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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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  • Madonna: It's just the beginning for streaming service Tidal

    Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it's just the beginning for the streaming service that's had some troubles since its launch in March. Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn't made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance," Madonna said.

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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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  • Former ISIS fighter explains why he joined the terror army — and why he left after just 3 days

    A former Islamic State militant recently spoke with NBC news about his experience fighting with the group in Syria — and why he surrendered after just three days on the frontlines. The man, a 24-year-old single father and college dropout who traveled from New York back to his native Turkey, told NBC what has become a familiar story. This is a common profile among those recruited by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, who are often young men (and women) seeking purpose and identity.

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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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  • 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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  • This tragic story shows why it's been so difficult to find MH370 in the Indian Ocean

    More than a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, there is renewed hope that the missing flight may have been found. On Wednesday, aviation experts debated whether debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean could be from MH370. On the evening of November 27, 1987, the crew of South African Airways Flight 295 radioed air-traffic control to alert them about smoke on the flight deck.

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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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  • Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Middle East's 3 best airlines have infuriated their US competitors

    "This is really about what the future of US-international air travel will look like," Airways News senior business analyst Vinay Bhaskara told Business Insider. US and international airlines operate globally under a series of "Open Skies" agreements.

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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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  • Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox

    Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country's 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. Jolie's 2001 hit, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," was filmed partly at Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.

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  • Punjab gunmen expose India's soft border ahead of Pakistan talks

    By Andrew MacAskill and Frank Jack Daniel DINANAGAR, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Three men carrying assault rifles, bombs and a rocket launcher who went on a murderous rampage in a small Punjab farm town this week have shown how vulnerable India is to attacks that challenge tentative peace overtures with neighbor Pakistan. Monday's raid in an area that has long been tranquil came weeks after a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. It fits a pattern of violent surges that make negotiating peace harder between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan, who have fought three wars since independence in 1947.

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  • Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast

    It's a 15-minute walk through a lush palm grove from Baghdad's al-Takia refugee camp to the nearest well, but as temperatures hovered around 52 degrees Celsius (126 F) on Thursday, Zakiyah Abdullah, who is eight months pregnant, said it felt like an eternity. Scorching temperatures are normal this time of year, but an unprecedented heat wave prompted Iraqi authorities to declare a mandatory four-day holiday beginning Thursday. The government has urged residents to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water, but for Abdullah and many of the more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by conflict, that poses a dilemma.

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  • Macau's troubles have hit Las Vegas hard

    Macau's problems have spread to the gambling capital of the US, Las Vegas. Baccarat is used as a measure of Chinese traffic to Las Vegas because it's an incredibly popular game in Macau — the world's gambling mecca and the only place in China where gambling is legal. Table games excluding baccarat were only down 4% year over year in June.

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  • A new theory explains why Floyd Mayweather is fighting such a weak opponent in his 'last fight'

    In recent weeks, the boxing world has heavily criticized Floyd Mayweather for reportedly picking Andre Berto, a low-level fighter who has lost three of his last six fights, as his September opponent in what Mayweather has claimed will be his final fight before retiring. According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith — who originally reported that Mayweather texted him saying he'd be willing to give Manny Pacquiao a rematch — Mayweather is planning to use Berto as a "tuneup" for a possible rematch against Pacquiao or a more formidable opponent.

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