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John Travolta plans 'Oscar slip-up spoof' at 2015 ceremony

John TravoltaLondon, Dec 31 : John Travolta may spoof his famous Idina Menzel Oscar slip-up at 2015's ceremony, it has been reported.

The clip, where 60-year-old talks passionately about the 'Let It Go' songstress's talent, before saying: "Please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only; Adele Dazeembecame," became an instant internet sensation, so Oscar bosses are keen to get Travolta back the moment, the Daily Express reported.

Now the 'Saturday Night Fever' star has decided to embrace his embarrassing, but frankly hilarious, mistake once more by agreeing to make a spoof of the clanger at this year' ceremony with host Neil Patrick Harris.

Twitter flooded with praises from world cricketers over Dhoni's Test cricket retirement

Mahendra Singh DhoniLondon, Dec 31 - Twitter was bombarded with tweets from cricketers as they praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his retirement from Test cricket following the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

After the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the news of Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket on its Twitter account, fans immediately reacted on Twitter with shock. However, Indian cricketers lauded their skipper for the bold decision.

Obama says Russia's economic crisis proves Putin 'not so smart' to annex Crimea

Barack ObamaLondon, Dec 30 : US President Barack Obama has said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's "not so smart" move to annex Crimea is a "strategic mistake".

According to the BBC, Obama said that those thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis.

Obama said that international sanctions against Russia had made the country's economy susceptible to changes in oil price.

Earlier, in a meeting with business leaders at the White House, Obama said that Putin "does not have good cards" and that he has not played them as good as the western media sometimes gives him credit for.

Secret document reveals Margaret Thatcher considered rearming UK with chemical weapons

Margaret ThatcherLondon, Dec 30 : Top confidential documents have revealed that former Prime Minister of Britain Margaret Thatcher considered reequipping the country with chemical weapons at a cost of 200 million pounds after she heard reports saying that the Soviet Union was developing a poison that could overpower Nato forces.

According to the Independent, the Thatcher government considered acquiring a substantial arsenal of the weapons of mass destruction following its abandoning of chemical agents and its stocks amid renewed tension with Moscow in 1984.

More powerful large Hadron Collider set to probe even deeper than 'God particle'

large Hadron ColliderLondon, Dec 30 : New version of large Hadron Collider is all set to probe even deeper than "God particle" and solve mysteries around dark matter and dark energy as it switches back on at double power.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider would be switched back on in March, hoping that a 97 million pounds upgrade could push it to even greater discoveries, after it found the " God particle " in 2012, the Independent reported.

The second three year run of the huge atom smasher would begin in March 2015. The Large Hadron Collider has been switched off since its last run finished in 2012.

Angelina Jolie's unseen `topless` pics from 1995 surface online

Angelina JolieLondon, Dec 30 : Angelina Jolie's unseen " topless" pics from 1995 photoshoot have recently appeared online.

The 39-year-old can be seen posing seductively, in various legs akimbo and sucking on handcuff shots, while reportedly promoting 1995 movie ' Hackers ,' the Daily Star reported.

The brunette beauty was reportedly 19 in the sultry pictures, taken by photographer Marcel Indik, which went two decades without surfacing. (ANI)

Iran supreme leader takes to Twitter to criticise US over prevailing race issues

Ayatollah Ali KhameneiLondon, Dec 29 : Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to social networking site Twitter to criticise US on race issues using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

According to The Guardian, in a stream of comments on his English-language Twitter feed, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday returned to a theme he has repeatedly struck since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in Missouri on 9 August.

In his tweets, he compared the Ferguson shooting with the Palestinian struggle in Gaza.

`Spoilt brat` Kohli says has no reason to respect `annoying` Johnson

Virat KohliLondon, Dec 29 - Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has slammed Australia's sledging, claiming that he had no reason to respect their pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson and insisting that the hosts' players called him a spoilt brat.

Kohli, who scored 169 on the third day of the third Test during which he and Johnson exchanged plenty of verbals, claimed that the Australians were calling him a spoilt brat, adding that he said, that maybe that's the way he is; they hate him, and he likes that.

Kohli said that it apparently worked in his favour, as the batsman has hit three centuries in the series but India are 2-0 down in the four-match series, the BBC reported.

AirAsia boss 'devastated' by missing flight QZ8501

Tony FernandesLondon, Dec 29 - AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes has said that he is "devastated" that a plane from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing.

Fernandes said that their foremost concern were the families of the passengers and crew members, reported BBC.

He also said that AirAsia hopes to find the plane quickly and that the cause of what happened is immediately identified.

Air Asia flight QZ8501 disappeared over the Java Sea after bad weather was reported in the area but no distress calls were made and no wreckage has yet been sighted.

Chris Rock, wife to divorce after 19 years of marriage

London, Dec 29 - American comedian Chris Rock is to divorce his wife Malaak Compton-Rock after 19 years of marriage, it has been revealed.

The 'Grown Ups' star's attorney announced the split in a statement that read Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Compton and this was a personal matter and the actor and he requested privacy as the 49-year-old actor and Compton working through this process and focus on their family, the Independent reported.

