Chris Brown, Drake, & Lizzo Win Big At BET Soul Train Awards

Chris Brown took home three awards at this years BET Soul Train Awards, while Drake and Lizzo also won top awards this year.

Brown’s “No Guidance,” featuring Drake, won awards in three categories. “No Guidance” was named song of the year, best dance performance and best collaboration performance at the awards show.

The award show aired live on BET and BET Her from the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold hosted the ceremony.

Lizzo won two awards, one for video of the year for “Juice” and another for album/mixtape of the year for Cuz I Love You.

Cardi B took home the Rhythm & Bars Award for “Money”; H.E.R won best R&B/soul female artist; and Khalid took home the honor of best R&B/soul male artist.

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TV Review: ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ on Disney Plus

At first glance, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” seems like a blatant cannibalization of a Disney property as required by a streaming service that depends on nostalgia. At second glance — well, that’s entirely accurate. To its credit, though, the show is upfront about it, delivering its gentle twist on an aggressively inoffensive franchise with a not-so-sly wink.

The new series, which launches Nov. 12 alongside Disney Plus as a whole, is neither a reboot, nor a revival, nor a sequel to the “High School Musical” movie trilogy. (The first two aired on Disney Channel in 2006 and 2007 before the third got a theatrical release in 2008, taking in $252 million worldwide.) Instead, creator Tim Federle made a cute mockumentary- style comedy about the students at the school where “High School Musical” was shot putting on their own rendition of the musical itself, treating it with the kind of reverence that usually belongs to an unimpeachable classic like “West Side Story.” It feels less like “High School Musical” than a sweet and very silly version of “Glee” — which, as best exemplified by the meta character of overzealous theater director Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders doing her best Kristin Chenoweth), is exactly what the show seems to be going for.

In order to keep the show grounded, or at least a bit less confusing than its cheeky title suggests, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” makes sure its main characters don’t stray too far from the property that inspired them. Where Zac Efron once played Troy, a frustrated basketball player with a secret musical talent, Joshua Bassett stars as Ricky, a frustrated skater with a secret musical talent. Where Vanessa Hudgens once played Gabriella, a sweet and determined singer, Olivia Rodrigo plays Nini, a sweet and determined singer. The complication the series throws at them is that they’re very recent exes, and Nini was hoping to star in the musical opposite her extremely earnest new boyfriend E.J. (Matt Cornett) before Ricky crushes the audition with a surprise serenade. With barely any time devoted to them as a couple, it’s hard to know exactly how hard to root for them to get back together, especially with E.J. giving Nini the support and devotion Ricky couldn’t. But they’re our Troy and Gabriella, so if the season doesn’t end with them getting back together to rapturous applause, it wouldn’t be very “High School Musical” of them at all. Disney Plus can’t have that.

In the first two episodes screened for critics, the series does try to make some adjustments to shake up the peppy clichés of the original. E.J. is a popular jock without any of the usual macho hangups that usually go with that role. The scene-stealing role of the fiercely ambitious Sharpay (originally played by Ashley Tisdale) goes to an equally ambitious, if quieter, boy. Nini has two mothers. And there’s one genuinely moving scene in which Nini finds Ashlyn (Julia Lester) rehearsing her own original song and joins in, their voices opening up to fill the cavernous auditorium with their palpable longing. These moments, however, tend to highlight the fact that other aspects of the show remain frustratingly similar to the movie’s overwhelmingly two-dimensional approach, like the fact of Nini’s best friend (Dara Renee) being a wary black girl without much discernible interiority of her own.

That complaint also goes for the fact that “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” is, like its source material, bizarrely suspended in a timeless place. Beyond an Instagram reference here and there, its first couple episodes just doesn’t do much to reflect that the show is set well over a decade from when Efron and Hudgens first hit the stage, or make a case for why this story might be interesting to tell now beyond “people know what ‘High School Musical’ is and Disney Plus needed content.” To be fair, maybe that’s the only meaningful bar it needs to clear.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premieres November 12 on Disney Plus.

