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Pope Francis said tensions between the two nations has become ‘too hot’ and that widespread war would destroy ‘a good part of humanity’

Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and the US, saying the situation had become “too hot” and the world risked a devastating war.

Francis said he believed “a good part of humanity” would be destroyed in any widespread war.

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The latest purge comes alongside a ban on TV dating shows and the blocking of the website Wikipedia.(Read More...)
The pope, returning to Rome from a two-day trip to Egypt, says a nuclear conflict could be disastrous “for the future of humanity.”(Read More...)

Website ‘undergoing changes’ to reflect agency’s ‘new direction’, as tens of thousands protest inaction on climate in cities across the US

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s main climate change website is “undergoing changes” to better reflect “the agency’s new direction” under Donald Trump.

Related: The American people – not Big Oil – must decide our climate future | Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Jacobson

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Deportation of Phan ‘Sandy’ Phan-Gillis, who was arrested on a business trip and accused of espionage, comes at a time of warming China-US relations

An American woman who was arrested on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the US.

Jeff Gillis said his wife, Phan “Sandy” Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles from the southern city of Guangzhou on Friday evening. The couple planned to stay in LA a few days to visit relatives before returning to their Houston home, he said.

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The top EU figure puts rights centre stage as the EU-27 formally approve negotiating guidelines.(Read More...)

Sports News

In the Super Over, Jasprit Bumrah produced a brilliant over, conceding only six runs, to gift his side the win.(Read More...)
KKR would look to continue their winning streak tomorrow at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, but Sunrisers would like to avenge their defeat in their previous meeting in Kolkata on April 15. SRH batsmen had failed to click in their chase of 173-run target in that match. They could only score 155 runs in 20 overs to lose the match by 17 runs.(Read More...)
The Indian skipper ruled out any outside chance of making it to the play-offs winning the remaining four games.(Read More...)
Delhi have come into this match after a string of losses, their last one against KKR in Kolkata yesterday. Another loss will virtually bring curtains down on their campaign in IPL-10.(Read More...)

Science News

On the president’s 100th day in office, demonstrators descended on Washington in an attempt to drown out the administration’s climate change deniers.(Read More...)
While his actions have produced few of the policy changes he had promised as a candidate, President Trump has moved to set the nation on a radically different course. Here is a look at his record to date.(Read More...)
The US entrepreneur and Tesla-founder finds traffic "soul-destroying" - so he's come up with this.(Read More...)

Lifestyle News

The photographer Daniel Arnold spent a week in March looking for people "doing their own thing on the street." New York didn’t disappoint.(Read More...)
In the spring 2018 bridal collections, modesty comes forward, stepping away from the sexy, sheer look.(Read More...)

It’s the prettiest gatecrasher in the garden

What is it? Forget-me-nots offer just the kind of froth every spring garden should provide, knitting over bare soil around spring bulbs and weaving a thread of sky blue through borders. They are vigorous self-seeders, and the most pretty of gatecrashers.

Any good varieties? Myosotis sylvatica ‘Wallufer Schnitt’ has particularly deep-blue flowers; there is a compact form called ‘Blue Ball’ and ‘Sylva’ offers pinks and whites.

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The unlikely, barrier-breaking journey that has led Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue, to one of the most powerful positions in fashion.(Read More...)
In the spring 2018 bridal collections, nudity is passé, modesty is in.(Read More...)
Move over, Minecraft. See you, Prison Life. On computer screens this spring, daffodils are blooming, sap is dripping and love is in the air.(Read More...)
Surgeon Ian Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding patients with unnecessary operations.(Read More...)

The novelist on the curse of email, her ‘uneven’ eyes and hating Donald Trump

Born in California, Ann Patchett, 53, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Three of her novels, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto and State Of Wonder, were shortlisted for the Orange prize for fiction, Bel Canto winning in 2002. Her bestselling seventh novel, Commonwealth, is out in paperback next week; she will discuss the book at a Guardian Live event on 23 May, and appear at the Charleston Festival in London on 25 May. She lives in Nashville.

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After a brief recall, tubs are back on shelves. But have retailers learned a lesson about the wisdom of diversifying their supply chain?

Inside a cluster of unremarkable industrial units off the A40 in west London is the epicentre of the 2017 hummus crisis. The buildings belong to Bakkavor, the international food manufacturer behind the mass withdrawal of the product from British supermarket shelves after customers complained of a metallic taste.

These units off the Hanger Lane gyratory system – among 30 facilities on 19 different UK sites – manufacture hummus and other dips on an industrial scale for supermarket giants including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, the Co-op, Asda and Morrisons, who sell them under their own brands.

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From gumbo and po’ boys to jambalaya and crawfish, New Orleans opened my eyes in more ways than one

As someone who travels a fair bit and reads lots of cookery books, it isn’t often that I come across a new culinary state of mind; a way of eating and talking about food that’s quite different from anything I know. This last happened late last year, on my first ever trip to New Orleans.

I call it a state of mind because New Orleanian cooking really only makes sense in the context of this great city’s history, in its cultural baggage and, especially, in the way its people tell their stories. Take po’ boy, a sandwich made with baguette-like bread filled with anything from roast beef to fried shrimps or oysters, from ham and cheese to potato chips. Add some lettuce, tomatoes and some optional mayo and/or hot sauce, and you’re in pretty familiar sandwich territory, true, but there’s so much more to a po’ boy. The story goes back to the 1920s, when Bennie and Clovis Martin, two former streetcar conductors, opened a restaurant in the French Market. When their old workmates went on strike a few years later, the brothers gave them free sandwiches. Every time they saw a striker approaching, they’d say, “Here comes another poor boy,” and the name stuck.

