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  • LOSANGELES-The reunited cast of love actually Brown and Ed Sheeran has helped Comic Relief raise more than £71m so far. A stellar cast of comedians, musicians and other celebrities took part in the charity's 16th Red Nose Day on Friday. Highlights included a 10-minute sequel to the 2003 film ...

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  • LOSANGELES-If there's one thing Sienna Miller has in common with the character she plays in exploration epic Lost City of Z, it's that she's not afraid to air her views, loud and clear. So much so that she altered a script when she thought Nina Fawcett was appearing as too much of a stereotypical ...

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  • LOSANGELES-Jay Z won a fierce bidding war for two books about the Trayvon Martin case The shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a US neighbourhood watchman sparked a heated debate about racial profiling and the use of lethal force. That case is destined to stay in the public eye after ...

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  • LOSANGELES-The comedian and Trainwreck star was attached to appear in the famous toy's live-action debut but has now pulled out, saying she's just too darn busy. "Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts," the actress told Variety. "I'm bummed, but look forward to ...

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  • LONDON:- Scientists have tracked the “family history” of a rock back to some of the earliest times on Earth. Researchers analysed the concentration and distribution of particular types of atoms in the granite to show it must have been recycled from something that existed 4.2 billion ...

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  • LONDON - Gladiator is the latest film which might be receiving the sequel treatment. The film, which was directed by Ridley Scott, won the best picture Oscar in 2000. Before now, many of us thought a sequel was out of the question because Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by the film’s star, ...

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  • LONDON - The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries - even well into old age - a study in the Lancet showed. “It’s an incredible population” with radically ...

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  • LONDON-Ed Sheeran is to headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, topping the bill alongside Radiohead and Foo Fighters. The chart-dominating pop star will close the event on Sunday, 25 June, in his only festival appearance this year. On a short Instagram film, he ...

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  • KONO-A Christian pastor has discovered one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds in Sierra Leone’s Kono district. The diamond, weighing 709 carats, is now locked up in Sierra Leone’s central bank in Freetown. It is one of the 20 largest diamonds ever found. Freelance, or ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Alison Krauss has more Grammys than any other woman in history. Twenty-seven from 42 nominations, to be precise. They recognise the bluegrass singer for her work with Union Station, as a solo artist, as a contributor to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and as Robert Plant’s foil on ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Ben Affleck has said he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction. In a Facebook post, the Batman and Argo actor admitted that alcoholism was “something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront”. He said the latest course of treatment was ...

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  • LONDON:- Game of Thrones producers have confirmed Ed Sheeran will make a cameo appearance in the seventh series of the show. Speaking at the SXSW film festival in Texas, David Benioff and Dan Weiss said they’d been trying to book him for a while. Ed also confirmed the news as reports started ...

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  • Sydney -Adele was forced to stop a concert in Sydney after a fan in the front row had a cardiac arrest. A 47-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition during the show on 10 March. Adele stopped mid-performance telling fans she didn’t want to shock the sick woman with ...

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  • LONDON- “I flat-lined seven times, it was very uncertain for a long time whether I would make it,” says Patrick Kane. He nearly died from a condition that kills more people in the UK each year than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. Patrick was just nine months old when one ...

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  • LONDON-The oldest crocodilian eggs known to science have been discovered in the cliffs of western Portugal. They are so well preserved that they give an insight into the “mother croc” that laid them 152 million years ago. The prehistoric crocodile ancestor would have spanned two metres, ...

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  • LOS ANGELES:- Samuel L Jackson has clarified comments he made about British black actors earlier this week. The actor had criticised Hollywood for casting black British actors in films about US race relations. On Monday, he told radio station Hot 97: “I don’t know what the love affair ...

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  • NEW YORK-Only half of the people who fall three storeys survive. From 10 storeys almost no-one does. This is the tale of a window cleaner who survived a 47-floor fall from the roof of a New York skyscraper. “I loved to see the windows really clean,” Alcides Moreno says. “I liked ...

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  • LONDON-When Joshua Browder developed DoNotPay he called it “the world’s first robot lawyer”. It’s a chatbot - a computer program that carries out conversations through texts or vocal commands - and it uses Facebook Messenger to gather information about a case before spitting ...

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  • LOS ANGELES-Nicole Kidman has finally revealed why she appeared to be clapping like a seal at this year’s Oscars ceremony.Australian radio presenter Kyle Sandilands said to the actress: “I told everyone you were clapping like that because you had the rings on and you didn’t want ...

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  • LONDON-US singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews released her first album at the age of 16 and, at the age of 26, has just released Honest Life, her self-produced sixth album. In short, it has taken six albums for the wider music press to sit up and take notice of her. Hands up, how many people ...

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  • Ottawa-The impact of the Zika virus on infected Canadian travellers was “more severe” than expected, say researchers. A new study looked at Canadians returning from trips to Zika-affected regions who sought treatment at a national network of travel clinics. Researchers examined 1,118 ...

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  • United Nations-Millions of Syrian children could be living in a state of “toxic stress” due to prolonged exposure to the horrors of war, aid group Save the Children says. The damage to an entire generation of children could soon become irreversible without immediate help, it adds. The ...

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  • London-It’s got witches, wizards and animatronic owls. And now Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has got 11 Olivier Award nominations. That makes it the most nominated new play in Olivier history. The musical Groundhog Day, which begins on Broadway this month, has picked up eight nominations. ...

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  • London-You may know Kwame Kwei-Armah best as the paramedic Finlay Newton in the BBC’s Casualty. But it’s 13 years since he left the television series and since then he’s carved a hugely successful career in the theatre. His new stage show is about the reggae legend Bob Marley. But ...

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  • CALIFORNIA-The last woolly mammoths to walk the Earth were so wracked with genetic disease that they lost their sense of smell, shunned company, and had a strange shiny coat. That’s the verdict of scientists who have analysed ancient DNA of the extinct animals for mutations. The studies ...

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  • LONDON-Two skulls found in China shed light on the ancient humans who inhabited the region before our own species arrived. We know that Europe and western Asia was dominated by the Neanderthals before Homo sapiens displaced them. But remains belonging to equivalent populations in East and Central ...

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  • Beijing-More than 160 couples in a village in eastern China have decided to divorce in order to get more compensation after the forced demolition of their homes. The village of Jiangbei, in Jiangsu province, is being razed to make way for a high-tech development zone. The couples found they could ...

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  • LONDON - Sleeping too much or too little can increase the likelihood of becoming obese, researchers have discovered. The study found abnormal sleeping patterns increased the risk of being overweight for those genetically predisposed to obesity. The effect was seen regardless of diet, health or ...

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  • GENEVA - One of the Large Hadron Collider’s huge experiments has been given what’s described as a “heart transplant”. Officials said the replacement of a key component inside the CMS experiment represented the first major upgrade to the LHC - the world’s biggest ...

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  • LOS ANGELES - Vogue Arabia launches this month - and Gigi Hadid has been revealed as its first cover star. Writing on her Instagram page, the model said: “Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of Vogue Arabia.” Two different editions of the ...

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