President Obama On US Budget, Assault On Congo Presidential residence, Nicki Minaj In Elle & More

US President Barack Obama has said it would be “inexcusable” for lawmakers to fail to reach a budget that would fund the government to September. Mr Obama spoke after he and Congressional leaders were unable to reach a budget deal on Tuesday [CBS NEWS]

Forces opposed to Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo have launched a final assault on the presidential residence where he is holed up. Mr Gbagbo has been in negotiations with the UN over the terms of his departure, after being besieged by troops loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara.  [ABC.NET]

Nicki Minaj has conquered the Billboard charts and now she is ready to take on the world of fashion. Equipped with the designs of Mark Fast and Maison Martin Margiela, the ‘Check It Out’ rapper struck a pose in the upcoming Music Issue of ELLE magazine. The special edition is set to his newsstands on April 12 [TALETELA]

As summer is on its way in Britain we all want to show off a bronzed complexion, but the increasing use of sunbeds and lack of sun protection has seen skin cancer soar among young people. [BELFAST TELEGRAPH]

Long Island beach body search continues Wednesday, Suffolk County police, New York state troopers, fire-fighters and cadaver dogs resume their grim search Wednesday for more victims of a suspected serial killer. The searches at Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach have even extended into the small gated communities along the beachfront. [ABC NEWS]

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