Amy Schumer had Beyonc’s approval to parody ‘Formation’


(CNN)Amy Schumer is taking Twitter heat for her parody of “Formation,” but sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN the comedian had Beyonc’s blessing to use the song. Schumer’s video features the star with Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes and Joan Cusack lip-syncing and dancing to “Formation,” shot while they were on location filming a…

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Iraq’s parliament passes law banning alcohol


Surprise move has angered many in the countrys Christian community who rely on the business Iraqs parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that angered many in the countrys Christian community who rely on the business. The law, passed late on Saturday night, imposes…

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Kevin Meaney, standup and ‘comic’s comic’, dies at age of 60


Star of 1990s CBS series Uncle Buck dies at home in New York, prompting Judd Apatow to say: Kevin was as funny as they get and the nicest man Kevin Meaney, a comics comic who worked the standup circuit, was a staple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series Uncle Buck,…

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Moscow to retaliate against BBC after NatWest closed Russia Today account


Russian spokeswoman says closure of English-language broadcasters bank accounts reeked of BBC Russia has hinted it will take reprisals against the BBC after National Westminster Bank withdrew its services from Russias English-language broadcaster, to close RTs bank accounts reeked of the BBC implying the British state broadcaster may have been pressing for the closure of…

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At least 1,500 people ‘arrested in Ethiopia in state of emergency’


State-run media says since declaring the six-month state of emergency, authorities have made vast numbers of arrests to quell protests Ethiopian authorities have arrested more than 1,500 people since declaring a state of emergency less than two weeks ago, according to a statement published by state-controlled news agency Fana. The command post, a body set…

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Boat made of reeds to embark to prove ancient Pacific crossing was possible


Crew on vessel built by indigenous Bolivians will travel in ancient mariners style, using bamboo water containers and eating fish, but updating on social media An expedition in a boat made only of reeds crafted by indigenous Bolivians is getting ready to cross the Pacific from South America to Australia, in a fresh attempt to…

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Half of US adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases, study says


More than 117 million adults included in virtual, perpetual lineup, which authorities can use to track citizens, raising concerns over privacy and profiling Half of all American adults are included in databases police use to identify citizens with facial recognition technology, according to new research that raises serious concerns about privacy violations and the widespread…

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Ecuador cut off Julian Assange’s internet access, WikiLeaks says


Group says access was shut down soon after the publication of Hillary Clintons speeches and it has activated appropriate contingency plans Julian Assanges internet was cut off by Ecuador, WikiLeaks has said, deflecting blame from the US and British governments, which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material. Ecuador has reiterated its determination to…

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NFL teams recreate games with toys following league ban on highlights


NFL teams have shot back at the leagues ban on franchises posting game highlights to social media by recreating Sundays games using toys NFL teams have shot back at the leagues ban on franchises posting highlights to social media by recreating Sundays games using toys. #FlyEaglesFly October 16, 2016 has denied the move is…

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Millions march in a sea of saffron – the silent rage of Indias ignored farmer caste


The rape and murder of a 15-year-old Maratha girl, allegedly by untouchables, has turned old grievances into a social media sensation The crowds gather at 10am a sea of saffron flags held by millions of marchers dressed in white cotton, the colour of mourning. Amid the chaos of the traffic, there is that rare thing:…

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