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  • LONDON-A lamp at the top of Elizabeth Tower - which is switched on in the evening whenever Parliament is sitting - is to stop shining for the first time in more than 70 years. The Ayrton Light, located above the Great Bell - known as Big Ben - needs to be fully dismantled and restored. A temporary ...

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  • LONDON-MTV is to bring back Unplugged as the station continues its efforts to return to its music channel roots. The Unplugged series saw pop stars perform stripped-down acoustic versions of their songs in front of a live audience. It was particularly popular in the 1990s but was wound down in ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Chris Brown has spoken about his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, describing how a violent relationship culminated with him punching her. The Barbados-born singer was pictured bruised and with a split lip after Brown attacked her in his car in 2009. In a new documentary, he said ...

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  • LONDON-Daniel Craig says he is coming back as James Bond. The actor was asked whether he will play the secret agent again during his appearance on US chat show The Late Show. “Yes,” Daniel Craig told host Stephen Colbert, before standing up to shake his hand. The actor, who has played ...

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  • SYDNEY-It was a free shot that proved too irresistible to pass up. When Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was revealed to be a New Zealand dual citizen on Monday - possibly in violation of constitutional rules - social media users joked about what Amber Heard and Johnny Depp might think. The ...

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  • LONDON:- More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, ...

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  • LONDON-Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy and quick. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists ...

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  • LONDON-The Perseid meteor shower has been seen over parts of the UK, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. The shower was due to peak in the UK on Saturday night, in a display also visible in other parts of the world. Stargazers took to social media to say ...

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  • LONDON - Ice-covered Antarctica is one of the earth’s most hostile natural environments. But a new find by the Antarctic Heritage Trust suggests it’s no match for a 106-year-old British fruitcake. Conservators found the elderly cake on Cape Adare, and believe it belonged to British ...

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  • LOS ANGELES - She may be only 20, but Kylie Jenner may soon have a beauty business worth more than a billion dollars. For the first time, the youngest Kardashian-Jenner has revealed how much money her Kylie Cosmetics brand makes. In an interview with WWD, Kylie and her mum Kris Jenner revealed ...

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  •   LOS ANGELES - Taylor Swift has been praised for her “sharp, gutsy and satisfying” testimony over allegations of sexual assault. The pop star claims former radio DJ David Mueller groped her while posing for a photo at one of her concerts in 2013 - a charge which he ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of Woody Allen’s new, and as yet untitled, film. The director is known for keeping his projects secretive so details of the film are unclear but it will be released by Amazon Studios. Interstellar actor Timothee Chalamet is also ...

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  • LOSANGELES-A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at ...

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  • ATLANTA-An orangutan who was one of the first apes to learn sign language has died in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 39. Chantek lived with an anthropologist in Tennessee for about nine years and learned to clean his room, make and use tools and memorise the route to a fast-food restaurant. He spent his ...

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  • LOSANGELES-That’s the message Lonely Planet’s chief executive, Daniel Houghton, wants you to hear as his company launches a new app, Trips. Since 1973, his firm has been using a vast human network of travel experts, and local knowledge, to pack its best-selling guides with tailored ...

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  • ARIS-Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming from a location in Italy. However, the Italian submission to the ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Jodie Whittaker says she didn’t see people’s reactions to her becoming the first female Doctor Who, because she’s not on social media. Speaking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed, she said: “This will be a blessing and a ...

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  • BERLIN - Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin for making Hitler salutes outside the German parliament on Saturday. Criminal proceedings have been started against the middle-aged men for using symbols from a banned organisation. The pair have been released on bail of €500 (£450; ...

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  • LONDON - It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet, hints the ...

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  • LONDON:-A simple device to cut the weight of washing machines could save fuel, cut carbon emissions, and reduce back injuries, according to researchers. A typical budget washing machine is weighted by 25kg of concrete to stop it moving while on a spin cycle. The new invention is a sealable plastic ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Kim Kardashian West’s company is being sued over a selfie case. The LuMee smartphone case, which is promoted by Kimisaprincess Inc, comes with an integrated light to help users take the perfect selfie. But now a man called Hooshmand Harooni has claimed in a $100m lawsuit that the ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Angelina Jolie has fiercely denied playing tricks on Cambodian children while casting for a film. The actress and UN special envoy recruited local children to star in her film about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, First They Killed My Father. She spoke to Vanity Fair about the film and ...

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  • EUROPE:- More than 22,000 people had to be evacuated from a music festival in Spain after a huge fire engulfed part of the main stage. Pictures posted on social media showed the left-hand side of the stage at the Tomorrowland Unite festival near Barcelona going up in flames. No injuries have been ...

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  • OHIO-Firefighters in the US state of Ohio have rescued a woman who telephoned 911 in terror, pleading, “Oh, please! I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face!” “Ma’am, you have a what?” the operator replied. “You’re outside with a boa constrictor stuck to ...

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  • LONDON-George Clooney is threatening to sue a French magazine for publishing photos of his twins. The actor said in a statement: “Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home.” Voici ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-The confetti has been ordered, the wind machines are powered up... now the world’s biggest gig just needs a headliner. And the rumours have already starting swirling about who might perform at next February’s Super Bowl. The half-time show is basically the most prestigious ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Jennifer Aniston is set to return to TV screens for her first series since Friends wrapped in 2004. She’s set to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in a new HBO drama about breakfast TV shows, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jennifer has been busy appearing in films since ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-A man suspected of killing his wife while on a cruise ship in the US state of Alaska did so because “she would not stop laughing” at him, a witness says. Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with the murder of his 39-year-old wife, whose body was found with severe head wounds ...

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  • London-A woman, critically injured after being hit by a marked police van, was flown to hospital by the Duke of Cambridge on his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The van struck the woman, who was on foot, on the B1135 Wymondham Road at Hethel at 22:20 BST on Thursday. Officers were ...

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  • LOS ANGELES - Justin Bieber has been involved in a car collision in Beverley Hills, police have confirmed to the BBC. Video footage showed the singer striking a photographer with his car after he left a service at The City Church in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Beverley Hills Police Department ...

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