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  • Mad for Madonna even at P3K-P57K tickets

    Proof: Madonna’s Manila concert at SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Feb. 24, 2016, is more than six months away, but already, there is much ado about getting tickets now, “before they run out,” a midlevel corporate executive told the Inquirer. It took one week before the official announcement on July 29 that the Manila concert, part of Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” world tour, will have a second night on Feb. 25, 2016, although the Inquirer had reported it in advance (Madonna in Manila confirmed: 2 nights at MOA Arena, lifestyle.inquirer.net, July 1). The decision to hold back the announcement of the second night was a calculated move, sources say, to test if the Philippine market was ready for advance ticket sales, especially for a top concert act like Madonna.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Kim Kardashian’s Daughter North Holds Hands With Kourtney’s Son Mason As They Attend A Birthday Party

    Kim Kardashian’s daughter North and Kourtney’s son Mason have been showing that the Kardashian Kontingent’s close bond is stronger than ever, walking along hand-in-hand after attending a birthday party. Nori also wore a white top with silver writing on it, teamed with acid wash denim shorts and white vans, with her hair tied into a little bun.

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  • Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for 'Rose Garden,' dead at 67

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Country music singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning smash hit "Rose Garden," has died of a heart attack at a hospital in Nashville, her publicist said on Friday. Anderson, who had recently returned from a trip to Italy, was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Thursday for treatment of pneumonia and died later in the day, spokesman Mark Logsdon said. “Lynn is blooming in God’s rose garden now,” fellow country star Dolly Parton said after learning of Anderson's death.

    Reuters
  • China's island-building faces scrutiny at Asia security talks

    Beijing faces pressure over its island-building in the South China Sea during high-level Asian security meetings this week that will include the top US and Chinese diplomats. China is expanding tiny reefs into islands and topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claims over the strategic sea, fanning fears of a regional arms race and possible conflict. Southeast Asia's human-trafficking problem and concerns over North Korean missile launches are also expected to be among the issues discussed at the talks in Kuala Lumpur.

    AFP
  • This Iranian coffee shop is bizarrely similar to Starbucks

    In Iran, there are many imitations of popular restaurant chains, the New York Times reported. "We are trying to get as close as we can to the McDonald's experience," the owner of a restaurant called Mash Donald's told the Times.  "No genuine American

    Business Insider
  • In Turkish villages facing Islamic State, doubt hangs over U.S. strategy

    By Nick Tattersall KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Packets of cigarettes and tea gathering dust in his one-room store, Mustafa Karatas doubts a joint U.S.-Turkish plan to flush Islamic State militants from the Syrian border will make much difference to his business any time soon. This main commercial street in Karkamis, a Turkish town of 10,500 people, sits directly opposite the border post. The United States and Turkey hope that by sweeping Islamic State from this border zone, they can deprive it of a smuggling route which has seen its ranks swollen with foreign fighters and its coffers boosted by illicit trade.

    Reuters
  • ISIS just received a 'gift' — and now 'there's a lot of opportunity for high drama'

    Taliban leader Mullah Omar was officially declared dead this week, and the militant group is showing signs of major strain as a result. Omar's death could have huge implications that ripple past the Taliban itself — J.M. Berger, a Brookings Institution fellow and coauthor of the recent book "ISIS: The State of Terror," told Business Insider that this week's news could be a boon to the Islamic State. Although Omar has apparently been dead for more than two years, until this week the Taliban had been leading people to believe that he was still alive.

    Business Insider
  • Domination of Paul Malignaggi enhances Danny Garcia's prospects of a marquee fight

    Danny Garcia stepped up to welterweight in an impressive fashion in completing a ninth-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi.  Garcia, who had previously excelled at junior welterweight, pummelled the New York native at the Barclays Center at Brooklyn,

    Sport360
  • Bobby Brown’s Wife Rushed To Hospital After Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

    Musician Bobby Brown was faced with more heartache after he lay 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina to rest yesterday, with his wife, Alicia Etheredge, being rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure. According to TMZ reports, mere hours after saying goodbye to his daughter at her funeral, Bobby’s wife, who had given birth to their daughter Bodhi, earlier this month, had to be taken to hospital via ambulance as paramedics rushed to help her. Thankfully, Alicia was able to make a recovery and Bobby is expected to attend Bobbi Kristina’s burial in New Jersey tomorrow.

