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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of rape after an attack against a woman was filmed and broadcast on Facebook Live over the weekend.

Police in Uppsala, Sweden were contacted after a member of the public disclosed that she had seen the live streaming of an alleged gang rape within a closed group on the social networking site.

Communicating the nature of the footage to authorities, the 21-year-old woman told police that a man, who appeared in the video, laughed and said: "You have been raped."

According to Swedish press, the three men, aged between 19 and 25, were still filming the attack when police arrived at the apartment in the Swedish city.

The police have confirmed that 'many' people viewed the attack which was broadcast within a group which has several thousand members.

The three men were immediately arrested upon the arrival of the police on Sunday.

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Anyone who grew up in the noughties will remember JoJo’s Leave (Get Out), but since then little has been heard about the American singer-songwriter.

So we're delighted to learn that the former child star is about to make her long-awaited return to music and that she is only mad to pay our little green island a visit.

In an MTV question and answer session which was streamed through Facebook Live today, JoJo revealed that Ireland is one of the places she would most like to travel to.  She said: “I would love to go to Ireland.  I have a shamrock right here [points to her finger], I have a place in south Boston so I feel I have a connection with Ireland.”

 

The singer – who released her debut album at the age of 12 – has been engaged in a major legal battle with her former record label for almost seven years as she claims Blackground Records caused her career “irreparable damage” by delaying the release of her third album.

When asked to explain the story behind the song I Am, the star replied: “There was a time that I was going through where I was suing my record label for the second time and I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be able to get out of that situation.  And I was really depressed and I felt like I was really weak.”

“So I went to my therapist and I was saying all these negative things and she called me out on it.  [She explained that] your words have a lot of power and by saying things like ‘I am weak, I am broken, I am tired, I am depressed’ you might stay in that state.”

The therapist encouraged JoJo to write a list of positive ‘I ams’ in a process which eventually inspired the song.  

Since she last released music JoJo has been through a lot as on top of her legal dispute the 25-year-old recently admitted that in the early noughties she was so desperate to lose weight she began injecting herself with supplements while only eating 500 calories a day.

Thankfully she has since returned to a healthy body weight and is releasing her latest album Mad Love this October.

 

Welcome back, JoJo!

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Prince Harry is well recognised for his charitable efforts, but today the 31-year-old Royal broke new ground when he was streamed taking a HIV test live from Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.

The Prince's test was broadcast live via Facebook in order to show the public just how easy being checked for HIV actually is and to help reduce the stigma which often surrounds the process.

Before the test began, Harry noted that despite his background just doing the test did make him feel nervous.

He said: “Even being the person I am and knowing the type of people I’m around, I’m still nervous.”

All the test involved was a simple finger prick and the results were almost immediate, but Harry was keen to stress that the hardest part of the HIV screening process is still getting people to take the first step.

He said to the medic: “Once you’ve got people through the door, that’s the hardest bit out of the way.”

After just a minute’s wait, the Prince was shown the result – it was negative.

Despite his good news, Harry eagerly explained to the camera what would happen if someone did receive a positive result.

He said: “If it was [positive] then we would be having a conversation…it is a life-changing moment but it is a series of events that ends up with me having potentially to take one pill a day for the rest of my life.  [And I] can continue to have a partner.”

Harry showed his fun-loving attitude by joking: "So whether you're a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever – even ginger – why wouldn't you come and have a test?"

He added that in order to normalise HIV testing everyone should get checked, whether they believe they are at risk of having HIV or not.

Well done to Harry for using his status to highlight such an important issue.

Centre images: Getty

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