American women's basketball great Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since last month after the two-time Olympic gold medal winner and seven time WNBA All-Star was arrested at a Moscow airport for allegedly having a vape pen filled with hash oil. Griner, 31, was detained sometime last month while flying in to play for a Russian basketball team during the WNBA offseason. Her last communication was on February 5 when she posted a photo to Instagram of her and her Phoenix Mercury teammates. Now Russia might use Griner as leverage as she faces up to 10 years in prison on the drug smuggling charge. 'If we want her out of jail, Russia is going to have some terms,' Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia and Ukraine Evelyn Farkas told Yahoo Sports. 'It could be a prisoner swap. They also could use it as an implicit threat or blackmail to get us to do something or not do something. Either way, they find it useful.' In a statement to DailyMail.com on Saturday, Griner's agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas did not dispute reports of her client's detention. 'We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA,' Colas said. 'As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further on the specifics of her case but can confirm that as we work to get her home, her mental and physical health remain our primary concern.'?
Now Odessa braces for bombardment: Second Ukrainian port prepares for aerial attack as Putin tries to 'choke' off lifeline while ceasefire is called for Mariupol to let 400,000 flee... amid fears Putin could blast their escape with airstrikes again
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky today warned that?Russian forces are preparing to shell Odessa today - a historic port city on the Black Sea coast. Russia has made progress in southern Ukraine since its invasion 11 days ago, overrunning the city of Kherson and shelling the port of Mariupol, but Odessa has so far been largely spared. Almost a million people live in Odessa, a cosmopolitan harbour on Ukraine's southern coast with both Ukrainian and Russian speakers and Bulgarian and Jewish minorities. Meanwhile, attempts to evacuate civilians from Mariupol will restart on Sunday after similar efforts?yesterday were scuppered by Russian bombing just 45 minutes after a ceasefire was agreed. Some 400,000 residents will begin to be evacuated from 12pm today, with the agreement in place until 9pm, according to the city council of Mariupol.
Pentagon is 'working with Poland to supply Ukraine with fighter jets' - risking the wrath of Putin as his invasion flounders: Biden speaks to Zelensky promising 'financial and security support'
United States is working with Poland to supply MiG-29 fighter jets that can be used by Ukrainian Air Force. In return, Poland has asked for F-16 fighter jets to be given to the country as backup in exchange for the MiGs. The Polish government is wary of angering Russian President Vladimir Putin, keen for it not to be seen as a NATO act. The Ukrainian air force require Russian fighter aircraft because those are the models they have been trained on. The finer details are still to be worked out including how Ukrainian fighter pilots would obtain the Polish jets. Ukraine's president has lashed out at NATO powers for refusing to impose a no-fly zone over his country. NATO rejected calls, saying a no-fly zone could provoke widespread war in Europe with nuclear-armed Russia.
Nigerian student Alexander Somto Orah, 25, spent four days trying to escape Ukraine after 'racist' guards at Polish boundary said no to 'Indians, Africans and Middle Easterners'. The 25-year-old student (pictured top left) at Kyiv's State University of Telecommunications gathered his belongings and headed for the border after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, but he and hundreds of other students were stopped from reaching the border of Poland by guards who said no to 'Indians, Africans and Middle Easterners', ordered to make their way to another border. The officials, who are wearing hi-vis vests in the videos, are shown pointing large guns at the crowds (pictured right) who can be heard shouting, 'We've been here for three days, we're dying of cold'. The clip cuts to the shocking moment a white van reversing away from the crowds of refugees before driving towards them to push them back. Pictured bottom left, Kyiv train station, where Mr Orah says the discrimination started.
'This is a massive crime against humanity': Trump says we 'can't let' the situation in Ukraine continue and slams 'paper tiger' NATO for its inaction during RNC meeting in New Orleans?
On Saturday former president Donald Trump (left) spoke to Republican National Committee donors in Louisiana where he covered a wide variety of topics, including the escalating crisis in Ukraine. (right) Trump also went after NATO, calling it a 'paper tiger' and said the US can not just stand by while Ukraine is invaded, according to?Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, who obtained a recording of Trump's remarks. 'At what point, do we say can we not take this massive crime against humanity?' Trump asked. 'We can't let it happen. We can't let it continue to happen.'
Two children under age five are among seven people killed by powerful 136mph tornado that barreled through a rural Iowa town and destroyed dozens of homes?
