Miss Iraq forced to flee her country over Instagram photo alongside Miss Israel…

So much for diplomacy by selfie.

Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, and her family had to flee their homeland after receiving death threats over a photo she posted online last month.Miss Israel and Miss Iraq 2017Why? Because Idan posed with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, at a Miss Universe International Beauty Pageant, the Times of Israel reported.

Idan came under fire for posting the photo to Instagram, captioned, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel,” in addition to modeling a bikini.

“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman told Israeli TV, the paper reported.

In another Instagram post, Idan apologized to those who thought the photo was “harmful to the Palestinian cause,” clarifying that it was not a political statement, but instead meant to “express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” the paper reported.Miss IraqShe added, it “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.”

Iraq country does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel, and the two countries are considered enemies, the paper reported.

Despite the backlash, Gandelsman said her friend did not regret her decision to post the image to social media, which she has yet to remove from Instagram, reported the paper.

“She did it to so that people can understand that it’s possible to live together,” she said.

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Your Horoscope For January 2018…


PISCESPISCESFeb. 19 – March 20

TAURUSTAURUSApril 20 – May 20

GEMINIGEMINIMay 21 – June 21

Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

It’s essential that you work toward what you value. It’s not enough to have theories about the stuff you care about; you need to also put the time into it. The first half of January will have you dealing directly with the stuff you’ve prioritized in your actions. If you don’t like what’s going on, you may need to make some major renovations to how you spend your energy and time. Don’t compromise in ways that compromise you, ‘Tarius.Learn more about what it means to be Sagittarius.  

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Missing girl in Nova Scotia last seen before 2018: Police…

Police in Nova Scotia are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing girl who hasn’t been seen in 2018.Brooke OickleThe RCMP say 16-year-old Brooke Oickle was last seen the morning of Dec. 28 from the family home in Canning, Kings County.

She is described as five-foot-three, 140 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

There was no clothing description provided.

“Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brooke Oickle is asked to call Kings District RCMP at 902 679-5555,” a release issued on Saturday night stated.

You can also reach out to Crime Stoppers, the RCMP say.

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World junior men championship 2018 Gold-Medal winner ~ Canada. It was a game of Inches this year…

BUFFALO, N.Y.What was the difference, really? Where was it found? In the third period of the gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden, in front of a roaring Canadian crowd in an American city, the gold medal all but hung in the air over the rink. Sweden hit a post, ding. Canada hit a post, ping. Hockey is a game of inches, of luck, of being ready when the moment finds you. Tiny things.

Canada won the world junior championship Sweden had been the better team all night: Wunderkind Rasmus Dahlin, rocketing forward Tim Soderlund, a squad full of speed that played beautiful, interlocking hockey. They carried the play, though less as the game went on. Last year Canadian coach Dominique Ducharme said, before Canada beat Sweden in the semifinal, “They showed in the last 10 years that they’re really good in the first round, but they have ways to lose when things get tougher, and we want to make it tough on them.”

That wasn’t this. The Swedes were full value and could have won this game. But Canada got better as the game went on, found their skating stride, pushed a little more, and with under two minutes left they made three plays in sequence. Drake Batherson, a skinny kid who blossomed to make this team, fought for and won a 50/50 puck along the boards, and saw Conor Timmins calling for it at the point. One.

Timmins took the pass and saw two Swedes moving to the middle and Tyler Steenbergen behind them. Steenbergen was a 13th forward for this team despite scoring 86 goals in his last 99 WHL games for Swift Current. He played 32 seconds in the first period; he played 2:45 in the second. Ducharme liked the way he looked, the way he always seemed to be involved. He knew the kid didn’t need much to score. Steenbergen played 3:59 in the third, and he was on the ice with under two minutes left. Captain Dillon Dube was talking on the bench, trying to keep everything together. He was telling his teammates: It’s overtime. Next goal wins.

“And right when I was saying it,” Dube said, “Steener scored.”

