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Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012's The Avengers, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, and the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin. In the film, the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War. The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015, and by May, Markus



SummerSlam (2019)

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SummerSlam (2019)

SummerSlam (2019) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on August 11, 2019, at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2][3][4] It was the thirty-second event under the SummerSlam chronology and the second event to be held at this particular venue (the other being the 2004 event). Twelve matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. In the main event, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship for a second time. In other prominent matches, Bray Wyatt in his new "Fiend" persona defeated Finn Bálor, Charlotte Flair defeated Trish Stratus by submission, Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon to keep his job, Kofi Kingston fought Randy Orton to a double countout to retain the WWE Championship, and Goldberg defeated Dolph Ziggler. Storylines The show comprised twelve matches, including three on the pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines,



Immurement

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Immurement

Immurement (from Latin im- "in" and murus "wall"; literally "walling in") is a form of imprisonment, usually until death, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exits.[1] This includes instances where people have been enclosed in extremely tight confinement, such as within a coffin. When used as a means of execution, the prisoner is simply left to die from starvation or dehydration. This form of execution is distinct from being buried alive, in which the victim typically dies of asphyxiation. Some examples of immurement as an established execution practice (with death from thirst or starvation as the intended aim) are attested. Roman Vestal Virgins could face immurement as punishment if they broke their vows of chastity, and immurement has been well established as a punishment of robbers in Persia, even into the early 20th century. Some ambiguous evidence exists of immurement as a practice of coffin-type confinement in Mongolia. However, isolated incidents of immurement, rather than el



Eid al-Adha

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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎, romanized: ʿīd al-ʾaḍḥā, lit. 'Feast of the Sacrifice', IPA: ) or Eid Qurban (Persian: عيد قربان‎), also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives. In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, and lasts for three days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year shifting approximately 11 days earlier each year. Other names In languages other than Arabic, the name is often sim



Vikram Sarabhai

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Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai (12 August 1919 – 30 December 1971) was an Indian scientist, physicist and astronomer. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.[6] Personal Life Vikram and Mrinalini Sarabhai c. 1948 Son of Ambalal Sarabhai, he came from the famous Sarabhai family of India who were major industrialists committed to the Indian independence movement. Vikram Sarabhai married the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942. The couple had two children. His daughter Mallika gained prominence as an actress and activist, and his son Kartikeya too became an active person in science. During his lifetime, he practiced Jainism.[7] Professional life Known as the cradle of space sciences in India, the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) was founded in 1947 by Vikram Sarabhai.[8] PRL had a modest beginning at his residence, the "RETREAT", with research on cosmic rays. The institute was formally established at the M.G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad, on 11 November 1947[



Simone Biles

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Simone Biles

Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997)[4] is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist, and balance beam bronze medalist. She was part of the gold-medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[5] Biles is a four-time World all-around champion (2013–15, 2018), four-time World floor exercise champion (2013–15, 2018), two-time World balance beam champion (2014, 2015), the 2018 World vault champion, a six-time United States national all-around champion (2013–16, 2018, 2019), and a member of the gold-medal-winning American teams at the 2014, 2015, and 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Additionally, she is a three-time World silver medalist (2013 and 2014 on vault, 2018 on uneven bars) and a three-time World bronze medalist (2015 on vault, 2013 and 2018 on balance beam). Having won a combined total of twenty-five Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American g



Jeffrey Epstein

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Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender.[1][2] Epstein began his professional life as a teacher, then changing to the banking and finance sector in various roles. During his financial career, he became a multimillionaire. Until his conviction for sex crimes in 2008, he had contact with many people among the world's financial, political, and cultural elite.[3] In April 2005, police in Palm Beach, Florida began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he had molested her 14-year-old daughter.[4] After an investigation, prosecution, and plea negotiations, Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted by a Florida state court of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring an underage girl for prostitution on June 30, 2008.[5] He served almost 13 months in custody, with work release, as part of a plea deal; federal officials had identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, whom Epstein had molested.[6][7] Epstein was arrested aga



