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5 Of The Most Expensive Divorces Before Bill Gates-Melinda Gates Split From “NDTV News – World-news”



Bill and Melinda Gates will continue to work together on philanthropic issues through their FoundationAfter 27 years of marriage, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 65, and his wife Melinda Gates, 56, created a flutter around the world when they announced their divorce saying they have given it “a great deal of thought”.The two said they will, however, continue to work together on philanthropic issues through their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.With an estimated $130 billion in assets, the couple will surely be among the top contenders to be ranked for the costliest divorces ever and join other billionaire couples who ended their marriage. The terms of separation have not been disclosed yet.Here’s a list of five of the most expensive divorces ever:Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie ScottIn July 2019, the billionaire Amazon founder and his wife announced their split after 25 years of marriage. But the divorce made MacKenzie Scott the third-richest woman in the world. Till date, this split is deemed as the costliest divorce ever as Bezos had to part with $36 billion of his wealth. In March this year, Scott remarried a Seattle science teacher.Jocelyn and Alec WildensteinThis was the priciest divorce settlement of the 1990s, which gave Jocelyn Wildenstein, known by her plastic surgery moniker “Catwoman”, $2.5 billion settlement, a massive amount at that time. But she likely ran out of the fortune and filed for bankruptcy in 2018. The split turned ugly after Jocelyn found her billionaire art dealer husband, Alec Wildenstein, cheating on her.Elon and Justine MuskAfter their courtship since college, the billionaire Tesla CEO was married to Justin Musk for eight years until 2008 and had six children together. Musk has described how they share joint custody of their children. He said he foots the bills for the children’s nannies and also sends Justine $20,000 per month post-tax. In addition to giving her their Bel Air home, he claimed the split cost him $170,000 average monthly legal bills.Elon Musk divorced actress Talulah Riley twice. The first time he split from Riley in 2012, she walked away with $4.2 million. But they reconciled and married again a year later. Mr Musk again filed for divorce from her in 2015 and agreed to a $16 million settlement, according to the New York Post.Bernie and Slavica EcclestoneThe former Formula 1 boss divorced from the Croatian Armani model after 24 years of marriage in 2009. No details of their settlement have been available but Bernie Ecclestone is believed to have paid around $1.2 billion to his ex-wife, the Sun reported.Tiger Woods and Elin NordegrenThe golf legend met the Swedish model at the 2001 Open Championship and they married three years later in Barbados. In 2009, however, the marriage broke after reports of Tiger Woods having an affair with a nightclub manager. Elin Nordegren divorced Woods a year later for a reported $110 million.Click for more trending news







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International official: Bosnian Serbs seek to split country From “World”



The top international official in Bosnia is warning that ethnic Serb leaders are making a concerted effort to split the country, or failing that to roll back many reforms achieved during the last 25 years







