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  • Mad for Madonna even at P3K-P57K tickets

    Proof: Madonna’s Manila concert at SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Feb. 24, 2016, is more than six months away, but already, there is much ado about getting tickets now, “before they run out,” a midlevel corporate executive told the Inquirer. It took one week before the official announcement on July 29 that the Manila concert, part of Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” world tour, will have a second night on Feb. 25, 2016, although the Inquirer had reported it in advance (Madonna in Manila confirmed: 2 nights at MOA Arena, lifestyle.inquirer.net, July 1). The decision to hold back the announcement of the second night was a calculated move, sources say, to test if the Philippine market was ready for advance ticket sales, especially for a top concert act like Madonna.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • China's island-building faces scrutiny at Asia security talks

    Beijing faces pressure over its island-building in the South China Sea during high-level Asian security meetings this week that will include the top US and Chinese diplomats. China is expanding tiny reefs into islands and topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claims over the strategic sea, fanning fears of a regional arms race and possible conflict. Southeast Asia's human-trafficking problem and concerns over North Korean missile launches are also expected to be among the issues discussed at the talks in Kuala Lumpur.

    AFP
  • 13-year jail sentence, 2,000 lashes for man who raped daughter

    The General Court in Jeddah sentenced a father to 13 years in jail and 2,000 lashes of the whip for raping his daughter over a five-year period. The court dismissed the demands of the public prosecutor for the death sentence, Ayn Al-Yom online daily reported

    Saudi Gazette
  • Kim & Kylie's Identical Insta! 

    Kim Kardashian officially has a mini-me! Kylie Jenner looks more like her older half-sister and style inspiration than ever. "Kim x Kylie," she wrote. The family resemblance is still undeniable, but it's clear Kylie is the one taking after her superstar sibling the most.

    Access Hollywood
  • Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy

    NICE/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in Morocco, saying this was part of his holiday program and had nothing to do with the media coverage that his visit had attracted. Philippe Castanet, a local French government official, added that about half of the king's 1,000-person entourage had left along with him.

    Reuters
  • UAE swimmers Alia Al Shamsi and Nada Al Bedwawi ready to make history at World Aquatics Championships

    A new chapter in UAE swimming history will be written when Alia Al Shamsi and Nada Al Bedwawi become the first ever Emirati females to represent the country at a World Aquatics Championships. At the Arab Swimming Championships in Dubai last April, Al Shamsi, became the first Emirati female to fly the UAE flag in an official competition. The 15-year-old has now stepped up to the global stage where she hopes to make a statement in Kazan by showing the rest of the world that girls like her are breaking new ground in the UAE.

    Sport360
  • Bobby Brown’s Wife Rushed To Hospital After Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

    Musician Bobby Brown was faced with more heartache after he lay 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina to rest yesterday, with his wife, Alicia Etheredge, being rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure. According to TMZ reports, mere hours after saying goodbye to his daughter at her funeral, Bobby’s wife, who had given birth to their daughter Bodhi, earlier this month, had to be taken to hospital via ambulance as paramedics rushed to help her. Thankfully, Alicia was able to make a recovery and Bobby is expected to attend Bobbi Kristina’s burial in New Jersey tomorrow.

    stephaniesoteriou
  • Lynn Anderson, singer of 'Rose Garden,' dies in Nashville

    Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. Anderson first soaked up the national spotlight as a young singer on "The Lawrence Welk Show" between 1967 and 1969.

    Associated Press
  • Thieves on visit visa steal items worth millions

    An American managed to escape, while a Colombian was arrested by the Dubai Police for stealing cash and jewellery worth millions of dirhams in various parts of Dubai. A Canadian complainant told the police he left his villa in the morning to go to Ras Al Khaimah. During interrogation, J.D. reportedly confessed that he and K.F. came from Oman on a visit visa.

    Khaleej Times
  • Iran wants to buy 90 planes a year to renovate fleet

    Iran plans on buying 80 to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year until 300 are in place to replace its ageing fleet, media reported Sunday quoting a civil aviation official. Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO) deputy chief Mohammad Khodakarami said the July 14 nuclear deal struck with Western powers lifts a ban preventing Iran from purchasing new planes and spare parts.

