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Overnight fire kills 12 snack shop workers in India

December 18, 2017 16:13 PM

NEW DELHI, Dec 18:  Indian media reports say an overnight fire in Mumbai has killed 12 workers sleeping at a small shop that made and sold fried snacks.

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

December 18, 2017 10:48 AM

NEW YORK, Dec 18:  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will happily settle for second.

Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

December 18, 2017 10:34 AM

LONDON, Dec 18: Britain’s Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for a radio program in which the former U.S. president shared his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for the future.

Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at 89

December 18, 2017 10:24 AM

PALM SPRINGS, Dec 18: Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs. She was 89.

Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

December 16, 2017 19:55 PM

NEW DELHI, Dec 16: Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists.

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

December 16, 2017 16:17 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16: The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

France rolls back death toll to 4 kids in train-bus crash

December 15, 2017 19:27 PM

PARIS, Dec 15:  French authorities backtracked Friday, reducing the death toll from six children to least four after a regional train sliced open a school bus in southern France.

UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have ‘courage’ to push Assad

December 14, 2017 16:51 PM

GENEVA, Dec 14: The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution.

Palestinian president says no role for US in peace process

December 13, 2017 16:52 PM

ISTANBUL, Dec 13: The Palestinian president said Wednesday his people will not accept any role for the United States in the Mideast peace process “from now on,” following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Mideast braces for fallout from Trump’s move on Jerusalem

December 7, 2017 15:35 PM

JERUSALEM, Dec 7: Palestinians shuttered schools and shops and called for protests in West Bank towns on Thursday, in a show of anger over President Donald Trump’s recognition of bitterly contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Oscars org adopts code of conduct after Weinstein expulsion

December 7, 2017 12:15 PM

NEW YORK, Dec 7: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced Wednesday that it has adopted its first code of conduct for its 8,427 members.

College student brings Hollywood stars to tears at breakfast

December 7, 2017 11:09 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec 7: It wasn’t Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lawrence who got the most rousing applause at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday. It was a college freshman named Carla Arellano.

$450 million Leonardo painting heading to new Louvre museum

December 7, 2017 10:57 AM

NEW YORK, Dec 7: A Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ that sold in New York for a record $450 million (380 million euros) is heading to a museum in the United Arab Emirates.

Warnings intensify as Trump readies Jerusalem declaration

December 6, 2017 17:40 PM

JERUSALEM, Dec 6:  America’s friends and foes unleashed fierce criticism on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jimmy Kimmel’s baby son has successful second heart surgery

December 5, 2017 12:10 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5: Jimmy Kimmel’s 7-month-old son, whose heart condition has made the late-night host an unlikely player in American politics, had a successful second round of surgery on Monday.

Ed Sheeran tops Spotify’s 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams

December 5, 2017 12:04 PM

NEW YORK, Dec 5: The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he is the most streamed artist of the year.

Separatist leaders’ roles in Catalan ballot in judges’ hands

December 4, 2017 17:04 PM

MADRID, Dec 4: A Spanish judge on Monday ordered that four prominent members of the Catalan independence movement should remain in custody, including the no. 2 of the ousted regional government, who will campaign in a polarized regional election from a jail near Madrid.

Rahul Gandhi set to be opposition Congress party chief

December 4, 2017 16:15 PM

NEW DELHI, Dec 4: Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, submitted nomination papers Monday to succeed his mother as president of the main opposition Congress party, which previously governed the country for decades.

UK extradition hearing to start for tycoon sought by India

December 3, 2017 18:14 PM

LONDON, Dec 3: Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya is set to face an extradition hearing in London that should determine whether he is sent back to India to face money laundering allegations related to the collapse of several of his businesses.

13 dead, 2 missing after boat capsizes in South Korea

December 3, 2017 17:36 PM

SEOUL, Dec 3:  At least 13 people were dead and two missing on Sunday after a South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel and capsized, the coast guard said.