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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin finalise their divorce

From the big news in Gwyneth Paltrow's love life, to Julie Bishop's headscarf, to ANZAC Day terrorism plots, here's what we're talking about today.

AFTER spending over a year "consciously uncoupled" Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have reportedly filed their divorce papers.
In March 2014 the pair released a statement on Paltrow's blog about their separation, concluding with the sentence: "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."
The couple have managed to remain friends since their breakup, sharing time with their two children, daughter Apple, 11 next month, and son Moses, 9.
While the terms of the settlement are confidential, it seems likely that they’ll share joint custody of the kids.
As they move from "consciously uncoupled" to divorced we wish their family all the very best.
JULIE Bishop has come under fire for wearing a headscarf while in Iran.
The foreign minister, who is visiting Iran in an attempt to broker an information deal to assist in tracking down ISIS fighters, decided to wear a black headscarf in the nation’s capital.
She has been criticised for her choice, with some calling it “disappointing” and “degrading”.
The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, however, does not agree.
“I think it’s ridiculous to criticise Julie Bishop for wearing a headscarf in Iran,’’ said Mr Shorten, “Would they criticise Julie Bishop if she wore a scarf to meet the pope?
"If I wore a yarmulke in Israel to certain events, I don’t think that would be inappropriate.”
Ms Bishop has also brushed off disapproval, saying she wears scarves and hats “all the time”.
“When I went for an audience with the Pope, they told me I had to wear a scarf,” she said, “So I wore a scarf.”
“You respect the culture wherever you are.”
AS the world collectively shudders, a New Zealand woman tells of the horror she felt when she found out the piece of ‘gristle’ she was chewing on, was actually a cockroach.
Annah Sophia Stevenson, had taken her young son to McDonalds and was half way through her meal before she realised.
“I was working on it for about three or four seconds, I thought it was a bit of gristly meat,” she told the Marlborough Express.
She is reportedly “disgusted” and “traumatised” and has sworn off Big Macs forever.
We don’t blame her.
NEARLY the entire police force of a small US town has resigned after a Black woman was elected mayor.
Tyrus Byrd, a former city clerk, was elected over her white opponent who had held the title for 37 years and apparently prompted five out of the six police officers in the town stepped down.
In addition to the five police officers who resigned, Parma’s attorney, its clerk and water treatment supervisor also quit.
On their resignation papers, the officers cited ‘safety concerns’ as their reason for leaving the force, but speculation has obviously pointed to their resignations as being racially motivated.
The townspeople, however, are not concerned.
“I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” a resident commented, “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people?”
HARROWING scenes of a small child’s body being plucked from waters at the Greek holiday island of Rhodes are emerging after a series of boat tragedies in the space of 24 hours in which up to 1,000 refugees are feared to have drowned.
In the latest accident on Monday morning, a child and two adults are reported to have died after the wooden boat they were travelling in ranaground.
It comes less than a day after a ship carrying an estimated 950 people capsized off Libya, with about 300 of them - including women and children - dying “like rats in a cage” after being locked in its hull by people smugglers.
There are only a handful of confirmed survivors among the mostly African migrants, who were likely to have been fleeing civil war and the growing influence of terrorist group ISIS.
It’s being described as one of the worst maritime tragedies since the Second World War.
Also on Sunday, 100 Syrian refugees were brought to safety after their boat was rescued. Meanwhile, another two boats are reportedly in danger off the coast of Libya, with 20 feared dead on one of them. There are calls for the European Union to restart rescue operations and take action against people smugglers in the wake of the disasters.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and questioned in the United Kingdom, over a suspected terrorist plot planned for Australia on ANZAC day.
The young boy was arrested on Monday after UK police uncovered communications between him and a man in Australia.
Police confirmed his arrest and the alleged plot today.
"We have uncovered communication between an individual in the North West and a man in Australia to what we believe is a credible terrorist threat," said Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole.
"As soon as this information came to light we acted quickly with the relevant authorities here and abroad and this has resulted with officers from the NWCTU arresting a teenager."
There has been no comment from Australian authorities.
SOCIAL media savvy mothers are celebrating a win today, as Instagram announced they are formally changing their policy to allow photos of both breastfeeding women and post-mastectomy women.
Instagram had previously come under fire for their constant removal of breastfeeding photos, which gained media attention when Alyssa Milano’s breastfeeding picture was removed.
As a result of Alyssa’s protests and the protests of other mothers affected in the same way, such as Jaime King and Gisele Bunchen, Instagram has amended their policy.
Their rules now read:
Post photos and videos that are appropriate for a diverse audience. We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.

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