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Oscar winner and ‘Harry Potter’ alum Jim Broadbent headed to ‘Game of Thrones’

By Saba Hamedy

LOS ANGELES — Harry Potter alum and Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent has landed a role on next season of Game of Thrones.

The British actor, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001 for his role in Iris, was also nominated for an Emmy for playing the title role in the series Longford.

He has also appeared in Time Bandits, Brazil and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Entertainment Weekly first broke the news.

It’s unclear what character he will play in the next season of the hit HBO show. However, according to EW, the role is “significant.” …

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Watch: Cow-eating crocodile gets caught by the cops

By Johnny Lieu

Never smile at a crocodile, especially this cow-devouring behemoth from Australia.

The four metre (13 foot) croc was captured by Northern Territory police on Tuesday, after authorities set up a trap due to reports the crocodile had been busy eating cattle from a nearby farm.

“It was causing a ruckus and was a danger to people in the area,” NT Police’s Matt Phillips told ABC News.

The crocodile didn’t behave, making its capture difficult, according to Phillips. Eventually it was taken to a crocodile farm, but locals believe there is an even larger crocodile still lurking about in the water. …

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Students at South Africa school told to chemically straighten their Afros

By Nicole Gallucci

Students at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa are taking a stand against racism.

After being told by school officials to chemically straighten their natural hair, girls with Afros and braids gathered together last weekend to protest the rule and defend their black individuality, and their actions are inspiring an important change.

Pretoria Girls High School, which was founded in 1902, only allowed white students to attend until the end of the apartheid —— the system of racial segregation in South Africa — in 1994. Despite the official end of the apartheid 22 years ago, the school is still run by mostly white administrators and racism remains a serious issue in the area. …

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Mexican president says he told Trump that Mexico won’t pay for the wall

By Tim Chester

Trump’s last-minute Mexican sojourn just gets curiouser and curiouser.

The Republican candidate ditched his press corps in Arizona and jetted into the country unexpectedly Wednesday — amid criticism from its political leaders and protests from its residents — to give a speech praising a nation he recently said was responsible for drugs, crime and rapists in the United States.

Trump’s volte-face is confusing enough, but it was the topic of “the wall” that left onlookers really confounded — you know, the wall the Mexico is definitely paying for, as Trump has promised umpteen times before. …

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