    AFP
  • ISIS just received a 'gift' — and now 'there's a lot of opportunity for high drama'

    Taliban leader Mullah Omar was officially declared dead this week, and the militant group is showing signs of major strain as a result. Omar's death could have huge implications that ripple past the Taliban itself — J.M. Berger, a Brookings Institution fellow and coauthor of the recent book "ISIS: The State of Terror," told Business Insider that this week's news could be a boon to the Islamic State. Although Omar has apparently been dead for more than two years, until this week the Taliban had been leading people to believe that he was still alive.

    Business Insider
  • Abu Dhabi airport crosses a milestone

    Abu Dhabi International Airport on Saturday announced that it had passed the two-million passenger mark within a single month late on Friday, signalling a new era in the airport's operations. To celebrate this new record, Abu Dhabi Airports identified its two millionth passenger, Saeed Ali Al Suraidi, who arrived on Friday at 8:00pm from Cairo aboard an Etihad Airways flight. Al Suraidi was welcomed by Eng Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.

    Khaleej Times
  • Ronda Rousey dedicates UFC 190 fight to late wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

    “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was a huge influence on UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Over his lengthy career in professional wrestling, Piper trained under Rousey’s mentor, “Judo” Gene Lebell, with regularity. Years later, Rousey came along and trained with the martial arts legend as well.

    Cagewriter
  • Saudi king leaves France, Riviera beach to reopen

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia unexpectedly left the French Riviera on Sunday, local officials said, adding that a beach that had been controversially closed for the royal's holiday would now reopen to the public. Eight days after arriving in southern France for what was billed as a three-week luxury vacation, the monarch boarded a flight from Nice airport to the Moroccan city of Tangiers, Alpes-Maritimes region official Philippe Castanet told AFP. "We can assume that the king has ended his stay at Golfe-Juan," Castanet said, referring to the Cote d'Azur town of Vallauris Golfe-Juan where the monarch's luxury holiday villa is located.

    AFP
  • Man accused of beating driver who asked him to put on seat belt

    An employee has been accused of assaulting a taxi driver who had asked him to buckle his seat belt and not to eat in the car. The 24-year-old Emirati employee, N.M., was said to have brutally beaten the Pakistani driver and caused him a permanent disability when the latter prevented him from eating in the taxi and insisted that he should wear the seat belt in January. Prosecutors accused N.M. of assaulting the 48-year-old driver and causing him a five per cent permanent disability.

    Gulf News
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and wife expecting a baby girl

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, he said on his Facebook page on Friday. Zuckerberg, 31, did not say when their daughter is due but said the pregnancy was far enough along that the risk of miscarriage was low. Zuckerberg, who often uses his Facebook page to make both corporate and personal announcements, opened up about the emotions he and Chan, who is a doctor, have felt while trying to have children.

    Reuters
  • Help is here, Filipino couples with issues told

    Social Welfare Attache Isabel Sy Nillas said Filipino expatriates can now seek help from her office when their marriage is on the rocks or even couples planning to tie the knot. Unlike in Western cultures, Filipino couples traditionally do not seek out marriage counsellors’ help in cases of marital conflicts.

    Gulf News
  • Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped in Italy airport with $422,000 in cash

    Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg on Friday as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer. In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is 10,000 euros ($10,986.00). Snoop Dogg, who has been touring Europe after releasing the album "Bush" earlier this year, will have to pay a fine, said Andrea Parisi, his lawyer.

    Reuters
  • Missing plane draws eyes to land of molten lava and killer sharks

    By Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - As experts on the Indian Ocean island Reunion studied plane debris for clues in the search for missing flight MH370, scientist Nicolas Villeneuve was making his own discovery: the island's volcano was about to erupt. Reunion, a part of France that lies in the Indian Ocean around 370 miles east of Madagascar, gained newfound notoriety last week when a beach cleaner stumbled across a barnacled piece of an airplane wing known as a flaperon. The wreckage was flown on Friday to mainland France where experts hope forensic analysis will uncover if it was part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished without trace in March 2014 along with 239 passengers and crew.

    Reuters
  • Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, 1 dead

    A Russian military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed Sunday during an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of accidents that have dogged the nation's air force this year. The Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters from the Berkut aerobatics team performing stunts at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Moscow, when it went down. The Defense Ministry said the second pilot who survived the crash was in satisfactory condition.

    Associated Press