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Rod Stewart lines up new Las Vegas dates in the fall

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Rod Stewart has added six fall dates to his long-running Las Vegas residency, Rod Stewart: The Hits.

The new shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace run from November 21 through December 2 and go on sale this Friday, June 22, at noon PT at or 

Stewart has been performing his show in Las Vegas for eight years now, but he does regular tours as well.  Between his current batch of Las Vegas dates, which end June 30, he’ll perform two shows at the Hollywood Bowl with Cyndi Lauper on June 25 and 26.  Then, on July 24, Rod and Cyndi will kick off a summer tour together that’s mapped out through September 1.

Stewart also has a trio of headlining shows taking place in late October.

Rod’s new Las Vegas concert dates going on sale Friday are scheduled for November 21, 23, 24 and 28, and December 1 and 2.

Here are all of Stewart’s upcoming 2018 shows:

6/19 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
6/22 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
6/25 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl+
6/26 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl+
6/29 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
6/30 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
7/24 — Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Casino+
7/26 — Orlando, FL, Amway Arena+
7/28 — Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center+
7/29 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena+
8/1 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena+
8/3 — Allentown, PA, PPL Center+
8/4 — Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall+
8/7 — New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden+
8/10 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage+
8/11 — Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena+
8/14 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center+
8/15 — St. Paul, MN, XCEL Energy Center+
8/18 — Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+
8/19 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
8/22 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center+
8/24 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena+
8/26 — San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre+
8/28 — Reno, NV, Reno Event Center+
8/29 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre+
8/31 — Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater+
9/1 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater+
10/20 — Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center
10/24 — Boise, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena
10/26 — Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark
11/21 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
11/23 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
11/24 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
11/28 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
12/1 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
12/2 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

+ = with Cyndi Lauper

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Smokey Robinson to perform at Special Olympics 50th Anniversary concert in Chicago

ABC/Image Group LASmokey Robinson is among the artists who will headline a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics that will take place July 21 in Chicago.

The event is being presented by Grammy winner Chance the Rapper, a Windy City native, via his new production company, Social Function Productions. The rap star has posted a poster promoting the show on his Instagram feed.

Pop singer Jason Mraz and rock band O.A.R. also will perform, with more special guests to be added for the show soon. The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert will take place at the Northerly Island amphitheater in Chicago.

This year, the Special Olympics are being held July 1-6 in Seattle.

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators announce fall tour dates; new album due out in September

Credit: Scott UchidaSlash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators will hit the road this fall on a North American tour. The headlining outing kicks off with a September 13 show a the famed Whisky a Go Go club in West Hollywood, California, and will wrap up October 11 in Boston. Visit for ticket info.

The Guns N’ Roses guitarist and his solo band will be touring behind their upcoming studio album, titled Living the Dream. The follow-up to 2014’s World on Fire is due out on September 21.

In addition to the headlining dates, Slash and company will hit a number of festivals this fall, including KAABOO Del Mar, Louder than Life and Aftershock.

Here are Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators’ headlining tour dates:

9/13 — West Hollywood, CA, The Whisky a Go Go
9/15 — Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
9/18 — Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
9/19 — Denver, CO, Fillmore
9/21 — Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove Margaritaville
9/22 — Thackerville, OK, Winstar
9/24 — Austin, TX, Stubbs
9/26 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
9/29 — New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort
10/1 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre
10/2 — Silver Spring, MD, Fillmore
10/4 — Rama, ON, Casino Rama
10/5 — New York, NY, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport
10/6 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
10/9 — Huntington, NY, Paramount
10/10 — Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
10/11 — Boston, MA, House of Blues

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“Black Panther” and “Stranger Things” are the big winners at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Black Panther and Stranger Things took home top honors at The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, held in Santa Monica, California on Saturday and airing on Tuesday night.

Black Panther won Best Movie honors, as well as Best Hero and Best Performance in a Movie trophies for its star, Chadwick Boseman.

While accepting Best Hero, Boseman introduced James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a man who opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee this past April, giving him the award.

