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Hollywood star Collette loses Sydney court case SYDNEY: Movie star Toni Collette was Friday ordered to pay more than Aus$800,000 (US$770 million) in damages after being sued for failing to complete the purchase of a multi-million dollar Sydney house.Industrie clothing brand founders Nick and Susan Kelly sued the Oscar-nominated Australian actress and her musician husband David Galafassi and the Supreme Court in Sydney ruled in their favour.The court heard that Collette, known for her roles in "The Sixth Sense" and TV show "United States of Tara", and Galafassi agreed to buy the Aus$6.35 million terrace in trendy Paddington in September 2011. But on the settlement day in December that year they backed out, claiming not to have enough money, having failed to sell another property in Sydney.The Kellys ultimately sold the house to another party for Aus$5.5 million, and sought damages mostly made up of the fall in value of the property as well as the costs ...

Harsh world on display at Venice Biennale art festival VENICE: The power of money, tragedy and destruction: the world looks pitiless and harsh through the lens of the 55th Biennale art festival in Venice, which starts on Saturday.A record number of 88 national pavilions are taking part -- including, for the first time, the Vatican -- in a festival that takes an overall jaded view of a world hard-hit by economic crisis and full of discord.The Russian pavilion is one of the more striking, ...

Mexican climber sets Everest record with double summit KATHMANDU: A veteran Mexican climber was confirmed on Thursday as the first person to climb Everest from both sides of the mountain in the same season.David Liano Gonzalez, 33, reached the top of Everest on May 11 from the south side, and days later started his second successful ascent of the world's highest mountain from the north side.Gonzalez, who says he has now climbed Everest five times in total, was awarded the official record certificate ...

Disneyland worker held in US after trash can blast LOS ANGELES: A 22-year-old Disneyland worker has been arrested after an explosion in a trash can which forced the evacuation of part of the California theme park, officials said Wednesday.Nobody was injured in the small blast Tuesday allegedly involving dry-ice in a water bottle in the Mickey's Toontown section of the popular park in Anaheim, southeast of Los Angeles.Christian Barnes, described as an "outdoor vending cast member," was arrested late Tuesday on suspicion of possessing ...

Sugar water injections may help ease knee pain ISLAMABAD: Knee pain appears to decrease up to one year after "prolotherapy," a series of sugar water injections at the site of the pain, according to a new study.Previous research on the therapy that suggested positive effects was plagued by flaws, but the new report may be more reliable, according to Dr. John D. Loeser, a pain specialist and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle, Khaleej Times Reported."This is a well-performed clinical ...


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