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  • DAVOS-Shakira appears to have struck up a slightly unlikely friendship with former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The Colombian pop star was photographed with the ex-PM in Switzerland, briefly causing much confusion on social media. But Shakira explained they had been speaking at the World ...

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  • LONDON-George Michael’s childhood friend Andros Georgiou has linked the singer’s death to drugs. “Hard drugs had been back in his life,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, adding that crack cocaine was one of Michael’s “favourite ...

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  • LOSANGELES:- Music legend Sir Elton John was reportedly paid as much as £1 million to sing at the wedding of a billionaire’s granddaughter. Sir Elton John was reportedly paid £1 million to sing at the wedding of a billionaire’s granddaughter. The iconic musician was one of ...

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  • LONDON-The series final of One’s Sherlock drew its lowest-ever overnight UK ratings. Around 5.9 tuned in to watch Benedict Cumberbatch in The Final Problem, down from the 8.1m who watched the first episode on New Year’s Day. However, viewing figures will be higher when on-demand ...

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  •  CHINA-China’s internet regulator has ordered mobile app stores to register themselves with it immediately. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the move would help “promote the healthy and orderly development of the mobile internet”. Most smartphones in the ...

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  • LONDON-Researchers have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material, which is released if the battery gets too hot. Flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) sits inside a shell within the electrolyte fluid. The shell melts when the temperature reaches 150C (302F), ...

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  • London-The final episode of the current series of Sherlock has been leaked online. A Russian version of the last instalment of series four - titled The Final Problem - has been illegally uploaded to the internet prior to it airing on television. The creators of Sherlock have urged fans not to spoil ...

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  • LONDON:- Prince Charles has co-authored a Ladybird book on the challenges and possible solutions to climate change. It is part of a series for adults written in the style of the well-known children's books that aims to clearly explain complicated subjects. The 52-page guide has been co-authored by ...

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  • LONDON - Ivy Close won Britain’s first national beauty contest, was a trailblazing actress and the matriarch of one of Britain’s most illustrious showbusiness dynasties. She faded into obscurity but her great-grandson, who created Downton Abbey, has put her back in the spotlight. When ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Beyonce tops the nominations for this year’s NME Awards. She’s up for five prizes including best international female, album, video, music moment of the year and hero of the year. The 1975, Bastille, Christine and the Queens and Skepta all have four nominations while Wolf ...

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  • TOKYO-Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel. Now by ...

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  • A Brazilian grandmother has been praying to a figurine from Lord of the Rings for years without realising. The woman thought she was praying to Saint Anthony but it turns out the figure was Elmond, Lord of Rivendell. Her relative Gabriela Brandao made the discovery and posted it on Facebook with ...

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  • CHINA-William Lindesay has been obsessed with the Great Wall of China since seeing it in a school atlas as a child in England, and last year embarked on an epic journey to fulfil a lifelong ambition - to film the wall in its entirety from the air. He told the BBC's Anna Jones about this quest. "The ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Arnold Schwarzenegger has made his debut as the new star of The Celebrity Apprentice, a role he inherited from US President-elect Donald Trump. The veteran action star made his mark on the US TV show by replacing Trump’s “You’re fired” catchphrase with a more ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Billie Lourd says she has “no words” to express how much she’ll miss her mother Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds. The 60-year-old Star Wars actress died last week after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles before Christmas. Her ...

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  • LONDON-More than eight million people tuned in to see the return of Sherlock on BBC One on Sunday, overnight ratings show. That means it was the UK’s second-most watched programme of the festive period - behind the New Year’s Eve fireworks, which were watched by 11.6 million. The ...

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  • CAROLINA-The children of a South Carolina politician accused of battering his wife can be heard screaming “just stop, Daddy” on a 911 call recording. Republican representative Chris Corley has been charged with first degree domestic violence and pointing a firearm at a person. The call ...

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  • NEW YORK:- A member of pioneering rap group Run-DMC has filed a $50m (£40.7m) lawsuit accusing retailers of unlawfully using the group’s name on items of clothing. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels said that products sold by Amazon, Walmart and other stores violated federal trademark ...

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  • IRAN - Iran has put limits on who can play the popular Clash of Clans mobile game. A government committee called for restrictions citing a report from psychologists, who said it encouraged violence and tribal conflict. The app could also negatively affect family life if teenagers got addicted to ...

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  • London - Bumblebees and butterflies have seen their numbers plummet after another year of unsettled weather, according to a National Trust study. The 10th annual wildlife report from the trust said mild winters and bad weather in summer created bad conditions for small plants. But whilst insects ...

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  • LONDON-Doctors have confirmed a diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine’s most influential surgeons. John Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a “tumour as hard as bone”. Royal Marsden Hospital doctors analysed patient samples and case notes, which were ...

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  • CHINA:-Some dinosaurs lost their teeth as they grew up, according to fossil evidence. The hatchlings ate meat with their teeth, then used beaks to peck at plants as adults, say scientists. The discovery is a surprise and has not been seen in any other reptile. Limusaurus in extricabilis lived in ...

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  • LONDON-British-born astronaut Piers Sellers has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 61, Nasa has said. Born in Crowborough, East Sussex, Dr Sellers began working for the US space agency as a scientist in 1982 before joining its astronaut corps in 1996. The climate expert made three Space Shuttle ...

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  • MALTA-A film being shot at Malta airport about a plane hijacking was disrupted amid the real hijacking of a Libyan Airbus A320, an official told the BBC. “It’s very ironic because then there was the real hijack on,” said Magda Magri Naudi, the mayor of Lija. The movie - Entebbe - ...

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  • LONDON-Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave. Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate ...

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  • JAKARTA - There are close-up images, and then there are the ones taken by Muhammad Roem, an amateur Indonesian photographer. From dancing frogs to cheeky geckos, there is little that escapes 28-year-old Mr Roem’s camera. The full-time nurse started photography only three years ago as a part ...

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  • LONDON - Beyonce’s politically charged visual album Lemonade is the music critics’ favourite album of the year. The record, which tackles themes of black empowerment and female identity, topped a “poll of polls” compiled by the BBC. It beat David Bowie’s elegiac ...

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  • NEW YORK-Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald has claimed he suffered an epileptic seizure after receiving a malicious tweet containing flashing images. The message, sent from an account which has since been suspended said: “you deserve a seizure for your posts”. Shortly ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Julia Roberts is to star in her first television series. The actress will appear in a TV adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel Today Will Be Different, which was published in September. Semple will write the mini-series herself, while Roberts’s own company Red Om Films will ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Reports from the US suggest Donald Trump is struggling to find A-list stars to perform at his inauguration. We asked the stars of the BBC Music Awards what it would take to get them to play. When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, he was serenaded by Beyonce and Aretha ...

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