Month: May 2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Julian Assange Hails ‘Important Victory’ After Sweden Ends Probe

A month shy of his fifth year of refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge, west London WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stepped onto the balcony to hail “an important victory”. Clenching his fists he stated in measured tones to the media scrum below him: “Today is an important victory for me and the UN human rights system, but by no means erases seven years of detention without charge… while my children grew up. That is not something I can forgive or forget,” “My legal staff have contacted the UK authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what will be the best way forward,” he added, saying he was also “happy to engage” with the US. Scotland Yard had confirmed Assange still risked arrest if he stepped out the Ecuadorean Embassy after Swedish prosecutors revoked an arrest warrant for the transparency activist over rape allegations. The Met who claimed to have spent £12m in round-the-clock security to prevent the fugitive’s escape stated Assange was still wanted for jumping bail and would execute an …

Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Artistic Director Dame poses after receiving her Dame Commander from Britain's Queen Elizabeth at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool - RTS15ASO

When Ice Queen Anna Wintour Met Her Majesty

They’ve both had long reigns over their respective kingdoms. One is celebrated for her dedication to royal duties and longevity while the other her ice-cold nerves of steel in the world of fashion glossies. Enter Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief for her damehood conferment ceremony before Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The 67-year-old accompanied by her daughter Bee Schaffer received the accolade for her services to journalism and fashion. Even without her signature blacked-out glasses, it was the Queen who seemed to struggle to attach her medal to her belted pink tweed Chanel coat. Wintour took it all in her stride /saw the funny side: “She couldn’t find where to put the brooch. I congratulated her on Prince Philip’s service because obviously that’s so remarkable and such an inspiration to us all.” She grew up in London and was once the editor of British Vogue for two years and spoke of her lingering affection for the capital. “Obviously this is a city I grew up in, a city that I have so much love …