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Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to be featured on the cover of the U.S. version of Vogue, Downing Street confirmed to BBC, becoming the first prime minister to ever do so.

The spread, orchestrated by British-born editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, will appear in the magazine’s April edition, a spokesman for Downing Street said to BBC.

May posed for renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also photographed First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for Vogue.

Since she became prime minister in July, her fashionable footwear has made headlines, particularly her trademark kitten heels. In September, a trade union urged her to ditch her heels for flat shoes in formal meetings to promote equality in the workplace, according to the Guardian.

Margaret Thatcher, the only other female British prime minister, posed for the U.K. version of Vogue several times.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President-elect Donald Trump’s team is considering moving the press briefing room out of the White House’s West Wing, according to Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

When asked about an Esquire magazine report that the incoming administration plans to move the press room out of the West Wing to the Old Executive Office Building next door, Priebus told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on This Week, “The one thing that we discussed was whether or not we want to do conferences in the [Executive Office Building].”

“Which, by the way, is the White House,” Priebus added. “So no one is moving out of the White House. That is the White House, where you can fit four times the amount of people in the press conference, allowing more press, more press coverage from all over the country to have those press conferences. That’s what we’re talking about.”

The news of a possible change in venue for White House press corps briefings comes after a very contentious first press conference by the president-elect last week.

“I know some of the folks in the press are uptight about this and I understand,” Priebus said on “This Week.” “The only thing that’s been discussed is whether or not the initial press conferences are going to be in that small press room. For the people listening to this that don’t know this, the press room that people see on TV is very, very tiny — 49 people fit in that press room.”

“We had like 500 or 600 folks at the press conference last week so we started thinking, ‘Man alive, if we can have more people involved than less people involved, that would be a good thing’ — that’s what this is about, George,” Priebus said.

Priebus added that the change in venue would allow for more press coverage and greater access by journalists. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a statement to ABC News following the report in Esquire.

“While no decisions have been made, there is enormous interest in covering Donald Trump and his agenda to improve the lives of every American,” Spicer’s statement said. “The current briefing room only has 49 seats so we have looked at rooms within the White House to conduct briefings that have additional capacity to accommodate members of media including talk radio, bloggers and others.”

Meanwhile, the president of the White House Correspondents Association, an organization of journalists who cover the White House and president, said he plans to meet with Trump’s incoming press secretary on the issue.

In a statement to the media, association President Jeff Mason said he is seeking “clarity” about reports that the press-briefing room may be moved.

Mason also made it clear that the association’s preference is to keep the press room where it is.

“The briefing room is open now to all reporters who request access. We support that and always will. The WHCA will fight to keep the briefing room and West Wing access to senior administration officials open. We object strenuously to any move that would shield the president and his advisers from the scrutiny of an on-site White House press corps,” the statement concluded.

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Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images(BELGRADE, Serbia) — Once applauded for its treatment of migrants and refugees, Serbia has recently become a frozen, forlorn purgatory. For those trapped on the Balkans route from the Mediterranean Sea to Germany, there’s nowhere left to go.

“Serbia risks becoming a dumping zone, a new Calais where people are stranded and stuck,” Andrea Contenta, humanitarian affairs officer for Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) in Serbia told the Guardian newspaper, referring to the French encampment cleared by authorities last fall.

“They choose to stay here in Belgrade, even if it’s terrible,” MSF press officer Gemma Gillie added. “They still have their freedom. If they do want to carry on their journey, which a lot of them do, they can. And so they’re waiting here.”

#Serbia, many migrants with no need for international protection should be returned & others need adequate reception pic.twitter.com/PYvdfJ86Vf

— vincent cochetel (@cochetel) January 13, 2017

Some 2,000 people are living out of warehouses and empty train cars in Belgrade with no running water and no sanitation, the organization says. MSF runs a mobile clinic, treating about 100 people daily with coughs, colds, hypothermia and frostbite.

Migrants’ dreams of #Europe die frozen in the #Serbian #snow by @louiseelisabet @STForeign 📷@SantiPalacios https://t.co/QKIzdE3JK5 pic.twitter.com/EmA2s82unW

— SundayTimesPictures (@STPictures) January 15, 2017

The UN estimates about half of the people currently taking shelter in Belgrade are younger than 18 years old, and MSF says they see patients as young as 7 or 8 years old traveling with older siblings.