Compton also released a statement confirming the split that after much contemplation and 19 years of marriage , Rock and she had decided to go their separate ways.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing with 162 on board

AirAsiaLondon, Dec 28 - AirAsia flight QZ8501 travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24hrs, said the company.

According to BBC, the airlines' authorities said that the rescue operations and search for the flight were under way.

An official with the transport ministry said that the plane lost contact over the Java Sea between Surabaya and Singapore.

He also said that the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

Kate Middleton named most 'stylish' woman of 2014

kate middletonLondon, Dec. 27 : Kate Middleton has been recently named the most stylish woman of 2014, it has been reported.

The Duchess of Cambridge topped a poll of 2,000 Brits beating Victoria Beckham, the Daily Star reported.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini made it to the third spot, while Emma Watson who recently won the style category at the British Fashion Awards, came fourth.

However, Kate Price was named 2014's least stylish woman. (ANI)

Alan Irvine not sure of remaining West Brom's manager post 3-1 loss to Man City

London, Dec 27 - West Bromwich Albion football team manager Alan Irvine is not sure if he would remain as the club's boss following their 3-1 humbling by defending champions Manchester City.

West Brom's 3-1 loss to City left Irvine's men two points above the relegation zone after a run of two wins in 12 games. Irvine is favourite to become the first Premier League manager to be sacked.

Irvine said that the chairman would make a decision as far as that is concerned, adding that he cannot control it. He claimed that he is not necessarily confident about it because he doesn't know what the thinking is, the BBC reported.

Louis van Gaal says `pointless` to step into technical area during matches

Louis van GaalLondon, Dec 26 : Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that it is a pointless exercise to venture into the technical area during matches as noise from the crowd overpowers one's voice on the ground.

Van Gaal said that he doesn't see that he could have any influence when he was standing there shouting from the sidelines, adding that he prefers staying on the bench as players couldn't understand or hear one because of the noise from the crowd, the Daily Express reported.

According to Van Gaal, players have been trained and educated to read the game by themselves.

Scientist says Arctic and Antarctic ice isn't melting

Antarctic iceLondon, Dec 27 : A global warming expert has made shocking revelations that the north and south poles are "not melting".

The scientist revealed that the poles are "much more stable" than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought, the Daily Express reported.

Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, conducted a study in which he sent an underwater robot into the depths of the Antarctic sea to measure the ice.

'Acidic' oceans wiping out mussel population

Acidic' oceans wiping out mussel populationLondon, Dec 27 : Scientists have revealed that climate change is threatening the world's mussels and the increased acidity of the oceans is making the seafood brittle.

According to a study from Glasgow University, the world's oceans are becoming more acidic because they absorb some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change, the Daily Express reported.

Rising acidity reduces the number of bicarbonate ions in the sea, which are vital for the creation of mussels' two-layer shells, which could make them more vulnerable to attack from predators.

Nicole Scherzinger can chug more booze than guys

Nicole ScherzingerLondon, Dec 26 : Nicole Scherzinger has recently claimed that she has a better capacity than guys, when it comes to drinking.

The 'Poison' singer said that due to her Russian and Ukrainian blood she has a high capacity of drinking alcohol, and can handle her drink, the Daily Star reported.

The 36-year-old singer added that adults from the eastern European countries had the highest alcohol intake in the world, and from this she has an inherited capacity.

Scherzinger further mentioned that she had done some of her best shows with the worst hangovers. (ANI)

Now, infertile couples may have kids from IVF

infertile couplesLondon, Dec 26 : A new research has demonstrated that infertile couples who cannot produce their own sex cells may finally be able to have children through IVF after scientists achieved a key breakthrough in making sperm and eggs from skin cells.

Researchers have converted human skin cells in a laboratory into the "primordial germ cells" normally found within the testes and ovaries, which develop into mature sperm and eggs, the Independent reported.

Mel B's daughter says step-dad Stephen Belafonte didn't hit mum

Melanie BrownLondon, Dec 26 : Melanie Brown's daughter has defended her step-dad Stephen Belafonte over recent assault claims, saying that he never hit her mother.

Phoenix Chi Brown insisted Belafonte never laid a finger on the former Spice Girl, the Daily Star reported.

She lashed out on Instagram after followers blasted Belafonte for uploading a Christmas selfie of the two of them in Los Angeles, which showed both of them in the car "getting last minute Christmas shopping done".

Belafonte was battered with online accusations when Brown appeared on 'The X Factor' with bruises and scratches on her arms. (ANI)

Xbox, PlayStation online services crash after alleged hack

London, Dec 26 - Xbox and PlayStation online services have crashed due to technical glitches after allegedly being attacked by a hacking group.

The companies that make the game consoles, Microsoft and Sony, said that they are aware of the issues that are affecting their online services, reported BBC.

A hacking group called Lizard Squad has claimed that they caused the problems.

However, neither Sony nor Microsoft commented on the hack ing group's claim but said that they were working towards fixing the problem.

There was a message on Xbox's website and PlayStation's official Twitter account that they are working to get the glitches "figure out the right away". (ANI)




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