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The First Lady on confidence, achievement and the all-important issue plaguing the female face of a nation: plastic surgery

Wondering where Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey have disappeared to?

Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey holidaying together in Hawaii

The First Lady is bunkered down at the chat show host's sprawling luxury estate in Maui, reports suggest

Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie with Danish PM at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

David Cameron explains selfie with Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Mandela Memorial

However, his comment may do little to offset the outrage sparked by the whimsical mobile photo

Obama and Cameron's selfie was a human moment. Let's not castigate them for it

This snap wasn't half so inappropriate as many suggest

Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

The leaders spark outrage for taking the photo opportunity at the event

Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial

They'll look back on this selfie, years from now, and think "what on earth were we doing? We're world leaders, not a bunch of giggling teenagers. We're attending the memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Couldn't we have waited a bit before goofing around?"

Nelson Mandela memorial: South Africans join world leaders for 'biggest funeral send-off in decades'

As people poured in to take their seats, a party atmosphere took hold

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town:
'He transcended race and class in his actions. He taught us that to respect those with whom we are politically or culturally at odds is not weakness, but a mark of self-respect.'

World leaders and celebrities to fly to South Africa for Nelson Mandela memorials

Few will want to miss being seen mourning one of the twentieth century’s greatest figures

So what if David Cameron took drugs? We all did

If he was still snorting coke now, I’d worry

Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with new baby: The world reacts to royal birth

Israel’s President Shimon Peres attempted to top the international responses to the news of the royal birth yesterday.

Michelle Obama and daughters plan private visit to Dublin during G8 summit

US President Barack Obama's wife Michelle and their daughters will tour Dublin during the G8 summit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to meet US President Barack Obama for a weekend 'shirt-sleeves summit'

President Obama to woo Chinese counterpart President Xi at 'shirt-sleeves summit' in the California desert

The last Chinese President, Hu Jintao, was unfailingly formal, but Washington is trying a different tack with his successor, Xi Jinping. He is due to meet US President Barack Obama tomorrow for a weekend “shirt-sleeves summit”, a smart-casual meeting at the 200-acre Sunnylands private estate in the Southern California desert location of Rancho Mirage.

Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama meet at the White House

Michelle Obama pays tribute to Prince Harry as he begins tour of United States

Seven-day visit is the Prince's first to America since he caused outrage by being photographed naked during a weekend break in Las Vegas last year

Cleveland kidnapping latest: Police find chains in house where three women including Amanda Berry were held captive for a decade

The suspects in the Cleveland kidnapping are expected to be charged today as the investigation into their imprisonment for a decade continues.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes light of his wife Michelle Obama's new bangs with a mock pictures of himself with the same hairdo in this humorous photo created by the White House shown at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington

The fringe benefits of Obama’s Tumblr feed shows the President is on top of social media

The Obama administration might struggle with the US houses of governments over issues such as the economy and firearms, but there is one area that it remains on top: social media.

A man waves the US flag after the capture of the second of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings

Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits special interrogation team after being captured alive in Watertown after dramatic end to huge manhunt

Suspect rushed to hospital after suffering serious injuries during earlier shootout

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