For the second straight year, Stranger Things copped Best Show, as well as Best Actor in a Show for Millie Bobby Brown. The 14-year-old actress, who didn’t attend the Awards due to an injury suffered on the set of the show, used her pre-recorded speech to address to online bullying. Brown deleted her Twitter account on Thursday after she was being bullied online herself. Brown’s co-star Noah Schnapp also won for Most Frightened Performance. The show also took home an award for Best Musical Moment.

The highest honor at the MTV Movie Awards — The Generation Award — was given to Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt, who gave a shout out to his 5-year-old son Jack, “who will watch this someday.” He also ran down his “Nine Rules,” which included an apparent shot at President Donald Trump. “Strength and intelligence can be weapons,” he said, adding, “Do not wield them against the weak — that makes you a bully.”

Love, Simon‘s Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale won for Best Kiss. While accepting the award, Lonsdale, dressed in a gold top, white skirt and cream and gold “Prince” sequin coat, urged kids to be themselves, declared, “You can live your dreams and wear dresses, you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are.”

Aside from handing out movie popcorn trophies, the event featured Chloe x Halle performing a medley of “The Kids Are Alright” and “Warrior” from their debut album, and Nick Jonas and Mustard performing their new single “Anywhere” for the first time in its entirety.

Presenters included Kim Kardashian West, Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Common and Mandy Moore.

During her monologue, host Tiffany Haddish — who also won for Best Comedic Performance for Girls Trip –called 2018 “a year of firsts for black people,” noting she was the first black woman to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and Black Panther was the first African-American movie to make a billion dollars. She also roasted The KardashiansRiverdale, the Stranger Things kids and 13 Reasons Why. Haddish also delivered a version of Cardi B’s “Bodack Yellow,” reworked to describe her own life. In pre-recorded bits she spoofed Black PantherStar Wars and The Quiet Place.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Generation Award: Chris Pratt
Trailblazer Award: Lena Waithe
Best Movie: Black Panther
Best Show: Stranger Things
Best Kiss: Nick Robinson & Keiynan Lonsdale, Love Simon
Best Villain: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Best Reality Series: Keeping Up with the Kardashains
Best Performance in a Movie: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Comedic Performance: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Best Hero: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Best On-Screen Team: Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs, IT
Best Fight: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Best Musical Moment: “Every Breath You Take”, Stranger Things
Best Music Documentary: Gaga: Five Foot Two
Most Frightened Performance: Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things
Scene Stealer: Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale

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Nick Jonas talks 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hit “Jumanji” film

Universal(NEW YORK) — Nick Jonas is a nominee at Monday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, and he’s also performing on the show.

Jonas spoke to ABC News and says his nomination for his role in the hit movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  is like “a cherry on top” of the whole experience of the exciting evening.

“I feel honored,” he said. “I’m nominated alongside my cast mates for [Best] On-Screen Team, and it’s great … it’s fun to be recognized for your work.”

While he says he doesn’t act and sing for the award shows, “when it happens, it’s kind of a cherry on top.”

“You do it for the art, or the fun of making a project like this,” he added.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a sequel to the original 1995 film, starred Jonas, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. It was a massive hit, grossing over $962 million worldwide, and the young actor has some theories about why it did so well.

“It connected with all age groups,” he told ABC News. “They had a really good sense of the comedy for the adults but also moments for the kids. There was elements about it that were tipping the hat to the original … then a really fresh new concept: The body swap worked out great.”

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Craig T. Nelson gives “Incredibles 2” his thumbs up as Pixar thanks fans for record debut

Disney(NEW YORK) — In a tweet featuring a drawing of the super-powered Parr family on a Post-It, Disney/Pixar thanked fans for showing up in droves to this weekend’s debut of Incredibles 2.

The animated sequel, which hit theaters 14 years after the Oscar-winning original, raked in $180 million, the best debut ever for an animated feature and among the top 10 best openings in box office history.

