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         Oscar statue is worth only USD 10    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: It is the most coveted trophy in the world of entertainment but the Oscar statue itself is worth only USD 10. The making of the Oscar statue costs USD 400 but as per a rule, before a trophy can be put up for auction, it must first be offered to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for USD 10, reported the Entertainment Weekly.

 
         Eating less may slow ageing: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Consuming less calories may help slow down ageing and promote a long, healthy life, according to a new study that delves beyond the skin to unlock the secrets to ever-lasting youth. There's a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of ageing, but moisturisers only go skin deep.

 
         Saudi prince buys airplane seats to transport 80 falcons (Video)    
 
 
DUBAI: In an unusual sight, a Saudi prince is claimed to have bought tickets of a passenger jet for his 80 falcons, according to media reports.

 
         Puppies respond more readily to 'baby talk'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Puppies respond more readily than adult dogs when people talk to them just like they would with babies - more slowly and with a higher tone, a new study has found. When talking to dogs, human adults use pet-directed speech similar to infant-directed speech which is known to engage infant attention and promote language learning.

 
         64-yr-old woman becomes oldest mother in China to deliver baby    
 
 
BEIJING: A 64-year-old woman in China is believed to have become the oldest mother in the country to give birth to a baby. The mother, who has not been identified, delivered a boy weighing 3.7 kgs through cesarean section at a hospital in Jilin province, official media here reported.

 
         Passenger removed from flight after confrontation with Ivanka Trump    
 
 
NEW YORK: A JetBlue airline passenger, who media outlets and a witness described as making angry remarks at the sight of Ivanka Trump on his flight, was removed from the plane on Thursday by the airline. JetBlue Airways Corp confirmed in a statement that a passenger had been removed from a flight set to depart from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, bound for San Francisco, but provided no other information about the incident.

 
         Stressed snakes strike first: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Snakes that are stressed may be more likely to strike during an encounter with a human, according to a new study which debunks the popular belief that the reptiles get more aggressive when handled or harassed by people. Researchers found that cottonmouths with high baseline levels of corticosterone, a hormone that is used to estimate the amount of stress an animal experiences, were more likely to strike during an encounter with a person than were cottonmouths with lower baseline l

 
         500-kg Egyptian woman to visit India soon for surgery    
 
 
CAIRO: A bedbound Egyptian woman, believed to the world's heaviest at about 500 kg, will soon leave for India for a weight-reduction surgery after a top Indian surgeon offered her help, her sister said today. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, is preparing herself to be flown to Mumbai in the next 10 days, her sister Shaymaa told PTI. Eman's story had gone viral on the social media and many news outlets published about her condition. She has barely left her bedroom in nearly 25 years, according

 
         Caesarean births impacting human evolution: study    
 
 
LONDON: Regular use of caesarean sections to deliver babies is affecting the human evolution, according to a new study. An increasing number of mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, researchers said. They estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today.

 
         Cyberbullied teen commits suicide in front of family    
 
 
HOUSTON: In a tragic incident, an 18-year-old US girl shot herself dead in front of the family after being relentlessly bullied on Facebook for her weight. Brandy Vela shot herself through the chest in front of her stunned family members at their Texas home with a gun which her family members begged her to put down.

 
         Muslim women in US turn to self-defence to combat 'hijab grab'    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Many Muslim women across the US have turned to self-defence classes amid a spike in 'hijab- grab' incidents following Donald Trump's electoral triumph, according to a media report. In the days following Trump's election, at least three organisations -- the Southern Poverty Law Center, Council of American-Islamic Relations and Anti-Defamation League -- tracked a notable spike in hate-crime incidents, The Washington Post reported. Many Muslim women have posted on social media d

 
         'Ape in heels': Racist post about Michelle Obama causes backlash    
 
 
CLAY: The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

 
         Demonetisation: Brisk biz for sex workers accepting big notes    
 
 
KOLKOTA: As demonetisation of high value notes hit small businessmen across the city, sex workers of Sonagachi, South Asia's largest red-light area, here are seeing brisk business as they are accepting high denomination notes. "Our girls have been asked to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. But they are telling customers that they will not accept those after this week. Therefore there is a huge rush of customers.

 
         A twice-divorced Saudi mother of 6 reinterprets Islamic law    
 
 
JIDDAH: When Souad al-Shammary posted a series of tweets about the thick beards worn by Saudi clerics, she never imagined she would land in jail. She put up images of several men with beards: An Orthodox Jew, a hipster, a communist, an Ottoman Caliph, a Sikh, and a Muslim. She wrote that having a beard was not what made a man holy or a Muslim. And she pointed out that one of Islam's staunchest critics during the time of Prophet Muhammad had an even longer beard than him.

 
         Tipu a monarch, not freedom fighter, observes Karnataka HC    
 
 
BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court today questioned the state government's logic behind celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, observing he wasn't a freedom fighter but a monarch who fought to safeguard his interests. "What is the logic behind celebrating Tipu Jayanti? Tipu was not a freedom fighter, but a monarch who fought the opponents to safeguard his interests," Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, presiding over the division bench, observed.