Ghislaine Maxwell

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Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell[1] ( ghee-LAYN, -⁠LEN; born 25 December 1961)[2] is a British socialite and the youngest child of publishing tycoon and fraudster Robert Maxwell. She moved to the United States after her father's death in 1991 and became a close associate of financier and subsequently convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.[3] Maxwell founded the ocean-advocacy group The TerraMar Project in 2012. The organization announced closure on 12 July 2019, a week after the sex trafficking charges brought by New York federal prosecutors against Epstein became public.[4] Early life Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961, in Maisons-Laffitte, France,[5] the ninth and youngest child of Elisabeth (née Meynard), a French-born scholar, and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British media proprietor. Her father was from a Jewish family and her mother was of Huguenot descent. Maxwell was born days after a car accident that left her older brother Michael in a prolonged coma at age 15, unresponsive until his death in 196



Kate Winslet

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Kate Winslet

Kate Elizabeth Winslet, CBE (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly known for her work in period dramas and tragedies, and is often drawn to portraying troubled women. Winslet is the recipient of several accolades, including three British Academy Film Awards, and is among the few performers to have won Academy, Emmy, and Grammy Awards. Born in Reading, Berkshire, Winslet studied drama at the Redroofs Theatre School. Her first screen appearance, at the age of 15, was in the British television series Dark Season (1991). She made her film debut playing a teenage murderess in Heavenly Creatures (1994), and received her first BAFTA Award for playing Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1995). Global stardom followed soon after with her leading role in the epic romance Titanic (1997). It was the highest-grossing film of all time to that point, after which she eschewed parts in blockbusters in favour of critically acclaimed period pieces, including Quills (2000) and Iris (2001), whic



Liam Hemsworth

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Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth (born 13 January 1990)[2] is an Australian actor. He played the roles of Josh Taylor in the soap opera Neighbours and Marcus in the children's television series The Elephant Princess. In American films, Hemsworth starred as Will Blakelee in The Last Song (2010), as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015), and as Jake Morrison in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). Hemsworth's older brothers, Luke and Chris, are also actors. Early life Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (née van Os), an English teacher, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counsellor.[3][4][5] He has two older brothers, Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth, who are also actors.[6] His maternal grandfather is a Dutch immigrant, and his other ancestry is English, Irish, Scottish, and German.[7] Hemsworth has said that though there is competition for jobs among them, it is friendly: "We are brothers and we are always competitive, but it is a good thing, it pushes us and we are always happy



The Boys (2019 TV series)

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The Boys (2019 TV series)

The Boys is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Developed by Eric Kripke for Amazon, it follows the titular team of vigilantes as they fight back against superpowered people who abuse their abilities. The series premiered on July 26, 2019.[2] Ahead of the premiere, Amazon renewed The Boys for a second season.[3] Premise The Boys is set in a universe where superpowered people are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. The series primarily focuses on two groups: the Seven, Vought International's premier superhero team, and the titular Boys, vigilantes looking to keep the corrupted heroes under control. The Boys are led by Billy Butcher, who despises all superpowered people, and the Seven are led by the egotistical and unstable Homelander. As a conflict ensues between



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood[a] is a 2019 comedy-drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Bona Film Group, Heyday Films, and Visiona Romantica and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is an international co-production between the United States and the United Kingdom. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Al Pacino. They are part of a large ensemble cast who star in "multiple storylines in a modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age".[6][7] The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles, where an aging television actor and his stunt double and longtime friend navigate the changing Hollywood film industry.[8] Announced in July 2017, it is the first Tarantino film not associated with producer Harvey Weinstein, after Tarantino cut ties following sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein that October. Sony Pictures won the di



