• The Bearded Lady's Now a Bearded Bride

    Harnaam Kauer has polycystic ovary syndrome. As a kid, she started growing facial hair - the disorder can cause hormonal imbalances - but following years of waxing, tweezing, and threading, she gave up and accepted her beard. “I stopped self harming and I have now fallen in love with the elements on my body that people may call ‘flaws,’” Kauer, who’s from Slough in England, told Rock ‘N Roll Bride, of the look book for wedding dress brand Cutting Edge Brides.

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  • Actors Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce plans to divorce

    Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced plans to divorce, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary. Oscar-winning Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, starred together in the 2003 superhero film "Daredevil" and were married in 2005 and have three children, all under the age of 10. Affleck has enjoyed a recent wave of success, with his 2012 film "Argo" winning the best picture Oscar and more recently, his 2014 thriller "Gone Girl" becoming a box office hit.

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  • China manufacturing sees slight pick-up in June

    The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) came in at 50.2 last month, matching May's six-month high. Production increased steadily in June with high-technology and consumer product-related industries picking up, said senior NBS analyst Zhao Qinghe in a statement. A separate, independent survey sponsored by British banking giant HSBC was less positive, showing manufacturing conditions continued to deteriorate in June, albeit at a slower rate.

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  • Police: 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash

    The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighborhood where the plane went down. The air force says there were 122 people on the plane including military personnel and their families. The crash of the aircraft, which had been in service since 1964, occurred only two minutes after it took off from Soewondo air force base in Medan on Sumatra, one of Indonesia's main islands.

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  • Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia plane shut off working engine - source

    By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - The crew of a TransAsia Airways ATR plane that crashed in Taiwan in February, killing 43 people on board, had shut off the working engine after the other lost power, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The latest investigation report into the Taipei crash, to be released on Thursday, will say data readings showed the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600 stalled and crashed shortly after the functioning engine was switched off, said the source. The findings of the report, by the Aviation Safety Council, will also focus on flight operations, air traffic control, weather, the air worthiness of the plane and other factors, added the source, who could not be identified because the report has not yet been made public.

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  • Gordon Ramsay: Is it worth the hype

    By Catherine Ling, Makansutra Gordon Ramsay has finally brought his cuisine to Singapore. No, not the three-Michelin star fare from his eponymous restaurant, but a much more casual (read affordable) bistro and bar. Bread Street Kitchen (BSK) at Marina

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  • A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. #ShortFilm

    This article A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This is stressful to watch only because we know it to be true. There’s nothing more important than what’s important to you. This young

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  • Greece seeks new EU loans after IMF debt default

    Greece lurched deeper into crisis Wednesday as European finance ministers prepared to consider a request for new loans in a last-ditch effort to keep the country in the eurozone after it defaulted on a key payment and a bailout keeping its economy afloat expired. Cash-strapped Greece became the first developed country to default on the International Monetary Fund after missing a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment on Tuesday, as efforts to find a compromise with its EU lenders came to naught. Athens is asking for a further 29.1 billion euros from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), to "fully cover its financing needs and the simultaneous restructuring of debt," for the next two years, according to the prime minister's office.

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  • Messi sparkles as Argentina thrash Paraguay at Copa America

    Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday's final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator as Argentina tore Paraguay apart.

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  • World Bank warns China over state financial control

    The World Bank on Wednesday urged China to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector, warning that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy. The ruling Communist Party has pledged a wide range of economic reforms and the Washington-based institution said reducing the "unique and distorted role of the state" in banking and the wider financial sector was crucial. The comments in the China Economic Update were unusually forthright for the World Bank.

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  • Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel Gets an ‘Awesome’ Title

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to confirm that the sequel’s title will be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The title is a reference to Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” cassette tape, which plays a prominent role

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  • Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach

    With cash withdrawals cut to 60 euros ($67) per day, many Greeks aren't spending in restaurants for fear that they will run out of cash they would need if a family member got ill or another serious problem developed. On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks.

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  • No bail for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on rape charge

    Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail on rape and other felony charges after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated a court order by calling and texting the victim with messages that included suicide threats and apologies. Prosecutors told a Marion County judge Tuesday that the 50-year-old musician contacted the woman after his arrest in Salem on June 14, when he was accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing. Marion County Judge Audrey Broyles declined to set bail after prosecutors said Castronovo texted the woman 122 times and called her 35 times and presents a threat to the woman if he's released.

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  • Movies Not to Miss: July 2015

    If there is one thing that has defined Seth MacFarlane's involvement in feature films is that him being the voice of a fluffy teddy bear is more popular than seeing him in person. After MacFarlane's second feature "A Million Ways to Die in the West" had a slow death in the box office, he is best on following up with a sequel with the pot-smoking plush toy. While we would undoubtedly love the Mark Wahlberg and Ted pair, having Amanda Seyfried replacing Mila Kunis as the new female lead would keep us from complaining.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'wants feminine voice'

    Caitlyn Jenner is apparently exploring what options she has to sound more feminine. The US personality, who was known as Bruce before undergoing gender changing surgery, unveiled her new look at the beginning of June on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Over the weekend she wowed crowds at New York Pride, looking happy and relaxed in a white skirt and top.

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  • Trump sues Univision for $500 million over Miss USA cancellation

    U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network's decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump. Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 19-page lawsuit accuses Univision of a "thinly veiled attempt" to stifle Trump's freedom of speech in order to boost Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton.

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  • Woman, 75, survived for days on pond water after Texas crash

    Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas. From her hospital room on Tuesday, Mobley described the hours she spent hearing the occasional vehicle pass above her but being too weak and scared to crawl through the brushy area along Highway 183 for help. "From where the road was, nobody could see the car," Mobley told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

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  • Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

    Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they've sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved in. In a June 19 lawsuit, the archdiocese claims it is responsible for selling the property, and plans a $14.5 million deal with another buyer.

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  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and took back one district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. Rami Abdel Rahman, the Britain-based watchdog's chief, said IS "executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province... the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner".

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  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah. "We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".

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