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Film, Fashion and Glamour at Cannes Film Festival 2015

In the beautiful resort town on the French Riviera, film stars, renowned directors and producers alike congregated together for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, where all attention is on the clothes as celebrities don their finest gowns ahead of their red carpet debuts. During the 12-day event, which runs from the 13th until the 24th of May, it is ...

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Terriers gone, investigation underway

Pistol and Boo may have “left the building”, but Barnaby Joyce says an investigation into how Johnny Depp smuggled his pampered pooches into the country is underway. The movie star, who is filming in Australia, has sent the dogs back to the US in the lap of luxury on a private jet to avoid being put down. But the agricultural ...

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Depp’s dogs face scrutiny from US Customs

Pistol and Boo better have their paperwork in order and appear healthy when they land back in the US. Johnny Depp’s infamous, illegally-imported Yorkshire terriers may have buggered off from Australia and escaped being euthanised, but they will be scrutinised by officers from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection after touching down in Los Angeles. “We ...

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Syrian war won’t end before 2017: Obama

US President Barack Obama believes the war in Syria is unlikely to end before he leaves office in early 2017, and has again said there is no “military solution” to the conflict. “The situation in Syria is heartbreaking but it’s extremely complex,” Obama said in an interview with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television network. Asked if the conflict might be resolved ...

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Harry comes out on top in croc experience

If catching a Northern Territory crocodile safely isn’t a difficult enough task for any wildlife ranger, imagine doing it under the watchful eye of a royal. Prince Harry was recently in Australia for a secondment with the Defence Force, while also greeting adoring fans and politely declining marriage proposals. But a trip to Darwin Harbour also involved him getting up ...

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BB King, King of the Blues, dies at 89

BB King, with his ever-present guitar Lucille, rose from sharecropper poverty in deep Mississippi to become the face of the American blues worldwide and an inspiration for generations of rock guitarists everywhere. “The King of the Blues,” as he was universally known, led a life of non-stop touring, electrifying audiences in some 100 countries with his biting guitar licks and ...

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Depp dogs to fly home before deadline

Johnny Depp only has a matter of hours to save his troublesome terriers from doggy death row. The pampered pooches are expected to board a charter flight back to the US on Friday night after being hounded out of Australia. The illegally imported Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, have been quarantined in the luxury surrounds of retired motorbike champion Mick ...

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Depp’s dogs ‘could end up stateless’

Johnny Depp’s two Yorkshire terriers will be flown back to the US, but the dogs could end up stateless if the US refuses to allow them in. The US actor and star of Pirates of the Caribbean brought his dogs, Boo and Pistol, into the country illegally last month and he’s been told to get them out before Saturday or ...

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McKinnon has strong case to sue: lawyer

Alex McKinnon has a strong case if he decides to seek compensation over a tackle which left the one-time rising NRL star with a spinal injury, a prominent lawyer says. McKinnon suffered a broken neck while playing for Newcastle in March last year, when he was on the receiving end of a dangerous throw from Melbourne prop Jordan McLean. McLean ...

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Shorten flags 5% small business tax cut

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says he’ll kickstart the economy and create jobs if he becomes prime minister, with a plan to cut taxes for small business by five per cent. In his budget reply speech on Thursday night, Mr Shorten said he’d support the government’s budget measures on national security, drought relief for farmers and small business. However, he called ...

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