Here’s our edited roundup of the news stories you need to know about this week – the what, who, where and whens…
ANGELINA JOLIE MADE A DAME
Former bad girl Angelina Jolie has well and truly ditched her wild child reputation after being named an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of her campaigning against sexual violence.
Angelina was presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
The 39-year-old cannot be addressed as Dame as she is a foreign citizen.
TOURIST MOCKS JAY Z IN PARIS
It was one of those ‘do you know who I am’ moments when a tourist was told to stop filming in Parisian tourist hotspot the Louvre as Jay Z and Beyonce walked by.
Not content in being told what to do, the brave tourist asked, in all honesty, “Who is he?”. Clearly not amused at not being recognised Jay-Z shoots back “Who are you?”
It was an awkward moment all round.
HORSE WALKS INTO A POLICE STATION
We’ve all heard a joke which starts with, “so, a horse walks into a police station…” but in Cheshire, UK this happened for real.
A horse was caught on CCTV casually trotting into the station after wandering out of a nearby farm. A staff member managed to peacefully usher the horse out.
Clearly seeing the funny side, a spokesperson for Cheshire police said: “At neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security.”
CLOONEYS MOVING TO THE UK HOME COUNTIES?
Following their four-day wedding celebration, rumours have suggested that Hollywood actor George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin are planning on starting married in life in the British home counties after splashing Dhs60 million on a Grade-II listed manor house in Berkshire, England.
The nine-bedroom Georgian mansion sits alongside the river Thames and is said to be unrivalled in privacy and luxury – it has it’s own gym, library, steam room, wine cellar, and, for highflying lawyer Amal, it has easy access to London where she works.
Locals have been excited about the potential move after the newly weds were spotted at a 500-year-ld pub down the road from the property.
H&M APOLOGISE FOR KURDISH FEMALE FIGHTER-INSPIRED JUMPSUIT
First Zara came under fire for it’s stripy pyjama-style jumper and now H&M has been criticised for its insensitive ‘rebel chic’ designs.
The high street firm were forced to apologise when an olive green jumpsuit, which appears to be cut from military surplus cloth, went on sale. Angry customers took to social media to express their outrage. One said: “It’s terrible that H&M use the ISIS war against Kurds to make money.”
The jumpsuit is very similar to the military attire worn by women serving in Kurdish People’s Protection Units who have helped in the fierce struggle against the Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria and Iraq.
“We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with this piece, this was of course never our intention,” said H&M’s global press officer, Ida Stahlnacke.“At H&M we want to offer the latest within fashion and trends and we continuously listen to our customers’ requests.”
WOMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE AFTER VOLLEYBALL ARREST
Ghoncheh Ghavami has gone on hunger strike in her jail cell at Tehran after being arrested for attending a men’s volleyball match.
The British-Iranian woman from London, UK, was in the country working for a charity teaching literacy to street children. She was arrested after trying to watch a match the volleyball game at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in June.
According to Amnesty International women have been banned from attending male volleyball matches in Iran since 2012.
Her mother wrote on Facebook: “Yesterday, I finally saw my Ghoncheh. She said she’s been on a hunger strike since Wednesday. She said that she’s fed up with this 100 day uncertainty. It’s been a while that she has no more interrogations but her detention has not ended.”
A petition has been set up on change.org to appeal for her release.