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Apple to issue bonds worth 5 bln dollars

AppleLondon, Feb 03 - Tech giant Apple is expected to raise at least five billion dollars by selling bonds.

Portions of the funds raised will be used for Apple's share buyback programme, reported the BBC.

The company intends to return more than 130 billion dollars to shareholders by the end of this year.

However, the amount being raised is less than half the 12 billion dollars generated in April 2014 when the company was last active in the U. S. bond market.

While some of the bonds will take five years to mature, others will take as long as three decades.

Katy Perry 'takes the cake' with her Super Bowl half-time performance

Katy PerryLondon, Feb 2 : Katy Perry stunned millions with her performance during her Super Bowl Halftime Show, along with her guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.

Perry rode onto the stage on the back of a giant lion in a red hot flame outfit with her hair in a high ponytail, the BBC reported.

The 30-year-old singer performed the likes of 'Roar and Dark Horse,' along with 'I Kissed A Girl' with rocker Kravitz and 'Get Ur Freak On' with hip hop queen Elliott.

It ended with Perry singing 'Firework' as actual pyrotechnics exploded above her. (ANI)

Parents' divorce good for children: Kate Winslet

London - 'Titanic' star Kate Winslet says divorce can be good for children because it helps teach them how to struggle.

Winslet, 39, who has three children, said that she tried to turn negative experiences into positive ones and would not want to change anything in her personal life, such as her two divorces, reported Harper's Bazaar UK magazine.

"I think it is very important to teach your children to struggle on some level. I would honestly say that I wouldn't change a thing. Even all the bad bits," Winslet said.

McIlroy cards two-under 70 on final day to clinch three-shot win at Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroyLondon, Feb 02 - Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy carded a two-under 70 to finish on 22-under as he grabbed a three-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic on the final day in the Emirates.

McIlroy, who was four ahead overnight, did not face any serious challenge and was not required to repeat his first three days' brilliance as a two-under 70 left him on 22 under, with his nearest overnight challenger Morten Orum Madsen triple-bogeying the first as Sweden's Alex Noren (65) took second.

'Birth control pill' chemist Carl Djerassi passes away at 91

London, Feb 1 - Carl Djerassi, an Austrian-born US chemist who developed the birth control pill, has passed away at the age of 91.

Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said that Djerassi died of complications of cancer in his San Francisco home, the Guardian reported.

He was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

"The pill," as it came to be known, radically transformed sexual practices and women's lives.

The famous chemist is now survived by a son, Dale Djerassi, a stepdaughter, Leah Middlebrook and a grandson, Alexander Djerassi. (ANI)

Katy Perry reveals cryptic 'Mean Girls' tweet was about Taylor Swift

Katy PerryWashington, Jan 31 : Katy Perry has confirmed that her cryptic 'Mean Girls' tweet that she posted in September 2015 was aimed at Taylor Swift.

When asked in an interview if her "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing" tweet was about the 'Shake It Off,' the 30-year-old singer said if somebody is trying to defame her character, people are going to hear about it, the CBS News reported.

After Taylor Swift revealed that her song, 'Bad Blood' off 1989 was about a female "straight up enemy" who tried to steal one of her dancers and totally sabotage her tour, the world assumed that shade was aimed at Perry.

Harper thinks 'uncool daddy' Becks is 'chubby'

David BeckhamLondon, Jan 30 : While the most of the kids in the world would love to have David Beckham as their cool dad, the footie ace's own kids don't think the same way.

During his appearance on the 'Jimmy Kimmel show,' the 39-year-old former England captain revealed that he was a constant source of embarrassment to his four kids, and his daughter Harper even called him "chubby," the Daily Star reported.

Beckham said that he had just gotten her out of bath, when the 3-year-old turned to him and said "Daddy I love you so much, but I don't like you. You're so chubby."

Best-ever video of UFO captured in skies above Argentina

London, Jan. 29 - The best-ever video of a UFO has been recently captured in skies above Argentina, it has been reported.

According to UFO Sightings Daily, local residents in Frias spotted the fireball and at first thought it was simply a meteor , the Daily Star reported.

However, experts stated that most space rocks burn up quickly when they hit the earth's atmosphere whilst this footage shows the UFO burning for over three minutes.

The object also appears to change direction half way through the video. The UFO was not only spotted in Argentina that day, but also in Brazil. (ANI)

Facebook 'gets a lot done in 2014' as it nets 'strong profits,' millions of users

London, Jan 29 - Facebook has recorded profits of 701 million dollars in the fourth quarter, marking a 34 percent increase on the same period last year.

The company's advertising revenue rose by 53 percent to 3.59 billion dollars, with 70 percent of the total coming from mobile ad sales, reported the BBC.

A statement released by the social media network quoted CEO Mark Zuckerberg as saying, "We got a lot done in 2014."

Total profits for the year stood at 2.9 billion dollars, almost double the total for 2013.

Now, fat-busting jab that can help you get rid of 'double-chin'

fat busting jabLondon, Jan 28 : Researchers have recently developed a new fat-busting injection that can help people get rid of their "double-chin."

The revolutionary treatment, currently in the testing phase, promises to get rid of unsightly fat around the jaw line without have to resort to surgery or dieting, the Daily Express reported.

The procedure involves injecting a specially-formulated chemical, known as ATX-101, into the skin to kill off fat cells, known as "submental fat", or double chins.

