Ed Sheeran announces engagement

Ed Sheeran has become engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, the British singer-songwriter announced Saturday. “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well,” he told his 18 million followers on Instagram. Sheeran, 26, is one of the best-selling artists in the world…

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Winnie loses battle for Mandela’s rural home

A South African court on Friday struck down a long-running effort by late president Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to claim ownership of his former rural home. The Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed her appeal against a lower court’s ruling that she was not the rightful owner of the property in his childhood village. Mandela, the…

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Putin takes traditional Epiphany dip in icy lake

Millions of Russians have been celebrating Epiphany in the Orthodox Christian calendar. In Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Russian Patriarch Kirill led a service to honour the birth and baptism of Jesus. During the ceremony he blessed water which was distributed among the faithful, a tradition considered holy and pure. Many others, however, choose…

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Pope marries couple on papal plane

Pope Francis married a couple of airline employees aboard the papal plane as it flew over Chile on the third day of his South American trip. Francis formally joined in matrimony 41-year-old Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest, 39, who have two children and are both flight attendants. The Chilean couple married in a civil ceremony in…

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Drogba Opens First School in Ivory Coast

Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba has given back to his country by opening a school that will help no fewer than 350 children in the rural cocoa growing community of Pokou-Kouamekro to gain quality education. The school is the brainchild of the Didier Drogba Foundation. Speaking at the launch, Drogba said the foundation began working on the…

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Sanjay Gupta, CNN doctor, claims Trump has heart disease

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta disputed President Trump’s clean bill of health this week, claiming that the numbers actually suggest the president has heart disease. “The president has heart disease,” the neurosurgeon, who has never examined Mr. Trump, declared on “New Day” Wednesday, adding that the president needs a medical plan to prevent a…

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Ronaldinho retires from football – brother

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil said Tuesday. The 37-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star, a key member of the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002, last played in 2015 during a…

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UK appoints ‘minister for loneliness’

Britain appointed a “minister for loneliness” on Wednesday to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May described as “the sad reality of modern life” affecting millions of people. Tracey Crouch, a junior minister for sport and civil society, will take on the role as part of a broader strategy to combat loneliness in Britain. “For far too…

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