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Woman, 21, says she was 'never fully happy' until converting to Islam

Liverpool woman, 21, who converted to Islam to marry her husband says she was ‘never fully happy’ until she discovered her new faith – and insists wearing the hijab is a ‘choice’ that gives ‘so much confidence’

  • Bethany Ismail, 21, from Liverpool, converted to Islam in December last year 
  • Had started researching the religion before meeting her Muslim husband Ismail
  • In 2019 declared her faith by taking Shahadah and says she’s happier than ever  
  • Says her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ after she shared decision to change faith 

A British woman who has converted to Islam says she was ‘never truly happy’ until she discovered her new faith. 

Bethany Ismail, 21, from Liverpool converted to Islam in December 2019, after undertaking her own research into the religion and meeting her now husband Ismail Mohammed through mutual friends. 

The retail worker told FEMAIL how her faith has helped her find ‘peace and value  herself’ and that although her family took a while to adjust to her new life, they’re now ‘closer than ever’ – with her mum Alison even wearing a hijab on her wedding day. 

She said that while there’s been ‘a lot of hate’ on social media, much of the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and that her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ after telling them her plans to covert. 

In December last year, Bethany Ismail, 21, pictured with her husband Ismail Mohammed, committed to converting to Islam, declaring the Shahadah at her local mosque

The retail worker, pictured with her mum Alison on her wedding day, told how the faith has helped her find ‘peace and value herself’

‘My life was okay. I was never fully happy,’ said Beth. ‘I had an amazing life don’t get me wrong – but I always knew there was something missing and something that I needed in my life. Islam made me find peace and value myself. ‘ 

Beth was raised in a Catholic family, undergoing her first Holy Communion as a child, but admitted she was never fully dedicated to the religion. 

‘I wasn’t brought up religious really’, she told. ‘I was brought up as a Catholic, but not strict. I had my communion and stuff, but that was mainly to get into schools in our area.’  

Beth says she had ‘always been around Muslims’, but became more interested in the religion after speaking to friends, and after hearing so many ‘stereotypes’ about Islam, she wanted to do some research into the faith. 

Beth, pictured before converting to Islam, says she had ‘always been around Muslims’, but became more interested in the religion after speaking to friends

Bethany Ismail, 21, from Liverpool converted to Islam in December 2019, after undertaking her own research into the religion and meeting her now husband through mutual friends

She that although her family took a while to adjust to her new life, they can see now she’s still the ‘same Beth, just in a scarf’ 

‘In the last few years as my friend introduced me to a couple of her friends who were Muslim, I always wondered about the religion as there are so many stereotypes about Muslims. I wanted to find out for myself. ‘ 

‘Our first phone call was meant to just be five minutes ended up being three hours long because we got along so well. And the rest is history.’ 

She went on: ‘I was lucky he was Muslim so he could teach me a lot too, as soon as I was researching it it just made sense and all the facts I found were just amazing, I couldn’t believe it. 

‘Islam is an amazing religion, people are mainly just uneducated and this is why there is such a bad light on it.’ 

Beth, picutred with her husband who she met through mutual friends, said she felt lucky to meet a Muslim man who could teach her so much about the religion 

As she researched the religion, Beth met her now husband Ismail Mohammed through mutual friends, insisting they ‘clicked instantly’. The pair are pictured on their wedding day 

In December last year, Beth committed to converting to Islam, declaring the Shahadah at her local mosque. 

‘It’s not a long process but if anyone is going to do it I would advise researching first’, said Beth. ‘And always wait until you’re ready, don’t let anyone pressure you.’ 

For Beth, the biggest change has been wearing a hijab daily, revealing the veil worn by some Muslim women has ultimately made her ‘much more confident in herself’.  

‘You don’t have to wear one, said Beth. ‘It’s your choice, and always wait until your ready. 