2019 Teen Choice Awards

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2019 Teen Choice Awards

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards ceremony was held on August 11, 2019, utilizing a temporary outdoor on-beach stage in Hermosa Beach, California near the beach pier, and the first time the ceremony has been held outdoors. The awards celebrated the year's achievements in music, film, television, sports, fashion, comedy, and the internet, and are voted on by viewers aged 13 and over living in the United States on their website and through various social media sites.[1] Leading the way with the most nominations is Avengers: Endgame with nine. Performers Performers Song Ref. OneRepublic "Counting Stars""Rescue Me" [2] Zhavia "Deep Down" Monsta X "Who Do U Love?" Johnny OrlandoJacob SartoriusHayden Summerall "California Gurls" CNCO "Pretend" Jordan McGraw and Sarah Hyland "Met At a Party" Blanco Brown "The Git Up" Mabel "Don't Call Me Up" Bazzi and HRVY are originally going to perform at the ceremony, but they were pulled out at the last minute. Winners and nominees T



Hobbs & Shaw

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Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (also known as Hobbs & Shaw) is a 2019 American action film that is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The plot follows the unlikely team-up of the titular Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), characters introduced in the main series, as they are forced to team up with Shaw's sister (Vanessa Kirby) when a genetically-enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) and his organization threaten the world with a deadly virus. The film is directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, from a story by Morgan. Series star and producer Vin Diesel first said in 2015 that possible spin-offs were in early development, and Hobbs & Shaw was officially announced in October 2017. Leitch signed on to direct in April 2018, and Kirby and Elba both joined the cast that July. Filming began in September and lasted through January 2019, mostly taking place in London and Glasgow. Hobbs & Shaw premiered at the Dolby Thea



2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests

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2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests

The 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests are a series of demonstrations in Hong Kong against an extradition bill proposed by the government of Hong Kong.[13] If enacted, the bill would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan.[14] Some fear the bill would place Hong Kongers and visitors under mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and citizens' rights.[15][16][17][18] Demonstrations against the bill began in March and April, then escalated in June.[19][20] Hundreds of thousands of people marched in protests of the bill on 9 June.[21] Protests on 12 June, the day the bill was scheduled to a second reading in the Legislative Council, marked a sharp escalation in violence. Riot police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators.[22] Subsequently, investigations into police behaviour and greater accountability for their ac



1899 San Ciriaco hurricane

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1899 San Ciriaco hurricane

1899 San Ciriaco hurricane, also known as the 1899 Puerto Rico Hurricane or The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1899, was the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane on record, and the second-longest-lived tropical cyclone globally on record (in terms of tropical duration) after 1994's Hurricane John in the Pacific. The third tropical cyclone and first major hurricane of the season, this storm was first observed southwest of Cape Verde on August 3. It slowly strengthened while heading steadily west-northwestward across the Atlantic Ocean and reached hurricane status by late on August 5. During the following 48 hours, it deepened further, reaching Category 4 on the modern day Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS) before crossing the Leeward Islands on August 7. Later that day, the storm peaked winds of 150 mph (240 km/h). The storm weakened slightly before making landfall in Guayama, Puerto Rico with winds of 140 mph (220 km/h) on August 8. Several hours later, it emerged into the southwestern Atlantic as a Category



Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Cyrus[6] (born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish as a child, she became a teen idol in 2006, starring in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana as the character Miley Stewart. Her father, musician Billy Ray Cyrus, also starred in the series, which aired for four seasons until 2011. Cyrus has sold more than 20 million albums and 55 million singles worldwide.[7] She has earned three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), Breakout (2008), and Bangerz (2013). Her releases The Time of Our Lives (2009), Can't Be Tamed (2010), Younger Now (2017), and She Is Coming (2019) debuted in the top-five in the United States, while her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015) was released for free online streaming on SoundCloud. Her upcoming seventh studio album She Is Miley Cyrus is expected to be released in 2019. Further, Cyrus has



