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  • TKABUL  -  In the late 1970s, John England, from High Wycombe, was befriended by his neighbour Rahmatullah Safi, originally from Afghanistan. In 1988, Rahmatullah invited John to visit a war zone in his home country and they embarked on an unconventional trip. John kept a diary and took ...

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  • TLONDON-Justin Bieber surprised fans by serenading partner Hailey Baldwin outside Buckingham Palace in London. The pop star performed acoustic versions of Cold Water, his 2016 collaboration with Major Lazer and MO, and Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit Fast Car. Baldwin watched with fans and proudly ...

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  • TNEW DELHI-A photograph of a boy weeping next to his father’s body moved Indian social media users to raise more than three million rupees ($43,829; £33,350) for his family in a day. The picture was shared on Twitter more than 7,000 times. Anil, 27, was a sewer worker in the capital ...

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  • TCANBERRA-Australian police say sewing needles have been found hidden in an apple and a banana, amid a nationwide scare that has tormented the strawberry industry. Since last week, Australians in every state have reported finding needles concealed in strawberry punnets. Health Minister Greg Hunt has ...

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  • TTashkent-Uzbekistan has aspirations to become a second Mecca, a destination for pilgrims from all over the world. Central Asia's most populous country boasts a wealth of well-preserved mosques and shrines in famous silk road cities like Samarkand and Bukhara. For millions of Uzbeks these are sacred ...

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  • TLONDON-The first all-British radar satellite is set to go into orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night. The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see ...

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  • TLONDON: The iconic cactus plant is veering into trouble say researchers. The most serious problem is illegal smuggling. Despite the international ban on uncontrolled trade in cacti, policing the smuggling faces many problems and semi-professional hunters continue to uproot plants to order, stealing ...

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  • TNew South Wales-Australians have been warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit. Contaminated punnets have been reported in supermarkets in the states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. One man was taken in ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Riding on some types of roller-coaster is an effective way of removing kidney stones. This is the conclusion of research that has won this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine. The US researchers who carried out the work recommend that those afflicted with the condition should ...

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  • TLONDON:- A rare bird of prey mysteriously disappeared when her satellite tag stopped transmitting after she flew across Snowdonia. Hen harrier Heulwen was last known to be near Ruabon Mountain, Wrexham, on 29 August. A tag continues to transmit even when the bird dies, and with the disappearance of ...

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  • TSHANGHAI - Fans were forcefully removed from a Dua Lipa concert in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday. Videos posted on social media show security workers pulling people out of their seats. Heavy-handed crowd control isn’t that unusual in China and many are saying people were ejected for standing ...

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  • TBEIJING - A popular Chinese restaurant chain has lost around $190m (£145m) in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup. Hotpot restaurant Xiabu Xiabu’s stock hit its lowest level in almost a year, after photos of the dead rat being fished out of the broth with a ...

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  • THyderabad - Thieves who stole a gold, diamond-studded lunchbox that belonged to a former royal family were using it to eat their meals, Indian police say. The lunchbox, stolen last week, was recovered along with a ruby and gold teacup, saucer and teaspoon. Two men from the southern city of ...

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  • TGENEVA-There’s a 70% chance of a recurrence of the El Nino weather event before the end of this year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The last El Niño occurred in 2015-16 and impacted weather patterns around the world. Researchers say they are not expecting this new ...

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  • TWestern Australia: Miners in Western Australia say they have discovered two huge gold-encrusted rocks that are each estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The largest specimen, weighing 95kg (210lb), was found to contain more than 2,400 ounces of gold, Canadian miner RNC Minerals said. The ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-John Legend has made history by becoming the first black man to reach EGOT status after his Emmy win on Sunday night. The 39-year old has joined the select group of people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony - considered the holy grail of performance awards. The Emmy win for Jesus ...

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  • TToronto-The Front Runner sees Hugh Jackman play Gary Hart, the US Democrat whose 1987 campaign to become his party's presidential candidate was derailed by reports of a lurid scandal. "I've never had any aspirations and looking into that world makes me want to run away further," Jackman told ...

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  • TNEW YORK-A simmering feud between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj came to blows at a New York Fashion Week party on Friday evening. The scuffle began after rapper Cardi approached Minaj over “lies Nicki was spreading”, celebrity website TMZ said. She was allegedly elbowed in the face by a ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES:- US rapper Mac Miller has been found dead at his California home, a Los Angeles coroner has confirmed. Media reports say the 26-year-old, who was open about his substance abuse, died from an apparent overdose. The rapper, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, rose to fame after ...

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  • TLos Angeles-Richard Madden has revealed he wasn’t paid that much for his role as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Not that he feels hard done by, as he admits he had nothing on his CV that deserved big money as a 22-year-old. Despite that, he explained fans often thought he was rich anyway. Ten ...

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  • TWashington-Aretha Franklin’s family has said that they found the closing eulogy at her funeral offensive and distasteful. The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. said black America was losing “its soul” and described children raised without a father as “abortion after ...

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  • TCALIFORNIA-A self-driving car owned by Apple was involved in an accident, California’s road authority has confirmed. The car, a modified Lexus RX450h with autonomous sensors, was rear-ended by a human driver in a Nissan Leaf. Humans were unhurt, but the machines suffered moderate ...

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  • TLONDON: A fish normally found in tropical waters has twice been spotted off the west coast of Scotland last week. It is the fourth time this year that the sunfish has been recorded by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. The ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish in the world, with an average ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-Lana Del Rey has postponed a scheduled performance in Israel following a backlash from fans and activists. “It’s important to me to perform in both Palestine and Israel and treat all my fans equally,” the singer said in a statement posted on Twitter. She added that she ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES:- Eminem has surprised fans by dropping his latest album, Kamikaze, online overnight. Across 13 tracks the Detroit rapper hits out on everyone from Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein and Tyler, the Creator. It comes just a year after his comeback album, Revival, and he cryptically tweeted ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES - Top Gun: Maverick’s release date has been delayed by a year due to “logistical reasons”. Paramount had the date originally set for July 2019, but fans will now be waiting until June 2020 to see the film. The time will be used to work on film sequences using new ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES - An alleged “dine-and-dash” dater accused of repeatedly leaving restaurant bills unpaid is facing the possibility of 13 years in prison. Paul Gonzales is accused of taking “financial advantage” of at least 10 women he mostly met on dating apps or websites from ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-A man who forced his way onstage at a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert has been charged with disorderly conduct and simple battery. Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell, 26, ran onto the stage in Atlanta as the couple’s On The Run II show was ending on Saturday 25 August. He approached Jay-Z ...

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  • TBEIJING-Chronic exposure to air pollution could be linked to cognitive performance, a new study in China suggests. Researchers believe that the negative impact increases with age, and affects men with less education the worst. Over four years, the maths and verbal skills of some 20,000 people in ...

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  • TLONDON-A major study has found promising results for the safety of a weight-loss drug available in the US. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, says adults using the drug lorcaserin lost an average of 4kg (8.8lb) over 40 months. It says the drug, which works by suppressing ...

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