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  • Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy

    NICE/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in Morocco, saying this was part of his holiday program and had nothing to do with the media coverage that his visit had attracted. Philippe Castanet, a local French government official, added that about half of the king's 1,000-person entourage had left along with him.

    Reuters
  • Man accused of beating driver who asked him to put on seat belt

    An employee has been accused of assaulting a taxi driver who had asked him to buckle his seat belt and not to eat in the car. The 24-year-old Emirati employee, N.M., was said to have brutally beaten the Pakistani driver and caused him a permanent disability when the latter prevented him from eating in the taxi and insisted that he should wear the seat belt in January. Prosecutors accused N.M. of assaulting the 48-year-old driver and causing him a five per cent permanent disability.

    Gulf News
  • Adidas is taking on Nike with a massive $200 million offer for James Harden

    Adidas has vowed to invest more money in basketball, and their first big move is a monster shoe endorsement offer made to James Harden of the Houston Rockets that could make him one of the 25 highest-paid athletes in the world. Adidas has made a 13-year, $200 million offer to Harden, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. The offer, worth about $15.4 million per year, would be among the richest shoe endorsement deals in the NBA.

    Business Insider
  • NASA captures Earth flyby of 'space peanut'

    Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) NASA scientists have captured a peanut-shaped asteroid that approached close to Earth last weekend. The next time an asteroid will approach Earth this close will be in 2054. The asteroid named 1999 JD6 appears to be a contact binary -- an asteroid with two lobes that are stuck together.

    IANS
  • Missing plane draws eyes to land of molten lava and killer sharks

    By Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - As experts on the Indian Ocean island Reunion studied plane debris for clues in the search for missing flight MH370, scientist Nicolas Villeneuve was making his own discovery: the island's volcano was about to erupt. Reunion, a part of France that lies in the Indian Ocean around 370 miles east of Madagascar, gained newfound notoriety last week when a beach cleaner stumbled across a barnacled piece of an airplane wing known as a flaperon. The wreckage was flown on Friday to mainland France where experts hope forensic analysis will uncover if it was part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished without trace in March 2014 along with 239 passengers and crew.

    Reuters
  • Jolie, Suu Kyi visit Myanmar female factory workers

    Angelina Jolie has joined Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, in sitting down with female workers to learn more about their dire conditions. Jolie, who is a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, is on a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation. During her meeting with the factory workers on the outskirts of an industrial zone in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, Jolie and Suu Kyi witnessed first-hand the conditions the women live in, mostly low-cost hostels.

    Associated Press
  • Dolly Parton's family life subject of TV movie

    Dolly Parton wants the upcoming TV movie about her life growing up poor in Appalachia to show viewers the kind of family she thinks is missing on television today. Eight-year-old actress Alyvia Lind has been cast to play the young Parton in the movie set in the 1950s in East Tennessee. Parton may appear as well.

    Associated Press
  • While we await the fate of MH370, it's worth remembering that the Boeing 777 is one of the safest planes in history

    Investigators believe the wreckage to be that of a "flaperon" from the right wing of a Boeing 777. On March 8, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200Er operating as Flight MH370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China.

    Business Insider
  • Gulf airlines warn of delays for passengers to, from Australia

    Passengers travelling to and from Australia are being warned of delays as immigration and border control staff strike over pay and conditions. The action is expected to affect eight international airports during peak times on Monday. Airlines have warned passengers departing the country to arrive at the airports three hours early and proceed straight to customs following check-in.

    ArabianBusiness.com
  • 13-year jail sentence, 2,000 lashes for man who raped daughter

    The General Court in Jeddah sentenced a father to 13 years in jail and 2,000 lashes of the whip for raping his daughter over a five-year period. The court dismissed the demands of the public prosecutor for the death sentence, Ayn Al-Yom online daily reported

    Saudi Gazette
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and wife expecting a baby girl

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, he said on his Facebook page on Friday. Zuckerberg, 31, did not say when their daughter is due but said the pregnancy was far enough along that the risk of miscarriage was low. Zuckerberg, who often uses his Facebook page to make both corporate and personal announcements, opened up about the emotions he and Chan, who is a doctor, have felt while trying to have children.

    Reuters