Thatcher’s link to alternative medicine

Also included among them is a briefing from a young David Cameron on the European single market. ‘You still look 25’ In this most recent batch of files released by the foundation, letters show that Dame Barbara corresponded with Baroness Thatcher fairly regularly and lunched with her. Dame Barbara is best known for her historical romance fiction and was most prolific in the 1970s and 80s when she also appeared regularly on television. Even aged in her 80s, she was writing an average of 23 books a year.

TV presenter Magenta Devine dies aged 61

She is survived by her father Gerald Taylor, her sisters Gillian and Georgina and her brother Nicholas. She had no children. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Magenta Devine with Martin Degville of Sigue Sigue Sputnik Devine started out as a music publicist, going on to promote her then-boyfriend’s band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. She sought treatment in the 1990s for heroin addiction and depression and was declared bankrupt in 2003. “When I went into rehab, it was considered shameful to admit needing help for depression or drug addiction,” she wrote in 2007. “Now it is almost like a badge of honour for modern celebrities.” Tributes have been paid to the presenter, who also wrote articles and opinion pieces for The …

Mario Batali sells stake in his restaurant group

New York (CNN Business)Embattled celebrity chef Mario Batali has sold his stake in the chain of restaurants that helped to make him famous, more than a year after he was accused of sexual misconduct. In a statement to CNN Business, Batali said he has reached an agreement with Joe Bastianich and no longer has any stake in the restaurants. “I wish him the best of luck in the future,” Batali said. Batali stepped away from the restaurant business in December 2017, when the restaurant news website Eater published an investigation that included allegations of misconduct. Eater’s report included accounts of four women who claimed that Batali “touched them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior that appears to span at least …

Starbucks’ newest drink is made with egg-white powder

New York (CNN Business)Starbucks just unveiled its latest coffee drink: The cloud macchiato, made with egg-white powder. The cloud macchiato comes in caramel and cinnamon flavors. The coffee company first teased the cloud macchiato during its investor day in December as an example of how the company is innovating its iced beverages. Cold drinks “have contributed to more than 80% of our beverage growth over the last two years,” Starbucks Chief Operations Officer Rosalind Brewer said at the event. Starbucks’ new cloud macchiato also may have a celebrity tie-in. Rumors swirled that pop singer Ariana Grande may be involved in the product launch after Grande and Starbucks posted matching tweets. “We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande’s and were excited …

Everything Else You Want To Know After Seeing ‘Leaving Neverland’

Leaving Neverland,” which HBO aired in two parts on Sunday and Monday, offers the Me Too era’s most detailed portrait of sexual abuse to date. In profiling two men who say However thorough the film may be, it leaves many unanswered questions. Reed had a lot of ground to cover in order to piece together a resonant compendium of Wade Robson’s and James Safechuck’s experiences, so even with a four-hour running time, “Neverland” skirts certain particulars. via my interview with Reed, conducted a few days after “Neverland” premiered at Sundance.) As recently as January. On an episode of the celebrity interview podcast “Inside of You with Mathew Rosenbaum,” Culkin said that nothing untoward happened with Jackson ― a refrain he’s …

This billionaire reportedly paid $60K for a portrait of Trump. He was allegedly reimbursed by Trump’s charity.

(CNN)Stewart Rahr is a pharmaceutical billionaire, self-described “king of all fun” and, as President Donald Trump told a magazine, a real character. CNN made several calls and emails to Rahr, but did not receive a response. On one attempt, a man who answered the phone said he could get Rahr on the line but hung up once he found out it was CNN calling. Rahr declined to comment when the Washington Post reported on Trump’s charitable giving in 2016. CNN also reached out to the Trump Organization but has not yet received a response. In 2015,Dan’s Papers, a lifestyle publication in the posh Hamptons on Long Island, reported that the portrait’s artist, William Quigley, had heard about Trump’s interest in …

Trump and Xi could meet this month to end the US-China trade war

Hong Kong (CNN)US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping could meet later this month to end the year-long trade war between the two countries. Sunday was the first day of the annual Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress, a body that nominally advises on laws and policy and whose members include numerous retired officials and celebrities. The National People’s Congress, China’s rubber stamp parliament, begins its annual session on Tuesday. An end to the US-China trade war, even if only temporary, would be a major win for President Xi and his government, who have been trying to counter a slowdown in the Chinese economy. The economic downturn has hammered the country’s stock market and prompted warnings from top companies …

Gap and Old Navy are splitting up

New York (CNN Business)Gap and Old Navy have been trending in opposite directions for years. So they’re finally splitting up. Wall Street cheered the decision:Gap (GPS) stock was up 25% in after-hours trading. The separation is a tale of two vastly different businesses: Old Navy has thrived in recent years, and sales at stores open at least a year grew 3% in 2018. Meanwhile, the Gap has struggled — its sales fell 5% last year. Banana Republic has been closing stores, which has helped the company improve sales. “Old Navy continues to outpace Gap brand and Banana Republic, and is one the fastest-growing major apparel brands,” said Christina Boni, analyst at Moody’s. The Gap, which was founded in 1969, used …

Must-watch videos of the week

(CNN)The Oscar moment we all missed. The royal moment we’re all waiting for. And, the DNA results we couldn’t believe. These are the must-see videos of the week. Celebrities spend weeks finding the perfect outfit, days rehearsing an impactful acceptance speech and hours getting hair and makeup done — but they never anticipate this. Rami Malek, who won the best actor award for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” fell off the Oscars stage moments after the ceremony concluded. He was treated by paramedics, keeping a firm grip on his statuette. Wind, wind go away Plane sways midflight due to heavy wind A Gibraltar port employee stayed home from work because of weather concerns. He then unexpectedly spotted a nearby plane fighting strong wind, …

Little Mix’s Jade: ‘Poo chat is quite common’

“I’ve brought strawberry laces, chocolate digestives, rhubarb and custards… and actually it really helps when you’re really struggling during the walk.” But it’s a tweet from BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker which gets Jade laughing – of her coming back from the toilet. Skip Twitter post by @mrdanwalker The lovely Jade from @littlemix looking as glamorous as ever as she contemplates her poo behind a rock in the shadow of Kilimanjaro 😂💩 #PooWithAView The #ComicRelief challenge continues #ReturnToKiliSupport the Poo Queen at https://t.co/smhMW4DhYa @BBCRadio2 @ZoeTheBall pic.twitter.com/C1cG4nimTR — Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) February 27, 2019 “Yeah, I had a bit of a struggle the other day, I’m not going to lie,” Jade says. “For the first time I had to do a …

Dooley hits back at Comic Relief criticism

Skip Instagram post by sjdooley View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by sjdooley Image Copyright sjdooley sjdooley The Labour MP for Tottenham added: “My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era.” Image caption Ed Sheeran visited Liberia as part of Comic Relief 2017 He said Dooley has “done some fantastic journalism”, but that “the image she wants to promote is her as heroine and black child as victim”. Mr Lammy added that he thought Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis should “use the platform responsibly”. Comic Relief said in a statement: “We …

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. …

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 …