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Celine Dion gives birth to twin boys

Celine Dion with husband Rene Angelil
Image caption Dion married her manager Rene Angelil (r) in 1994

Singer Celine Dion has given birth to twin boys at a hospital in Florida.

Dion, 42, and husband Rene Angelil, 68, are said to be "thrilled" to have the as yet unnamed children, who were born by Caesarean section on Saturday.

The babies were reportedly born healthy but were premature and will spend the next few days in an incubator.

The Canadian-born singer, due to return to Las Vegas in March for a three-year residency, already has a nine-year-old son with Angelil.

A statement released by St Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida said the first twin weighed five pounds and 10 ounces (2.55 kg).

His brother, born one minute afterwards, weighed six ounces less (2.38 kg).

Dion has been trying to have more children for some time and has spoken publicly about her experiences with in-vitro fertilisation.

Last year the Grammy-winning artist confirmed she was pregnant, only to subsequently suffer a miscarriage.

In other baby news, US actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana have announced the birth of their third daughter together.

The couple are said to be "great" after welcoming Stella Zavala Damon, who was born on Wednesday in New York.

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