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French criminal arranges own funeral to escape justice

PARIS: A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the long arm of the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting granny attended.



Sophia Loren turns 80 with book of memoirs

ROME: Sophia Loren, Italy’s national cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her rags-to-riches life.



De Niro rents most expensive property

LOS ANGELES: Actor Robert De Niro has moved into one of the most expensive rental apartments here. He is shelling out a whopping $125,000 a month.






Rihanna in domestic violence row with US network

NEW YORK: Pop star Rihanna on Tuesday blasted a television network for wavering on whether to broadcast one of her songs at an American football game, amid a furor over domestic violence.

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