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Artistic or Plain Weird: Entertainm...

Entertainment Weekly’s newest edition has a cover that is most intriguing. Ellar Coltrane, the actor behind the multi-nominated film “Boyhood”, ...

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About 76,000 Killed By In Syria in ...

Around 76,000 people had been killed in Syria’s deadliest year in 2014. Thousands of children were part of the casualty numbers according to the Syr...

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Reese Witherspoon Spends Her Break ...

Reese Witherspoon was just nominated as Best Actress in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Taking a break from promoting film projects, she spent tim...

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The World Food Programme (WFP) had suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries because of a financing crisis...

Artistic or Plain Weird: Entertainment Weekly’s “Boyhood” Feature Splits Audience Reaction.

Entertainment Weekly’s newest edition has a cover that is most intriguing. Ellar Coltrane, the actor behind the multi-nominated film “Boyhood”, is portrayed at different ages. The ambitious indie film has paid off, but Entertainment Weekly’s cover may not be viewed as something artistic, but rather, something strange.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood had received one of the eight Best Picture nominations, which included rival “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton. However, Boyhood is ambitious because it was shot over 12 years using the same cast.

Ellar Coltrane actually starred in the film when he was just 11 years old. He literally grew up on screen. However, to see him pose with two of his younger selves is quite strnage for some.

In Metro.Co.Uk’s poll, reactions to the Entertainment Weekly Cover were mixed. Around 49% felt the cover was odd, while 51% found it as something artistic.

Boyhood is competing against American Sniper, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash for Best Picture.

Analysts see that Boyhood is a contender that may not be beat in the category. Richard Linklater’s technical achievement, paired with something very natural, is a magical watch.

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About 76,000 Killed By In Syria in 2014.

Around 76,000 people had been killed in Syria’s deadliest year in 2014. Thousands of children were part of the casualty numbers according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in Britain.

Using a network of Syrian activists, the Observatory had documented the deaths of 76,021 people during 2014, which included 3501 children. The UN said that 200,000 have been estimated dead since the start of the conflict in 2011.

The civil war began with peaceful protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in 2011. Due to its violent nature, the government crackdown against protesters enraged citizens and numerous insurgents. Western-backed rebels, the Nusra Front and the Islamic state, all who had both fought side-by-side and against each other during the later years, had clashed against the Syrian Regime’s forces.

In a rare gesture, Assad had travelled to a district in the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting “in the face of terrorism.” His visit was tweeted by his office, including photos of the trip. Assad visited during the New Year, gave soldiers hugs and shared a meal to boost the morale of the forces who had continued to fight numerous adversaries since 2011.

“If there was an area of joy which remained in Syria, it is thanks to the victories that you achieved in the face of terrorism,” Dr Assad told troops, according to the Twitter account.

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Reese Witherspoon Spends Her Break Time With Her Son.

Reese Witherspoon was just nominated as Best Actress in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Taking a break from promoting film projects, she spent time with her youngest son, Tennessee. She was seen taking a stroll in Los Angeles with her son when she received news that she was nominated the best actress for the CCMA.

The 38-year-old mother was wearing a comfortable outfit with a black jacket, gray long sleeve shirt, leggings and athletic sneakers.

As it is cold in Los Angeles, she opted to dress in a puffy green vest for extra warmth. She also covered her eyes with sunglasses. Meanwhile, her son was wearing a dark jacket, a blue T-Shirt and trousers.

Her nomination for best actress comes from her performance in the movie “Wild”. She would be competing against Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

Her company was part producer of Gone Girl, so it was great news for her to know that Rosamund Pike is competing for the Best Actress Nomination. Several other nominations, including Best Picture, had been heralded to Gone Girl.

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UN Ends Syrian Refugee Food Aid in Middle East

The World Food Programme (WFP) had suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries because of a financing crisis caused by unhonoured cash pledges. Now, refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt may risk hunger if cash pledges up to £47 million were not given to finance the distribution of food vouchers throughout December.

According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, the situation couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“I urgently appeal to the international community –- support WFP now, don’t let refugees go hungry,” he said.

WFP said that the refugees affected by the suspension of food aid included many children in Lebanon and Jordan. Winters are harsh without proper clothing and footwear. Most of the refugees live just after the border in unhygienic tents on top of sand and mud.

Tens and thousands of refugees families are highly dependent on international food aid, according to Guterres.

The United States had provided more than £1.3 billion for the Syrian refugee food donations. The US Government was urging other governments “to do more.”

“We have to strengthen our engagement and give humanitarian aid for the refugees and strengthen the structure of those countries who are hosting the refugees,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

More than half of Syria’s population has been forced to flee their homes since war began in their country in March 2011.

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Bob Marley’s Family To Sell Cannabis Brand “Marley Natural”

Bob Marley’s family is putting up a line of cannabis, oils, lotions and other products under the trading name “Marley Natural.” The family plans to start activities by the year 2015.

The brand, a partnership between the family of Reggae Icon Bob Marley and a Seattle-based private equity firm, would be the first globally-recognised cannabis brand with marijuana products. The brand name will appear on all product packages.

Bob Marley often referred to marijuana as “the herb.” He sees it as something spiritual that awakens a person’s well-being, deepen their reflection and connect them to nature and liberate their creativity.

The two parties came to an agreement a few weeks after the US legalised marijuana in Colorado and Washington for recreational use. The brand will then produce and sell globally, enter into licensing agreements concerning production and packaging requirements.

Meanwhile, the sale of marijuana worldwide is illegal, yet some European and South American countries had decriminalised its sale. In the Netherlands, coffee shops could sell marijuana. Israel and Canada allow for its medicinal use. Uruguay had legally bound marijuana to cigarette levels.

