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  • Photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world as refugee crisis grows

    Harrowing pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach brought home the horror of the escalating refugee crisis Thursday as Europe was accused of letting the Mediterranean become a "cemetery" for migrants. Ugly scenes erupted meanwhile in Hungary as migrants refused to get off a train to be moved to a camp, prompting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to lash out at Germany over its handling of the spiralling situation. Europe remained deeply divided over the response to the worst crisis of its kind since World War II, despite the heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank.

    AFP
  • Jay-Z To Gift Beyonce With Custom Made Diamond Heels For Her 34th Birthday

    While we’re still busy putting the final touches to Beyoncé’s birthday card (which we’re sure she’ll remember forever and ever, of course), reports claim Jay-Z has already got her present totally sorted. According to The Sun, Jay-Z has gone all out for Bey’s 34th birthday, splashing out on some custom-made, diamond-heeled Manolo Blahniks. No word on how much the glamorous present cost Jay-Z, 45, but we can only assume we’d have to sell every single one of our belongings to afford just one of the diamond shoes.

    Rachel Pilcher
  • UAE, Bahrain say 50 soldiers killed in Yemen attack

    DUBAI/SANAA (Reuters) - At least 50 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed in Yemen on Friday in the deadliest attack on Gulf Arab troops in the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi forces, Gulf news agencies said. The incident took place in the oil-producing Marib area of central Yemen near the border with Saudi Arabia, apparently when Houthis rocket fire hit a weapons store at a military camp. UAE state news agency WAM initially reported that 22 Emirati soldiers were killed, then later said the total number had risen to 45 after 23 more soldiers died of their wounds.

    Reuters
  • Kim Kardashian And Caitlyn Jenner Deny ‘Intervention’ Reports

    Kim Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner’s reps have totally shut down the claims that the Kardashian Kontingent staged an ‘intervention’ to deal with Cait’s ‘diva-like’ behaviour. It was originally alleged that Kim, Kourtney and Khloe went to speak to Caitlyn in her Malibu home because they were ‘fed up’ of how she was behaving. The ‘intervention’ reports came from a source who spoke to RadarOnline, who somehow knows exactly what went down inside the Kardashians meeting with Cait.

    Rachel Pilcher
  • Rihanna excited to celebrate 10 years in music industry

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna says she's thrilled to have had a decade-long career in music and she plans on celebrating the feat at some point this year.

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  • Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers - state TV

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013 election paved the way to a diplomatic thaw with the West, and his allies have opposed such a parliamentary vote, arguing this would create legal obligations complicating the deal's implementation. "Parliament should not be sidelined on the nuclear deal issue ... I am not saying lawmakers should ratify or reject the deal.

    Reuters
  • Egypt billionare offers to buy Med island for refugees

    Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts. The telecoms tycoon first announced the initiative on Twitter. "Greece or Italy sell me an island, I'll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country," he wrote.

    AFP
  • Mayweather Sr. calls Pacquiao a ‘liar with no skills’

    Boxing’s most lucrative fight has long been over but  Floyd Mayweather Sr. is not done throwing verbal jabs at Manny Pacquiao. Floyd Jr. won via unanimous decision over Pacquiao in what was called as the Fight of the Century but the fight proved to be a dud as Mayweather stayed on the defensive and prevented Pacquiao, who later admitted that he was nursing a shoulder injury, from executing his frenetic offense. In an interview with FightHype.com, Mayweather Sr. criticized Pacquiao’s lack of heart and insisted there was nothing wrong with the Filipino boxing champion’s shoulder.

    INQUIRER.net
  • India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — India's largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on U.S. roads. But it's starting with two wheels, not four.

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  • The pricing information for Apple's iPhone 6S has leaked ahead of its launch

    We're going to know exactly what's in store for Apple's next iPhone on September 9, but a new...

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  • Serena show rolls on while Fish bows out

    By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Serena Williams show continued at the U.S. Open as the world number one moved a step closer to a calendar Grand Slam on Wednesday, while Mardy Fish took a final Flushing Meadows bow as the curtain came down on the American's career. Defending men's champion Marin Cilic and two-time winner Rafa Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic also eased into the third round with straight sets wins as the temperatures and stakes continue to rise at the year's final grand slam. Bidding to become just the fourth woman to win all four slams in the same year, no one has more riding on the Flushing Meadows fortnight than Williams, who continued her quest with an error-strewn 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.

    Reuters
  • Troubled Dubai gold retailer seeks time to repay $136 mln debts

    By Stanley Carvalho and Tom Arnold ABU DHABI/DUBAI Sept 3 (Reuters) - A Dubai-based gold and jewellery retailer that defaulted on loans worth about 500 million dirhams ($136 million) has asked banks for time to put together a repayment plan, the company said on Thursday. Officials of Atlas Jewellery, which has more than 50 branches across the Gulf and India, had a meeting with representatives of its creditors on Wednesday, three banking sources told Reuters. "We will present two or three options to banks who will select what is best for them." It is the latest scandal to hit the jewellery business in Dubai, a major centre for gold trading.

    Reuters Middle East
  • Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

    If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim ...

    Associated Press
  • China building two aircraft carriers: Taiwan defense ministry report

    By J.R. Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Little is known about China's aircraft carrier program, which is a state secret, although Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built. The Pentagon, in a report earlier this year, said Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years.

    Reuters
  • Cristiano Ronaldo liked his wax statue so much he paid the artist $31,000 to make one the footballer could keep

    In 2013, Madrid's Museum of Wax unveiled a wax statue of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who was so...

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  • Prosecutor demands death penalty for businesswoman who killed maid

    The public prosecutor has demanded the death sentence for a businesswoman who allegedly tortured her maid to death. A source from the Criminal Court said the court is considering to slap the death sentence on the businesswoman. The source said the husband claimed that he had recruited the maid a few years ago but she had escaped from their household.

    Saudi Gazette
  • US submarine force in the Pacific gets new commander

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Thursday installed a new commander to lead its submarine force in the Pacific at a time when growing Chinese operations in places like the South China Sea are boosting U.S. demand for the eavesdropping capabilities of the underwater vessels.

    Associated Press
  • Young royal blood must wait as Queen celebrates landmark

    Queen Elizabeth II's longevity has helped anchor Britain during an era of unprecedented change, but has also left the royal family an ageing institution. The 89-year-old queen, who next week surpasses Queen Victoria to become the country's longest-reigning monarch, shows no sign of abdicating, even if she has stepped back a little from public duties in favour of her 66-year-old son and heir Charles. Charles's son Prince William is second in line to the throne and his eldest son George third, followed by George's little sister Charlotte -- a strong dynasty that could continue for another century.

    AFP
  • LeBron James' influence over the Cavaliers' roster moves may not be as great as everyone believes

    When LeBron James re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, the widespread belief was...

    Business Insider
  • Kangana Ranaut, Imran Khan promote 'Katti Batti' in Dubai

    Kangana Ranaut looked stunning in a floral red dress from Burberry while she promoted her forthcoming film Katti Batti at Grand Hyatt, Dubai on Monday evening. Imran and Kangana are coming together for the first time in a quirky new age romantic movie. Imran Khan, who is making a comeback to the big screen after almost two years, told City Times that his priorities in life have changed following the birth of his daughter.

    Khaleej Times