British cyber researcher pleads not guilty to U.S. hacking charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – British cyber security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges he built and sold malicious code used to steal banking credentials.

Hutchins, 23, rose to overnight fame within the hacker community in May when he helped defang the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May and caused disruptions at factories, hospitals, shops and schools in more than 150 countries.

He was arrested earlier this month in Las Vegas on unrelated hacking charges. U.S. prosecutors have claimed that he and an unnamed co-defendant advertised, distributed and profited from malware code known as “Kronos” between July 2014 and 2015.

The case has drawn intense interest from the hacker community for the implications it may pose for cyber research and concerns it may deteriorate an often tense relationship between hackers and law enforcement.

Hutchins is a “brilliant young man and a hero,” his attorney, Marcia Hoffman, told reporters on Monday shortly after the arraignment.

“He is going to vigorously defend himself against these charges, and when the evidence comes to light, we are confident he will be fully vindicated,” she said.

If downloaded from email attachments, Kronos left victims’ systems vulnerable to theft of banking and credit card credentials, which could then be used to siphon money from bank accounts.

Reporting by Dustin Volz, editing by G Crosse

Kendrick Lamar holds off Brett Eldredge for Billboard top spot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Kendrick Lamar reclaimed the top spot of the weekly U.s Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, fending off country music star Brett Eldredge.

Lamar’s “Damn.” climbed from No. 2 to No. 1 with 47,000 album units sold, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Streaming accounted for much of the sales activity, with more than 46 million streams in the past week.

Eldredge’s self-titled album debuted at No. 2 with 45,000 album units sold.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

The only other new entry in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week was the “Now 63” compilation of current pop hits at No. 5.

Last week’s chart-topper, Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now,” dropped to No. 38 this week.

On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s catchy hit “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, showed no signs off moving from No. 1, with another 82,000 copies sold.

Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

Trump condemns ‘white supremacists,’ vows ‘justice will be delivered’ in Charlottesville attack

President Trump on Monday specifically condemned “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” in the wake of deadly weekend clashes in Charlottesville, vowing “justice will be delivered” to the perpetrators of that “racist violence.”

The president, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, said his Justice Department has opened a civil rights probe into the deadly car attack on Saturday. 

After facing bipartisan criticism for his initial statement over the weekend, Trump was direct in his condemnation Monday. 

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” Trump said.

He added, “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” 

The president’s remarks at the White House had not been anticipated. He is in Washington for a day of meetings and work, interrupting his August vacation at his New Jersey golf club. 

But he delivered the prepared statement on the heels of criticism, including from members of his own party, for not speaking out specifically or forcefully enough at first against the white supremacist groups involved in Saturday’s clashes.

The president on Saturday had condemned violence and hatred on “many sides,” but faced swift criticism as video emerged from the scene in Charlottesville showing a car ramming into a crowd of counter-protesters. One person died in that attack; two state police also died in a chopper crash. 

Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in saying Trump should call out white supremacists directly. 

His remarks Monday could ease some of that outcry, at least from his own party. Trump said Monday that anyone who acted criminally will be held “fully accountable.” 

“No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” Trump said. 

Snap shares bounce off record low in busy day for stock

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Snap Inc (SNAP.N) stock rebounded on Monday from a record low hit earlier in a choppy trading session as big investors report their latest stakes in the beleaguered social media company and as a wave of employees became eligible to sell their shares.

The shares were up 5.2 percent at $12.44 in morning trading after falling as much as 4.7 percent to $11.28 shortly after the market opened, their lowest point since their March debut.

Within just 45 minutes of regular trading, volume had already reached half of the stock’s daily average for the past 10 days.

Starting on Monday, employees for the first time are allowed to sell their stock following the Snapchat parent’s blockbuster initial public offering, potentially increasing the supply of shares in the market and their volatility.

Monday is also the deadline for hedge funds and other institutional investors to report their quarter-end holdings of U.S. equities.

