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It is very hard to find stars with bad bodies who frequent beaches. But we still try. Kind of.

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Iskra Lawrence: Best

Plus-size model Iskra Lawrence looked stunning in a one-piece bathing suit while visiting Tulum, Mexico.

 

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Lais Ribeiro: Best

Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit stunner Lais Ribeiro shows off her beach body during an afternoon dip in the ocean in Miami.

 

(Splash)

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Susan Lucci: Best

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Kelly Ripa: Best

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Brooke Burke-Charvet: Best

Former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet flashed her toned bikini body in Malibu to promote her new fitness app. For more photos of Burke-Charvet, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Taylor Hill: Best

Victoria’s Secret model Taylor Hill has been getting plenty of sun while vacationing in the Eleuthera Island of the Bahamas.  The runway star made sure to pose in a teeny tiny white bikini for Instagram. For more photos of Hill, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Charlotte McKinney: Best

GUESS Girl Charlotte McKinney was happily enjoying a sun-soaked vacation getaway during the wintry months. The model made sure to rock a white hot bikini that enhanced her famous figure. For more photos of McKinney, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Sofia Vergara: Best

Sofia Vergara has been enjoying a sun-soaked vacation getaway in Mexico with her husband, “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello. For more photos of the “Modern Family” actress, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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LeAnn Rimes: Best

Country crooner LeAnn Rimes rocked a swimsuit that proudly showed off her curves while enjoying a romantic getaway in Mexico with her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian. For more photos of the 35-year-old singer, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Tara Reid: Worst

Tara Reid (left) appeared dangerously skinny as she sported a bikini and tiny denim shorts while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico with a friend. The American actress, best known for appearing in “American Pie” and “Sharknado,” is 42. MORE: TARA REID HITS RED CARPET WITH WHOLE NEW LOOK

(Backgrid)

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga revealed her famous assets (and tattoos) while enjoying a beach getaway to kick off the New Year. The singer, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is 31. MORE: SEXIEST CELEBRITY BIKINI BODIES

(Twitter)

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Alessandra Ambrosio: Best

There’s a reason why Alessandra Ambrosio has developed such a successful, lasting career as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. The 36-year-old mother of two was spotted having a good time in her native Brazil.

(Splash)

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Rebecca Gayheart: Best

Rebecca Gayheart kicked off 2018 with some winter sun in Oahu Hawaii. The 46 year-old “Ugly Betty” actress looked stunning in a bikini while chatting with friends on the beach.

(Splash)

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Kelsea Ballerini: Best

Kelsea Ballerini has been happily sharing photos from her honeymoon with new hubby, fellow country singer Morgan Evans, on Instagram. The swimsuit-clad 24-year-old is relaxing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For more photos of Ballerini, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Katharine McPhee: Best

Katharine McPhee showed off her beach-ready bikini body while out vacationing in Mexico. The singer/actress, who first found fame as an “American Idol” contestant, is 33. MORE: SEXIEST CELEBRITY BIKINI BODS

(MOVI Inc.)

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Charlize Theron: Best

Charlize Theron showcased her bikini body during Thanksgiving when she enjoyed a sunny getaway in Los Cabos, Mexico, with her kids. 

(Splash)

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Tania Marie: Best

 Italian Playboy Model Tania Marie showed off her bikini body while doing a photoshoot in Venice Beach, California.

(Splash)

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Bella Thorne: Best

Bella Thorne is ready to hit the waves! The 20-year-old wore a skimpy bikini top in a behind-the-scenes snap from Liam Payne’s “Bedroom Floor” music video. For more photos of Thorne, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Olivia Culpo: Best

Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo was spotted participating in photoshoot where she rocked a Beach Bunny Swimwear bikini that showed off her camera-ready body.

(Splash)

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Hilary Duff: Best

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Natalie Pack: Best

GUESS Girl Natalie Pack isn’t shy about flaunting her bikini body on Instagram with a selfie. For more photos of the model, visit HollywoodLife.com.

(Instagram)

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Christina El Moussa: Best

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Lindsay Lohan: Worst

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Kate Compton: Best

Model Kate Compton sizzled on the beach in a sexy, strappy black one piece. But the model’s beach day was for work — she spent the day modeling for a photo shoot with fashion photographer Malachi Banales in Malibu, California.

