• Kim Kardashian posts topless photo after narrowly avoiding serial prankster

    The reality TV star, 35, didn’t appear bothered by her run-in with Vitalii Sediuk as she shared the image on Twitter with the caption: “Parisian Vibes”.

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  • Oxford schoolgirl, 14, abducted with a 'hug' then raped

    The girl, dressed in her school uniform, was taken by two white men driving a silver car at around 8.25am on Wednesday morning. Detective Superintendent Chris Ward said it was not clear whether the teenager escaped her attackers or was let go. The girl, who is said to be "extremely distressed and upset", is being cared for by specialist police officers.

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  • Maddy Hill was 'pleased' to leave EastEnders

    Maddy Hill has admitted she was “pleased” to leave EastEnders. The 26-year-old actress was last seen in Albert Square as Nancy Carter in April after deciding to leave the BBC One soap after two years - and the blonde star admits it was an “obvious choice” to quit the programme to progress her career. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she said: “It was really difficult in terms of my relationships and friendships, but it was an obvious choice in terms of my career progression and the character.

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  • Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil seeks assurances about club's ambition before signing new deal

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is reportedly seeking assurances about the club's transfer policy before he signs a new contract at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka and Ozil's Germany teammate Shkodran Mustafi during the summer transfer window and the 28-year-old midfielder is keen to see the Gunners recruit more players of their ilk in the coming months. Ozil is currently locked in contract negotiations with the north London club, but will only commit his long-term future to Arsenal if they underline their ambition by making waves in the transfer market.

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  • Toyota drops diesel from new model, signals likely phase-out

    By Laurence Frost PARIS (Reuters) - Toyota has decided to drop diesel engines from its new C-HR compact in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions scandal and will probably do the same for future model renewals, the carmaker's second-ranking global executive said on Thursday. The Japanese automaker decided "within the last six to 12 months" not to offer a diesel version of the car, unveiled at the Paris auto show, because demand for the powertrain technology is falling sharply, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy told Reuters in an interview. If faced with a renewal decision today for other models up to and including the larger Auris compact, a Toyota staple, "we would probably do the same thing", Leroy added.

  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoy a royal engagement at a garden party

    The two young royals appeared at the official event while on a tour of Canada.

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  • Matt Richardson shocks with Xtra Factor exit news

    Matt Richardson fronted the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack in 2013, but he was swiftly replaced by radio DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford the following year. Responding to Jamie East’s question about whether anyone had ever been sacked or left a job by “mutual consent”, Matt candidly tweeted: “I found out The Xtra Factor sacked me when I read the paper that day. At the time, Matt and Caroline shared announcements on social media, thanking the team and fans for their support, but agreed that it was time to “pass the baton” on.

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  • Angelina Jolie was "Terrified" of Brad Pitt

    As the divorce between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt continues, new information about Brad’s behavior as a parent has emerged. Angelina was reportedly terrified for her children.

  • Japan's new passenger plane completes US flight

    The Mitsubishi Regional Jet passes over Moses Lake on September 28, 2016 in the US state of Washington after flying from Anchorage, Alaska

  • Germany risks becoming 'world's greatest ATM' after Brexit - Liam Fox

    Germany risks becoming the world's biggest cash machine after Brexit because it may end up paying for a failing European Union that is in danger of imploding, Britain's trade minister said on Thursday. Liam Fox, a leading pro-Brexit campaigner during the referendum campaign, is one of several ministers in Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet who are expected to lead London's formal divorce talks from the European Union. Fox said that after Britain, the EU's second largest economy, leaves the bloc, Berlin will lose a key ally in enforcing "economic rigour" and could end up paying for other EU nations.

  • Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and "juju" magic

    By Tom Esslemont CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her - or risk lethal repercussions for family members back home. Before her journey through Niger to Libya, a spiritual priest practicing a form of black magic known in Nigeria as "juju" had forced her to swear an oath of obedience to her trafficker. The threat of a "curse" if she broke her oath and the possibility of violence by her traffickers at home in Benin City, a southern Nigerian hub for human trafficking, were enough to trap her into sex slavery.

