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Londongrad: TV comedy shows London through eyes of its Russian inhabitants 21.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Russian comedy detective series centres around a ‘fixing’ agency set up to troubleshoot problems for rich Russians in London

A Russian official’s daughter is on the loose in London, threatening to ruin her father’s “patriotic” image and impending government promotion. Meanwhile, a young violin prodigy has been sent by pushy parents to play at the Royal Albert Hall, but all he really wants to do is visit Harry Potter sites. And a dubious Russian lawyer needs someone to sneak into a London office block and extract compromising files from the computers before police get hold of dirty business secrets.

It’s all in a day’s work for Misha Kulikov, the main character in the new Russian television show Londongrad, part comedy part detective series, which premieres on Russian television next month.

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Facebook rescinds internship from student who exposed app privacy flaws 13.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Harvard student Aran Khanna lost position after he launched app called Marauder’s Map that could pinpoint location of Facebook Messenger users

A Harvard University student says he lost his internship at Facebook after he launched a browser application from his dorm room that exploited privacy flaws on the company’s mobile messenger.

Aran Khanna’s app – called Marauder’s Map in tribute to the Harry Potter books – showed that users of Facebook Messenger could pinpoint the exact locations of people they were talking to.

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Slender Man stabbing case: pivotal ruling decides fate of Wisconsin girls 10.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Judge to decide whether to move 13-year-olds, whose stabbing of a classmate was motivated by an online character, into juvenile system

A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please an online horror character, Slender Man. The decision will either keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

Related: Slender Man: the shadowy online figure blamed in grisly Wisconsin stabbing

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Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon 31.7.2015 Rediff: News
'The dragon is Narendra Modi. While it may be harsh -- a tad -- to say that it was sleeping, it is fair to say that the government's approach in tackling corruption cases was lackadaisical.'
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France beats Britain to win first European Quidditch Games 27.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

French side’s main keeper breaks his shoulder in tough 90-50 final of Harry Potter-inspired tournament held in Italian hillside

France have been named European Quidditch champions after sweeping aside the British favourites in an intense Harry Potter-inspired final played out in the Italian countryside.

The 90-50 result sees the French win the first European Quidditch Games, hosted this weekend in Sarteano, a hillside town in Tuscany. The champions beat 11 teams, all on broomsticks, in the sport invented by author JK Rowling for her Harry Potter book series.

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Harper Lee's most awaited novel `Go Set A Watchman` hits shelves 14.7.2015 Sify News
(ANI): Harper Lee's much awaited novel 'Go Set A Watchman' has hit the markets in the UK.
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Berkeley student deaths: shock and heartbreak as tragedy touches Ireland 20.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Tributes paid to six Irish students who died, and seven others who were injured, when balcony collapsed in California apartment

The Omniplex cinema in Rathmines, Dublin, is a long way from Berkeley, California. But this week the staff there, like so many people across Ireland, have been touched by a tragedy that unfolded in the early hours of Tuesday in the American university town.

Jack Halpin, a University College Dublin (UCD) student, gaelic football player and former part-time employee of the Omniplex, was one of a group of young people celebrating a 21st birthday party when the balcony of the apartment they were on crumbled under their feet.

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JK Rowling hints new Harry Potter movie to reveal 'American Hogwarts' 9.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Twitter exchange suggests Harry Potter author will also draw on Native American traditions for the ‘magizoology’ script she is working on

JK Rowling has confirmed on Twitter that the existence of a long-mooted American school of witchcraft and wizardry could be revealed in new Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

During an ad-hoc question and answer session with fans on the social network, the British author was asked to name the institution which US students of magic might attend in the Potter universe. While she refused to do so, Rowling did reveal a series of titbits regarding the hitherto-unidentified school.

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Thorny frog and dementor wasp among new species discovered in Mekong 27.5.2015 Guardian: Science

139 new species were identified in South East Asian region in 2014, including four moths named after Thai princesses and a new mammal

A “dementor” wasp named after the Harry Potter creatures, a stick insect more than half a metre long, and a colour-changing thorny frog are among new species discovered in South East Asia’s Greater Mekong region.

The discoveries also include a bent-toed gecko which is the 10,000th reptile to be recorded on Earth, a feathered coral whose nearest relatives are found in Africa and four moths named after Thai princesses.

Related: Flying squirrel and eyeless spider discovered in Greater Mekong

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Ireland plans international film studio in Limerick 26.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A proposed 10-hectare facility could launch film-making gold rush in the British Isles

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Ireland becomes first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote 24.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Ireland: Twitter users celebrate probable gay marriage victory 23.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

As early results show yes campaign has won by wide margin, celebrities and well-wishers express joy online

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Disney transforms animated classics into live-action films 11.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Remakes announced including Pinocchio, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast and an Alice in Wonderland sequel as Hollywood tries to avoid risk

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Modi among 30 most influential people on internet: Time 6.3.2015 Rediff: News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time magazine in a list which also features US President Barack Obama.
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Season of the witch: why young women are flocking to the ancient craft 24.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Rapper Azealia Banks brought witchcraft back into the mainstream by tweeting ‘I’m really a witch’. But women in the US have been harnessing its power for decades as a ‘spiritual but not religious’ way to express feminist ambitions

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Prince Harry, Emma Watson dating rumors receive mix reviews on Twitter 22.2.2015 Sify News
The rumors of Prince Harry and Emma Watson dating each other have received mixed responses on Twitter.
Has Emma Watson been going out with Prince Harry? 21.2.2015 Sify News
Rumours are that actress Emma Watson has been secretly dating British royal Prince Harry.
Girl accused of Slender Man stabbing believes character is real – psychologist 18.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Attorneys argue case should move to juvenile court since Wisconsin girl thought she was defending herself and her family against fictional horror character

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Delivering pizza, making films ... now safety fears grow over use of drones 15.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As companies scramble to discover new uses for small unmanned aircraft, critics fear changes to laws will ignore privacy issues

From monitoring vineyards so they are well watered, to filming sequences for blockbusters such as the Harry Potter films, the use of drones is now widespread. Almost 500 UK companies have permits to operate drones commercially, more than double the number at the start of last year.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) figures show that applications for a commercial licence are being approved at the rate of about 40 a month as firms scramble to develop new uses, anticipating that major changes in the law governing their use – the subject of much lobbying by the industry – will one day see them become ubiquitous.

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