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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.
Modi among 30 most influential people on internet: Time 6.3.2015 Sify News
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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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Emma Watson at Davos: 'Women need to be equal participants' 23.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Harry Potter star and UN ambassador Emma Watson unveiled a new year-long initiative to end gender inequality as part of HeforShe campaign Actor Emma Watson took her gender equality campaign to Davos on Friday when she told politicians and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that she wanted governments, universities and companies to join her new initiative. Appearing in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, the Harry Potter star outlined her new year-long “ IMPACT 10X10X10 ” plan to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality . I’ve been stunned by the amount of men in my life that have contacted me since my speech to tell me to keep going, and that they want to make sure that their daughters will still be alive to see a world where women have power and equality, economically and politically. I’ve had my breath taken away when a fan told me since watching my speech she has stopped herself being beaten up by her father. We are tapping into what the ...
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Japan in 2014: a year spent looking back and lurching right 31.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Sunday Times 'honours' the newsmakers who spiced up 2014 28.12.2014 TOI: India
The Sunday Times 'honours' the newsmakers who spiced up 2014. We hope the awards are taken in the spirit in which they are ...
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Adult grey seal rescued from farmer’s field is named Dumbledore 26.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Creature, found in field 20 miles from mouth of river Mersey, is being treated by RSPCA staff

He may not have used a broomstick or the Floo Network to get there, but a seal found miles from the sea has been named Dumbledore by animal rescue staff.

The adult grey seal was given the name of the legendary Harry Potter wizard and Hogwarts headmaster by staff at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk, where he is being treated.

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What do Amal Clooney, Obama and Mother Teresa have in common? 16.12.2014 Rediff: News
She snagged up Hollywood's most handsome bachelor and she's got brains too!
Potter books help scientists understand how brain encodes stories 27.11.2014 Sify News
Scientists performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of eight people as they read a chapter of Harry Potter book to understand how brain encode words, grammar, story.
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