(Splash)

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Danica Patrick: Best

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Natalia Borges and some guy: Best

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Natalia Borges was seen teaching her puppy how to swim at Miami beach. She showered her boyfriend and dog with kisses as they frolicked in the sea together.

(Splash)

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Olivia Munn: Best

Newly-single Olivia Munn headed to the Beach Enclave North Shore Villa in Turks & Caicos to celebrate her birthday. She thanked Booking.com on her Instagram account for sending her on the vacay. During the trip, she showed off her fit figure in a low-cut one-piece. Does Aaron Rodgers know what he’s missing? 

(Courtesy of Booking.com)

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Kristin Cavallari: Best

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Nicole Scherzinger: Best

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CJ Franco: Best

All work, all play? Model CJ Franco looked like she was having fun while donning a white bathing suit for a Sports Illustrated shoot in Malibu.

(Splash)

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“Top Chef” Padma Lakshmi: Best

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Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner: Best

Sister, sister. Kourtney Kardashian (left) and her younger sister Kendall Jenner soaked up the sun on a boat while in Cannes. “Romy and Michele Takes Cannes,” Kardashian captured the pic. The mom-of-three reportedly brought along her much younger beau on the trip. Click here for more pics of Kardashian on Hollywoodlife.com.

(Instagram)

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Ashley Graham: Best

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ashley Graham channeled Pamela Anderson with her “Baywatch”-inspired swimsuit. The piece is from the 29-year-old’s newest Swimsuits For All campaign.

(Swimsuits For All)

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Joy Corrigan: Best

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model flaunted her bikini-ready figure during a sizzling photoshoot in Miami.

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Mama June: Best

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Jessie James Decker: Best

Jessie James Decker showed off her newly-toned bikini bod thanks to the South Beach Diet. The busy mom-of-two said a balance of diet and exercise helped her get into the best shape of her life. “When I was younger, it was easier to stay in shape. But once I had children, everything changed,” she said in a press release.

(South Beach Diet)

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Lisa Rinna: ‘I am 53’

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Kate Hudson: Best

Kate Hudson showed off her insane bikini body while on a vacation in with her kids in in Hawaii. 

(Splash News)

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Porsha Williams: Best

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams recently vacationed AAA Four Diamond Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Porsha stripped down to a revealing swimsuit while at the resort to show off her fit beach bod. 

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Maria Menounos: Best

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Kendra Wilkinson: Best

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Nina Agdal: Best

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Bella Hadid: Best

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Adam Sandler: Worst

The ‘Happy Gilmore’ star may be helping his kids eat too many of their Happy Meals.

(X17online.com)

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Melissa Joan Hart: Best

Melissa Joan Hart is proud of maintaining her 40 pound weight loss using Nutrisystem and is looking forward to swimsuit season. “It’s been awesome trying on different swimsuits and feeling confident. This red suit is one of my favorites – it’s sexy and playful, but still a little reserved. Perfect for an almost 40 year old!” Hart said.

(Nutrisystem)

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Selena Gomez: Best

Selena shared a super sexy selfie of herself wearing a bikini and teased, “comin soon.” Perhaps the singer has a new photoshoot coming out or a music video. Click here for more pictures of Gomez.

(Instagram)

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Candice Swanepoel: Best

(Splash)

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Lindsey Vonn: Best

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Sylvie van der Vaart: Best

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Kellie Pickler: Best

Pickler went from country girl to cabana girl. The singer posted a picture of herself getting some R&R on a girl’s trip with fellow country singer Jana Kramer. Click here for more pictures of Kellie.

(Instagram)

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Paris Hilton: Best

Paris celebrated July 4 soaking up some sun in a black, stringy one-piece. Click here to see more pictures of the hotel heiress from X17online.com.

(X17online)

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Kate Walsh: Best

(Splash)

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Ireland Baldwin: Best

Alec’s daughter told Galore magazine that forgoing Cup of Noodles was key to her bangin’ bikini bod. Having half Kim Basinger’s genes doesn’t hurt either.

(Jacog Dekat/Galore)

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Heidi Klum: Best

Klum’s a cut above the rest. The model and mom of four showed off her bikini-ready body in a black cut-out one-piece on the cover of Us Weekly. How does she stay in shape? “I don’t eat bagels—no way!” she told the magazine. “A bagel is basically a cardboard box…Usually I’ll have a smoothie in the morning.”

