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Instagram ‘playboy’ Dan Bilzerian says he’s running for president in 2024

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Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian says he would vote for Kanye West over Hillary Clinton in an election for president, though he joked that he might also jump into the race.

When asked to comment about West’s declared intention to run in five years, the former professional poker player told TMZ: ‘Better than Hillary.’

He then added with a laugh: ‘I think he’s going to be running against me. We’ll see.’

When asked if he was serious about mounting a campaign for 2024, he replied: ‘Yeah, I think that’ll be enough time to get my s*** done.’

Dan Bilzerian, the so-called 'King of Instagram,' says he may run for president in 2024

Dan Bilzerian, the so-called 'King of Instagram,' says he may run for president in 2024

Dan Bilzerian, the so-called ‘King of Instagram,’ says he may run for president in 2024

Bilzerian has amassed 29 million followers on Instagram, where he posts photos and videos showing him partying with scantily clad women

Bilzerian has amassed 29 million followers on Instagram, where he posts photos and videos showing him partying with scantily clad women

Bilzerian has amassed 29 million followers on Instagram, where he posts photos and videos showing him partying with scantily clad women

Bilzerian says he's ready to take on Kanye West, who announced that he will run for president in 2024

Bilzerian says he's ready to take on Kanye West, who announced that he will run for president in 2024

Bilzerian says he’s ready to take on Kanye West, who announced that he will run for president in 2024

Bilzerian was later asked if he thinks President Trump would endorse him over Kanye.

‘Probably Kanye,’ he said with a laugh. ‘We’ll see.’

If Bilzerian does run against West, that would make two celebrity supporters of Trump going head to head.

Bilzerian is known by the nickname ‘the king of Instagram,’ where he has more than 29 million followers.

In 2016, Bilzerian said he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He is seen right with Trump in December 2015

In 2016, Bilzerian said he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He is seen right with Trump in December 2015

In 2016, Bilzerian said he preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. He is seen right with Trump in December 2015

His Instagram account is chock full of photos and videos showing Bilzerian surrounded by scantily clad women in exotic locations.

Bilzerian has also been known to weigh in on politics. 

In 2015, after Trump announced his candidacy for president, Bilzerian tweeted a photo of himself with the former reality television star.

‘In an age of p***ified political correctness, you have to respect the people who remain unfiltered,’ Bilzerian tweeted about Trump.

A few weeks before Trump shocked the world and defeated Clinton in the elections, Bilzerian gave an interview to Larry King explaining why he supported The Donald.

‘I don’t agree with everything the guy does or says [but] one thing I do like is the fact that he’s kind of raw and unfiltered,’ he said.

Bilzerian said he preferred Trump over Clinton because ‘even if I don’t agree with their opinion, [I would rather] they give it to me straight.’

West, of course, has been an outspoken supporter of Trump.

He famously met the president in the Oval Office for a photo op.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West, has also used her ties to the Trump administration to lobby for criminal justice reform. 

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Jubilant crowds celebrate as Evo Morales quits in Bolivia

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Jubilant crowds have taken to the streets of Bolivia to celebrate after President Evo Morales resigned. 

Morales announced his departure yesterday after nearly 14 years in power, bowing to pressure from the military and weeks of massive protests after a disputed election. 

His current whereabouts are unknown, and Mexico has already offered him asylum amid fears he will be arrested. 

Morales’s opponents took to the streets to celebrate the demise of the socialist leader, who pushed aside term limits and claimed victory in last month’s poll.

‘We are celebrating that Bolivia is free,’ said one demonstrator near the presidential palace in La Paz. 

But others saw 60-year-old Morales’s downfall as a return to the bleak era of military coups that long dominated Latin America.   

Jubilation: People wave Bolivian flags in the capital La Paz today after President Evo Morales bowed to huge public and military pressure and announced his resignation yesterday

Jubilation: People wave Bolivian flags in the capital La Paz today after President Evo Morales bowed to huge public and military pressure and announced his resignation yesterday

Jubilation: People wave Bolivian flags in the capital La Paz today after President Evo Morales bowed to huge public and military pressure and announced his resignation yesterday 

Celebrations: A huge crowd waving Bolivian flags occupy a road in the wake of Morales's resignation, which was prompted by weeks of protests over a disputed election victory last month

Celebrations: A huge crowd waving Bolivian flags occupy a road in the wake of Morales's resignation, which was prompted by weeks of protests over a disputed election victory last month

Celebrations: A huge crowd waving Bolivian flags occupy a road in the wake of Morales’s resignation, which was prompted by weeks of protests over a disputed election victory last month 

Resignation: Evo Morales (pictured), who has been leader of Bolivia since 2006, announced his resignation on Sunday

Resignation: Evo Morales (pictured), who has been leader of Bolivia since 2006, announced his resignation on Sunday

Resignation: Evo Morales (pictured), who has been leader of Bolivia since 2006, announced his resignation on Sunday 

The socialist leaders of Venezuela and Cuba have already condemned what they called a coup, while Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro said the alleged electoral fraud had brought Morales down. 