TV Review: 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' on Disney Plus

Production:Executive producers: Tim Federle, Oliver Goldstick, Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush.

Cast:Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Kate Reinders, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Renee’, Julia Lester, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein and Mark St. Cyr.

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Charles Barkley Threatens Female Journalist With Violence and Proves He Doesn't Respect Women

Former Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets NBA star, Charles Barkley, has been accused of making inappropriate comments to a female reporter. Some are even calling what Barkley said a “threat.”

Barkley is notorious for his poor choice of words and his awkward way of saying things. The NBA commentator may have crossed a line with his words to Axios reporter Alexi McCammond.

Who is Charles Barkley?

Barkley is a retired NBA star who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Houston Rockets. He was in the NBA for 16 seasons and is an 11-time All-Star. In 2006, Barkley joined the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Currently, Barkley is a TNT basketball analyst and has held this role since 2000.

What did Charles Barkley say to Alexi McCammond?

McCammond reports that Barkley, who disagreed with her on a presidential candidate, came back at her in an unacceptable manner.

She then said on Twitter:

“Just FYI Charles Barkley told me tonight ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you,’ and then when I objected to that he told me I ‘couldn’t take a joke.’”

McCammond explained that she tried never to break an “off the record” agreement. But she felt this comment was not acceptable.

What compelled the NBA Hall of Famer to engage in this kind of rhetoric? McCammon explained in a separate tweet: “It was all because [Barkley] came in talking about how he loves Deval Patrick and once someone from [Pete Buttigieg’s] campaign came around he said he loved Pete and I reminded him he previously said he was a Deval fan.”

How has Charles Barkley responded?

McCammond says she objected to Barkley’s comments about beating her up. When she voiced concern, he allegedly told her she “couldn’t take a joke.”

On Wednesday, McCammond explained why Barkley’s comments were problematic. She tweeted: “Threats of violence are not a joke, & no person deserves to be hit or threatened like that,” McCammond tweeted Wednesday. “Silence only allows the culture of misogyny to fester.”

TurnerSports PR issued an apology on Barkley’s behalf on Wednesday, admitting his comment was “inappropriate and unacceptable.” He claims his words were an attempt at a joke.

“It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all,” said Barkley. “There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”

Has Charles Barkley made this type of mistake before?

Back in 1990, when Barkley was a forward of the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, he made a similar verbal threat. After a challenging game against the New Jersey Nets, Barkley said: “this is a game that if you lose, you go home and beat your wife and kids. Did you see my wife jumping up and down at the end of the game? That’s because she knew I wasn’t going to beat her.”

Barkley reportedly was cautioned by the reporter, who asked the athlete if he wanted to evaluate what he said. Barkley, at the time, said: “Nah, print it.” After facing backlash, Barkley claimed it was just a joke.

In 1997, Barkley apologized to NBC’s Hannah Storm during the Western Conference Finals after he made sexist comments. Barkley told Storm “women shouldn’t be announcing men’s sports.”

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'Referendum on Duque': Thousands march against Colombia president

Indigenous groups, students and labour unions rally against the right-wing government of Ivan Duque.

    Bogota, Colombia – More than a 100,000 protesters marched through the dense city streets of Bogota and other cities across Colombia on Thursday as the country joined a wave of others in South America experiencing anti-government demonstrations.

    Protesters sent out a unified cry against the right-wing administration of President Ivan Duque, whose approval ratings have plummeted amid an uptick in violence, a flailing peace process and general unrest country-wide.

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    Civil society groups opposing economic reforms by Duque’s right-wing government announced the strike last month. But after weeks of protests in Chile prompted by enduring economic inequality, unrest in Bolivia and riots in Ecuador, Haiti, Venezuela and Brazil, the day morphed into something more potent. It became a cumulation of growing woes against the Colombian government.

    “In my community, in my department of Cauca, they’re killing our social leaders in our indigenous lands … they’re killing us selectively,” said Almayari Barano Yanakuna, a 48-year-old indigenous women who stood among crowds of thousands.

