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Sarah Palin to host sports show

NEW YORK: The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle.



Aussies implement shark ‘bait and kill’ zones

SYDNEY: Sharks swimming too close to popular beaches in Western Australia will be hunted and killed by professional fishermen, under a controversial new program launched Tuesday.



‘Sound of Music’ actress Eleanor Parker dies

LOS ANGELES: Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91.



Saudi contestants notch top positions in Malaysia contest

Nine-year-old Saudi girl Lena Nader Ikhwan from Riyadh was declared as the world champion at the International Abacus Championship held in Malaysia recently.



Suleiman the Magnificent ‘reconquers’ Balkans

DUBAI: Can a smash TV soap bring closure for historical wrongs and succour from contemporary turmoil? Check out a Turkish series on the 16th-century Ottoman monarch Suleiman the Magnificent.



Thousands of fans pay tribute to Paul Walker memorial

SANTA CLARITA, California: The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribu



‘Gravity,’ ‘Her’ tie for LA Film Critics top honor

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Film Critics Association split between the space odyssey “Gravity” and the futuristic romance “Her,” lending no more certainty to an awards season that’s so far



Sanjay Dutt’s wife is ‘seriously ill’

MUMBAI: After much speculation about Sanjay Dutt’s parole, there is finally some justification.



‘Frozen’ tops box office with $31.6m

NEW YORK: In its second weekend at the box office, the Disney animated tale “Frozen” finally cooled off “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” while the week’s lone new wi



Man wakes up on plane only to find it empty and locked

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: You’ve heard of people locking their keys in the car or locking themselves out of their houses.

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