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  • Venus Williams ousted from French Open by Sloane Stephens

    A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was. For the 15th-seeded Williams, it was her second opening defeat in three years at Roland Garros. Williams didn't show up for a news conference, meaning she could face a fine.

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  • Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela

    It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Businesses and individuals are turning to dollars even as the anti-American rhetoric of the socialist administration grows more strident. The latest sign of an emerging dual-currency system came earlier this month when Ford Motor Co. union officials announced the company had reached a deal with officials to sell trucks and sports utility vehicles in dollars only.

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  • Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

    Demonstrators planted coconut trees and waved signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters on Saturday complained about the effects that companies like the Monsanto Company have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides. "Get off the island," said Diane Marshall, a Honolulu teacher.

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  • Iran hopes sanctions will be lifted by December

    Iran's deputy oil minister said Monday he hoped for a total lifting of international sanctions later this year if a nuclear deal is struck with world powers by June 30. Amirhossein Zamani-Nia also told the oil ministry's Shana news agency that the lifting of sanctions could help Iran's oil and gas sectors attract billions of dollars in foreign investment. "The structure of sanctions is being destroyed bit by bit and we could expect a total lifting of the sanctions towards the month of Azar," which in Iran falls between November 22 and December 21, he said.

  • Fashion's greatest hits, misses on the Cannes red carpet

    Cannes' red carpet can be as kind as it is cruel when it comes to fashion. For 12 days, major Hollywood actresses such as Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts and Sienna Miller graced the film festival's red carpet in clothes designed by the world's greatest. Here are the 68th Cannes Film Festival's fashion hits and misses.

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  • Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly. Activists are unable to explain specific reasons for the surge and officials have not commented.

  • PIKU, GABBAR IS BACK, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS: Box Office hits with character names

    By Shaheen Irani, Glamsham Editorial The fad of movies being named after the characters seems to have become a hit. If one goes to see the movie releases of May, it is evident that 'Gabbar', 'Piku' and 'Tanu- Manu' have taken the Box-Office by storm. The trend started with Akshay Kumar's GABBAR IS BACK, a movie about fighting corruption that released at the beginning of the month.

  • Apple's next iPhone could come with a new type of screen that's unlike anything we've seen on a smartphone yet

    Over the past few months, reports have indicated that Apple's next iPhone will come with a new screen that includes the same Force Touch technology Apple introduced in its Apple Watch and new MacBook. Now a new report from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman provides some insight as to what exactly this new Force Touch screen will do for the iPhone. Gurman, who has reported accurate information about Apple's iPhones in the past, says the Force Touch screen will trigger some new features within iOS.

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  • Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

    Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money.

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  • Rouhani says most Iranians want peace

    An overwhelming majority of Iranians want peace with the rest of the world, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, defending the nuclear negotiations under way with major powers. "Despite a small minority that speak loudly, the vast majority of the population are in favour of peace, reconciliation and constructive agreement with the world," Rouhani said during a televised speech in Shahriyar, west of Tehran. Iran and the so-called P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) have been engaged for nearly two years in negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme to prevent the Islamic republic from getting the bomb, in exchange for the easing of international economic sanctions.

  • Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains

    Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population. The United States described the codename as "unhelpful" while France, which will host a meeting of nations fighting Islamic State next week, accused the Shi'ite-led government of failing to represent fully the interests of all Iraqis. The Iraqi government is scrambling to reverse the fall of Ramadi, its biggest military setback in nearly a year.

  • The ultimate status symbol for millionaire moms on New York's Upper East Side is not what you'd expect

    If you thought any of these were the ultimate status symbol among the millionaires and billionaires of New York City's Upper East Side — one of the biggest enclaves of wealth on the planet — you'd be wrong. The ultimate status symbol, according to Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., author of the newly released memoir "Primates of Park Avenue," is a whole mess of kids. "I quickly became desensitized to massive families — they were everywhere," writes Martin, who moved from the West Village to the Upper East Side to raise her family.

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  • Alleged UAE killer of American 'aware of her actions'

    Alaa Bader al-Hashemi is on trial at the Federal Supreme Court on charges of stabbing to death mother-of-three Ibolya Ryan, 47, in a shopping mall washroom in the UAE capital. The court had ordered psychiatric tests after Hashemi asked for psychological help, claiming to be "possessed by evil spirits" and seeing "ghost-like people". The authorities say Hashemi embraced "jihadist ideology and then engaged in terrorist acts in support of the terrorist organisations" Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

  • Gerphil Flores: I have no grudge against Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai delas Alas

    “I want to tell everybody that my experience on Pilipinas Got Talent was completely memorable,” Gerphil told in an interview during the finalists’ homecoming press conference on Thursday at Urban Bar and Kitchen, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. In 2010, Gerphil joined ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas Got Talent, the local franchise of the popular talent show, as the classical singer Fame but failed to land a spot in the finals. Actresses Kris Aquino and Ai-Ai de las Alas were two of the three judges of the show.
  • Litany of problems keep Iraqi army weak

    Iraq's leadership was indignant after US accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army's ability suggest the rank-and-file have reasons to shy from battle. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday, a week after the loss of Ramadi to the Islamic State group, that there was "an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight". The fall of the capital of Iraq's largest province to the jihadists saw a chaotic retreat of security forces and dealt Baghdad its worst blow in almost a year.

  • Australian Trevor Bayliss appointed England cricket coach

    England hired Trevor Bayliss as its new head cricket coach on Tuesday, and the Australian's first task will be to recapture the Ashes against his native country. The 52-year-old Bayliss never played international cricket for Australia but has had success around the world as a coach.

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  • Khloe Kardashian back in Dubai

    The Kardashian sister is in town on Monday for a hairstyling event Khloe Kardashian and her signature mane are in Dubai to take over a hairstyling event on Monday. The reality star will be a model at Mane Addicts, a one-day seminar on hair, with her

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  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia

    It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. As the oldest, Mohammad Aesop - just 10 years old - knew it was his job to keep his 8-year-old sister safe. More than half of them wound up in Indonesia, where nearly 170 children who traveled alone - some after being tricked or kidnapped - wait to learn what will happen next.

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  • NBA MVP Curry OK after fall as Warriors lose to Rockets

    When Golden State's Stephen Curry crashed into Trevor Ariza's shoulder, was upended and sent flying toward the court on Monday night against Houston, it felt like forever before he landed. "That was the worst (fall ever) because you're in the air for a long time," Curry said. The MVP was able to return to Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after the spill but the Warriors couldn't overcome a big deficit, as James Harden scored 45 points in the Rockets' 128-115 victory.

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  • Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea. While only 40 Japanese officers and soldiers will take part in drills involving 30,000 U.S. and Australian troops in early July, experts said the move showed how Washington wanted to foster cooperation among its security allies in Asia. The Talisman Sabre biennial exercises, to be held in locations around Australia, will encompass maritime operations, amphibious landings, special forces tactics and urban warfare.