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Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish positions in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. Turkey is seeking to oust Kurdish fighters from Afrin, held by them since 2012. Some of these forces helped the US to fight the Islamic State group. There are also reports of pro-Turkish Syrian rebels advancing on the city. Turkey says it is launching a full military operation against these Kurds – which it considers a terrorist group. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also threatened to strike…

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Tall order for models hoping to make it to David Jones launch

What does it take to be a model? A good walk? A steely gaze? Something a little different to the norm? All of the above, and when it comes to trying out for the David Jones Autumn/Winter launch, looking good in a suit doesn’t go astray either. A nervous wait before the David Jones model castings. Photo: AAP More than 150 hopefuls lined Bourke Street Mall on Tuesday morning for an outdoor open casting for the department store’s new-season launch, to be held in Sydney next month. And it wasn’t just…

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Pokemon Go game set to launch in China

Pokemon Go maker Niantic has announced plans to launch its monster-catching game in China. The firm told the Financial Times it would bring the augmented reality game to China after striking a partnership deal with a local company NetEase. Chinese regulations covering online content demand that foreign firms find a partner to launch digital ventures in the country. Niantic gave no specific date for when Pokemon Go would be turned on in China. Competition time John Hanke, chief executive of the US firm, told the FT that it “absolutely” intended…

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Time's Up: Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The initiative, which is called Time’s Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times. The Hollywood project is described as a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”. It comes in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Legal funding In a “solidarity letter” published on its website, Time’s Up says…

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Celebrity Big Brother: All female series to launch on Channel 5

Celebrity Big Brother launches later – but this year’s show is a bit different to normal. All the contestants will be women. To start with anyway. Channel 5 says it wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. “We approach each series thinking of ways to make it as entertaining and engaging as possible,” Tamsin Dodgson, Celebrity Big Brother’s executive editor, told BBC News. “As the nation prepares to mark [the centenary], we’re launching the show with female-only contestants which is a gentle nod…

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News: Emirates to launch London Stansted route in June 2018

Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from London Stansted to Dubai (DXB) on June 8th next year. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of the popular north-east London airport. The daily route will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering customers six seats in first class, 42 in business and 306 in economy. Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09:30,…

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News: Minor Hotels to launch Anantara Sharjah Resort in 2020

Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Basma Group and Arada for a new Anantara resort in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Scheduled to open in mid-2020, the 233-key Anantara Sharjah Resort will be located on a prime beachfront location in Sharjah, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport. The new-build resort will offer a selection of accommodation options including deluxe rooms and luxury suites. Facilities will include multiple dining options with a specialty restaurant located on a pier, a male…

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