DJ Arafat

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DJ Arafat

Ange Didier Houon (26 January 1986 – 12 August 2019), also known as DJ Arafat, or Arafat Muana and by various other stage names, was an Ivorian DJ and singer who made music in the Coupé-Décalé genre.[1] "Dosabado", "Kpangor", "Zoropoto", "Enfant Beni" and "Moto, Moto" were some of his major hits. He was popular in French-speaking Africa. He was awarded the "best artist of the year" at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in the year 2016 and 2017. Life and career DJ Arafat DJ Arafat along with Debordo Likufa at a stage show in Abidjan DJ Arafat and his mother Arafat was born as Ange Didier Houon on 26 January 1986.[2] He was the son of Tina Glamour, a popular singer, and the deceased musician and sound engineer Houon Pierre.[3][2] He started his music career as a DJ in Yopougon, a night-life district in Abidjan.[2] He left for France to improve his career and even overstayed his visa. In 2005 he spent a month in detention as an undocumented migrant.[4] He was considered one of the most popular African artists

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Chris Hemsworth

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Chris Hemsworth

Christopher Hemsworth[1] (born 11 August 1983)[2] is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004–07) before leaving to begin a film career in Hollywood. Hemsworth appeared in the science fiction action film Star Trek (2009) and the thriller adventure A Perfect Getaway (2009) before gaining positive reviews in the horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods (2012). He held starring roles in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), the war film Red Dawn (2012), the action thriller film Blackhat (2015), the biographical thriller film In the Heart of the Sea (2015), and in the Men in Black film series spin-off Men in Black: International (2019). His most critically acclaimed roles include the horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods (2012) and the biographical sports drama film Rush (2013) as James Hunt, the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion. In 2016, he appeared in a supporting role in the Ghostbusters reboot film. Hemsworth's greatest commercial suc



Mallika Sarabhai

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Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai (born 9 May 1954) is an activist and Indian classical dancer and actress from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Daughter of a classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and space scientist Vikram Sarabhai, Mallika is an accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer[1] and performer who has specialized in using the arts for social change and transformation. Early life Mallika Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India to Vikram Sarabhai and Mrinalini Sarabhai. She completed her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 1974 and Doctorate in Organisational Behaviour from the Gujarat University in 1976.[2] She is a noted choreographer and dancer and has also acted in a few Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati and international films.[3] Career She started to learn dancing when she was young and started her film career in the parallel cinema when she was 15. Mallika played the role of Draupadi in the Peter Brook's play The Mahabharata. Mallika has won many accolades during her long career, the Golden Star Award is one of them



Trish Stratus

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Trish Stratus

Patricia Anne Stratigeas (born December 18, 1975) better known by her wrestling stage name Trish Stratus, is a Canadian fitness master, fitness model, retired professional wrestler, actress and television personality. After beginning her career as a fitness model, Stratigeas began working for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which was later renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Early in her career, she was mostly involved in sexually themed storylines, such as managing the team T & A (Test & Albert, while doubling as a slang expression abbreviated from "Tits and Ass"), and a kayfabe affair with Vince McMahon's Mr. McMahon character. As Stratus spent more time in the ring, her perceived wrestling skills strengthened and her popularity increased. Because of this, she was made a one-time WWE Hardcore Champion, three-time "WWE Babe of the Year" and was proclaimed "Diva of the Decade". After nearly seven years in the business, Stratus retired from professional wrestling at WWE Unforgiven on



Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (film)

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (film)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 2019 American horror film directed by André Øvredal, based on the children's book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. The screenplay was adapted by Dan and Kevin Hageman, from a screen story by producer Guillermo del Toro, as well as Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The film, an international co-production of the United States and Canada, stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, and Lorraine Toussaint. In 2013, CBS Films acquired the rights to the book series with the intent of producing it as a feature film. By January 2016 it was announced that del Toro would develop and potentially direct the project for CBS Films. Øvredal was later to set to direct the film, with del Toro, Daniel, Brown, and Grave being among the producers. Principal photography commenced on August 27, 2018, and ended on November 1, 2018, in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was theatrically released on August 9,



