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Sat Aug 18 17:56:37 EDT 2018

Days before Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne were spotted kissing at London’s Heathrow Airport, the two were together at Delevingne’s star-studded 26th birthday.

In pictures of the celebration Delevingne shared to Instagram on Saturday, the two can be seen posing together in a group photo booth shot alongside fellow partygoers Zoë KravitzSienna MillerSuki Waterhouse, Chloé Caillet, and Alice Dellal.

Margot Robbie and Kate Beckinsale were also there and posed with Delevingne, Kravitz, Miller and a mermaid in a series of photos.

“It was my birthday a week ago and I am still giggling with MERmazing memories,” Delivingne wrote.


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It was my birthday a week ago and I am still giggling with MERmazing memories

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Delevingne’s birthday was on Aug. 12. Benson and Delevingne were photographed sharing multiple smooches on Tuesday after they landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The pair was cuddled up while waiting at for a taxi, where they were seen exchanging kisses a number of times.

Delevingne, who wore cornrow braids with her tan jacket, grey sweatpants and sneakers, wrapped her arm around Benson before leaning in for a kiss or two. The Pretty Little Liar star, on the other hand, flew in a white T-shirt, jean jacket and black pants with black sunglasses and a gold “C” necklace — perhaps in honor of Delevingne.

Both traveled light with just one suitcase between them, namely a coveted Supreme X Rimowa suitcase which initially retailed for $1,800 but now sells for double that on the resell market.

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Speculation about their relationship comes after Benson was spotted “kissing a mystery guy” at Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday — where she hung out with Bella Hadid and Delevingne, according to a guest.

Earlier this year, Delevingne, 26, and Paris Jackson were photographed sharing a smooch in March, but a source told PEOPLE the duo was just friends. “They have a flirty friendship but aren’t dating or in a relationship,” said the source. “Paris is 19 years old and living her life. She has no plans to settle down any time soon.”

Benson previously dated Ryan Good, Justin Bieber‘s former stylist, on and off for several years. The pair reportedly split in late 2014.

In October 2015, Benson was spotted holding hands with Nat Wolff as the pair walked down a street in New York City. The pair was bundled up against the crisp fall air as they walked hand-in-hand while chatting and laughing with friends, though it wasn’t clear if this was just a friendly case of hand-holding or a romantic PDA.

Sat Aug 18 17:54:21 EDT 2018

Kofi Annan, who served as the Secretary-General for the United Nations from 1997 to 2006, has died. He was 80.

In a statement released on Saturday from the Nobel Peace Laureate’s family and the Kofi Annan Foundation, it was confirmed that he “passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness.”

“His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days,” the statement continued. “Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

“The family kindly requests privacy at this time of mourning. Arrangements to celebrate his remarkable life will be announced later,” the statement concluded.

The BBC reported that Annan, who had been living near Geneva in the years before his death, died at a Switzerland hospital.

Angelina Jolie, who has served as a Special Envoy for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) since 2012, also released a statement following Annan’s death.

“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Kofi Annan, a true global statesman and man of integrity,” she wrote. “Like many others, I will remember him for his kindness, his grace, and his calm strength of purpose. My thoughts are with his wife and family.”

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Annan, who was born in Ghana, has the distinction of being the first black African to hold the honored UN position, according to CNN.

While he was awarded a joint Nobel Peace Prize with the UN in 2001 for “their work for a better organized and more peaceful world,” he has also faced criticism over his leadership during the 1990s, during the genocide in Rwanda, reported the BBC.

Since stepping down from his post, Annan has been a member of The Elders, a humanitarian group formed by Nelson Mandela. He was appointed chairman in 2013.

Annan’s death has been mourned by many humanitarians and world leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and current UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

In a statement from The Elders, Deputy Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland wrote, “The world has lost an inspiring figure – but one whose achievements will never be forgotten, and whose commitment to peace and justice will endure to inspire future generations.”

During one of his last interviews in April, Annan also shared with BBC’s HARDtalk that despite all the difficult situations he’d faced throughout his career, “I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist.

Sat Aug 18 17:19:40 EDT 2018

New court documents suggest that two Colorado children who were allegedly murdered by their father may have been strangled, according to multiple news outlets.

Denver NBC affiliate 9News reports the two motions were filed on Friday morning in Weld County court by defense attorneys representing Chris Watts, 33, who has been accused of murdering his 34-year-old wife Shanann — who was 15-weeks-pregnant at the time — as well as their two young daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4.

In the motions, attorneys asked that DNA samples be taken from both the two children as well as from the mother during their autopsies, which were scheduled to begin on Friday, reported CBS4.

DNA expert Richard Eikelenboom claimed in the filings that DNA samples “would remain on the necks of the decedent children,” according to ABC affiliate Denver 7. The motion also asked that DNA samples be taken from the hands and nails of the girls’ mother.

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Attorney James Merson wrote in the docs that while the bodies of the two children had “been in an oil well filled with crude oil for several days,” Eikelenboom believed “DNA would still be present,” according to 9News.

The DNA expert was also quoted in the motion saying he believed that samples can still be obtained “after strangulation,” according to Denver 7.

However, the outlet went on to report that in 2016 the Denver District Attorney’s Office released a statement discrediting Eikelenboom after “a Denver prosecutor got Eikelenboom to admit that he had no direct DNA extraction or analysis experience.” Eikelenboom has disputed the claim.

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Shanann and her two daughters were reported missing by a friend on Monday afternoon, about 12 hours after returning from a business trip. Before he was taken into custody, Chris had given multiple interviews pleading for their safe return.

During one such appearance, he said that shortly she disappeared, he and Shanann had an “emotional conversation.”

Without providing any further information on the subject, he added, “I’ll leave it at that.”

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Following her husband’s arrest, Shanann’s body was found Thursday on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, an oil and gas company where Chris had worked. Remains believed to be daughters Bella and Celeste were located later Thursday near Shanann’s body, officials said.

Chris was arrested Wednesday on three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a body.

While investigators have not publicly confirmed a motive, a family friend previously told PEOPLE that there was marital discord between Chris and Shanann and public records show they had faced financial issues in the past, including a bankruptcy in 2015.

Chris is next scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, where he will face formal charges.