Mr. Incredible himself, Craig T. Nelson, tells ABC Radio even he was impressed by the finished product. “I loved it,” he enthused. “I mean, it was a complete surprise and it was so much fun to do. It was — just you know, it’s as much fun doing it as it is watching it, which is really neat.”

Nelson explained the process of bringing the Parr family together onscreen — his animated onscreen wife, played by Holly Hunter, as well as the rest of the family, didn’t record their scenes together.

“It’s very specific,” Nelson says of his time in the recording booth. “You have a certain amount of time to say the line in. There’s room for experimentation and all that. But it’s really — they’re just as good and doing an editing conversation that’s actually overlapping as they are animating. I mean, Pixar is just amazing. So when you watch it you think, ‘Oh, heck, they had to have been together,’ but they’re not!”

Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, and Better Call Saul Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk also lend their voices to Incredibles 2.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Audio recording emerges of ‘orchestra’ of crying children in migrant detention center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection(NEW YORK) — Young migrant children, fighting through tears, can be heard crying “Mami” and “Papa” in an eight-minute audio clip first obtained by ProPublica.

The children are believed to be between 4 and 10 years of age, and they’re crying because their parents have been detained elsewhere after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an activist who provided the recording.

“Well, we have an orchestra here — what’s missing is a conductor,” said a male voice on the recording, someone believed to be a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

One of the children heard on the recording is a 6-year-old girl from El Salvador begging a consulate official to let her call her aunt. She repeats the digits and announces, through tears: “My mommy says that I’ll go with my aunt, and that she’ll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.”

ProPublica caught up with the U.S.-based aunt — herself seeking asylum in the country — who confirmed that the little girl’s family paid $7,000 to a guide to smuggle them into Mexico and then the U.S.

The call she received from her niece rendered her powerless, she told ProPublica.

“Imagine getting a call from your 6-year-old niece,” she said. “She’s crying and begging me to go get her. She says, ‘I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.'”

ProPublica reported that the girl and the rest of the wailing children heard on the audio hadn’t been at the facility a full 24 hours “so their distress at having been separated from their parents was still raw.” And while some officials were doling out snacks, the outlet claimed that many children “were inconsolable.”

The recording was captured last week and given to Jennifer Harbury, a civil rights attorney who confirmed its authenticity to ABC News. She told ProPublica the person who made the recording was a client of hers who asked to remain anonymous because that person feared retribution. That person “heard the children’s weeping and crying, and was devastated by it.”

Government statistics indicate that, so far, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman issued a statement after several days of images of crying children appearing on television and online saying that the first lady “hates to see children separated from their families,” and the president said on Friday: “I hate the children being taken away” before blaming those actions on Democrats and “their law.”

There is no such law.

“To a select few in the media, Congress and the advocacy community, I’d like to start with a message for you: This department will no longer stand by and watch you attack law enforcement for enforcing the laws passed by Congress,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Monday at the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans. “We will not apologize for the job we do, for the job law enforcement does and for the job the American people expect us to do.”

Those comments came a day after she said on Twitter: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has justified the fracturing of families by quoting The Bible.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, ‘To obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for His purposes,'” he said last week.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t directly defend Sessions’ quoting of the Bible, but suggested it’s religiously prudent to enforce the law.

“I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” Sanders said. “It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.”

The president on Monday took a hardline on the border crisis during an announcement of a Space Force.

“The United States,” he said, “will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility.”

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Photographer details the emotional moment that created viral border photo of crying toddler

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dozens of harrowing images have rippled across the country from the southern border in recent weeks, but one that has caught the attention of many shows a crying 2-year-old girl who looked on as her mother was searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

“These folks, they didn’t know what was about to happen” with the policy leading to the separation of families, photographer John Moore told ABC News. “They had no idea, and I did and that’s what made this different for me.”

Moore, a special correspondent and senior staff photographer for Getty Images, was doing a ride-along with a Customs and Border Patrol agent when they saw a group of roughly 20 mothers and children late on June 12, “gathered on a dirt road” in a part of the Rio Grande Valley called El Rincon.

They approached the group and the mother, whose name he did not learn, who was holding her young daughter in her arms.

