These Were The Biggest Makeup Trends of 2018

We hope you’re not sick of glitter yet—because if you thought 2018 was the year of all-glitter-everything, 2019 is poised to be even more sparkly. Gold highlighter, glittery glosses, and stark-black eyeliner were some of our most-used beauty products this past year. Ahead, take a look back at some of the biggest makeup trends from the past year. How many did you try?

Eyeshadow comes in just about every color and texture under the sun—so why is it what we only use taupe, brown, and sometimes black? This past year gave us more colorful makeup inspiration to last us until 2020. Case in point: makeup artist Hung Vanngo created this jaw-dropping cobalt eye look on model Jasmine Sanders for the summer’s CFDA Awards.

Black eyeliner took a dramatic turn in 2018 (as seen at Marc Jacobs and a handful of other runway shows). Trace it thick around both lashlines, wing it out at a dramatic angle, or create graphic shapes with it—just don’t trace a thin line above your lashes and call it a day.

A goof-proof liquid liner that makes creating sharp flicks and wings easy.

Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $30,


After years of liquid lipstick domination, the humble bullet is back. Kylie Jenner’s new Kylie Cosmetics lipstick bullets—featuring a creamy, hydrating formula—sold-out in minutes.

Kylie Cosmetics Lipstick, $17 each,


Rhinestones, gems, and sequins are the new way to wear the sparkly stuff, adhered on your eyelids and around your eyes using lash glue. It takes a little patience, but the statement-making payoff is worth it.

Rihanna didn’t invent gold makeup, but she did invent the gold highlighter you’re going to see everywhere for the next million-or-so years. Trophy Wife, from her Fenty Beauty line, is the perfect yellow-gold metallic pigment that can (and should) be all over your face.

If you have dark skin, you can go a little wild and layer Trophy Wife anywhere and everywhere. Paler and cooler skin tones should use it as eyeshadow and spot-highlighter.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife, $34,


As if sparkly embellishment and golden highlighter are still not enough, another massive makeup moment in 2018 was the rise of ultra-highlighted skin. The glowier, the better. Here, makeup artist Namvo creates her signature #namvoglow using a holographic violet pigment.

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Over The Moon, $6.40,


The cat-eye flick got a new look in 2018. Instead of tracing an ultra-sharp wing, round-off the edge instead—as seen on Bella Hadid at the Jason Wu show. (It was also the main look at Tom Ford.) Pro tip: trace the outline of the wing first, then fill it in. Or use a small makeup sponge applicator (the kind that comes in most eyeshadow pans) as a stamp to create the rounded shape.

Metallic makeup in all shades and finishes continued to trend in 2018. Wear it subtly by swiping a clear lip gloss shot-through with holographic shimmer over your favorite lipstick. Or go for bold by choosing a frosted or glittery lipstick in an unusual shade.

Backstage at the Christian Dior spring 2018 show, retro clumpy lashes made a comeback. These aren’t quite as dramatic as Twiggy lashes, but they do require layers of mascara and a few well-placed lashes.

Just a few swipes of this mousse-like formula is all you need to get ultra-thick, but never clumpy, lashes.

Dior Diorshow Pump‘N’Volume Mascara, $29.50,


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Taylor Swift Used Facial Recognition At Rose Bowl Show

Taylor Swift used facial recognition software in order to identify her numerous stalkers at her concert at the Rose Bowl in May.

A special kiosk was set up at the event, where concert attendees could view clips from the rehearsal. As people viewed the clips, the software would kick in and send data to the main office in Nashville to cross-verify with pictures of Swift’s hundreds of known stalkers.

However, the information has caused quite a controversy, with an advocate for Human Rights Watch, Sarah St. Vincent, speaking to Slate magazine about the ethical dilemma this intervention presents.

“If this company is learning that this person is attending a Taylor Swift concert and maybe stood next to certain other people or went to the bar to get a drink or engaged in other things, that’s data that’s valuable for them to sell,” she said.

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Dad’s 32 years of hell after daughter’s killer tried to frame him for murder

The dad of one of the Babes in the Wood murder victims has told how his nightmare goes on despite seeing his girl’s killer finally sentenced this week.

