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Kim Kardashian’s driver released free of charge from Paris robbery incident

  • 11 January 2017 - 21:17
Kim Kardashian’s driver released free of charge from Paris robbery incident

BBC - Three people have been released without charge by French police investigating a Paris jewellery robbery that targeted TV reality star Kim Kardashian West. They include her chauffeur in Paris, Michael Madar. The three were among 17 people arrested in co-ordinated raids across France on...

Maria Carey New Year’s Eve performance goes wrong leaving her subject to criticism

  • 2 January 2017 - 14:42
Maria Carey New Year’s Eve performance goes wrong leaving her subject to criticism

BBC - There have been bitter recriminations after Mariah Carey's televised New Year's Eve performance went wrong. The pop star's live appearance in New York's Times Square was beset by problems as she complained of sound difficulties and struggled to sing. Her representative told Billboard...

Cafeteria manager put in prison for insulting Turkish President, Erdogan

  • 26 December 2016 - 19:23
Cafeteria manager put in prison for insulting Turkish President, Erdogan

Reuters - Turkish authorities have arrested the cafeteria manager of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper for insulting the president after he said he would not serve tea to Tayyip Erdogan, one of the manager's lawyers told Reuters on Monday. Senol Buran, who runs the cafeteria at the Istanbul...

Queen Elizabeth misses Christmas Day church errand

  • 25 December 2016 - 20:08
Queen Elizabeth misses Christmas Day church errand

BBC - The Queen has not attended church on Christmas Day because she is still suffering from a heavy cold. Buckingham Palace said she was staying indoors to help her recover but added that she would still participate in the family's Christmas Day celebrations. Prince Philip, Prince Charles,...

Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday photo released

  • 18 December 2016 - 19:28
Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday photo released

A photograph of the Queen and the Prince of Wales has been released to mark the end of her 90th birthday year. The photo shows the Queen with her son Prince Charles in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Previously unpublished, it was taken before the final night of celebrations at...

Muhammad Ali’s letter to Nelson Mandela sold in auction

  • 18 December 2016 - 11:21
Muhammad Ali’s letter to Nelson Mandela sold in auction

BBC - A signed letter from Muhammad Ali to Nelson Mandela offering his condolences on the death of an anti-apartheid leader has sold for £7,200. The typed letter, signed by the boxing legend on "Muhammad Ali in South Africa" stationery, dates from 1993. It was sold in an auction in...

France: Thieves steal 70 kg of gold on a motorway

  • 12 December 2016 - 20:09
France: Thieves steal 70 kg of gold on a motorway

Armed thieves are on the run in France after stealing 70kg (154lbs) of gold in a motorway heist on Monday. The gang of four swooped on a security van in two cars, using one to block the road's exit, near the city of Lyon. The robbers then put the powdered gold, worth €1.5m ($1.6m; £1.3m),...

World celebrates International Human Rights Day

  • 10 December 2016 - 21:26
World celebrates International Human Rights Day

The world celebrates Human Rights Day every Dec. 10, honoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the global rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. But the world is still very far away from realizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While...

Germany bans burkas, Chancellor Merkel agrees

  • 6 December 2016 - 21:15
Germany bans burkas, Chancellor Merkel agrees

BBC - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country "wherever it is legally possible". At a meeting of her CDU party, she backed a burka ban in schools, courts and other state buildings. It is widely accepted that a total ban...

Fiat heir faked his owned abduction to extort own family

  • 30 November 2016 - 18:38
Fiat heir faked his owned abduction to extort own family

BBC - An heir to the Fiat fortune stands accused of falsely claiming he had been kidnapped by a transgender prostitute. Lapo Elkann called his family from New York to demand a $10,000 (£8,000) ransom "to guarantee his safety", a US official told the Associated Press. But having found him...