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  • Saudi king vows to punish those behind IS-claimed attack

    Saudi Arabia's king on Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a rare suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque in the country's east, calling it a "heinous terrorist attack" that runs against Islamic and human values. King Salman made the pledge hours after the Interior Ministry confirmed that Friday's attack in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region was the work of an Islamic State militant, backing up an earlier claim of responsibility by the group. "Every participant, planner, supporter, collaborator or sympathizer with this heinous crime will be held accountable, tried and punished," King Salman said in a message addressed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is deputy premier and minister of interior.

    Associated Press
  • CANNES WATCH: Going out In style

    The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale. Marion Cotillard plays a queen in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," but at its Cannes premiere she was also a bejeweled queen of the red carpet. In a blue-and-rose truncated minidress from Dior's haute couture spring-summer 2015 collection, Cotillard sparkled Saturday as she posed alongside co-star Michael Fassbender, thanks to the outfit's myriad embroidered pailettes and jewels.

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  • Priyanka Chopra Is Happy About Recent Spate Of Woman-Centric Films

    Since the past year or so, woman-centric films have been doing wonders at the box office in Bollywood. Be it Kangana Ranaut's Queen or Priyanka Chopra's Mary Kom or Anushka Sharma's NH10, the audience has welcomed such films with open arms and it seems that Priyanka Chopra is quite glad about this recent trend.

    Movie Talkies
  • Iran's Rouhani wants to 'free' economy from sanctions

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Sunday for national unity to liberate the economy from international sanctions, which he compared to a form of occupation. "We must join hands and free our economic territory which was unjustly occupied by the countries of the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) and the UN Security Council ... through use of diplomatic and political tools," Rouhani said in a televised speech. The P5+1 group is trying to negotiate a deal with Tehran aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, in exchange for an easing of punishing economic sanctions.

    AFP
  • Italy hails best Cannes turnout in two decades

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italy is hailing its best turnout of homegrown cinema at Cannes in 20 years as a sign of new life in an industry that had lost lustre since the days when Rome was dubbed "Hollywood on the Tiber". Four Italian films are in competition at the world's most prestigious film festival, which closes on Sunday. The culture ministry says this is Italy's strongest showing since 1994.

    Reuters
  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

    He designs a smarter home security system—without contracts, installation fees or sneaky salesmen. Discover a smarter way to protect your home today.

  • Serena Williams’ injury both a curse and a blessing for the world No 1 at French Open

    Serena Williams admits she still feels pain in her elbow during serving but is happy that she has made significant progress in her recovery ahead of competing in her 14th French Open. The world No 1 had pulled out of her last 16 match in Rome citing an elbow injury and said she only started feeling better in practice yesterday at Roland Garros. The two-time French Open champion opens her campaign against a qualifier and confesses she was initially worried about the state of her injury.

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  • Suarez out of Barca's final La Liga outing of the season

    Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has not recovered from a hamstring strain and will be rested for the champions' final La Liga game of the season later on Saturday as a precaution. The Uruguay international picked up the injury in Barca's semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich on May 12 and missed last weekend's La Liga title clincher at Atletico Madrid. Barca coach Luis Enrique will be hoping to have him back in the side for next Saturday's King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao and the Champions League final a week later as the Catalan giants chase a treble of trophies.

    Reuters
  • China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'

    By Sui-Lee Wee and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident. The U.S. flight on Wednesday was highlighted by the unusual Pentagon decision to invite a CNN team aboard the Poseidon surveillance plane.

    Reuters
  • Little Girl’s Temper Tantrum at the White House Leaves President Obama Speechless

    It’s awkward enough when your toddler goes into meltdown mode in a crowded store or on an airplane; the dirty looks and side eye from strangers can be pretty unnerving. But what do you do when the crying fit happens in the White House in front of the

    Self
  • Dubai's affordable homes move 'long overdue' - Cluttons

    A proposal by Dubai Municipality to force developers to meet affordable housing quotas in the emirate is "long overdue" and will bring benefits to the property market, according to Cluttons. The real estate consultant said in its latest market outlook report for Dubai that the mandatory affordable homes quotas will also drive further maturity in the market. The Cluttons Spring 2015 Dubai Residential Market Outlook report highlighted the move by Dubai Municipality which is aimed at those on monthly incomes of between AED4,000 and AED12,000.