 
         Jailed terror accused eat biryai for yrs, need fast-track courts: CM    
 
 
BHOPAL: Batting for fast-track courts to try terror cases, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has vehemently defended police role in the killing of eight SIMI activists in an alleged encounter, has said the accused stay in jail for years before they are sentenced and "keep eating chicken biryani".

 
         Poop falling from skies in New Delhi!! NGT orders inspection    
 
NEW DELHI: Imagine human excreta falling on you from airplanes flying above!! A former senior armyman has moved the National Green Tribunal alleging dumping of human waste by aircraft over residential areas near the IGI airport here, which led the green panel to order an inspection of his South Delhi house.

 
         Kanye West hires Kim Kardashian lookalikes' after robbery    
 
 
LONDON: Rapper Kanye West has reportedly put in 6 million pounds into boosting security in the hours after wife Kim Kardashian was bound and gagged at gunpoint by raiders.

 
         Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint in Paris hotel    
 
 
PARIS: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was robbed of millions at gunpoint at a luxury residence here by masked men dressed as police officers. The robbery took place at about 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT), reported BBC quoting local police. "The loss amounts to several million euros, mostly jewelery. The total amount is still being evaluated," the police said.

 
         Son of Chinese billionaire buys 8 iPhone 7s for his dog    
 
 
BEIJING: The only son of China's richest billionaire reportedly bought eight iphone 7s worth 9,584 USD for his pet dog on the day of its release. Wang Sicong, 28, son of billionaire Wang Jianlin, the chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, posted two photos of the Alaskan malamute named Coco, sitting on a couch surrounded by iPhones still in their boxes last week, on the verified Weibo social media account of the dog, which has nearly 1.9 million followers.

 
         US swimmers quit Brazil after admitting to inventing mugging    
 
 
RIO DE JANEIRO: US Olympic authorities apologized to Brazil as two US swimmers were allowed to go home having retracted a fabricated story about being mugged in Rio.

 
         Adequate sleep may be key to marital bliss: study    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Couples who get a good night's sleep are more satisfied with their marriage - at least the following day, a new study suggests. "The universality of our findings is important. That is, we know all people need sleep," said Jim McNulty from Florida State University in the US.

 
         Toe-tapping while sitting may prevent arterial disease: study    
 
NEW YORK: Fidgeting while sitting for an extended period of time at a computer or during a long flight can protect the arteries in your legs and potentially help prevent arterial disease, a new study has claimed. Research has shown that sitting for an extended period of time reduces blood flow to the legs, which may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.

 
         Muslim couple kicked off flight for 'sweating', saying 'Allah'    
 
CHICAGO: A Pakistani-American couple has claimed that they were removed from a US-bound flight as an on board crew member felt "uncomfortable" after noticing that they were "sweating", saying "Allah" and texting.

 
         Fake Pokemon Go apps found in Indian cyberspace; users alerted    
 
 
NEW DELHI: With the smartphone-based reality game Pokemon Go gaining popularity, cyber security sleuths have issued an alert against some fake and malicious apps prowling in the Indian web space which can seriously compromise an individual's phone. "It has been observed that fake Pokemon Go malicious apps are available on third party websites for download. There are various fake versions of the app available. All of them are pretending to be the genuine version of the Pokemon Go app and all

 
         Salman Khan, Sunny Leone most searched for actors    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Salman Khan and Sunny Leone are the most searched among Bollywood actors in the last 10 years on Google as a rising number of Indians turn to the Internet to find out more about cine stars, says a report. According to Google, which today released a ranking of Indian cinema's most searched for stars over the last 10 years, Salman Khan took the top spot ahead of Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar.

 
         New Zealand kebab shop owner blanks armed robber    
 
 
WELLINGTON: A New Zealand kebab shop owner who ignored a pistol-wielding, would-be robber and continued to serve his customers has insisted "I'm not a hero" after footage of his actions went viral. Said Ahmed said he decided to call the bluff of a robber wearing a black hoodie and face mask who burst into the Egyptian Kebab House in Christchurch late in the evening.

 
         How 'super-spreader' patient transmitted MERS to 82 people    
 
 
SEOUL: A single super-spreader patient in an overcrowded emergency room transmitted the MERS virus to 82 individuals over a period of three days, according to new study that maps the transmission of South Korea's first outbreak of the deadly virus. Tracing the movements of patients at a South Korean hospital has helped identify the case of highest transmission Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus from a single patient outside the Middle East.

 
         Goats can communicate with humans like dogs: study    
 
 
LONDON: Goats could become man's new best friend, suggests a new study which found that they have the capacity to communicate with humans like other domesticated animals such as dogs and horses. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK found that goats respond to people by gazing at them when facing a problem they cannot solve alone and their responses change depending on the person's behaviour.

 
         London's first nude restaurant to be called 'The Bunyadi'    
 
 
LONDON: A new restaurant offering customers the promise of a 'completely natural' dining experience is all set to open as 'The Buniyadi' here. Based on the Hindi word meaning fundamental, the restaurant will operate on a clothing-optional basis. "We believe people should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities: no chemicals, no artificial colours, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if they wish to. The idea is to experience true libe

 
 
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