Chelsea attacker could join top European side permanently in the summer

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Join Chrissy Teigen & John Legend for Ellen DeGeneres' Birthday Bash

Ellen DeGeneres‘ birthday party on Saturday drew a who’s who of Hollywood — and, luckily, there was a photo booth on-site to document it all.

The TV host, who celebrated her 60th birthday on Jan. 26, recruited some of her famous friends to mark the milestone this weekend.

Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West were naturals in the photo booth — a staple of KarJenner bashes — posing alone, as well as with fellow celebrities.

“Mom & Dad,” the reality star — who recently welcomed her third child with West, a baby girl named Chicago, via surrogate — captioned a couple shot in their coordinating attire.

DeGeneres herself even retweeted a snap of the pair with another power couple, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

“Having the best birthday,” the talk show host wrote.

Teigen also shared several photos from the night out, including a full-length shot that showed off her baby bump in a flowing gown, as well as Legend’s suave blue suit.

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Olivia Munn snagged a ton of pictures with fellow partygoers, including Jennifer Aniston, who crossed her arms and made a funny face for the photo op.

However, it was Meghan Trainor who got the most coveted photo: a silly shot with the birthday girl herself.

This is just the latest round of birthday wishes for DeGeneres rom A-list stars. Ever since the big day, DeGeneres’ show has been filled with surprise celebrity guests showing her their love.

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Longtime friend Aniston stopped by to walk down memory lane with the woman of the hour, while Michelle Obama appeared on the talk show in her first interview since leaving the White House.

During a special two-hour episode, Sofia Vergara stopped by to wish the host a happy birthday — and give her an electric scooter to help ease the transition into her golden years. Jimmy Kimmel then figure-skated his way onto the stage, followed by Jamie Foxx, who showed up with a bottle of champagne for a special toast. The first hour wrapped up with Chance the Rapper, who surprised DeGeneres — “a truly special person” — with flowers.

But the best surprise came at the end of the show, when DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi presented an incredibly thoughtful gift that brought the host to tears: de Rossi is building the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund next to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda — a center for education, tourism and further scientific research. (DeGeneres has been a longtime admirer of Fossey, a late scientist who studied the rare mountain gorilla in Rwanda.)

£30m player says he would be 'very happy' to join Newcastle permanently in summer

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Leicester City striker Islam Slimani hopes to join Newcastle United on a permanent deal in the summer.

The Algerian joined the Magpies on loan in January and he is happy with life at Newcastle so far.

The 29-year-old striker believes that he has the trust of Rafa Benitez and that will help him rediscover his form in the Premier League.

When asked about a permanent move to Newcastle, the player said: “Yes, yes. I’m just on loan at the minute but if I could stay here I’d be very happy, so let’s see how it goes. My objective is to score goals, give my best and really fight for this team. The big difference is that he (Benitez) trusts me and when you have the trust of your coach, that’s very important. They trusted me at Leicester, it’s not that I wasn’t trusted, I started well but then I was dogged by bad health and injuries. He (Benitez) phoned me and we had a good chat. There was a good feeling between us and it’s important to get a like this, to know you’re wanted by a big coach like him. I wanted to leave Leicester, I needed a fresh start. Newcastle’s a big club and it’s a good choice for me. A lot of clubs of got in touch but I’m pretty sure I made the right choice.”

Leicester paid £30m for Slimani back in 2016 after a break-out season with Sporting. The forward failed to deliver in at the King Power Stadium and his decision to move is perhaps the best for all parties.

It will be interesting to see whether Newcastle break the bank for the player in the summer now. Leicester will be looking to recoup most of the money they invested in the player. Slimani is 29 and it might not be a wise investment for the Magpies. The player will have to perform really well for the remainder of this season to earn a permanent move to St James’ Park.

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Republicans join Democrats’ stand against Trump’s ‘treasonous’ claims

Some U.S. Republican lawmakers joined their Democratic colleagues on Tuesday in criticizing President Donald Trump for labeling them as “treasonous” and “un-American” in response to the cold reception they gave him during his State of the Union address last week.

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Want to Make Waves with Video? Join this 7 Day Challenge!

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Join our #lpchat on Best in Travel 2018!

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To celebrate the start of a whole new year of travel opportunities, we’re kicking off 2018 with a Twitter chat themed around our Best in Travel list!

Detailing the wheres, whens and whats of travel’s best offerings for the year ahead, Best in Travel is a go-to for tips, inspiration and ideas on all things adventure planning. In this Twitter chat, we’ll be talking about what makes the featured destinations so intriguing, what’s new in travel for 2018 and, of course, your Best in Travel-related travelling tales. There’ll be dramatic landscapes, cultural capitals and exploratory cruises, amongst plenty of topical travel inspo!

Bring your best stories, pictures, tips and tricks, and meet us on Twitter at 16:30 GMT/ 8:30 PST on Thursday 1 Feb. See you there!

The best tweeter will win themselves a copy of our Best in Travel 2018 book.

HOW DO I TAKE PART?

  1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #lpchat on Twitter on Thursday 1 February at 16:30 GMT / 8:30 PST.
  2. Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. To answer Q1, begin your tweet with A1. For Q2, A2 and so on.
  3. Add #lpchat to all of your tweets during the Twitter chat, so others (including @lonelyplanet) can see what you’re saying.
  4. Bring your best travel tips, pics and ideas!

Introducing our co-hosts…

The Lonely Planet Trailblazers:

Abi of Inside the Travel lab

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Macca of An Adventurous World

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Chloe of Wanderlust Chloe

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Kia and Peter of Atlas and Boots

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Dan of Dan Flying Solo

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Kristen and Siya of Hopscotch the Globe 

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Terms & Conditions: Entrants must be 13 years old or over. Judges’ decision is final. Promoter: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd of 240 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NW. The winner will be notified via direct message on Twitter. The winner must claim their prize and provide an address for delivery within 7 days of being notified, otherwise the judges may select another winner. Prize: one copy of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 in book or eBook format, valued at £9.99/£6.99.

 

Man United join Italian giants in race for Lazio defender

As per a report from the Express, Premier League giants Manchester United have set their sights on Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij.

Highly-regarded

De Vrij, a 26-year-old central defender, has established himself as one of Serie A’s finest stoppers over the last couple of seasons, following his arrival in Rome from Feyenoord in 2014.

The no-nonsense Dutch international has proven absolutely vital in the impressive campaign enjoyed by Simone Inzaghi’s Biancocelesti to this point, having featured from the start in 22 of the club’s 23 league outings.

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However, much to the annoyance of the Lazio hierarchy, the club have not yet been able to tie De Vrij down to a new contract at the Stadio Olimpico, with the Feyenoord youth product’s current deal set to expire this summer.

As such, a number of Italy’s biggest clubs have set their sights on a move for the 31-time capped Oranje international, with Juventus and Inter Milan the sides most heavily linked.

Reports circulated in Italy last month that De Vrij had in fact agreed to join Inter on a free transfer in the summer, though such rumours seem wide of the mark.

Old Trafford bound?

However, as per the aforementioned report from the Express today, Serie A’s heavyweights may not have it all their own way in the chase of the Lazio star, with claims today that Manchester United have joined the race for De Vrij.

Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho is said to be a huge admirer of the talents of the gifted stopper, with the club ready to move for De Vrij in the case that he does run his Lazio contract down heading into the summer.

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