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Entertainment News

Farhan Akhtar to host a show for National Geographic for environmental awareness news

He is multi-talented and has made his debut in almost every aspect of filmmaking, whether it is music or singing or acting. However, Farhan Akhtar was recently in news for his divorce with wife Adhuna Bhabani. The couple who has two kids decided to end their 16 year marriage last year and officially got a divorce this week.

On the other hand, Farhan’s father, popular lyricist Javed Akhtar and the celebrity’s mother Honey Irani too have been separated as the former went on to marry award winning actress Shabana Azmi. Farhan and Adhuna’s personal relationship has been in the spotlight of late but the couple has not only been cordial with each other but even their divorce has been quite amicable devoid of mud-slinging and blame-games.

Reportedly, Farhan Akhtar recently went on to add how his parents separation affected him as a child. The director-producer have rarely been vocal about it but this time he spoke candidly where he revealed that it did indeed affect him as a child. While he maintained that parents’ separation is always traumatic for kids, considering that he and Zoya were quite young, it wasn’t really bad.

What also proved lucky for the two of them, according to Farhan, was the smooth bond that they shared with their parents. He stated that as they grew up their whole-hearted conversations with their parents, made them believe that separation is better in the long-run if it gives happiness to them and everyone around.

Also asserting that Javed Akhtar has always been doting dad to them and was there whenever he needed them, Farhan described that her parents have always been friends even after all this and that after the initial hurt of separation, their relation has been ‘rejuvenated’. He also spoke about the close relation he shares with Shabana Azmi.

On the other hand, Javed Akhtar too voiced out similar thoughts wherein he maintained that his kids have grown up watching the mutual admiration that the writer shares with his former wife and their civilized relations was responsible to bring them up in a friendlier and better atmosphere.

He also added that he wasn’t a conventional father but shared a very communicative and democratic relationship with his kids but he also mentioned further that his children are very argumentative.

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Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra to do a live concert for Meri Pyaari Bindu

After her last venture Kill/Dil in 2014, Parineeti Chopra is all set to make a comeback yet again with a YRF venture. Meri Pyaari Bindu has the actress paired up with Ayushmann Khurrana for the first time and now we hear that the production house has decided to devise a new promotional strategy.

Considering that the two of them are singers and the duo will also be seen singing for the film, the makers decided to organize a musical concert of sorts in association with Hindustan Times and posted about the same social media. The said musical night will be held in Bandra Fort, a famous location in suburban Mumbai next week and the details were shared on Instagram.

“LIVE!! @ayushmannk& his name @ayushmannbhava come to you on May 6th at Bandra Fort. AAAANNNDDDD That's not all!? We also have the talented @parineetichopra joining him with the band for @meripyaaribindu! So, BLOCK YOUR CALENDAR!! We'll see you there. Or you're plain square,” read the note on the official Instagram page of Yash Raj Films.

Meri Pyaari Bindu is a romantic drama, directed by Akshay Roy and is slated to release on May 12. Interestingly the film marks the debut of Parineeti Chopra as a singer and her song ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’ has gained popularity.

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Priyanka Chopra is over the moon after winning the National Award

She has always been unconventional but making her Hollywood debut as an antagonist is probably one of Priyanka Chopra’s bravest steps. The actress plays a grey character in her forthcoming film Baywatch and has Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as her co-stars. While she has given glimpses of the film by sharing pictures from the sets of the same, the actress has now decided to speak more about her character.

Readers may be aware that Priyanka Chopra plays the main antagonist Victoria Leeds in Baywatch. Giving an insight to her character, the former beauty queen mentioned that Victoria is a woman in a man’s world for whom it is not about drugs or money but power. She’s self-made, head strong and intelligent.

Let us also remind you that initially the character written for Priyanka was supposed to be a male character. However director Seth Gordon decided to make the change after he met the ‘Quantico’ star. Talking about the moment, the filmmaker revealed that he loved the idea of Dwayne Johnson going against a female antagonist. He further added that it is not about physical strength or courage, but much beyond outsmarting and out-winning the opponent.

Besides the trio, Baywatch also stars Kelly Rohrbach, IlfeneshHadera, and Rob Huebel among others and is slated to release on June 2.

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SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ has shattered box-office records in film history by crossing the Rs 100 crore mark on day one itself. The multi-lingual film that stars Prabhas and Rana Daggubati in leading roles collected an estimated Rs 122.03 crore nett.(Read More...)
Katrina Kaif has taken on a more comic theme for her next picture on Instagram.(Read More...)

KriArj Entertainment ropes in Diana Penty for two films; one in lead role with John Abraham

Earlier in April we had reported that John Abraham’s production house JA Productions had tied up with KriArj Entertainment and would be making a film based on the successful nuclear test done in Pokhran in 1998. In fact we had also told you that the said project would be helmed by Abhishek Sharma, who has been researching and developing this topic over the past three years.

Well now we hear that KriArj Entertainment has inked a two film deal with none other than Dian Penty. While the first film will see her sharing screen space with John Abraham in the lead role, not much is known about the second venture.

As for the film with John Abraham, the yet untitled venture has been written by SaiwynQuadros and Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, it is expected to go on floors by May 30.

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A lot of members of the Rajamouli's extended family was involved with this project, thus truly making it a family affair.(Read More...)
If you ever wondered who could match steps with the quick-footed Shahid, looks like we have found the perfect match.(Read More...)
Salman just kick-started the countdown to the launch of the film’s teaser with his recent post on Twitter and announced that it will be out in five days.(Read More...)
Recently, she was spotted partying with her besties Seema Khan and Maheep Kapoor.(Read More...)

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