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  • Desert odds for the ice princess Zahra Lari

    The odds are not in favour of Emirati ice skater Zahra Lari qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The sport has been all but non-existent in the UAE until recently, which explains the third factor against her: she did not start professional figure skater training until she was 12, compared to the average age of three. In 2012, the Emirati national became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in the European Cup.
  • Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

    Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast, cheered as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram. Following royal tradition, holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, was used for the baptism.

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  • Iran's Zarif says differences remain in nuclear talks with major powers

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Monday some differences still remained between Iran and the six powers over the country's disputed nuclear program ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a final agreement to end a 12-year-old dispute. ... Some differences remain and we are trying and working hard," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. The deal under discussion between Iran and the powers is aimed at curbing Tehran's most sensitive nuclear work for a decade or more in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.

  • Two London teens have married IS group fighters: lawyer

    Two of three teenage girls who travelled from Britain to Syria sparking criticism of the police response have married Islamic State (IS) group fighters, the lawyer for their families said Saturday. Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their homes in February and flew to Istanbul before crossing into Syria. Tasnime Akunjee, who represents the families, told the Guardian that the news had "caused a lot of distress." "It entrenches their lives in Syria, rather than in Britain.

  • Aishwarya will have a great comeback, and may even grab an award for Jazbaa, says Ganesha!

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has blazed a trail in India by winning the 1994 Miss World title, giving the Indian beauty industry a boost like no one else had done before, not even the best of the then Bollywood actresses. Among the feathers in her cap are the Padma Shri she won in 2009, two Filmfare awards, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the Government of France! Currently, as the gorgeous beauty is all geared up for her comeback to Bollywood, with her movie Jazbaa, Ganesha takes a look at her stars and predicts the path ahead for the Sensational Beauty. Currently Jupiter is transiting through the 11th house of Aishwarya’s Natal chart.

  • 2 to be tried for ‘insulting’ the late King Abdullah

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered that two men face trial for allegedly insulting the late King Abdullah. Quoting reliable sources, a local online publication said that King Salman has also barred Mohsin Al-Awaji and Abdullah Al-Mudaifir from appearing in the media. The publication reported that King Salman took the decision because the government would not allow anyone to besmirch the name of any of the country’s previous rulers, who all helped to build the Kingdom.

    Arab News
  • Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Coach are making the same mistake — and it's undermining business

    (Getty) Many aspirational retail brands are in crisis.  Companies like Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Michael Kors have reported disappointing earnings recently. Shares for all three companies have declined in the past year.  Many of the companies' struggles

    Business Insider
  • 8 reasons why Americans should take their vacation days

    (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity) Americans work a bewildering 1,836 hours a year — far more than most of the rest of the world. But they take far less vacation than anyone else.  In 2013 Americans squandered 169 million vacation days, and last year a whopping

    Business Insider
  • KStewart Channels Her Inner Kate Middleton In Flawless Wireless Set

    KStewart performed at Wireless on Saturday, and it would seem she’d taken some style inspiration from none other than Kate Middleton.Taking to the stage, the 20-year-old singer looked more like K-Middy than KStew, opting for the Duchess Of Cambridge’

  • Police identify motel intruder shot by ex-CNN reporter

    The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said. Tomorio Walton had absconded from parole out of Memphis, and it wasn't clear how long he had been in New Mexico, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier (tih-SHAY) said late Thursday. Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, were in their room when Walton, 27, allegedly tried to rob them, authorities said.

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  • Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage

    Accused of urinating in public, spitting on the street, or kicking a sacred temple bell -- free-spending Chinese tourists are receiving a mixed welcome as their soaring numbers help the kingdom's creaking economy. Last month it was a photo of a young girl peeing in the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace that triggered the latest round of enraged, and sometimes racist, comments as Thai social media users claimed she was Chinese. In March a Thai model's video of tourists from China jumping the queue at an airport was viewed more than two million times and saw a similarly angry rant against Thailand's largest group of foreign holidaymakers.

  • How Saudi Arabia is building the city of the future

    There can’t be many Saudi projects that can claim to have been unaffected by the oil price slide, but then again, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is no ordinary undertaking. Located an hour’s drive north of Jeddah, KAEC has been described as the world’s largest real estate project. By the time it is completed, probably at some point in the mid-2030s, roughly $100bn worth of investment will have been ploughed into the city, which is set to play a vital role in the diversification of Saudi Arabia’s economy away from oil.
  • Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

    Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas's production company, Furthur Films. It cited Diana Douglas's husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C.

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  • Kingdom condemns Sinai terror

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has condemned the terror attack on several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai and expressed his condolences to President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, SPA reported. In a cable to El-Sissi, the king said

    Arab News
  • Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

    The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer. Gonzalez, 79, died at a hospital in the western city of Pereira after suffering from terminal mouth cancer the past five years. A Constitutional Court ruling 17 years ago made Colombia the first and still only country in Latin America, and one of just a handful worldwide, to allow euthanasia.

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  • Just like old times, it's Williams vs. Williams at Wimbledon

    Used to be that a match involving Miss Williams vs. Miss Williams, as they like to say at the All England Club, was a regular occurrence at the latter stages of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. During a span of eight majors from the U.S. Open in 2001 to Wimbledon in 2003, Serena and Venus Williams participated in six all-in-the-family Grand Slam finals. Think about it this way: Before that stretch, the only previous major title match between sisters came when Maud Watson beat her younger sibling, Lillian, in the very first Wimbledon women's final in 1884.

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  • Gang arrested for beating up expatriate

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Jeddah Police arrested a three-member gang that robbed an expatriate in south Jeddah. The expatriate was stopped by one of the gang members as he was walking on a subsidiary road in south Jeddah and asked for help with an address. The expatriate attempted to flee, but the man grabbed him.

    Saudi Gazette
  • Ganesha indicates great popularity for Taylor Swift but advises her to be alert till January, 2016

    Taylor Swift is a name that has achieved incredible prominence in the field of Music! Having many firsts to her record, Taylor has took the Music World by surprise. Beginning her career at the young age of 14, Taylor became the youngest songwriter that was ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house! Seen as one of the most popular and outstanding faces of the Country genre of Music, the success her music achieves is just phenomenal! In 2015, Taylor became the youngest woman ever to be included on Forbes Most Powerful Women List! With immensely successful hit Singles like “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” “Shake It Off”, she has become an essential staple for Country Music enthusiasts! Having already won 7 Grammy Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards and 1 Brit Award, she is surely one of the best musicians and artists ever.

  • In Women's World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

    A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today's adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World Cup, and even earlier when the buzz of soccer landed in the United States for the 1994 men's tournament. Now those grown-ups are tuning in to this Women's World Cup — with their kids alongside.

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  • Ganesha predicts the success-quotient of ‘Digital India’ – PM Modi’s ambitious project…

    ‘Digital India’- the super ambitious and revolutionary project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to be launched on the 1st of July, 2015. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Bharti Group Chairman Sunil Mittal and Gautam Adani, the Chairman of the Adani Group are amongst the high-level VVIPs who are going to be present. Focusing mainly on Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & Services on Demand, Digital Empowerment of Citizens, as the key areas, the initiative seems to be a very promising one, in terms of long-term digital empowerment and all-round development.