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Bosnian Serbs seek to split country From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top international official in Bosnia warned Tuesday that ethnic Serb leaders are making a concerted effort to split the country, or failing that to roll back many reforms achieved during the last 25 years, and he called for “a decisive stand” to stop any division.Valentin Inzko told the U.N. Security Council the challenge to Bosnia’s once multiethnic society comprising Serbs, Muslims and Croats is being led by the Bosnian Serbs’ top politician, Milorad Dodik, who is the Serb member of the country’s three-member presidency.He said the Serbs’ campaign “could have political and security implications not only for the country, but also the region, and the rest of Europe.”In what he said is likely his last briefing to the council after 12 years as the international community’s “high representative” in Bosnia, Inzko strongly criticized what he called “the destructive long-term policy” of authorities in the Serb region, known as Republika Srpska.The region’s National Assembly adopted a measure in March that leaves open the option “for the so-called `peaceful dissolution’ of the country,” Inzko said. In April, leaders of Republika Srpska’s governing coalition parties met and Dodik announced the formation of negotiating teams, making clear the region “reserves the right to finally decide on its future status.”The Bosnia war — the worst carnage in Europe since World War II — was fueled by the Bosnian Serbs’ 1992 declaration of their own state within Bosnia, and their separatist ambitions remain strong.Bosnia remains torn by divisions stemming from the 1992-95 war among Serbs, Croats and Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia. A U.S.-brokered peace deal signed in 1995 in Dayton, Ohio, divided Bosnia into a federation composed of two autonomous regions — Republika Srpska for Bosnian Serbs and one for Muslims and Croats.The high representative oversees the civilian implementation of the Dayton agreement and is filled by the Peace Implementation Council, which consists of 55 nations.Story continuesInzko stressed to the Security Council that “Dayton does not give the right to entities to secede.”He said the Bosnian Serbs’ actions have “poisoned” the political atmosphere and sidelined reforms at a time when the country is “in the grip” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bosnia should be firmly on the path to membership in the European Union, he said, “but here we are today and one of its political leaders is openly advocating dividing the country, disparaging and mocking the EU in the process.”Inzko warned that even if a breakup is prevented, the Serbs’ aim is “a perpetually dysfunctional” country. That is already happening “in the near-paralysis of the highest institutions … including the presidency, the Council of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly,” he said.He said Bosnia’s multiethnic and diverse society that existed before the war “has all but disappeared” and defending multiethnic spaces has become more difficult than creating single ethnicity ones.“Hate speech, the glorification of war criminals, and revisionism or outright genocide denial, despite the verdicts of international judicial bodies, remain very common in political discourse,” he said.“We must not allow this process to lead to further ethnic or territorial divisions,” Inzko said.The divisions within Bosnia also reflect a mounting conflict between the West and Russia over the future of the Balkans. While the West wishes to see the still-volatile region reform and eventually join the EU and NATO, Russia has used its historic ties with Serbs to undermine this idea.Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Anna Evstigneeva, accused Inzko of being “very misbalanced,” saying he blames Bosnian Serbs and Croats “for every difficulty in the way of national reconciliation” and engages in “scaremongering.”She called the situation in Bosnia “rather stable,” saying “it poses no threat to the international peace and security.”Evstigneeva said a resolution adopted by Republika Srpska’s parliament March 21 demanding that the Office of the High Representative close and hand its authorities to the national Bosnian government “cannot be ignored.” She reiterated Russia’s demand for the office’s “soonest closure.”But several speakers said conditions adopted in 2008 for closure of the office have not been met, including constitutional reforms and other measures set by the EU.The United States, EU member Ireland, the United Kingdom and other council members all strongly backed Bosnia remaining a single, united, multi-ethnic and democratic nation.“There is no future for either of the entities outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, stressing that now is the time for the country to meet the criteria to graduate from international supervision by the high representative.“That means first and foremost tackling the rampant corruption that threatens the rule of law,” she said. “Right now, corrupt politicians, a judiciary under political influence, public offices that promote personal or party interests, and state-owned enterprises that prioritize patronage, all enable corruption to thrive. The result: The country is losing its talented young people.”







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Liz Cheney says Trump’s ‘big lie’ poisons democracy as split with Republicans grows | Republicans From “World news | The Guardian”



Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican who voted to impeach Donald Trump, is coming under fire from members of her own party after her tweet that the former president did not lose the election unfairly. The spat illustrates the split between Republicans loyal to Trump and those willing to criticize the former president.“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney tweeted. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”Cheney, the third most senior membership of the GOP’s House leadership, has been heavily criticized by fellow Republicans in recent months for pushing back on Trump’s nonsense claims that the election was stolen, and for her impeachment vote.Trump-supporting representatives in Congress have been pushing for Cheney, the House Republican conference chair, to be removed from that powerful position, which could be achieved if House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy called for a vote on Cheney’s future. Shortly after her vote to impeach Trump, the Wyoming GOP had also voted to censure her.Some Republicans, however, have come to Cheney’s defense. “Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience, and she did what she thought was right, and I salute her for that,” Senator Susan Collins from Maine said on CNN this weekend.The tension between the most-extreme and less-extreme members of the Republican party has increased in recent days, after Cheney – a member of the latter group – said those who supported the Trump-backed challenges to the certification of the 2020 election should be disqualified from becoming the 2024 Republican nominee.Cheney’s latest refusal to lie is unlikely to go down well. Politico reported on Monday morning that there is “a coordinated effort by Kevin McCarthy to box [Cheney] out”.







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