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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was named the Premier League manager of the year and accepted the award from the League Manager Association Monday. Ferguson, 71, announced his retirement last week after 27 years at the helm transforming United into a great team with a record of 20 top-flight league titles. His 1,500th and last match in charge of United was a stunning 5-5 draw at ...
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Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh loves her toned up body and credits her participation in dance reality show "Strictly Come Dancing" for it. "The best piece of advice I could give anyone who wanted to lose weight and tone up would be: Go on 'Strictly...'! I've spent many years putting myself under the spotlight but now, in my 30s, I've accepted my body," dailystar.co.uk quoted Walsh as ...
A foundation set up by late singer Amy Winehouse's father Mitch reportedly raised nearly 1.9 million pounds (over $2,000,000) in a year. The foundation helps homeless people, drug addicts and promotes young musicians. "We are honoured we can help so many young people in Amy's name. Good everyone was involved," thesun.co.uk quoted Mitch as saying. The foundation collected more than 700,000 ...
Six people have been prosecuted for allegedly working together to blackmail government officials in the Chinese city of Chongqing with secretly recorded sex videos. Xiao Ye, Xu Sheqing, Yan Peng, Wang Jianjun, Zhao Hongxia and Tan Linling were charged with extortion Monday, according to a statement issued by the local authorities, reports Xinhua. The case was rendered to the Yubei District ...
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One of Iran's most reform-minded presidential candidates has been barred from contesting next month's presidential election.
The conservative Guardian Council barred Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from contesting election leaving just eight men on the ballot paper, all of whom are considered hardliners.
Rafsanjani, 78, served as president between 1989 and 1997, and according to the Guardian Council was rejected on the basis of his age.
Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodai said he would be unlikely to cope with the role.
According to the Independent, the country's former president, Rafsanjani, who was expected to win votes from the centre ground and among Iran's moderates, was blocked along 678 other candidates, who had initially put their names forward.
The other candidate told that they cannot contest election is Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, an ally of the current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from taking part in the 14 June ballot having already served two consecutive terms, the report said.
That leaves just a handful of approved candidates who have been sanctioned by the 12-member council - a body whose loyalty rests with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah, it added. (ANI)
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