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  • TGeneva-A rare pink diamond has fetched 50.3m Swiss francs ($50m) at auction, a record price per carat. Pink Legacy, weighing in at just under 19 carats, was bought by US brand Harry Winston at auction in Geneva. The price of around $2.6m per carat marked a world record for a pink diamond, according ...

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  • TAthens-Archaeologists in Greece believe they have found the lost city of Tenea, thought to have been founded by captives of the legendary Trojan War. They said they had discovered the remains of a housing settlement, jewellery, coins and several burial sites in the southern Peloponnese area. Until ...

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  • TBEIJING-A loyal dog which has waited on a busy road for more than 80 days after its owner died there has captured the hearts of online communities in China. Footage of the animal in the middle of the road in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, has been viewed 1.4 million times on the popular Sina Weibo ...

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  • TBEIJING - E-commerce giant Alibaba has set new sales records on Sunday for its biggest shopping day, the annual Singles Day. The Chinese company hit a record $1bn in sales in 85 seconds, and then just shy of $10bn in the first hour of the 24-hour spree. Alibaba also beat its 2017 revenue total, ...

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  • TLONDON-There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” - meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population ...

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  • TUS-Scientists this week got their first close-up look at the big new iceberg that’s calved from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in the Antarctic. The block, which has the designation B-46, initially covered 225 sq km. Given the fashion in recent years to compare such bergs with the area of ...

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  • TCHINA-A Chinese headmaster has been fired after a secret stack of crypto-currency mining machines was found connected to his school’s electricity supply. Teachers at the school in Hunan became suspicious of a whirring noise that continued day and night, local media report. This led to the ...

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  • TGERMANY-A legal and ethical drama has come to an end over whether Robby the chimpanzee should live out his years among people or fellow apes. Robby, who is in his forties and born in a zoo, has spent most of his life with German circus ringmaster Klaus Köhler and his family. Animal rights ...

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  • TLONDON:- A man has been jailed for sending a “potentially lethal homemade bomb” to a Bitcoin firm in London - after it refused to reset his password for him.The Met Police, which investigated the case, said detectives could “only identify one possible reason” for the Swedish ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-Ariana Grande has released a surprise single in which she sings about four of her ex-boyfriends, including Mac Miller and former fiancé Pete Davidson. Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez also crop up in the track, titled Thank U, Next. She sings: “Thought I’d end up with ...

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  • TLONDON-A chemical that makes brain tumours glow pink could help surgeons to remove the cancer safely, a trial suggests. Scientists gave people with suspected glioma a drink containing 5-ALA, a substance known to accumulate in fast-growing cancer cells. The pink glow the chemical causes was found in ...

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  • TNEW YORK-US actor Alec Baldwin has been charged with assault in New York City after allegedly punching a man in a fight over a parking spot. He left a police station in the city after being ordered to appear in court on 26 November. This is not 60-year-old Mr Baldwin’s first run-in with the ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-Sir Ridley Scott is reportedly “moving forward” on a sequel to his classic 2000 film Gladiator. The movie won five Oscars, including best actor for Russell Crowe who played Maximus, a once-powerful Roman general forced to become a gladiator. It revived the historical epic ...

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  • TLONDON-The new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, the Bank of England has announced, with the public being asked for nominations. In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical ...

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  • TUS-Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users’ accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be ...

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  • TSydney-Two decades ago, Australian property developer Bill Gertos found a house sitting empty in Sydney. So he changed the locks, repaired the property - and began leasing it to tenants. Now Mr Gertos has won a legal battle to be declared the official owner of the house - which is estimated to be ...

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  • TNew York-Beyonce has paid tribute to R&B singer Toni Braxton for Halloween. Queen Bey unveiled a recreation of the singer's self-titled 1993 album cover shots in a series of Instagram posts on Tuesday. Beyonce was praised on social media for a perfect recreation of the R&B singers iconic ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-An actress at the centre of a defamation case involving actor Geoffrey Rush says he “deliberately” touched her breast on stage, leaving her feeling “frightened”. Eryn Jean Norvill told an Australian court that Mr Rush had also made groping gestures towards her ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-A long-delayed film version of Martin Amis’s novel London Fields, starring Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp, has flopped at the US box office. The dystopian murder mystery made an estimated $160,000 over the weekend after opening in 613 cinemas. That’s the worst ...

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  • TWASHINGTON:-Researchers in the US have scaled up a new low-cost system that could provide efficient cooling for homes while using very little electricity. The team has developed a roof-top sized array, built from a highly reflective material made from glass and polymers. In tests, the system kept ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is the best-paid actor on US TV, earning $16m more than her nearest rival, according to Forbes magazine. Vergara earned $42.5m in 2017-18, Forbes said - far ahead of the top-earning man, The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, who is on $26.5m. Overall, ...

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  • TLONDON-Lady Gaga continues to shine with her A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper, as they rule both the albums and singles charts. And while the duet is Gaga’s first number one single for more than eight years, this is the third time the singer has landed the double. She earned it first in ...

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  • TLONDON-Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam. The artist, who is best known for her 1990 hit version of the song Nothing Compares 2 U, said she had changed her name to Shuhada’. In a message on Twitter, she thanked fellow Muslims for their ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-Britney Spears has thanked her ‘amazing fans’ in an Instagram post marking 20 years since ...Baby One More Time was released. The singer uploaded a clip on Tuesday showing highlights from the song’s music video along with a message. “Your support over the years ...

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  • TBrisbane-Australian actor Chris Hemsworth surprised a hitchhiker by giving him a helicopter ride to a surfing spot. The Thor star posted an Instagram video of himself and a friend picking up US musician Scott Hildebrand in Brisbane, who had just arrived from Mexico. “Picked up a hitchhiker, ...

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  • TIndiana:- A lioness has killed the father of her three cubs in their pen at a zoo in the US, officials say. Zuri, 12, attacked 10-year-old Nyack and staff at Indianapolis Zoo could not separate the pair. He died of suffocation. The lions had lived in the same enclosure for eight years, and had ...

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  • TWASHINGTON:-Here's a word of warning to anybody applying for a US travel visa or Esta online. The top search results in Google are not for the official application forms, but paid advertisements for commercial websites that charge more than five times as much as the government one. Regular ...

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  • TWASHINGTON:- Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are part of a US legal action against the social network, claim that it knew ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES  -  Keira Knightley says she has banned her three-year-old daughter from watching Disney films whose portrayal of women she disagrees with. Edie Knightley Righton is not allowed to watch Cinderella or Little Mermaid. Knightley told Ellen DeGeneres that 1950’s Cinderella ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES-Ariana Grande has announced she is taking a break from social media. Posting on Instagram stories after taping NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween, she hinted it was related to her recent break-up. In a since-deleted message she wrote: "It's very sad and we're all tryin very hard to ...

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