‘I had seen lots of people on social media and I used to try it on and think I didn’t suit it, but when it was Ramadan I started to wear it and I am so much more confident in myself wearing it, and I care a lot less about what others think of me. ‘ 


For Beth, the biggest change has been wearing a hijab daily, revealing the veil worn by some Muslim women has ultimately made her ‘much more confident in herself’

Beth insisted her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ at the decision, and that she’s been overwhelmed with the positive reaction she’s had from others around her

After sharing the news with her family, Beth, who has two sisters, admitted that her mother Alison initially had reservations, and was ‘concerned’ about the ‘stereotypes’ of living as a Muslim. 

‘My family weren’t too happy at the start,’ said Beth, ‘Which is understandable as there are a lot of stereotypes for Muslims, so they were mainly just concerned for my happiness.

‘But once time passed and they could see I was the same Beth and just wearing a scarf, they adjusted fine and now we are as close as we were before and they don’t treat me any differently, they were just worried as anyone would be.’ 

While it took her family a while to adjust, she insisted her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ at the decision, and that she’s been overwhelmed with the positive reaction she’s had from others around her.  

Speaking of her local Islamic community, she said: ‘I have a amazing group of revert friends and I attend classes to learn more about my religion and the teachers are amazing!’ 

While there has been some hateful comments on social media, Beth says the support she’s received has been ‘amazing’

‘My friends reacted amazingly, none of them even batted an eye lid and also making new friends is just the same! I have had so much support I am so grateful.’

Beth shares her journey on TikTok, amassing 7,569 Followers and 222,000 likes on the social media platform. 

While there has been some hateful comments on social media, Beth says the support she’s received has been ‘amazing’, and that her local Muslim community have been behind her every step of the way.  

‘The reaction on social media has been amazing, she said, ‘I couldn’t believe it when my video went viral! I am still in shock now. 

Beth shares her journey on TikTok , amassing a huge 7569 Followers and 222K likes on the social media platform

‘But there has also been a lot of hate as I did expect, but I just don’t even read it. I get more love than hate and I am so grateful for it.’ 

Speaking of her local Islamic community, she said: ‘I have a amazing group of revert friends and I attend classes to learn more about my religion and the teachers are amazing. 

‘In Liverpool there is a huge Muslim community and for reverts there is a lot of support I am really lucky.’ 

Beth added: ‘My life has been amazing I now value myself and others a lot more, I see the world and people in a whole different light and I am calmer and a better person.’ 

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Meghan Markle says she's not been on social media for 'a very long time' as ‘bad voices’ are ‘so loud and damaging’

MEGHAN Markle said she quit social media after the "bad voices" became "so loud and damaging".

The Duchess of Sussex made the claims after hosting a special edition of TIME100 Talks with husband Harry.


During a discussion on the 'state of our digital experience', Meghan said the couple are using lockdown to enjoy time with son Archie.

"We are trying to embrace all the quality time we get with our son and embrace very moment of his growth and development," she said.

And she told the story of a YouTube employee who suffered with PTSD because of the stress of their role.

"Can you imagine carrying that every day – it’s everyone who ends up affected by it," she said. 

"The good outweighs the bad, but goodness [me] – the bad can be so loud – the damage that happens as a result of that.

"We haven't begun to realise the legacy and effect of these platforms and the online space and what it is doing to us on a deeper level.

"We're in it now but we have a chance to get ourselves out of it."

Meghan recently insisted that all social media users are like "people who are addicted to drugs" during her latest virtual summit appearance – despite spending many years as a prolific Instagram user.

She made the claim during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit.

The exclusive event was for invited guests only – as long as they paid a $1,750 fee.

She told Fortune associate editor Emma Hinchliffe that she has "not been on social media for a very long time".

However, she shared an official Sussex Royal account with Prince Harry for several years before they stepped down as senior royals.

During today's webcast, Prince Harry was asked how his family were faring.

He replied that people "threw around the question" before 2020.

"There's a lot of stuff to be focused on, a lot of work," she said.

"This is an opportunity to spend more time as a family than we probably would otherwise."

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Trump says he wants ‘BIGGER stimulus than Democrats’ and blames Nancy Pelosi for holdup in help to Americans

DONALD Trump has said he wants a "bigger stimulus than Democrats" and blamed Nancy Pelosi for the holdup in held to Americans.