  • North Korean soldier makes rare defection across DMZ to South

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Thursday, the South's military said, making a rare crossing of one of the world's most heavily fortified borders amid heightened tension between the rival neighbours. The soldier crossed the military demarcation line that runs through the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, which remain in a technical state of war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. While on average more than 1,000 North Koreans defect to South Korea every year, most travel via China and it is unusual for a North Korean to cross the DMZ, which is heavily mined and lined with barbed wire and soldiers on both sides.

  • Into the abyss: World's deepest underwater cave discovered in Czech Republic

    The world's deepest underwater cave has been discovered in the Czech Republic, reaching 1,325ft (404m) into the bowels of Earth. Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski has been visiting the cave for the last two decades. In an exclusive interview with National Geographic – which partially funded the latest dive – he said the limestone formation that developed was unusual, indicating it could extend down to extreme depths.

    International Business Times
  • Liverpool owner John Henry admits fan protests have led club to reconsider Anfield expansion plans

    Liverpool owner John Henry has revealed that fan protests against ticket prices have led the club to reassess plans to redevelop Anfield. The American businessman's ownership vehicle, Fenway Sports Group, apologised to supporters earlier this year and performed a U-turn on proposed rises in ticket prices following a crowd walkout. Since then, the redevelopment of Anfield's impressive-looking Main Stand has been completed, extending the stadium's capacity to more than 54,000.

    International Business Times
  • Coronation Street fans are devastated over the news Ozzy the dog has to be put down

    Another day, another soap opera death that we just cannot get over.

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  • BA jettisons free snacks on shorter flights in favour of M&S food

    Economy class passengers on short-haul BA flights will no longer enjoy free snacks from next year. It comes five months after the appointment of new BA chief executive Alex Cruz, who previously ran Spanish no-frills carrier Vueling. The M&S selection will replace free food on short haul and domestic flights from Heathrow and Gatwick from 11 January and from London City and Stansted by next summer.

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  • Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are "stealing jobs from Thais", amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia's second-largest economy stagnates. In an operation led by the Thai labour department, police and troops on Wednesday raided a fresh produce market in Bangkok and arrested 14 people, most of them from neighbouring Myanmar. "We have received many complaints about illegal immigrants working in markets including Vietnamese and even South Asians who were stealing jobs from Thais," Thai immigration police chief Nathorn Phrosunthorn told Reuters.

  • Chelsea manager Antonio Conte urges Roman Abramovich to fund squad overhaul

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly told the club's owner Roman Abramovich that his playing squad needs a dramatic overhaul. The Italian has warned the Russian billionaire that the squad which won the Premier League in 2014-15 are not capable of recapturing their title-winning form. During their meeting, Conte and Abramovich discussed plans to revamp the Chelsea playing squad, which coasted to the Premier League crown less than two years ago.

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  • London to launch inquiry into foreign property ownership - report

    London's mayor Sadiq Khan will launch an inquiry into foreign ownership of property in the British capital which has helped push up housing costs, the Guardian newspaper cited him as saying on Thursday. "It's clear we need to better understand the different roles that overseas money plays in London's housing market, the scale of what's going on, and what action we can take to support development and help Londoners find a home," the Guardian quoted Khan as saying. "That's why we are commissioning the most thorough research on this matter ever undertaken in Britain – the biggest look of its kind at this issue – so we can figure out exactly what can be done." London property prices rose more than 12 percent in the 12 months to July after notching up annual gains of around 20 percent in mid-2014, according to official data.

  • Nissan sets 'hard Brexit' compensation condition for new UK investment

    By Laurence Frost and Costas Pitas PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Nissan wants Britain to pledge compensation for any tax barriers resulting from its decision to leave the European Union, or the Japanese automaker could scrap a potential new investment in the country's biggest car plant, its CEO said on Thursday. Carlos Ghosn's remarks indicate growing concern among global carmakers that Britain could be heading towards a so-called 'hard Brexit', which would leave them paying tariffs to export UK-assembled cars to EU markets. Nissan , which builds around a third of Britain's total car output at its plant in Sunderland, northeast England, is due to decide early next year on where to build its next Qashqai sport utility vehicle.

  • Experts warn some painkillers ‘increase the risk of heart failure’

    Common painkillers used by millions of people in the UK can increase the risk of developing heart failure, according to medical experts. A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - like ibuprofen - could increase the risk of being admitted to hospital with a heart problem. Previous studies have linked the drugs to abnormal heart rhythm - which can cause heart failure, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke if taken regularly.

    Andy Wells


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