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Hollywood royals Affleck, Garner split

Oscar-winning actor/director Ben Affleck and his actress wife Jennifer Garner – one of Hollywood’s A-list power couples – have announced the end of their 10-year marriage. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” they said in a joint statement by the couple, who have three children together. “We go forward with love and ...

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Interview with Author Cecile Yazbek

  When I first met Cecile Yazbek she was presenting an author talk about her vegetarian Lebanese cookbook in Sydney’s east. A passionate speaker, I remember Cecile’s expressive tone and the way her natural grey and white hair bounced off her shoulders as she explained the historic relevance of her recipes and made her way around the room vibrantly. Three ...

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School Holidays Movie Review: Inside Out

Voiced by famous actors and actresses such as Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black – the kids are sure to love Inside Out. This one will have the kids laughing and learning. The movie starts off with Riley, the protagonist, who as a baby starts to develop emotions, just like any other person except they ...

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‘Trespasser’ wants Taylor Swift to testify

A man charged with trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island mansion wants the US singer to testify on his behalf. The Westerly Sun reports 24-year-old Nicholas Field was back in court on Friday. The Westerly resident was arrested on April 14 and charged with wilful trespassing at Swift’s beachfront mansion. Field says he wants Swift to be served with a ...

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Sam Smith singing again after surgery

Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again, six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent. The 23-year-old British singer posted a short video on Instagram of him singing Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. “I’m back,” was Smith’s simple message on Monday. Smith says he will resume performing on Friday at a festival in England’s ...

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Katy Perry top-earning musician

Katy Perry pulled in $US135 million ($A177 million) in the past year to be the world’s top-grossing musician. Forbes magazine said the 30-year-old, who is on a 150-date world tour for her album Prism, narrowly edged out One Direction for income in the year through June 1. The British boy band, whose future and image were thrown into doubt in ...

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Q&A with Rose Adam of MasterChef

Rose Adam was a contestant on Australia’s cooking show, MasterChef 2015. She successfully made it into the top 24, and much recently into the top 10. Sahar Mourad caught up with Rose to understand her experiences and the competition on a more personal level. Sahar: What inspired you to start cooking?  Rose: It was all the parties that we would have. My ...

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Disney bans selfie sticks

Selfie sticks will banned from Disney amusement parks around the world from next week. Park visitors will have to leave their selfie sticks, which people use to take photos of themselves on their mobile phones, at the bag check at park entrances and pick them up on their way out. The policy is to go into effect on Tuesday at Disney parks ...

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Abbott views Singapore anti-terror success

Tony Abbott has looked to Singapore’s experience in de-radicalisation as Australia monitors fresh terror attacks abroad and threats at home. The prime minister’s visit to Khadijah Mosque’s successful program came on his first of two days in the city-state, on a visit aimed at strengthening ties in defence and security, and trade and investment. Mr Abbott says Singapore has long-term ...

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ETW Q&A Series: Meet Rashell Habib

Rashell Habib, 30, is a Social Media Editor at news.com.au online. In the first edition of ETW’s Q&A, Rashell sat down with ETW reporter Naomi Tsvirko to discuss journalism, life and never giving up.   NAOMI: When and why did you begin writing? RASHELL: I began working as a journalist in 2005 after getting an internship at a local newspaper. I ...

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