The comments came during a Tuesday morning interview with Fox and Friends.

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"We wanna do it but Nancy Pelosi doesn't wanna do it," Trump told viewers.

The president also confirmed that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell will "be on board if something comes.

"Not every Republican agrees with me, but they will," he confirmed.

He went on to insinuate that he would be willing to surpass a $2.2trillion stimulus package, saying "I would rather go bigger than that number."

"I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats."

Americans have been waiting for a second round of stimulus checks for over 90 days.

Republicans and Democrats have passed the blame either side as to why a deal has not yet been reached.

Pelosi has set the White House a 48-hour deadline to agree to a stimulus deal if they want to pass a relief bill before the election, meaning a decision should be made on Tuesday.

The House Speaker’s demand came after she spoke with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for over an hour in a bid to resolve the on-going deadlock over a package with a second round of $1,200 checks.

The Democrat dominated House of Representatives has approved a $2.2trillion coronavirus stimulus package, but a deal with the White House and Republican-held Senate is still yet to be reached.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on smaller coronavirus relief packages Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first bill will center on additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides assistance to small businesses during the pandemic.

The second vote on Wednesday will center on aid to schools and funding for testing. 

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‘No problem’: Duterte says he’d happily go to jail for drug killings

Manila: The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has no problem with being held responsible for the many killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, adding that he was ready to face charges that could land him in jail, though not charges of crimes against humanity.

Duterte’s televised remarks were among his clearest acknowledgement of the prospects that he could face a deluge of criminal charges for the bloody campaign he launched after taking office in mid-2016. Nearly 6000 killings of drug suspects have been reported by police but rights watchdogs suspect the death toll is far larger.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly said police could shoot suspected drug smugglers.Credit:AP

“If there’s killing there, I’m saying I’m the one … you can hold me responsible for anything, any death that has occurred in the execution of the drug war,” Duterte said.

“If you get killed it’s because I’m enraged by drugs,” the tough-talking President said. “If that’s what I’m saying, bring me to court to be imprisoned. Fine, I have no problem. If I serve my country by going to jail, gladly.”

At least two complaints for crimes against humanity and mass murder in connection with Duterte’s campaign are being examined by an International Criminal Court prosecutor, who will determine whether there is enough evidence to open a full-scale investigation.

Duterte responded to the complaints by withdrawing the Philippines from the world tribunal two years ago in a move that human rights groups said was a major setback in the country’s battle against impunity. The ICC prosecutor has said the examination into the drug killings would continue despite the Philippine withdrawal.

Duterte asked on Monday night when did "drugs become humanity?”

He framed his remarks by portraying the drug menace as a national security and public threat like the decades-long communist insurgency that the government was obligated to quell.

“If this is allowed to go on and on and if no decisive action is taken against them, it will endanger the security of the state,” said Duterte, a former government prosecutor.

“When you save your country from the perdition of the people like the NPAs and drugs, you are doing a sacred duty,” he said, referring to communist New People’s Army insurgents.

There were 1.6 million drug addicts in the Philippines, Duterte said, citing statistics from an anti-narcotics agency. The figure is much smaller than the 4 million addicts that he cited the police as reporting early in his presidency to justify his crackdown.

Police have reported at least 5856 drug suspects have been killed in raids and more than 256,000 others arrested since the start of the crackdown. Human rights groups have accused authorities of considerably under reporting the deaths.

Duterte said drug killings that did not happen during police operations should not be blamed on him, claiming those deaths may have been set off by gang rivalries or settling of scores.

There have been widespread suspicions of extrajudicial killings in the crackdown, allegations that Duterte and the police deny. In 2018, a court convicted three police officers of murdering a 17-year-old student after witnesses and a security video disproved their claim that the suspect was shot after violently resisting, a common reason cited by police officers after drug suspects are killed.

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Obama says ‘every issue young people care about’ from ‘police misconduct’ to climate change is on the ballot

BARACK Obama has said that "every issue young people care about" from "police misconduct" to climate change is on the ballot.

