France's President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte are being received with a grand welcome to the White House this morning by U.S. President Donald Trump and wife Melania. The French first couple arrived at the president's mansion just after 9 am by limousine, where they were greeted by a military band on the White House's South Lawn. A decadent ceremony reserved only for the most formal celebrations, the Macrons are the first guests of Trump's tenure to be honored with such decadence. President Trump in remarks said that the occasion of the Macrons' visit, the first state visit of his presidency, is a 'fitting' tribute to the 'leader of America's oldest ally' and 'testimony to the enduring friendship that binds our two nations.' 'Now is the time for strength. So let us be strong. Let us be united,' President Trump said in conclution. 'And let the United States and France stand forever in solidarity for the noble cause of liberty and peace.' White House officials, including Ivanka Trump and John Kelly, and Cabinet secretaries lined up on the lawn in anticipation. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross were front and center. The first lady's parents were also present for the occasion. On the French side, the defense, economic, foreign affairs, and education ministers and the ambassador to the United States and Members of Parliament arrived first and greeted U.S. officials. Presidents Trump and Macron again met with European pecks on the cheek. The couples then made their way through a receiving line of officials before mounting a platform where they stood in full view of the South Lawn for the playing of the French and U.S. national anthems and the burst of several cannons. The first ladies wore white and off-white, Melania Trump in a stark white suit with a broad-rimmed hat and Brigitte Macron in a cream suit and jacket with black trim.
White House stands behind VA secretary pick Ronny Jackson but DOESN'T deny accusations that he drinks on the job and improperly prescribes medications
Confirmation hearings for Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson (left, and right with Trump), the President's personal doctor, were delayed while senators investigated if damning claims were true and could wreck his chances. They were already concerned he lacked the management experience to run the second-biggest government agency. The military doctor is best known for his glowing review of President Trump's health after his first physical in January, which was met with intense sceptcism. Admiral Jackson was to replace the scandal-plagued David Shulkin, who Trump fired last month.
Toronto van driver is charged with 10 counts of murder - but did he launch rampage because women wouldn't sleep with him? Tech expert called himself 'involuntarily celibate' and admired women-hating college campus killer
Social media posts by Alek Minassian, 25, (left, in a courtroom sketch on Tuesday) paint a picture of an angry young man, who was furious that women rejected his sexual advances. In one post, he refers to the rebellion of 'incels' - a term used to refer to men who have been made 'involuntarily celibate' because women will not have sex with them. He also praised 'the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!' Rodger (inset) massacred six people at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014, before killing himself. Meanwhile, the first of his ten victims has been named as Anne Marie D'Amico (right), an employee at Invesco investment management firm, which has its headquarters on Yonge Street, Toronto - the same street where the attack occurred.
Morgan Freeman smiles as he DENIES any knowledge of texts his slain step-granddaughter sent her boyfriend mentioning 'grandpa feelings'
NEW Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman professed total ignorance of allegations that he and his slain step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines (right), had been in a sexual relationship before her death. A photographer confronting The Shawshank Redemption star in Los Angeles on Monday and asking him about the scandalous revelations that emerged last week in Manhattan Criminal Court during the murder trial of Lamar Davenport (inset).
The royal baby, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, was born on April 23, St George’s Day at 11.01am. Kate went into labour around 6am, and six hours after birth the royal baby’s siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, went to meet their baby brother. The baby boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz, is now fifth in line to the throne, meaning Prince Andrew now drops down to sixth in the line of succession. The new prince of Cambridge is the heaviest baby born to an heir in over 100 years
Baby kept you up Wills? Prince looks unshaven following his first night as a father-of-three after auntie Pippa and Eugenie become first visitors to see Kate and the new royal arrival
Prince William (left) appeared to be unshaven and looked tired this afternoon as he and the Duchess of Cambridge settle into life as a family of five after bringing their new baby son home to West London from hospital yesterday. Pregnant Pippa Middleton (right) today visited her new royal nephew, with Kate's 34-year-old sister seen leaving the palace this afternoon after spending two hours with the newborn baby, who is fifth-in-line to the throne. Her visit came before gun salutes were fired in Hyde Park and Tower Bridge to mark the birth. Meanwhile Prince Charles, who will soon visit his new grandson, said today: 'We are both so pleased at the news. It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don't know how I am going to keep up with them.' The Cambridges took their new baby home from St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington yesterday (bottom inset). Princess Eugenie of York (top inset) also arrived, wearing a turquoise patterned blouse in a chauffeured car, to welcome her first cousin once removed into the family.
