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REVEALED: Amber Heard Stayed In A $22,000-a-month Mansion During Defamation Battle With Depp

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Amber Heard was staying in a luxury mansion in Virginia during her blockbuster libel trial against Johnny Depp, which it turned out was costing $22,500 a month.

Though the 36-year-old bailed on the 13,000-square-foot home throughout the trial, she says she can’t afford to pay the more than $8 million she owes her ex-husband after a jury ruled has that she defamed him.

The actress was ordered to pay Depp $58.15 million – $10 million in compensation and $5 million in punitive damages.

The judge later capped damages at the Virginia maximum of $350,000. After deducting the $2 million Depp had to pay Heard, she owes him a total of $8.35 million.

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredhoft, recently announced that the actress “absolutely” cannot afford to pay the damages and said she intends to appeal the verdict.

Amber Heard on June 1, the day she was sentenced to pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp $15 million in defamation damages

Amber Heard on June 1, the day she was sentenced to pay her ex-husband Johnny Depp $15 million in defamation damages

Despite her representation’s claims of financial troubles, Heard curled up in the lap of luxury with her family during the trial, according to TMZ.

The actress reportedly rented a 13,000-square-foot mansion in McLean, Virginia, a leafy DC suburb and a 25-minute drive from Fairfax Country Courthouse, where her trial took place over 6 weeks.

The home sits on an acre of land and features a tennis court, home theater, eight bedrooms and two sweeping staircases at the entrance.

A Zillow listing for the property describes it as “one of the most distinctive and private estates on offer in McLean” and raves about a “two-story grand foyer with an elegant double sweeping staircase, a real ‘wow’ and an entertainers dream.”

pictures of the luxurious $22,000-a-month mansion Amber Heard stayed in during defamation battle

Amber Heard, 36, reportedly rented this McLean, Virginia mansion for $22,500 a month during her Johnny Depp defamation trial

Amber Heard, 36, reportedly rented this McLean, Virginia mansion for $22,500 a month during her Johnny Depp defamation trial

The 13,000-square-foot mansion features these sweeping double staircases in its two-story grand entryway

The 13,000-square-foot mansion features these sweeping double staircases in its two-story grand entryway

Heard's attorney, Elaine Bredhoft, recently announced that the actress herself

Two sweeping staircases at the entrance

A huge living room in the mansion Heard rented during her Johnny Depp defamation trial

A huge living room in the mansion Heard rented during her Johnny Depp defamation trial

A view from the living room into the kitchen of the huge mansion Amber Heard rented during her trial of Johnny Depp

A view from the living room into the kitchen of the huge mansion Amber Heard rented during her trial of Johnny Depp

The huge kitchen in the house Amber Heard rented during her Johnny Depp trial

The huge kitchen in the house Amber Heard rented during her Johnny Depp trial

The home sits on an acre of land and features a tennis court, home theater, eight bedrooms and two sweeping staircases at the entrance

The home sits on an acre of land and features a tennis court, home theater, eight bedrooms and two sweeping staircases at the entrance

One of the two dining rooms in the mansion was rented during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp

One of the two dining rooms in the mansion was rented during her trial of ex-husband Johnny Depp

Another dining room in the mansion. Heard's attorney recently stated that Heard could not afford to pay the damages she owed Depp

Another dining room in the mansion. Heard’s attorney recently stated that Heard could not afford to pay the damages she owed Depp

One of the eight bedrooms in the massive mansion in McLean, Virginia. It is about 25 minutes from the courthouse where the trial took place

One of the eight bedrooms in the massive mansion in McLean, Virginia. It is about 25 minutes from the courthouse where the trial took place

A huge bedroom in the mansion that Heard rented. The house has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms

A living room with wide windows and inlaid bookshelves and desks

A living room with wide windows and inlaid bookshelves and desks

The mansion Heard rents has a hot tub and large steam room as part of the on-site spa

The mansion Heard rents has a hot tub and large steam room as part of the on-site spa

The house includes a professional home cinema with lounge chairs and a projector

The house includes a professional home cinema with lounge chairs and a projector

The private indoor tennis court at the end of a sloping backyard under the sunny Virginia skies

The private indoor tennis court at the end of a sloping backyard under the sunny Virginia skies

The view from the large terrace at the back of the house onto the house's private tennis court

The view from the large terrace at the back of the house onto the house’s private tennis court

A living room in the luxurious mansion that Amber Heard rented during her trial of Johnny Depp.