Barrie Fellows, 71, angrily blames two of paedophile Russell Bishop’s former girlfriends for helping him escape justice for 32 years.

Barrie, whose daughter Nicola and her pal Karen Hadaway, both aged nine, were murdered by Bishop, said: “He destroyed my family and I believe these women helped him.”

Today the devastated dad points the finger of blame at…

Marion Stevenson : She claimed after the original trial in 1987 that she had seen Barrie watching a porn video featuring his daughter and a lodger.

Despite a police investigation which cleared the dad, Ms Stevenson repeated the slurs at this month’s re-trial.

Jenny Johnson : She told police a blue sweatshirt found near the murder scene belonged to Bishop but changed her story at the original trial to say it was not his. New DNA evidence at the retrial proved the shirt DID belong to the murderous pervert.           

Now Barrie is threatening to take private legal action against the two women unless police act.

He said: “These women helped him take my family away, piece by piece, over the last 30 years.

“In some respects they are just as bad as him. They are going to pay too, if we have our way.”

Barrie’s daughter and Karen went missing in Brighton after going out to play on the evening of October 9, 1986.

They were strangled and sexually ­assaulted before their bodies were found in woods nearby next afternoon.

The case against Bishop fell apart after Jenny Johnson retracted a signed statement in which she said she gave him a jumper found discarded nearby.

The garment would later prove crucial as a one-in-a-billion DNA match on it tied Bishop to the scene.

Barrie said: “It sickens me that she knew the sweatshirt belonged to the perverted killer of two innocent ­children. She hadn’t been mistaken.

“She realised that what she had said would probably put him away for life. She went on to have another baby with him after he was acquitted.”

After his acquittal Bishop’s other girlfriend Marion Stevenson accused Barrie of watching a porn film featuring his own daughter and a lodger.

As Barrie and Nicola’s mum Susan grieved their lost child, they were forced to leave their Brighton home to get away from the vile slurs.

They ­later ­divorced under the strain, before Barrie moved to Cheshire to try to start a new life.

Barrie said: “I knew Marion to say ‘hello’ to but not much more. But ­somehow she developed a deep dislike towards me.

“That’s all I can assume to ­explain what she did to me after Bishop was cleared.”

He added: “It had a terrible effect on me and my family.

“Enough people believed there was no smoke without fire and eventually it got so bad we were virtually driven out back to London.

“My marriage to Sue didn’t survive. Bishop was laughing his socks off. He was off the hook and his victim’s father was in the frame.”

Barrie was arrested in 2009 after Marion made a formal complaint to police, but cleared for a second time by officers who found no case to answer.

He said: “I still can’t understand how she could do that to a man who never stops missing his daughter. So people will understand my ­hatred of her.

“‘Why me?’ I thought. ‘What have I done?’ All I have done is lost my little girl.”

During Bishop’s retrial at the Old Bailey this month his defence team again raised the slurs, pointing the finger at ­grieving Barrie.

Prosecutors slammed the ­tactic, insisting “There is not a shred of evidence against Barrie Fellows.” Barrie, who had to walk out of the court, said: “I thought I’d escaped their lies.

“I thought the new evidence would nail him once and for all.

“But he was desperate to try and smear me again. It’s like he wanted to take me down with him.”

Barrie recalled the moment in 1986 when volunteer searchers – including Bishop – found the girls’ bodies.

After excited yells another volunteer told the dad: “I’m afraid they’re dead.”

Barrie said: “That’s when I lost it big time. I swung without thinking at the nearest copper and went completely off my head. Everyone jumped on me. But I was like a madman. It took a lot of them to pin me down. It was like one of my worst epileptic fits.”

The ­following year Bishop was cleared at Lewes crown court.

Three years later, in a chilling repeat attempt, he snatched a seven-year-old girl off a Brighton street, bundled her into the boot of his car and drove 14 miles to beauty spot.

He raped the girl and tried to murder her but was caught and jailed for life.

Ancient double jeopardy laws ­prevented him from being tried twice over the Babes in the Wood killings until the rule was scrapped in 2005.