    Hoisting a rainbow indigenous flag over her shoulder, she said her home in western Colombia was once defined by bloodshed, and while they had a brief respite in 2016 when the government signed landmark peace accords, violence against her community was once again ticking up, and along with it, their fears. She travelled to the capital, she said, to send a message to the Duque and the country.

    “Today, I want to send the message that they respect our ancestral territories, that they respect life,” she said. “We don’t want any more killings.”

    Duque’s slightly-more-than-a-year in office has been marred by deep political divides, tethered especially to the government’s failure to comply with the country’s peace process, corruption and the killings of social leaders.

    Those tensions have only deepened in recent weeks with a massacre of indigenous people by criminal groups in the Cauca and the resignation of Duque’s defence minister after a bombing targeting dissidents of the demobilised Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group, killed at least eight children.

    ‘A referendum on Duque’

    While student and indigenous groups in the country have rallied in past months, those backlashes brought with them violence, but little change. Thursday’s protests, dubbed #ParoNacional, or #NationalStrike, appeared to strike a different chord.

    Collective support by student, indigenous, labour, political and social groups – each bringing with them their own tribulations – turned the day into what Andes Director of Washington Office on Latin America Gimena Sanchez called a “referendum on Duque”. While social leaders, indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities denounced growing assassinations and threats against them, university students railed against corruption and the chronic underfunding of education.

    “It’s not just a protest about ‘Can we change whoever is in the government,'” Sanchez said, “But it’s the fact that the whole political and economic system is failing the needs of the broader Latin Americans.”

    Camila Romero, an 18-year-old university student had protested three times before in student demonstrations that were marked by a violent crackdown by Colombian security forces. She said Thursday’s protest was not just about the students any more, and because of that, she hoped it would have a larger ripple effect.

    “This is different than the others,” Romero said. “It’s a national event. It’s not just a small part of the population, of the citizens that have come to protest. No, it’s everyone.”

    Thursday’s protest has so far remained peaceful, but police in swat gear lined the streets in Bogota and protesters totted gas masks as the pushed towards the city’s centre, Plaza Bolivar.

    In the lead up to the protests, Duque’s administration called for extra security forces and permitted local government extra powers to avoid violence.

    In a video addressing protesters, Duque called for peace, but said the government “will guarantee order and defend you with all the tools the constitution grants us”.

    Duque’s reaction to the demonstrations could act as a turning point for the South American country, Sanchez said.

    “It can be an opportunity for positive constructive change,” she added. “It depends a lot on how the government takes this. Do they take this as a warning sign that they need to shift their approach … or do they buckle down and make this about something else?”

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    NHS nurse who killed herself left note on how ‘to get her life on track’

    A dedicated nurse who committed suicide after the stress of working 12 hour shifts left a note saying she needed to get her life back on track as it was spiralling downwards.

    Leona Goddard was found hanged in her family home last October, after she struggled with being burdened with unpredictable work hours and extra responsibilities at Prestwich Hospital in Manchester.

    The much-loved nursing manager worked in a mental health unit but was struggling with her own mental health issues.

    An inquest on Wednesday heard she had left a hand written note across two pages of A4 paper which detailed her ''negative feelings, a downward spiral and feelings of self loathing.''

    The note also indicated her depression and low mood and detailed changes she needed to do to get her life on track.

    Speaking during the inquest, police coroners officer Marie Logan said: "Sadly Leona seems to have been suffering from low self esteem and depression and had been off sick at work.

    "She had difficulties coping with her recent promotion she had but these feelings were born out of her – rather than by other people.

    "She was seen as very much a clever, caring and very competent nurse and her colleagues felt the promotions as justified as she was more than capable. Leona’s feelings were entirely about herself.

    "The note she left indicated depression and low mood and things she felt she needed to do to get her life on track."

    The 35-year-old wanted to settle down and have a family but after she was promoted, six months before she died, her changing shift patterns combined with the unpredictability of when she was working triggered her depression.