A living room in the luxurious mansion that Amber Heard rented during her trial of Johnny Depp.

A living room just off the grand front entrance of the mansion Heard rented during her defamation trial

A living room just off the grand front entrance of the mansion Heard rented during her defamation trial

A view from the entry-living room onto the sweeping double staircases of the home's two-story foyer

A view from the entry-living room onto the sweeping double staircases of the home’s two-story foyer

A living room with wraparound windows in the mansion Heard rented during her trial of Depp

A living room with wraparound windows in the mansion Heard rented during her trial of Depp

A carpeted daybed between built-in bookshelves in the mansion that Heard rented

A carpeted daybed between built-in bookshelves in the mansion that Heard rented

A wine rack, wine refrigerator, and dry bar in the mansion Heard rented in McLean, Virginia

A wine rack, wine refrigerator, and dry bar in the mansion Heard rented in McLean, Virginia

The rental records in the listing do not include Heard’s name, but do show the property was rented on May 4, 2020. It is unclear if the property was leased when the trial began on April 11.

Witnesses reportedly said Heard was seen at the home of her sister Whitney and daughter Oomagh Paige. Heard’s Security was also seen at the property.

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Lomé Will, Again, Host WHO’s African Regional Committee Meeting

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Lomé, the Togolese capital, will host the 72nd session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Regional Committee from 22 to 26 August.

This was revealed by the Minister of Health, Public Hygiene, and Universal Access to Health Care, during the Council of Ministers held on August 3, 2022.

“This choice attests to the efforts and progress made by our country, under the leadership of the Head of State, in the field of public health,” the government said. “The Council welcomed this choice and encouraged all ministers to be actively involved for the success of this regional meeting,”it added.

According to the provisional agenda of WHO Africa, the meeting, in hybrid format, will be structured on 5 pillars. It will address issues such as the Regional Strategy for the control of serious non-communicable diseases in primary health care facilities, the framework for strengthening the implementation of the global action plan for mental health, protection against financial risks for universal health coverage in the WHO African Region, a framework for integrated control, elimination and eradication of tropical and vector-borne diseases in the African Region 2022-2030, or the strengthening of the UN agency, for more effective and efficient support to African countries

Togo hosted (via videoconference) the previous session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa.

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South African Minister Accuses West of ‘Bullying’ On Ukraine

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and South African Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor appear at a joint press conference after meeting together in Pretoria, South Africa, on Aug. 8, 2022.

South African Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor accused the West of sometimes taking a patronizing and bullying attitude toward Africa, as she hosted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the first leg of his Africa visit. Pandor made it clear that South Africa has different views from the U.S. on Ukraine, China, and Israel and the Palestinians.

At a joint press conference in the South African capital, Blinken stressed he was not on his three-country tour of the continent in order to counter Moscow and Beijing’s growing influence in the region, as has been widely speculated, after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited last month.

“Our commitment to a stronger partnership with Africa is not about trying to outdo anyone else,” Blinken said.

Blinken spoke, too, about U.S. support of Ukraine, saying Russia’s invasion was an aggression against the entire international order.
South Africa has remained neutral on the conflict with Russia, its partner in the BRICS group of countries, and abstained from any U.N. votes on the matter, though Pandor said the country “abhorred” war and would like to see an end to the conflict.

However, she said the different approaches by the international community to different conflicts sometimes “leads to cynicism about international bodies.” She referenced the plight of the Palestinians.