The former president released a new video, explaining that the November 3 election is "not just presidential candidates on the ticket."

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Obama captioned the video: "From police reform to funding our schools, the officials with the most power to change the issues we care about in our communities are often found at the state and local levels. So educate yourselves up and down the ticket, make a plan to vote, and vote."

The former president went on to explain the importance of voting for district attorneys, state attorneys and mayors during the election to cover "every issue that young people in particular care about."

Despite saying that the government is "not going to solve every problem overnight," that "it can make it better," subsequently saving lives.

Obama goes on to discuss that the election could help create less air pollution, people not being charged for crimes they shouldn't be charged for and "some people don't get shot."

Last week it was announced that Obama will hit the campaign trail for his former Vice President Joe Biden.

The presidential hopeful confirmed Obama's plan when he spoke to reporters near his home in Delaware before boarding a flight to Florida on Tuesday.

Biden said his former boss is "doing enough for our campaign, he'll be out on the trail."

The Democrat did not confirm when or where Obama would begin his campaigning.

Obama publicly endorsed Biden in April, after Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race.

The former president has been vocal in his backing of Biden, and has said "so much is at stake in this election" against Trump.

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MI5 burgled my flat, says former Tory MP Elfyn Llwyd

MI5 burgled my flat in hunt for mole who handed me secret documents, says former Tory MP Elfyn Llwyd

  • Elfyn Llwyd found hole cut in his bathroom ceiling and paper taken from his flat 
  • Documents marked ‘from a friend’ enabled him to embarrass John Redwood
  • Break-in of Plaid Cymru MP’s home happened during John Major’s government 

A former MP who was passed secret documents he used to embarrass a Cabinet minister believes he was burgled by MI5.

Elfyn Llwyd found a hole cut in his bathroom ceiling and pieces of paper taken from his flat – but valuables were left untouched. 

The break-in took place during John Major’s government after he was passed documents marked ‘from a friend’ which enabled him to ask embarrassing questions of then Welsh Secretary and Eurosceptic John Redwood.

Elfyn Llwyd (pictured) found a hole cut in his bathroom ceiling and pieces of paper taken from his flat – but valuables were left untouched

Barrister Mr Llywd, who was a Plaid Cymru MP, said the leaks showed the Welsh Office had ‘prevented staff from sending in European funding applications’.

In his memoirs he writes of the break-in: ‘I arrived at my flat around 10.30pm and went to the bathroom for a moment. 

‘I saw that there was dust everywhere. I looked up and saw that about a third of the ceiling had been cut very neatly and that someone had come into my flat that way.

‘I ran through the flat and found that every piece of paper had disappeared and the pockets of each suit had been turned inside out. 

‘Strangely, the TV was still there, plus a pair of gold cuff links on the fireplace shelf in the lounge and about £60 in paper money as well.’ 

Mr Llwyd said he called the police and two officers came to his flat and asked him what his job was.

‘I replied that I was a Member of Parliament and they both smiled at each other,’ he added. 

When asked why they were smiling one replied: ‘It’s just we don’t often see a job of this quality.’ 

Mr Llywd was passed documents marked ‘from a friend’ which enabled him to ask embarrassing questions of then Welsh Secretary and Eurosceptic John Redwood (pictured)

Mr Llwyd added: ‘The two police officers immediately concluded that this was the work of the secret services and I was told not to expect further development from the investigation.’

He wrote that he was convinced MI5 had been in the apartment looking for ‘any information that could lead to the ‘mole’.’

Mr Redwood said yesterday he had no memory of such a mole hunt during his time at the Welsh Office, dismissing the alleged incident as ‘ancient history’.

Mr Llwyd was an MP until 2015. Scotland Yard and the Home Office declined to comment yesterday.

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Adele Says She’s “So Excited” and “Absolutely Terrified” to Host Saturday Night Live

Adele is stepping back into the spotlight in a major way this month. The superstar announced on Instagram that she will be hosting Saturday Night Live on October 24. Accompanying Adele is musical guest H.E.R., and it’s clear that the “Hello” singer is very, very excited about her latest gig.

“Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!!,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?”

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Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!! I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right? Itll be almost 12 years to the day that I first appeared on the show, during an election…which went on to break my career in America, so it feels full circle and I just couldn’t possibly say no! I am besides myself that H.E.R will be the musical guest!! I love her SO much I can’t wait to melt into a flaming hot mess when she performs, then confuse myself while I laugh my arse off in between it all. See you next week ♥️🤞🏻

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The singer also reflected on the important history she has with Saturday Night Live. “It’ll be almost 12 years to the day that I first appeared on the show, during an election,” she explained, “which went on to break my career in America, so it feels full circle and I just couldn’t possibly say no! I am besides myself that H.E.R will be the musical guest!! I love her SO much I can’t wait to melt into a flaming hot mess when she performs, then confuse myself while I laugh my arse off in between it all.”

It seems likely that Adele fans all over the world will be elated that the performer will be back on our screens after what feels like the longest hiatus of all time.

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Trump says he may do this if he loses the election

Even if you’re not all that political, the upcoming 2020 election is hard to ignore. While the outcome is still hard to predict even just weeks out from when voting closes on Nov. 3, 2020, President Donald Trump has a plan for if he loses the election — and it’s not what most people might expect from the Republican incumbent.

The 2020 election is particular in many ways, not the least of which is that many states offered mail-in ballots and opened up for early voting to allow for social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That means counting all the votes could take a little longer than usual, and Trump already suggested that he would take the results to task if he loses, citing possible voter fraud with the mail-in ballots, per the New York Times

Per the outlet, experts say that voter fraud is extremely rare, and even more so when it comes to mail-in voting. Nonetheless, the president claimed that his administration would be monitoring the vote count more closely than ever. “We have people watching. We have U.S. attorneys watching. We have sheriffs watching. We have U.S. marshals watching,” Trump said.

Despite the unlikelihood of voter fraud and his promise to be “watching” as the votes come in, Trump has a plan if he loses the election to former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Donald Trump seemingly changed his tune about how he'd react to the election results

Although President Donald Trump suggested in September 2020 that he wouldn’t commit to leaving office even if he lost the election, per Vox, he’s now singing a different tune. At a campaign rally in Georgia in mid-October 2020, via Business Insider, Trump suggested he would take a seemingly drastic measure if he lost to Joe Biden. “Could you imagine if I lose? I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know,” the president said, although it’s unclear if he was joking.

At the time, per CNN, Biden was ahead of Trump in polls and campaign contributions, but Trump added that he wasn’t worried about money: “I could raise more money. I would be the world’s greatest fund-raiser, but I just don’t want to do it.” According to another CNN report, Trump has more to worry about if he loses office than just booking a trans-Atlantic flight. The outlet reported Trump could run into legal issues with a number of ongoing investigations.

“In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him,” Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, told CNN. “For example, he is claiming a higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases and also in the congressional subpoena cases, [and that] is based largely on the fact that he is President.”

Several celebs wanted to leave the country in 2016 if Donald Trump won

Threatening to leave the country depending on the outcome of an election is all too common, especially when it comes to President Donald Trump. Back in 2016, his opponent Hillary Clinton never tossed the idea around (at least in public), but many celebrities did, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Back then, dozens of celebs were triple-checking their passports, including Lena Dunham, Snoop Dogg, Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, Bryan Cranston, Barbra Streisand, and Chloe Sevigny, among others. For the record, many of them never actually packed their bags and left America for good, though some did. Raven-Symoné for example had an entire special about a temporary move to Canada with her family. 

The 2020 election is arguably even more contentious than the 2016 election, and no matter what side you come down on, the election results are going to matter. Most of all for the president and his family, it seems. 