Moore said that he saw the mother was breastfeeding her daughter “to keep her calm” and, later, one of the agents asked the mother to put her daughter down.

“Once the mother put her on the ground she started screaming immediately,” Moore said.

He told ABC News that he crouched to “[get] down on a child’s level” to take the photo.

“It was an emotional moment for me,” said Moore, who is a father of three himself.

Moore has been covering border issues for a decade now as a photojournalist and produced a book of a collection of photos called, “Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.”

He said that he’s seen similar interactions between immigrants and border agents before, but the difference with this instance was that it happened with the backdrop of the recent zero-tolerance policy being enforced by the Trump administration. The policy stipulates the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refer all cases of illegal entry to be criminally prosecuted and, as a result, the parents are detained and because the children are not charged with a crime, they are not detained with the parents.

“What was different this time is I knew what would happen afterward,” he said.

He had a very brief chance to speak to the mother and she said that they had traveled from Honduras over the past month and that her daughter was 2 years old, Moore said.

Moore noted that the mother and child were together when they left with authorities and he didn’t see the pair formally separated, nor has he been able to confirm whether or not they were separated afterward, though the policy indicates that they would be held separately.

“All that happens behind closed doors… We’ll never see that,” he told ABC News.

The heartbreaking moment with the little girl wasn’t the only interaction that Moore said has left an emotional impression on him.

In the same group of women and children that night, Moore said there was a frightened boy who looked to be about 10 years old.

“I tried to calm him down as much as I could,” Moore said.

He told ABC News that he told the boy, in Spanish, “don’t worry, everything’s going to be OK,” but now he wishes he didn’t do that.

“Now, I regret saying that because I don’t know that everything is going to be OK,” Moore said. “I don’t know that at all.”

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Trial begins for man alleging Roundup weed killer caused his cancer

iStock/Thinkstoclk(BENICIA, Calif.) — A California man is the first of hundreds of plaintiffs to see his day in court with Monsanto in a lawsuit alleging that its weed killing product Roundup gave him cancer.

Jury selection began Monday in California Superior Court in DeWayne Johnson’s suit against the agrochemical giant. Johnson worked for a school district and regularly applied Roundup on campuses dozens of times a year. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in August 2014 at the age of 42. His case has been fast-tracked through the court system because of his failing health.

Johnson has suspended his chemotherapy treatment because the side effects were so severe, according to court documents. His doctors have told the court they don’t expect him to live through 2019. Johnson’s lawyers did not return ABC News requests for comment.

Lawyers for Johnson say in court documents that Monsanto championed false data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed possible dangers of using its Roundup weed killer. The case could set a precedent for hundreds of other cases against the maker of the weed killer. There are more than 400 cases against Monsanto in San Francisco courts alone.

At issue is the chemical Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide that is used in more than 750 products sold in the United States. The National Pesticide Information Center says that Glyphosate has carcinogenic potential when administered in high doses to laboratory animals. Studies on cancer rates in humans have had conflicting results.

A Monsanto representative tells ABC News that more than 600 published medical peer-reviewed studies have found no link between Roundup and cancer.

“It has been studied extensively throughout the world over and over again, the conclusions are unequivocal,” Scott Partridge, vice president of Global Strategy at Monsanto, told ABC News. “In a real-world environment, there is no association between the use of Glyphosate and cancer.”

Once a jury is seated, the trial is expected to last four weeks.

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Firefighter from Massachusetts plays in US Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BROCKTON, Mass.) — Brockton, Massachusetts firefighter Matt Parziale is not only a full time firefighter but a U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship golfer who gave his dad the greatest Father’s Day gift, playing in the U.S Open.

After winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur last October, Parziale earned his first U.S. Open start and is the first Mid-Amateur champion to receive a U.S. Open exemption. His win also earned him an invitation to the 2018 Masters but he missed the cut.

Firefighter Parziale played all 18 holes at Shinnecock Hill in New York on Father’s Day Sunday with his father Vic Parziale as his caddie. Both father and son are firefighters, although Vic is now retired and Matt is on leave as he plays the U.S. Open and a few other tournaments.