(Us Weekly)

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Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens: Best

Former Disney costars Tisdale (R) and Hudgens celebrated Tisdale’s upcoming wedding in style. The pair showed off their toned tummies in teeny bikinis on a huge yacht in Miami. Click here for more photos from Tisdale’s bachelorette party.

(Splash)

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Shemar Moore: Best

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Shauna Sand: Best

Sand wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie teal bikini for a day of fun in the sun. For more pictures of the Playboy Playmate, visit X17online.com.

(X17online)

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Lisa Hochstein: Best

(Splash)

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Ashley Benson: Best

Summer can’t come soon enough for this “Spring Breakers” star. Benson, left, shared a sultry poolside seflie of her and a friend trying to get a tan. “Trying to look tan haha,” she wrote on InstagramClick here for more sexy “Spring Breakers” photos.

(Instagram)

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Kim Kardashian: Best

(Instagram)

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Nina Agdal and Josh Henderson: Best

Op‘s Spring/Summer 2014 marketing campaign features Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Nina Agdal, actor Josh Henderson, and model/actress Cailin Russo. This is Nina and Josh. They are quite fit.

(Op.com)

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Celina Jade: Best

“Arrow” star Celina Jade stripped down to a bikini for a Maxim shoot. The Hong Kong native revealed that she’s also a singer, songwriter and trained martial artist.

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Kris Jenner: Best

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Marg Helgenberger: Best

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Rihanna: Best

(X17)

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Kate Upton: Best

Supermodel Kate Upton showed off her clearly awesome beach body in the pages of Sports Illustrated as their swimsuit issue covergirl… twice. 

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Amanda Cerny: Best

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Jaclyn Swedberg: Best

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Bar Refaeli: Best

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Gabrielle Union: Best

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Courtney Stodden: Best

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Karrueche Tran: Best

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Emmanuelle Chriqui: Best

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Bethenny Frankel: Best

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Holly Madison: Best

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Lauren Stoner: Best

Okay, so we’re not even sure who this is, but with a body like that, does it even matter? For the record, she was on a reality show in 2010 called “The Spin Crowd.” For more pics of Lauren, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Melody Thornton: X17

The former Pussycat Dolls singer looks very hot in Miami Beach. For more pics of Melody, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Kendall Jenner: Best

The reality-star-turned-model shows off her patriotism the only way she knows how. For more pics of Kendall, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Farrah Abraham: Best

(RumorFix)

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Reese Witherspoon: Best

While celebrating the Fourth of July with her son and husband, Reese opted to cover up at the beach. The new mom still looks fabulous. Click here for more from X17.

(X17)

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Maria Shriver: Worst

We have to say, at 57, Maria Shriver looks pretty good… from the front. But we wish she would have paired her figure-flattering one piece swimsuit with a sarong or a cover-up. Maria Shriver: WorstClick here for more photos from X17

(X17)

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Victoria Silvstedt: Best

(X17)

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Alison Brie: Best

(Esquire)

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Katrina Bowden: Best

Of her bikini style the “30 Rock” star says, “I love mixing and matching the brightly colored bikinis, tank tops and shorts. I like to create my own individual beach style.” You can check out more behind the scenes footage here.

(Invision/AP)

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Kellan Lutz: Best

“One of my favorite styles is the hybrid short,” says the ripped star. “They dry quickly so you can wear them in the water, then out around town.” You can check out more behind the scenes footage here.

(Omar Vega/Invision for Iconix/AP)

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Nicole Richie: Best

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Nicole Richie look this good – and healthy. For more pics of Nicole, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Jessica Alba: Best

Alba stripped down to her string bikini to enjoy the water in St. Barth’s with her husband Cash Warren, a former stage hand on one of her movie sets, also known as the luckiest man in the world. HOT SHOTS: Tons more pics of Alba on the beach.

(X17)

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Jennie Garth: Best

(X17Online)

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Jennifer Love Hewitt: Best

The actress has gone up and down in size over the years, but on the March 2013 issue of Shape, she looks quite good a bikini.

(AMI)

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Beyonce: Best

The singer had a baby not long before shooting this cover. Bow down.

(GQ)

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Naomi Watts: Best

With a body like that, it’s hard to believe that Naomi has two kids! For more pics of Naomi, go to x17online.com.

(AlphaX/X17online.com)

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Magdalena Frackowiak: Best

(X17)

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Stephanie Seymour: Best

(X17)

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Claudia Galanti: Best

(X17)

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Jennifer Aniston: Best

(RumorFix)

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Jada Pinkett Smith: Best

(RumorFix.com)

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Cindy Crawford: Best

The supermodel, born in 1966, is still super-modeling. Cindy Crawford: BestNow that’s impressive.

