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Angelina Jolie's aunt dies of breast cancer

Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie revealed she’d had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt died from the disease Sunday.

Debbie Martin died at age 61 at a hospital in Escondido, Calif., near San Diego, her husband, Ron Martin, told The Associated Press. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt donates $100,000 to marriage-equality efforts

Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaignto support the organization’s efforts in campaigning for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.” On the Human Rights Campaign website, Pitt wrote, “It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days…. But that’s the system we have and I’m not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry. Especially when groups like the Human Rights Campaign are fighting these battles day-in and day-out.”

Pitt is currently engaged to Angelina Jolie. The couple, who have six children together, got engaged in April. Previously, Pitt said they have no plans to marry until all couples who wish to do so are legally able.

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Angelina Jolie 'proud' to be honorary Sarajevo citizen

Angelina Jolie says she is grateful and proud to have officially been named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and that she will visit the city this summer to personally express her gratitude.

The city held a ceremony to bestow the honor upon Jolie on Thursday. In an audio message played during the event at the National Theater, Jolie said she was “proud to now be a part of such an extraordinary part of the world and fellow citizen to the people I deeply love and admire.”

The city decided to honor the actress for her role in preserving the “truth about the war” in Bosnia through her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Jolie was invited to attend the ceremony Thursday but said in her message she will be able to come in July.

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Angelina Jolie named special U.N. refugee envoy

After a decade of promoting refugee causes around the world, Angelina Jolie herself has been promoted.

The United Nations refugee agency has elevated the Hollywood star from being a goodwill ambassador to a special envoy, a role that will see her represent the organization to governments and diplomats.

It is the first time the U.N. refugee agency has named a special envoy, said its spokesman Adrian Edwards. Elsewhere in the global body such posts are usually reserved for career diplomats or retired politicians.

“Her work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador,” Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “I don’t think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that she is bringing in terms of the attention that she is getting for the plight of the world’s displaced.”

Jolie has jetted the world on behalf of the organization over the past ten years, making high-profile visits to refugee camps in Iraq, Haiti and Pakistan, among other places.

Apart from her time, Jolie has also given large personal donations to the organization, which relies entirely on voluntary contributions from governments, companies and individuals.

“She has donated substantially to refugees,” said Edwards, noting that the actress/director won’t receive any money for her role. “There is to my knowledge absolutely no connection between any donation of money and this role.”

Jolie’s new position will focus on the complex crises that result in the mass displacement of people, such as in Afghanistan and Somalia. In addition, on special occasions she will represent the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.

“That can mean conveying messages to governments. It can mean conveying messages to other people and partners that we work with,” said Edwards.

UNHCR works to help almost 35 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. It was established to aid millions of Europeans displaced by World War II and has since become one of the world’s most prominent humanitarian organizations.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt engaged

Brad Pitt and Angelina are engaged, reports People. “Yes, it’s confirmed,” said Pitt’s manager Cynthia Pett-Dante. “It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time.”

The reports first broke when Robert Procop, the Beverly Hills jeweler who worked with the Oscar-winning actress on her “Style of Jolie” line, told The Hollywood Reporter he had collaborated with Brad Pitt to design an engagement ring. Flash forward to this Tuesday, when Jolie was photographed wearing a ring to a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Chinese Galleries, which she attended with Pitt and their son Pax Pitt-Jolie.

Procop is a Jolie favorite, and their “Style of Jolie” profits raised money so the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict could build a school in Afghanistan. “Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration,” Procop told THR. “He wanted every aspect of  it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina’s hand. Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality.”

Pitt teased at a possibility of an engagement earlier this year, using it as a talking point to raise awareness of the continued fight for legalizing gay marriage. He has been outspoken about the topic and recently participated in a stage reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8. Of his relationship with Jolie, Pitt said, “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can…. [T]o be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous.”

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Angelina Jolie calls Joseph Kony 'an extraordinarily horrible human being'

Angelina Jolie is the latest celebrity to voice her support of the Kony 2012 campaign, a movement calling for the arrest of violent African rebel leader Joseph Kony. According to The Guardian, Jolie spoke about Kony at an International Women’s Day event in New York where she said that Kony is “an extraordinarily horrible human being who, you know… his time has come and it’s lovely to see that young people are rising up as well.”

Jolie, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations added that she’s “been to Uganda and Congo and been to the International criminal court myself… [Kony's] the one we all want to see in jail, so I think it’s great that more people are talking about it.” READ FULL STORY

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