Seven people - five adults and two children - have been confirmed dead after massive tornadoes ripped through rural Iowa from 4.30 to 7.30pm on Saturday. The tornado was classified as an EF3, which can get winds up to 165mph and gusts up to 60mph and could bring up to lime-sized hail. The first twister touched ground around 4.30pm in Winterset, Iowa, before ripping through nearby towns and cities. Other isolated tornadoes were also reported by the National Weather Service. Around 10,500 residents are without power at the moment and many have lost their homes, cars, and gardens as the powerful storm tore through. The National Weather Service issued an all-clear for the Des Moines metropolitan area around 7.30pm.
Are you sure, Eric? NYC mayor uses early St. Patrick's Day parade to declare 'our city is back' despite violent crime surging 60% on last year and rampant homelessness turning the subway into a no-go zone?
New York Mayor Eric Adams led the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Queens, Saturday. The mayor leads a city that is suffering from a February crime wave with?a nearly 60 percent spike in incidents over last year. There were 32 murders in February - three more than last year. Car theft soared by 105 percent, grand larceny by 80 percent, robberies by 56 percent, burglaries by 44 percent, assaults by 22 percent and rapes 35 percent. The number of people who are homeless in New York City is also the highest since the Great Depression, with nearly 50,000 people counted last December. Adams has also blamed white reporters and editors for negative press coverage he has received, particularly over his fight on bail reform.
Two dead and 22 injured during violent clashes between rival ultras at Mexican soccer match after fight broke out in stands
At least 22 people were injured, including two critically, on Saturday when fans brawled during a soccer game in central Mexico. The match between the host Queretaro and Atlas from Guadalajara -the reigning league champion - was suspended in the 62nd minute. Multiple fights broke out in the stands while graphic videos and photos circulated on social networks showing apparent fans motionless on the ground.
Trump returns to SNL to serenade Putin and man the phones for Fox News charity drive in support of Russian invasion of Ukraine: Liberal show takes more pot shots at network and the ex-president's family
Donald Trump, portrayed by James Austin Johnson, manned the phones for a 'FOX News Ukrainian Invasion Special' charity drive in support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on tonight's Saturday Night Live, serenading the dictator and saying 'I love you, Vlad.' Laura Ingraham, played by Kate McKinnon, and Tucker Carlson, played by Beck Bennett, hosted the charity drive for the 'babies' - 'the sugar babies of Russian oligarchs.' 'Who will pour vodka in their mouths? So many horny mouths to feed,' McKinnon said. The two television personalities, they said, 'got in trouble' for the 'nice things we said about Russia and the mean things we said about Ukraine,' with McKinnon's Ingraham saying she 'called the president of Ukraine pathetic [when] he stayed and fought with his people in a war, and I called him pathetic from a news desk in Washington.'
Beach body ready! Ivanka Trump, 40, flaunts enviable abs as she goes for jog in Miami with husband Jared Kushner
Ivanka Trump showed off her washboard abs as she and husband Jared Kushner worked up a sweat with a beach jog in Miami on Saturday morning. Mother of three?Ivanka, 40, wore a crop top and leggings with a baseball hat as they stepped out to get in some exercise on the sunny day. Meanwhile, Jared could be also seen wearing a baseball hat with a grey t-shirt and black jogging shorts. The couple made some small talk as they traversed white sandy beaches under the glaring Miami sun, at times slowing down for a power walk. The two even found a moment for a little public display of affection during the run, with Ivanka and Jared spotted holding hands and hugging along the way.
Get ready for DC gridlock! People's Convoy will claim they will slow traffic around the Beltway ALL WEEK after 30-mile caravan of anti-mandate protesters parks at Maryland speedway to cheering fans and fireworks
After a nearly 2,500-mile journey, the People's Convoy will rally in Maryland Saturday before heading to D.C. for the final leg of its protest against COVID-19 era restrictions including mask and vaccine mandates. It is unclear what the truck caravan, estimating to span 30 miles, will do when it reaches the capital city on Sunday morning. Organizers have said they have plans for the DC protest, which includes 'select trucks going to the White House,' but have not publicly disclosed what their protest plans are. There has been mention of?'blocking the Beltway,' the 64-mile highway surrounding DC, however organizers have routinely claimed they do not intend to disrupt roads or bridges. The group's planned arrival in the capital city has prompted security concerns and placed authorities on alert. DC police spokesperson Dustin Sternback has called the convoy a 'fluid situation' and noted Friday: 'Any sort of response strategies will be implemented in real time'. The People's Convoy?is demanding that President Joe Biden end the national emergency originally declared at the start of the pandemic, as well as scrap any remaining coronavirus mandates. Some analysts allege the group is also taking calling for over-arching federal accountability and addressing additional political issues such as the alleged 'fraudulent' 2020 election and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Ex-lover who hid Sherri Papini for 22 days is revealed as a 37-year-old sports shop worker who helped her escape her 'abusive husband' in Costa Mesa apartment in her own room with boarded up windows as he slept on the couch
The ex-boyfriend of Sherri Papini, who was arrested this week on suspicion of lying about her 2016 disappearance in California, is James Reyes (right), 37, DailyMail.com can reveal. In a federal indictment handed down this week, Reyes told prosecutors the pair spent three weeks hiding out at his apartment (inset) in Costa Mesa and he helped her fabricate the injuries she returned home with. The mother-of-two lied when she told authorities she spent two weeks in captivity, beaten and starved by two Hispanic women. Male DNA found on Papini's underwear led cops to Reyes' father. Reyes also admitted to dropping Papini off by the roadside in Woodland.
