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"Brangelina" baby is born

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Namibia (Reuters): A star is born. Hollywood heavyweights Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt-described as the ''World's Most Beautiful Family'' by 'People'-have had a baby daughter in one of the most anticipated celebrity stories of the year, the magazine today said. A representative for the couple said Jolie, 30, had given birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on Saturday in Namibia. There were no further details available, People reported. The couple have been staying in a sealed off beach resort in the tiny village of Langstrand and it was unclear if the child had been delivered there or at one of the private hospitals in the nearby towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Pitt, 42, and Jolie met in 2004 while working together on the film Mr and Mrs Smith, in which they played married assassins ordered to kill each other. The movie ends with the two still alive and happily married. Jolie already has two adopted children-son Maddox, 4, and daughter Zahara, who is about 15 months old. The couple has been closely followed by the tabloids in Namibia since they arrived there more than six weeks ago to have their baby. The couple's stay in Namibia spurred a local media frenzy with increasingly wild and unconfirmed stories including suggestions that the new baby would be named by an African chief or delivered underwater in a water birth.

Photographers from all over the world are hoving about nearby, hoping to capture the first picture of the baby, which is expected to garner a multimillion-dollar price tag. A South African photographer was arrested on Wednesday for the second time after he was caught on private property trying to snap a picture of Pitt and Jolie. The couple, dubbed ''Brangelina'' by the tabloids, have been closely followed by the paparazzi in Namibia since arriving there weeks ago to have their baby. Jolie reportedly took a shine to Namibia, better known for dunes and diamonds, while filming the movie ''Beyond Borders''. She is a frequent visitor to Africa and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Local residents in the Walvis Bay, shrouded in fog today morning, were thrilled by the celebrity birth. ''It's great ... She has put us on the map. It is a great thing,'' said resident Della van Noorten. Another resident, who asked not to be named, was also very happy but told the media to lay off. ''I am happy for her-and leave them alone,'' the resident said.

Jolie, who won an Academy Award as best supporting actress for playing a psychiatric patient in Girl, Interrupted, was divorced from actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2003. Before that she was married to actor Jonny Lee Miller. Pitt, a heart-throb famed for his looks and roles in movies such as Fight Club and A River Runs Through It, and Friends star Jennifer Aniston were divorced last year.

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