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Batman cinema shooting: US mourns Aurora victims

Batman cinema shooting: US mourns Aurora victims

AURORA, Colo., July 21 (Reuters) A day after a gunman opened fire at a packed midnight showing of the new “Batman” film in a Denver suburb, killing 12 people and wounding 59 more, police on Saturday prepared to neutralize explosives in the suspect’s booby-trapped apartment. Dozens of law enforcement officials arrived at the apartment of [...]

Mumbai murals recall old Bollywood as centenary nears

Mumbai murals recall old Bollywood as centenary nears

MUMBAI, (AFP) Frustrated by the lack of old Bollywood glamour on the streets of Mumbai, two film buffs are trying to brighten up India’s movie capital with mural tributes ahead of the industry’s 100th birthday. The iconic image of a reclining, cigarette-smoking young Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star of Hindi cinema, has been lovingly recreated [...]

Sofia Vergara tops Forbes highest paid U.S. TV actresses

NEW YORK (Reuters) “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara edged out Kim Kardashian as the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by on Wednesday. The Colombian-born Vergara took the No. 1 spot thanks to her Emmy Award-winning role on the ABC sitcom, a [...]

Canada bans foreign strippers

Canada bans  foreign strippers

Foreign strippers will be banned from baring their breasts and performing onstage in Canada from Saturday. Immigrants intending to work for strip clubs, escort services and massage parlours in the country will no longer be able to get temporary work permits. The policy change, announced by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney yesterday, aims ‘to protect vulnerable [...]

Militant attacks kill 15 in Pakistan

PARACHINAR, Pakistan, July 21 (Reuters) A bomb exploded at a compound in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing nine people and wounding 20, local government and intelligence officials said. The bombing in the compound, used by a local militia and containing residential units and an office, occurred near the village of Spin Tal in the Orakzai [...]

Heavy fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) Syrian soldiers and armored troops pushed into a rebel-held district of Aleppo on Saturday after striking back in Damascus against fighters emboldened by a bomb attack against President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle. Activists in Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city and a northern commercial hub, said hundreds of families were fleeing residential districts after the military [...]

Did Mick Jagger have an affair with Princess Margaret?

Did Mick Jagger have an affair with Princess Margaret?

In the second extract from his fascinating new biography of Mick Jagger, author Christopher Andersen describes how Jagger’s closeness with Princess Margaret attracted the Queen’s lasting disapproval.Even in private, the Queen seldom questions the Government’s decision to award an honour. But there is one notable exception. Shortly after taking office in 1997, Tony Blair proposed [...]

Hilary Clinton not offended by ‘Monica’ chants in Egypt

Hilary  Clinton not offended by ‘Monica’ chants in Egypt

It was the kind of welcome that would put most people off.But Hillary Clinton has revealed that she actually welcomed being taunted about her husband’s affair whilst on a visit to Egypt. The US Secretary of State said that the cheers of ‘Monica, Monica!’ were a sign that democracy was alive and well in the [...]

Outrage over Obama punching bag

A punching bag depicting Barack Obama as a boxer with a black eye has been removed from the Republican Party tent at an Indiana fair after some fairgoers complained. Delaware County GOP spokesman Tom Bennington told The Star Press he thought the bag was placed outside the tent by party leaders. ‘It’s gone. It won’t be [...]

Privatising the Gulf

Privatising the Gulf

JEDDAH – As the Arab world undergoes fundamental changes, its leaders must adapt fast or risk popular uprisings – a lesson that has not been lost on the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. With their neighbours embroiled in internal conflict or [...]

Pictured: Suicide bus bomber waited an hour for Israeli tourists to arrive

The suspected suicide bomber who killed himself and six others at Burgas airport waited an hour for his victims to arrive, Bulgarian authorities said last night.Video surveillance footage showed the casually dressed bomber circling around a group of buses about to take Israeli tourists to a nearby resort before the attack. DNA is now being [...]

An atom of doubt at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant

An atom of doubt at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant

(Reuters) Opponents of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, under construction in Tamil Nadu, are raising fresh questions about the plant’s safety because of Indian government documents that they say reveal a problem in the design of one of the two reactors.The reactor’s design differs from the plan that Russia and India came up with when [...]

The Einsteins of the deep

Dolphins can perform complex feats of maths that defy human computer systems. The finding has forced scientists to reevaluate how intelligent the animals are. When hunting, dolphins blow ‘bubble nets’ – but are still able to use sonar – ‘counting clicks’ through the mass of bubbles. The ability seems to prove that the animals can [...]

Nobel laureate, discoverer of HIV, says cure in sight

(AFP) The Nobel laureate who helped to discover HIV says a cure for AIDS is in sight following recent discoveries, in an interview with AFP ahead of a global conference on the disease.Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 as part of a team that discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), [...]

Why going to work on an egg is healthier than it used to be

If you enjoy telling younger members of your family that food just isn’t as wholesome as it used to be, you might need to make an exception. Eggs are far more nutritious and beneficial for our health than they were 30 years ago, scientists claim. Not only have they found that eggs are lower in [...]

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