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Lara Stone gets cosy with Australian model

London, May 26 (IANS) Model Lara Stone, who split from comedian David Walliams in March 2015 after five years of marriage, has reportedly found a new friend in Australian model Jordan Barrett. They are said to be comfortable in each other's company. Stone and Barrett were spotted leaving the Vogue 100 Gala at the Kensington Gardens here holding hands on Monday night. Heading off ...

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Pope prays for Syria terror victims, terrorists

Vatican City, May 26 (IANS) Pope Francis has prayed for both the victims of the string of the noxious terror attacks that rocked Syria this week, and those responsible for the blasts asking for God's compassion to convert their hearts. While speaking during his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square on Wednesday Pope Francis asked God to convert the hearts of those who sow death and des...

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Three islands shut down to save coral reef in Thailand

Bangkok, May 26 (IANS) Three islands off Phuket in south Thailand were closed to tourists to protect endangered coral reefs, Thai Marine officials said on Wednesday. The tiny islands off Phuket's east coast, namely Koh Khai Nai, Khai Nok and Khai Nui, were shut down with all facilities and structures used for tourist activities since about 80 percent of coral reefs in the area have been ...

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No more children for Kym Marsh

London, May 26 (IANS) Singer-turned-actress Kym Marsh doesn't want any more children. Marsh, who has three children - David, 21, Emilie, 19, and Polly, 6 - from two previous relationships, is currently dating Matt Baker. But she is adamant she won't add to her brood, reports dailymail.co.uk. I've finished having kids now so I feel like I've got a really good idea of what my life ...

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11 states file lawsuit challenging Obama's transgender directive

Washington, May 26 (IANS) Texas and 10 other states will sue the Obama administration over a directive that forces states to adjust their policy to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. Texas's action was announced on Twitter by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) on Wednesday, RT online reported. The other states that joined the lawsuit as plaintiff...

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Shakespeare's four folios fetch $3.6 mn at London auction

London, May 26 (IANS) Four folios of British playwright William Shakespeare were sold for nearly around $3.67 million at Christie's London auction on Wednesday afternoon. Margaret Ford, international head of Books & Manuscripts at Christie's, said the four books were acquired by the same private US collector, with the unrecorded First Folio going for $2.6 million, Xinhua news agency ...

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Rebel Wilson to make West End debut

London, May 26 (IANS) Actress Rebel Wilson will make her West End debut in Guys And Dolls. The Australian actress is joining the cast of the production for an eight-week stint as Miss Adelaide over the summer and is honoured to have been offered the role, reports theguardian.com. I am delighted to be making my West End debut in 'Guys And Dolls' and to be playing such an iconic ro...

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Caroline Flack to watch her cat on webcam

Los Angeles, May 26 (IANS) TV personality Caroline Flack is planning to watch her cat Waffle on webcam while she's away in Majorca, Spain filming for Love Island. The former X Factor host is set to jet out to Majorca, Spain, for a few weeks later this summer to present the show but she doesn't want to cut all contact with her pet cat Waffle so is planning on talking to him via video link...

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IS hacks Iran's national statistics website

Tehran, May 26 (IANS/AKI) The Islamic State hackers reportedly attacked Iran's national statistics institute, a media report said on Wednesday. Employees could not access of the national statistic institute's computer systems and when they tried to log on got a message on their screens reading Hacked by Daesh (the Arabic name for IS). --IANS/AKI lok/ahm ...

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Primary US embargo on Iran to stay: official

Washington, May 26 (IANS) The US has lifted all nuclear-related sanctions as promised in the nuclear deal with Iran, but has not changed the primary US embargo on Tehran, said an official of the US Treasury Department on Wednesday. The US will continue to prohibit Americans from investing in Iran, importing or exporting to Iran most goods or services, or otherwise engaging in commercial ...

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Brussels Airport loses nearly 1.5mn passengers after March attacks

Brussels, May 26 (IANS) Brussels Airport has lost 1.5 million passengers since the attacks on March 22, a media report said on Wednesday. Following the attacks on March 22, the airport recorded a decrease of 29.1 percent in passenger traffic at the end of March, compared to 2015 figures. Despite the partial resumption of activity in April, passenger traffic at the airport fell by...

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Shake hands with female teachers or face fine, Muslim boys told

Geneva, May 26 (IANS) Muslim school students in the Swiss canton of Basel cannot refuse to shake hands with their female teachers on religious grounds, otherwise their parents will face fines, local authorities have ruled. The public interest with respect to equality between men and women and the integration of foreigners significantly outweighs the freedom of conscience (freedom of reli...

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Kendall Jenner claims she's psychic

Los Angeles, May 26 (IANS) Reality TV personality and model Kendall Jenner is convinced that she has psychic abilities, and she feels she's a lot like a cat. Writing on her website KendallJ.com, Kendall said: I swear, I've had a keen sense of perception since I was a kid. I've just always had really good intuition. I've actually even been told by like seven psychics that I'm psychic! The...

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Microsoft to slash 1,350 jobs in Finland

Helsinki, May 26 (IANS) Microsoft said on Wednesday that it would lay off 1,350 people in Finland, as a result of its plan to streamline its smart phone hardware business. We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms, said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, Xinhua news agency reported. The redundancies in Finl...

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Obama extends 'deepest regrets' over Okinawa murder

Tokyo, May 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama extended sincerest condolences and deepest regrets over the murder of a Japanese woman by a US military-affiliated civilian, here at a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. Responding to a strong statement of protest from the Japanese prime minister, Obama said the murder was a tragedy and considered inexcusable, and...

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Sonam, McKellen inaugurate Kashish Film Festival

Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor and international star Sir Ian McKellen inaugurated the Kashish Film Festival, here late Wednesday. I'm here for Kashish, and I'm here because I strongly believe in what this film festival stands for, that it's a basic human rights; it's not about being lesbian, gay, female, male, transsexual, anything, it's about being able to be who you want t...

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Hillary Clinton criticised for emails in State Department

Washington, May 26 (IANS) The US State Department's inspector general has sharply criticised Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had. In a report delivered to members of Congress on Wednesday, the inspector general said that Clinton had an obligatio...

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Hope 'Sultan' is another record-breaking film: Sonam

Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor is looking forward to superstar Salman Khan's upcoming film 'Sultan', and hopes another record-breaking film for Khan. It is very good, very beautiful. I'm looking forward to watching Salman Khan on screen again like how you all are obviously looking forward to it. I hope it's another record-breaking film of his. Sonam, who was present along wit...

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Kesoram Industries to strengthen its tyre business

Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) B.K. Birla group company Kesoram Industries will continue to focus and strengthen its tyre business even though it sold its tyre manufacturing plant at Laksar in Haridwar, a top official the company said on Wednesday. We are not going out of the tyre business. We have sold a tyre manufacturing facility not the tyre business to JK Tyres. We will strengthen our tyre ...

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Iran executes 17 prisoners

Tehran, May 26 (IANS/AKI) As many as 17 prisoners were executed in Iran in the past two days for crimes including murder, rape and drugs trafficking, the Iran Human Rights (IHR) website reported on Wednesday. The prisoners were put to death in two different prisons in Karaj, bringing to almost 60 the number of people put to death in different Iranian prisons this month, IHR said. ...

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