• Iran blocks websites for reporting on reformist ex-president

    Iran has blocked two news websites after they published reports about former reformist president Mohammad Khatami and pictures of him, state-run IRNA news agency said Friday. Newspapers have said judicial authorities told media they were banned from publishing information, including pictures, about…

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    • Age gracefully, don't cover the lines: Kareena Kapoor

      New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Bollywood's fit and fabulous Kareena Kapoor is on her way to turn 35, and she's clear about not attempting to be 22! She feels the key to ageing gracefully lies in letting the "lines" be, especially when it comes to men. Looking svelte in a golden shimmering gown, exuding a…

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      • British TV shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap

        Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi…

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        • Oscars still top draw for advertisers despite fickle ratings

          By Eric Kelsey and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of people who watched Sunday's Oscars was down and the critics were less than impressed, but Hollywood's biggest night is still a top draw for television advertisers. Despite a 15 percent drop in viewership to 37.3 million,…

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          • World beater Biles trying not to think about Olympics

            Gymnast Simone Biles, an early favorite to emerge as the darling of the Rio Olympics, is gearing up for next month's American Cup in her home state of Texas and keeping her mind off the 'scary' 2016 Games. The 17-year-old Biles, winner of four golds at last year's world championships in China…

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            • Saudi Arabia beheads Indian axe murderer, Pakistani

              Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded an Indian axe murderer and a Pakistani heroin trafficker, bringing to 34 the number of death sentences carried out this year. Vijay Kumar Saleem, of India, was convicted of killing a Yemeni by striking him in the head with the axe, an interior ministry statement…

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              • Taylor Swift posted her first bikini pic to Instagram to prevent paparazzi from selling it, after rumors about her belly button

                For years, Taylor Swift has been plagued by the rumor that she doesn't have a belly button. I don't like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing.

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                • In Algeria, women 'imams' battle Islamist radicalisation

                  Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria's battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s. The surge of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, and even in Libya next door, as well as the growing…

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                  • Debate rages over color of dress photographed in rare light

                    Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Experts are calling the photo a one-in-a-million shot that perfectly captures how people's brains perceive color and process…

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                    • Pakistan tycoon launches memoir in Dubai

                      Leading Pakistani businessman Sadruddin Hashwani launched his memoirTruth Always Prevails on Thursday in Dubai, which he considers his second home following “death threats” in Pakistan. Narrating his struggles in the 248-page book, Hashwani claims his blunt words and stance against “corruption” in…

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                      • 6 shampoos to use if you're worried about hair loss

                        The majority of men deal with hair loss. In...

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                        • Invite the world to fight ISIS but help it militarily

                          Iraq's army has just shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons to the ISIS in Al Anbar province. The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defence Committee have photos of the planes that have been shot down. In recent months, if you called up contacts in Baghdad, Najaf and…

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                          • Most of the NBA's highest-paid players aren't worth it

                            Because of the NBA's salary cap system, the players that are hurt most often are the best players in the league. A perfect example is LeBron James who is just the 5th highest-paid player in the NBA. Below is look at the expected salaries for the 12 highest-paid players in the NBA.

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                            • Fears mount for Iraq heritage after IS museum rampage

                              Archaeologists expressed fears Friday that after ransacking the Mosul museum in Iraq, Islamic State group jihadists would embark on a systematic destruction of heritage in areas under their control. Particularly at risk are the ancient cities of Hatra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and Nimrud. Both…

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                              • A Minute With: Margot Robbie on feisty females and 'Focus'

                                By Alicia Avila LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After making her film breakout as the no-holds-barred wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort in 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Margot Robbie is taking on Will Smith for a tango of twists and turns in the underground world of heists. In "Focus," out in…

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                                • Visa on arrival now for 150 countries

                                  New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) India will provide visa on arrival (VoA) to visitors from 150 countries -- a sharp rise from the 43 countries now, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced Saturday. "Last year VoA was issued to 43 countries. As tourism in the country has increased, I propose to increase the…

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                                  • Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases

                                    Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday. The fighting took place near the town of Atarib some 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Aleppo, and pitted…

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                                    • Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta

                                      Scarlett Johansson defended John Travolta on Thursday, calling the actor "a class act" and denouncing the image of the two on the Academy Awards red carpet as "an unfortunate still-frame" that doesn't reflect a "totally sweet and totally welcome" encounter. In an exclusive statement to The…

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