The three-minute video shows children wearing t-shirts representing Ukraine, Germany, Russia and the US before going on to explain the War in Donbas. It starts with?inseparable 'friends' Ukraine and Russia playing together in a sandbox and sat next to each other at school before Ukraine leaves to 'hang out by himself', representing its independence from the Soviet Union. The cartoon, created by Russian state media, then depicts the moment Ukraine establishes diplomatic relations with the US in 1991 - breaking their 'friendship' for good.
Thousands of Ukrainians take to streets to protest Putin's invasion - chanting, climbing on tanks, pushing vehicles with their bare hands and branding invading army 'orcs' in astonishing display of bravery
Residents poured out into the main square of the Black Sea port city on Saturday to wave blue and yellow flags and chant at Vladimir Putin's forces, as Russian combatants reportedly responded by firing automatic weapons into the air to disperse the crowd. In Kherson, the only major city to have fallen to Russian forces so far, 2,000 people took to the streets as demonstrators chanted 'Glory to Ukraine' and 'Death to the enemy'. One protester was seen climbing on top of a Russian armoured vehicle while holding the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine. There had earlier been signs of defiance from the population of Melitopol, which was taken over by the Russians this week. Locals shouted 'Melitopol us Ukraine', and demonstrators have been shouting 'out with the orcs' at Russians - comparing them to the malevolent invaders of JRR Tolein's The Lord of the Rings. The show of defiance came after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that Ukrainian statehood is in jeopardy and likened the West's sanctions on Russia to 'declaring war,' while a promised cease-fire in the besieged port city of Mariupol collapsed amid scenes of terror. With the Kremlin's rhetoric growing fiercer and a reprieve from fighting dissolving, Russian troops continued to shell encircled cities and the number of Ukrainians forced from their country grew to 1.4 million.
Ukrainian recruiter, 26, is shot dead by Russian troops delivering food to a dog shelter in suburban Kyiv after refusing to evacuate?
Anastasiia Yalanskaya, 26, was shot and killed on Thursday after she and two others dropped off food at a dog shelter. Russian forces used 'heavy weaponry,' shooting bullets through her car (similar to this one) on Thursday and killing all three. It is unknown by her car was targeted, but her friends and family believe Russian troops are targeting more civilians. 'I asked her to be extra cautious,' her estranged husband Yevhen Yalanskyi had told her before she went on the trip. Just days earlier, she had gone to another city to help children who had been abandoned and left without diapers or food and had been living in a bomb shelter.
Feeling less anxious, Putin? Russian leader raises eyebrows by sidling up beside glamorous air hostesses - after sitting 20-FEET away from French President Macron 'because he's scared of catching COVID'
As a self-styled strongman, Vladimir Putin has been ridiculed in recent weeks for keeping his distance in meetings with his top generals and world leaders amid speculation he is terrified of catching Covid. But yesterday, the Russian President saw no issue with sidling up close to a group of glamorous air hostesses (pictured left) - in stark contrast to his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron last month (top-right) when both leaders sat metres apart at opposite ends of a long table. Putin's visit to the Aeroflot training centre near Moscow was ostensibly held to celebrate the upcoming International Women's Day. But it was overshadowed by Aeroflot's announcement that it will halt all international flights - except to Belarus - from Tuesday.