Robert Maxwell

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Robert Maxwell

Ian Robert Maxwell MC (10 June 1923 – 5 November 1991), born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch, was a British media proprietor, fraudster, and Member of Parliament (MP). Originally from Czechoslovakia, Maxwell rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire. After his death, huge discrepancies in his companies' finances were revealed, including his fraudulent misappropriation of the Mirror Group pension fund.[1] Early in his life, Maxwell escaped from Nazi occupation, joined the Czechoslovak Army in exile in World War II and was decorated after active service in the British Army. In subsequent years he worked in publishing, building up Pergamon Press to a major publishing house. After six years as an MP during the 1960s, he again put all his energy into business, successively buying the British Printing Corporation, Mirror Group Newspapers and Macmillan Publishers, among other publishing companies. Maxwell had a flamboyant lifestyle, living in Headington Hill Hall in Oxford, from which he often flew



The Handmaid's Tale (TV series)

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The Handmaid's Tale (TV series)

The Handmaid's Tale is an American dystopian drama web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It was ordered by the streaming service Hulu as a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, for which production began in late 2016. The plot features a dystopia following a Second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society subjects fertile women, called "Handmaids", into child-bearing slavery.[3] The first three episodes of the series premiered on April 26, 2017; the subsequent seven episodes were released every Wednesday. In May 2017, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on April 25, 2018.[4] In May 2018, Hulu renewed the series for a third season,[5] which premiered on June 5, 2019.[6] In July 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth season.[7] The Handmaid's Tale has received critical acclaim and its first season won eight Primetime Emmy Awards from thirteen nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. It is the fi



Prince Andrew, Duke of York

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) (Andrew Albert Christian Edward, born 19 February 1960) is a member of the British royal family. He is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his birth, he was second in the line of succession to the British throne; as of May 2019, he is eighth in line. He holds the rank of commander and the honorary rank of vice admiral (as of February 2015) in the Royal Navy, in which he served as an active-duty helicopter pilot and instructor and as the captain of a warship. He saw active service during the Falklands War, flying on multiple missions including anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy, and casualty evacuation. In 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson; the couple's marriage, separation and eventual divorce in 1996 attracted a high level of media coverage. As well as carrying out various official engagements, he served as Britain's Special Representative for International Trade and Inve



Hong Kong

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong ( (listen); Chinese: 香港, Hong Kong Cantonese: (listen)), officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities[d] in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages,[16] Hong Kong Island became a colony of the British Empire at the end of the First Opium War in 1842, followed by Kowloon in 1860 after the Second Opium War, and the modern territory was completed in 1898 with a 99 year British lease over the New Territories, which comprise 86% of Hong Kong's land.[16] Sovereignty over the territory was restored to China in 1997.[17] As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains governing and economic systems separate from those of mainland China, under the "one country



Bear Grylls

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Bear Grylls

Edward Michael Grylls OBE (born 7 June 1974), better known as Bear Grylls, is a British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, and, outside his military career, an adventurer, writer, television presenter and businessman. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild (2006–2011), originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls[3] for the United Kingdom release. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories at age 35,[4] a post he has held for a second term since 2015. Personal life Grylls was born in London, England in 1974.[5] From a family with strong cricketing background, his grandfather Neville Ford and great-grandfather William Augustus Ford, were both first-class cricketers. He grew up in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland until the age of four, when his family moved to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.[



Robin Williams

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Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s,[1] and is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance.[1] After rising to fame playing the alien Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy (spun off from Happy Days), Williams established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisation skills[2][3] and the wide variety of memorable character voices he created.[4][5] Williams has been voted the funniest person of all time.[6][7] After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred in numerous films that achieved critical and commercial success, including The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Patch Adams (1998), One Hour Photo (2002) and World's Greatest Dad (200



United States

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United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.[i] At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area[d] and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico. Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago.[20] European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Following the French and Indian War, numerous disputes between Great