(Shape)

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Courtney Cox: Best

The “Cougar Town” star showed off her bikini body while enjoying a Corona in Miami. How does our favorite “Friend” stay in great shape? She told New Beauty magazine that she follows a light diet plan. She skips breakfast and has a coffee instead, chicken salad for lunch and meat and vegetables for dinner. Yep, that’ll do it. HOT SHOTS: Cox’s hot bikini bod.

(RumorFix.com)

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Jennifer Lawrence: Best

(RumorFix.com)

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Katy Perry: Best

The singer often shows off her figure in form-fitting dresses, so it’s no surprise that she looks this good in a two-piece while on vacation in Miami. For more pics of Katy, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Demi and Rumer: Best

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Jon Favreau: Worst

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Best: Olivia Wilde

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Best: Whitney Port

Her body is beach ready, but her taste in bikinis is lacking, troubling as she is a “fashion designer.” At least on TV. For more pics of Whitney, go to x17online.com.

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Best: Maria Menounous

(X17 Online)

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Worst: Val Kilmer

(X17 Online)

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Ashley Tisdale: Best

The young actress celebrated her birthday with boyfriend Scott Speer, sharing a kiss and playing in the ocean at her Malibu Birthday party. For more pics of Ashley, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Ramona Singer: Worst

The “Real Housewives of New York” star should have done a few extra crunches before donning her itsy bitsy bikini. (They do make something called a “one piece.”) Ramona Singer: WorstFor more pics of Ramona, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Kelly Brook: Best

Kelly Brook and Cannes: a good combination. Fore more pics of Kelly, go to x17online.com.

(X17online.com)

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Michelle Rodriguez: Best

(X17)

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Russell Simmons: Worst

(X17)

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David Hasselhoff: Worst

Eek. Those late night cheeseburgers are beginning to show. For more on David go to X17Online.

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Janice Dickinson: Worst

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Jordana Brewster: Best

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Cameron Diaz: Best

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Keira Knightly: Best

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Mario Lopez: Best

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Kristen Bell: Best

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Kathy Griffin: Worst

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Deena Cortese: Worst

The “Jersey Shore” gal should consider trading in all those fruity cocktails for some Muscle Milk. For more pics of Deena go to Celebuzz.

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Serena Williams: Best

The tennis star looks hot in a bikini that looks like lingerie. For more pics of Serena go to Celebuzz.

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COVID-19: Man who threatened to blow up NHS hospital unless he was paid £10m convicted of extortion | World News

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A Berlin-born man who threatened to blow up an NHS hospital unless he was paid £10m in cryptocurrency has been convicted of extortion by a German court.

Emil A, an Italian national, sent the first threatening email to the NHS in April 2020 – at the height of the first peak of the coronavirus pandemic – purporting to be a member of the far-right group Combat 18.

Over a six-week period he sent 18 emails, also making threats to blow up BLM protests and murder members of parliament.

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said their experts worked 24 hours a day analysing leads and electronic communication, eventually tracking Emil A down to a flat in the German capital.

On 15 June, specialist firearms officers from Berlin Police used explosives to force entry to his flat and arrest him.

The 33-year-old – who has been in custody since his arrest – was sentenced to three years in prison, but released on bail by the court before his judgment is ratified.

Tim Court, the NCA’s head of investigations, said Emil A’s actions were “the most significant threat we’ve seen to UK infrastructure” – and that he sought to hijack significant social events like the BLM protests for monetary gain and disrupt the treatment of people suffering with coronavirus.

Mr Court said: “At the height of this we were losing nearly 1,000 people a day and we had to manage someone threatening to plant a bomb. He didn’t have access to it, but if [his threat] had become public, the impact on the confidence of people to go to hospital would have been significant.”

Authorities say Emil A didn’t have any links to the UK or its health service, but that his aim was to exploit the vulnerability of NHS, which was dealing with an influx of COVID-19 patients in the first wave of the pandemic.

Nigel Leary, deputy director of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said a phone call threatening to detonate a bomb in hospital could have resulted in a loss of life because it would have been difficult to evacuate patients on ventilators.

Detectives were initially unsure whether Emil A operated alone or as part of a group, but concluded that he didn’t have any links to far-right organisations and posed as a member of a neo-Nazi group in order to stoke fear.