With temperatures expected as low as -4 F this week, Save the Children warned that “the conditions here are very, very difficult, and with temperatures forecast to drop as low as -20 °C today, the lives of children are at risk,” said Valentina Bollenback from Save the Children, who is in Presevo, Serbia on the border with Macedonia.

“The mothers I have met arriving here are distressed because they are unable to keep their babies warm and safe. We see children with early signs of hypothermia such as blue lips and hands, as well as high fevers and respiratory problems,” she said. “Instead of focusing on closing their borders, Europe’s governments should be doing more to give people fleeing war a dignified and humane reception.”

It is – 10 degrees in #Belgrade #Serbia today. Imagine you have to face the cold in these conditions. pic.twitter.com/IflZqwNfBL

— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) January 12, 2017

“Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. It’s about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements,” UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe said on Friday.

“I saw one man brought in who was unconscious from the cold,” Tahir Bakhtiary, an MSF translator told the Sunday Times. “Something has to be done. There is nothing there. It could get a lot worse. People could die.”

And they are dying. Aid agencies say at least five asylum-seekers have died in Europe, and more could follow when temperatures plummet this week.

“Saving lives is the most urgent priority right now,” UNHCR spokeswoman Cécile Pouilly told reporters. “We are extremely worried about continued reports of push-backs in all countries along the Western Balkans. These practices are simply unacceptable and must be halted, as they place the lives of refugees and migrants at heightened risk and violate their most fundamental rights.”

We are deeply worried at the situation of refugees and migrants faced with harsh winter conditions across #Europe https://t.co/wYEeUB91bw pic.twitter.com/XCJg7eDTIH

— UNHCRNews (@RefugeesMedia) January 13, 2017

Speaking to Save the Children in Serbia, a man using the pseudonym Nasir, who fled the war in Syria five months ago with his wife and two small children, said they never expected this.

“The boat journey was the hardest part. It was extremely cold, everything was wet and the babies were ill,” he said. “Sometimes I fear for my children. We couldn’t remain in Syria, but it doesn’t get this cold there. We have never been this cold.”

English language graffiti pleading for help is scrawled across the walls in Belgrade.

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark,” reads one message, in an image snapped by the MSF press officer, Gemma Gillie. Other messages read: “We are helpless” and “Please don’t forget about us.”

Graffiti at the #warehouse #Belgrade #Serbia …couldn’t have said it better myself. Everyone deserves dignity and to be treated as a person pic.twitter.com/jWb4fJWA90

— Gem Gillie (@GemLouGillie) January 14, 2017

Of the more than 7,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants currently in Serbia, most are in heated government shelters. But it’s the nearly 2,000 that remain outside, unregistered, that has aid agencies terrified.

An Iraqi refugee staying at one of the centers told UNHCR: “The room is small, but I cannot be angry at Serbia because we did not get beaten up here. We were given a bed and warm meals.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff offered some hope that the new administration will abide by the Iran nuclear deal instead of tearing it up.

Asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week if the Iran agreement would continue under Trump, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said, “It’s yet to be seen how that is going to shape up.”

“We all know that President-elect Trump doesn’t like the Iran deal, thinks it’s a terrible document, thinks it will create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which it already is beginning to do,” Priebus added.

On the campaign trail, Trump vehemently criticized the Iran deal. He told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in May that “my number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” He also later suggested that he would “renegotiate” the agreement.

But Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, made a noteworthy departure from his boss’s position during his Senate confirmation hearing last week, saying, “I think it is an imperfect arms control agreement. It’s not a friendship treaty. But when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies.”

Priebus told Stephanopoulos he thinks the Iran deal “is on life support.”

“I’m not here to declare one way or the other ultimately where this is going to go,” Priebus said.

In response to Mattis and Trump’s different opinions, Priebus said the best way for the administration to decide on the Iran deal is through “a collective decision that is made, of course, with President-elect Trump having the primary say … but all of those opinions will be in the room.”

U.S. allies, including a group of European Union foreign ministers, along with dozens of the nation’s top scientists have urged Trump to keep the agreement. But nearly every Republican presidential candidate ran on destroying the deal, which remains unpopular among the president’s elect’s political party.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Finding affordable travel can be stressful, but Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News to give his tips on making your trip to the airport more friendly to your wallet.

Here’s what he had to say:

This is not about avoiding flying on Friday the 13th.

This is about avoiding steep prices that occur as airlines raise or lower fares due to seasonal demand (or lack of same).

