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‘Oldest’ Koran found in Birmingham

For almost 100 years, two small pieces of parchment had been bound and stored away on a university library shelf.

  • Madonna: It's just the beginning for streaming service Tidal

    Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it's just the beginning for the streaming service that's had some troubles since its launch in March. Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn't made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance," Madonna said.

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  • USA sweeps Brazil, clinches World Grand Prix title

    The United States clinched its first FIVB World Grand Prix Finals championship since 2012 Saturday night by defeating the two-time defending champion Brazil. A 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of second-ranked Brazil secured the title for the No. 1 Americans with one day remaining in the five-day event. It's the sixth Grand Prix title for the United States, which won three in a row w from 2010 to 2012 before Brazil won the last two.

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  • Twitter Co-Founder Responds to Kim Kardashian's Edit Function Request

    Kim Kardashian has stopped trying to break the Internet and is now trying to fix it. Twitter co-founder Jack Torsey publicly responded, telling Kim she had a "great idea." "We're always looking at ways to make things faster and easier," he wrote Saturday morning. Let's hope Twitter finally adds in this much-needed edit function just like Instagram did.

    ETonline
  • Iran accuses Bahrain of stoking Gulf tensions

    Iran on Sunday accused Sunni-ruled Bahrain of stoking tensions in the Gulf by making unfounded allegations against it, the official IRNA news agency reported. "It is clear that the government of Bahrain, by repeating unfounded allegations, seeks to create a climate of tension in the region," it quoted foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying. On Saturday, Bahrain's interior ministry said it had detained two men accused of trying to smuggle weapons from Shiite Iran.

    AFP
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died

    The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own. Born and raised in the shadow of fame and litigation, shattered by the loss of her mother, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina was overwhelmed by the achievements and demons of others before she could begin to figure out who she was. Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in the suburban Atlanta townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, the man she called her husband.

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  • Airport rant leads to man’s arrest in Abu Dhabi

    A British man of Indian origin has been arrested after verbally abusing Abu Dhabi International Airport security and airline personnel in addition to making statements offensive to the UAE after he was unable to catch his flight. Originally coming from Heathrow Airport and heading to India, the man arrived in the capital one week ago, Criminal Investigation Department officials said. The suspect’s first aeroplane had faced some delays which resulted in his inability to board his next flight to India.

    Gulf News
  • Delivery man jailed for groping customer

    The Fujairah Criminal Court also ordered the deportation of the defendant at the end of his prison term. The case dates back to May this year, when a Filipina, 28, complained to the police that the defendant touched her inappropriately when she paid him for the grocery items she had ordered.

    Khaleej Times
  • The boxing world thinks Floyd Mayweather's next fight is a complete joke

    Undisputed pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr. has sent the boxing world into a frenzy after TMZ Sports reported the undefeated welterweight champion plans to fight Andre Berto September 12 in what will likely be the last fight of Mayweather's career. Berto is a former title-holder, but is just 3-3 in his past six fights and is not considered a serious threat to defeat Mayweather. The fact that Mayweather would even consider fighting an opponent such as Berto has fueled speculation he's only willing to consider opponents he knows he'd easily defeat — that way he doesn't risk losing his undefeated record.

    Business Insider
  • This Is What Drives Priyanka Chopra Crazy

    The workaholic actress Priyanka Chopra is gaining laurels not only in the tinsel town of Bollywood but is also making a significant mark globally. The glamorous actress who has proved that she can carry any film on her back with ease is much in news for her American TV debut Quantico. The first poster of the serious drama is out with Priyanka in a hand cuffed look.

    Business of Cinema
  • Biblical text deciphered from 1,500 year old scroll

    New York, July 26 (IANS) Scientists have for the first time been able to read Biblical verses from a badly burned scroll that is at least 1,500 years old. To date, this is the most ancient scroll from the five books of the Hebrew Bible to be found since the Dead Sea scrolls, most of which are ascribed to the end of the Second Temple period (first century BCE-first century CE). The parchment scroll was unearthed in 1970 in archaeological excavations in the synagogue at Ein Gedi but it had been so badly burnt it could not be deciphered.

    IANS
  • With warning to US, North Korea marks end of Korean War

    North Korean officials warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive to sign a surrender document as the country marked Monday's anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War more than six decades ago. Pyongyang and other cities around North Korea were decked out with flags and banners as North Koreans flocked to patriotic gatherings and mass dance celebrations to mark the anniversary of the July 27, 1953, agreement that brought the three-year Korean war to an end with an armistice, not a peace treaty. North Korean officials took the opportunity of the anniversary to step up their anti-U.S. rhetoric and call upon the nation to redouble its devotion to the nation's current leader, Kim Jong Un, the third leader in the Kim dynasty, and prepare for a final showdown with Washington.

