Passion plus timing makes magic formula for 2017 Oscars

By Jill Serjeant | LOS ANGELES This year’s Oscars is filled with projects fueled by passion and deeply-held personal visions that prevailed over skepticism, funding troubles and conventional wisdom. For favorite “La La Land,” which took director Damien Chazelle six … Continue reading


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Some peers 'contribute absolutely nothing'

A former Speaker of the House of Lords has claimed that many peers contribute “absolutely nothing” to Parliament – despite claiming their full £300 daily allowance. Baroness D’Souza made the comments in an interview for a BBC documentary to be … Continue reading


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'I've just been kicked off the plane'

A Muslim teacher denied entry to the United States while on a school trip said he has still not been told why. Juhel Miah, 25, had flown to Reykjavik, Iceland, with the party from Llangatwg Community School in Aberdulais, Neath, … Continue reading


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Jeepers Creepers

Angelina Jolie cooked up a storm while promoting her latest film in Cambodia by eating bugs with her kids. The actress was seen frying a scorpion and eating the leg of a spider which she said had a “really good … Continue reading


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Burger King and Tim Hortons owner to buy Popeyes for $1.8 billion

A popeyes restaurant sign is seen on the intersections of Broadway and New Orleans a cross the street from the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland November 4, 2015. For many who knew Ben Carson in Baltimore, his U.S. presidential … Continue reading


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Swede detained after Barcelona police fire on stolen butane gas truck

Police in Barcelona have detained a man after shooting at a truck loaded with butane gas canisters that was speeding the wrong way along a highway. They opened fire on the vehicle as it headed towards the Spanish city’s harbour … Continue reading


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Israeli soldier gets 18 months' jail for killing wounded Palestinian attacker

By Rami Amichay | TEL AVIV A young Israeli soldier who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment on Tuesday, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage after one of the most … Continue reading


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France 'attack plot': Three arrested

Three people have been arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a terrorism attack, police sources say. A bomb disposal squad was called in to sweep the home of one of the suspects, in the central city of Clermont-Ferrand, French … Continue reading


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Facebook investigates fake cancer child post

Facebook says it is investigating a mother’s complaints about a post that misused photos showing her child with a severe case of chickenpox. The message claimed the boy instead had cancer and that the social network would donate money for … Continue reading


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Sutton v Arsenal: Wayne Shaw's pie eating investigated by Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission says it is investigating whether there was a breach of betting regulations during Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Sutton. Before Monday’s game, a bookmaker offered odds of 8-1 that Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw would eat a … Continue reading


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Verizon, Yahoo agree to cut deal price by as much as $350 million – WSJ

FILE PHOTO: The Verizon logo is seen on one of their retail stores in San Diego, California, U.S. April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo


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Stock futures hit record highs amid retail earnings

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid


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House of Lords is 'London's best day-care centre'

The House of Lords is the “best day-care centre for the elderly in London”, a Lib Dem peer says in a new BBC documentary. It also features a claim by the former Lord Speaker that many peers contribute “absolutely nothing” … Continue reading


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Exclusive: White House delivered EU-skeptic message before Pence visit – sources

By Noah Barkin | BERLIN In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered … Continue reading


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Wal-Mart's comparable sales beat estimates

Shopping carts are seen outside a new Wal-Mart Express store in Chicago July 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress/Files


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