Newsmakers

MTV cover song contest open to all

MTV on Wednesday invited fans around the world to cover hit songs, with the winner set to earn fame by starring in an original video.

‘World’s largest’ pearl emerges in Philippines

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A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said.

France sued over control of Titanic artefacts

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This file photo taken on May 31, 2013 shows a view of a Swiss watch found near the sunken ship Titanic, on display at the ‘Paris Expo’ in Paris. (Photo: AFP)

‘Donald Trump outscores Hitler on psychopath scale’

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US presidential candidate Donald Trump has more psychopathic traits than Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, a new Oxford study has claimed.

One of most inflated giant planets found

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Astronomers claim to have discovered one of the most inflated giant planets known to date, orbiting a mildly evolved star about 2.4 times larger than our Sun.

1.5 kg beast of a truffle is found in Australia

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A hand out photo taken on August 19, 2016 shows a large truffle being weighted by Stuart Dunbar, who removed it from the earth on his Victorian property in Yarra Valley. Dunbar has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever grown in the country, a 1,511 gram delicacy which could also be a world-beater. (Photo: AFP)

So, finally, there was a silver lining to the dark clouds over India’s Olympic participation, as a bonus a bronze one too. P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, thank you for giving us reasons to exhale.

The frequency with which the word “sedition” has been crashing into the front page or prime-time television news of late is tragic, terrifying and ridiculous.