5 things to know for February 25: Oscars, Venezuela, China, R. Kelly, plane crash

(CNN)Harry and Meghan (better known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) started a whirlwind tour of Morocco, just days after her big baby shower in New York. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Who needs a host? The Oscars seemed to roll along just fine last night without a master or mistress of ceremonies. And, for this night at least, Twitter could put aside the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, after a ceremony marked by diversity, inclusiveness and firsts. “Green Book” took home the Best Picture prize — beating out Netflix’s “Roma” — despite its …

Meet Tanzanian soccer freestyle queen who earned praise from President Trump

(CNN)Tanzania rarely features in discussions of Africa’s soccer hotspots. But that perception might be changing thanks to the skills of soccer freestyle queen Hadhara Charles, which are winning plaudits from celebrities across the world including US President Donald Trump. The star herself was pleased to receive acclaim from such high-profile quarters. “It feels good that Donald Trump shared the video,” Charles told CNN. “Here I am not paid. Sports doesn’t pay.” Charles, a mother of two, is a specialist in the art of freestyle soccer, which is based on juggling and tricks with the ball using any part of the body. Freestyle has become a popular pursuit around the world and the leading exponents compete in prestigious international championships. But …

Why did Trump need to employ a professional liar?

(CNN)Michael Cohen brought a series of bombshell allegations to his appearance Wednesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee — and touched off a bizarre partisan battle in the room. CNN’s commentators weigh in on the hearing. The opinions expressed here are their own. The viewers will have to judge how much, if any, of Cohen’s testimony about President Donald Trump they accept. But I found the frantic efforts of Trump’s rabid defenders to dismiss Cohen as a “pathological criminal” curious in one major respect: This is the same man Donald Trump kept by his side for a decade, to handle his most sensitive assignments — to handle clandestine deals and make bad stories go away. Cohen was Trump’s fixer. …

Friends wear matching bikinis to make an important point about body shaming.

A recent study from the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University found that spending 30 minutes a day on Instagram can make young women negatively fixate on their weight and appearance. Instagram is even more damaging than unrealistic images found in advertisements or on television because the models appear to be living their everyday lives. These images are easier to relate to which makes young women more like to compare themselves to the models, celebrities, and influencers on Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:38pm PST While looking at unrealistic imagery on Instagram can be damaging, being the target of body shamers for posting on the social …

30 Fake Viral Photos People Believed Were Real

#2 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave One of the recent viral sensations was the ‘fried rice meme’ that showed a man making an incredible rice wave in his pan. The image quickly received a lot of attention online and people from all around the world starting photoshopping random things into the image. Unfortunately, the photo itself is already fake since the rice wave is a sculpture that is sold in a fake food shop in Tokyo. #4 The Mustache Wasn’t Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows The internet just loves animals, especially if they look weird or cute, or both at the same time. So there is no surprise that a photo of a cat …

A Brief History Of Khlo Kardashian’s Feud With ‘The Bachelorette’ Betches

With the entire mess that is Jordyn-Tristan-Khloé-Gate that was last week, poor Khloé hasn’t even had a minute to get her life together after her family blew up in flames. I take all of this bullsh*t as a personal insult because Khloé has long been my favorite and also, she just does not f*cking deserve this. We knew Tristan was a POS but it truly came out of left field that Kylie would be betrayed by her best friend/sugar baby. And Khloé treated this woman as a sister and let her star in her Good American ads! She is just trash. Throw them both away! Okay, rant over. That said, Khloé is obviously going through a horrible breakup. She is …

Get ready for a wild week

(CNN)If you thought this past week’s news cycle — dominated by President Donald Trump’s “Saturday Night Live” Twitter rant, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s media blitz and court appearances by Jussie Smollett and Roger Stone — was a whirlwind, just wait for this coming week. While Trump wished Sanders well as a fellow rival of Hillary Clinton’s in his 2016 run, it’s unlikely the President will have too much time to focus on the Democratic candidates this week, as he heads to Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Cambridge University, saidin an exchange with CNN military and diplomatic analyst John Kirby that there are pros and …

Hillary Clinton tweets approval of ‘immigrants and women’ line at the 2019 Oscars

OSCARS 2019: SPIKE LEE URGES CROWD TO ‘DO THE RIGHT THING’ IN CHARGED PLEA AHEAD OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION “Immigrants and women move humanity forward.” Well said, @chefjoseandres. #Oscars,” Clinton wrote. “People of the world. Each person’s life is a recipe all on its own, with different measures of joy and sadness, struggle and success, love and loss. The results are unique every time, even though all of the ingredients are universal,” he said. Andres continued: “This beautiful, intimate film, one that gives a voice to the voiceless, reminds us of the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives. Immigrants and women who move humanity forward!” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS …

Jussie Smollett’s race card is about to be declined

(CNN)I received an odd text from an African-American friend this week who wanted to offer his take on the plight of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Simpson was able to rally support for himself during and after his murder trial by “deciding to become a black man.” He attended black churches for support, huddled with civil right activists, said he was a victim of a racist conspiracy — he did everything but don a dashiki. Smollett, too, has claimed he is a victim of white racism and gained initial support from black leaders. But in a new era where Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, Bill Cosby is in jail and R&B singer R. Kelly is headed to court, Smollett …

How Queer as Folk broke the mould for gay people on TV

‘It showed gay men being unapologetic’ Owen Corrigan was 15 and living in rural Ireland when he chanced upon Queer as Folk while channel-hopping at home on a Friday night. “I had never really met a gay person, I’d just heard the schoolyard taunts. I didn’t know I was gay at the time, or I hadn’t acknowledged it,” he says. As a teenager, Mr Corrigan says he was a “bit of a mummy’s boy” and normally he would wait up for his mother to return from her job where she worked nights. Now he found himself being drawn into this portrayal of a “sexy and slightly outrageous and exciting” world, clutching the remote control and hoping he could finish watching …

Jamie Genevieve: Don’t call me an ‘influencer’

Image copyright Jamie Genevieve Image caption Jamie with her dad when she was aged 3. She is fiercely protective of her parents and doesn’t ever name them in her vlogs Image copyright Jamie Genevieve Image caption Jamie at her grandparents’ home at the age of five, and already comfortable in front of the camera Image copyright Jamie Genevieve Image caption Jamie at 15 – she does not hide the fact she has had botox and fillers – in fact she shares the experiences on her YouTube channel She worked her way up the hierarchy of Glasgow’s make-up counters and it soon became apparent she had a way with people. “I just loved talking to people and I think that’s how …

Jussie Smollett case shines light on Chicago’s litany of unsolved crimes

(CNN)Rashad Pratt had been sitting in his SUV nearly seven years ago, near his mother’s Chicago home, when a man approached with a gun and shot him in the chest, fatally piercing his heart. Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. Police superintendent lamented resources could have been deployed elsewhere A team of detectives investigating the possible hate crime canvassed the area and interviewed more than 100 people, police said. They located more than 20 private-sector surveillance cameras and about 35 police cameras, and viewed hours of footage. Investigators …

Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe couple were offered the traditional welcome of milk and dates The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Morocco for their first official visit to north Africa. The royal couple’s three-day trip is aimed at strengthening the UK’s links with Morocco – which is one of the few stable countries in the region. Their visit will also focus on gender equality, with the pair discussing Morocco’s attitudes towards women with British ambassador Thomas Reilly. Mr Reilly said the issue is “close to their royal highnesses’ hearts”. Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, touched down in Casablanca airport on Saturday evening, although flight delays meant they were two hours late for …

Sean Hannity: Smollett case proves that journalism in this country is dead and buried

Look at what they did to the 16-year-old Covington high school student, Nick Sandmann. Off a 15-second blurb, they accused him of being a racist, harassed him, accused him of assaulting a 65-year-old activist and getting in his face. They tried to ruin this kid’s life with slander, smearing, besmirching, character assassination. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE EPISODE. They accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of gang rape, saying that every other weekend, he and his friends were drugging teenage girls and literally, you know, lining up in the hall for gang rapes that nobody ever reported. They tried to ruin his life, tried to call him an alcoholic. We know how that ended. He is now a Supreme Court justice. …

Bear Grylls in hot water after boiling frog in Bulgaria

(CNN)Bear Grylls has landed himself in hot water and faces a potential fine after killing and cooking a frog while filming in a protected national park in Bulgaria. Officials from the department said they were considering fining Grylls and Hough between €250 and €2,500 ($284-$2,834), while the production companies, Bear Grylls Ventures and Electus, could face a fine of between €500 and €5,000 ($567-$5,670). The department reported that Grylls and his film crew had been briefed over the rules governing the park. It added that it would also investigate the park authority, in order to determine whether officials who accompanied Grylls had failed to enforce the regulations. Both Bulgaria’s environment ministry and Grylls’ representatives did not immediately respond to CNN’s …