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Steve Bannon says Trump will run again in 2024 if he loses next month

‘You not going to see the end of Trump’: Steve Bannon says President Trump will run again in 2024 if he loses the upcoming election

  • Even if he fails to win a second White House term, Steve Bannon has insisted, ‘You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump’
  • Bannon, who was recently arrested for federal money-laundering, added that he believed the November 3 election was ‘closer than is being reported’ 
  • Though the Trump 2016 campaign CEO says ‘Trump will win on election day’
  • Bannon also predicted the election result will go to the Supreme Court and may even be conferred to the House of Representative in January 

Former White House Strategist Steve Bannon says Donald Trump will run for re-election in 2024 if he loses the presidential race to Joe Biden next month.

Even if he fails to win a second White House term, Bannon told The Australian, ‘You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump.’ 

Bannon, who was recently arrested for federal money-laundering and fraud, added that he believed the November 3 election was ‘closer than is being reported’, and said ‘Trump will win on election day’. 

‘I’ll make this prediction right now: if for any reason the election is stolen from or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,’ he told the outlet. 

Bannon also predicted the election result will go to the Supreme Court and may even be conferred to the House of Representative in January, saying the outcome will be contentious and ‘won’t be settled anytime soon’.

Even if he fails to win a second White House term, Bannon told The Australian , ‘You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump’

Bannon, who was recently arrested for federal money-laundering and fraud, added that he believed the November 3 election was ‘closer than is being reported’, but ‘Trump will win on election day’

Bannon’s latest comments cast a slightly more pessimistic tone to remarks made just days ago during a speech in front of the Young Republican Federation, in which he resolutely stated that not only will Trump win on November 3, but he’ll secure victory very early.

‘At 10 o’clock or 11 o’clock… on November 3, Donald J. Trump is going to walk into the Oval Office, and he may hit a tweet before he goes in there… and he’s going to sit there, having won Ohio, and being up in Pennsylvania and Florida, and he’s going to say, “Hey, game’s over”, Bannon, Trump’s 2016 campaign CEO, told the crowd.

‘The elites are traumatized. They do not want to go stand in line and vote. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a game-changer,’ Bannon continued. ‘It [the decisive factor] is what electorate shows up to vote on a vote that can be certified. That’s a vote that counts. And right now, what they [Trump critics] don’t want to talk about, is Donald J. Trump leads on people who are actually going to show up and vote on November 3, by 21 percent.’

Speaking to the Australian, Bannon also claimed that the lawyers acting for Joe Biden’s son Hunter have made numerous attempts to retrieve his computer hard-drive that’s now at the center of an FBI probe.

Such extensive efforts reportedly include sending legal letters to the owner of a Delaware repair shop where the Democratic presidential candidate’s son had reportedly dropped off his laptop to be serviced in 2019.

Last week, the New York Post published emails and photographs that the outlet claimed were contained on a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, which he apparently never collected from the repair store.

The hard drive was retrieved by a third-party from the shop owner in January and then sent to Giuliani. Giuliani seemingly then sat on the information for months, before releasing it to the Post just weeks before the election.

Bannon’s latest comments cast a slightly more pessimistic tone to remarks made just days ago during a speech in front of the Young Republican Federation, in which he resolutely stated that not only will Trump win on November 3, but he’ll secure victory very early

The messages suggested that Hunter Biden had arranged for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm, of which Hunter was on the board of directors, to meet his father in person, when he was vice-president and in charge of US policy with Ukraine.

In the emails published by the Post, Biden is shown pursuing a lucrative deal involving China’s largest private energy company, saying in one message that the proposed deal would be ‘interesting for me and my family’, before discussing remuneration packages.

Bannon, who alerted the Post to the laptop’s existence, claimed that Biden’s lawyers contacted Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, hours before the emails were published in a last-ditch effort to retrieve Hunter’s alleged hard-drive.

‘His lawyer, [George] Mesires from Chicago, one of the top lawyers in the country, emailed us. He called the repair shop, he sent us an email, he sent the repair shop an email saying Hunter dropped these off, he forgot to pick them up. That’s an email,’ Bannon told the Australian.

