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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...

Shark washes up on a road after Australian Cyclone Debbie

  • 30 March 2017 - 21:44
Shark washes up on a road after Australian Cyclone Debbie

BBC - A bull shark's been found washed up on a road in Australia following Cyclone Debbie. Queensland Fire and Rescue tweeted the image, along with a warning. "Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater." The powerful...

New breeding population of endangered Indochinese tiger found in Thailand

  • 28 March 2017 - 22:37
New breeding population of endangered Indochinese tiger found in Thailand

BBC - A new breeding population of the critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been found in a national park in eastern Thailand, conservationists say. Camera traps discovered a small population with at least six cubs in the jungle. Poaching and the loss of habitat has reduced the...

Google removes Beauty and the Beast ad from Home page

  • 18 March 2017 - 23:04
Google removes Beauty and the Beast ad from Home page

BBC - Google has removed audio about the movie Beauty and the Beast which played out unprompted on Google Home. "By the way, Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast opens today," the smart speaker said after listing the time, weather and travel update. In a video posted on Twitter, it...

Adele hits back at comparisons to Fiona dress from Shrek

  • 4 March 2017 - 21:07
Adele hits back at comparisons to Fiona dress from Shrek

Sky News - Adele has slated critics who said the outfit she wore to the Grammys made her look like Princess Fiona from Shrek. Some social media users compared the singer's dress to one 'worn' by the green-skinned ogre in the animated movies. At a gig in Perth in Australia Adele said: "I...

Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim to ever win Oscar

  • 27 February 2017 - 20:27
Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim to ever win Oscar

Daily News - Heavily backed favourite Mahershala Ali won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’ becoming the first Muslim film star to pick up a golden statuette. A first time nominee, the 43-year-old actor saw off...