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The New York Post's Report Of Kimye's Wedding Is Hilariously Grumpy

But it really says all you need to know.<p>Two jackasses got married in Italy Saturday.Sex-tape star Kim Kardashian, 33, wed egotist Kanye West, 36, in a wedding opulent enough for Florence's Medici dynasty and tacky enough for reality TV.They were betrothed at Florence's 16th-century Fort di …

This Couple's Incredible Harry Potter-Themed Wedding Puts All Other Weddings To Shame

“The [Wizarding] World is so encompassing, you can get lost in it."

Sarra Manning: in defence of difficult girls

I've always been a big fan of difficult girls.<p>When I read Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield at a formative age, Petrova, who wanted to fly planes and hated ballet, was the Fossil I most wanted to be. I rooted for Rizzo in Grease, not simpering Sandy. And I can still quote all of Heathers.<p>It's no …

Writing in First, Second and Third Person

With our Writing a Novel course tutor, Carrie Tiffany, we discussed the pros and cons of writing in first, second and third person. Carrie told us …

The well-read teenager: brilliant classics for young adult readers

Go to a typical bookstore and have a look at the children's classics area. More often than not, there won't be much more than a few babyish fairy tales, maybe some Austen and a Dumas squeezed in.<p>But you shouldn't be afraid of venturing into the "adult" classics fiction; yes it may be stuffy-looking …

Miss Piggy Leans In

Miss Piggy is confident, driven, and fights for what she wants. She embraces her "extra fabulous" looks and is unapologetically outspoken. And she …

Divergent "Drowning" Clip Official - Shailene Woodley

Ansel Elgort Did His Very First Talk Show Interview, And So Mega-Stardom Begins

Ansel Elgort, you are such a little muffin.<p>The 19-year-old star of the upcoming "Divergent" and "Fault In Our Stars" movies stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night for his first-ever talk show interview.<p>Unsurprisingly, Augustus Waters Elgort was cool as a cucumber, answering questions about his …

Entertainment News |Latest Celebrity News, Videos & Photos - ABC News - ABC News

Kelly Preston talks playing Victoria Gotti, husband John Travolta visiting Brooklyn<p>Vanessa Kirby on what Meghan Markle means for the royal …

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Kerry ups ante in struggle to crack South China Sea rules

HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - Pressure is mounting on China and Southeast Asia to agree a code of conduct to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea, but Beijing is warning of a long road ahead.<p>Only last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and the Association of South East …

Armed Venezuelans fear 'Syria scenario' | US & Canada

<b>Caracas, Venezuela -</b> A former socialist guerrilla whose brother died battling Venezuela's dictator in the 1950s, Adicea Castillo knows the far-left well. But the current political climate - where armed pro-government collectives are asserting themselves in poor neighbourhoods - is too much for the …

City of Heavenly Fire

• <b>Author:</b> Cassandra Clare<p>Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Mortal Instruments series—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! <i>City of Heavenly Fire</i> is a …

"The Cap" 20 years ago and today. And peeps say I still look the same. I think he wins.

Venezuelan protest leader calls new rally

A Venezuelan opposition leader who has spearheaded days of protests against the government has released a new video, calling for a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday.<p>Leopoldo Lopez's pledge to surrender after staging one more demonstration came after hundreds of people gathered peacefully in the …

Dems' 2014 plan: Neutralize ACA

Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even …

Peace talks collapse as Taliban execute 23 Pakistani soldiers

Government negotiators pull out of negotiations due on Monday as politicians condemn latest killings<p>A Pakistan Taliban faction announced the execution of 23 soldiers on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to already dwindling hopes that peace talks might end years of violence.<p>The militant group had been …

Report: Almost 6,000 Dead in Syria During Geneva Talks

A human rights group tracking the death toll in Syria’s civil war reported on Sunday that nearly 6,000 people had died since the start of the latest, …

'Shameless' Belgian PM appears topless on television

Belgium's PM joins Vladimir Putin to show off his torso in topless photos<p>Elio Di Rupo, Belgium's Prime Minister, has joined Vladimir Putin, the Russian President in appearing topless in pictures that show off his physique.<p>There the similarities end.<p>Mr Di Rupo is the first openly gay man to become a …

Venezuela says US plotting with protesters

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president, has accused Washington of plotting with anti-government protesters and expelled three US diplomats in retaliation.<p>Maduro's ordered the expulsions on Monday, the same day that opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called for a mass rally on Tuesday and challenged …

Endless Love – review | Mark Kermode

First published on Sat 15 Feb 2014 19.02 EST<p>American critic Roger Ebert astutely described Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel as being "about events [when] it should be about passion". Had Ebert lived to see this commercials-inflected remake, he may have felt the need to …

US law firm was 'caught in NSA surveillance net' in Indonesia – report

An unnamed US law firm was caught up in surveillance involving the National Security Agency and its Australian counterpart, according to a report released on Saturday.<p>The New York Times reported that a top-secret document obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed the firm was …

Venezuela frees some student protesters; unrest continues

Venezuelan authorities have freed 25 student protesters pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this week's deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.<p>Demonstrators were still gathering in various cities as they have done since Wednesday. In a more affluent part of …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Dr. Kevin Fong works on "the edges" of medicine — researching how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, trauma, outer space and deep sea. "We're still exploring the human body and what medicine can do in the same way that the great explorers of the 20th century and every age before them explored …

The Earth's 'Sixth Extinction' May Be One Of Our Own Making

There have been five major mass extinctions over the last half-billion years, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring an era of mass extinction predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the …