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U2 releases new album for free in Apple surprise

SAN FRANCISCO: Irish superstars U2 released their first album in five years for free on Apple’s iTunes Tuesday in a surprise, attention-grabbing step as the tech giant unveiled its latest smartphones.



Long tongues, leaping cats in 60th Guinness World Records

LONDON: From super-long tongues to leaping cats, a host of weird and wacky landmarks have made the cut for 60th anniversary edition of the Guinness World Records book launched on Wednesday.



Musical all-stars take up McCartney in new album

NEW YORK: Bob Dylan, B.B. King and The Cure have all been covered extensively in their own right, but the artists have come together to interpret a giant — Paul McCartney.








Hemingway grandsons celebrate in Cuba, 60 years after Nobel

Just like Ernest Hemingway used to do, two of his grandsons sailed into the fishing town of Cojimar on Monday, marking 60 years since the iconic US author won the Nobel prize.



Hard times for ‘red gold’ divers in Morocco’s El Dorado

Harvesting mineral-rich seaweed on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Attibari Lemkhanter worries that the plant known locally as “red gold” is becoming increasingly scarce.

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