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EXCLUSIVE: Nun says she's left with nothing after bitter legal fight with Katy Perry over the singer's £10m bid to buy an historic LA convent where her sisterhood had lived over four decades

Sister Rita Callanan has been at the centre of a legal dispute involving pop star Katy PerryStruggling with ill-health, including breast cancer, Sister Rita Callanan looks into her pantry for scraps of food and sees, yet again, only cereal.Her bank balance is zero, her healthcare cheque has bounced on more than one occasion and she's not sure who's going to foot the bill for her next round of cancer treatment.Now 80 years old, she scratches her head in bemusement as to how this has all happened. A few years ago, she had hundreds of thousands in the bank and ...

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    The Dorchester DUBAI! Stunning renderings reveal how London's A-lister favourite is set for a very modern sister property in the Middle East

    The Dorchester London is one of the world's most iconic hotels - it attracts a roster of A-list clients and even the Queen has visited.And now the five-star luxury landmark is set to get a sister property in Dubai - but with very different styling.The London property has warm 1930s aesthetics, but stunning renderings reveal how the Dubai version is strikingly futuristic, a towering glass and steel structure that will feature a rooftop infinity pool and offer spectacular views over the Middle Eastern metropolis. Computer renderings have been released of the London Dorchester's stunning Dubai sister property Hotel suites will boast ...

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    Home from home: Pretend you’re a local and stay in one of Rome’s best holiday apartments

    If you’re travelling to Rome with family and don’t want to shell out a fortune for three meals a day or you simply want more privacy and home comforts than a hotel can offer, self-catering may be your best bet. From luxurious boltholes perfect for a romantic weekend getaway to spacious apartments packed with family-friendly conveniences, take your pick of our top holiday apartments in the centre of the Eternal City. Palazzo Manfredi Apartments offer opulent accommodations that feel like home, right in the centre of RomeBramante Luxury ApartmentRating: Located across the river from the Castel Sant’Angelo and just a ...

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    Relaxed Rome: Do as the Romans did and take a pampering treatment in one of the best hotels with spas

    After a few days of exploring Rome's famous attractions, revive tired bones with a day of relaxation in a five-star spa. From anti-ageing gold facials to caviar wraps, you're guaranteed to return home rejuvenated by these top Rome hotel spas. Parco dei Principi is an oasis of exclusivity and refinement, near the Villa BorgheseHotel De RussieRating: A few minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, this small, stylish hotel has an exquisite spa for its guests. Despite its diminutive size, it manages to fit in a saltwater pool with a hydrofoil feature, a Finnish sauna and steam room, ...

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    'Excellent sleeper, best to avoid during waking hours': Zoos post hilarious Amazon-style reviews of their animals, from vultures to lions

    'Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me.'This comical Amazon-style review of an otter tweeted by the Oregon Zoo using the hashtag #rateaspecies quickly kicked off a trend, with dozens of other animals getting humorously assessed on Twitter.Next up, the zoo left a review for a wide-eyed owl, with the tongue-in-cheek appraisal reading: 'YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED. This stylish little unit is amazing. Sound quality A+. No distortion at full volume but bass is a little weak. Top rotates which is a plus.'   This comical Amazon-style review ...



Why spring smelt sweeter in the past: Scientists say pollution from diesel fumes is damaging the scent of plants

As the garden returns to bloom, you may have found yourself lamenting how the scents of spring are not as vivid as they once were.But while claiming things were better in your day is usually dismissed as nostalgia, it seems flowers really did smell sweeter in the past.A British scientist says pollution, especially from diesel fumes, is damaging the scent of plants in towns and cities and making them harder to detect from a distance. Five of the most common floral aromas in our gardens – lavender, daffodils, roses, snapdragons and lilies – are affected The phenomenon of pollution snuffing ...

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    Where the first St. Patrick's Day parade REALLY took place: Historical texts reveal revelers took to the streets in FLORIDA over 100 years before celebrations in New York and Boston

    He may be the patron saint of Ireland, but the raucous celebrations that have now come to be associated with St. Patrick didn’t get their start in the Emerald Isle.It's been thought St. Patrick’s Day observance in the US began to spring up in the early 1700s with feasts, religious services, and charitable events in New York and Boston that largely mirrored traditional practices seen in Ireland.But, toward the end of the century, the first annual parades began to emerge along the East Coast.While New York has long been credited as having the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade, when ...

