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Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth to launch political party

Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth to launch political party

NEW DELHI — Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth said Thursday he plans to launch his own political party in southern India in January, ending years of speculation by millions of his fans on his political future.

Hayes and Trethewey receive Bobbitt poetry awards

NEW YORK — Poets Terrance Hayes and Natasha Trethewey are receiving honours from the Library of Congress.
Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

NEW YORK — The rapper Casanova has surrendered to law enforcement following his indictment in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said Thursday.
US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S.
NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday.
S. Koreans take college entrance exam amid viral resurgence

S. Koreans take college entrance exam amid viral resurgence

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 41 confirmed COVID-19 patients, took the highly competitive university entrance exam Thursday despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen

Southeast Turkey shaken by 5.0 magnitude quake

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s disaster authority and the U.S. Geological Survey say a 5.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Siirt in southeastern Turkey.
Roddy Ricch has Apple Music's top album, song of 2020

Roddy Ricch has Apple Music's top album, song of 2020

NEW YORK — Roddy Ricch is the king of Apple Music: The rapper has the music platform’s most-streamed song and album of the year.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail on fraud charge

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail on fraud charge

HONG KONG — Outspoken Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate and media tycoon Jimmy Lai was refused bail on Thursday on a fraud charge amid a growing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city.
Thai prime minister acquitted of ethics breach, retains post

Thai prime minister acquitted of ethics breach, retains post

BANGKOK — Thailand’s highest court on Wednesday acquitted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of breaching ethics clauses in the country’s constitution, allowing him to stay in his job at a time he's fending off calls for his resignation from student-le