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    Tycoon's son convicted of brutal murder

    The son of a Canadian property tycoon has been found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of murdering his girlfriend. Blake Leibel, 37, was convicted of torturing and murdering Iana Kasian, mother of his three-week old daughter. Police found Leibel barricaded inside his blood-spattered West Hollywood apartment with the body of Ms Kasian, 30, in May 2016. She is believed to have been alive for some eight hours while the killer attacked her, the jury heard. Warning: this story contains graphic content. A coroner called the murder "unprecedented outside of wartime", according to the Toronto Sun. It was determined that she had been scalped and her blood had been drained. Leibel grew up in Toronto, the son

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    Footballer's hair 'too wild' for Iranian TV

    We have all had bad hair days, times when grooming didn't quite work out, but it's rare we expect our carefully-maintained, glossy locks to land us in trouble. When former Barcelona football star Carles Puyol accepted a spot to provide World Cup commentary on Iranian television, he probably did not think his trademark long curly hair would be cause for concern. The footballer was billed to feature in a Channel 3 special programme for the Iran-Spain match on Wednesday, alongside host Adel Ferdosipour. But after travelling to Iran and to the IRTV 3 Tehran studio, Mr Puyol was denied entry. A frustrated Mr Ferdosipour, left to host the programme without his Spanish counterpart, told viewers before

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    Eva Longoria welcomes her first child

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced in November that baby no. 2 was on its way. On May 17 she hinted that their son had arrived, tweeting "'Somebody's herrrrrrre" and followed up days later with a photo of new baby is, Miles Theodore Stephens (Legend's legal name is John Stephens). Daughter Luna was born in April 2016.

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    Women finally allowed in Iran football stadium

    To the sound of horns, chanting and laughing, women were finally allowed inside football stadiums in Iran on Wednesday, fulfilling lifelong dreams of watching a game. The last time women were able to attend a football match in Iran was in 1979, but on Wednesday female fans entered the Azadi stadium in Tehran to watch their team play Spain in the 2018 World Cup. Following the match the Azadi stadium said "there will be no problem" for women hoping to watch a screening of Iran's upcoming match, against Portugal on Monday. Selfies taken by women inside the grounds circulated on social media and the Iranian football team tweeted a photo of a young woman in the stands holding the national flag.

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    Official 'humiliated' Hindu-Muslim couple

    A passport official in the northern Indian city of Lucknow has been transferred after a couple complained that he harassed them because they were not from the same religion. The woman, Tanvi Seth, who is a Hindu, tweeted to the foreign minister, saying the officer asked her husband, who is Muslim, to convert to Hinduism. She added their passport application was also "put on hold" and they were "humiliated" by the experience. Her tweets had sparked outrage online. The story was picked up by many media outlets and online, prompting the passport office to take action, reports BBC Hindi's Samiratraj Mishra. "The couple's documents were complete and they have been issued their passports," Lucknow's

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    Theme park lets heavier women in free

    A theme park in northern China offered free entry tickets this week to women if they weighed over nine and a half stone (61.8kg), it's reported. According to the China Daily newspaper, the Tang Paradise park in the northern city of Xi'an granted hundreds of women free entry from 15-19 June if they were heavier than a Tang Dynasty imperial concubine. It says that the Tang Dynasty-themed park had chosen 61.8kg as this was the approximate weight of Yang Guifei, an eighth century consort and one of China's "four great beauties". The promotion highlighted that being "slightly overweight" was a beauty standard during the ancient dynasty (618-907 AD). Female visitors tested whether they were eligible

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    In pictures: Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot

    The major fixture of the social season has arrived - it's Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. Fashionistas and racegoers at the Berkshire racecourse basked in blazing sunshine as temperatures hit a balmy 20C. Day three of the event is one of the biggest dates in the British fashion calendar, and classy outfits were in abundance as the course welcomed its highest attendance so far. But it was headwear that took centre stage. Feathers were a popular choice for many, but other designs ranged from the exquisitely detailed to the outright wacky. You may also like: Royal Ascot will continue until Saturday. Follow live coverage of Ladies' Day here.