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    Uber and Toyota are in talks to join forces on self-driving technology, report claims

    Uber is discussing the possibility of installing its self-driving system in Toyota vehicles as the U.S. ride-hailing firm seeks to sell its autonomous driving technology to outside companies, the Nikkei reported on Friday.Without citing sources, the Japanese business daily said that the firms are negotiating a possible deal for Toyota to use Uber's automated driving technology in one of the automaker's minivan models.According to the report, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi met with Toyota executives in the United States this week.   Uber is discussing the possibility of installing its self-driving system in Toyota vehicles as the U.S. ride-hailing firm seeks to ...


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    The hunt for Toys R Us' missing millions: Investigators probe a £580m loan moved to a tax haven just months before the store went bust

    Investigators are in pursuit of more than £580million that was funnelled out of Toys R Us’s UK business and into a tax haven on the British Virgin Islands.Accountants and hedge funds are understood to be on the trail of the cash – a loan that was handed over by the British arm of the toy retailer just months before it went bust.Administrator Moorfields Corporate Recovery is preparing for a full investigation of Toys R Us’s financial affairs as it begins to close all its 105 stores and make 3,000 staff jobless. Investigators are in pursuit of more than £580million that ...

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    Berkeley scraps plans to ramp up its house building with economic uncertainty, buy to let drop-off and red tape blamed

    Shares in Berkeley Group fell five per cent after the housebuilder announced it has no plans to increase its production of homes.The FTSE 100 firm cited economic uncertainty, a decline in buy to let investment and increased planning red tape as the reason why in its latest trading update for the period from November 1 to February 28.The group said that market conditions in London and the South East, its core market, were unchanged from the first half, when it said market fundamentals remain 'compelling'. Production halt: Shares in Berkeley fell five per cent after the housebuilder announced it has ...

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    DAILY BRIEFING: Self-proclaimed ethical bank Triodos made a £33.1m profit in 2017

    BANK PROFIT Self-proclaimed ethical bank Triodos made a £33.1million profit in 2017, a rise of 28 per cent. The Dutch firm's UK arm lent a record £181million to customers last year.STRESS FEARS Investment bankers worry that their stressful jobs are harming their health, says a survey by the Banking Standards Board, with 25 per cent concerned about their wellbeing. And 27 per cent are too afraid of the consequences to speak out about bad behaviour at work.ROW CASUALTY The deputy head of French bank Societe Generale, Didier Valet, has quit after a row over how to handle a probe into claims it rigged the ...

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    Blockbuster £120m profits at Cineworld as it prepares for US debut after buying Regal Entertainment

    Cineworld posted blockbuster results as it prepares to make its US debut after buying Regal Entertainment – making it the second-largest chain in the world.Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Dunkirk helped push Cineworld's profits up by almost 23 per cent last year to £120.5million.Sales soared 11.6 per cent to £890million as the company recorded record results in the UK and Ireland. Hit: British actor John Boyega in Star Wars The Last Jedi one of several films which helped push Cineworld's profits up by almost 23 per cent last year to £120.5mTicket sales accounted for just under ...

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    CITY DIARY: Liverpool FC boss welcomes arch-rival Everton's proposed new stadium

    Everton supporter: Liverpool FC boss Peter MooreLiverpool FC's goatee-bearded chief Peter Moore, 62, welcomes his club's arch-rivals and less salubrious neighbours Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore. 'A rising tide lifts all ships,' he told the Mipim conference in Cannes. An admirable view, though one perhaps not best aired too loudly on Anfield's famously lively Kop.The rain came yesterday. The storm which arrived overnight over the Mediterranean was heavy and unrelenting. After three days of glorious sunshine, Cannes, all of a sudden, was a little less glamorous.  Street hustlers selling umbrellas to drenched delegates were delighted, though. The enterprising chap I bought one from ...


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    'Studios have a duty not to steal the value of an actor's identity for profit': Dame Olivia de Havilland, 101, calls foul on FX's Feud suggestion that she called her sister a 'b***h'

    Dame Olivia de Havilland is claiming she never publicly referred to sister, Joan Fontaine, as a b***h and that studios have a 'legal and moral responsibility' to chronicle people's lives with 'integrity.'The British-born actress, 101, is suing Ryan Murphy and FX's Feud: Bette and Joan for unfairly portraying her as a foul-mouthed gossip throughout the series.'The creators of Feud used my identity without my consent and put false words in my mouth, including having me publicly calling my sister, Joan Fontaine, a 'b***h,' the Gone With the Wind actress said in an email to the Guardian.  Dame Olivia de Havilland ...