T. Rowe Price Group Inc (TROW.O), a mutual fund manager that is Snap’s fifth-largest shareholder, hiked its stake by about a third, according to filings on Monday. That comes after BlackRock Inc (BLK.N), the world’s largest asset manager, and Coatue Management LLC, a hedge fund that is Snap’s sixth-largest shareholder, also increased their stakes, recent filings said.

Third Point LLC, Jana Partners and Temasek Holdings dissolved their stakes in Snap entirely, filings since Friday showed. Fidelity Investments, Snap’s seventh-largest shareholder, said in filings last week that it cut its holdings by more than half, from more than 33 million shares to about 15 million.

Market Ambivalence

Trading sentiment in Snap’s options leaned toward bullishness. Contracts betting on the shares’ rising above $14 by mid-September were the most actively traded for the company for the near term.

Monday’s stock rise follows a disappointing quarterly report from Snap last week that sent its shares down 14 percent on Friday to a closing low of $11.83, far below its IPO price of $17.

Snap has also been a target of short sellers, with 5.5 percent of its shares outstanding shorted as of Thursday, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The stock holds a higher-than-average likelihood of a short squeeze, where the price rises as short sellers rush to cover their bets, according to Starmine data.

However, Ihor Dusaniswky, head of research at financial analytics firm S3 Partners in New York, said short-covering was not driving Monday’s rally.

“There just isn’t enough stock being covered in order to have an impact on today’s stock price,” Dusaniswky said.

Wall Street is increasingly worried that Snap is succumbing to competition from Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) Instagram.

Instagram, which has adopted features from Snapchat, has 250 million daily active users, compared with Snapchat’s 173 million at the end of the second quarter, fewer than Wall Street had expected.

“We remain on the sidelines until we see signs of re-acceleration in user growth, an inflection on Snap pricing… and/or get closer to the end of the lock-up expiration,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Kip Paulson said in a research note on Monday, lowering his price target to $15 from $17.

Snapchat is popular among people under 30 who like decorating their pictures with bunny faces and other filters. But following the IPO, investors have become more concerned that it might never become profitable.

With Monday’s lockup expiry, employees are allowed to sell hundreds of millions of their shares for the first time since Snap’s $3.4 billion market debut in March, the largest U.S. IPO in years.

That follows an expiry at the end of July on restrictions from early investors owning around 400 million shares.

To try to reassure investors, Snap Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel and co-founder Robert Murphy on Thursday committed to not sell any of their combined 422 million shares in 2017.

Close to 800 million shares become eligible for trading on Monday, including Spiegel and Murphy’s stakes, according to JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth.

Reporting by Noel Randewich, Lewis Krauskopf, Rodrigo Campos, Trevor Hunnicutt and Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

Copenhagen Fashion Week Highlights a Changing Danish Design Identity – WWD

Freya Dalsjø

COPENHAGEN — Bigger, better and stronger-than-ever was the take-away from Copenhagen Fashion Week, which concluded Aug. 12.

An air of optimism floated on the city, thanks to clement weather but also to the positive figures published by the Dansk Fashion & Textile trade association. Despite a continued post-Brexit slump and lackluster performance of the Scandinavian region, the domestic market experienced 12.3 percent growth in the first quarter of the year, while exports, notably to Germany, Italy and Belgium, were flirting with double digits.

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Copenhagen Fashion Week Highlights a Changing Danish Design Identity – WWD

COPENHAGEN — Bigger, better and stronger-than-ever was the take-away from Copenhagen Fashion Week, which concluded Aug. 12.

An air of optimism floated on the city, thanks to clement weather but also to the positive figures published by the Dansk Fashion & Textile trade association. Despite a continued post-Brexit slump and lackluster performance of the Scandinavian region, the domestic market experienced 12.3 percent growth in the first quarter of the year, while exports, notably to Germany, Italy and Belgium, were flirting with double digits.

“The indicators in the Danish industry are on an upward swing. One example is that buyers are ordering more styles in larger quantities,” said Copenhagen Fashion Week chief executive officer Camilla Frank for whom this positive outlook was the perfect mind-set to kick off profound change for the organization.