After the 18th hole on Sunday, Parziale learned his four-day, 16-over-par landed him in a tie with Luis Gagne, earning him a trophy for low amateur honors.

Matt Parziale is no stranger to golf — he played in college at Southeastern University in Florida and also won the 2017 Massachusetts Amateur at Charles River County Club.

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Mexican World Cup fans’ ‘massive jumps’ may have set off manmade earthquake

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) — Mexico’s upset World Cup victory over Germany was literally earthshaking.

Super-sensitive earthquake sensors registered seismic activity at two sites in Mexico City that coincided with what proved to be the winning goal by Mexico’s star player, Hirving Lazano, in that team’s 1-0 triumph over defending World Cup champion Germany on Sunday.

The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations described the tremor in a tweet as an “artificial” quake possibly set off by “massive jumps” of fans watching the live broadcast of the white-knuckle match in Mexico.

Lozano’s victorious strike came in at the 35-minute mark of the first half of the game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, roughly the same time, 11:32 a.m. local time, that a quake registered 6,661 miles away in Mexico City, officials said.

The fan-generated shaker registered a magnitude 2, which would have been undetectable to the thousands of jubilant fans packed into Mexico City’s Zocalo Square but was enough to move the needles on the Richter scale, officials said.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/17/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
 Final  Baltimore  10  Miami        4
 Final  Toronto     8  Washington   6
 Final  Texas      13  Colorado    12

 Final  Cleveland   4  Minnesota       1
 Final  Tampa Bay   3  N-Y Yankees     1
 Final  Detroit     3  Chi White Sox   1
 Final  Houston     7  Kansas City     4
 Final  Oakland     6  L-A Angels      5, 11 Innings
 Final  Boston      9  Seattle         3

 Final  Atlanta         4  San Diego     1
 Final  Cincinnati      8  Pittsburgh    6
 Final  Philadelphia   10  Milwaukee     9
 Final  San Francisco   4  L-A Dodgers   1
 Final  N-Y Mets        5  Arizona       3
 Final  St. Louis       5  Chi Cubs      0

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Underwear hung around British politician’s offices after he blocks ‘upskirting’ ban

Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images(LONDON) — After a British legislator blocked a proposed bill to ban taking photos up women’s skirts without their knowledge, some protesters expressed their anger by hanging women’s underwear around his offices.

The proposed ban on “upskirting,” which is supported by Britain’s Conservative government, was blocked on Friday when Conservative Member of Parliament Christopher Chope objected as the bill was put forward in the House of Commons. The proposed law would have meant that someone taking a photo up a woman’s skirt without her consent could face up to two years in prison.

Lorna Rees, one of Chope’s constituents, tweeted a photo on Saturday of three pairs of underwear hanging on a red ribbon outside of the politician’s office in Dorset, England. “No one should be able to photo my pants unless I want them to” she handwrote on the underwear.

“Friday was desperately frustrating,” Rees wrote in a tweet. “I hope my anti-Chope constituency pant protest shows solidarity.”

On Monday, she tweeted another photo of three new pairs of underwear hung outside the MP’s constituency office.

“As the last ones were removed, I put a new set of bunting today,” Rees wrote.

A similar protest took place in the British parliament, where Chope’s office also was decorated with underwear.

After the bill was blocked on Friday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she was “disappointed.”

“Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am disappointed the Bill didn’t make progress in the Commons today, and I want to see these measures pass through Parliament — with government support — soon.”

Chope has said that he backs the bill, but objected as a matter of principle because he believed it had to be properly debated.

“If a detailed bill is put before the house and it hasn’t had any debate then as a matter of principle, I block it without looking into the details of the bill because as a matter of principle, I don’t believe we should pass legislation which hasn’t been scrutinized,” he told LBC Radio, a London-based national talk radio station.

The bill was introduced by Wera Hobhouse, a Liberal Democrat, and was backed by the British government after months of campaigning by Gina Martin, an upskirting victim.

