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  • LOSANGELES:-Actor Johnny Depp appeared to threaten US President Donald Trump during a speech at the Glastonbury Festival. "Can you bring Trump here?" he asked the audience, as he introduced a screening of his film The Libertine. After receiving jeers from the crowd, he added: "You misunderstand ...

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  • CHINA-Chinese media are asking parents to be vigilant about a new, online trend: stitching patterns into your skin. Online users have in recent weeks been posting pictures on social media of patterns embroidered onto their skin. It seems to have been inspired by a forbidden Japanese cartoon, and ...

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  • UGANDA-Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups ...

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  • LONDON-An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. It also lets people locate their “friends” on a map ...

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  • LONDON-Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative’s initial ...

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  • LONDON-Glastonbury Festival has opened with a minute’s silence, to honour those affected by the recent tragedies in London and Manchester. The moment of reflection was led by New Order’s Peter Hook, whose daughter attended the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, where 22 people ...

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  • BEIJING - If you think fidget spinners can be dangerous toys, wait until you come across a kid playing with a toothpick crossbow - and then take cover. The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China - much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. The tiny crossbows ...

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  • LOS ANGELES - It’s celebration time for George Clooney, after the tequila company he co-founded was sold to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth $1b. The deal comes at a busy time for the Hollywood actor, as his wife Amal gave birth to twins earlier this month. The star founded Casamigos in ...

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  • OSLO - Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time and send people to Mars by 2025. Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give ...

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  • Yulin - A controversial dog meat festival has begun in the Chinese city of Yulin, despite earlier reports it had been cancelled or toned down this year. The Lychee and Dog Meat festival takes place annually in Guangxi province. Earlier this year, US campaigners claimed that vendors had been told by ...

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  • LONDON - Manufacturers say they are making rapid progress in the development of Europe’s new rocket - the Ariane 6. The vehicle is due to enter service in 2020, gradually replacing the existing workhorse, the Ariane 5. The prime contractor, the recently rebranded ArianeGroup, gave an update ...

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  • OSLO - Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time and send people to Mars by 2025. Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give ...

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  • LONDON-Pop star Adele has paid an unexpected visit to some of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze in west London last week. Her surprise appearance was documented by fireman Rob Petty at Chelsea fire station. Writing on Facebook Mr Petty posted: “Lovely girl, genuinely ...

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  • LONDON-A million-year-long period of extreme volcanic activity most likely paved the way for the dawn of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. Scientists have analysed ancient rocks and have found traces of emissions from huge volcanic eruptions that happened about 200 million years ago. This would have ...

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  • NEW DELHI-Private Indian airline Jet Airways has gifted free lifetime air tickets to a baby born aboard one of its flights from Saudi Arabia to India. The crew and a passenger, who was a trained nurse, helped deliver the baby at 35,000 feet (10,688 metres) after a woman went into premature labour. ...

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  • LONDON-It wasn’t just you and your mates getting soppy about your dads on Facebook yesterday. Take a look at some of the A-listers’ heartfelt Father’s Day messages.     Victoria Beckham shared a picture of husband David and their four children Brooklyn, Cruz, Harper and ...

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  • LONDON-Leading researchers have condemned attempts to change the way carbon from trees will be counted in Europe. The scientists fear that millions of tonnes of CO2 from forests will disappear from the books if the changes go ahead. Trees are important carbon sinks as they soak up about 10% of ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-As she prepares for the release of her debut album, former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello speaks to the BBC about the “nerve-wracking” process of flying solo. Few of us would like our careers to be defined by what we were doing at the age of 18. But when you’ve ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Ant McPartlin, one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec, has checked himself into rehab for a prescription drug and alcohol problem, according to The Sun on Sunday. The TV star says he has been going through a “difficult time” and the newspaper says he will now spend a couple ...

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  • LOSANGELES:- John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky - starring Sylvester Stallone as a ...

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  • LOSANGELES-The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter. The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying “Today, we #WITNESS history”. Witness is the name of Perry’s new ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and “other factors”, the Los Angeles County coroner says. Her death certificate said in January that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest. But in a statement the LA ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Actress Elizabeth Banks has apologised to Steven Spielberg after she wrongly “called him out” in public for never directing a film with a female lead. The star made the comments at a Women in Film awards ceremony on Wednesday. Actress Shari Belafonte called out from the ...

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  • LONDON - The UK government is abdicating its responsibilities and “unfairly shifting the burden” of dealing with dirty air on to local authorities, says an industry body. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health outlined its views in response to the government’s ...

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  • Kazakhstan - A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday. The blaze, reaching 15 kilometres (9.5 miles) across, was unleashed by parts of a rocket ...

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  • Brussels:-A Belgian court has given six-month suspended jail terms to the mother and father of a baby boy who died after being fed a diet of vegetable milk. They were found guilty of causing the baby’s death unintentionally. The baby, Lucas, weighed just 4.3kg (9.5lb) when he died aged seven ...

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  • LONDON-Great Britain is in the top 10% of areas for harbouring alien species, according to a study. Animals that have moved in from afar include the grey squirrel, rose-ringed parakeet and the noble false widow spider. The UK also has more established alien plants than elsewhere in Europe, such as ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Katy Perry has said she’s ready to put an end to the bad blood which has existed between her and Taylor Swift for the past few years. The two music stars have been arguing ever since falling out over some backing singers three years ago. Their feud remains unresolved, with Taylor ...

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  • LONDON:- US actress Lindsay Lohan has joined Sky’s upcoming comedy series Sick Note, alongside Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson. The Mean Girls star will appear in the second series, with the first due to air this autumn. The comedy follows Daniel Glass (Grint) as an insurance rep who ...

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  • LONDON-Competition for nesting sites could explain why some birds and bumblebees are declining faster than others. Research suggest animals that build their nests in early spring may win the fight for available habitat at the expense of late breeders. Conservation efforts should focus on ensuring ...

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