than 60 witnesses they are targeting to testify, including three police offers involved in the original complaint, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and ­Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

The court papers claim that while she was changing Ronaldo walked in and exposed himself before asking her to perform a sex act.

Ms Mayorga says she then kissed him after refusing to engage in the sex act on the condition that he would let her go.

According to The Sun, the then-24-year-old Ronaldo met Mayorga when she worked in a nightclub VIP area inside a resort, and was invited with a friend to his penthouse suite.

The report said that Mayorga claimed Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and raped her, explaining that he was a “good guy” except for the “one per cent”.

Mayorga’s lawyers are said to have stated that she emphatically rejected Ronaldo’s advances, reporting the alleged crime to police the following day without naming him.

Ronaldo has said: “I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.

“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”

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Chris Kamara undergoes dementia scan after suffering with “brain fog”

Chris Kamara has confirmed the encouraging results of his brain scan to check for signs of dementia.

The 63-year-old decided to undergo a test after suffering what he described as “brain fog”, fearing this may have been linked to heading the ball during his playing days.

Kamara made 778 appearances during a 20-year career featuring for clubs including Portsmouth, Stoke City and Leeds United.

He initially raised concerns over dementia last month during a discussion about fellow pundit Gary Lineker, 60, who has also decided to have his brain checked.

Kamara has since had the scan – and there is good news for the much-loved Sky Sports pundit.

The 63-year-old opened up on the checks he underwent
The 63-year-old opened up on the checks he underwent
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“They didn’t find anything,” Kamara told Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

He added: “Watching back [a clip from an earlier episode the show], it’s slow and I know that’s not me of old.

“I went to Pontefract to the radiology department. The results were no loss of brain mass and very few lesions, which means no clinical relevance. So yes!”

Kamara also explained he had further checks due to his “brain fog” symptoms, saying: “There are loads of things I can track and I’m thinking ‘what’s going on?’

Kamara played for 11 clubs during his 20-year playing career
Kamara played for 11 clubs during his 20-year playing career

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“After the blood test I had, I’ve got an underactive thyroid. I’m suffering with a swollen tongue which causes you to slur your words, slows down, not your thoughts because the thoughts are there, but transferring those thoughts to the mouth to get you to talk coherently.

“All that sort of stuff. Feeling cold, even warm days you’re shivering and cold, weakness, muscle fatigue, tiredness…”

A relieved Kamara confirmed his symptoms can be explained by his underactive thyroid.

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He also recalled an incident on BBC’s The One Show which prompted his wife, Anne, to encourage him to get tested.

“I was on with Alex Jones and Michael Ball, I did the menu for the show live and not a problem,” said Kamara.

“Michael Ball talked to me about the Christmas album and said ‘name some of the songs’ and my mind had gone completely blank and I couldn’t think of anything.

“That was the first time my wife said to me, ‘there’s something not quite right, you need to get it checked out’.”

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DMX dead: US rapper Earl Simmons dies at 50 after suffering heart attack and days of coma

DMX dead: US rapper Earl Simmons dies at 50 after suffering heart attack and days of coma
US rapper DMX has died at the age of 50. The star – real name Earl Simmons – died after going into cardiac arrest earlier this month and being admitted to White Plains Hospital, north of New York City.
A statement from his family read: “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. 

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. 

“Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. 

“Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. 

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He added: “Earl is a sweet guy. Earl was a person who could tell such a story. He was a person with such depth. It’s a heartbreaker.”

DMX’s former manager Nakia Walker had told fans he was in a “vegetative state” with “lung and brain failure”, with reports suggesting he had been on life support.

DMX’s rep said after his hospital dash: “Last night Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home. At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. 

“Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer.

“The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. 

“It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need.”