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Miley Cyrus Models For New Business Venture Involving Bizarre Fake Teeth

Highly-successful recording artist Miley Cyrus had posted a bizarre photo of her naked self in Instagram sporting a new line of fake teeth on Wednesday.

Apparently, Miley has partnered up with Billy-Bob Products to launch a fake-teeth collection. Called the Miley-Bob teeth, the manufacturer claim to have used the favourite designs of Miley Cyrus and comes with a special Miley-Bob insert card.

She also appeared on Instagram Sunday wearing a schoolgirl-inspired outfit that exposed her bellybutton but covered the rest of her body, including her legs in black leggings. She also wore her hair in a white clip and wore safety pin earrings.

Miley is known for her stage antics that almost exposed parts of her womanhood. Her figure is often revealed in her clothes, such as the black floor-length dress she wore Thursday last week. The Wrecking Ball singer had donated £120,000 to an amfAR Inspiration Gala event in Hollywood on Wednesday. She also bid about £180,000 on a photograph by Ryan McGinley, bringing her total contributions to £230,000.

Miley Cyrus is rumoured to be dating Patrick Schwarzenegger.

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Ottawa Shootings Could Be Reprisal of Islamic State in Canada

A gunman armed with a rifle or shotgun had wounded a corporal guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in the National War Memorial. He then entered the Parliament building and fired multiple shots until he was shot and killed. Authorities have confirmed that attacks were linked to Islamic extremism.

Political analysts see that Canada might be a target for Islamic State (IS) reprisal. The terrorist group may have organised the attack, or the Canadian radical might be moving on his own.

The Gunman, named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, originally named Michael Joseph Hall, had a criminal history of offenses that included robbery and drug possession.

Ottawa, part of Canada’s central business district, was shut down as authorities rushed into the scene to secure the Parliament building and move occupants to safety. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had assisted the Ottawa police to specify the number of gunmen.

The wounded soldier died at the hospital while the assailant was shot multiple times until he died. The wounded soldier was identified as CorporalNathan Cirillio, an army reserve member from Hamilton, Ontario.

This is the third in a week as a radical jihadist had run over two soldiers at a strip mall in Montreal.

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People in UK Urged to Speak With Doctor if Memory Slipping

Did you know that dementia could just be around the corner if your memory is slipping and you are constantly suffering from tiny memory lapses? A new report by senior doctors in the UK highlights the problem, and suggests even doing small things such as forgetting to turn off a light or not remembering where you left the keys could mean that dementia is as little as 12 years away.

The report is not meant to scare you, but rather doctors hope it will act as an incentive to get more people visiting their local health center for checks.

Ultimately, there is a significant window of opportunity for treatment when it comes to the early stages of dementia, which means even if you have the smallest of symptoms it would be beneficial for you to speak with a qualified doctor so you can be fully examined.

Currently, there are nearly 900,000 people in the UK who suffer from some form of dementia, but this number is expected to hit the 2 million mark in as little as 30 years. That’s why a lot of research is being done in the area, so both treatment and early detection will improve over the coming years.

It is even thought that supplements will soon be introduced into the marketplace that will help to improve memory and help people in the early stages of dementia. At the time of writing, there is very little on the market that fits this description, although experts are hopeful this will soon be reversed.

Quite possibly the closest thing on the market that fits this description is a product called phytoceramides. The vast majority of people use phytoceramides to help slow down aging of the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but new research suggests that it may also help boost memory in people who are often forgetful.

Unfortunately, phytoceramides are not yet available to buy in UK supermarkets, although you can still buy a bottle on the internet. More specifically, Amazon is the site of choice for most consumers, as they are trustworthy and always ship the product extremely fast.

If phytoceramides supplements end up working out for you, then you will pleased to hear that they are relatively inexpensive compared to similar products out there. A month’s supply of phytoceramides should cost you no more than £20, which means you don’t have to break the bank in order to get the product on a regular basis.

Australian Air Force Plays Support Role Against ISIS in Iraq

Australia’s presence in the Islamic State battlefield is represented by its Wedgetail early warning aircraft, control aircraft and refueller aircraft. According to the Australian Defence Ministry, Australia is only to play an assisting role in the war against the extremist group.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and France had launched air strikes against ISIS targets in other areas only in Iraq. The two countries will deliberate whether to support the United States’ bombing runs in Syria, where the ISIS stronghold is located.

The Islamic State (IS) is one of the Syrian opposition groups fighting against the strong-handed rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It gained power after Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries funded and armed Syrian rebel groups. Their fight against the Syrian regime had also strengthened their skills and increased their numbers.

The Islamic State had also shown several videos of beheading foreign hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines. They have threatened to kill Alan Henning, a medical aid worker from the UK, and John Cantlie, a UK freelance journalist.

Australian bombers are currently stationed in the United Arab Emirates along with French Rafale Aircraft. The Iraqi government has yet to make a specific request for Australia to step up its operations into combat, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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US and Allied Nations Hit Targets After First Air Strike

According to Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, fighter and bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles have been used in the attack against the Islamic State (IS).

Under Obama’s pledge to weaken the terrorist group, the US had undertaken 190 air strikes since August.

However, Rear Admiral Kirby did not give details about the US and Allied operations in Syria and Iraq

“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” he said in a statement. The US air strikes in Syria had been made by US Central Command General Lloyd Austin under the authorisation of the commander in chief, US President Barack Obama.

Obama had declared that anyone threatening the United States will not find any “safe haven”, including Syria.

The Islamic State has executed two American freelance journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and a British national, David Haines, who was an aid worker helping the injured in the Syrian Civil War. They have taken large areas of Iraq and have executed captive soldiers and threatened to induce genocide against large religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

BBC had also found that Arab nations had also taken part in the aerial strikes aside from coalition forces.

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