The list below can help you avoid high prices and fly cheap.

Don’t Fly These Days

February 11 – 24: This is a blackout period during the cheap Winter Deal Zone that got underway earlier this month, so watch out for those February dates (and you’ll see very similar blackout periods in recent sales). A lot of folks want to get away for the long Presidents’ Day weekend and Valentine’s Day, so fares go up temporarily.

April 2: This is when a price bump kicks in on many routes for the spring season, which is typically more expensive than winter. If you can jiggle your itinerary a bit to take off by April 1, you’ll likely save some money.

June 3: Another fare hike occurs on this date (per average prices) for the pre-summer season, not as pricy as peak-summer but higher than spring. Again, try to take off by June 2.

June 20: Boom, it’s the popular summer season and fares jump accordingly. If the kids are out of school before this date, travel before the 20th and you’ll have a little something to add to the college fund.

Early August: Though it’s too early for specific dates, generally high summer fares continue into August. But if you can wait a bit, fly in late August when prices drop for fall. This is an excellent time to travel; kids are back in school, lines at airports and attractions drop to manageable levels and plane tickets are cheaper, sometimes significantly cheaper.

Other Ways to Cut Costs

Simple ways to lower the cost of travel that I’ve written about before but bears repeating.

Fly a cheaper route: If you’re traveling cross-country (or even half-way), compare the prices of convenient non-stops with longer connecting flights. Sometimes the difference in price can add up to a lot of money (sometimes hundreds of dollars on flights to Europe). Why not use the savings at your destination?

Use a carry-on bag: It’s free on most airlines but the bigger benefit is a bag that travels with you on a plane can’t go astray. Hanging around an airline baggage office to report a lost bag is annoying and takes time, too. As we all know, time is money.

And remember, the smartest thing you can do whenever you shop for plane tickets is to compare prices, since no single airline always has the best deal. Don’t forget to do a separate search on Southwest, the only carrier that does not share fare data.

Note: Because “do not fly” dates are based on average prices for top domestic airline routes, it may not apply to all departure and destination cities but it can act as a guide. The best thing to do no matter where or when you fly is to always seek out a comparison airfare site (like my own but there are many out there). That’s the one way to see which airline has the best deals.

Rick Seaney is the CEO of FareCompare, a website that curates the best deals on flights from around the world. Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

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Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Reaction to Saturday’s announcement that Ringling Bros. and Barnum Circus will cease operations in May has been mixed: Animals rights groups lauded the move, while celebrities and the general public had a mixed reaction.

The parent company of the circus, Feld Entertainment, said in a statement, “The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an unsustainable business for the company. Following the transition of the elephants off the circus [last year], the company saw a decline in ticket sales greater than could have been anticipated.”

Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime opponent of the circus, said in a statement she welcomed its closure: “After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end [of the circus] and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times.”

The Humane Society of the United States’ president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle, said, “I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts.”

And The Humane League, a national farm animal protection nonprofit, tweeted, “The Ringling Brothers circus is shutting down after 146 years! Massive victory for animals!”

Actress Pamela Anderson tweeted, “IT’S OVER!” and linked to PETA’s statement on her blog.

IT’S OVER! https://t.co/JL0j61VoP9

— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) January 15, 2017

Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal was less enthused about the announcement, sharing his feelings on Twitter.

Comedian Jay Mohr also wasn’t keen on the circus’ shutdown, but offered a humorous take on the move, tweeting, “Ringling Brothers shutting down isn’t a “Massive victory for the animals”. It’s a shame. Now where’s an elephant go to get a nice hat?”

Mohr followed up with another tweet, writing, “2017 just took a dark turn. Ringling Brothers Circus closes leaving 2,500 unemployed clowns just roaming the streets.”

Former “Real Housewives of Miami” star and “Dancing With The Stars” contestant, model Joanna Krupa, expressed satisfaction about the announcement, tweeting, “The best news ever ! Thank god and all the animal lovers and groups who fought day and night for these angels!”

Iconic “Star Trek” actor George Takei took the opportunity to express his disdain for president-elect Donald Trump, tweeting, “After 146 yrs, Ringling Bros will close ‘Greatest Show on Earth.’ That title now goes to the daily s***show coming from the President-elect.”

And while Trump has yet to comment about the circus’ shuttering, he previously tweeted that he was unhappy about the circus’ decision to remove elephants from its shows, ending years of tricks and synchronized dances.