A Peter Rabbit nursery, a cosmopolitan staff and radio blaring at breakfast: How Kate and William's new little prince will fit into the family's 'normal' life inside Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace
The new Prince (main picture) will be introduced to a surprisingly ‘normal’ life in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, write RICHARD KAY and GEOFFREY LEVY. By last night everything had been made ready in the Peter Rabbit-themed nursery (inset) to welcome home George and Charlotte’s new baby brother. The key figure today is Maria Borrallo, 47, (right with George and the Queen) the stern-looking, but engagingly personable, nanny who has been with the couple since the arrival of George. For the moment, at least, William will be doing the school run. It’s usually Kate, who will be keen to get back into her routine as soon as possible, listening to poppy Capital Radio over breakfast — just as Princess Diana did when William and Harry were toddlers – before anonymously joining the rush-hour traffic every morning at the wheel of a Range Rover to drop off the children.
Melania wriggles her fingers away as Trump tries to hold her hand during awkward photocall with French president and his wife
Melania Trump appeared to wriggle her fingers away from her husband's on Tuesday as he tried gingerly to grasp her hand during an awkward photocall with the loved-up French President and First Lady. The foursome were having their photograph taken on the South Lawn after a welcome ceremony to mark President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Washington, the first state visit of Trump's presidency. The two presidents stood next to each other with their wives on either side and all four posed formally for the moment, with their hands by their sides.
Trump wipes 'DANDRUFF' off the shoulder of President Macron on camera telling the media 'We have to make him perfect'
On Tuesday, President Trump brushed dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron's suit, in a show of their cozy relationship. 'We have a very special relationship, in fact I'll get that little piece of dandruff off,' Trump said Tuesday as the two leaders were seated in the Oval Office. 'We have to make him perfect – he is perfect.' It's been quite le bromance between the two leaders since the Macrons arrived at the West Wing Monday afternoon.
Feeling all white! First ladies face off in coordinating suits at the State Arrival Ceremony - but while Brigitte Macron, 65, opts for a classic look, Melania Trump, 47, makes a bold statement in a trendy hat
President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, French President Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte posed together at the White House this morning. They stood side-by-side at the State Arrival Ceremony. Brigitte, 65, wore a short white skirt suit with black accents, while Melania, 47, matched a white hat to her skirt and belted suit jacket, by Michael Kors. The foursome barely smiled as they posed for pictures in their coordinated outfits. First daughter Ivanka Trump also got the memo, wearing black and white in the audience.
Not your typical double date! The Trumps and Macrons dine out at historic Mount Vernon as Melania does her very best to add a flick of Gallic flair
President Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron enjoyed an unlikely double date with their wives at George Washington's house as the French president's visit to the US kicked off on Monday. The leaders and their spouses hopped on a helicopter bound for Mount Vernon, Washington's historic riverside home, for a private dinner before the leaders sat down for talks. On the weighty agenda were topics including security, trade and the Iran nuclear deal.
Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr breaks down in tears holding his four-year-old daughter at a vigil for the four people killed as a GoFundMe is launched to send her to college and raises $50k in nine hours
James Shaw Jr, 29, teared up as he addressed a cheering crowd at a Nashville church (left), many calling out to thank him for wrestling the gun away from the shooter before more people were killed, suffering minor injuries (right). 'This is the first time I've seen her since the incident,' he said of his four-year-old daughter Brooklyn whom he held under one arm while clutching a microphone with his bandaged right hand (left). 'I actually tied to count the hairs on her eyelashes just because I was like, I almost didn't see you anymore.' Mr Shaw rushed gunman Travis Reinking (left inset) as he reloaded his AR-15 rifle after shooting dead four people in the Nashville Waffle House in the early hours of Sunday. Others then set up a GoFundMe to reward him for his bravery, raising $50,000 in nine hours (right inset). Reinking was arrested on Monday afternoon, hours before the vigil, after a 36-hour manhunt.
Because she's worth it: Hillary Clinton supports campaign megadonor and shows off her new easy, breezy look at Beautycon appearance
Hillary Clinton proved herself to be a loyal friend over the weekend as she stopped by Beautycon in New York City. The unannounced appearance was all in support of the event's founder Maj Mahdara, a Clinton megadonor who helped with the campaign's efforts to target younger voters. Those efforts did not succeed at landing Clinton in the Oval Office, leaving her free instead to play the role of contourer-in-chief on Sunday. And while Clinton was happy to highlight her cheekbones, she once again tried to downplay the cast on her arm from a bathtub fall she had in India earlier this year.