Morales, who announced his resignation in a televised address on Sunday, claimed last night that authorities were seeking to arrest him.

‘I report to the world and Bolivian people that a police officer publicly announced that he has instructions to execute an unlawful apprehension order against me; in addition, violent groups also stormed my home,’ he said. 

Armed intruders did break into Mr Morales’ home in Cochabamba. 

In the confusion, a group of 20 lawmakers and government officials took refuge at the Mexican ambassador’s residence, and Mexico later announced it was offering asylum to Morales as well.  

Embrace: A man draped in a Bolivian flag hugs another man in a baseball cap in a public celebration in La Paz yesterday following Morales's resignation

Embrace: A man draped in a Bolivian flag hugs another man in a baseball cap in a public celebration in La Paz yesterday following Morales's resignation

Embrace: A man draped in a Bolivian flag hugs another man in a baseball cap in a public celebration in La Paz yesterday following Morales’s resignation 

Three nuns hold Bolivian flags in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, eastern Bolivia, following the President's resignation on Sunday

Three nuns hold Bolivian flags in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, eastern Bolivia, following the President's resignation on Sunday

Three nuns hold Bolivian flags in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, eastern Bolivia, following the President’s resignation on Sunday 

It was not immediately clear who would succeed Morales, or how his successor would be chosen. His vice president also resigned as did the Senate president, who was next in line. 

The only other official listed by the constitution as a successor, the head of the lower house, had already resigned. 

Morales stepped aside only after the military chief, General Williams Kaliman, called for him to quit to allow the restoration of peace and stability.  

Jennifer Cyr, associate professor of political science and Latin American studies at the University of Arizona, said ‘the power vacuum opens up space for the military to potentially step in’.

Morales was the first member of Bolivia’s indigenous population to become president and he brought unusual stability and economic progress to the country. 

Foreign support: Argentine people celebrate Morales's resignation in Buenos Aires yesterday

Foreign support: Argentine people celebrate Morales's resignation in Buenos Aires yesterday

Foreign support: Argentine people celebrate Morales’s resignation in Buenos Aires yesterday

A police officer holds a crucifix as he joins some of his colleagues in taking to the streets of Santa Cruz to celebrate Morales's downfall

A police officer holds a crucifix as he joins some of his colleagues in taking to the streets of Santa Cruz to celebrate Morales's downfall

A police officer holds a crucifix as he joins some of his colleagues in taking to the streets of Santa Cruz to celebrate Morales’s downfall

He helped to cut poverty and inequality in the impoverished nation, and he remains deeply popular among many Bolivians. 

Backers of the president have clashed with opposition demonstrators in disturbances since the disputed election last month. 

However, Latin American observers said the election was marred by irregularities, and Morales was accused of striking a ‘blow to democracy’ by blasting through term limits to run again. 

Morales had won a controversial fourth term when he was declared the winner of the October 20 presidential election by a narrow margin.

The opposition cried foul and after an audit of the election the Organization of American States called on Sunday for the vote to be held again.  

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Personal trainer reveals she was ‘thin shamed’ by friends after losing 126lbs

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A woman who went from 266lbs to 140lbs in two years has revealed how she ditched her best friends and became a personal trainer after they told her she still ‘wasn’t perfect’ – despite having lost almost half her body weight. 

Nicole Caperilla, 31, from Connecticut, had always been overweight since childhood.

Her diet consisted of greasy pizzas, burgers and carbohydrate-rich junk foods, which saw her tip the scales at 266lbs and squeeze into a dress size 20. 

She struggled emotionally, mentally and physically as a result of her weight, and was left horrified by what she saw when she got onto the scales in January 2017.

