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Trump's ASEAN Summit Handshake May Be His Most Ridiculous Yet

Trump's ASEAN Summit Handshake May Be His Most Ridiculous YetPresident Donald Trump was thrown off by a handshake intended to kick off an international conference in the Philippines on Monday.

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North Korean soldier shot as he makes rare defection across one of world's most heavily guarded borders

North Korean soldier shot as he makes rare defection across one of world's most heavily guarded bordersA soldier from North Korea managed to make a rare successful escape across the heavily fortified border with South Korea, on the same day a US national was detained as he attempted to enter the North.  The North Korean guard stationed within the Joint Security Area fled across the border into the South early on Monday, sustaining gunshot wounds to his shoulder and elbow after being fired on by other North Korean guards. The soldier was airlifted by a United Nations Command helicopter to a hospital for treatment, military officials told Yonhap, and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Cases of North Koreans successfully crossing the Demilitarised Zone into the South are rare because of the landmines, tripwires and machine guns that are trained across the border. Defections within the JSA are even less common, because the North Korean troops assigned to the small area where the two sides' militaries are face to face are hand-picked for their loyalty to the regime. North Korea marks anniversary of founding of Workers' Party 01:04 The injured soldier was found by South Korean troops on the South's side of the frontier after several bursts of gunfire. He was unarmed and wearing the combat fatigues of a low-ranking soldier. He has not yet been named. "Currently, there are no unusual signs in the North Korean military, but we are increasing our alertness against the possibility of North Korean provocations", a South Korean military official said. Five hours later, a US citizen, who has been identified as "A" by South Korean police, but is reported to be 58 years old and from Louisiana, attempted to cross into North Korea. He arrived in South Korea on Friday and was detained shortly before 10am local time after crossing the Civilian Control Line just south of the frontier. Reality check: Is North Korea a threat to the UK? 01:48 A villager spotted the man in an area of the border district of Yeoncheon that is out of bounds to non-military personnel and informed local authorities of his presence, Yonhap news reported. The man has told South Korean police that he crossed the Civilian Control Line as he intended to enter North Korea for "political purposes". US and South Korean soldiers, foreground, and North Korean soldiers, background, stand guard next to the meeting rooms that straddle the border between the two Koreas Credit:  SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg Local police, the South Korean Army and officials of the National Intelligence Service are questioning the man to get a fuller picture of his motivations. The man's actions come less than five months after the death of Otto Warmbier, a US student who was detained on a visit to North Korea in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in Pyongyang. Released in June after 17 months in the North, he died less than a week after arriving back in the US. An autopsy indicated he had suffered an acute neurological injury about a month after his conviction and had been in a coma ever since. A coroner was unable to identify the cause of the injury. As a consequence, the US government on September 1 imposed a ban on American tourists entering North Korea.

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Is ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the most wanted militants in the world, dead or alive?

Is ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the most wanted militants in the world, dead or alive?The world's most wanted militant may still be alive.

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President Trump Meets the World’s Most Powerful Man in Beijing

President Trump Meets the World’s Most Powerful Man in BeijingWhen Xi, recently consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, welcomed his American counterpart Donald Trump to Beijing Wednesday.

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In photos: The most visited city destinations

In photos: The most visited city destinations

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The 85 Most Delish Fall Soups

The 85 Most Delish Fall Soups

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In photos: The world's most elegant cities 2017

In photos: The world's most elegant cities 2017

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Using a Cold Cap Saved My Hair During Chemo, but It Was One of the Most Painful Things I’ve Ever Done

Breast cancer was never on my radar—I didn’t have a family history of the disease, and I was only 38. But last October I felt a small lump in my right breast, like a pencil eraser, as I was getting out of the shower. Fortunately, I had an appointment with my ob-gyn already coming up, and I asked her to check it out. She felt the lump too and scheduled a mammogram.

One mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy later, I found out I indeed had breast cancer. I walked around that Halloween, completely stunned. After seeing a genetic counselor, I discovered I also had the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer. I went from thinking I’d get a lumpectomy to deciding to have a preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction and a hysterectomy.

The tumor was removed successfully last December, yet I still had 12 weeks of chemotherapy treatments to get through. While my doctors went over the plans for my chemo with me, one doctor mentioned the possibility of using a cold cap, or cooling cap, to keep my hair. Basically, if a frozen cap sits on your hair, blood flow to the follicles becomes constricted. The chemo drugs can't easily penetrate the follicles, and hair is much less likely to fall out.

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Knowing that I didn't want to lose my hair, I did some research, and I decided to use Penguin Cold Caps throughout my chemo. But prepping for treatments, and then sitting through them, was not easy. First, you have to pay for cold caps out of pocket. I paid about $ 1,500 for the initial set of caps and a dry ice cooler, and then $ 500 to $ 1,000 for more caps each month. My husband and I also had to get our own dry ice to freeze the caps with every week, which cost about $ 50.

We’d drive to an ice cream shop in Brooklyn, where we live, and load up with 50 pounds of ice, cut into slabs, and that home. In the morning, before chemo, we’d take the caps out of our freezer and place them in between the slabs of dry ice in the cooler. After wheeling it all into the hospital, my husband would wear heavy-duty gloves and help me put on the frozen caps.