Sex cult leader Allison Mack ‘tried to recruit Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson’ to women-branding Nxivm sect using their support for feminist causes
Smallville actress Allison Mack (centre) reportedly tried to lure high-profile feminists Emma Watson (right) and Kelly Clarkson (left) into her disturbing sex cult in a series of ominous tweets. The 35-year-old is accused of recruiting slaves into the secretive Nxivm cult before its founder Keith Raniere (bottom left) allegedly subjected them to humiliating acts. Raniere's and Mack's initials were branded onto the pelvic area of women who joined the organisation, which has a large base in Albany, New York. Now it has emerged Mack tried to recruit Harry Potter actress Watson and singer Clarkson, both known for championing feminism and supporting women's rights, into the degrading cult.
Getting wedding ready? Meghan's mother Doria Ragland enjoys a long hike with her dogs in LA - as she prepares to watch her daughter get married in less than a month
Doria Ragland, 61, stepped out in a tank top and patterned purple leggings as she went for the long walk near her California home. The mother-of-one finished off her casual ensemble with shades and a Converse trainers, along with a blue belt bag. She looked relaxed as she enjoyed the day out in the sunshine with her two pooches.
'I said so many times - I'm going to die': Avicii said he was pressured into doing gigs despite his health problems and panic attacks in haunting documentary filmed before his death
In a recent documentary, Tim 'Avicii' Bergling himself says he is 'going to die' if he does not stop performing, and the Swedish DJ adds that he has told his management this 'so many times'. It shows Bergling breaking the news of his retirement to an all-but convinced team of managers and business associates before telling the world, saying he had not expected them to 'try to pressure me into doing gigs'. The Swede had been hospitalised several times due to alcohol abuse and suffered from acute pancreatitis. He had also been open about having mental health issues.
What did he EXPECT? Powerlifter, 26, PUNCHES man who grabbed her from behind while she was walking in Dublin after he told her 'you're American, you probably liked it'
Leanna Carr, 26, (main) from Colorado, said she was walking down a street in Dublin when she was groped, before 'laughing hysterically' at her shock before she slugged him on the cheekbone - posting a photo of her bruised knuckles online (inset). After delivering the stunning blow, the fitness model angrily yelled 'don't ever touch a girl like that again, I could get you arrested', which made the man angry before an older couple intervened.
The ship that's part theme park, part hotel sets sail for New York on maiden voyage: Norwegian Bliss has a two-deck Go-Kart track where racers reach 30mph and multi-storey water slides
The outlandish track is the largest competitive race track at sea and a first for any North America-based cruise ship. The two-level electric car race track sits at the top of deck 19 on the 20-deck vessel and will offer amazing views as guests seek the fastest time. The vessel left Southampton for New York on Saturday on her maiden voyage.
That's one way to finish early! Hilarious photos reveal what happens when fed-up workers cut corners (and some have found VERY creative ways to save time)
The collection of snaps posted by internet users from around the world show the creative solutions devised by employees to save time and money. Pictured clockwise from top left: An air vent built on the outside of a decorative balcony; a door rendered useless by a misplaced handrail; a half-painted clock that was hung in the wrong place; a staircase to nowhere; doors that lead out onto nothing; a poor alternative to moving an electricity unit.
Couple married for 12 YEARS starts a polyamorous relationship with woman more than ten years their junior after the wife fell for her - and now their eight-year-old son calls her 'mom'
Joey Triplett, 37, and his wife Crystal Triplett (pictured right in both main pictures, and inset left), 35, met in 2001 and married in 2004, with their son Jamison arriving five years later. But 12 years into their marriage, Crystal befriended Jamie (pictured left in both main pictures), now 23, at a car club meet and an intense attraction blossomed between them. Joey, a part-time police officer, said that by the time Crystal told him she had feelings for Jamie, he 'kind of already knew'. In turn, Jamie reassured Joey and Crystal that she didn't want to break the young family up. Within months, Jamie had moved into the family's home in Cecil, Arkansas, as Crystal's girlfriend. But it wasn't long before feelings started to develop between Joey and Jamie.
A Florida high school student who held a 'racist' sign asking a girl to prom has been ridiculed on social media. Noah Crowley from Riverview High School in Sarasota wrote on a large white placard: 'If I was black I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white so I'm picking u 4 prom?' The 18-year-old's so called 'prom-proposal' was posted to Snapchat by his date along with two heart emojis. The picture sparked outrage and quickly went viral.
Isaac Couling (inset) was playing for Concord High School in a Michigan tournament when the goose ambushed him when he walked too close to a nest, knocking him down in hilarious photos. After cowering on the grass as the goose pecked at him from above, Isaac got up and tried to run away but tripped and upended himself in spectacular fashion. Fortunately, the unlucky teen continued his round of golf after the goose taught him a lesson, with nothing hurt but 'his pride'.