Nicole Caperilla, 31, from Connecticut, who had always been overweight since childhood, weighed 266lbs two years ago

Nicole Caperilla, 31, from Connecticut, who had always been overweight since childhood, weighed 266lbs two years ago

Nicole Caperilla, 31, from Connecticut, who had always been overweight since childhood, weighed 266lbs two years ago 

The personal trainer and instructor decided to change her diet and fitness regime after stepping on the scales in 2017 - and has managed to lose 126lbs

The personal trainer and instructor decided to change her diet and fitness regime after stepping on the scales in 2017 - and has managed to lose 126lbs

The personal trainer and instructor decided to change her diet and fitness regime after stepping on the scales in 2017 – and has managed to lose 126lbs

The fitness instructor decided to undergo surgery in June 2017

The fitness instructor decided to undergo surgery in June 2017

Nicole lost 126lbs in the space of two years

Nicole lost 126lbs in the space of two years

Prior to her weight loss Nicole would consume pizzas, burgers and carbohydrate rich junk foods however she now eats protein-rich foods such as lean meats like chicken

To help her lose weight, in June 2017 Nicole had weight loss surgery known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) which removes a large part of the stomach, restricting the quantities a person can eat.

Within just two weeks of her surgery, Nicole started working out by hitting the weights, exercising and changing her old eating habits.

Nicole started eating protein-rich foods such as lean meats like chicken, ground turkey and fish and her diet consisted of oatmeal for breakfast, sweet potatoes with vegetable for lunch and a source of protein, complex carbs and vegetables for dinner.

She also started working out five to six days a week focusing on weight training and cardio.

By June 2018, Nicole had managed to drop to 140lbs, having lost 126lbs, and she now slips into a dress size 4. 

She said: ‘I’ve struggled with my weight since I was a child but got rid of it. During my first pregnancy I put on so much weight and couldn’t lose it. I tried every diet and supplement to lose it and it wasn’t budging.  

In June 2017, Nicole underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) which removes a large part of the stomach. Pictured with the friends who did support her during her weightloss journey

In June 2017, Nicole underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) which removes a large part of the stomach. Pictured with the friends who did support her during her weightloss journey

In June 2017, Nicole underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) which removes a large part of the stomach. Pictured with the friends who did support her during her weightloss journey

Nicole changed her diet  and will now consume oatmeal for breakfast and sweet potatoes and veggies for lunch

Nicole changed her diet  and will now consume oatmeal for breakfast and sweet potatoes and veggies for lunch

Nicole changed her diet  and will now consume oatmeal for breakfast and sweet potatoes and veggies for lunch

‘I also didn’t make the best food choices either and wasn’t consistent. I’d eat a lot of things like burgers and pizzas and processed junk foods that were really high in carbs. I ate so many carbs.

‘I think I’d let it go on because I wasn’t putting my health first. Working night shifts meant terrible sleeping patterns and it was hard to make good choices. I became a stay at home mom and then it just got even worse putting myself on the back burner.

‘I just kept going even though I was struggling physically, mentally and emotionally with being morbidly obese.

‘I never had any energy and I was always out of breath. I got winded by the smallest things and was borderline diabetic, borderline sleep apnoea and had high blood pressure.  

‘One of the scariest times for me were when I was waking myself up in a panic gasping for breath because I’d stopped breathing in my sleep.

‘By January 2017 I’d had enough. I’d seen pictures of myself that friends had taken and was surprised. I jumped onto the scales and I felt really disappointed and upset with myself when I saw the reading of 266lbs.

‘I knew I had to make some changes to my habits and I decided to have VSG weight loss surgery in June 2017. 

Nicole said she felt disappointed when she jumped on the scaled and discovered she weighed 266lbs

Nicole said she felt disappointed when she jumped on the scaled and discovered she weighed 266lbs

The personal trainer said all her hard work eventually paid off and she was able to lose the weight

The personal trainer said all her hard work eventually paid off and she was able to lose the weight

Nicole described feeling ‘disappointed’ when she saw that she weighed 266lbs (left) but says all the hard work eventually paid off (pictured right after her weight loss)

Although Nicole has had support from her husband Charlie (pictured), she opened up about the difficulties she faced with some of her close friends

Although Nicole has had support from her husband Charlie (pictured), she opened up about the difficulties she faced with some of her close friends

Although Nicole has had support from her husband Charlie (pictured), she opened up about the difficulties she faced with some of her close friends 

‘I changed my diet right away and started eating a high protein diet. I get my protein from things such as lean meats, beans and protein supplements. I’ll have oatmeal for breakfast, sweet potatoes and veggies for lunch and protein and veggies for dinner. I also eat a lot of fruit now which I rarely did before. 

‘As soon as I was given the go ahead by my doctor two weeks after my surgery, I started working out five to six days a week doing weights and cardio.

‘By June 2018 all my hard work paid off and I am pleased to say I’d lost 126lbs and now weigh 140lbs.’

Although Nicole has had the support from her husband Charlie, she opened up about the difficulties she had with some of her close friends she’d known her whole life after losing weight.