BBC World Service

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BBC World Service

The BBC World Service, is the world's largest international broadcaster[1], which broadcasts radio and television news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages[2] to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, DAB, FM and MW relays. In November 2016 the BBC announced again that it would start broadcasting in additional languages including Amharic and Igbo, in its biggest expansion since the 1940s.[3] In 2015 World Service reached an average of 210 million people a week (via TV, radio and online).[4] The English-language service broadcasts 24 hours a day. The World Service is funded by the United Kingdom's television licence fee, limited advertising[5] and the profits of BBC Studios.[6] The service is also guaranteed £289 million (allocated over a five-year period ending in 2020) from the UK government.[7] The World Service was funded for decades by grant-in-aid through the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the British Government



Nerkonda Paarvai

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Nerkonda Paarvai

Nerkonda Paarvai (transl. Direct gaze) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language legal drama film written and directed by H. Vinoth. Produced by Boney Kapoor, the film is a remake of the Hindi film Pink (2016).[1] It features Ajith Kumar, Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam and Andrea Tariang (reprising her role from the original film) in the lead roles, and Rangaraj Pandey and Adhik Ravichandran are in pivotal roles. Nirav Shah is the cinematographer of the film, while Gokul Chandran is the editor. The film's soundtrack and background score was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and was released under the label of Zee Music Company. The film was released on 8 August 2019 and met with strong positive reviews. Plot Meera Krishnan (Shraddha Srinath), Famitha Banu (Abhirami Venkatachalam) and Andrea Tariang (herself) are three independent young women living in Chennai who are best friends. One night they happen to attend a party, enjoying themselves. On the other hand, rich boys Vishwa (Adhik Ravichandran) and Venkate



Kartikeya Sarabhai

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Kartikeya Sarabhai

Kartikeya Vikram Sarabhai (born 27 November 1947) is an Indian environmentalist. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, in 2012. Biography Kartikeya Sarabhai was born into the rich and reputed Sarabhai family of Ahmedabad, the grandson of industrialist Ambalal Sarabhai. His father, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, is widely regarded as the father of India's space programme. Both his mother, Mrinalini Sarabhai, and his sister, Mallika Sarabhai, are Bharatanatyam dancers and social activists. Sarabhai was educated at Cambridge, UK, where he acquired a Tripos in Natural Sciences. He then went on to do post graduate work in development communication at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. He then took over as chairman of Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises Ltd., a minor pharmaceutical company set up by his grandfather Ambalal Sarabhai, but he has taken little interest in nurturing that corporate enterprise. Instead, he has devoted his life to environmental and community issue



Chernobyl disaster

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Chernobyl disaster

The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR.[1][2] It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history and is one of only two nuclear energy disasters rated at seven—the maximum severity—on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. The accident started during a safety test on an RBMK-type nuclear reactor, which was commonly used throughout the Soviet Union. The test was a simulation of an electrical power outage to aid the development of a safety procedure for maintaining cooling water circulation until the back-up generators could provide power. This operating gap was about one minute and had been identified as a potential safety problem that could cause the nuclear reactor core to overheat. Three such tests had been conducted since 1982, but had failed to provide a solution. On th



Roger Ailes

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Roger Ailes

Roger Eugene Ailes (May 15, 1940 – May 18, 2017) was an American television executive and media consultant. He was the chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, from which he resigned in July 2016 following allegations that he had engaged in sexual harassment. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani's first mayoral campaign. In 2016, he became an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation. Ailes suffered from hemophilia, a medical condition in which the body is impaired in its ability to produce blood clots. He died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 77 after suffering a subdural hematoma that was aggravated by his hemophilia. Early life Ailes was born and grew up in the factory town of Warren, Ohio, the son of Donna Marie (née Cunningham) and Robert Eugene Ailes, a factory maintenance foreman.[1] Ailes suffered from hemophilia and was often hospitalized as a youth. He a