To strengthen the Danish capital’s signature, a meatier five-day schedule was streamlined and enriched to include graduate shows, showrooms and the fashion prize organized by heavyweight department store Magasin du Nord; the notion of off-schedule was made redundant, with presentations and other fashion events scheduled in equal footing with runway shows through a new vetting process; talks and round-tables opened to the public, and also host brands hailing from other Scandinavian countries such as Norway’s Holzweiler.

“It’s very important for us as a fashion week that the strongest Danish and Scandinavian brands use Copenhagen as their platform,” said Frank. Conversations are ongoing with Stockholm Fashion Week and the one-day Oslo Runway, to achieve an “even stronger Scandinavian experience,” as well as ideas to link up with the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. “It’s still early days, as we want to make sure that when this program happens, it is strong, useful and a conversation that involves the whole fashion business,” she added.

Beyond the bevvy of stylish events around the Danish capital, business was brisk at the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) and Revolver trade shows, and specialized showrooms, highlighting the city’s position as a source of talent but also as a commercial gateway to the Nordic regions.

The Jewellery Room, the specialized showcase-cum-digital-platform drew some 700 visitors to its 25-brand selection ranging from mass-market heavyweight Pandora and royal appointee Ole Lynggaard to accessories brand Pilgrim or Orit Elhanati’s one-of-a-kind designs featuring recycled gold and recuperated precious stones.

Cofounder Charlotte Møbjerg Ansel-Henry noted a heavier presence of German and Russian buyers at the one-day event in addition to regular visitors from international department stores and e-tailers such as Browns, Net-a-porter or Bergdorf Goodman.

The Jewellery Room’s first London edition, to take place during September’s London Fashion Week, will feature eight brands from the Scandinavian region alongside a selection from the U.K., Israel, Germany and Hong Kong.

Just shy of 300 brands shared Revolver’s 5,000 square meters at the center of the city’s up-and-coming meatpacking district. Provisional sales were up 30 percent, said its spokesperson. Ready-to-wear label Samøe & Samøe was given pride of place at the show’s entrance. Launched in 2000, the brand counts Galeries Lafayette, Yoox, Harvey Nichols among the retailers attracted to its elegant and uncomplicated wares. For spring 2018, those included belted blazers, floor grazing silk slips designed to be worn over long-sleeved ribbed tees, fluid trousers and shorts as well as the de rigueur message hoodies in cheery colors.

At CIFF, the biggest fashion trade show of the Nordic regions, around 1,500 brands from around the world were exhibiting while a separate space hosted brands like Halo and Han Kjøbenhavn. Japanese lifestyle retailer Beams presented the first edition of its Beams Japan curation focused on craftsmanship-heavy talents from its homeland within the frame of the “Raven” subset of CIFF, dedicated to emerging and high-visibility creative talent.

“The month of August kicks off the school year in Nordic countries and there is a regional dynamic at play,” says Sylvie Pourrat, director of the Paris-based trade show Première Classe, noting that many brands would continue their sales through October. “The presence of premium brands [like McQ Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood] shows that business is going well.”

Samøe & Samøe’s creative director Mia Kappelgaard noted that although fashion buyers were not always physically present in town, Copenhagen was a time to foster contacts with an eye towards confirming relationships later in the month.

Beyond the trade shows, the schedule was bolstered by newcomers such as London-trained LVMH Prize finalist Cecilie Bahnsen as well as a number of Danish brands with international reach returning to Copenhagen this season such as By Marlene Birger, Designer’s Remix and street-style favorite Ganni, who also hosted a fruity pop-up store selling the brand’s popular fruit printed Ts as well as ceramics by Philadelphia-based plastician Jessica Hans.