The drug was a version of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in the body to help destroy fat.

Broad apologises for England 'minimum wage' tweet

stuart broadLondon, Jan 28 - England Twenty20 cricket team captain Stuart Broad has apologised for his British 'minimum wage' post on Twitter.

The right-arm fast-medium bowler had tweeted that he has heard if one earns minimum wage in England they are in the top 10 percent earners in the world, adding '#stay #humble' to his tweet.

Broad, who is in Australia on England duty, deleted the message after angry replies from some Twitter users and then posted his apologies on the social networking site, the BBC reported.

Broad posted that he meant no offence and added that he is sorry if any offence was taken. He also posted that the hashtag was aimed at him.

Narayana Murthy donates 200,000 pounds for UK Gandhi statue

Narayana MurthyLondon: Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and his family have donated 200,000 pounds towards the statue of Mahatma Gandhi planned for Parliament Square here, helping in meeting the budget target of 750,000 pounds for the project.

"Mahatma Gandhi was someone who demonstrated the tremendous power of leadership by example. His courage and commitment are an inspiration and I am delighted that his statue will stand in such a respected setting," said Murthy.

The donation by Murthy along with wife Sudha and children Akshata and Rohan Murthy has helped the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust meet its 750,000 pounds budget target for the project.

Keira Knightley admits got her name because of mom's spelling error

Keira KnightleyLondon, Jan 27 : Keira Knightley has admitted that her mother's spelling problem is the reason behind her unique name.

The 'Imitation Game' actress told in an interview that her fatheer kept the star's name Kiera, but unfortunately her mother went to register her birth, and there she accidentally spelled 'ei' instead of 'ie', People Magazine reported.

The 29-year-old actress added that the unintentional incident changed her name, and forced her to live with a spelling error as it was on the papers then after. (ANI)

IBM to lay off more than 100,000 workers globally

IBM workersLondon, Jan 27 : IBM is planning to slash more than 100,000 workers from across the globe as a cost-cutting measure.

According to Mirror, the US company, which employs around 20,000 people in the UK, confirmed it was preparing for "workforce rebalancing" that would lead to the loss of "several thousand" roles.

However, the company said that reports claiming that the company was preparing to cut 111,000 workers - more than a quarter of its 430,000 workers - were "ridiculous" and "baseless".

The computer giant refused to divulge any more details on the same.(ANI)

'Dominant' Sharapova brushes aside Bouchard in straight-sets to reach Oz Open semis

Maria SharapovaLondon, Jan 27 : Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova put on a dominant display as she brushed aside Canadian seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to advance to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne.

The 2008 champion, seeded second, won 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes, taking her record against Bouchard to 4-0, as the Canadian made 30 errors in the game.

The Russian said that she thought she had a really good start, adding that she kept her focus throughout the whole match, and didn't feel that she had too many letdowns, which was important.

Ronaldo faces potential 12-match ban for punching opponent in Real's La Liga clash

Cristiano RonaldoLondon, Jan 27 - Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo could reportedly be banned for almost twelve matches after being sent off for punching an opponent during Real Madrid's La Liga clash against Cordoba.

The World Player of the Year kicked and hit out at Cordoba defender Edimar and was shown a straight red card during Saturday's La Liga clash.

A Spanish newspaper has reported that Ronaldo could be booted out of the league for as many as twelve games if found guilty of excessive aggression when a disciplinary panel meets on Wednesday.

Nicole Scherzinger manages to go anonymous in first London tube trip

Nicole ScherzingerLondon, Jan 26 : Nicole Scherzinger recently boarded the London Underground's tube for the first time and went unrecognized as she chose to dress in plenty of clothes and a large hat.

The former 'X-Factor' judge posted a snap of her next to an underground train, along with the caption, "#underground #firsttime #london", the Mirror reported.

Scherzinger, who is currently dating F1 ace Lewis Hamilton, was wearing a pair of over-sized black shades, a black belted coat and fedora with gloves, jeans and knee-high boots.

Chewing gum can remove millions of oral bacteria

London - Just 10 minutes of chewing gum can remove 100 million bacteria from your mouth, according to a new study which suggests chewing gum may be as good as flossing.

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands found that chewing gum can trap and remove bacteria from the oral cavity.

In the study, five biomedical engineering students were recruited to chew two different standard types of spearmint gum for various lengths of time ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes.

Afterward, the gum was spit into a cup filled with sterile water to be analysed, 'Medical Daily' reported.

Murray feels physically stronger than last year post advancing to Oz Open quarters

Andy MurrayLondon, Jan 26 - Britain number one Andy Murray admitted that he felt much stronger physically than last year in the fourth-round tie against Bulgarian opponent Grigor Dimitrov.

Sixth seeded Murray, who trounced Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 in a pulsating thriller, cruised into the quarterfinal round of Australian Open .

Murray, who is eyeing his third major, said that he felt physically better than the last year for a match that went three and a half hours, the BBC reported.

Benedict Cumberbatch's parents wanted him to become 'barrister not actor'

Benedict CumberbatchLondon, Jan 23 : Benedict Cumberbatch has recently revealed that his parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton , wanted him to become a barrister rather than an actor.

The 'Sherlock' star was urged not to follow in the path of his mum and dad, both of which were actors, the Mirror reported.

The English actor explained that this was because acting is a very odd, peripatetic, crazed, out of your control work and social schedule.

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