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Jennifer Aniston breaks Instagram with her Friends reunion debut post

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SINGAPORE – Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston is finally on Instagram.

The 50-year-old actress, who joined on Tuesday (Oct 15), garnered more than six million followers in less than 24 hours and over eight million likes for her first picture which features her Friends, of course.

It was a rare, full reunion of the main cast of the hit comedy series Friends (1994 to 2004) – Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Aniston herself. All the cast, aside from Perry, who does not have an Instagram account, were tagged.

She captioned the photo: “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM.”

Celebrities have flooded her comments section to welcome her, including daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who said: “I’m so glad they’re still there for you”, referencing Friends’ iconic theme song I’ll Be There For You.

Other celebrities who welcomed her include singer Mariah Carey, comedian David Spade, actress Kate Hudson and Aniston’s former husband, actor Justin Theroux.

Schwimmer, who played Aniston’s love interest on Friends, posted on his Instagram account a photo of two Lego figurines of their Friends characters – Ross and Rachel – playing the keyboard with the caption: “Hi Jen!”

Aniston, who previously had no public social media presence, once said that was because “that’s just giving away one more piece of something that is mine”.

But in a recent interview for her upcoming drama series The Morning Show, she said of social media: “What you resist, persists. It’s something that is a part of our world now and it’s not going away.”

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Aniston’s Instagram debut reportedly broke the app for a short while. Her profile had appeared unavailable to some users temporarily due to the volume of interest.

While she may be new to the platform, she seems to have taken to it like a natural, with a series of Instagram stories already up on her barely day-old account.

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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