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US confirms death of ISIL leader in Afghanistan

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan was killed in an operation led by Afghan Special Forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar last month, US military officials confirmed on Sunday. Abdul Hasib – appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike – is believed to have ordered a series of high-profile attacks, including …

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Colbert investigated over ‘homophobic’ anti-Trump joke

US comedian Stephen Colbert is to be investigated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a joke about President Donald Trump. The body’s chairman Ajit Pai said it received several complaints about the monologue, which some viewers branded homophobic. It concerned crude sexual references involving Mr Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. On Twitter, angry users set the hashtag …

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Nigeria Chibok girls: Freed 82 meet President Buhari

The 82 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram Islamist militants have met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. They were escorted to the reception in the capital Abuja by armed soldiers, after a check-up at a medical centre. Mr Buhari said he was joyous that they were free. He is now travelling to London for medical reasons as concern grows for his health. …

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Euro steady after Macron wins French presidency

The euro hit a six-month dollar high before falling back as markets reacted to Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential election. The euro jumped to $1.1024 at one point before slipping back to $1.098. Investors had widely expected pro-EU centrist Mr Macron to beat far right nationalist Marine Le Pen. He has proposed cutting corporation tax and changing the labour …

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Beyonce’s publicist denies the star’s had lip injections and is just pregnant

The singer’s representative Yvette Noel-Schure released a strongly-worded statement saying that a story published in MediaTakeOut was false. She says Beyonce’s lips may appear fuller because of fluid retention during her pregnancy. “What do you know about the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s entire body? Please tell me,” says the statement, sent to Gossip Cop. “Did you know that …

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Adele ranked richest solo female musician « PrevNext »Comments (0)

A global arena tour and a few million more album sales earned Adele £40m last year, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. The pop star’s fortune rose from £85m to £125m – meaning she’s the richest solo female musician in the paper’s annual wealth survey. But she’s only joint 19th in the list of the UK and Ireland’s richest …

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UAE ‘optimistic’ after Libyan ally meets PM Sarraj

Abu Dhabi (AFP) – The United Arab Emirates voiced optimism a political settlement could be reached in Libya after it hosted rare talks on Tuesday between its strongman ally and the internationally recognised premier. The UAE is, with Egypt, the main supporter of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control most of eastern Libya, including its key oil ports, and …

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Trump and Putin: Syria ceasefire heads leaders’ agenda

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to press for a ceasefire to halt the war in Syria. The two spoke by telephone for the first time since the US launched air strikes against Syria nearly a month ago, straining relations. White House and Kremlin statements suggested a productive conversation. Other topics discussed included North Korea …

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Apple sees surprise fall in iPhone sales

Apple sold fewer iPhones than a year ago in the first three months of 2017, the company said in its latest results. The California firm, which is due to release a new phone later this year, said it sold 50.8 million iPhones in the period, down 1% year-on-year. Apple boss Tim Cook blamed a “pause” as customers wait for the …

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