But the family faced a further 13-year wait until new evidence and advanced DNA testing tied him to the scene.

Jenny Johnson could now be ­investigated for perjury over allegations she lied about Bishop’s sweatshirt during the original trial. Det Supt Jeff Riley of Sussex Police said: “At the time she was called as a prosecution witness.

“She turned into a hostile witness during the first trial, denied that the sweatshirt was his and said that the ­police had faked her signature.

“The law has now changed.”

Nigel Pilkington, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said the result of the 1987 trial could have been “wholly different” if Miss Johnson had not changed her story.

Mr Pilkington added: “Obviously if somebody has not told the truth in a case which has been a miscarriage of justice for 32 years, that’s a serious matter, if it turns out to be so. But we will wait to see if police make a decision to investigate.”

Barrie and his brother Nigel say they will launch private ­prosecutions against Ms Johnson and Marion Stevenson if police do not act. Barrie added: “The police should investigate Marion Stevenson for perjury over the lies she has told about me.

“She thinks she has got away with adding to my misery over Nicky’s death. She’s wrong.”

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Chelsea fans pictured with flag bearing ‘SS death’s head’ Nazi symbol

Chelsea fans are pictured with hooligan flag bearing ‘SS death’s head’ Nazi symbol before controversial Budapest match where supporters chanted antisemitic songs

  • The Chelsea fans posed with the shocking banner outside of a bar in Budapest 
  • Hooligan firm Chelsea Headhunters’ flag had the insignia of the ‘SS death’s head’
  • Fans have already been criticised for chanting antisemitic songs during match

Chelsea Football Club faced further criticism for fan racism after a group of supporters were pictured holding a hooligan flag bearing a Nazi symbol before the team’s controversial match in Hungary.

Thugs flaunted the vile banner, which included the SS ‘death’s head’ insignia, outside a Budapest pub before the encounter with Vidi FC, where some British supporters appeared to chant antisemitic songs.

The flag, a modified version of the Northern Irish ‘Red Hand of Ulster’ standard, also bore the name of the club’s notorious hooligan ‘firm’ and contained the message: ‘You have been nominated and dealt with by the Chelsea Headhunters’.

The Chelsea fans held a banner with the SS Totenkopf insignia on it – a infamous SS group referred to as the ‘Death’s Head Division’

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And it featured Glasgow Rangers’ insignia and the sectarian ‘No Surrender’ slogan in reference to the fight against the IRA.

The Chelsea Headhunters, whose compain of violence peaked in the 1970s and 1980s and was thought to have been largely finished, were linked to neo-Nazi groups such as Combat 18 as well as Ulster loyalist paramilitaries.

The SS-Totenkopf – or ‘death’head’ skull is commonly used by neo-Nazis as a reference to Hitler’s forces who ran the death camps and extermination programme that murdered six million Jews during World War II Holocaust.

The shocking photos come after the football club already criticised its fans for antisemitic chants during the game

European football chiefs will now face further pressure to sanction Chelsea.

Uefa are considering whether to close parts of the Stamford Bridge stadium in London at a future European tie if the fans are found guilty are found guilty of antisemitism during the match with Vidi.

 Chelsea had already publicly condemned their supporters and urged them to ‘summon brainpower’ after they sang an anti-Semitic chant that disparagingly referred to Tottenham fans as ‘Yids’. 

Chelsea condemned their own fans after antisemitic chants were heard during the 2-2 draw with Vidi

The chants were heard from the press box from the away end on Thursday, during the match in budapest

Last week, England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was also viciously abused by Chelsea supporters during Manchester City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Four Chelsea fans were later suspended by the club.       

The Guardian reported that Chelsea were aware of a travelling band who went to Budapest without tickets.

Last Saturday, Raheem Sterling was the victim of shocking abuse during his team’s loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

However, the club hope that the banner did not enter the stadium. 

As the club have an away fans ticket scheme, any supporter in possession of such a flag would risk punishment from the club. 

UEFA, meanwhile, await official reports from the game in Budapest before deciding whether to charge Chelsea. 

In the worst case scenario, the club could face a partial stadium closure. 

The incidents come despite a determine antisemitism campaign run by the football club. 

Owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, supports the campaign which last season saw Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro address players at the training ground.

Delegations from the club also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Abramovich is believed to be concerned by the past week’s events and is reported to have asked to have been made aware of Chelsea’s approach to dealing with discriminatory incidents.  

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Putin hits out at rap music and says it must be ‘controlled’

Vladimir Putin has declared that the Kremlin will discuss how they can control the country’s rap music scene.

Putin spoke out after nationwide concert cancellations by venue owners and local authorities and the brief arrest of a popular rap artist, Husky.

The Russian president said such heavy-handed measures were often counterproductive, and suggested his government’s culture and the arts sector find a way to "take charge of" rap music instead.

Speaking at the advisory council on culture and the arts, he said: "If it’s impossible to stop something, you’ve got to take charge of it.

"How to do this, how to take charge and guide in the necessary direction. That’s the most important issue."

Putin’s comments came in response to a statement about rap concert cancellations made by music producer and member of the advisory council Igor Matvienko.

Among the rappers that young people fear are being censored is Husky’s concerts whose songs have at times been critical of the government.

He said his concerts were under pressure because authorities objected to lyrics they found offensive.

After his concert was cancelled in the southern city of Krasnodar he tried to perform from the roof of a car instead, leading to his arrest for hooliganism.

He was arrested and sentenced to 12 days in prison, but he was released early after a public outcry, which led to the intervention of members of the presidential administration, according to state broadcaster Russia Today.

Ahead of today’s meeting Matvienko had proposed creating a parental advisory guidance system for concerts.

Addressing Matvienko, Putin said: "You said that rap (rests on) three pillars: Sex, drugs and protests.

"Of all of these, drugs are the most worrying – They are the route to a nation’s degradation."

Putin also addressed the question of how to regulate the musical genre’s use of censorious language.

He said that he had talked about swearing with a linguist, adding: "She told me personally that it’s a part of our language.

"It’s just a question of how you use it."

Matvienko also suggested guidelines on the use of swear words online and in the media, but Putin said this was a
sensitive matter as such words are part of Russians’ common culture.

Likening swear words to body parts, Putin joked: "We have all sorts of body parts, and it’s not like we put them on
display all the time, whether it’s hot or cold."

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Beer thrown on Michael van Gerwen at World Darts Championship

Michael van Gerwen’s opening match at the World Darts Championship was delayed after beer was thrown at the world No 1 at Alexandra Palace.

Van Gerwen was the headline act of the evening session, where the 29-year-old began his bid for a third world title in the sold-out venue against England’s Alan Tabern.

Tabern made his way to the stage first but was left waiting several minutes after the unsavoury incident at the back of the walk-on area, where Van Gerwen was waiting to be introduced to the sell-out crowd.

Van Gerwen and his neighbouring security guard were left covered in beer thrown by a spectator, who was immediately removed from the venue, leaving the Dutchman having to go back outside of the main arena to change his shirt.

Despite the hold-up in play for Van Gerwen being left visibly upset by the event, Van Gerwen was still able to post a 102.59 average on his way to a 3-1 victory and set up a third-round meeting with Max Hopp.

“It has never happened to me before,” Van Gerwen told Sky Sports. “I didn’t know how to react, I was so angry. What can you do? You can’t do anything.

“The only thing I could do was change my shirt and wash my hands, as it was all over my arms. We throw darts with our hands and every little thing on your hands gives you a different feeling. It was quite difficult and I was a little bit emotional, but I’m glad I won this game.”

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Laura Morett’s Record For Most Votes Cast Against In ‘Survivor’ History Remains Intact

Christian Hubicki comes up two votes shy of breaking Laura Morett’s record for most votes cast against during a single season.

From the moment the merge happened during Survivor 37, the former Goliath tribe gunned after Christian Hubicki hard as they believed him to be the brains behind the David tribe. Week after week his fellow tribe members tried and failed to evict him until they were finally successful during Episode 13 – one week before the season finale.

During the conversation with Jeff Probst before the vote, Christian mentioned that he believed he had become dangerously close to breaking the record for most votes cast against in a single season. A legacy which he agreed was a bit of an honor as it spoke to how much of a threat everyone considered you to be.