Oklahoma woman, 29, is in 'imminent danger' after being kidnapped 'by her boyfriend' as she tried to call 911
Morgan Rower was taken from her apartment in Tulsa by Justin Korf, 39, at around 9.30pm on Monday. Police say she was trying to call 911 to report a domestic dispute at time. Friends said they were dating and had been arguing about cheating. Authorities in Oklahoma say Korf is driving white 1999 Dodge Durango with Oklahoma plates. He was last seen driving south, they said.
Toilet humor! Twitter user left stunned by snap of a VERY impractical WC shares a whole series of bizarre loos online (including one with 'his and hers' seats)
A Twitter user has unearthed snaps of some of the weirdest toilets and bathrooms around the world, and shared what she found on social media. Pictured clockwise from top left: A toilet perched at the top of a flight of steps; his and hers seats connected to a bathtub; going to the toilet here would mean doing so with an audience; perhaps the most impractical of the bunch; whoever is responsible for this bathroom clearly spends a lot of time in there; and a loo where there will always be toilet paper to hand.
'He's so good for a math teacher': Australian basketball hero Joe Ingles sends US social media into a frenzy after unlikely NBA playoff dominance
The Utah Jazz forward (pictured) was the highest trending term on Twitter in the US on Monday after he stunned basketball fans by upstaging Oklahoma City Thunder stars Paul George (right) and Russell Westbrook in the NBA playoffs. He helped ease his side to a commanding 17-point victory and 3-1 series lead, while visibly agitating George in a series of feisty confrontations. George scored 32-points but appeared frustrated by Ingles' physical defending and constant verbal barbs. 'Joe Ingles just bought a summer home in Paul George's head,' one fan wrote to Twitter.
'If a 25 inch waist looks big to you...' Candace Cameron Bure, 42, claps back at cruel body-shamer who said the actress looks like she weighs more than her hockey player husband
Candace, 42, received the body-shaming comment after she posted a photo of herself at Nobu Malibu with her 18-year-old son Lev (left). 'All that [exercising] and you still look like you weigh more than your husband, did you change your diet?' the commenter asked. 'If a 25 inch waist looks big to you... then you're looking through an altered lens,' Candace responded.
From snacks to six-packs! Teacher who had a 3,000-calorie-a-day addiction to vending machines shows off a RIPPED body after swapping unhealthy food for bodybuilding and losing 60LBS
Teacher Terri Nicole, 26, from Florida has reveals how she lost 60 pounds by swapping her vending machine addiction for bodybuilding. Terri started binging on junk food during her last year of college, often spending up to $10 a day on vending machine candy and her weight peaked at 147 pounds. However after seeing a picture of herself, she decided to overhaul her diet, joined a gym and has since competed in a bodybuilding competition.
Granny crossing! Bikers block the road to help an elderly woman cross the street in heart-warming video
In a heart-warming video posted on Sunday, three bikers stop traffic to give an older woman plenty of time to cross the street in Phoenix, Arizona. The three bikers notice the woman and then make a U-turn to assist her in crossing the street.
Deaf ‘bird whisperer’ forms incredible bond with creatures through grunts, gestures and body languages
Razali Bin Mohamad Habidin has developed a closer bond with the creatures under his care than any other keeper at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park thanks to his ability to 'speak' to them. Razali, who lost 80 percent of his hearing after falling ill as a baby, started working at the park over two decades ago, and has risen to the position of deputy head avian keeper. He communicates with the birds through grunts, gestures and body languages, and says he recognises the birds by their 'behaviours and personalities'.
We're safe, Mom! Delighted orangutan hugs its mother as they are released into the jungle after being saved from deadly encounter with farmers
This is the heartwarming moment a baby orangutan hugs its mother after conservationists saved the pair from a potentially 'deadly' encounter with local farmers in Indonesia. Ris and her baby Riska had been straying dangerously close to a plantation in the Ketapang district of Indonesian Borneo in search for food. Deforestation and devastating fires had destroyed vast swathes of the forest where they were living, forcing them to search for food on farmed lands. However, this could have cost them their lives, as farmers are known to have killed orangutans who have destroyed crops in the past.
The worker driving the forklift in Anaheim, California, heroically reached out his hand to catch the heavy keg of beer and steadied himself on the side of the vehicle, before immediately going back to work as if nothing had happened.
That's a ruff ride! Shocking moment a truck 'driven by a DOG' rams into a shop after the pet stepped on the accelerator by mistake
A shop in China's Taizhou city has been smashed up by an electric truck with only a dog in the cabin. The driver had parked the vehicle on the pavement, but forgot to take the key. The playful animal had been left in the vehicle by itself and stepped on the accelerator by mistake. No injuries have been reported as a result of the accident.
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