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    More Salim Mehajer, less politics: ABC admits it needs to cover more stories the 'average Australian' enjoys - after the taxpayer-funded broadcaster was accused of having a 'left-wing bias'

    ABC journalists need to focus more on stories which affects 'average Australian families' and cover viral content including homegrown 'villain' Salim Mehajer, an internal audit has revealed.The taxpayer-funded network closely reviewed an eight-week block of its televised bulletins after it was accused of having an 'elite' and 'left-wing' bias. The ABC compared itself against Channel Seven, Nine and Ten broadcasts and found it was covering a limited range of news and failed to include major stories which received extensive coverage on other stations. The taxpayer-funded network closely reviewed an eight-week block of its televised bulletins after it was accused of having ...

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    Outrage as puppy is found clinging to life after being injected with cocaine by neighborhood kids in Philadelphia

    A Philadelphia dog is recovering after some kids allegedly injected her with cocaine and left her to die on the street.One-year-old Peanut was found hardly moving on a sidewalk on March 8, after the city's animal control received reports that she had been lying in the same spot for two days.The pup was reportedly found outside a house known for drug use, and residents of the area told officials that neighborhood kids had given her drugs, , according to Faithful Friends Animal Society, a shelter in Delaware where she was taken. Recovering: Peanut was found hardly moving on a Philadelphia sidewalk on ...

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    Man, 21, found dead in suspicious circumstances in the yard of a Gold Coast home

    A young man has been found dead on a residential property on the Gold Coast, with authorities deeming it 'suspicious'.The 21-year-old's body was found in the yard of a home in Soma Court, Mudgeeraba, on Saturday morning just before 10am, Seven News reported. The 21-year-old's body was found in the yard of a home in Soma Court, Mudgeeraba, (pictured) on Saturday morning just before 10am Police have declared the area a crime scene and are currently investigating, but initial reports suggest the death is suspectPolice have declared the area a crime scene and are currently investigating, but initial reports suggest the ...

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    Labor MP Hugh McDermott denies allegations he pressed his groin against a former staffer's back, touched her breasts and greeted her at his home with his shirt off and pants unzipped

    Labor's western Sydney MP Hugh McDermott has vowed to clear his name after a former staffer accused him of sexual and verbal abuse.  Nicole Scott, a former staffer who was fired from the MP's Prospect electorate office before Christmas, has filed a complaint to the Public Service Association of NSW, it was revealed on Saturday.Dr McDermott has 'categorically denied' allegations he deliberately brushed against her breast multiple times and pressed his groin against her back while she was seated at her desk.Ms Scott has also alleged Dr McDermott answered the door at his home during a mutually agreed meeting without a ...

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    'This is the start of a mini ice age': Climate expert claims Australia faces SEVEN YEARS of freezing winters with snow in places where it's never fallen - followed by 'monsoon-like' flooding

    Australia is set for a freezing winter with snow in parts of Queensland where it has never fallen before, according to a veteran weatherman who claims this is just the start of a 'mini ice age'.Dave Taylor, a Queensland-based weather expert, is also warning every winter from now until 2025 'will be colder than the last'.He said a reduction in sun spots is the cause of the cold snap, and predicts the freezing winters will end with a severe weather event – likely widespread flooding - that will be 'worse than Australia has ever experienced'. Australia is set for a ...

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    'Date night with Kai': Donald Trump Jr escapes to Mar-a-Lago with his daughter after his wife Vanessa hires a criminal defense lawyer for their divorce

    Donald Trump Jr has posted a photo of himself on 'date night' with his ten-year-old daughter Kai after he and his wife Vanessa Trump revealed they were getting a divorce.The president's son was in Mar-a-Lago for the Republican Party of Palm Beach County's Lincoln Day Dinner in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday.But before he went to mingle with the crowd, Trump Jr, posted a selfie of himself with his daughter Kai.He captioned it: 'Date night with Kai. Great father daughter time. #weekend #fatherdaughter #daughter #datenight.' Kai, donaldjtrumpjrDate night with Kai. Great father daughter time. #weekend #fatherdaughter #daughter #datenightTrump Jr., the president's oldest ...

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    Girlfriend of sacked Border Force boss RESIGNS after it was revealed her older lover 'sent her 14,000 text messages from his work phone and helped her get a job at an airport'

    The girlfriend of fired Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg's had her letter of resignation accepted on Thursday, more than two months after sending it.Quaedvlieg, 53, was found to have secured Sarah Rogers, believed to be in her 20s, a job in December 2016 just months after they started a relationship.Ms Rogers worked as a passport scanner for the Australian Border Force at Sydney Airport and was understood to have pre-empted her own dismissal.She submitted her resignation after receiving a letter requesting she defend why she should be allowed to keep her job, Weekend Australian reported. The girlfriend of sacked Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg ...

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