Epic escape in the dead of night of 76 orphans so alone in the world they call their teacher mom: Ukrainian children travel more than 800 miles across a war zone to orphanage in Lviv
Ivan, six, is sitting in a classroom coloring-in a tank with green crayon. Behind him, eight-year-old Sophia bites her lower lip in concentration while sketching a rabbit. There are 20 children in the class and they hang on the every word of their teacher, Larisa, whom they call Mum, not because they are presumptuous or impudent, she explains later, but – her voice catching – because they are orphans and feel the want of maternal love, particularly during wartime. ‘These children are the really vulnerable ones in all this madness,’ she says, gesturing towards workmen delivering sandbags to protect the school’s basement windows. Larisa is right, of course. Everyone is now familiar with scenes of infants clinging to their mothers at wind-whipped border crossings and on station platforms while fleeing Russian tanks.
Nowhere to hide from Vladimir Putin's broken ceasefire promise: Russian troops shell fleeing refugees from Mariupol and Volnovakha
A planned evacuation was thrown into chaos as Russia resumed its blitz against Volnovakha, while attacks were also launched on the evacuation route leading out of Mariupol according to Ukrainian authorities. Some 200,000 civilians were set to leave the port city of Mariupol and 15,000 from Volnovakha in eastern Ukraine at 7am yesterday (UK time) as part of a temporary ceasefire deal overseen by the Red Cross. Under the agreement, the refugees had five hours to flee the cities and evacuate westwards along humanitarian corridors.
Queen leaves Buckingham Palace for good and will now permanently 'work from home' at Windsor Castle - where she had lived with Prince Philip until his death?
The Queen has decided to make Windsor Castle (bottom right) her permanent home and main residence, it was reported last night. It is understood the 95-year-old monarch will never fully return to Buckingham Palace (top right), where she is not believed to have spent a night since March 2020. She is instead opting for more of a 'work from home' approach to engagements (left, a virtual meeting with the High Commissioner of Malawi), and is expected to meet dignitaries and officials at her Berkshire home. It is believed courtiers are also keen to cut down on The Queen's travel, after she admitted to feeling frail by joking?'as you can see, I can't move' during a recent engagement with two Defence Services Secretaries. The Queen spent much of lockdown at Windsor with Prince Philip (inset) until his death in April last year - with sources saying the couple 'rediscovered the happiness of their early years together' while only being attended to by a skeleton staff.
Cricket legend Shane Warne had just finished an 'extreme and ridiculous' 14-day liquid-only diet when he died - after declaring he was 'getting shredded' to regain his younger figure?
The 52-year-old Australian cricket legend was on a boy's trip at the luxury Samujana Villa resort in Koh Samui when he was found unresponsive in his room about 5pm local time on Friday. Just five days ago, Warne shared an old picture of himself without a shirt to Instagram, revealing he was working hard to get back in shape. 'Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago ! Let's go,' he wrote. Warne's long-time manager James Erskine revealed on Sunday Warne had taken to drastic measures to trim down, including partaking in liquid-only diets.
And you thought mice were bad! Horrifying moment rabid RACOON tries to claw its way into terrified fashion student's NYC apartment through kitchen light fixture
Yesenia Irizarry,?a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, had recently moved into the new apartment with three roommates, she told Pix 11. However, a raccoon had already made itself at home in the crawlspace over their kitchen ceiling. 'I'm calling 911'?Irizarry can be heard saying in the video after a raccoon paw begins to poke out of their kitchen light fixture, in the video taken back in November 2021. 'Can you send animal control or something?' she tells the dispatcher as her fellow roommates scream while the raccoon continues to stick its paw out of the fixture menacingly. 'There is no way you can go to sleep. They're like "go to bed, and see about it in the morning" and there is no way (I'm going to sleep) with that (in the house).'
Vibrant brainteaser challenges players to find the coffee cup lost among the office supplies - so, do YOU have what it takes?
This vibrant brainteaser promises to put your observation skills to the test. The seek-and-find puzzle, from UK-based online printing company instantprint.co.uk, challenges players to find the single coffee cup hidden in the office supplies. There are clocks, staplers and notebooks... but can you find the only coffee cup?
Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton: How I felt when Rami Malek told the world he loved me during his Oscars acceptance speech?
Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton (left) tells You magazine today that despite her skyrocketing career and romance with Rami Malek (right), she has struggled with low self-confidence. Born in New York but raised in South London, 28-year-old Lucy says having two British journalists as parents should have helped prepare her for life in the spotlight. 'Hearing about interviews with actors from Mum made me slightly less intimidated,' she says. 'But I forget it all as soon as I walk into one because I get so nervous.'
