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British actor Colin Firth granted Italian citizenship after Brexit vote

Rome: British actor Colin Firth, who has often played the role of a quintessential Englishman in his many films, has become an Italian citizen, Italy’s Interior Ministry said. British media reported last year that Firth had applied to become Italian following the British referendum to quit the European Union. Colin Firth’s wife is Italian. Photo: Supplied “The very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film The King’s Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declared his love for our land,” the Interior Ministry statement…

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OJ Simpson granted parole for Las Vegas robbery

O.J. Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in prison for a Las Vegas robbery, a group of four Nevada commissioners decided today. The imprisoned former NFL player could be released as early as Oct. 1. Simpson, 70, delivered a rambling account of the case to the parole board earlier today, maintaining that he didn’t intend to steal but “wish this would have never happened.” Simpson was at times jovial and combative with the members of the parole board, expressing his remorse and saying he’s humbled by his incarceration….

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News: Norwegian UK granted tentative US air carrier permit

Norwegian has confirmed its British subsidiary, Norwegian UK, has been given tentative approval by the United States department of transportation for a foreign air carrier permit. The approval reaffirms that the NUK application is in full compliance with the EU–US Open Skies Agreement. When finalised by the department of transportation, the permit will allow Norwegian’s UK subsidiary to operate low-cost flights between the US and Europe. Norwegian flies from five UK airports (Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast) carrying over five million UK passengers each year to more than 50…

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Afghan girl roboticists granted US visas

A group of Afghan school girls taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been granted visas to attend it, after their initial applications were denied, US media said. US President Donald Trump had urged authorities to rethink their decision, AP news agency said. A US travel ban is in place for six Muslim-majority countries, which does not include Afghanistan. Students from The Gambia earlier also had their visa rejection overturned. According to AP, Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan said the visas for the Afghan girls had…

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Rob Kardashian 'regrets' revenge porn, 'devastated' Blac Chyna is granted restraining order

The drama between reality television personalities Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna has made its way to the court system. A week after the reality television family member’s stunning social media meltdown – Kardashian posted nude photos of his ex-fiancee, accused her of drug use and published a video of her kissing another man – Blac Chyna was granted a temporary restraining order against him in a California court. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Parkour twins smash competition Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:26 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide…

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DUP warn Conservatives: Don't take us for granted

Media playback is unsupported on your device Democratic Unionist Party sources have urged the Conservatives to give a “greater focus” to their negotiations. A senior DUP source said the party could not be “taken for granted” – adding that if the PM could not reach a deal, “what does that mean for bigger negotiations she is involved in?” No deal has been reached after 10 days of talks between the parties. But sources told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg they believed a deal would still be done. BBC Editors: What to…

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Three-person baby licence granted

Doctors in Newcastle have been given the first UK licence to create babies from two women and one man, the fertility regulator says. The advanced form of IVF will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases. The team at the Newcastle Fertility Centre said it was “good news” and a “momentous day” for patients. And realistically expect the first child to be born in 2018 at the earliest. The procedure aims to overcome mitochondrial diseases which leave people with insufficient energy to keep their heart beating. Some families…

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