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George Clooney engaged to UK human rights lawyer

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It is the end of a era for celebrity fans in Fresno today as it has been confirmed by a London law firm, as reported by such news sources as AOL.com, that had sent congratulations to one of its lawyers and Hollywood leading man, two-time Oscar winner and human rights activist George Clooney on their engagement.

During the weekend media speculation had grown that Clooney had gone back on his vow never to remarry after his girlfriend, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, was spotted wearing a large ring on her wedding finger at a Los Angeles restaurant.

As of now the couple have said nothing and Clooney's representative declined to comment on his personal life, but on Monday Alamuddin's law firm released the following statement:

"The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr George Clooney on their engagement to be married."

Clooney, 52, and Alamuddin, 36, have been dating since last October, according to media reports. Clooney has been married once, but ever since his 1993 divorce from Talia Balsam he has remained one of Hollywood's most eligible and devoted bachelors.

As for the bride-to-be, the London law firm said it had recruited Alamuddin back in 2010 to complete her training as a barrister in England and she later became a full member, joining its international law team.

Alamuddin was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford University, and New York University School of Law and speaks Arabic and French fluently, according to the law firm's website.

During her career Alamuddin has advised United Nations former secretary-general Kofi Annan on Syria, represented Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in challenging her detention before the European Court of Human Rights, and has also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings. She also drew publicity last year when she was named as topping an online "hot list" of attractive female barristers in Britain.

Robin Jackson, chief executive of Alamuddin's law firm, added his personal congratulations: "She brings a bright light to everything she is involved in, and I am so delighted at her happy news."

This examiner would like to congratulate Mr. Clooney and Ms. Alamuddin on the good news and wish them both the best of luck.

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