An NHS spokesperson said: “The threat made during the extortion demand significantly added to the pressures on the NHS during the COVID pandemic and meant senior leaders and emergency response staff were called on to direct the NHS aspects of the response to this threat.

“The threat and demand was made at a time that hospitals were at their most vulnerable, and could have resulted in significant loss of life.”

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Nigeria: Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted as gunmen attack nearby military site | World News

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More than 300 girls have been abducted from a boarding school in northern Nigeria in the latest in a series of student kidnappings in the country.

Gunmen abducted 317 students from the Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe town, Zamfara state, on Friday.

Local man Musa Mustapha said the gunmen also attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint, preventing soldiers from intervening at the school.

The abduction took place at a school in the northern part of the country. Pic: TheCable
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The abduction took place at a school in the northern part of the country. Pic: TheCable

The attackers spent several hours at the camp, but there are no reports of any casualties.

Police and the military have since begun joint operations to rescue the girls, Zamfara state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said.

Nasiru Abdullahi, who said his daughters, aged 10 and 13, were among the missing, told reporters: “It is disappointing that even though the military have a strong presence near the school, they were unable to protect the girls.

“At this stage, we are only hoping on divine intervention.”

Several large groups of armed men operate in Zamfara state, described by the government as bandits, and are known to kidnap for money and for the release of their members from jail.

Peter Hawkins, Nigeria’s UNICEF representative, called for the immediate release of the schoolgirls, saying: “We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria.

“This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a horrific experience for children to go through.”

Clothing, identified as a hijab, seen outside the school after the abduction. Pic: TheCable
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Clothing, identified as a hijab, seen outside the school after the abduction. Pic: TheCable

Nigeria has seen several such attacks and kidnappings over the years, notably the mass abduction in April 2014 by jihadist group Boko Haram of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno state.

More than a hundred of the girls are still missing.

Friday’s attack came less than two weeks after gunmen abducted 42 people, including 27 students, from the Government Science College Kagara in Niger State.

The students, teachers and family members are still being held.

In December, 344 students were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State before eventually being released.

And in 2019, a British aid worker, Faye Mooney, was killed by kidnappers in the country.

Lessons were taking place at the time of the attack. Pic: TheCable
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Lessons were taking place at the time of the attack. Pic: TheCable

Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch, said on Twitter: “Strong action is required from the authorities to turn the tide & keep schools safe.”

Amnesty International also condemned the latest “appalling attack,” warning in a statement that “the girls abducted are in serious risk of being harmed.”

Teachers have been forced to flee to other states for protection, and many children have had to abandon their education amid frequent violent attacks in communities, Amnesty said.

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A UN climate change report has found that global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions “fall far short of what is required” and that nations must “step up” to fulfil promises made under the Paris agreement. 

In a stark warning ahead of a make or break COP26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year, countries were criticised over their emission reduction plans – known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – and urged to make “more ambitious” commitments.

Following a legally binding international treaty on climate change signed in Paris in 2015, almost 200 countries set a goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2C – or ideally 1.5C – by the end of the century.

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The Initial NDC Synthesis Report looked at how close 75 of those countries – representing approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions – were to meeting those targets.

But UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was disappointed with the findings.

“It shows governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris agreement,” he said in reaction to the report.

“Today’s interim report is a red alert for our planet.”

In order to reduce the rise in global temperature by 1.5C, CO2 emissions need to decline by about 45% from the 2010 level by 2030.

Yet under the targets submitted by countries to this report, combined emissions would fall by just 0.5% of the 2010 level by the same date.

UN Secretary General has called the report a 'red alert'. Pic: AP
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the world’s biggest countries must do more. Pic: AP

The COP26 conference set to be held in Glasgow this November will bring together representatives from all over the world to build upon the goals set in Paris.

Incoming COP26 president Alok Sharma called today’s report “an urgent call to action” and warned that the “window for action to safeguard our planet is closing fast”.

The UN has called for all countries to submit new and improved NDCs ahead of a second report, due to be released prior to COP26.

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Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of UN climate change, said that while some countries had made huge steps to combat global warming in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental strategies could not be put on hold.

“If this task was urgent before, it’s crucial now,” she said

In 2019, the government pledged the UK would cut greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050.

Earlier this month, scientists urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to bring forward that target to 2030.

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