One bold-faced name to return was Stine Goya, who held her 10th anniversary show at the Faurschou Foundation, a privately owned art gallery located in the city’s North Harbour neighborhood and which has hosted exhibitions for artists like Ai Weiwei and Louise Bourgeois. As guests congregated in a large room with translucent panes in shades of pink and coral, Goya’s models appeared in floral mididresses, lush knits, tailored suits printed in whimsical designs or sparkly floor-length gowns — a number of shapes were drawn from the designer’s archives — activating the room’s oddities such as a colorful lighted cloud.

Beyond the winds of change sweeping through Copenhagen Fashion Week as a platform, the season’s upbeat mood was also down to individual brand histories. “What is special this season is that so many Danish brands are celebrating 10 or 15-year milestones,” said designer Freya Dalsjø, who marked her 10th collection.

A decade has passed since jewelry designer Sophie Bille Brahe released her now-signature “Croissant de Lune” graduated crescent earring design, stocked by retailers such as Dover Street Market, but her brand is still in full bloom, expanding in both the affordable and fine jewelry price brackets. “Flowers often mark new beginnings,” she said, introducing her new fine designs inspired by “Out of Africa” author Karen Blixen, who was also well-known for her floral arrangements.

Although she will hold buyers appointments during Paris Fashion Week, Bille Brahe took over Atelier September, a popular eatery helmed by her brother Frederik, which she turned into a pop-up flower and jewelry store where visitors could snap up anything from the “Croissant de Lune” tennis bracelet and its graduating cascade of diamonds (retailing for 36,000 euros), to bouquets of flowers by stylist Emelie Johansson (from 25 Danish krone, or $4, a bloom).

Scandinavian hype may have crested a season or two ago, but its lifestyle and values remained a stable attraction, particularly for Copenhagen, where pure and functional designs are blended with a dash of color or innovation, whether in its gripping fiction or its gastronomic luminaries of Noma fame. “Danes are the Italians of Scandinavia,” quipped Kappelgaard.

“Copenhagen is a place where the separation between creative fields is more porous, so even when I’m working on a performance or a book project, I feel that [my work] is always related to fashion” says designer Anne-Sofie Madsen, who shows on Paris’ women’s wear schedule.

The “Meet the Danes” showroom hinted at how deep this duality between innovation and reason reaches, spanning further afield into interiors, food, high-end consumer electronics and even skin care, with organic beauty brand Rudolf Care.

In fashion, this Danish daring is taking the form of distinctly creative brands that follow in the footsteps of realistic conceptualist Henrik Vibskov, whose Asian sleepwear inspired collection featured dreamy prints and eye-catching shapes that work even in harsh daylight. Be it Halo’s pared-back sportswear inspired by Danish Special Forces, Baum und Pferdgarten’s Scandi-“It” girl panoply — the brand won Elle Denmark’s 2017 Style Award — Saks Potts’ or Anne Vest’s fantastic furry designs, or Lovechild 1979’s chic bohemia, collections underscored a creative scene that does not stay boxed in clichés of Scandinavian unfussy utility.

“I think Danish people are becoming more daring in their way of dressing — especially over the last years, breaking rules, embracing color. I like that, as you can imagine,” wrote Goya in an e-mail after her show. “If it’s not quite a ‘new wave’ today, I hope it will be in the near future.”

That grounded daring was also simmering under the surface at the Designers’ Nest competition, where Elnaz Gargari from Oslo’s National Academy of Arts snapped up the top prize for “a collection of borderless fashion beyond gender and geography [where the designer] intersects two systems’ soft domination without idolizing or exoticisizing one or the other,” said the jury in a statement read by its spokesperson, fashion curator Ane Lynge-Jorlén.

“What Danish designers are very successful in is creating clothes that work on a catwalk as they do in the real life. It’s their strongest force,” CFW’s Frank said, an opinion shared by Pourrat. “What is most attractive is how affirmed and balanced [local] designers are in their expression,” said the French tradeshow director.

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service. That redesign is now rolling out to users on iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., while the added navigational link to Trending News became available on iPhone over the past few weeks, and is in testing on Android, Facebook tells us.

