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UNITED STATES

Cast look to silence critics

The four lead actresses of the new Ghostbusters movie are out to prove that women can fight supernatural entities just as well as their male predecessors. The new film is due in theaters on Friday. Eccentric parapsychologists battle ghosts wreaking havoc on Manhattan, this time with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. When the new Ghostbusters was announced, it garnered strong positive and negative reactions for its all-female cast, a point subtly referenced throughout the film. The film’s first trailer released in March divided audiences and garnered more than 900,000 dislikes, YouTube’s most-disliked movie trailer. “There’s nothing worse than trying to slam a woman into a part that was written for a man,” director Paul Feig said, adding that instead he wanted to provide a platform for the film’s cast to showcase their skills.

UNITED STATES

First Zika death reported

A Utah resident infected with the Zika virus has died, becoming the first Zika-related fatality in the continental US, officials said on Friday. The elderly victim, who had an underlying health condition, died late last month after traveling to a nation where the mosquito-transmitted virus is active, the Salt Lake County Health Department said. “While this individual did test positive for Zika virus, the exact cause of death has not been determined and it may not be possible to determine how the Zika infection... contributed to the death,” the health department said in a statement.

PERU

Former beer boss to be PM

Peruvian president-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is to appoint Fernando Zavala, the outgoing chief executive of a beer company, to be his prime minister when he takes office on July 28, a source said on Friday. Zavala, a 45-year-old trained economist, has headed Peru’s biggest brewery, Union de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus Y Johnston SAA, for the past three years. He was finance minister for a year starting in 2005 when Kuczynski served as prime minister under then-Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo.

UNITED STATES

IS Twitter traffic plunges

The Islamic State (IS) group’s Twitter traffic has plunged 45 percent in the past two years, the government said, as the US and its allies have countered messages of jihadi glorification with a flood of online images and statements about suffering and enslavement at the hands of the extremist organization. The images include a teddy bear with Arabic writing and messages saying IS “slaughters childhood,” “kills innocence,” “lashes purity” or “humiliates children,” and a male hand covering a female’s mouth, saying IS “deprives a woman her voice.” Officials cite the drop in Twitter traffic as a sign of progress toward eliminating propaganda they blame for inspiring attacks around the world.

UNITED STATES

C/DC bassist to retire

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams said he plans to retire after the current tour, becoming the latest member of the band to bow out and cloud its future. “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording,” Williams told Gulfshore Life. The Australian-born band plans to close a year and a half of touring on Sept. 30 in Philadelphia with Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose as the frontman. Rose joined for the European leg of the tour after singer Brian Johnson was told by doctors he risked permanent hearing damage if he kept performing.

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