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Kristin Wiig says ‘Bridesmaids’ sequel won’t happen with her

Star of 2011 hit says second movie would have made a lot of money but wouldn’t have been right thing to do artistically Kristen Wiig has ruled out appearing in a potential Bridesmaids sequel. The actor told Harper’s Bazaar she turned down a sequel to 2011′s box office smash because it wouldn’t…

Ecuador president reveals Snowden pass was granted ‘without authorization’

Ecuador’s president reveals travel pass was granted ‘without authorisation’ and says whistleblower is now Russia’s problem Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden’s asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said as the whistleblower made a personal plea to Quito for his case…

Christian Bale gives up Batman role

Actor hangs up his cape, saying character is ‘a torch’ that should be handed on Christian Bale will not be returning to the role of Batman – in a Justice League movie or any other film. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the British actor confirmed his trilogy of films as the caped crusader…

India: ‘We see no reason’ to grant Snowden asylum

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India sees no reason to accept a request for political asylum by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, the country’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. “Indian Embassy in Moscow did receive a request for asylum in a communication dated 30 June from Mr Edward Snowden,”…

Kim Dotcom and New Zealand PM to face off at public hearing

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key are set to come face to face for the first time Wednesday as lawmakers examine a controversial proposal allowing intelligence agencies to spy on local residents. Dotcom will appear in parliament to argue against the move at a select…

77-year-old grandmother wins China’s first elderly-protection case

The daughter of a Chinese grandmother has been ordered to visit her at least once every two months, in the first case under a new law to protect the elderly, reports said on Tuesday. “Leaning on a cane” the woman, 77, “hobbled to the plaintiff’s seats” at a court in…

Russian carrier rocket explodes on takeoff

An unmanned Russian Proton-M carrier rocket exploded on takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, in images broadcast live on national television. Spectacular footage showed the rocket veering off its trajectory just seconds after its 6.38 am (0238 GMT) launch, before erupting into a ball of flames and releasing highly…

Obama calls Morsi to express concern over Egyptian unrest

US President Barack Obama called President Mohamed Morsi to warn him that the voices of all Egyptians must be heard as a political crisis escalates, the White House said Tuesday. Obama placed the call from Tanzania, on the final stop of his African tour and told him Washington was committed…

Mongolian neo-Nazi group now pushing ‘resource nationalism’

By Carlos Barria ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – A Mongolian neo-Nazi group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organization fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends Swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, has only 100-plus members but it is one of several groups…

Australian researchers closing in on malaria vaccine

Australian researchers said Tuesday they were closing in on a potential vaccine against malaria, with a study showing their treatment had protected mice against several strains of the disease. Michael Good, from Queensland’s Griffith University, said the vaccine led to naturally existing white blood cells, or T-cells, attacking the potentially…

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