• BBC News

    Why the snobbery about superhero films?

    Stars of Avengers: Infinity War have defended superhero films against snobbery from some Hollywood quarters. Last week, Zoe Saldana spoke about "elitists" who accuse the cast of "selling out" with the films. "I've been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they're absolutely elitist. "They look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself," the actress, who plays Gamora, in the Marvel universe said. Fellow Avengers actor, Josh Brolin, has also chimed in saying actors "totally" turn their noses up at superhero roles. 'Avenger fatigue' But it's not just elitism that's a problem. Some Hollywood greats think there are just too many superhero films

  • Arab News

    30 expats held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges in April

    JEDDAH: The Saudi security forces rounded up 30 people of 12 different nationalities with links to terrorist organizations in April, said security sources. The cases of all these suspects are under investigation. The detainees include 11 from Sudan, 9 from Yemen, 2 from Egypt, 1 from Turkey, 1 from Kenya, 1 from Iran, 1 from Somalia, 1 from Syria, 1 from Bahrain, and 1 from Kyrgyzstan. This brings the number detainees so far to 34 Sudanese, 328 Yemenis, 72 Egyptians, 18 Turks, 3 Canadians, 1Kenyan, 10 Iranians, 4 Somalis, 207 Syrians, 2 Kyrgyzstanis, and 12 Bahrainis. It should be noted that the number of detainees in the prisons of the General Investigation Directorate, according to the latest

  • BBC News

    Avicii's ex-girlfriend posts tribute

    Avicii's ex-girlfriend has posted a tribute online following the sudden death of the Swedish DJ. The 28-year-old, otherwise known as Tim Bergling, died in Oman and it's not yet known what the cause of death was. Emily Goldberg wrote that during the two years they were together he was her "closest confidante". She uploaded pictures of them together on her Instagram account as well as an undated screengrab of a WhatsApp conversation. It's believed they dated between 2011 and 2013. It's known that the 28-year-old had been suffering from pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking. He once said in an interview: "Drinking became routine for me, but it's impossible to keep up touring and drinking

  • CNN

    Macron hopes Trump relationship can help make France great again

    On Monday, the leaders flew by helicopter past the monuments in Washington, a city laid out by French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant before heading down the Potomac to dine with their wives at George Washington's mansion at Mount Vernon. The first state visit of the current presidency is intended by Trump to return the compliment offered by Macron when he made the President guest of honor at France's Bastille Day national celebration last July, at a time when other European leaders were still recoiling from the shock of Trump's "America First" revolution. Macron's play Macron is making clear that the scandals afflicting the White House, and even questions about whether they will truncate Trump's

  • BBC News

    'Normal lives can be beautiful stories'

    It may feel like the world isn't the happiest of places at the moment. But first-time author Libby Page is hoping that shining a light on the power of community and friendship in The Lido will be the uplifting read people need. Positive reviews of The Lido - about how residents rally together to save their local pool from closure and developers threatening to use the land for luxury flats - started coming in before it was published on Thursday. While Libby, 25, is delighted, she is also surprised - not least because she almost gave up on the novel after a year of pitching it to agents with no success. "I think people are hooking onto the fact that it's an uplifting story," she says. "It's nice

  • BBC News

    Pakistan sports hero seeks heart in India

    A former Pakistan hockey player has appealed to the Indian government to grant him a visa so he can travel to the country for a heart transplant. Mansoor Ahmed, 49, is reportedly suffering from complications due to a pacemaker in his heart. In a video posted on YouTube Ahmed said, "Today I need a heart and I need the support of the Indian government". Pakistanis can apply for medical visas to India despite the strained relationship between the two countries. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and a limited conflict since the two states were created in 1947 following independence from Britain. "When I played hockey as a young man, I broke many Indian hearts," Ahmed told the news channel

  • BBC News

    Reality Check: Are you getting enough bank holidays?

    Claim: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the UK has the fewest public holidays of any European Union nation. Verdict: It's true of England and Wales, but not Scotland or Northern Ireland. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's promising four more public holidays for UK workers if his party wins the next general election, arguing they're missing out compared with those in other countries. England and Wales currently have eight a year, while Scotland has nine and Northern Ireland has 10. UK bank holidays England and Wales (8): New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May bank holiday, Spring bank holiday, Summer bank holiday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day Scotland (9): Similar, but without Easter Monday