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Case lodged against Sanjay Dutt, his guard for torturing journalists in Agra

A case has been lodged against Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and his guard for torturing newsmen in Agra. According to details, the incident took place when Dutt’s security guard came under scuffle with journalists and assaulted them during shooting of the movie. The enraged journalists registered case against him however, shooting was also halted for a while after the mishap. On February 23, 2016, Sanjay Dutt was released from prison after serving about four years for possessing weapons supplied by gangsters behind a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993.
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‘Beauty and Beast’ gay character sparks Christian boycott calls

(Reuters) - An evangelist preacher is calling for a boycott of the upcoming Walt Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" because it features a gay character, saying that the company is trying to promote an LGBT agenda to children. Franklin Graham, the North Carolina-based son of evangelist preacher Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, called for the boycott in a Facebook post on Thursday. By Friday the post had been shared more than 88,000 times, and a movie theater in Alabama said it will not screen the film. "They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into…
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Jackman slices and dices one last time as Wolverine

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - After eight movies over 17 years, Hugh Jackman returns this weekend for his final hurrah as Wolverine in "Logan," an edgier, darker take on everyone’s favorite hairy, metal-clawed mutant anti-hero. Jackman, 48, had agreed with director James Mangold that if he was going to reprise his iconic role as the cigar-chomping loner one last time, it should be the first R-rated outing in the "X-Men" franchise aimed at a more adult audience. "Hugh and I didn’t want to do it if we couldn’t do something very different," Mangold said at a preview in Los Angeles of…
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Mahira Khan expresses wish to work with Salman Khan as well

Stunning Pakistani actress Mahira Khan has expressed wish to work with Bollywood Dabung Khan as well. In an interview, Mahira Khan said that she was not expecting the response that Raees got after its release. She said she would prefer performing with Shah Rukh Khan again but she also wants to work with Salman Khan. Mahira also said that she cannot forget the role of director and producer Shoaib Mansoor in launching her as he cast her in his movie after which she got fame. She revealed that she is working in different television dramas and advertisements however, she rebuffed…
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Tennis: Murray eases into Verdasco showdown in Dubai

DUBAI (AFP) - World number one Andy Murray showed no signs of weariness to ease into the Dubai Tennis Championships final where he will be chasing his 45th career title. The top seed defeated seventh-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-1 and will face veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco who broke three times in the deciding set to defeat Robin Haase 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-1 in the other semi-final. Verdasco, 33 and ranked 35th, has managed just one win from 13 meetings with Murray, who will be playing his second final of the season after losing to Novak Djokovic in Doha at…
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Nadal brushes aside Marin Cilic to reach Acapulco final

Former World , 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco, as he defeated Marin Cilic in straight sets. It was fifth meeting between Nadal and Cilic, as the Spaniard led the head to head record 3-1 and Cilic had won the first meeting, before losing the next three matches. Once again Nadal was in impressive form as he gave the Croatian no chance and booked his place in the final in just 1 hour and 24 minutes. This is his 103th ATP tournament final. Nadal will be looking for his…
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Football: Ibrahimovic to usher in new golden era for United – Mourinho

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to remain as Manchester United s talisman for another year and launch the next glory era, according to manager Jose Mourinho. The 35-year-old Swedish striker s two goals in last Sunday s League Cup final against Southampton took his tally to 26 goals this season -- and his personal trophy haul to a staggering 31 in his career. United have an option to extend Ibrahimovic s one-year contract for another 12 months. "I think Zlatan will be fundamental in the second year of this team and I think he s willing…
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Football: Champions League places in focus for Chelsea’s weary pursuers

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal s long serving boss Arsene Wenger have both seen promising title challenges turn to dust making Saturday s match between their clubs potentially crucial to hopes of securing a Champions League spot. An Arsenal win at Anfield would see them move four points clear of Liverpool, and with a game in hand, would consolidate their hold on what is at the moment the fourth and last Champions League place. Second-placed Tottenham -- who trail leaders Chelsea by 10 points and have a three point advantage over their north London rivals --…
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Tennis: Sharapova to plead case for French Open wild card

PARIS (AFP) - Maria Sharapova will meet with French Tennis Federation (FFT) chief Bernard Giudicelli to plead her case for a wild card at Roland Garros as the two-time champion makes her return from a doping ban. Giudicelli told AFP on Friday that he had agreed to meet the Russian superstar despite his initial reservations after her agent wrote to the FFT requesting discussions. "We re going to meet her (Sharapova), listen to her arguments and then talk it over with Guy (Forget, tournament director) and we ll make a decision," said Giudicelli, who was only elected to the FFT…
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Peace talks produce ‘clear agenda’ for war-scarred Syria

GENEVA (AFP) - The Syrian regime and opposition have agreed a "clear agenda" to seek to end the country s six-year-old war, the UN mediator said Friday at the end of sometimes fractious and slow-moving talks in Geneva. Veteran envoy Staffan de Mistura said he hopes to invite both sides back to Geneva later this month for a new round of talks, which will include the issue of counter-terrorism at the request of Damascus. "The train is ready, it is in the station, it is warming up the engine. Everything is ready, it just needs an accelerator," he said at…
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