    Leona was in a relationship with Peter Schaffer but it fell apart due to her workload.

    He said: "When Leona was working for the NHS, there was changing shift patterns and she felt frustration at the unpredictability of shifts.

    ''A new position was offered to give her new skills and experience and more responsibilities. The plans were for her to take in extra responsibilities and enable her to get on a course to improve her employability.

    ''She did want to stay in mental health and the NHS but in a capacity that would give her more of a social life.

    ''The only reason she stayed in the job that was not healthy for her was a light at the end of he tunnel."

    Her mum Corrine Goodridge said: "The shift work in particular got her down as she did a 12-hour shift. Leona had not had any long term steady relationship and the most recent one ended by text message."

    In the last few weeks of her life Leona had been signed off work and told her GP that she felt ''unsupported'' and ''had nightmares about work''.

    She was offered anti depressants but she refused them saying if work ''got sorted out she would feel better.''

    Her colleague Sianne Donovan also said Leona's job pattern and shifts "were a big factor in her unhappiness" before she got the promotion.

    She added: ''Leona definitely felt unsupported and many times I told her to leave and find something else. She was looking for other jobs when she called me and was signed off when she definitely needed some rest."

    Recording a conclusion of suicide coroner Angharad Davis said: "Have considered all the evidence read and heard it seems that Leona was under a great deal of stress going on for a long time.

    "She had very low self esteem and did not recognise in herself the person that everybody else saw.

    "She was a young women who made a career helping people who were in trouble and using skills that she had to best effect. It's absolutely tragic that she didn’t recognise what a wonderful person she was."

    In April Mirror Online exclusively revealed that more than 300 nurses had taken their own lives in just seven years.

    During the worst year, one was dying by suicide every week as Tory cuts began to bite deep into the NHS.

    Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has called for a government inquiry into the “alarming” figures – 23 per cent higher than the national average – from 2011 to 2017, the latest year on record.

    “Every life lost is a desperate tragedy,” he said.

    “The health and wellbeing of NHS staff must never be compromised.”

    His call is backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which wants the Government and NHS do more to stop up to 54 nurse suicides a year.

    The family of Laura Hyde – an A&E nurse at Derriford Hospital, Devon, who took her life at 27 in August 2016 – want mental health training for nursing students and a 24-hour helpline at every trust.

    The RCN said guidance at work was not good enough, and conditions were getting worse for overworked nurses with a national shortage of 40,000.

    The Department of Health and Social Care said: “The NHS will shortly set out its response to recommendations which will improve mental health support for staff, including access to a dedicated confidential helpline.” 

    Mirror Online has contacted Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust for a comment.

    If you need to speak to someone, Samaritans are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 or by emailing   [email protected]

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    Trump awards vocal supporter Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday honoured an Oscar-winning actor, a bluegrass-country singer, a conservative think tank and others with two of the most prestigious national awards in the arts and humanities.

    It was the first time during his nearly three-year-old presidency that Trump has awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.

    Honorees included Jon Voight, one of the few Hollywood actors who is an outspoken backer of Trump. Voight, one of four winners of the National Medal of Arts, later accompanied Trump to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay tribute to the remains of two U.S. service members who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week.

    The White House ceremony marked a rare warm moment between artists and Trump. The president has had a chilly relationship with a broad swath of Hollywood and the arts world, which have shunned Trump over his immigration policies, his Supreme Court picks, his administration’s efforts to roll back abortion rights and other issues.

    “Each of today’s recipients has made an outstanding contribution to American society, culture and life,” Trump said. “They exemplify the genius, talent and creativity of our exceptional nation.”

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    Kimberly Brook Is ‘Healing’ Following Miscarriage After ‘A Lot Of Blood Transfusions’

    Kimberly Brook gave fans an update about her health following her November 17 miscarriage, telling them that she’s ‘healing’ physically after the tragedy that almost took her life.

