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US actress Debbie Reynolds dies grieving for daughter Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds, who starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, has died a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. The US actress, 84, had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke. Her son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death had been too much for her and in her …

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Police seize 1,100kg in Australia’s ‘largest cocaine bust’

Fifteen men have been charged after police said they made the biggest cocaine bust in Australia’s history. The drugs, with an estimated street value of A$360m (£212m; $258m), were uncovered after a police investigation over more than two years. Police said they seized 500kg (1,100lb) of cocaine from a boat in Brooklyn, north of Sydney, on Christmas Day. It followed …

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South Korea fines Qualcomm $854m in competition probe

US chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined a record 1.03trn won ($854m, £698m) for allegedly breaching competition law in South Korea. The Korean Fair Trade Association said the firm had engaged in unfair business practices with its patent licensing and modem chip sales. It also said Qualcomm had abused its dominant position in the chip market. The California-based firm rejected the …

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ECOWAS deploys standby force to Gambia

West African Leaders have deployed a Standby force to the Gambia after several efforts to compel the country’s ruler, Yahyeh Jammeh to step down after his defeat in the country’s polls proved futile. There has been heightened tension in that country after long time ruler Jammeh decided to reject results of their December 1 election, weeks after he had conceded defeat …

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Sony announces the death of Britney Spears via Twitter

On the morning of December 27, it was announced by Sony over Twitter that Britney Spears had died. The RIP message gave her year of birth and her alleged death: “1981-2016.” “Britney Spears has died in an accident. We’ll give you more details soon,” the official account commented. Just half an hour after publishing both tweets, the company denied the …

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Carrie Fisher, Star Wars’ Princess Leia, dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday aged 60, her daughter said through a family spokesman. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this …

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Russia plane crash: Huge search for bodies in Black Sea

A huge search operation is continuing “round the clock” in Russia, after a Russian military plane with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea. Some 3,500 people on ships, jets, helicopters and submersibles are involved in the operation near Sochi. The Tu-154 plane – carrying soldiers, members of a famed army music ensemble and reporters – was heading …

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Obama pays last presidential holiday visit to Hawaii marine base

US President Barack Obama on Sunday visited American troops at a Hawaii military base, the last time he will participate in his holiday tradition as commander-in-chief. Obama and the first lady Michelle visited the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, close to where the presidential couple are vacationing with their daughters. Speaking weeks before President-elect Donald Trump’s scheduled inauguration, …

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Senegal defends its UN Israel settlement vote

Senegal on Sunday defended its vote at the UN Security Council to halt Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, after Israel decided to recall its ambassador to Dakar and to suspend its aid programme. “Senegal’s position must be saluted. The international community hails Senegal’s stance, especially the Muslim nations,” government spokesman Seydou Gueye said in a statement carried by national television. …

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