I’d wear them during the 30 minutes before my chemo started, which could last up to two hours, and then for an hour after treatment ended. Every 10 to 20 minutes, my husband would have to change the cap I had on because it would get too warm in room temperature. The whole time you're wearing one, you can’t really move or speak, and you’re absolutely freezing. It feels like constant brain freeze.

But I knew I had to get through it—mostly for my kids. That's because when I was growing up, my dad had testicular cancer, and he went through aggressive chemotherapy treatments. I remember how people looked at him when we went out—his skin was green, his hair patchy. To make it easier, we joked that he looked like Beetlejuice. But it was traumatic to see him sick like that. He looked like an entirely different person.

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I didn't want my children, who were 5 and 10 years old at the time, to experience that. I wanted things to feel the same as they always did, and I didn't want my diagnosis to have more of an impact on their lives than it needed to.

I was lucky: throughout my chemo, I kept my hair. I couldn’t wash it more than once a week, or brush it, or get highlights, so I still didn’t feel like I looked exactly like myself. But because I had hair, strangers had no idea I was sick. It felt better to not have people looking at me with pity. I wanted to feel upbeat and positive, because it’s already hard enough to deal with cancer, let alone the visual aspects of it.

Now that I’m on the other side, I appreciate my hair more than ever. (The tumor is gone, but I won’t be officially declared cancer-free until I hit the five-year mark.) When my eyebrows came back in, I really wanted to show them off. When I could start styling my hair again, I got blowouts. I was proud of the little hairs on my arms that began to sprout all over. 

I’m glad I used the cold caps, but I try to be honest with people about how extremely painful it is. For me, it was worth it. My kids treated me like they always do, teasing me, and I felt like I was still myself during the whole treatment. Dealing with so many other challenges, like surgery and losing both breasts, it felt good to still have something that was mine. My hair made me feel like I was the same person that I was before I was diagnosed, and that’s a powerful feeling.

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Harry Connick Jr. on Supporting Wife Jill Goodacre Amid Cancer Fight: ‘She’s the Most Beautiful Woman in the World’

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

Even after 23 years of marriage, Harry Connick Jr. still gazes at Jill Goodacre like a lovestruck teen.

“She’s my best friend, and I really don’t know what I would do without her,” the actor, multiplatinum recording artist and host of the daytime talk show, Harry, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue as he and his wife reveal her five-year battle with breast cancer.

“I was scared I was going to lose her, absolutely,” says Connick Jr., 50, whose mother died of ovarian cancer when he was 13. “I wasn’t going to let her see that, but I was. I know from losing my mom that the worst can happen.”

In October 2012 — breast cancer awareness month — Goodacre was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma and immediately underwent a lumpectomy, which didn’t come back with clean margins.

Pathology tests showed she also had extensive ductal carcinoma in situ, a less invasive form of the disease. She went in for a second surgery the next day and has been taking Tamoxifen, an estrogen modulator taken in pill form that helps prevent the development of hormone receptor-positive breast cancers, for the last five years.

“It threw me right into menopause,” Goodacre, 53, says of the medication, which can have difficult side effects. “And then there was the weight gain.”

As someone who once had a career built on posing in lingerie and swimsuits, former Victoria’s Secret model Goodacre has found herself in a size and shape she had never before experienced. (The drug can lead to weight gain, particularly in the midsection, a side effect with the dreaded nickname Tamoxifen Tummy.)

“I’ve always been a pretty fit person, and so to be just rounder and heavier and not to really be able to do much about it — that’s been hard,” she admits. “It’s taken a lot out of my self-confidence.”

Connick Jr. understands her struggles.

“It’s not silly and it’s not vain,” he explains. “It’s a part of how the cancer and the treatment impacted her, and it was a real issue, even though she will always be the most beautiful woman in the world.”

Connick Jr. met Goodacre at a party in 1990, at the height of her modeling career, when he was best known as New Orleans-bred big band crooner who repopularized Gershwin on the soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally.

They wed four years later, and today share a cozy, converted barn in a quiet Connecticut town with their daughters Georgia, 21, Sara Kate, 20 (who goes by Kate), and Charlotte, 15.

“I think one of the reasons we’ve lasted this long is that we’re so aligned in every way,” he says. “We have the same morals, the same goals.”

“Everything that he values, I value so much too,” she adds. “And our family has always been the most important.”

Now, as she approaches the five-year mark of remission, Goodacre is looking forward to stopping Tamoxifen soon and preparing to tell the world what few outside her family knew.

On Thursday’s episode of Harry, the couple will candidly discuss her cancer journey and the moment she was diagnosed — “It’s one of the hardest days of my life,” she recalls — in a heart-to-heart discussion.

As for her husband? He still has the same hope he did after their very first encounter.

“I knew as soon as I met her that I wanted to grow old with her,” he says. “I’m so grateful that I still can.”

Harry airs weekdays (check local listings or visit HarryTV.com).

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This Tiny Island Now Has the Most Powerful Passport in the World

This Tiny Island Now Has the Most Powerful Passport in the WorldAmerican passport's strength has considerably dropped since Trump took office

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