WASHINGTON - A massive tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma city and its suburbs in the United States killing at least 24 people, including nine children, besides leaving scores homeless. As winds at over 320 kilometers per hour (kmph) flattened homes and businesses and severely damaged a hospital and two elementary school, the death toll was earlier said to be more than 90 but it was ...
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Two men attacked a man near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in Southeast London Wednesday afternoon, leaving one dead, two injured, Britain's Metropolitan Police said. The two attackers were carrying weapons and were shot by police arriving on the scene, Xinhua reported quoting a police spokesperson who did not give more details. Local media reported quoting government sources that ...
Iran's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr could start working "shortly", Xinhua reported Wednesday, quoting Russia's state atomic energy agency Rosatom. "I have never announced the exact timing because our absolute priority is safety and the final decision will be made by the customer," Rosatom chief Sergei Kirienko told reporters. He added that Rosatom completely understands Iran's concerns ...
Dipika Pallikal reached the pre-quarterfinals at the Allam British Open Squash Championships after edging out Denmark's Line Hansen in the longest match of the tournament so far. However, Indian challenge in the men's competition ended with Saurav Ghosal losing his pre-quarterfinal to fourth seed Gregory Gaultier 8-11, 13-11, 7-11, 0-11 at the KC Stadium here Wednesday. "Lost 1-3 to Gregory. ...
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Paulina Rubio will join the panel of judges for the popular Fox television show "The X Factor" next season, the Mexican singer's representative announced Tuesday.
Rubio will join the judging panel - which includes show creator Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child and Disney star Demi Lovato - during the musical contest show's third season.
"I love 'The X Factor'! I can't wait to find the next big music star here in America," added Rubio. "I'm so thrilled to be part of the show as a judge. Simon, be careful what you wish for, let's see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo (trans: the party begins)!," said Rubio in a communique.
Rubio has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.
The Mexican singer is already one of the judges - along with singers Prince Royce and Roberto Tapia - on Telemundo's "La Voz Kids" program, which was inspired by the success of NBC's "The Voice".
According to production figures for the program, which is broadcast in 191 countries, the artists discovered during the contest have sold - in all - more than 100 million albums around the world.
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