• Discussing police, Iran president pushes against hard-liners

    Ahead of summer in Iran, when hard-liners want women in the Islamic Republic to be veiled and covered to their standards, the country's president is taking a stand against police enforcing morality rules. By doing so, President Hassan Rouhani is staking a clear position against hard-liners who…

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    • Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias sweep Latin music awards

      Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias swept the Billboard Latin Music Awards, but Jennifer Lopez may have stolen the show. Santos, the U.S. singer known as the "King of Bachata," took home 10 awards Thursday night, including Artist of the Year Solo while Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias won nine,…

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      • Witherspoon, Vergara team up in female-driven 'Hot Pursuit'

        Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon teams up with "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara in "Hot Pursuit", a female-driven comedy directed, produced and led by a strong presence of women on set. Academy Award winner Witherspoon, also one of the film's producers, plays an uptight police officer who has…

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        • Mayweather v Pacquiao round-by-round

          Manny Pacquiao landed a hard body shot on Floyd Mayweather to start the 10th round of their megafight on Saturday. Despite Pacquiao's attempt to be the aggressor and unleashing the occasional flurry on his opponent, Mayweather's quickness and timing was evident and he was controlling the flow. - -…

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          • Prince Saud touched by leadership’s gesture

            Former Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Saturday thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his kind words that relieving him of his duties was a tough decision to take. In a cable to the prince on Friday, King Salman said he acted to relieve him of his duties as foreign…

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            • Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard suffer first round exits in Madrid Open

              World number two Simona Halep crashed to a shock 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 defeat to France's Alize Cornet in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday. Halep reached the final in the Spanish capital last year, but looked out of sorts as a double fault handed Cornet the opening set in a tie-break.…

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              • Airstrikes hit Yemen airports as Saudis ponder cease-fire

                Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen even as the kingdom's foreign minister said officials were considering a cease-fire to allow aid into the Arab world's poorest country, while Senegal announced it would be contributing troops to back the Saudi-led coalition.…

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                • Britain's new princess meets royal family members

                  The newest member of Britain's royal family, a daughter born to Prince William and his wife Kate, met her grandparents and other family members at the couple's Kensington Palace home in London on Sunday. A statement from Kensington Palace said grandfather Prince Charles, next in line to the throne,…

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                  • Teen delighted with her donation to Nepal quake victims

                    Alleviating the sufferings of the children in Nepal is more delightful than buying branded bags and cosmetics, says a 13-year-old girl who donated her long-term savings to earthquake victims. Firdous Mohammad Farooq, a ninth grader at school in Musaffah, opened her piggybank with Dh1,300 of savings…

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                    • Philippines says Islamist militant was killed by followers

                      The Philippines' most wanted Islamist militant, whose death at the weekend could boost peace efforts in the country's south, was killed by his own bodyguards in pursuit of a bounty offered by the United States, the head of the military said on Monday. Abdul Basit Usman, a militant with strong al…

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                      • City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

                        Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday night. The City of Garland said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday night that two men…

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                        • Stage set for Schengen visa waiver for Emiratis

                          UAE diplomacy has achieved another victory towards realising a Schengen visa waiver, which will allow Emiratis visa-free travel to any of all 28 Schengen states, said Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister. “UAE Schengen waiver soon,” Shaikh Abdullah tweeted on Friday, attaching a…

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                          • Russian ballerina Plisetskaya dies at 89

                            Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years, has died at age 89. Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin told the state news agency Tass that Plisetskaya died in Germany of a heart attack on Saturday.…

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                            • Filipinos warned about drug traffickers

                              Filipino workers in the Kingdom were cautioned about their baggage especially at airport that drug traffickers might use to smuggle narcotics into countries where they work, observed several Filipinos here following the experience of a fellow national, Mary Jane Veloso, in Indonesia. Velosa was…

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                              • Obama to address race, hint at his future

                                President Barack Obama is expected to weigh in on ongoing tensions in America over police treatment of blacks -- and possibly offer a glimpse of his post-White House plans -- during remarks in New York on Monday. Obama will travel to the Bronx to spin off the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative as an…

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                                • With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

                                  Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom. "We just have to give praise to God that we…

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                                  • Airliner diverted to UAE airbase after blast warning: news agency

                                    An Air Arabia airliner flying from Kuwait to the United Arab Emirates was diverted to a UAE military airbase on Sunday after a passenger warned the plane was about to explode, the UAE state news agency WAM reported. The UAE-based budget carrier said in a statement that Air Arabia flight G9128 from…

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                                    • Shadow of Saddam lives on in Iraq

                                      Dozens of Iraqis crowding a Baghdad street fought to glimpse the red-haired man in a glass coffin, hoping to witness the end of a long-feared member of Saddam Hussein's regime. The furore over the dead man -- who might be Saddam's deputy Izzat al-Duri, though his identity has still not been…

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