Iran says no OPEC member can take over its share of oil exports

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Aretha Franklin Is ‘Alert’ And Resting At Home, Family Member Says

A relative of Aretha Franklin has reported that she is home and alert, reports Fox.

Franklin’s nephew, Tim Franklin, confirmed the 76-year-old star’s status to People following an anonymous source on Sunday revealing that the soul singer’s family was “asking for prayers and privacy.”

“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” Tim Franklin said. “Family is there with her. She’s home.”

“She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s dead,’ so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that.” Says Tim.

A friend also confirmed to the magazine that the 18-time Grammy winner has “been ill for a long time” and that loved ones have reportedly been warned that, “death is imminent.”

The family is reportedly hopeful that Franklin’s health will turn around for the good. Tim says the family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.”

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Meghan Markle just took a big step towards becoming a member of the royal family

Do we hear wedding bells?

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Meghan Markle arrived in London this week, and there’s only one place she’s staying — with Prince Harry at the palace.

Markle, who reportedly just wrapped her last season on Suits, has already semi-immersed herself into London life during many under-the-radar trips to the capital. And she is now preparing for a more permanent move across the pond.

‘Harry has made no secret of the fact that he wants to marry her,’ a source tells People. ‘She is the one.’

During the last year, Markle has been spotted walking around Prince Harry’s neighbourhood in Kensington, carrying Whole Foods shopping bags (the health food store is a short stroll from Harry’s cottage), picking up flowers and visiting a spa in Soho on the eve of Pippa Middleton’s wedding. But it was an invite to Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen last month that is most indicative of how serious things are between the two.

While their relationship has been moving along very quickly behind the scenes (they even chose their first Christmas tree together last December), the first public show of affection between the royal couple was at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, when the two walked hand-in-hand into the wheelchair tennis event. A few days later, Harry was photographed kissing Markle when he joined her and her mother, Doria Ragland, in a private box during the event’s closing ceremony.

On Markle’s part, she has not shied away from expressing her feelings towards Harry, telling Vanity Fair in their October issue: ‘We’re two people who are really happy and in love.’

Hinting at the pressures they might one day face, she said: ‘I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.’

Markle will live with Harry at his two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where staff already know Markle. In a similar fashion, Prince William and Kate Middleton lived together at St. Andrews university and then at a secluded farmhouse in North Wales briefly before they wed in April 2011. There has been speculation that one day Harry will move into Apartment 1 at the palace which has 21 rooms and is currently the home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

While Meghan prepares to say goodbye to her chic one-bedroom apartment in Toronto (including potentially relocating her beloved dogs Bogart and Guy), Harry has been making subtle changes at home in order to make it more girlfriend-friendly. ‘It’s not a question of if she’s moving in,’ says the insider, ‘it’s just a matter of when.’

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How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Turns Valkyrie Into a Member of Asgard’s SEAL Team Six

Valkyrie is the newest superhero in the MCU. Played by Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie is an Asgardian warrior, ripped from the pages of Marvel comics, where in turn she was based on a character of the same name from Norse mythology.

But the celluloid Valkyrie is different to any version that has gone before; a very modern warrior, and member of what one Thor producer has termed “Odin’s SEAL Team Six.” The following is therefore everything you need to know about your new favourite kick-ass heroine.

Valkyrie in Norse Mythology


Norse Valkyrie.

In Norse mythology, Valkyrie is a female figure who decides which fallen warriors gain admittance to Valhalla. She’s one of a host of women who choose which soldiers live and die in battle, and then accompany them into the afterlife, where they join the Odin to fight by his side during Ragnarok.

Valkyrie is oftentimes portrayed as a romantic character in poetry; a beautiful, charming, noble maiden who, when not protecting the fallen, is prone to falling in love with heroic mortal men.

But there are more sinister versions of Valkyrie that revolve around her taking pleasure in predicting the dark destiny of warriors, and even using magic to ensure she gets her picks into the afterlife.

Valkyrie in the Comics


Comic book Valkyrie.

Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in December 1980, the comic book version of Valkyrie first appeared in The Avengers #83. Kind of. This first incarnation wasn’t the real Valkyrie, but rather a disguise used by the Enchantress. It wasn’t until Defenders #4 in February 1973 that we got Valkyrie proper.

In that version she assumed the human body of Barbara Norris for some time. Though that wasn’t the only human form Valkyrie took, with the character also inhabiting the bodies of Samantha Parrington and Sian Bowen in later adventures.

That was on Earth. On Asgard, Valkyrie was actually Brunnhilde, selected by Odin to lead the Valkyrior who — much like their Norse counterparts — would shepherd fallen warriors into Valhalla.

Valkyrie is the strongest of the Valkyrior, with the usual Asgardian powers of strength, stamina, and superhuman skills in battle, largely revolving around her magic sword Dragonfang.

That aforementioned job also means she has some pretty unusual powers, including seeing when the end is approaching for the living, and being able to transport those who are passing away to the realm of the dead.

Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok


Movie Valkyrie, doing battle with Loki.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie draws on elements from both the comics and mythology, but also adds something fresh and modern to the equation.

Tessa Thompson told Collider: “Norse mythology is mystifying and fantastic and totally confusing, but you can draw a lot of inspiration from it. The exciting thing for us was to create a Valkyrie that is a combination of all those things. If you look at her origin in the comics, sometimes she’s on earth, sometimes she’s on Asgard, sometimes she’s with The Fearless Defenders; it’s all different. So it left us a lot of leeway. The cool thing about working with [director] Taika [Waititi] is he has a healthy respect for the comics but also a total irreverence in the sense that he’s like ‘Let’s create something new.’”

