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Despite the wind and rain, hundreds of people protested against US President Donald Trump's immigration ban last night.

The United Against Racism protest occurred outside the American Embassy in Dublin’s Ballsbridge.

Members from the Labour Party, The People Before Profit Alliance, the Green Party and Amnesty International were all present.

Richard Boyd Barrett of the Anti-Austerity Alliance has called for another protest outside Leinster House next Thursday.

If the protest goes ahead, it will occur while the Dail is in debate.

"US immigration at Dublin and Shannon are operating Trump's ban on people from seven Muslim countries," reads the Facebook event which helped to organise the relly.

"There are already many people stuck at various airports accross the world. People arriving to US airports are detained by the immigration departments."

"The US Embassey in Dublin has confirmed that Donald Trump’s executive order of a 90-day ban on people from seven Muslim countries entering the US is in operation at Dublin and Shannon Airport."

Around 120 people attended a similar protest at Shannon Airport. 

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With feminist issues hitting headlines daily, it is glaringly obvious that women are still being treated differently at work and within society in comparison to their male counterparts.

But while most women recognise the existence of a gender pay gap, not all of us have physically taken to the streets in search of change.

On Monday, Icelandic women went about countering that system by walking out of work at 2.38pm, cutting their working day by 14 percent to reflect the fact that on average women in Iceland earn 14-18 percent less than men.


Thousands of women gathered in Reykjavik’s main square after leaving their places of work. 

Many took to Twitter to document the protest with powerful videos, statements and images.

 

The country has a strong history of women demanding equality.  On October 24 1975, 90 percent of the country’s female citizens went on strike by refusing to work, cook or provide childcare.

Up until that point only nine women had ever won seats in Iceland’s parliament.  Five years later the country made Vigdis Finnbogadottir its – and Europe’s – first female president.

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Actress Shailene Woodley has been arrested in North Dakota during a protest opposing the construction of a cross-state oil pipeline.

The 24-year-old star – who first rose to fame as part of the US television series Secret Life of the American Teenager – was live streaming the protest on Facebook to around 40,000 people at the time she was arrested for criminal trespassing.

The Divergent star has been an outspoken member of a campaign opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project which would transfer oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

 

yo, #standingrock. we on our way. #protectcleanwater #NoDAPL #uptous

A photo posted by Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) on

Protestors believe the pipeline has the potential to contaminate the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation, which stands just half a mile from the line.

According to Cosmopolitan, the controversial work could also destroy some of the Native American tribe’s sacred sites.

Before her arrest, Shailene could be heard saying: “I’m being arrested.  I was down there with everybody else.  It’s because I’m well known.  It’s because I have 40,000 people watching.”

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Kim Kardashian West is reportedly taking legal action against the notorious Ukrainian prankster who tried to kiss her famous behind in Paris this week.

According to TMZ, the popular reality star has contacted lawyers and the police after Vitalii Sediuk – aka the man who attacked Gigi Hadid during Milan Fashion Week – tried to grab her bum and kiss it as she made her way to a show.

The mother of two is seeking a restraining order against the 27-year-old as this is the second time he’s gone for her.

On his Instagram account last night, a shameless Vitalii shared a picture of the incident alongside a caption which attempts to justify his actions.

As well as claiming his run-in with Kim happened by chance, he wrote: “I was protesting Kim for using fake butt implants.  I encourage her and the rest or the Kardashian clan to popularise natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly.”

Apparently this makes it OK to lunge at an unsuspecting woman’s behind.

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Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday when Steve-O from Jackass scaled a huge crane to protest against Seaworld. 

There were serious concerns for his safety when he climbed 30metres up the massive structure in California. At the time, he was carrying an inflatable killer whale called Shammy – a reference to the park's most famous attraction, Shamu. 

He was arrested for trespassing – though fans have already begun a GoFundMe page to raise cash for his bail. 

In advance, Steve-O had posted to Facebook saying: "This is Shammy.

"We're going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of trouble, and you can watch it happen via a live stream, right here on Facebook, starting at exactly 7pm PST. See you then."

Let's do this live.

Posted by Steve-O on Sunday, 9 August 2015

 

Seaworld has come under a lot of criticism in recent years with plenty of people alleging that its whales and other mammals are not kept in the best of care. As a result, it seems that visitor numbers and profits are falling.

Steve-O later posted another photo saying: "Did I mention that I'm really high in the air? Hearing sirens now. Check the video I posted at 7pm to see what I'm doing. I'll stream live again soon for the stunts."

Incredibly, in order to maximise publicity for the stunt, he furthermore let off fireworks at the top of the crane. 

Indeed, in his final video of the evening he acknowledged: "We definitely have their attention," as he looked underneath him and saw loads of police cars pulling up on the road below. 

And at the end of his final video he said: "Alright! Can I zoom in this f***ing Facebook… That is a lot, A LOT, of f***ing fire trucks. I mean come on!"

Some time later he posted on Facebook saying "Anyone wanna bail me out of jail?"

Last year, the actor and stuntman was slapped with a €220 fine after changing a motorway sign in San Diego to read: "SeaWorld Sucks".

 

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Scout Willis has taken to the streets of New York City – topless.

The 22-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore is so upset with Instagram’s policy on censoring female nudity, that she’s posted topless snaps of herself on Twitter, walking down the streets of Manhattan.

Using hashtag #FreeTheNipple, Scout captioned one shot, “Legal in NYC but not on @instagram,” while on another, she wrote, “What @instagram won’t let you see.”

“If you don’t like what you see, simply unfollow me,” she said in one tweet. “My comfort with my body should not be dictated by how others perceive me. However, I don’t wish to force this view on anyone.'”

The snaps were just two in a series of topless images the actress and model added to her Twitter account, including an old photo of singer Cher in a sheer top and a magazine cover featuring a topless Rihanna.

In one post, Scout said she was ‘boycotting’ Instagram, while revealing she was thinking of starting a new account ‘as an experiment.’

She wrote, “Only beautiful artistic nudes. And let’s see how long till I get kicked off.”

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Lorde has told her fans to pucker up for same-sex church members who plan to picket outside her concert this Friday.

It seems members of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) have beef with the Kiwi singer for being in favour of LGBT rights.

The outspoken singer  recently responded to a lesbian jab about her friendship with Taylor Swift. When a radio show host joked about the two being “‘Ellen’ together,” Lorde replied by asking the interviewer, “Is there something wrong with lesbians? Is that what you’re trying to say?”

In response to news of the protest, the Royals singer tweeted, “Hahaha omg just found out the westboro baptist church are going to picket my show in Kansas City,” telling concert-goers, “Everyone wear rainbow clothing to that show.”

Lorde added in another post, “Everyone try to kiss church members who are the same sex as you they will so love it.”

While the tweets have since been removed, the message to Lordes fans is already out there, which could spell big trouble at the Kansas City concert.

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