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France’s First Family of Far-Right Explodes: dad goes ballistic while disowning daughter

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the co-founder of Front National – FN – the far-right party of France, which scored some electoral successes in recent months, is, according to his own admission, firing on his all cylinders against her own daughter in a rage for being instrumental in suspending him from the party.

France’s First Family of Far-Right Explodes: dad goes ballistic while disowning daughter
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Microsoft Edge: replacement to Internet Explorer

Microsoft revealed the successor to Internet Explorer this week, which up until 2004 had been almost synonymous with web browser, thanks to the overwhelming reliance on its Windows operating system by computer users around the world. It is going to be called Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge: replacement to Internet Explorer
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Better Late than Never: Ed Miliband Rectifies the Error in His New Year Message

According to my sources at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, UK, Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party seems have rectified the mistake that he made in his New Year message, while wishing only the Tamil community in the UK – and, of course, by erroneously identifying them as the sole representatives of Sri Lanka.

Better Late than Never: Ed Miliband Rectifies the Error in His New Year Message
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Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Iranians jubilant; Saudis muted; Israel dismayed

The historic agreement, reached by the West and Iran over the disputed nuclear programme of the latter on Thursday, has all the political ingredients for a dramatic global political shift, if the stakeholders can see it through.
In this context, there are obvious winners – and, inevitably, of course, losers.

Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Iranians jubilant; Saudis muted; Israel dismayed
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Knee-Jerk Rules in Aviation: two-man Cockpit Rule

In the aftermaths of the destruction of the Airbus 320 of Germanwings, some of the circumstances that led to the catastrophic suicide act by Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old pilot, have been completely eclipsed by the disproportionate focus on a single, relatively-new structural addition to the interior of an aeroplane - reinforced cockpit door.

Knee-Jerk Rules in Aviation: two-man Cockpit Rule
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Silvio Berlusconi: Italy’s comeback kid to revive political landscape

Ever since his acquittal two weeks ago by Italy’s top court of charges on paying for sex with a minor and then playing a key role in covering it up using its prime ministerial power, Silvio Berlusconi, 78, the former Italian prime minister, appears to have overcome the last hurdle in order to play a central role again in Italian politics.

Silvio Berlusconi: Italy’s comeback kid to revive political landscape
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Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena

Europeans are gearing themselves up for a rare set of celestial phenomena with a major solar eclipse at the centre of the spectacle today. By complete coincidence, the Moon is going to be a big moon, known as Supermoon, owing to its position being the closest to the Earth while in orbit – and hence, the size; in addition, tomorrow is spring equinox – the duration of day time being the same as that of night time.

Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena
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Apple Watch: latest gadget to be unveiled on Monday

Apple, the enviable front-runner of the tech industry, is going to introduce its latest product, Apple Watch, tomorrow in San Francisco. The much-awaited gadget, the first smartwatch from the makers of an iconic product line, ranging from iPhone to iPad, is going to be the hot topic among tech-savvy audiences in the next few days, if not weeks.

Apple Watch: latest gadget to be unveiled on Monday
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Optical Illusions: Disputed Colour of a Dress

What started as an innocent exchange of a dress between a mother and her daughter on Thursday, then, grew into an internet sensation within 24 hours by Friday, because millions of viewers could not agree on the real colour of the dress in question – a two-toned frock.

Optical Illusions: Disputed Colour of a Dress
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Mars One Project: One Way Trip to Mars

Mars one, the brainchild of a Dutch entrepreneur which lays the necessary groundwork for settling a colony of thrill-seeking earthlings on Planet Mars in nine years’ time – precisely in 2024 – is gathering momentum at present, in proportion to the excitement shown by the would-be participants across the globe.

Mars One Project: One Way Trip to Mars
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