In case you missed Facebook’s announcement in May, the Trending Topics section was redesigned with a focus on making it easier to see how other publications are covering a topic, in addition to what friends and public figures are saying about the matter.

When you click into a Trending Topic following the update, Facebook explained you will see a carousel of stories from other publications that you swipe through horizontally.

The publications linked to in this section are determined by engagement around both the article and publisher in general on Facebook, as well as what other articles are linking to it.

This card-style carousel look-and-feel was inspired in part by Facebook Paper, the company’s long since shuttered standalone news reading app.

This carousel is still in the process of rolling out across the U.S.

However, one aspect to Trending’s makeover that wasn’t really touched on during Facebook’s earlier announcement was how Facebook was toying with a redesigned list of news stories that focused on headlines, not just “trending topics.”

The original look for Facebook’s Trending Topics – which you pull up with a tap into the app’s search box – is a simple list of topics and the beginning of a lede that’s usually cut off. These appear below your own recent Facebook searches in the app.

However, if you access the new Trending News link that’s just popped up in Facebook’s navigation menu, you’ll see an entirely different sort of Trending section.

Above: Old Trending on left vs New Trending on right

Instead of a “topic” (often just a word, person or place, like “China” or “Donald Trump”) and squiggly arrow icon, the news stories here include a headline, a photo, the name of a major media outlet that’s reporting it, and how many other sources are available on the topic.

For example, next to the headline, it might say: “Reuters and 100+ other sources.”

Plus, by adding the photo next to each item, there’s more room for expanded information – that is, a full headline and sourcing.

The new section also gives stories a rank (#1, #2, #3,…etc.)

Facebook’s prior announcement in May didn’t specifically detail how this Trending News section looked different from Trending Topics.

Frankly, it’s all a bit confusing, because Trending Topics and Trending News don’t seem to be tied directly together at this point. For example, you could have the link to Trending News in your app’s main navigation, but still not have the new look for Trending Topics, which includes the carousel redesign.

However, in that same post, we did get a little peek at Trending News – but it was referenced as being a part of a “small test.”

Trending integration in News Feed still a “small test”

Facebook said then it was testing adding the top three Trending News stories to users’ News Feeds. In a screenshot of this, you were able see this list of stories with photos that were ranked by numbers, as well as stories identified by headlines instead of just “topics.”

This integration of a “mini” Trending News section into News Feed is not broadly available. That remains a “small test,” we understand.

But the addition of the Trending News link to Facebook’s navigation is already live on iPhone, and being trialed on Android.

Of course, any changes Facebook makes to Trending are sure to met with a lot of scrutiny. The company last year faced criticism when it removed its human editors who curated this section, to run Trending by way of algorithms instead. (And those algorithms soon screwed up.) The social network has more recently made several changes to address the spread of fake news and filter bubbles, as well.

In this case, though, Facebook is not monkeying with how news is selected as “Trending,” only how it’s being displayed.

The new Trending News section joins a number of other new additions to Facebook’s main navigation as of late, including the food ordering option, Town Hall, weather, the Explore feed, and more. Not all these additions have stuck around – the new travel-focused City Guides section, for instance, has since disappeared.

Tennis: Federer’s pullout from Cincinnati hands number one spot to Nadal

(Reuters) – Roger Federer has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open with a back injury, meaning Rafa Nadal will be the new world number one in next week’s rankings.

Federer, who has participated in the Ohio warm-up tournament for the U.S. Open on seven occasions, said he had picked up the injury in Montreal, where he lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the final.

“I am very sorry to pull out of the Western and Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here,” Federer said in a statement issued by the tournament.

“Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them. Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.”Federer’s withdrawal assures that Nadal will be top of the rankings when they are issued on Aug. 21. The Spaniard will return to the top spot for the first time since July 6, 2014.

Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Mark Heinrich

Rescued Aleppo lion gives birth after Jordan move

Shortly after arriving on Saturday, the pregnant lioness, named Dana, went into labour and gave birth to a healthy cub that was called Hajar

A charity has successfully transferred 13 animals to a new home in Jordan via Turkey from a neglected Syrian zoo, including a lioness who gave birth to a healthy cub just hours after arriving, it said Monday.

The Four Paws group last month moved the animals from the “Magic World” zoo and amusement park in Syria’s war-torn Aleppo province to an animal protection centre in northern Turkey.

The 13 creatures—five lions, two tigers, two Asian black bears, two hyenas and two dogs—were then safely transported by air to an animal sanctuary outside the Jordanian capital Amman, it said in a statement.

Shortly after arriving on Saturday, the pregnant lioness, named Dana, went into labour and gave birth to a healthy cub that was called Hajar.

“The condition of the lioness and her cub is good considering the circumstances,” said the charity’s veterinarian Amir Khalil.

An ultrasound carried out in Turkey shows the lioness was pregnant with two cubs, raising the prospect of a second birth.

“Chances are little that the second cub will be born alive,” said Khalil. “It is important that Dana gets the medical attention and rest that she needs.”

After arriving, all thirteen animals were released from their transport cages for the first time since their rescue almost three weeks ago.

‘The condition of the lioness and her cub is good considering the circumstances,’ said the charity’s veterinarian

Most of the animals will now stay at the Jordanian animal sanctuary but both tigers will be taken to a specialised rescue centre in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, the group is looking for a suitable home for the two dogs, who are husky-mix.

“Nothing stands between the animals from Syria and a better future,” said Heli Dungler, the founder and president of the Austria-based Four Paws.

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In case you missed it, Khloé Kardashian has a new man in her life: NBA player Tristan Thompson.

And, naturally, we have a lot of questions. Like, how long have they been together? Is it serious? How does Kris Jenner feel about this?

We might not know all of those answers, but there are quite a few things we do know about her new beau.

Twenty-six-year-old Thompson already has an impressive NBA career under his belt. Originally from Canada, he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011, and helped the team win its first NBA Championship in June. He also played for the Canadian national team this summer, although they didn’t qualify for the Olympics.
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Splash News

After being spotted out together earlier that week, the two celebrated Labor Day weekend together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They were photographed fitting in some R&R on the beaches, but …

Despite their tropical vacation, a source told PEOPLE at the time that they were a “mini-thing. They like each other and are hanging out.”

It turns out that Thompson and Kardashian’s “mini-thing” has been going on since before their Labor Day getaway. “Khloé and Tristan have been seeing each other for a little bit,” a source told PEOPLE. “He’s a really nice, good guy, and she seems very happy with him.”

Looks like Khloé isn’t the only Kardashian that Thompson has won over: The reality star posted this super-cuddly photo on her Snapchat account, featuring a grinning Jenner. (And if Kris Jenner approves, then we do, too!)

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They may have been keeping it casual in the fall, but these two were never shy about showing off how into each other they were from the start. In fact, things got very steamy when they attended Drake’s concert in L.A. in September, where they were spotted dancing and kissing in the audience.
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Khloe Kardashian/Snapchat

Everyone knows that all new relationships live or die by the best friend test — and luckily, it looks like Thompson has passed with flying colors. He and Kardashian were spotted out with her best friend, Malika Haqq, in September in West Hollywood, where the trio took in a comedy show.

In October, Haqq and her sister, Khadijah, gushed about Kardashian’s new love to PEOPLE. “He’s really nice to her,” Malika said. “He’s the coolest guy in the world — and you know, Khloé’s always loved basketball.”

Despite all of the PDA, in September, a source told PEOPLE that the couple was just enjoying each other’s company: “It’s unclear for now if it’s going to turn [into] anything super serious, but for now, they’re having a good time together.”

Just a month later, however, it seemed like things between the two had taken a more serious turn. “I think — you know what, I think it’s the feeling. You know how people say it’s the look? It’s really cliché, but it just looks really good,” Malika told PEOPLE exclusively about Kardashian’s new relationship.