    ArabianBusiness.com
  • Maja Salvador respects Janice de Belen

    Maja Salvador doesn’t feel the need to divulge the reason behind her breakup with Gerald Anderson, saying that she values their two-year relationship. “What has ended has ended, and we shouldn’t dwell on it,” she said at a recent press conference for her second album, “Maja in Love” (Ivory Music). Rumor has it that Maja and Gerald called it quits because of the actor’s alleged romance with seasoned actress Janice de Belen, his costar in the ABS-CBN series “Budoy” in 2011.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Government must go to people: Mohammad

    Dealing with government services was once something one didn’t look forward to. The two-year deadline to implement Smart Government services, set by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ended yesterday. Shaikh Mohammad praised the Smart Government team, which was dedicated to supervising and facilitating the Dubai Government move to a smart government, and called this phase of the transition a success.

    Gulf News
  • The best-selling beers in the world aren't what you think

    Snow, a Chinese beer, has grown sales 573% over the past decade to become the world's top seller, according to Bloomberg. Despite its popularity in China, Snow is available only at specialty US retailers. Another Chinese beer, Tsingtao, is the runner-up behind Snow. The brands have benefitted from the emerging middle class in China.

    Business Insider
  • HIV+ girl awaits action over ‘medical error’

    The fate of a Saudi girl, who is about eight years old, hangs in the balance, two years after she tested positive for HIV. The girl’s lawyer, Ibrahim Al-Hakmi, has been quoted by local media that the committee appointed to probe the case has not yet taken any decision. This, despite the fact that it was confirmed by a medical team that she was infected with the deadly virus during blood transfusion at the King Fahd Hospital in Jazan, he said.

    Arab News
  • Qatif attack ‘divisive design’

    A suicide bomber blew himself up during Friday prayer at a mosque in the village of Al-Qadeeh in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 21 and wounding 100 others. “A suicide bomber detonated explosives he hid under his clothes as people performed Friday prayer at the Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb Mosque in the village of Al-Qadeeh, in Qatif province,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The explosion killed the suicide bomber and a number of worshippers and injured several others, the ministry added.

    Arab News
  • McDonald's CEO 'proud' of pay hike as protests continue

    McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said Thursday he was "incredibly proud" of a recent decision to bump pay for some workers, even as hundreds of protesters outside called on the company to do more ahead of its annual shareholder meeting. Easterbrook, who stepped into his role in March, is fighting to revive sluggish sales and convince people that McDonald's is a "modern, progressive burger company." But the push comes at a time when protests targeting McDonald's over low wages have been spreading around the country. Easterbrook said at the meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois, that he was proud of the decision announced last month to raise pay for workers at company-owned stores to at least $1 above the local minimum wage, as well as offer help with college tuition to workers at all stores.

    Associated Press
  • Steve Wozniak: 'US would look like Dubai if it didn't spend all it's money on the military'

    "Everything is first-class," says Nerd-in-Chief Steve Wozniak of Dubai, as we sit down to chat on the sidelines of this month's Gartner Symposium at the Madinat Arena. In fact, "enthusiastic" is a word that neatly summarises the 64-year-old Apple co-founder. A man who is arguably at the heart of home computing history, naturally inspires a lengthy introduction, but David Willis, Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst, managed an aptly brief biography when introducing Wozniak to a packed auditorium during the company's three-day summit.

    ArabianBusiness.com
  • Separating earthquake fact from fiction in 'San Andreas'

    The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge. Hollywood's favorite geologic bad guy is back in "San Andreas" — a fantastical look at one of the world's real seismic threats.

    Associated Press
  • Aamir Khan: 'My 'Dangal' daughters have become better at wrestling than me!'

    Aamir Khan, who will be next seen playing a former wrestler-turned-coach in upcoming film Dangal, recently revealed that the two actresses finalized to play his daughters on the screen, are also undergoing training in wrestling.

    Movie Talkies
  • See how Nike dominates the shoe industry in one chart

    Skechers just passed Adidas to become the second-most-popular shoe company in America. But while several brands jockey for second place, Nike continues to dominate.  Between its Nike and Jordan brands, the company controls a shocking 62% of US brand

    Business Insider