She said: ‘Although I never received any nasty comments to my face, I did receive rude comments after my weight loss success from some of the people closest to me. I’m talking about friends I’d had all my life.

‘They were not supportive at all. They would criticize everything about me and put me down not realizing their jokes hurt. They’d judge or joke about what I was wearing and tell me I wasn’t perfect. They were very negative. 

Nicole says she came to realize her friends were jealous of her weight loss and has since cut them out of her life

Nicole says she came to realize her friends were jealous of her weight loss and has since cut them out of her life

Nicole says she came to realize her friends were jealous of her weight loss and has since cut them out of her life

‘It took me a long time to come to realize they were just jealous, with the help of some friends and my husband Charlie. I realized that I didn’t need to have people like that in my life. 

‘My husband and other friends have been incredible and I’ve made so many new supportive friends too.’ 

Nicole feels a deep sense of pride in her achievements and her journey helped her realize her career goals by becoming a personal trainer and group class instructor.

‘I’m so proud of myself for losing weight and my internal transformation too. I’m more positive, I empower others, I make goals and I chase them and achieve them,’ Nicole said.

‘If you want to lose weight then my advice would be to start today. Don’t even wait for Monday to come around. Do it now, and absolutely do it just for you.

‘I had so much self-doubt. I think we all do. Never in a million years would I have ever have imagined I’d be where I am today. I changed my life around and even became a personal trainer because I want to help others to do the same.

‘It is possible and guess what? It feels so good to be healthy.’

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British founder of White Helmets in Syria found dead days after Russia accused him of being a spy

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The British founder of a group that helped establish the Syrian White Helmets rescue organisation has died in Istanbul.

James Le Mesurier, founder of the Mayday Rescue group, was found dead early on Monday near his home in central Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, his neighbour and a diplomat said. 

Le Mesurier was a former British Army officer who founded Mayday Rescue, which helped train the White Helmets when it began in 2013.

Just three days ago, he was accused of being a spy in a tweet by the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

James Le Mesurier, founder of the Mayday Rescue group, was found dead early on Monday

A Turkish police officer stands guard ouside the Mayday Rescue offices today following the discovery of Le Mesurier's body

A Turkish police officer stands guard ouside the Mayday Rescue offices today following the discovery of Le Mesurier's body

A Turkish police officer stands guard ouside the Mayday Rescue offices today following the discovery of Le Mesurier’s body

He was given an OBE for ‘services to the Syria Civil Defence group and the protection of civilians in Syria’.

Local media reports said his body was found at about 4.30am local time on the street in front of an office building used by Mayday Rescue where he also lives.

He had suffered fractures to his legs and head and reports in Turkey said he fell from his balcony.

His wife was sleeping in his home at the time and does not believe there were any signs of foul play.  

Known officially as Syria Civil Defence, the White Helmets are a voluntary search-and-rescue group formed to respond to bombings by Syrian government forces in opposition-controlled parts of Syria.

The group was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 and received the Right Livelihood Award in recognition for ‘outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians’.

Le Mesurier told Al Jazeera in 2015 that he had begun training and supporting the organisation in early 2013 alongside Turkish rescue experts, starting with ‘a single team of 20 people’.

‘I was working in Istanbul… and got together with a group of Turkish earthquake rescue volunteers,’ he said. 

Le Mesurier was a former British Army officer who founded Mayday Rescue, which helped train the White Helmets when it began in 2013

Le Mesurier was a former British Army officer who founded Mayday Rescue, which helped train the White Helmets when it began in 2013

Le Mesurier was a former British Army officer who founded Mayday Rescue, which helped train the White Helmets when it began in 2013

Just three days ago, Le Mesurier was accused of being a spy in a tweet by the Russian Foreign Ministry

Just three days ago, Le Mesurier was accused of being a spy in a tweet by the Russian Foreign Ministry

Just three days ago, Le Mesurier was accused of being a spy in a tweet by the Russian Foreign Ministry

The White Helmets quickly expanded, and are credited with saving tens of thousands of lives during Syria’s conflict.

A documentary about the group won an Academy Award in 2017.

The White Helmets have become a favourite target of pro-Syrian and pro-Russian groups. 

They have accused the group of supporting terrorists in Syria and doctoring footage of atrocities committed by regime forces – claims strongly denied by its supporters. 

On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted: ‘The White Helmets’ co-founder, James Le Mesurier, is a former agent of Britain’s MI6, who has been spotted all around the world, including in the Balkans and the MiddleEast. 

‘His connections to terrorist groups were reported back during his mission in Kosovo.’

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