“Just as much as the people of Ukraine deserve their territory and freedom, the people of Palestine deserve their territory and freedom,” she said, “and we should be equally concerned at what is happening to the people of Palestine as we are with what is happening to the people of Ukraine. We’ve not seen an even-handed approach.”

Pandor added that while it didn’t come from Blinken, South Africa had experienced pressure from some in the West to align with its policy on Ukraine. She also appeared to criticize the U.S. bill passed in April, “Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act,” which has been seen by some on the continent as a vehicle to punish African countries that have not toed the line on Ukraine.

“From some of our partners in Europe and elsewhere, there has been a sense of patronizing bullying — ‘You choose this or else.’ And the recent legislation passed in the United States of America by the House of Representatives, we found a most unfortunate bill.”

Bob Wekesa, director of the African Center for the Study of the United States, said Pandor’s candid remarks at the press conference showed the closed-door meeting between the U.S. and South African sides “must have been a very difficult one.”

“I think the U.S. is attempting to figure out how to get South Africa on to its side, but South Africa is not coming to the party,” Wekesa said.

Blinken was in Pretoria to launch the new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, which focuses on areas such as climate change, trade, health and food insecurity.

During his remarks Monday, he also criticized Beijing for its strong reaction to House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Pandor would not comment specifically on Taiwan but did say South Africa did not want to be made party to a conflict between China and the U.S.

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Man Who Killed His 2-Day Old Daughter For Crying Too Much Found Dead In His Prison Cell

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Trigger Warning: This story mentions child abuse and infanticide which may be disturbing to readers.

Newborn babies cry a lot, in fact, that is how they communicate. But, when a two-day-old baby wouldn’t stop crying, an infuriated father punched her in the face, so hard that she died.

Karen Bissett, 21, the child’s mother had left the child with her father, Liam Deane, when she went to get some sleep on July 10, 2017. Since Luna wouldn’t stop crying while Bissett was away, he shook her hard; punching her in the face, and squeezing her body and arms, reports BBC.

Despite suffering grave injuries, the father did nothing. The next day, he informed Luna’s mother that she was struggling to breathe and lied that she fell from the bed while sleeping at night. The two-day-old was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where she died in intensive care on July 14.

According to a doctor, Luna died as a result of head trauma, which left her with “catastrophic brain injuries.”

When questioned by police, Deane broke down and admitted that he was the one who attacked the infant. During Deane’s trial, prosecutor Michael Smith stated that the infant suffered damage to her brain, body, and face.

Smith said, “He said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control.” The then 22-year-old father was given a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years in prison in October 2017.

But unfortunately, fate had other plans for him. You see, just months after receiving his sentence, Dean was found dead in his prison cell in IMP Leeds on 12 November 2017. Fellow inmate John Westland, who was serving a sentence for rape and grievous bodily harm, was arrested and given a minimum of 19 years in prison, as he was responsible for the murder of the father.

During the trial, judge Rodney Jameson QC told Westland, “You told the jury that you believed Liam Deane was a sex offender, but he was not. He had committed a very serious crime, but had admitted it from the first and was trying to come to terms with what he had done.”

“It is an unfortunate consequence of life in prison than those who are themselves guilty of serious offenses, as you were, will find another inmate to look down on. Given the nature of your own conviction, some might find that to be rank hypocrisy,” said Judge Jameson.

Then, Westland revealed that because of the nature of Deane’s conviction, he was frequently referred to as a “baby killer” around the jail, and he received daily threats and taunts. He also claimed that his cellmate was in debt to other inmates.

During the week-long trial, jurors heard that the convict killed his cellmate with a broken bottle of aftershave and that the victim had shown symptoms of asphyxiation caused by pressure on his head and face.

Even though Deane’s crime of killing his infant daughter was termed as “an appalling crime that tore her family apart” by West Yorkshire Police, they believed that he was entitled to his right of serving his time in prison.

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