    Kimberly Brook is physically on the mend after suffering a life-threatening miscarriage, she told her followers on Instagram. The former business consultant, 37, who is married to actor James Van Der Beek, said in her November 20 Instagram story; “Thank you so much for all the love. I’m so grateful for it. A lot of you have asked how I’m feeling physically. I’m healing. I am definitely healing. My biggest thing is my blood pressure. I just get very light-headed very easily so I can’t really get up and walk around for more than a couple minutes right now. A lot of blood transfusion action this weekend, so I’m just taking it super easy trying to restore and build my blood.”

    James announced in a tear-filled message on the November 18 episode of Dancing With The Stars, that his wife of nine years experienced a tragic miscarriage the day prior. She was still in the hospital recovering, but she urged him to still compete on DWTS, James said. Kimberly later revealed on Instagram that she nearly died from the miscarriage, but didn’t go into detail. Dr. Felice Gersh, a top OB-GYN, explained to HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview that near-fatal miscarriages sometimes occur when “pregnancy tissue is retained during the miscarriage,” causing a severe infection. The infection could lead to sepsis or septic shock, a life-threatening emergency.

    A friend of the Van Der Beek family told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that, “Kimberly is still pretty much on bed rest at home, but she’s healing and on the mend physically. Emotionally, the road to healing will be longer; the trauma will take time to recover from. But overall, they are grateful that Kimberly came out alive. They are all so thankful for that.” A rep for James Van Der Beek declined to comment.

    Kimberly reiterated this in her November 20 Instagram story. “Emotionally, I have a lot of love around me,” she said, while sitting down with one of her daughters. “I just want to say to my friends, thank you for the outpouring. I have over 200 voice messages and over 200 messages to read through as well, and I’m trying to not just pore through my phone right now. So, if I haven’t gotten back to you, I probably haven’t even seen your message or heard it. But, I’m just grateful for all of them and all of the love. Thank you.”

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    ‘Prince Andrew and I had dinners’ Lady Victoria Hervey on how she dated the Duke in 1999

    Lady Victoria Hervey joined Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on ITV this morning. During the conversation she spoke about the interactions she had with Jeffrey Epstein, her friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell and the time she briefly dated Prince Andrew. 

    Morgan was keen to understand the relationship she had with the Duke of York and remarked: “You dated Prince Andrew briefly, tell us about that.” 

    “It was not really [dating], we had a couple of dinners together,” Hervey replied. “And that was around the same time, I think it was around 1999, 2000.” 

    “And of course that was just before he is alleged to have met this girl Virginia, when you watch the Prince Andrew interview, what do you make of it?” the presenter continued. 

    “I mean, I watched it and thought, first of all there is no way if he is guilty, that he would go onto television and do an interview like there – there’s no way!” Hervey remarked. 

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    “I think the public already made their decision a long time ago and thought he was guilty, so I think him going on television and he didn’t really give the public what they wanted in respect to actually having any remorse about these girls, that’s why there’s been a backlash. 

    “I actually think he didn’t do, because there’s no way he would go on television,” she concluded. 

    “But what he did do, which is arguable and I think is his achilles heel in this story, is after Epstein had been convicted of peadophilia, of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex, after that had happened, Prince Andrew went to his home in New York, for four days, is seen partying, lots of girls coming and going, seen walking around Central Park having a good time, with a convicted peadophile,” Morgan commented. 

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    “And his explanation was it was convenient – as if there aren’t enough five star hotels in New York!” 

    “I don’t know, I think that was obviously a huge mistake on his part,” Hervey replied. 

    After discussing Ghislaine Maxwell and her possible whereabouts, conversation turned to Epstein’s death. 

    “When you discovered, mainly before he died, then afterwards, when all these women came out, all telling a similar story of being underage, abuse, targeting, trafficking and so on. What did you feel about what had emerged?” Morgan pressed. 

