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Unlocked safe robbed

Up to US$10 million in diamonds have been reported stolen from a New York jeweler who left them in an unlocked safe, police said on Friday. The jeweler, Jonathan Birnbaum, on Thursday reported the diamonds missing from his Manhattan business, police said. Birnbaum kept the safe unlocked to allow easier access to other gems. The diamonds are worth between US$5 million and US$10 million. The diamonds could have been taken any time between Nov. 24, when he put the precious stones inside the safe, and Tuesday, when he first noticed them missing, police said. Investigators were interviewing five employees with access to the safe, as well as contractors who were working in the office at the time.


‘Donald, it was a movie.’

Footage of actor Harrison Ford reacting to praise by US presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump for his patriotic performance in the film Air Force One has gone viral. In the 1997 movie, Ford plays a US president who stands up to terrorists after they hijack his flight. “I love Harrison Ford — and not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America,” the billionaire real-estate mogul told the New York Times of Ford’s character. In an interview on Wednesday with Australian Studio 10 morning show, a semiserious Ford said: “It’s a movie. Donald, it was a movie! It’s not like this in real life. But how would you know?” The snippet of Ford’s interview was among the topics on Friday trending on social media and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube. It came amid national and international furor over Trump’s controversial plan to ban Muslims from entering the US.


Lightsaber sells for US$25k

Just in time for the latest installment of the Star Wars movie, fans bid thousands of dollars on hundreds of rare and original collectibles associated with the space odyssey series at a New York City auction. Sotheby’s on Friday held an online-only sale that brought in more than US$500,000. The 175 lots included over 600 action figures from the collection of Japanese fashion designer and entrepreneur Nigo. A set of seven mini action figures from The Empire Strikes Back fetched US$32,500. Two Power of the Force coin sets that were only available on special request from the manufacturer drew US$27,500. A Luke Skywalker figurine with double telescoping lightsaber sold for US$25,000, exceeding a pre-sale estimate of US$12,000 to US$18,000. Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres next week.


California mosque burns

A southern California mosque has been damaged by fire and its leader says people there at the time believe it was intentionally lit. Flames were reported just after noon on Friday at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs. The Riverside County Fire Department said that the fire was contained to the building’s front lobby and no one was injured. The mosque’s acting imam, Reymundo Nour, said people there described hearing a “loud boom” and seeing flames. He said the mosque had been “fire-bombed.” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency is to assist local law enforcement in determining the cause of the fire. The mosque is about 120km from San Bernardino, where last week a couple that federal officials said was inspired by Islamist extremists killed 14 people.

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