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  • Woman cleaner accused of stealing valuable watch from washroom

    A cleaner has been accused of stealing a female employee’s valuable watch that she forgot in the washroom at Dubai Judicial Institute. The 25-year-old Bangladeshi cleaner, A.J., was said to be cleaning the washroom when she found the Emirati employee’s wristwatch worth Dh30,000 and took it away in May. “Yes, I stole the watch when I found it in the washroom,” A.J. told presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi.

    Gulf News
  • We finally know a lot more about Donald Trump's 'massive' net worth

    The world learned much about real-estate mogul Donald Trump's wealth this week, as the Federal Election Commission released a 92-page personal-financial-disclosure report filed by the Republican presidential candidate as part of his nascent campaign. Trump's campaign released a statement on July 15, when he filed disclosure with the FEC, saying it would reveal a "massive" net worth "in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS." The report still does not completely detail Trump's fortune, as it deals mostly with ranges. The day of his campaign-launch speech last month, Trump released a one-page report that described his net worth as being approximately $8.7 billion.

    Business Insider
  • Houthis, Saudi-led forces battle for Yemen's biggest air base

    By Mohammed Mukhashef and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni forces allied with a Saudi-led coalition fought Houthi militia for control of the country's largest air base north of Aden on Sunday, hours before a humanitarian truce declared by the coalition was meant to start, residents said. The al-Anad base, 50 km (30 miles) from the southern port city, has been held by the Iranian-allied Houthi movement for much of a fourth-month-old civil war and commands the approaches to Aden. The Arab coalition on Saturday announced a ceasefire to take effect at 11.59 p.m. (2059 GMT) on Sunday evening for five days to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

    Reuters
  • Why the NBA world thinks a 2nd-rounder who has made $2.5 million in his career is the future of the league

    Draymond Green has become the face of the NBA's small-ball craze. At 6-foot-6, Green became a vital member of the Golden State Warriors championship team, bringing versatility at power forward and center where he could spread the floor, take big men off the dribble, and find open shooters when defenses collapsed on him. Green was rewarded for his part in the championship, getting a five-year, $85 million deal from the Warriors — a considerable pay raise from the $915,000 he made last season.

    Business Insider
  • Man arrested for verbal assault of Abu Dhabi airport security

    A British man of Indian origin has been arrested after verbally assaulting Abu Dhabi International Airport security and airline personnel and for making statements offensive to the UAE after he was unable to catch his flight. Originally coming from Heathrow Airport and heading to India, the man arrived at the UAE capital one week ago,  Criminal Investigation Department officials said. Witnesses said that two security officials tried to placate the man, whom police said insisted on using offensive language and making derogatory remarks directed at the UAE.

    Gulf News
  • ‘Say Goodbye’: Chris Brown finally gets OK to fly out

    After firing tweets and going down on his knees inside his hotel room to dramatize his plea to fly out, stranded Grammy-winning star Chris Brown was finally allowed by Philippine authorities to leave the country. Brown was scheduled to perform in Macau on Friday night.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • ZAGG® InvisibleShield for Phones & Tablets

    ZAGG® InvisibleShield is the #1 selling phone and tablet screen protector. Shatterproof and self-healing, see why we are the ultimate choice.

  • This accessory solves the two biggest complaints about the Samsung Galaxy S6

    With its Galaxy S6, Samsung started from scratch in terms of design. If you've been missing these features, Incipio's new case for the Galaxy S6 addresses both of those problems. There's a 3,700 mAh battery inside the case, which Incipio claims can double the S6's battery life.

    Business Insider
  • The BMW X6 M is definitely one of the weirdest cars I've ever driven

    This is what the BMW X6 M is: a "sport activity coupe," or SAC. BMW has pretty well owned the SAC space, although last year Mercedes rolled out its GLE Coupe to challenge the bimmermeisters for supremacy. There's the standard-issue X6, and there's the X6 M, given more warp and woof (much, much more woof) by BMW's M performance division.

    Business Insider
  • Meet the 93-year-old woman who still works 5 days a week and never wants to retire

    At 93, Betty Reid Soskin is something of a celebrity. The park ranger assigned to the Rosie the Riveter-World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, writes frequently on her blog, has a Wikipedia page, and has been interviewed by NPR and People.

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