As die-hard fans of Survivor know, it is Laura Suzanne Kampstra Morett, a contestant from Survivor: Samoa and Survivor: Blood vs. Water, who currently holds that record with 19 votes cast against her during a single season.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the only reason Christian didn’t break Laura’s record is that the tribe split the vote partly because they couldn’t agree on who to vote out and partly because they couldn’t determine who had an immunity idol.

“Honestly, that did cross my mind. Once you lose, you start reflecting on what legacy you might have left in the game. Having a quantifiable record is an easy thing to point to! Mostly though, I was just proud that I was able to dodge as many bullets as I did,” Christian said as he opened up about how it would have been nice to leave with a legacy such as most votes cast against you in a single season. He, however, admittedly was just proud of himself for making it as far as he did in the game.

Entertainment Weekly, however, proceeded to clarify that Laura’s record depends on how you look at it as she was technically voted out twice during Blood vs. Water. Laura also had another legacy that season being the first – and only – castaway to be voted out by a family member that they went into the game playing with.

“Laura is free to maintain her title. Certainly, it is an advantage to padding your vote total if you can come back into the game. However, so is playing on a season with hidden immunity idols,” Christian added to the conversation when asked if he thought it was fair for Laura to claim the record given her unique situation.

Christian argued playing an immunity idol or a hidden power to save yourself from eviction was really no different than Laura getting to come back in the game with a second life and a second chance to win.

The season finale of David vs Goliath airs next week only on CBS.

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UK weather forecast – Floods to hit Britain this week as massive Atlantic deluge sweeps in from Iceland days after Storm Deirdre battered Britain with wind, snow and gales

The UK is just escaping from the clutches of Deirdre after 15 inches of snow, 80mph winds and freezing rain hammered most parts of the country.

After a spate of weather warnings, the remnants of Deirdre are finally departing towards Scandinavia today, but the brief reprieve today and tomorrow won't last long.

The rest of Sunday and Monday should bring mostly rain-free, bright but chilly conditions, but Brits shouldn't pack their raincoats away quite yet.

From Tuesday, a brutal weather front will sweep in from Iceland hammering the UK with up to 40mm (1.5in) rain and could cause localised flooding in areas where rivers are already close to spilling their banks.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said the area of low pressure would be coming from Iceland in the North Atlantic in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"It will start in Northern Ireland and move across the west of the UK," he told the Sun Online.

"Over the 24-hour period 40mm rain is set to fall in Dumfries and Galloway as well as the moors of South West England and the hills of West Wales.

"We could see flooding in Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland, as well as the Moors of south west England and hills of West Wales."

He added: "In areas where there's already been lots of rain in the last 48 hours some of the rivers are very full."

No flood alerts have yet been issued but this could change by Tuesday morning.

Last week's horrific conditions have caused nightmare driving conditions and "multiple crashes" after 15 inches of snow, 80mph winds and freezing rain hammered the isles.

This morning, Police Scotland said there have already been several accidents on the M74, and warned motorists to avoid the "treacherous" A9.

By Sunday morning the Met Office had lifted multiple Amber weather warnings across most of Scotland, Northern and Central England for freezing rain – a rare phenomenon where ice sheets known as black ice instantly form on road surfaces.

A fourth Amber warning for heavy snow and blizzards was also released yesterday for Scotland as areas barely reach temperatures past freezing but has also now been lifted.

Ten yellow warnings were in place this weekend forecasting snow, strong winds and heavy rain to hit most regions of Scotland, Wales and the Yorkshire and Humber area.

Chaotic travel conditions over the Christmas period will hit at a time when likely rain and ice could create havoc on the roads.

There are 330 rail projects taking place over the festive period, while schools breaking up relatively late on Friday, December 21, will trigger the most congested getaway rush for years.

Superintendent Louise Blakelock, Deputy Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, earlier issued a warning for drivers in Scotland – ones that apply to all drivers travelling in testing conditions.

"Drivers of goods vehicles and buses should drive with extreme caution and be aware that you may be requested to park at a suitable position by the police," she said.

"If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes."

