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Affleck describes 'lifelong struggle' after rehab ends

Affleck describes 'lifelong struggle' after rehab ends

Entertainment
Ben Affleck has completed a 40-day alcohol rehab programme, but said battling the addiction is a "lifelong and difficult struggle". The Hollywood actor, who also underwent treatment in 2001 and 2017, wrote on Instagram that seeking help was a "sign of courage, not weakness or failure".Affleck added that he now remains in outpatient care.The 46-year-old wrote: "The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It's given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others."Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that one is never really in or out of treatment."It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family." Image: Be...
US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

World
The United States is ending all funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, the US state department says.It described the organisation, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), as "irredeemably flawed".The US administration has "carefully reviewed" the issue and "will not make additional contributions to Unrwa," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.In January, the US announced it would withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency.A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the US decision on Friday, describing it as a "flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions"."Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no l...
Greece bailout ends – but belt-tightening not over

Greece bailout ends – but belt-tightening not over

World
After almost a decade of tough austerity measures, Greece can financially "stand on its own feet" after receiving tens of billions of euros to help it fix its economy and banking sector. The country has now successfully completed its third and final bailout programme to end a debt crisis that nearly resulted in it leaving the single currency at the height of the catastrophe.The European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund loaned Greece a total of €289bn (£259bn) in three programmes, in 2010, 2012 and 2015.The last bailout - a three-year European Stability Mechanism (ESM) programme launched in 2015 - saw €62bn (£55bn) of financial aid given.A further €24.1bn (£21.6bn) was available under the programme but was ...
Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster ends transfer speculation and signs five-year deal with Premier League side

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster ends transfer speculation and signs five-year deal with Premier League side

Sports
BREWSTER'S MILLIONS The 18-year-old was linked with moves away from England, but has committed to the Reds Rhian Brewster has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool to put an end to transfer speculation. The 18-year-old signed a five-year deal at Melwood, where he is currently undergoing rehabilitation on an ankle injury. Rhian Brewster was tournament top scorer as England won the U17 World Cup in India Contract negotiations stalled in the last few months, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal reportedly interested in his services. However, Merseyside was his home and he could not wait to break into the first team under Jurgen Klopp. Brewster told Liverpoolfc.com: “It feels great. I’ve wanted to do this for a very...
For many millennials, one job is not enough to make ends meet

For many millennials, one job is not enough to make ends meet

Finance
While the side-hustle is a popular way to make extra money, for many millennials it may be more of a necessity than a choice. Taylor Rondestvedt, 25, said she would not have been able to afford all of her expenses without working on the weekends at a Swedish bakery in Manhattan and also teaching swimming lessons. The money from her former job as an editorial intern at a food magazine would not have covered her rent, phone bill, student loans, groceries and the occasional social event. “I had to have at least one more job,” she said. Two meant she had more financial flexibility. After a year, she got a full-time po...