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    “I was completely shocked, I was so shocked because I had no idea, I really had no idea. The more I was reading about it the more I was like ‘wow, I was in one of these apartments,’” Hervey remarked. “I kind of saw all of it, but I saw it but didn’t see it.” 

    “What do you mean ‘you saw it but didn’t see it?’” Reid probed. 

    “Well, I was there, I was at the dinners, I saw things but I didn’t see the truth, I had no idea what was really going on,” Hervey explained. 

    “But I think the word sex trafficking, that’s a very strong word and I don’t think that is the correct word to use for this. You know, when you think of sex trafficking you think of a 12-year-old who has been kidnapped, chained, caged, this is not the same thing.” 

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    “Hang on, hang on,” Morgan was heard interrupting. 

    Reid took over and said: “You might not think it’s the same thing, but unfortunately that’s how it is.” 

    “Epstein was convicted for procuring a 14-year-old for sex – that’s trafficking,” Morgan clarified. “When they’re underage it’s trafficking and literally it was described as railway station – in and out all the time and many of them were underaged.” 

    Prince Andrew strongly denies all claims he had sex with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts) and the prince has also denied any wrongdoing at all. 

    Good Morning Britain airs weekday mornings at 6am on ITV.

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    Old tweet by Spurs star Dele Alli slagging off new boss Jose Mourinho is fake, The Sun can reveal – The Sun

    THE tweet going viral appearing to show Dele Alli blasting Jose Mourinho is a fake.

    A screenshot of a message claiming to have been posted seven years ago by the England star suggested Alli never wanted to work with Mourinho.

    The historical tweet was appearing to come back to haunt the Tottenham star now that Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino in charge.

    Alli, then an MK Dons player was supposed to have said: "Surely I can't be the only one who thinks Mourinho is overrated and too cocky.

    "It just makes you look like a bad manager, I'm glad I'll never have to work with him."

    But SunSport has confirmed that the viral message is a complete fake, aimed at trying to embarrass the Spurs midfielder.

    The pranksters have attempted to undermine the relationship of Alli and Mourinho on the first day he was in charge.

    But in truth, it has been quickly written off by everyone at Spurs.

    Alli is hoping the appointment of Mourinho will help him as he continues to work his way back to his best form following 18 months blighted by injury.

    The 23-year-old, like most of the Spurs squad, had been performing below par as Pochettino gradually lost his dressing room this season.

    Pochettino remained popular with the players for the part he played in developing their careers.

    After his sacking this week, Alli was quick to post a message of thanks to the Argentine on social media.

    He wrote: "I can't thank this man enough. He's taught me so much and I'm so grateful for everything he's done for me.

    "Good luck and I hope to see you again my friend."

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    Lucky cat found 1,200 miles from home after being missing for five years

    A cat who had been missing for five years has incredibly been reunited with her owner after being found 1,200 miles away.

    The black puss called Sasha was picked up by an animal rescue shelter after trekking across the United States to Santa Fe, in New Mexico.

    Sasha was able to be reunited with her owner Viktor Usov in Portland as the cat had been microchipped.

    The cat was flown back to Portland and returned to Mr Usov five years later. He said he had reported her missing but had given up hope of seeing her again.

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    It is unknown how Sasha made it all the way from Portland in the north-west of the US to New Mexico but Mr Usov was delighted to see his pet safe and well again.

    He said: “I couldn’t believe it.

    “We thought the worst but when we received the call we were so thankful Sasha was alive and well.”

    Mr Usov thinks that Sasha must have “hitched a ride” with someone.

    He said: “I guess I want to think he was on a great American adventure.”

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    Murad Kirdar, public relations officer at the Santa Fe shelter, pointed to the importance of microchipping animals.

    He said: “A simple microchip which is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the pet’s skin helped us find the guardian of this missing cat.”

    He added that microchipping is “permanent, with a unique number that cannot fall off, be altered or be removed”.

    American Airlines flew Sasha back to Portland and said it was “honoured” to be part of the reunion.

    A spokesman said: “We’re glad to have provided a happy ending to Sasha’s long journey.”

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