On the film’s set, producer Brad Winderbaum told IGN that this film version is more like a modern-day soldier or marine. “In terms of Valkyrie as an idea, Valkyrie in the comics is traditionally the character Brunnhilde, who comes to be known as Valkyrie,” he explained. “And calling someone Valkyrie is like referring to someone as solider. Our view of the Valkyrie in the MCU is that they were basically Odin’s special ops, you know, his SEAL team six.”

In terms of look, in a progressive move, Marvel has cast the very non-white, non-blonde Thompson as a character that’s traditionally white and blonde (“Idris Elba needs company. He can’t be the only black person in the neighbourhood,” Thompson joked with Collider). And regarding costume, Valkyrie will have two uniforms, starting the film in something akin to what she wears in the comics, and then wearing more battle-ready leather and chainmail late on, with the character wielding two daggers, and a sword that’s very probably Dragonfang.

As the film begins, Winderbraum reveals that she has “suffered the trauma of war and we meet her in a really low place,” and we reckon that’s probably because of something that the film’s villain Hela has done.

She also appears to be working as some kind of bounty hunter for Grandmaster on Sakaar, with Thompson telling Entertainment Weekly “She does have a relationship with Jeff Goldblum’s character — it’s a business relationship.”

The film’s trailer backs that up, featuring a shot of Valkyrie dragging Thor into what’s very probably Grandmaster’s ‘Contest of Champions.’ But it sounds like the pair soon make friends, with Thompson telling Collider “She’s no longer with her tribe of Valkyrie anymore. She meets Thor and Hulk and they have a similar goal. They become friends and teammates in a way.”

So expect to see Valkyrie, Thor and Hulk doing battle with Hela at the end of Ragnarok, and potentially turning into a team that’s carried over into the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

“In the next phase, the hope is to find ways to interweave all these characters” Thomspon told EW. “Certainly with Infinity War, those are the culmination of a lot of work since Iron Man. She’s part of the tapestry now.”

Thor: Ragnarok hits UK screens on October 24 and US screens on November 3.

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A Pussy Riot member recounts her experience in a Russian prison camp in her new memoir

‘If you hear someone talking about the humane treatment of women in Russian prisons, it is a total lie’

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Most of us hadn’t heard of the group Pussy Riot until February 2012. Do you remember the anti-Putanist punk rock group who burst into The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow to film a guerrilla performance of their provocative Punk Prayer? Yes, that was them.

The satirical performance was a political protest, with the three women calling on Virgin Mary to ‘be a feminist’ and ‘banish Putin.’

The short demonstration (and viral 40-second video clip) saw three of its members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova arrested, with the former two charged for ‘organised hooliganism’, spending two years on a Russian prison camp.

A 21-month prison sentence later, Pussy Riot are a household name, with its members going straight back into activism.

Freed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina arrives at Kursk train station. Credit: Rex

Maria Alyokhina, known as Masha, served her sentence in a remote prison colony in the Urals Mountains, something that she details in her new memoir, Riot Days, which lands on book shelves today.

‘Whenever we hear “Attention!”, we have to stand up and say, “Good day!” in chorus,’ Masha recalls in Riot Days. ‘These are the rules. It is the first lesson in politeness, which I must master, because to reform is to know and fulfil the orders. Politely. So we stand up. Forty women run to their assigned spots.’

She goes on to detail every aspect of her prison sentence from the night raids and identical uniforms to the rules she had to follow.

‘Sleeping is a violation of the rules’, the 29-year-old activist explains in her book, recalling how she had fallen asleep while reading the prison regulations for three hours, something the guards responded by screaming, ‘This is not a holiday resort! This is not a health spa!’

‘“Masha,” one of the women says to me in a whisper, while we are warming tea in the kitchen. “If someone comes to visit you – you know, from Moscow – tell them,”’ the activist recalls. ‘“Don’t be silent. Tell them how we live here. You’re a political. We have rights. We may be prisoners, but we’re still people. Tell them.”’

So that’s what she’s doing.

Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina, and published by Allen Lane it out now for £16.99.

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Guy Allegedly Poses As Nickelback Member To Get Some Sick Drum Equipment

Look at this photograph.

It is not a photograph of Daniel Adair, drummer for chronically underrated band Nickelback. It is a photo of Lee Howard Koenig, a 45-year-old man from Port St. Lucie, Florida, who is accused of impersonating Adair in an attempt to fraudulently obtain thousands of dollars worth of drumming equipment.

Koenig allegedly used a fake email address — danieladair1975@gmail.com — to contact a company from in Vienna, Austria. Claiming to be Adair, he ordered $ 25,000 worth of equipment to be sent to his residence in Florida, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Huffington Post.

He identified himself as Daniel Adair with Nickelback and said that he was looking for some microphones and tried to place an order via an email,” Port St. Lucie Detective Detective Paul Griffith told TC Palm.

One of the company’s reps rightly found the order suspicious and contacted Adair, who confirmed he did not place it. The email address used was not his, and he does live in Florida. Investigators say they were able to determine that the IP address used to send the email came from Koenig.

Koenig is also a drummer. On a public Facebook page identified as his by the Port St. Lucie police, he describes his personal interests as, “PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT TRYING TO GET A PIECE OF ME, HOT FUDGE, FISHING, AND ROCKING THE SHIT ON MY DRUMS.”

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