“By making upskirting a specific offense, we are sending a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated, and that perpetrators will be properly punished,” Lucy Frazer, the British justice minister, said in a statement. “Our action builds on the tireless efforts of Wera Hobhouse, Gina Martin and other campaigners, and we will ensure this Bill becomes law.”

On Monday, the British Justice Ministry said that the government would draft and introduce a new upskirting bill as soon as possible.

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Over 30 killed after multiple bombs hit end-of-Ramadan celebration in Nigeria

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A terror attack in northeast Nigeria has left more than 30 dead and scores injured despite ongoing military efforts to restore peace in the region.

Multiple bombs went off during a celebration for the end of Ramadan over the weekend, and were reportedly followed by artillery strikes by the nation’s military.

The government has blamed six suicide bombers from the terror group Boko Haram for the attack Saturday in Damboa, in the state of Borno.

In addition to the dozens reported to have died, the injured included 11 severely wounded people who were evacuated from the area by the International Committee for the Red Cross, the humanitarian organization told ABC News.

Some witnesses told multiple local media outlets that the military airstrikes may have hit as many or more people than the bombs.

A local person who did not want to be named told Sahara Reporters that “many civilians were hit” when the military fired in retaliation.

Borno state is one of the worst-affected areas in conflict-ridden Nigeria. The United Nations says Damboa alone in Borno state currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live in refugee camps.

“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.1 million targeted for humanitarian assistance,” the United Nations said in a statement to ABC News.

The U.N. says Damboa alone in Borno state currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live in refugee camps.

A military operation was launched May 1 to try and expel militants from Borno state. Then, hours after an army spokesman urged people to return to the area, saying it was “safe,” this latest bombing happened.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has been a target of terror attacks for many years. Boko Haram is one of the largest Islamist militant groups in Africa, with links to several other Islamist groups, including ISIS.

In March 2015, ISIS accepted a pledge of allegiance by Boko Haram and in August 2016, the group split into two factions: The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and JASDJ or Boko Haram.

Following Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS, the United States announced it would boost its military assistance to Nigeria.

“In addition to being the largest African oil producer, Nigeria’s economy is very dependent on its oil revenue, its stability is vital to regional security and U.S. economic interests,” according to a statement by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, whose won in part due to his vow to crush Boko Haram, will likely face scrutiny in the next elections in February 2019 over his ability to address security threats in the country.

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate condemned the attack in Damboa by “suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations,” and sent “condolences to the affected families, government and people of Nigeria.”

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Meghan Markle’s father breaks silence on wedding: ‘I really wanted to walk her down the aisle’

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — Thomas Markle, father of newly married Duchess Meghan Markle, apologized for staging photos before his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry and expressed regret at not being able to walk her down the aisle in his first interview since the wedding.

“She was beautiful. I cried a little watching her,” Thomas Markle said on “Good Morning Britain.” “I was very proud and I couldn’t see a better moment in my life. The whole world was watching my daughter.”

“The unfortunate thing now is that I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history instead of a dad walking his daughter down the aisle,” he said. “It was a very emotional moment. I regretted it because I really wanted to walk her down the aisle. But I’m thankful for how it all went.”

Meghan’s father admitted to being a bit jealous that he was not at the wedding, but expressed thanks to Prince Charles, Harry’s father, for stepping in.

“I can’t think of a better replacement than Prince Charles,” said Markle. “He looked very handsome. I was jealous, I wish it was me, but thank God he was there and I thank him for that.”

The father of the bride, who described his daughter as a “princess,” said that he imagines Prince Charles was thrilled to walk his daughter down the aisle.

“It might have been a treat for him as well because he didn’t have a daughter.”

The Prince of Wales has expressed many times how he had always hoped to have a daughter. He has become particularly close to his new daughter-in-law, Meghan.

Thomas Markle decided to withdraw from the wedding after the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday claimed that he had been participating in staged photo shoots to help his image.

Within 24 hours it appeared that he had changed his mind after speaking with his daughter and Prince Harry. But again he backed out several days later after saying he had suffered a heart attack and would be unable to travel.

“Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan disclosed on-air that Markle, who lives in Mexico, was paid for his interview Monday with the TV show.

Markle said his daughter was only concerned about his health in a tearful phone call with Prince Harry when he shared that he would be unable to attend her wedding.

“They were disappointed,” he said. “Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said, ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you.'”

Meghan’s father said he apologized to Meghan and Harry for his error in judgment with regard to taking the photos.

“I realized it was a serious mistake,” he said. “It’s hard to take it back.”

Kensington Palace issued a statement on Meghan’s behalf shortly before the wedding and after her father announced he would be undergoing heart surgery.

“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” Markle, 36, said in the statement from Kensington Palace. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support,” the statement continued. “Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”

First conversation with Meghan about her new boyfriend

The first phone calls were, “Daddy, I have a new boyfriend.’ And I said, ‘That’s really nice,’ and the next phone call was like, ‘He’s British,’ and I said, ‘That’s really nice,’ and eventually the third time around was like: ‘He’s a prince.'”

He continued: “And at that point, she said, ‘It’s Harry,’ and I said, ‘Oh, Harry, OK!’ She said, ‘Of course we’ll have to call him ‘H’ so no one knows we’re talking about Harry.'”

“We talked a little about how they met and how happy they were with each other,” Markle reflected.

“He’s quite easy to talk to; he’s quite a comfortable person to talk to,” Markle added. “I wasn’t nervous. Ten thousand miles apart, it’s hard to be nervous talking to someone on the phone.”

Asking for Meghan’s hand in marriage

Thomas Markle recounted the moment when Prince Harry asked him for his daughter’s hand in marriage over the phone.

“You are a gentleman, promise me you will never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission,'” he recalled saying.

Markle said his daughter has “been a princess since the day she was born,” adding, “He made a good pick, didn’t he?”

When asked about Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, Markle replied, “I’ve had respect for that women since I was a child. I think she’s one of the most incredible women in the world and I would love to meet her.”

On Meghan wanting children

Thomas Markle also revealed that Meghan and Harry are ready to start a family.

“She’s wanted children for a long time,” the former Hollywood producer told “Good Morning Britain.” “When she met Harry and spoke about how much she loved him, there’s got to be a child in the making somewhat soon.”

On when he knew the relationship was serious
The wide-ranging interview with “Good Morning Britain” saw hosts Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid ask about when he realized that Meghan and Harry’s relationship was serious.

“I can’t give you a date, no, [but] it was certainly a few months before the announcement of the engagement,” he said.

“My daughter is very intelligent. She knows how to choose who she wants to be with. She’s a smart girl and she made a good pick. The royals are very complicated, but she can always rise to that occasion.

“My daughter is capable of anything and she will be a complement to the royal family.”

On the staged photos and paparazzi deal

For the first time Meghan’s father discussed the leaked photographs and his agreement to participate in order to change his image.

“For the last year photographs of me were always derogatory,” he explained. “They would take pictures of my hand grabbing the beer, they’d take pictures of me getting in my car, taking the garbage out, they’d take pictures of me buying a toilet and making a big deal out of it. They took all kinds of pictures making me look negative.”

He said he apologized to his daughter and son-in-law over the phone.

“I thought this would be a nice way of me improving my look. Well obviously that all went to hell. And I feel bad about it,” he said. “I apologized for it and that’s all I can do. I can’t do much beyond that. That was a mistake.

Markle added, “I didn’t do this for money; I did this to change my image. For one whole year I was presented as a hermit hiding out in Mexico. I was looking to change my image and obviously that was a mistake that went wrong.”

On Markle’s nickname for his daughter

Markle also spoke warmly about his nickname for his daughter and how it came about.

“When she was a child she loved “Jack and the Beanstalk.” … Because she’s so small I called her Bean or beanie,” Thomas said.

When asked jokingly if he called her Duchess Bean, Markle answered, “Well I don’t think I’ll call her duchess. I don’t have to, she’s my daughter.”

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