2019 El Paso shooting

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2019 El Paso shooting

A mass shooting occurred at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, United States, on the morning of August 3, 2019. A gunman shot and killed 22 people[n 1] and injured 24 others.[2][3][4] The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism and a possible hate crime.[5][6] Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old from Allen in the Dallas metropolitan area, was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with capital murder.[7] Police believe he published a white nationalist, anti-immigrant manifesto on 8chan shortly before the attack, citing inspiration from that year's Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand and mentioning the white genocide conspiracy theory.[8][9][10][11] It is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in 2019, the seventh-deadliest since 1949, and the third-deadliest in Texas.[12] Incident The incident occurred at a Walmart Supercenter near the Cielo Vista Mall on the east side of El Paso. The shooter walked into the store carrying what i



Charles Manson

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Charles Manson

Charles Milles Manson (né Maddox, November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017) was an American criminal and cult leader. In mid-1967, he formed what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune based in California. Manson's followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August 1969. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney, Manson plotted to start a race war, though he and others involved long disputed this motive.[3] In 1971, he was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people. Although the prosecution conceded that Manson never literally ordered the murders, they contended that his ideology constituted an overt act of conspiracy.[4] Manson was also convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of Gary Hinman and Donald Shea. At the time the Manson Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed ex-convict who had spent more than half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the mur



Brody Jenner

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Brody Jenner

Sam "Brody" Jenner[1] (born August 21, 1983)[2] is an American television personality, disc jockey and model. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. In 2005, Jenner appeared in the reality television series, The Princes of Malibu, which additionally featured his older brother, musician Brandon Jenner, and his friend, Spencer Pratt. In 2007, he began dating Lauren Conrad, a primary cast member of The Hills, and subsequently came to prominence after being cast in the series during the second season. Their brief relationship ultimately ended his friendship with Pratt. The following year, Jenner was commissioned in his own spin-off series, Bromance, in which he was intended to find another companion in Pratt's absence. However, it was canceled after its inaugural season after receiving underwhelming ratings. In 2009, Conrad left The Hills to pursue other career opportunities and was replaced by Jenner's ex-girlfriend, Kristin Cavallari. Their rekindled relationship became the central focus of the se



Sharon Tate

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Sharon Tate

Sharon Marie Tate Polanski (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress known for an ethereal beauty and her tragic death, seen as symbolic of the end of the Sixties. A naturally shy person offscreen, Tate's photogenic looks and dedication led to her being considered for a major role in 1964, but it was deemed she needed more experience. As a protege of Martin Ransohoff she was brought on gradually, with roles tending to showcase her curvaceous figure rather than acting talent, as did a March 1967 article about Tate in Playboy. Tate got good reviews for her sympathetic performance and hypnotic allure as a doomed actress in Valley of the Dolls, which while disliked by critics for its vulgarity was a box office hit. On January 20, 1968, Tate married Roman Polanski in London, and on their return they socialised in elite Hollywood circles, but also with people from a variety of backgrounds; some friends of the couple thought them too trusting. Her next film was the commercially successful The Wreck



Bianca Andreescu

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Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Romanian pronunciation: ; born June 16, 2000) is a Canadian professional tennis player. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 14 on August 12, 2019, as ranked by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), and a career-high combined junior ranking of No. 3 on February 1, 2016, as ranked by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). On August 11, 2019, Andreescu became the first Canadian woman to win the Canadian Open since Faye Urban in 1969.[2] Early life Andreescu was born in Mississauga, Ontario, to Romanian parents.[3] Her father, engineer Nicu Andreescu, had accepted a job in Canada shortly after his graduation from Transilvania University of Brașov.[4] Her mother, who graduated from the University of Craiova, would later become chief compliance officer of Global Maxfin Investments Inc. in Toronto.[5][6] She started playing tennis at age 7 in Pitești, under Gabriel Hristache, when the Andreescu family moved back to her parents' native Romania.[3][7] A few years later, th




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