Her sister, Khadijah, added: “Not only do they look really good, I think it’s really special to find two people that there’s an element of joy and laughter that all of us are supposed to attain in relationships. And I don’t mean just male and female, but the fact that you can find that best friend aspect in your partner, that’s what it’s obviously about.”

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“And hard to find,” added Malika. “So, it’s nice to watch.”

“You know, they’re both very giving and very kind,” Malika told PEOPLE. “They take great care of their friends and their families. They love to enjoy themselves. They both work very hard. They have a lot of things in common, and they’re extremely supportive.”

“And when they’re together, they have fun,” Khadijah chimed in.
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Seth Browarnik/Startraksphoto

The Haqq sisters told PEOPLE that they just want their best friend to be happy — and it seems as if Thompson is making her very happy indeed. “I think Khloé is really smart, in general, when it comes to relationships,” said Malika. “I think the stigma now is that she rushes, because she had rushed into her marriage, but she’s a lover.”

“She’s going to follow her heart always,” said Khadijah.

“And when you love genuinely, you get what you’re supposed to get out of that,” added Malika. “So, I think she’s just being smart, but I think she’s trusting love.”

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Khloe Kardashian/Instagram
Khloe Kardashian/Instagram

When you’re a Kardashian, there’s no better way to confirm that your new relationship is going strong than by showcasing your matching bling on Instagram. After flying out to Cleveland to watch Thompson receive his 2016 Cavaliers NBA Championship ring at the team’s opening game against the New York Knicks, Kardashian posted a photo of Thompson’s new bling … along with her own hand, which was sporting a stack of diamond-encrusted rings. And just to see the his-and-hers theme through, she accessorized them with a red-and-gold-patterned Cavaliers ring.


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Just a few days after teasing fans with a picture of their matching rings, Kardashian finally made things Instagram official on Sunday by posting a photo of the pair gazing deeply into each other’s eyes at a Halloween party. Kardashian, who was dressed as the X-Men character Storm, simply captioned the photo of her and her new beau (as Black Panther) with a heart emoji. And on the off-chance that you didn’t quite pick up on the meaning of that caption, Kardashian also posted quite a few steamy Snapchats of the couple, including one of them dancing and one of them making out in the middle of the party.

As we all know, once couples costumes are involved, things are definitely very serious.

The next big step in any relationship (after matching outfits, obviously) is spending the holidays together. In November, Kardashian flew out to Cleveland in order to support Thompson at the Turkey Drive that he and teammate J.R. Smith hosted in order to give food to underprivileged families at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church.

Two months later, the happy couple rang in 2017 together, and Kardashian posted two very steamy photos of her and her beau partying the night away — and showing plenty of PDA in the process.



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Around that time, a source close to the Kardashians told PEOPLE that the couple “are insanely happy and in love,” and added, “It’s a healthy relationship and they’re very serious about each other.”

In January, Kardashian wrote in a post on her website and app about how compatible she and Thompson are, based on their astrological signs. “A love match between a Cancer and a Pisces is a positive meeting of spirits,” the reading revealed. “Both signs are basically tolerant and sympathetic, and Pisces is easily energized by Cancer’s ideas.” In another post, she wrote about how peaceful she felt in her new relationship: “It’s such a great feeling that I have my happy back! It’s from a genuine place and the most peaceful place I’ve been in for longer than I can even remember.”

“I think when you’re in love you definitely feel happy and healthy too,” Kardashian continued. “I like that my relationship is very normal and doesn’t need to be so publicized all the time.”

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In addition to referring to the Cavaliers star as “my love” on her Instagram, Kardashian gushed about Thompson during a January appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “I feel like I’m spotting something different about you — this time you might be glowing!” said Corden, 38, hinting at the reality star’s romance. “You seem like somebody who may have found love recently?”

“I have!” said Kardashian, all smiles. “I am, I’m very happy. It’s going good. We use the L word!”

