Taylor Swiftly breaks three YouTube and Spotify records

Taylor Swiftly breaks three YouTube and Spotify records

The scene in Taylor Swift’s new video where she raids the bank vault of a music streaming company is coming true. In just four days, the star has broken three major streaming records, beating the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran. Look What You Made Me Do was played more than eight million times on Spotify last Friday, more than any other song has achieved on its first day of release. The video also broke…

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Beyonce offers aid to Houston flood victims

Beyonce offers aid to Houston flood victims

Beyonce has pledged to “help as many” victims of Hurricane Harvey as she can, as her home city of Houston braces itself for more rainfall. “I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” said the star. She added she was working with her charity and her pastor “to implement a plan to help”. Houston has been hit by…

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Baby born with facial deformities dies of starvation

Baby born with facial deformities dies of starvation

A baby girl who was born on Sunday, August 27, with facial deformities in Kenya has died of starvation after her mother refused to breastfeed her. Her nose was on the upper side of her face. According to the family, the mother, Ms Mariam Mwakombo, 22, refused to breastfeed her because she was afraid. The baby cried for hours after birth due to hunger and later died at night. Mariam Mwakombo told DailyNation: “She frightened…

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Houston flood in pictures

Houston flood in pictures

Water is so deep in places in Houston that it almost reaches signage over roads. Much of the city’s road system has been overwhelmed by floodwaters. Many shelters have been set up, including at a convention centre. Officials say 30,000 people are expected to be housed in these emergency shelters. Scores of vehicles are submerged across the city, with some owners having to be freed by emergency workers. The coastguard has been among the rescuers…

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Houston flood: Addicks dam begins overspill

Houston flood: Addicks dam begins overspill

A major dam outside Houston has begun spilling over as Storm Harvey pushes the reservoir past capacity, a Texas official says. Engineers have tried to prevent nearby communities from being inundated by releasing some of the water held by the Addicks dam. But flood control official Jeff Lindner says water levels are now over the height of the reservoir edge. Harvey has brought huge floods to Texas and is starting to affect Louisiana. Unprecedented rainfall…

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The health benefits of cod liver oil

The health benefits of cod liver oil

Rich in omega-3 and vitamins D and A, cod liver oil is a popular nutritional supplement. Discover all the ways in which this fish oil can be good for you. Cod liver oil is renowned as a nutrient-dense source of vitamins and essential fatty acids. It is, as the name suggests, derived from cod liver and is available as a liquid or capsule supplement. Read on to discover what makes cod liver oil so good for you,…

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African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

A South African minister has criticised African leaders who seek medical treatment abroad. Aaron Motsoaledi condemned “health tourism” while speaking in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who frequently receives treatment in Singapore, had left the meeting of health ministers when Dr Motsoaledi made the comments. Mr Mugabe’s spokesman has said that the president’s doctor “is not only Zimbabwean, he is actually black… He is very, very, very black”. George Charamba made those comments to Zimbabwe’s state-run…

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Macron unveils plans after meeting

Macron unveils plans after meeting

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a plan to curb migration across the Mediterranean after meeting African and European leaders. It involves tackling people smugglers, improving stability in Libya and increasing aid to the transit countries. Mr Macron also wants asylum requests handled in Libya, Chad and Niger. Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said people-smugglers had to be offered alternative means of making a living. He said they destabilised his own country by bringing weapons back…

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Harvey rescuers fear Texas death toll will rise dramatically

Harvey rescuers fear Texas death toll will rise dramatically

Concerns are growing for Texans trapped by the flooding, with six relatives feared dead after their van was submerged by water. Officials in Houston have warned the number of deaths from Tropical Storm Harvey could rise dramatically once devastating floodwaters have receded. At least nine people have been killed by the slow-moving storm in Texas, but many others have been reported missing by worried loved ones. Image: Boats replace vehicles on the roads in east…

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EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s ‘unsatisfactory’ Brexit papers

EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s ‘unsatisfactory’ Brexit papers

The third round of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU got under way with tension, disagreement and a sense of stalemate. The President of the European Commission has said none of the Brexit position papers published by the UK are “satisfactory” and that an enormous number of issues remain unsettled. Speaking to a conference of European Union Ambassadors, Jean-Claude Juncker echoed the pessimistic tone struck by his Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Speaking in French,…

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