Parts of England have been in the grips of freezing temperatures, with max temperatures of 0.2C recorded in areas including Bingley in West Yorkshire and Pateley Bridge in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Temperatures in Cairngorm, about 1,245 metres above sea level in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, have also remained bitterly cold.

Records taken on Saturday shows temperatures of -6.4C, with gusts of 119mph – making it feel like -23C.

The bitterly cold weekend comes as sub-zero winds from Russia collide with a severe weather front heading east from the Atlantic.

Freezing rain has hit the central belt of the country, causing treacherous conditions on roads like the M62, the M6 and the M74.

The heaviest snow fell in Scotland this weekend, with 1,500 gritters being deployed.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said yesterday: "The band of rain, sleet and snow is crossing the UK and it is bringing significant amounts of snow in parts of Scotland and northern England."

He added that patches of frost and fog would also continue to plague the UK.


Freezing rain is a type of liquid precipitation that falls as a supercooled water droplet until it strikes a cold surface, at which point it freezes almost instantly.

It tends to start its life as snow, ice, sleet or hail, but passes through a layer of air that’s above 0 °C on the way down to the ground, melting into a liquid water droplet.

If these droplets then fall through a zone of sub-zero air just above the ground, they become supercooled.

When these supercooled droplets strike surfaces that are close to or below freezing, they freeze on impact forming a glaze of ice.

It’s common across parts of the USA, for example, for weather systems to produce a lot of freezing rain.

These are called ice storms, and if enough glaze collects on trees or power lines, the weight of the ice can cause them to break and collapse resulting in disruption on a large scale.

The glaze is also slippery, which makes driving and walking almost impossible.

The conditions needed for freezing rain to occur are quite specific and we don’t see them very often, making this phenomenon quite rare in the UK.

Source: Met Office

The RAC is expecting breakdowns to soar above 7,000 per day while Network Rail has confirmed plans to use 34 de-icing trains in order to minimise disruption.

The cold snap will ease off by Monday although bookies have slashed the odds of a White Christmas to 2/7.

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Katie Taylor puts in classy display with impressive win over Eva Wahlstrom to retain IBF and WBA world titles

The pair had met six times in the amateur ranks but this was their first as pros, with the fight billed as one of the highest-profile bouts in women's boxing to date.

And Taylor wasted no time in getting into her work in-front of a packed crowd at The Garden, dominating the early stages and drawing blood from the Finn's nose within the opening round.

Wahlstrom didn't have an answer to Taylor's superior hand-speed, as she demonstrated some terrific combinations to break through the defences all too easily again in the fourth.

A defensive Plan A clearly wasn't working for the Finn, who attempted to go on the attack in the fifth only to be on the receiving end of some stunning right-left combos from the Bray Bomber.

The 2012 Olympic champion upped the tempo again in the next two rounds and had too much for Wahlstrom, who couldn't muster a meaningful response to the silky skills on show from the Irish world champion.

Despite a brave rally in the eighth, Wahlstrom needed treatment to a cut following a clash of heads and was caught all too easily due to the speed, agility and power of Taylor.

But she showed terrific guts to make it through to the judges, despite being outclassed from the first bell to the last.

Taylor was given every round by the judges, taking all three 100-90 and was delighted to end Wahlstrom's three-year grip on the WBC belt.

She said: "What an experience. It was a privilege to box here. I thought I boxed very smartly. With the crowd here behind me, it was just so special.

"Obviously I would've loved the stoppage, but with the two-minute rounds they're tough to get.

"But I'm so happy tonight. I've a lot of respect for Eva and she's a great person. It was an honour to share a ring with her."

Taylor also retained her IBF and WBA world titles with the stunning win.

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Putin wants Kremlin to control rap music in Russia

Moulding rap in the Kremlin’s image – Putin’s new message of co-opting rather than cracking down on music culture.

    Russia’s rap artists have grown increasingly vocal about the country’s social problems, and the Kremlin is not happy about it.

    President Vladimir Putin has called for tighter control of rap and other musical genres. But for fear of making them even more popular, he stopped short of calling for an outright ban.


    Al Jazeera’s Joao da Silva reports.

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