In March 2015 he tweeted, “Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I,for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs”

Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I,for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2015

And then in January 2016, Trump tweeted, “.@RinglingBros is retiring their elephants– the circus will never be the same.”

.@RinglingBros is retiring their elephants– the circus will never be the same.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2016

Ringling Bros.’ two circus units will conclude their tours with their final shows in Providence, R.I., on May 7, and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on May 21.

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David A. Walega/FilmMagic via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The iconic 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its final performances in May as “The Greatest Show on Earth” comes to an end.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company of the circus, confirmed the show’s closing to ABC News in a statement citing a decline in ticket sales along with the high cost of touring, particularly after elephants were removed from performances.

“We are grateful to the hundreds of millions of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years,” Feld Entertainment chairman and CEO Kenneth Feld said in a statement. “Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.”

The news comes after Kristen Michelle Wilson made history this week as the first woman ringmaster to run the show at Ringling Bros.

The entertainment company will hold a press conference on Monday to discuss the circus’ closing. The final performances of the two circus units will be at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7, and at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on May 21.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ZAGAN, Poland) — More than 3,000 U.S. troops were welcomed by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and the country’s defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz, on Saturday in a NATO show of force.

In the snowy, western Polish town of Zagan, Szydlo said it was an important day “for Poland, for Europe and our common defense” as the U.S. troops were sent under “Operation Atlantic Resolve” to reassure NATO allies against Russian threats.

The U.S. force, which includes troops and tanks, is expected to rotate every nine months through several countries in Eastern Europe. It marks the first time western forces have been deployed on a continuous basis to NATO’s Eastern Flank.

“America will always stand with Poland to defend freedom,” U.S. ambassador Paul W. Jones said Saturday.

Russian officials this week criticized the increased military presence of its neighbor. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told BBC the move “threatens our interests and our security.”

“It’s a third country that is building up its military presence on our borders in Europe,” he said to BBC. “It isn’t even a European country.”

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US Launch Report(LOMPOC, Calif.) — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 returned to flight, launching successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Saturday, just four and a half months after a fiery explosion destroyed Facebook’s AMOS-6 satellite.

An investigation conducted by SpaceX (with assists from the Air Force, NASA, and the National Transportation Safety Board) concluded that the September 1 explosion was likely caused by a failure of a pressurized second-stage tank.

The company, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, vowed to change the fueling procedures to prevent the incident from recurring, and the FAA granted a launch license.

The launch on Saturday delivered 10 Iridium satellites to low-earth orbit for use in mobile communications.

After separation, the rocket’s first stage landed on the droneship “Just Read the Instructions,” stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX nailed a similar droneship landing back in April. Returning the first stage to earth enables the company to reuse the rocket, drastically reducing the cost of launch.

Musk has said his ultimate goal is to start a colony on Mars by reducing the cost of a one-way trip from $10 billion per person to just $200,000.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that he is open to lifting the recently-imposed sanctions on Russia if Vladimir Putin assists the U.S. in its anti-terror initiatives and in other matters.

But the sanctions, imposed by President Obama in late December in response to Russia’s alleged attempts to influence the presidential election via cyberattacks, will remain for “at least for a period of time,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday night.

“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” he asked.

Trump also said that once he’s sworn in as the 45th president, he will happily meet with Putin. “I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me,” he said.

Also noteworthy was Trump’s suggestion that the American “One China” policy — which views Taiwan as part of China, not as a separate country — could be modified.

“Everything is under negotiation including ‘One China,'” Trump told The Wall Street Journal.

Such a move would anger China, considering it views Taiwan as a renegade province. China, for example, lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. after Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call last month from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen.

Trump has repeatedly said in the past that he would label China a currency manipulator, but he told The Wall Street Journal he’s not looking to do that on his first day in the Oval Office. “I would talk to them first,” he said. “Certainly they are manipulators. But I’m not looking to do that.”

But he didn’t back down from his previous criticism of the Chinese. “Instead of saying, ‘We’re devaluating our currency,’ they say, ‘Oh, our currency is dropping.’ It’s not dropping,” he said. “They’re doing it on purpose … Our companies can’t compete with them now because our currency is strong and it’s killing us.”

Trump did have kind words to say about Chinese leader Xi Jinping, though, who sent the incoming commander in chief a holiday greeting card. “I have a beautiful card from the chairman,” he said.

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