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I’m attacked for taking on B’wood biggies: Kangana

Kangana RanautNew Delhi (IANS) – Bollywood’s queen of controversies Kangana Ranaut on Monday said her ugly outburst at a news agency journalist at an event in Mumbai last week happened because she was “fed up” with a section of journalists ganging up against her for speaking up against certain Boll

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Release of Boney Kapoor’s first Tamil film advanced

Boney KapoorChennai (IANS) – Boney Kapoor on Monday revealed that his maiden Tamil production “Nerkonda Paarvai”, which was earlier scheduled to release on August 10, has now been advanced by two days to August 8.Kapoor made the announcement via a poster he shared on his twitter page.He tweeted: “N

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‘Rajjo’ Sonakshi sends love to fans

Actress Sonakshi SinhaMumbai (IANS) – Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who made an impactful debut as Rajjo in the 2010 blockbuster, “Dabangg”, had a special message for fans who cheered for her while shooting for the film’s upcoming third part.The actress took to Instagram story on Monday to share an updat

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A violent thriller with an all-female cast

Bollywood actresses Mahie GillMumbai (IANS) – Bollywood actresses Mahie Gill, Sayani Gupta and Ragini Khanna will soon feature together in a psychological thriller titled “Posham Pa”, directed by National award-winning filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay.“The story of ‘Posham Pa’ is inexplicable. I still

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Rohan Sippy tackles criticism around ‘The Office’

Director Rohan SippyNew Delhi (IANS) – Director Rohan Sippy isn’t bogged down by the criticism around the Indian remake of “The Office”, and says most people are offended by their take because they think it is sacrilege to even attempt to “legitimately remake the original show”.Sippy’s “The Office”

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Suriya launches poster of wife Jyothika’s next

Tamil superstar SuriyaChennai (IANS) – Tamil superstar Suriya on Monday unveiled the title poster of his wife Jyothikas upcoming thriller “Pon Magal Vandhal”, which will be directed by debutant JJ Fredrick.Suriya took to twitter to share the poster. The Tamil film had its official launch ceremony o

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Hashtag campaign to bar TV show from being taken off

Hashtag campaign to bar TV show from being taken offMumbai (IANS) – Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) The TV show “Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai”, which took the audience back to the nineties when it premiered in 2017, is set to bid adieu to its millions of fans. However, fans are not ready to let the channel pull

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Capo no more, Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ set to learn sentence

Former drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, pictured in January 2016 following his recapture, faces sentencing for flooding the United States with tons of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs over a quarter century (ALFREDO ESTRELLA)Mexico City (AFP) – As a child living in poverty in Mexico, he ped

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New Zealand PM ‘utterly’ disagrees with Trump tweets

Ardern met Trump in 2017 and replied to his comment that she ’caused a lot of upset in her country’ by saying ‘no one marched when I was elected’ (Marty MELVILLE)Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s x

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Trump under fire for attacks on Democratic congresswomen

US President Donald Trump stepped up his attack on four Democratic lawmakers, saying if they are not happy in the United States, “they can leave” (Nicholas Kamm)Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday aft

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US judge slashes jury award in Roundup cancer case

A jury concluded that it was more likely than not that Monsanto weed-killer Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a California man (SCOTT OLSON)San Francisco (AFP) – A US judge on Monday slashed punitive damages a jury ordered Monsanto to pay in a Roundup cancer trial, saying the sum was too high

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El Chapo expected to get life sentence from US judge

Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — seen here in a photo released in 2014 by Mexican authorities — is expected to spend the rest of his life in a US federal prison (HO)New York (AFP) – After a dramatic decades-long run as one of the world’s most notorious druglords, there is little suspense abo

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‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix tipped to sweep Emmy nominations

“Game of Thrones” enraged fans with its final season, but experts still expect the HBO fantasy epic to dominate Emmy nominations one last time (Angela Weiss)Los Angeles (AFP) – “Game of Thrones” and Netflix are tipped by TV industry watchers to dominate Tuesday’s Emmy nominations as Hollywood gears

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Fuel leak halted blastoff for Indian rocket: reports

The launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission was dramatically postponed just under an hour before liftoff (ARUN SANKAR)Sriharikota (India) (AFP) – A fuel leak in the rocket engine forced India to abort the launch of its landmark Moon mission less than one hour before liftoff, media reports said

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Worsening world hunger affects 821 million, says UN

A malnourished child receiving treatment at a hospital in Yemen: a UN report said more than 821 million people worldwide suffered from hunger in 2018 (-)United Nations (United States) (AFP) – More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday —

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Pentagon gets 3rd acting chief since Mattis — temporarily

Mark Esper stepped down as acting US defense secretary Monday while his nomination for the permanent secretary’s job is considered in the US Senate (Chip SOMODEVILLA)Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s administration named its third acting defense secretary in seven months on Monday, unde

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UN concerned at US limits on Iran FM’s access

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, seen here in June 2019, is heading to the United Nations after the United States issued him a visa but restricted his movements (ATTA KENARE)United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The United Nations voiced concern Monday after the United States imposed u

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Trump: a history of inflammatory and ‘racist’ statements

US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019 (Nicholas Kamm)Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump drew fresh accusations of racism Monday after he attacked four ethnic-minority

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Brazil’s vice president says no restrictions on Huawei

Brazil Vice-President Hamilton Mourao gestures during a press conference with foreign journalists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 15, 2019 (MAURO PIMENTEL)Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – China’s Huawei will not be restricted in Brazil where plans are under way to launch a 5G network, the country’s vice pr

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Wall Street notches fresh records as global stocks gain

The market is still counting on the US central bank to cut interest rates sooner rather than later (MOHD RASFAN)New York (AFP) – Global stocks edged higher Monday, with US indices notching fresh records at the start of an earnings-rich week following mixed Chinese economic data.Expectations for the

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EU agrees measures against Turkey for Cyprus drilling

The EU will sanctions Turkey for what it called “illegal” drilling in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (-)Brussels (AFP) – The European Union on Monday agreed measures to punish Turkey for pursuing drilling operations off Cyprus despite repeated warnings.The EU will halt high-level dialogue with Tur