Plays two and three came fast: Timmins’s calculation took less than a second, and the puck was put in the exact right place, and Steenbergen redirected it for his only goal of the tournament. Bedlam. Canada added an empty-netter and won 3-1 for its second gold medal since 2009, with a team that might not have had one of the five best players in the tournament.

“He’s the kind of kid that only needs one chance,” said Ducharme. “He had it. He didn’t miss.”

“Just Timmer made an unbelievable pass through about two guys, and I knew all I needed to do was get my stick on the ice and tap it in,” said Steenbergen. “After that happened, I just kind of blacked out.”

“Steener’s got the golden goal now,” said goaltender Carter Hart, who stopped 35 shots. “It’s one of the best days of my life right now.”

And so the world was cleaved, just like that, into winners and losers. Some Swedes wept on their blue line, in the tumult of the celebration. Swedish captain Lias Andersson threw his medal over the glass into the crowd, and a fan placed it around his own neck. Andersson said, “I didn’t want it. That guy in the stands wanted it more than me, so I gave it to him. He’s going to have it at home in some box, or whatever.” He was asked later if he was happy he got the medal back: Andersson said, “No.”

“I feel sorry for the group,” said Andersson. “We deserved it a little bit. It’s a great tournament. We lost the final at U-18 worlds. We lost the final at Ivan Hlinka. We lost in the semis of the U-17. This group has been through a lot, and this was kind of our last chance. So this sucks.”

It was cruel, and made worse by the tournament setup: Sweden wasn’t in one of the big NHL dressing rooms — some said by choice — so they did what teams did all tournament: walk through the mixed zone past the media into the foyer of the building, still in their uniforms but with sneakers on, towards the bus. Except for this time, there were perhaps a thousand Canadians out there, some belting out this team’s “Hey Baby” goal song, and the Swedes had to walk out the doors and face the crowd before turning left and vanishing down a hallway.Gold-medal game of inches goes Canada's way this time The right mix in the right place at the right time. Canada’s world junior team will have a stash of gold medals to declare on the trip home from Buffalo after beating Sweden 3-1 in Friday night’s tense final.

It was pitiable planning and should have been avoided.

But Canada’s boys were walking on air. Almost all of them were down to their last chance at this under-20 tournament, too; they only have three 18-year-olds, and Steenbergen turns 20 on Sunday. Hockey is a game full of moments that can be everything or nothing, and this time the Canadian kids were the ones to put together the right ones, to carve something permanent out of the chaos. As Hart said of the game-winner, “He got that goal, and he’s a champion forever now.”

They all are. In French, Ducharme spoke about his father Jacques, who died when Ducharme was an assistant with the Canadian team at the 2016 tournament. Canada lost that one. He thought about his dad last year and lost to the U.S. in the final. This time, Ducharme won.

“Last year’s loss was difficult, I think,” he said. “There was a lot of positives; you can’t be any closer than that, going to a shootout that could go either way. But we fell on the wrong side. So it’s a long year, to prepare for this one. We wanted to be playing tonight, and making the most of it.”

Where did it come from? Canada has never lost to Sweden in the final of this event, and whatever the reason — the rigours of the Canadian hockey machine, the pressure we put on kids from the time they show they can handle a stick and skates, all the moments they have to produce to even get a chance to get here — these ones get to be champions. We tell ourselves our hockey boys have more than other nations, that they always come through, but that’s sometimes true and sometimes not. We usually just have more and better players, formed in a tough and comprehensive system. We can fail and have.

But this team played hockey the way we tell ourselves Canada plays. They had nerves, but played through them, banished them. They got better in every game they played but one. And in the end, Canada had a fourth-line winger who tears apart kids his age, and who when given a chance was in the right place, and was ready for a puck that came flying through the forest. Canada lost a game like this last year, by fractions. This time, the fractions were theirs. The difference was small and, like last year, it was everything.

