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Drake breaks record by winning 13 Billboard Music Awards

  • 22 May 2017 - 21:58
Drake breaks record by winning 13 Billboard Music Awards

Drake proved his dominance of the music industry once again by winning a record 13 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, Agence-France Presse reported. The music magazine's televised gala in Las Vegas hands out awards based on the year's chart performances, leaving little suspense about who...

Melania, Ivanka Trump refuse to wear headscarf in Saudi Arabia visit

  • 21 May 2017 - 18:04
Melania, Ivanka Trump refuse to wear headscarf in Saudi Arabia visit

First Lady Melania Trump ignored her husband’s criticism of her predecessor Michelle Obama’s refusal to wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia by doing exactly the same thing yesterday, Metro reported. Donald Trump slammed Michelle Obama two years ago for ‘insulting’ Saudi Arabia for not...

London airport to guide flights from 70 miles away

  • 20 May 2017 - 22:40
London airport to guide flights from 70 miles away

If you fly into London City in two years' time, air traffic controllers won't see your plane through a window but will guide it down from screens 70 miles away as the airport becomes one of the first in a major capital to use a digital control tower, Reuters reported. Staff will monitor planes...

Israeli culture minister stirs controversy by Jerusalem dress

  • 18 May 2017 - 23:18
Israeli culture minister stirs controversy by Jerusalem dress

While Cannes has so far been relatively free of major fashion disasters (although it is only Day 2), Israel's far-right culture minister caused something of a stink with a dress she wore on the red carpet Wednesday. Miri Regev, attending the opening ceremony for Ismael's Ghosts, made a loud...

World population passes 7.5 billion with 62% of humans living in Asia

  • 27 April 2017 - 21:19
World population passes 7.5 billion with 62% of humans living in Asia

The world’s population has just passed 7.5 billion, according to the ‘World Population Clock’ hosted by worldometers.info. Worldometers uses projections based on a variety of highly reputable sources to calculate its constantly updated numbers, including the United Nations, the World...

United Airlines triggers anger as man violently dragged from seat

  • 11 April 2017 - 13:48
United Airlines triggers anger as man violently dragged from seat

United Airlines (UAL.N) sparked outrage on Monday for the treatment of a passenger who was physically dragged off a plane the airline had overbooked, and one of the security officers involved in the incident was placed on leave pending an investigation, Reuters reported. Videos posted online...

Rare pink diamond sold for $71 million in Hong Kong

  • 4 April 2017 - 22:24
Rare pink diamond sold for $71 million in Hong Kong

A rare diamond known as the Pink Star has been sold in Hong Kong for more than $71m (£57m), setting a new world record for any gemstone at auction, the BBC reported. The oval-shaped 59.6 carat stone was bought after just five minutes' bidding at Sotheby's, reports said. It is the...

Bob Dylan accepts his Literature Nobel Prize at last

  • 2 April 2017 - 13:40
Bob Dylan accepts his Literature Nobel Prize at last

Bob Dylan has accepted his Nobel Prize for literature, more than three months after the awards ceremony, Swedish media report, the BBC reported on Sunday. He received his medal at a private event in Stockholm before a scheduled concert in the city.No further details were given, the BBC...

LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies

  • 1 April 2017 - 19:55
LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies

Gilbert Baker, an artist based in San Francisco who created the rainbow flag as a symbol for the gay community, has died aged 65. The San Francisco Chronicle said Baker died in his sleep at his home in New York on Thursday night. He initially designed an eight-colour flag in 1978 for the...

A fish has heroin-like bite, scientists say

  • 1 April 2017 - 16:17
A fish has heroin-like bite, scientists say

Scientists from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Queensland have solved the mystery of how a fish with sharp fangs gives a pain-free bite, the BBC wrote. The researchers discovered that the fang-blenny, a tiny reef-dwelling fish, has a venom that is laced with...