All jokes, aside, a source confirmed to PEOPLE later that month that things were very serious between the two. She spends more time with Tristan in Cleveland than in L.A,” the source revealed. “She [is] of course thinking about the future. She hopes their relationship will have a future. Tristan makes her very happy.” 


In March, things became even more serious for Thompson, who appeared on the season 13 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, alongside his ladylove. However, during the episode, Kardashian attempted to shield her love from her family — in order to keep big sister, Kim, from finding out all the details. “So, I see pictures of Khloé with some NBA player, and even though I know not to believe everything on the internet, Khloé and a NBA player do go hand-in-hand,” Kim said on the show. “It’s my sister. Of course, I want to know who she’s hooking up with.”

“Kim’s my sister. I’m obviously going to tell her eventually,” Kardashian explained, as to why she wanted to keep things from her family. “But it’s fun to torture her. She’s tortured me my entire life, so I feel like this is the perfect time to drag this out as long as I possibly can.”

Eventually, Kardashian let her guard down and invited Thompson to accompany the family to Kanye West’s concert, knowing full well that her family would all be there — and that Kim would finally get her answers. Luckily, it seems like as long as Kardashian is happy, so are her sisters.

“I knew she was messing with me, but I’m just happy that she’s having a good time and starting a new relationship,” Kim, happy and satisfied, told the cameras. “He’s a little young, but I’m excited to tell Jonathan and, like, a couple of my friends!”

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Kardashian opened up in the April 13 issue of ES magazine, sharing that she’d say yes if Thompson proposed — and that they’ve talked about having a family.

“He [already] is a father, and I know for a fact that he would be an impeccable father,” she said, noting that he and ex Jordan Craig welcomed a child in December. The Revenge Body star also sees kids in her future, although she doesn’t feel a big rush to make it happen. “I definitely want to be a mom. But I don’t put the pressure on it. It’s not like, ‘The clock is ticking,’ ” she said. “I feel in my soul it will happen.”

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Another benefit of dating the NBA star? The reality star is coming out of her comfort zone. Kardashian cooked kidney for the first time in June with her boyfriend, and for someone that doesn’t eat meat, it was a harrowing experience.

“So when you are in love with someone that’s Jamaican, you do very strange things, and I’m about to make kidney for the first time,” Kardashian is heard saying on her Snapchat, where she documented every step of the unique meal’s prep.


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Kris Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian as well as her kids, Mason, 7, and Penelope Disick, 4, were front and center supporting Khloé’s boyfriend of nearly one year. The Kardashian sisters were twinning, wearing leather leggings and proudly wearing Thompson’s gold #13 jerseys. Even Penelope donned Cavaliers colors in a yellow shirt. Momager Kris wore a bedazzled black and white sweater with black pants.


A source told PEOPLE that Kardashian is house hunting with the 26-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers player. According to the source, they’re not moving in together officially just yet, but Thompson (who has a home in Cleveland) is looking to rent a place in Los Angeles. “They live at Khloé’s Calabasas house right now,” said the source, explaining that Thompson is hoping to land a home closer to the downtown area. “He thinks the drive from Calabasas to L.A. is too far every day,” says the source. “When they go out in L.A., they want a second house that’s closer.”

As for Kardashian? She’s “just the happiest,” said the source close to the star. “She loves spending every day with Tristan.”


Kim Kardashian West and Khloé headed to the northern California city on July 22 with their respective loves, Kanye West and Tristan Thompson, and were sure to document the moments before the trip on Snapchat. “Quick Trip to San Fran,” Kardashian West wrote on a video of the jet. She showed off the red carpet leading to the aircraft’s stairs.


“I’m in the best relationship I’ve ever been in and it doesn’t take a ring for me to feel that way,” Kardashian told YOU magazine, gushing about her beau while expressing that she’s happy with her relationship as-is. “I believe in marriage and I want to be married again one day but I don’t have a time frame. Why do people think that marriage equates to happiness? There are a lot of people in unhealthy marriages.”