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‘Oldest’ Koran found in Birmingham

For almost 100 years, two small pieces of parchment had been bound and stored away on a university library shelf.

  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian Shows Off Baby Bump, Looks Gorgeous

    There’s certainly no maternity smocks for Kim Kardashian. Copyright [Splash]The five-month pregnant star is not letting go of her signature figure hugging wardrobe for anyone, thank you very much and looked mighty fine as she stepped out for a business

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  • A crazy-strong bicyclist lifted a car out of a bike lane with his bare hands

    If you ride a bicycle in bike lanes you know all too well that often these "bike lanes" are lined with parked cars, delivery trucks, construction vehicles, cop cars, you name it. A video going viral shows a Hulk-like man lifting a compact car out of

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  • Mother who battered her newborn to death held in Dubai

    A 20-year-old Indonesian maid has been arrested for allegedly assaulting and murdering her newborn baby, who was found dumped in a garbage container in Al Barsha last February. Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said a municipality cleaner in Al Barsha area heard a weak crying sound coming from the dumpster and he alerted the police. A major search operation was launched to find the baby's mother and the Dubai Police combed the emirate's clinics and hospitals and even the residential area of Al Barsha from where the baby was found.

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  • Lady Gaga Poses for Taylor Kinney In Nude Bodysuit, Gushes Over Alexander McQueen Heels

    Lady Gaga had lots to celebrate this weekend. Mother Monster was excited to come off of traveling and reunite with her fiance Taylor Kinney in New York City. "Lion cub stuff," she captioned the selfie of her and Kinney, showcasing him flipping a bird and her bedazzled eyebrows.

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  • Here's what it costs to open one of the top restaurant franchises in the world

    The fried chicken chain ranked fourth among the restaurants in Entrepreneur's list of top global franchises. Building and equipment costs — which include items like grills and fryers — range between 695,000 and $1.2 million, Franchise Direct reports.

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  • Senior Western official: Links between Turkey and ISIS are now 'undeniable'

    A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror army's oil and gas operations in Syria. The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million a month selling oil on black markets.

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  • A critical unknown is emerging in the Iran deal

    One of the big unanswered questions regarding the historic nuclear deal between a US-led group of countries and Iran had to do with the status of a side agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran. On July 14, hours before the nuclear agreement was officially announced, Iran and the IAEA signed a "road map" agreement on the disclosure of Iran's prior nuclear-weaponization activities. The IAEA and Iran have been wrangling over Iranian cooperation with IAEA investigations into the country's weapons program for nearly a decade.

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  • You won’t believe that these actresses are in their 40s

    On July 24th, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 46th birthday. Jennifer Lopez has always been in great shape – she started her career as a “Fly Girl,” after all – but over the years her body has become something more iconic. In an effort to get the rest of us up to speed, she recently launched the #BeTheGirl challenge, which encourages fans to help her combat obesity in America.

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  • Prince Charles Gave Prince George Possibly The Best Present Ever For His Second Birthday

    Charles is said to be completely besotted with his grandson. The Prince of Wales probably made all of George’s dreams come true by turning part of his garden at his private house, Highgrove House, into a playground fit for a toddler-shaped prince. The heir to the throne even had a tree house once made for his own sons, Wills and Harry, updated for George (and Charlotte, eventually) to play in.

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  • Former Kremlin banker: Putin 'is the richest person in the world until he leaves power'

    The man who used to be the "Kremlin's banker" says that as long the Russian president Vladimir Putin remains in power, he's the richest person in the world. “Everything that belongs to the territory of the Russian Federation Putin considers to be his," Sergei Pugachev told The Guardian's Luke Harding.

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  • Here's the best look yet at the giant new Galaxy phone Samsung is said to be launching next month

    French blog Nowhereelse.fr just posted a batch of photos that reportedly show a prototype of the Galaxy Note 5. You'll notice that the phone is this photo has the same shimmery gold color as the Galaxy S6. The shape of the phone is a bit different than the Galaxy S6, though — it's longer and its edges are more square.

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  • Real Indian Weddings: This Gujarati Couple Will Steal Your Heart With Their Charming Innocence

    With love and happiness in the air, a wedding celebration is a truly charming affair. The gorgeous couple, Rima and Chintan, had an arranged marriage, but the wonderful chemistry that the two share is absolutely outstanding. Rima, who is a dentist by profession, is an ever-smiling, chirpy and a bubbly person.

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  • Kuwait awards $11.5 bn contracts for new refinery

    Kuwait National Petroleum Co said it awarded four contracts worth $11.5 billion (10.5 billion euros) to international consortia Tuesday to build a 615,000 barrel per day refinery. A $4.25 billion contract for the main manufacturing units went to Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas, China's Sinopec Engineering and South Korea's Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp, spokesman Khaled al-Assoussi said in a statement. The second and third contracts for infrastructure, worth a combined $5.75 billion, were awarded to a consortium of US Fluor Limited with South Korean Hyundai heavy Industries and Daewoo Engineering and Construction.

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  • Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

    By Praveen Menon and Tim Hepher KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370. The object, which appeared to be part of a wing, was being sent to offices of France's BEA crash investigation agency in Toulouse to verify if was indeed the first trace of the lost plane to be found, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said. Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, which vanished in March last year while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.

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  • Man jailed for hugging, kissing 10-year-old girl in lift

    A salesman was jailed for six months for hugging and kissing a 10-year-old schoolgirl although he claimed he gave her a fatherly kiss and a hug. When the lift door opened, I ran out and rushed to our home and informed my mother what had happened.

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  • China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan

    China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defense drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the south. The maneuvers also come as the United States ramps up military cooperation with its allies in Asia in response to China's increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims in the disputed waters of the South and East China seas. China and Russia are veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, and have held similar views on key policy questions like the crisis in Syria, putting them at odds with the United States and Western Europe.

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  • Kangana trains for Vishal Bharadwaj's ‘Rangoon’

    For her next film Rangoon, Kangana Ranaut trains in ballet dancing, sword fighting and horse ridingKnown for being a perfectionist especially when it concerns getting under the skin of her character, the Queen of Bollywood raises the bar yet again. For

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  • The 10 Best Stocks to Hold Forever

    Few people realize these stocks exist. But many of the richest, most successful investors have been cashing in on them for decades. Now you can too...

  • Google admits defeat and guts a key part of Google+

    Essentially, Google's admitting defeat for its original goal of using Google+ to give users one identity across all of its services. When Google first started forcing YouTube users to have a Google+ account if they wanted to comment on videos or share content, many hated the integration and the fact that it decreased the ability to be anonymous.

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  • High Security Outside Salman Khan’s Residence For Yakub Memon Row

    On Sunday, Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan received lots of criticism that mounted a lively defence of terrorist Yakub Memon who is set to be executed for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case. After drawing outrage of many, Salman Khan had to give apology for the same. Dabangg Khan’s late night tweets, created a massive controversy that read, Yakub Memon who is convicted in 1993 bomb blast should not be hanged and instead his brother Tiger the absconding main accused in the case, should be hanged.

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  • I just tested 2015’s best affordable smartphone – and it’s not made by Samsung or Apple

    It’s very rare for me as a reviewer to get excited about an affordable Android smartphone. This is because normally the only thing smart about an affordable smartphone is its name. Most of smartphones that cost less than £200 have such woefully poor internal components even basic tasks like web browsing are a slow and painful process.

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