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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Maui end without a deal, with the decline of the sugar industry in the U.S. and Japan one of the obstacles.

  • Salma Hayek: It's 'exciting' posing nude

    Salma Hayek finds it "exciting" posing nude.The 48-year-old actress recently stripped off for Allure magazine and has admitted she found it liberating because of her age.She said: "It's important to be free ... and at my age it's exciting to still be

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  • Mourners pay respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown

    Mourners have gathered to pay their respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown. Family members including Bobby Brown's wife, Alicia Etheredge, were seen arriving at the service whilst Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston's car was seen in a convoy heading for the church, the Daily Mail newspaper reports. Meanwhile, a source has revealed Bobby said his "final private goodbye" to his daughter - who he had with the late Whitney Houston - at the Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta on Friday (31.07.15).

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  • Why Samsung's slashing Galaxy prices

    Samsung (: 593'A-KR) has announced plans to slash prices on its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, indicating an effort to boost lagging smartphone sales. The tech giant reported second-quarter earnings on Wednesday and announced its "plans to firmly maintain its sale of premium smartphones by flexibly adjusting the price of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and launching a new model with a larger screen." Samsung didn't announce specific prices, however. The price-cutting move comes amid falling profits and a declining share of the smartphone market for Samsung.

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  • 'Moving close' to solving MH370 mystery: Malaysian official

    Investigators are "moving close to solving the mystery of MH370," Malaysia's deputy transport minister said Friday, adding that a piece of wreckage found in the Indian Ocean has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

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  • Meth ringleader 'stunned' by 17yr sentence

    The ringleader of a Wellington meth ring run out of an upscale apartment is "pretty stunned" after being jailed for up to 17 years. Kevin Chea was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on Friday to 17 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight and a half years for importing, possessing and supplying a Class A drug. Chea's lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms told NZ Newswire the sentence was "significantly higher" than they'd expected.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger fights Sylvester Stallone at birthday bash

    Arnold Schwarzenegger threw a star-studded 68th birthday party yesterday (31.07.15). The Terminator actor celebrated hitting the milestone by gathering his friends and family together for the bash and even had a punching competition with his The Expendables co-star Sylvester Stallone who claimed the former bodybuilder is "getting stronger" as he ages. At Arnold's birthday party getting punched out.

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  • Japan's Ishikawa moves one ahead as Tiger roars

    Ishikawa, seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour after twice finishing second, fired a three-under-par 68 on another hot, sunny day at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville to head a tightly-bunched leaderboard. The 23-year-old Japanese, co-leader overnight with South African veteran Retief Goosen, mixed seven birdies with four bogeys to post an 11-under total of 131, one ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler (65) and Kevin Chappell (68). Swede David Lingmerth (65) was alone at nine under while tournament host Woods was a further stroke back with eight other players after carding a 66 on a receptive, rain-softened layout.

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  • Teen slapped in attempted abduction

    The 13-year-old fled to a relative's house but found no one home and was forced to make her way to Fruitvale Primary School with the man following her almost the entire way. The victim was left upset and shaken with scratches to her face and arm and a sore neck.

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  • Kylie Jenner Says Her New Curves Are Results of Lotions

    Recent photos have shown Kylie Jenner looking curvier, which has prompted speculation that the 17-year-old star has undergone plastic surgery. Well the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is here to set the record straight on where her newfound curves have come from - and no, she didn't get it from her mama. According to Kylie, her fuller butt and breasts are the result of Pure Leef's butt enhancement cream and breast plumping lotion.

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  • Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

    Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney. James Bassos, of Brisbane, is suing the Abu Dhabi-based airline in the Queensland state District Court over a permanent back injury he says he suffered while trying to avoid his fellow passenger on the 2011 flight. The 38-year-old interior designer is claiming $227,000 Australian dollars ($166,000) for medical expenses and lost earnings.

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  • Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

    Frustrated with years of legal wrangling, a Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to decide whether to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which lies rotting in a Virginia shipyard. The 104-foot Sequoia, built in 1925, is the longest-serving presidential yacht in American history.

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  • Britain's Prince Charles branded 'serial hypocrite'

    Britain's Prince Charles has been branded a "serial hypocrite" for flying 70 miles in a helicopter. The 66-year-old royal was taken by air to a polo match last weekend, 68 miles away from his retreat in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, before being driven to Guards Polo Club. Graham Smith, head of pressure group Republic told The Independent newspaper: "Charles is a serial hypocrite.

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  • Lehmann opens up about Haddin sacking

    Coach Darren Lehmann has lashed reports he disregarded Cricket Australia's family-first approach by not selecting Brad Haddin in the third Ashes Test. Haddin was set to play the second Test, but withdrew for family reasons. Peter Nevill scored 45 and snared seven catches at Lord's, convincing selectors Rod Marsh and Lehmann he should stay in the XI ahead of an out-of-sorts Haddin.

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  • Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments

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  • Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin ordered spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday. Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at London's plush Millennium Hotel, shortly after obtaining British citizenship. British authorities say there is evidence to try Russian suspects Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun for murder.

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  • Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

    Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar. Bronkhurst's client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil's body as is normal for trophy hunters.

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  • Friends creator slams cast's pay

    The creator of 'Friends' has blasted the cast's $1 million-an-episode contracts as "ridiculous". The six stars of the popular sitcom - Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer - famously negotiated the huge pay deal for the later series of the show, but Marta Kauffman thinks the figure is "unrealistic". Marta - who is now working with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin on 'Grace and Frankie' - said on a panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour: "A million dollars an episode is kinda ridiculous.

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  • Three members of bin Laden family killed in jet crash - police

    LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Three members of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family were killed when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, British police said on Saturday. The Embraer Phenom 300 jet with four people on board was flying from Milan's Malpensa airport to Blackbushe airport in southern England when it crashed at a nearby car auction site. It was not immediately clear how the victims were related to the late al Qaeda leader, whose family is one of the most prominent business dynasties in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Farm owner thought vehicle was fine before hayride crash

    The owner of a farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween-themed hayride last fall said he never would have allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to haul people on the attraction. Peter Bolduc, owner of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine, denied knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon and said he'd used it as his personal farm vehicle. There's a measure of vindication that he was not charged, he said Friday, but that's tempered by the tragedy of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette's death.

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  • Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels

    Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group. In a statement that appeared to contradict comments from the Pentagon, Nusra Front said the men it was holding had entered Syria several days earlier and had been trained under the supervision of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Pentagon has denied that any of the initial group of around 60 U.S.-trained rebels known as the "New Syrian Force" had been abducted.

    Reuters