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Countdown's Rachel Riley asks 'should we be worried?' as suspicious parcel found backstage

Rachel Riley, 36, has taken to Twitter with a baffling post, asking whether "we should be worried", as she snapped a shot of a curious looking parcel in the lobby of the Channel 4 offices.The Countdown favourite asked her 692,700 Twitter followers for their thoughts on the oddly-shaped package.The star wrote: "Should we be worried?" while the large parcel could be seen near a window at the studios.It didn't take long before a cohort of her followers jumped on to the post to share their jokes and comments. @BakuraOfKulElna jibed: "How did you find out where the Tories have hidden the economy?"@Olafdedig posted: "Is that how Jimmy Carr is shipped ?"Some fans noted that the shape of the parcel curiously matched that of Doctor Who's evil villain, the Dalek.@SchizoDuckie joked: "Daleks can't hurt you if they're still in plafic wrap." @JakeCross1977 penned: "Exterminate! Exterminate!"@Paulgkk said: "Where's the Doctor when you need him?"It's not the first time Rachel has taken to Twitter in shock this week. She took to the opinion-sharing platform to express her views about Russian president Vladimir Putin after the world leader made threats about the possibility of nuclear war.He warned that he would use all options at his disposal to protect Russia's "territorial integrity". The maths whizz made no secret of her dislike of Putin when she told her 692,800 Twitter followers: "Forever rot."Rachel made her point as she reposted a tweet by Max Seddon, the Moscow Bureau Chief at the Financial Times, which had announced: "Putin is finally speaking."To defend the country and the people, we will use all the means at our disposal.'"Rachel, who has been in opposition to the Ukraine war, reacted to the news by urging the President to
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'Forever rot!' Rachel Riley declares her disgust for Putin following nuclear war threats
Rachel Riley, 36, was incensed when she heard that Vladimir Putin had made fresh threats of a nuclear war.The Russian leader warned today that he would use all options at his disposal to protect Russia's "territorial integrity". She made no secret of her dislike of Putin when she told her 692,800 Twitter followers in no uncertain terms: "Forever rot."She reposted a tweet by Max Seddon, the Moscow Bureau Chief at the Financial Times, which had announced: "Putin is finally speaking."To defend the country and the people, we will use all the means at our disposal.'"Rachel, who has been in opposition to the Ukraine war, reacted to the news by urging him to "rot".It has been estimated that there are currently up to 190,000 Russians fighting on Ukrainian soil, but Putin is keen to increase that number and, in an impassioned televised speech, urged more of his citizens to join the war."Referendums" held in parts of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces seem to indicate that the majority of the population would like their area to become part of Russia.However the vote is led and controlled by the Kremlin, and few outsiders believe that the results will be real.Putin has insisted he is saving Ukrainians, claiming: "Russia can’t give up people close to her to be torn apart by executioners and fail to respond to their desire to determine their own fate."He then added: "If its territorial integrity is threatened, Russia will use all the means at its disposal."Prompting rising fears that Putin will unleash nuclear weapons, he added: "This is not a bluff."The dictator also claimed during his speech that the West aims to "weaken, divide and destroy Russia" and that the country must defend itself.US President Joe Biden condemned his call to
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Rachel Riley defends husband Pasha as Countdown co-star slams his proposal 'You got lucky'
Rachel Riley, 36, took to social media today to defend her husband, former Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev, 42.The professional dancer had been blasted by his wife's fellow presenter Colin Murray after the Countdown host revealed the way he had casually asked her to marry him.Sharing a sneak peek of today’s Countdown episode on Twitter, Rachel insisted she was “happy” with her marriage.In the clip, Colin could be seen asking Rachel to spill all the details of Pasha’s unpretentious proposal.Rachel began by explaining how it took place on Manchester’s Market Street among the trams going past and “a load of bins”.She added that Pasha had then simply asked “Should we get married next week when we’re going to Vegas?”Rachel sarcastically added while recalling the moment: “I know, fireworks! Are you feeling the love?”Colin then turned to the camera, saying: “No! I’m going to say to Pasha directly, I know you’re watching..“You’ve got to do better! You got lucky, very lucky,” Colin added as Rachel giggled in the background.In defence of her beloved husband, Rachel captioned the video: “I’d take a happy marriage with a tram stop bins proposal any day.“@C4Countdown 2.10pm today @Channel4 with the usual suspects!“@ColinMurray @susie_dent and @rickedwards1 this week in dictionary corner.”Fans of the TV star replied to the tweet with their opinion on the unconventional proposal.Johnny_JI81 said: “What a rubbish proposal although Pasha must have had a lot of charm to pull that off.“But look what happened after, he's a very lucky guy.”FernsInDusk remarked: “..
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Nigella Lawson 'distraught' as she issues emotional plea after pal Salman Rushdie stabbed
The Booker Prize winner was speaking at an event New York State Police said a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie and an interviewer."Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck," the police statement said."Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck," the police statement said.The author was transported by helicopter to a local hospital and his condition is not currently known.The Indian-born novelist catapulted to fame with Midnight's Children in 1981, which went on to sell over one million copies in the UK alone.But Mr Rushdie's fourth book, in 1988 - The Satanic Verses - forced him into hiding for nine years.The surrealist, post-modern novel sparked outrage among some Muslims, who considered its content to be blasphemous, and was banned in some countries.Literary events attended by Mr Rushdie have been subject to threats and boycotts in the past.Deborah James’ husband Sebastien Bowen recalls final months together[LATEST]Rachel Riley's tearful row with husband Pasha amid 'horrible abuse'[ADMISSION]Elizabeth Hurley, 57, ethereal in white dress for World Elephant Day[PICTURES]In a statement, the Chautauqua Institution said "it is currently coordinating with law enforcement and emergency officials on a public response following today's attack of Salman Rushdie on the Chautauqua Amphitheater stage."They added: "We will provide more details as we know them".Nigella and Salman have known each other for a number of years and the TV personality recently addressed the moment she offered to cook for him but agents of national security unit Special Branch had to wait for him in her bedroom.At the time, Salman was in hiding following the release of his book, The Satanic Verses.She said:
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Rachel Riley's tearful row with 'frustrated' husband Pasha amid 'horrible online abuse'
Rachel Riley has confessed that she had fights with her husband, former Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev, after anti-Semitic comments from online trolls had left her in tears.The star recalled how Pasha would become “frustrated” when she got upset and told her she was “not allowed to cry”.  Ahead of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown's return, Rachel, 36, spoke candidly about the effect the cruel messages had on her relationship with husband Pasha, 42.The star discussed the “horrible” abuse she received with Anna Whitehouse on her Dirty Mother Pukka podcast back in May this year.She told Anna: “At one stage I spoke publicly on a podcast and it was like a tap had been turned on.“Literally, it felt like someone had pressed a button and sent them all in my direction all at once,” she said, referring to the online hatred she had received when she publicly campaigned against anti-Semitism. “It was overwhelming and it was my birthday week and I just remember I was crying because something really horrible had happened,” Rachel remembered. “And Pasha was saying: ‘Look, if you’re going to do this, you’re not allowed to cry!’“I think it was one of the only times we argued about it, actually, and he’s been so supportive and we talked about it and then he never said anything along that realm."She added: “He was just frustrated that he could see these horrible people getting to me.” When Anna asked Rachel about her tears once more, the maths whizz confirmed she “won’t be joining any more Twitter pile-ons".Rachel has not been afraid to voice her views online over the years, particularly when it came to accusations of anti-Semitism from within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. The star has often been outspoken about Labour
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