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Carrie Underwood Photographed After Serious Injury Requiring 40 Stitches…

Carrie Underwood warns fans she 'might look a bit different' after 'gruesome' injuryCarrie Underwood warns fans she ‘might look a bit different’ after ‘gruesome’ injury

Underwood may be keeping a low profile, but she’s not shying away from time at the gym!

The 34-year-old singer ran into Below Deck alum Adrienne Gang while working out at an exclusive resort outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, in mid-December, just weeks after sustaining serious injuries during a November fall.

Gang posted a photo of the two to Twitter on Dec. 12, and though Underwood appears to be wearing a brace on her wrist, there was no sign of injury to her face — despite the singer receiving 40 to 50 stitches.

“I didn’t notice [her injuries],” Gang tells ET. “She was running on a treadmill like everything was fine. She seemed like she was perfectly fine.”

“She didn’t say anything about the accident. She was with a couple other friends, and her husband was there,” Gang continued, noting that Underwood was “super sweet.” “She was really very gracious.”CarrieUnderwood’s rep revealed on Nov. 12 that the American Idol alum had sustained multiple injuries after taking a “hard fall on some steps outside her home.” The singer had been open with her fans about getting surgery on her wrist, and only recently revealed the injuries to her face in a message to her fan club members.

“There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” she wrote. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”carrie-underwood“In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [my husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in,” she continued, adding that she’s healing but “not quite looking the same.”CARRIE UNDERWOOD (2005, 2017)CARRIE UNDERWOOD (2005, 2017)

“I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful,” she said. “I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way.”

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The moon is about to do something it hasn’t done in more than 150 years…

A supermoon — when the full moon is closest to the earth – occurs about once in every 14 full moons. The next one will happen on Jan. 31, 2018, coinciding with a lunar eclipse. 1A supermoon — when the full moon is closest to the earth – occurs about once in every 14 full moons. The next one will happen on Jan. 31, 2018, coinciding with a lunar eclipse.

Call it whatever you like — a blue red moon, a purple moon, a blood moon — but the moon will be a special sight on Jan. 31.

Three separate celestial events will occur simultaneously that night, resulting in what some are calling a super blue blood moon eclipse. The astronomical rarity hasn’t happened for more than 150 years, according to Space.com.

A supermoon, like the one visible on New Year’s Day, is the term for when a full moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than normal.A supermoon — when the full moon is closest to the earth – occurs about once in every 14 full moons. The next one will happen on Jan. 31, 2018, coinciding with a lunar eclipse. 2On Jan. 31, the moon will be full for the second time in a month, a rare occasion — it happens once every two and a half years — known as a blue moon.

To top it off, there will also be a total lunar eclipse. But unlike last year’s solar eclipse, this sky-watching event isn’t going to be as visible in the continental United States. The best views of the middle-of-the-night eclipse will be in central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia, according to Space.com, although Alaska and Hawaii will get a glimpse, too.A supermoon — when the full moon is closest to the earth – occurs about once in every 14 full moons. The next one will happen on Jan. 31, 2018, coinciding with a lunar eclipse. 4For the rest of the U.S., the eclipse will come too close to when the moon sets for the phenomenon to be visible.

Because of the way the light filters through the atmosphere during an eclipse, blue light is bounced away from the moon, while the red light is reflected. The eclipsed moon’s reddish color earned it the nickname blood moon.A supermoon — when the full moon is closest to the earth – occurs about once in every 14 full moons. The next one will happen on Jan. 31, 2018, coinciding with a lunar eclipse. 3“We’re seeing all of the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon,” Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA headquarters, said in a release.

Scientifically, Simpson said, the event is pretty meaningless. The moon’s orbit is well studied and well understood by scientists. The real impact, she said, is how astronomical events like this get people interested in science.A supermoon — when the full moon is closest to the earth – occurs about once in every 14 full moons. The next one will happen on Jan. 31, 2018, coinciding with a lunar eclipse.“Anything that keeps people interested in science and makes them realize science is important is a good thing,” she said.

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