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Hillary Clinton has said some of her friends told her “not to run” for US president in 2016.

Mrs Clinton was the Democrats’ candidate in the presidential run-off which she ultimately lost to Republican Donald Trump.

The former US secretary of state was responding to a question at a Swansea University event on the worst advice she’d ever had.

“I get so much unsolicited advice,” she told the audience of around 600 people, including pupils from local schools.

“There’s a whole cottage industry for giving me bad advice that I ignore.”

She said the worst advice she had received was that she “not run for president because it would be really hard and it’s especially hard for a woman”.

“This advice mostly came from my friends,” Mrs Clinton added.

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“You just have to have a filter in place to work out what’s worth listening to and not.”

Her advice was to “develop the confidence not to get overwhelmed”.

“You can take criticism seriously, but not personally in a way that tears you down… and that’s particularly true of women in the public arena,” she added.

Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Mark Drakeford. Pic: Swansea university
Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Mark Drakeford. Pic: Swansea University

The university’s global challenges scheme, aiming to inspire the next generation of world leaders, is supported by Mrs Clinton.

This was her fourth visit to the university in South Wales, but for the first time she was joined by her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

During the panel, Mr Clinton said he wished he had “acquired fluency in other languages earlier in life… and I regret that”.

“I wish I had acquired that and I think it would be a good thing if almost every person who gets out of high school was at least fluent in one other language,” he said.

“It would be good for America too because we wouldn’t look like an imperial power.”

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The Clintons were joined on stage by Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford.

He was asked by a pupil at a local school what other job he would have liked when he was younger, before the pupil asked if he could “get rid of the 20mph speed limit”.

“First of all, thank you for your advice, the answer to that question is no,” he replied.

He went on to say he considered a career as a cricketer batting for Glamorgan or as an opera singer.

The default speed limit in Wales was introduced on 17 September and has been met with some controversy.

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New York stabbing: Knifeman kills four members of his extended family, including two children, police say




New York stabbing: Knifeman kills four members of his extended family, including two children, police say

Four people, including two children, have been killed by a relative in New York, according to police.

Those stabbed to death included a 12-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, a 44-year-old woman and a man in his 30s.

Officers were called to reports of an incident in the city’s Queens borough after a girl said “her cousin is killing her family members”.

The 11-year-old was found in front of the house and the other three were found inside bedrooms, police added.

A fifth person, a 61-year-old woman, is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The scene in New York
The scene in New York

Suspect Courtney Gordon, 38, was shot dead by police.

The two officers who responded to the scene on Sunday morning were also stabbed, police said.

Jeffrey Maddrey, NYPD chief of patrol, said one officer was struck in the neck and the other in the face.

The two officers were taken to hospital and are expected to recover.

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“The weapon that was used to injure the officers was a typical kitchen steak knife,” Mr Maddrey told a press conference on Saturday.

He said it is unknown at this stage if it was the same weapon used against the other victims.

Mr Maddrey said additional offers sent to the scene were not able to enter the home immediately because there was a fire inside the living room.

It is believed Gordon had been visiting the family at their home in the Far Rockaway neighbourhood.

“This scene was chaos. Multiple victims, a house on fire, and a mad man on a rampage, on a mission,” Patrick Hendry, the head of the New York Police Department’s police union, said.

“The skill that this police officer had shooting and stopping the threat after he was being stabbed. Unbelievable skill,” he said.

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Rock legends Kiss ‘immortalised’ as digital superhero-style avatars




Rock legends Kiss 'immortalised' as digital superhero-style avatars

US rock band Kiss will live on as superhero-style digital avatars after playing their final live gig in New York.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, performed on Saturday night in the city’s Madison Square Garden, before leaving the stage to reveal their new digital alter egos.

Named Demon, the Starchild, Catman, and Spaceman, the holographic stars have been created with motion capture technology by Industrial Light & Magic.

The band were turned into avatars using motion capture technology
The band were turned into avatars using motion capture technology

The band were turned into avatars using motion capture technology

The Hollywood special effects company was founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas in 1975 and has worked on films including Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and The Avengers.

Swedish firm Pophouse Entertainment, which worked on the avatars used in the Abba Voyage shows in London, was also involved.

Kiss frontman Stanley said the avatars – complete with the band’s iconic makeup – would “see Kiss immortalised”.

“What we’ve accomplished has been amazing,” he said.

“But it’s not enough. The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are.”

Kiss on stage in Copenhagen. File pic
Kiss on stage in Copenhagen. File pic

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Virtual Kiss’s first performance upon their unveiling was God Gave Rock And Roll To You.

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The avatars will now be available for live shows around the world and in digital online settings, which some people collectively refer to as the metaverse.

Ariana Grande is among the pop stars to have performed in the hit video game Fortnite, and Lil Nas X has done the same inside the similarly popular Roblox.

Kiss bassist Simmons said the band will go to “places we’ve never dreamed of before”.

In the 50 years since they were formed in 1973, they have been on more than 30 tours, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Inflatable Santa Claus gunned down in Kentucky drive-by shooting




Inflatable Santa Claus gunned down in Kentucky drive-by shooting

A giant blow-up Santa has been gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the US – with the deflating deed captured on video.

The unfestive act carried out in Lexington, Kentucky, left a gaping 46cm (18in) hole in the Father Christmas and raised concerns other similar inflatable decorations could be targeted by the trigger-happy yobs, putting people in danger.

The Santa Claus, which had pride of place in a couple’s front garden, had been brought just days earlier for $200.

But it is hoped with the help of thimble-fingered neighbours that this St Nicholas could be stitched up and rise again, providing some much-needed yuletide cheer.

Homeowner Donald Nelson said: “Me and my wife were sitting on the couch watching TV and we heard a small bang or whatever and she asked me to take a look.

“When I looked out the front door, we saw the inflatable had fallen over.”

The aftermath of the shooting. Pic: KYMA/ NBC

But it was only when he reviewed his CCTV footage the reality of what happened was brought home.

Mr Nelson said: “I went back and looked at our home security camera and it actually showed a vehicle turn around in the court and a sound that sounded like a firearm, shoot it.

“As soon as that noise went off, the inflatable fell down.”

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He added: “I mean, there’s multiple neighbours that have inflatables too and I mean certainly they could be targeted also.

“If they’ve done one, they’ll probably do several.

“Hopefully people will have Ring cameras, security cameras, that will catch a licence plate or give us a better description of who’s doing this.”

The attack left a gaping hole in the festive centrepiece. Pic: KYMA/ NBC

Mr Nelson went on: “We’ve got some neighbours that can sew and have promised their services to help get him up and going again… I just beg people to check and see what your kids are doing.

“I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt. It’s not a cute, fun thing.

“This is, you know, you’re discharging a firearm at someone’s home.”

NBC affiliate Lex 18 reported that Mr Nelson filed a police report but hadn’t had any updates as of Saturday.

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