Woman, 76, who was forced to give her baby up for adoption aged 15 reveals how her teenage boyfriend tracked her down on LinkedIn 50 YEARS later - and they've since married and reunited with their daughter
Karen Lehmann and?Denny Vinar (inset), from Minnesota, got married 53 years after they lost contact because Karen's parents didn't approve of their union. The childhood sweethearts gave their daughter up for adoption as teenagers, but have since reestablished contact with Jean Voxland (pictured together main). The couple revealed they have been making up for their time apart including missed birthdays.
Magical property! Harry Potter-themed flat in Edinburgh - where JK Rowling wrote her stories about the boy wizard - goes up for sale for $415,000
The two-bedroom home in the Canongate area of Edinburgh, Scotland, is filled to the brim with enchanting decor, and went up for sale on Thursday. The master bedroom (top right) has been fitted out like a Gryffindor dorm room, complete with a four-poster bed and candles that appear like they are floating. A cosy-looking living room (bottom right) is decked out similar to the Gryffindor common room, while the hallway is covered in portrait wallpaper. The kitchen (top left) carries on the theme with a mural featuring a Dumbledore-like figure, a dragon and a tree that resembles the magical Whomping Willow plant from the books (centre, inset: a white owl resembling Hedwig that has been hung up on the wall). Estate agent Aberdein Considine listed the property for offers over ￡315,000, saying: 'This magical, rare and unique third floor flat is sure to leave you spellbound.'
How mum-of-two's 'harmless' mole turned out to be DEADLY skin cancer after doctor's shocking misdiagnosis - as she issues a dire warning to people chasing a tan at the beach: 'It can KILL you'?
A mother-of-two has issued a dire warning to sun-seekers after her love for the beach left her with skin cancer.? Shelley Devine, from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, is fighting stage four melanoma after excessive tanning during her 20s and 30s. The former flight attendant, now 52, was diagnosed last year and fears she will never experience the joy of becoming a grandmother.
How to remove sneaker creases in FIVE minutes: Woman goes viral with TikTok hack using just a warm cloth and boiling water
Tanya Mukendi, who lives in London, has gone viral on TikTok after sharing a video revealing how she removes creases from her Nike Air Force trainers (pictured) in just five minutes. She demonstrated the footwear being stuffed with clothes, before placing an additional damp cloth that had been soaking in hot water over the unsightly lines. The hack quickly racked up over 840,000 views, with impressed people admitting that they are eager to try it for themselves.
Grandmother, 90, who looks 20 years younger astounds TikTok followers by revealing her age (and says her skincare routine is just a bar of soap!)
A 90-year-old grandmother amazed TikTok users by revealing her age, with many followers insisting she looks two decades younger. The Canadian woman, who was not named, went viral after her daughter?Dalyce Barnett Radtke, shared a TikTok video of her age-defying mother and revealed how she credits her youthful appearance with 'good genes' and keeping active. TikTok users were astounded to learn about her mother doesn't invest money in expensive skincare regimes, and all she uses is 'bar soap and water cleanser and face lotion'.
Nearly 300 tombstones are tipped over and broken at suburban Dallas cemetery including one more than 100 years old for Confederate major who was among city's first settlers
Nearly 300 headstones were destroyed at Waxahachie City Cemetery on Sunday night. Among them was the marker of Emory Rogers, considered the founder of the Texas town. 'This is by far the worst case of vandalism we have seen in the City Cemetery,' Gumaro Martinez, executive director of the city's Parks and Leisure Services, said in a statement. 'Many of the markers that were affected are very old, and repairs will be difficult and costly.' The Waxahachie Police Department is looking to the public for tips that will lead to the vandal, and are offering a cash reward through Crime Stoppers of Ellis County. Significant damage was done to historically significant and recent grave sites alike - the town is urging residents not to attempt to right the stones of their loved ones themselves, but to wait for the city to hire a contractor who can repair the markers safely. But the city's promise to right the damage hasn't stopped effected families' gripes. 'To whoever decided to damage the Waxahachie City Cemetery, and destroy every single thing my dad had on his grave, I hope my dad pulls y'alls feet at night,' wrote Marlena Hernandez on Facebook.
I'm FURRY tired! Adorable snaps capture animal parents desperate for some peace and quiet - and their little ones who just want to play!
If there's one thing all parents can relate to, it's a lack of sleep while looking after their little ones. But you might be surprised to learn this tiredness extends to other species in the animal kingdom. Social media users from around the world have shared snaps of animals who've had enough of their little ones, with the?best examples collated in a gallery by Bored Panda. Pictured: a rhino who can't get a moment to herself; a little lamb who loves her mother; a cat who needs a break from the litter.