• Al Jazeera

    Chaos in Sri Lanka parliament as MPs exchange blows

    Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos with MPs swinging punches and throwing projectiles a day after legislators voted the prime minister out of office. Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government as parliament re-convened on Thursday, a day after the no-confidence vote against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The motion passed with the backing of 122 MPs in the 225-member legislature. Jayasuriya said there was no prime minister, neither Rajapaksa nor his rival whose ousting in late October started the crisis. Dozens of MPs fought and some who fell on the floor were kicked by rivals. Some of Rajapaksa's supporters threw water bottles and rubbish

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    Spotted: Jacqueline Fernadez, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Rampal...

    Jacqueline Fernadez Shraddha Kapoor Alia Bhatt\ Arjun Rampal with girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades Sunny Leone's husband Daniel Weber and daughter Nisha. Inaaya Naumi Khemu and Soha Ali Khan Katrina Kaif Vidya Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Taimur Ali Khan learns horse riding. Akshay Kumar with his Kabaddi team. Kareena Kapoor at Prithvi Theatre Festival launch. Varun Dhawan and Aayush Sharma at the gym. Taimur Ali Khan Priyanka Chopra Photo: Instagram

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    Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

    Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in Italy, Indian media reported Thursday. The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media. Padukone is arguably Indian cinema's biggest female star currently, and she has also broken into Hollywood, starring in "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" opposite Vin Diesel. Padukone, 32, and Singh 33, announced in a joint statement last month that their wedding would take place on November 14 and 15. The couple reportedly started dating in 2013 but have kept

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran executes ‘Sultan of Coins’ convicted of hoarding currency

    Iran executed the so-called "Sultan of Coins" and his accomplice on Wednesday for hoarding gold coins and other hard currency. State TV reported that Vahid Mazloumin and his accomplice, Mohammad Ismail Ghasemi, were hanged early Wednesday.

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    Qatar is considering an Iranian offer to host World Cup teams

    Qatar is reportedly considering an offer from Iran to host teams participating in the 2022 World Cup. "This is part of the operational plan, but obviously it will have to be done with FIFA," chief organiser Hassan Al Thawadi told AFP when asked whether teams could be based in Iran. Iran had previously offered to host teams who will play in the World Cup in Qatar, which starts in just over four years’ time. Al Thawadi added that Qatar had received "numerous proposals from countries with regard to hosting teams" around the time of the World Cup.

  • CNN

    UAE's lavish gold-covered palace hotel

    Its hallways, rooms and lobbies feature more than 1,000 Swarovski chandeliers, which bring to light the palace's iconic golden ceilings, according to the palace. More than 1,000 Swarovski chandeliers fill the hallways, rooms and lobbies of the hotel. But more than a decade after its grand opening, keeping the hotel's opulence in suitable splendor for the travel set is a full-time job for Manoj Kuriakose, an engineer from Kerala in southern India -- and an expensive endeavor for the hotel. Kuriakose and his team are tasked with the upkeep of the 2,000 square meters (6,560 square feet) of ornate ceiling adorned with 22-carat gold and silver leaves. The gold leaf typically lasts for just four to

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    Crash sends deer into back of woman’s SUV

    Police are praising a woman for avoiding tragedy after a deer crashed through her windshield and landed in the back passenger seat of her SUV. Authorities say the deer darted in front of 36-year-old Melissa Misthal as she was driving early Monday in Howell, New Jersey. Photos: Facebook Misthal tried to avoid the deer, but couldn’t. Pictures posted on Facebook by police show the force of the impact sent the animal airborne and into her windshield. Its carcass came to a rest on the rear floor. Authorities praised Misthal for keeping calm, noting that she safely pulled over despite being injured and not knowing if the deer was still alive. Misthal was treated for a minor injury at the scene.