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    Sri Lanka rejects plans for $10m Shariah university

    COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday refused permission for a planned $10 million (SR37.5 million) Shariah university in one of the country's main cities. And in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday terror attacks on hotels and churches, the premier also announced that all madrasas would be brought under the umbrella of Sri Lanka's Education Ministry. The latest moves by the Sri Lankan government follow widespread unrest on the island, with anti-Muslim riots having caused damage running into millions of dollars. Wickremesinghe's orders came after a fact-finding report into the university compiled by MP Ashu Marasinghe. He recommended that the institution, being constructed

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    Iran's basic goods prices double as fall of rial continues

    US sanctions are making life in Iran increasingly difficult for its people. Iranians say their devalued currency is a more pressing problem. Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.

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    US Democrats raise alarm over Trump's increasing threats to Iran

    Washington, DC - US Democratic politicians expressed scepticism and alarm after receiving closed-door briefings from key Trump administration officials on Tuesday about escalating tensions with Iran. The briefings were given by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford and an official from the US Defense Intelligence Agency. "Secretary Pompeo made a very lengthy political argument and he argued, 'Here are all the terrible things that Iran has done', and he spent about 10 minutes until I cut him off," Representative Adam Smith, the Democrat chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters after the

  • A photographer went inside three of Huawei's campuses and found it very unlike the rest of China. Here's what he saw.

    The Chinese company Huawei is one of the giants of the tech industry. It's the world's largest provider of telecommunications equipment, a leader in next-generation 5G technology, and last year it passed Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone seller in the world. But to many, especially in the West, there's still an air of mystery around it. And in the United States, suspicion. A thermal engineer performs a heat test in the research-and-development area of a Huawei facility in Shenzhen. Huawei employees leave work at the end of a week in late April. For years, Washington has been concerned that the Chinese government could use Huawei equipment to spy on other nations. The US government

  • Niki Lauda: World champion Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to 'bright light in my life'

    World champion Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to Niki Lauda by saying he was "a bright light in my life". Lauda, who won the Formula 1 drivers' championship in 1975, 1977 and 1984, died aged 70. Hamilton worked alongside Lauda with the Mercedes F1 team, where the Austrian was non-executive chairman. "I will miss our conversations, our laughs, the big hugs after winning races together," Briton Hamilton said on Twitter. Lauda helped Mercedes win both the drivers' and constructors' title in the past five seasons. Five-time world champion Hamilton added: "I am struggling to believe you are gone. God rest your soul. Thank you for being a bright light in my life. I will always be here for your family

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    Tarantino is back in Cannes, 25 years after 'Pulp Fiction'

    Twenty-five years after premiering “Pulp Fiction” in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino is set to bring his latest, “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” to the French Riviera festival Tuesday. Tarantino's “Pulp Fiction” went on to win the Palme d'Or in 1994.

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    Zarif: US playing 'dangerous game' in Gulf showdown

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned the United States is "playing a dangerous game" by boosting its military might in the Gulf as the fiery rhetoric between Washington and Tehran continues. Zarif criticised the US move to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber task force earlier this month in response to an unspecified threat, cautioning that "having all these military assets in a small area is in of itself prone to accidents". "Extreme prudence is required and the United States is playing a very, very dangerous game," he told CNN in an interview broadcast on Tuesday. Friction between Tehran and Washington has steadily ratcheted up this month, a year after US President Donald