‘In addition, we haven’t ­released this, Hunter Biden’s lawyer has come to us both with phone calls and with emails saying I’ve got to get the hard-drive back. This is not some Russian ­intelligence operation, they’ve ­admitted it’s their hard-drive.

‘It was the night before we came out with the first story, I think, because the NY Post went to them for comment … they panicked. One lawyer started calling around and sent the emails.’

Bannon reiterated his claim that Biden’s lawyer had also sent legal notices to the owner of the repair shop seeking return of the hard-drive.

‘We’re breaking news here. He actually in a panic called … ­because Hunter when he dropped it off, there was two or three of these shops in Wilmington. They called around and he figured out it might be this guy. He called him and when the guy said I can’t ­remember, I’m going back to my shop, he sent a couple of emails in a panic saying ‘I’ve got to get my hands on this right away.’

The messages suggested that Hunter Biden had arranged for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm, of which Hunter was on the board of directors, to meet his father in person, when he was vice-president and in charge of US relations with Ukraine

Bannon, who said he was contacted by Giuliani in late August to help with media strategy for the emails, said he has been holding on to the legal letters and waiting to use them if the Biden camp tried to deny the laptop ­belonged to Hunter.

‘We haven’t released that yet. We’re holding that back to make sure if they walk into the trap, we’re just going to drop it on them,’ he said.

‘My training under Andrew Breitbart was put it out, let them lie and then bang, drop them on the lie, let them lie some more, drop it again. We have the emails from the lawyer, if we need to ­release them, we’ll release them.’

The FBI is reportedly conducting an investigation into whether the allegations are part of a Russian disinformation campaign against the Biden campaign, though the agency has refused to speak publicly on the matter.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned that Russia is trying to ‘denigrate’ Biden ahead of the election and damage his chances of unseating Trump.

Bannon was arrested and charged in August with defrauding donors to a private fund-raising effort called We Build the Wall, which was intended to bolster the president’s signature initiative along the Mexican border.

The fund-raising effort collected more than $25 million, and prosecutors say Bannon used nearly $1 million of it for personal expenses.

Bannon pleaded not guilty to the charges on August 20.

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Matthew McConaughey says dad died of a heart attack 'when he climaxed' while having sex with mom

MATTHEW McConaughey has shocked fans after admitting that his father died of a heart attack 'when he climaxed' in bed with his mother.

Matthew, 50, is currently gearing up for the release of his new memoir 'Greenlights' on October 20, and he's clearly felling rather honest in the process.

In the book, the actor opened up about his dad James Donald McConaughey and his death – and spoke about him in a cover story with People this week.

Matthew explained: "I got a call from my Mom. 'Your dad died'. My knees buckled. I couldn’t believe it. He was my dad. Nobody or nothing could kill him. Except mom.

"He’d always told me and my brothers, 'Boys, when I go, I’m gonna be makin' love to your mother'. And that’s what happened. He had a heart attack when he climaxed."

Sadly Matthew's dad passed away in 1992, following a very on and off relationship with Matthew's mom Kay.

The pair married each other on three separate occasions and White Boy Rick star Matthew was conceived shortly after their third wedding.

"They were, at times, violent. As I say in the book, that is how they communicated. They were divorced twice, married three times, I mean, yeah, it was like the Pacific Ocean in a storm," the actor added to People.

Earlier this year, Matthew tried to hook-up his widowed mother, 88, with Hugh Grant’s widowed father, 91-year-old James Grant.

As for his own love life, Matthew has been married to Camila Alves since 2012 and they share three children.

Speaking about his wife during the video chat with People, Matthew said: "I’d always wanted to find my partner, I’d always been looking for a partner, mother, soulmate, best friend… all those things.

"I got to a place where I felt myself trying to make it happen. As soon as I let go of that and said, 'I’m okay spending time with me', that’s when she came.

"That’s when she showed up and moved across that room, right to left, in front of my eyes, across that club. Her head was not bobbing, it's as if she was floating and I did not say, 'who is that?' I said, 'what is that?'" he added.

"I went over and introduced myself, we had our first conversation that night and that's the only woman that I have dated since."

 

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