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Bhutan celebrates birthday of 'Dragon King'
Bhutan celebrates birthday of 'Dragon King'

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on Friday celebrated the birthday of its revered "Dragon King" in a swirl of colourful dances and traditional music.

Bhutan celebrates birthday of 'Dragon King'
Beyonce, John Legend fete Michelle Obama at birthday bash
Beyonce, John Legend fete Michelle Obama at birthday bash

Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash featured performances by pop stars Beyonce and John Legend, and appearances by a host of A-list celebrities.

Beyonce, John Legend fete Michelle Obama at birthday bash
Venezuela celebrates birthday of late leader Chavez
Venezuela celebrates birthday of late leader Chavez

Hugo Chavez died five months ago, but that hasn't stopped his hand-picked successor from holding week-long festivities honoring the late Venezuelan leader's birthday.

Venezuela celebrates birthday of late leader Chavez
Mick Jagger: rock's original bad boy turns 70
Mick Jagger: rock's original bad boy turns 70

Mick Jagger turns 70 on Friday -- and though the Rolling Stones frontman isn't quite the image of rebellious youth he once was, he has lost none of his legendary swagger.

Mick Jagger: rock's original bad boy turns 70
Obama pays tribute as ailing Mandela turns 95
Obama pays tribute as ailing Mandela turns 95

US President Barack Obama paid warm tribute to South Africa's Nelson Mandela for his 95th birthday on Thursday, which the anti-apartheid icon will spend in hospital recovering from a lung infection.

Obama pays tribute as ailing Mandela turns 95
World celebrates ailing Mandela's 95th birthday
World celebrates ailing Mandela's 95th birthday

Global celebrations and charity events will mark Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday Thursday, but the critically ill anti-apartheid hero himself may still be confined to his Pretoria hospital bed on life-support.

World celebrates ailing Mandela's 95th birthday
Celebrating cake. Photo courtesy of 24.kz
Nazarbayev cuts 600kg cake on Astana Day

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the cutting of the 600kg Astana birthday cake baked specially for the anniversary.

Nazarbayev cuts 600kg cake on Astana Day
Bayreuth pays homage to Wagner on 200th birthday
Bayreuth pays homage to Wagner on 200th birthday

Bayreuth paid tribute to composer Richard Wagner on what would have been his 200th birthday here Wednesday with a rare concert in the town's legendary Festpielhaus theatre.

Bayreuth pays homage to Wagner on 200th birthday
Queen Elizabeth turns 87 as Kate shows baby bump
Queen Elizabeth turns 87 as Kate shows baby bump

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 87th birthday with little fanfare on Sunday, spending the day privately while Prince William's wife Catherine was showing off her baby bump.

Queen Elizabeth turns 87 as Kate shows baby bump
Jiroemon Kimura. Photo courtesy of libertasoccidentalis.org
World's oldest person turns 116 in Japan

The world's oldest person turned 116 on Friday as local health chiefs in Japan launch a study to find out why he and many of those around him have lived so long.

World's oldest person turns 116 in Japan
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Google Play celebrates first birthday

Google Play turned a year old on Wednesday and the Android-focused rival to Apple's online iTunes shop celebrated with deals on books, games, music, movies and apps.

Google Play celebrates first birthday
Old age haunts Mugabe's political life as he turns 89
Old age haunts Mugabe's political life as he turns 89

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe turned 89 on Thursday determined to extend his grip on power despite concerns over his health and advanced age.

Old age haunts Mugabe's political life as he turns 89
Anti-North Korea leaflets launched on Kim's birthday
Anti-North Korea leaflets launched on Kim's birthday

North Korean defectors in the South launched 200,000 anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the tense inter-Korean border on Saturday, the birth anniversary of the North's late leader Kim Jong-Il.

Anti-North Korea leaflets launched on Kim's birthday
Prince William and his wife Catherine. Photo courtesy of fwallpapers.com
Pregnant Kate turns 31

Prince William's wife Catherine marks her 31st birthday on Wednesday, but her well-documented pregnancy is likely to make it a low-key celebration.

Pregnant Kate turns 31
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. ©REUTERS
Thais pack Bangkok for king's birthday celebration

Tens of thousands of Thais crowded central Bangkok on Wednesday for a rare address by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, as part of celebrations for his 85th birthday.

Thais pack Bangkok for king's birthday celebration
Model Naomi Campbell. ©REUTERS
Naomi Campbell hosts huge party for boyfriend in India

A star-studded guestlist including Kate Moss and Bob Geldof gathered in India Wednesday for a lavish 50th birthday party arranged by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her Russian billionaire boyfriend.

Naomi Campbell hosts huge party for boyfriend in India
Indian acting legend Bachchan celebrates turning 70
Indian acting legend Bachchan celebrates turning 70

India's favourite film star Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on Thursday, marking his birthday with a lavish celebrity party and drawing hundreds of fans to cheer their hero outside his home.

Indian acting legend Bachchan celebrates turning 70
Russian President Vladimir Putin. ©RIA Novosti
Russia marks Putin's 60th birthday

Putin turned 60 the official retirement age in the country he has dominated for the past 12 years, as critics snickered that his image of an energetic, young macho leader no longer corresponds with his age.

Russia marks Putin's 60th birthday
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Cash-starved N. Korea secretly sells gold: report

North Korea has been secretly selling gold to make up for shortages of hard currency after it spent millions of dollars on celebrating the 100th birthday of its founder.

Cash-starved N. Korea secretly sells gold: report
Dutch police swamped after teen's Facebook party goes viral
Dutch police swamped after teen's Facebook party goes viral

Riot police went into action in a sleepy Dutch town late Friday to contain thousands of party-goers who turned up after a teenager's birthday invite on Facebook went viral.

Dutch police swamped after teen's Facebook party goes viral