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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: Iranian film explores divorce, female style

    Writer-director Ida Panahandeh has made a splash with her film debut, landing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival for "Nahid," fraught portrait of the byzantine legal complications and social stigmas concerning divorce and remarriage in Iran.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Sport360
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fall-off in Indian weddings bodes ill for jewellers, gold

    By Rajendra Jadhav MUMBAI (Reuters) - Fewer auspicious days later this year compelled Ramesh Phalke, an auto company employee in Maharashtra, to hold his daughter's wedding in May. This bride was lucky because many other weddings will likely be postponed - to the dismay of the country's jewellers. Gold is an essential part of the bride's dowry in India and also a popular gift from family and guests at weddings. In fact, Kerala uses up to 400 grams of gold per wedding, or 80 tonnes each year - which is about 10 percent of the country's total consumption in 2014.

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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
  • More strikes as Houthis pay the price for rejecting Riyadh conference demands

    Sources said the strikes covered areas in Taaz, including Cairo Castle, and positions in Dalie. The coalition forces had earlier hit weapons stores on Jabal Naqm in Sanaa and columns of supplies and rebels on their way to Taaz, Aden and Dalie, said the sources. The Houthi leader had earlier criticized the gathering of Yemen’s leaders in Riyadh, accusing them of worsening internal strife in the country.

    Arab 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
  • 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
  • Swara Bhaskar: I grow a lot on Aanand L. Rai's films

    By Jahnavi Patel, Glamsham Editorial Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, who will now be seen in Aanand L. Rai's TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS in an interview said that she he is one director that she can never say no. "He is someone who has given me my two big films, TANU WEDS MANU and RAANJHANAA that gave me my identity.

    Glamsham
  • It sounds like Apple will make it nearly impossible to jailbreak the iPhone with iOS 9

    Apple is reportedly working on a new security system for iOS and Mac called "Rootless," which will supposedly prevent malware and make it difficult to jailbreak the iPhone, according to a new report from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman. Jailbreaking, which commonly refers to intentionally modifying your iPhone or iPad's default hardware through software exploits in order to download outside apps and features, has long been a thorn in Apple's side. In his report, Gurman says that Rootless will be a major new security system that will be baked into both iOS and Mac operating systems.

    Business Insider
  • Iranian aid cargo boat for Yemen offloaded in Djibouti: UN

    United Nations officials in the Horn of Africa port of Djibouti said Saturday they had taken charge of the aid cargo carried by an Iranian boat headed for war-torn Yemen. The vessel, the MV Shahed, is carrying 2,500 tonnes of aid including flour, rice, canned food, medical supplies and bottled water, all urgently needed in the conflict-wracked state just across the Gulf of Aden from Djibouti. "The cargo has been handed over to WFP in Djibouti and is currently being offloaded," said UN World Food Programme spokeswoman Abeer Etefa told AFP.

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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