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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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  • Millie Mackintosh’s Birthday: Her Most Stylish Instagram Pics

    She’s got her own clothing line. And Millie Mackintosh proves her stylish chops time and time again on Instagram, whether she’s playing dress up in Matthew Williamson or getting festival ready.As Millie celebrates her 26th birthday today, we’re celebrating

  • 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
  • Philippine leader seeks laws to end rebellion, dynasties

    The Philippine president asked Congress on Monday to pass a troubled Muslim autonomy bill at the heart of efforts to end a bloody rebellion in the country's south and legislation that aims to lessen the stranglehold on power of entrenched political families, which include his. In his final state of the nation speech before he steps down in 11 months, Benigno Aquino III summed his administration's achievements in battling corruption and poverty — his campaign battle cry in 2010 — and thanked just about everyone who backed him, from his late parents, who are revered democracy champions, to his hairstylist. Among other concerns he raised was the increasingly tense dispute with China over contested South China Sea territories.

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  • Olympic failure taught Hosszu to seek gold in business

    By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Before she became 2014 World Swimmer of the Year and the first to pass the $1 million mark in prize money, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu nearly hung up her goggles, frustrated that she failed to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Olympic medals are no longer her ultimate goal, just one of several aspects to her schedule, she says. As she prepared for the world championships, which are currently taking place in Kazan, Russia, she already had in mind the autumn World Cup series as well.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris To Make Sweet Music Together As They Plan Duet

    Superstar couple Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are planning on bringing their considerable talents together to record a duet together. Daily Star Sunday spoke to a friend close to the couple, The Mirror reports: “Taylor and Calvin have been speaking about collaborating since they started dating. This is not the first time Calvin has worked with a girlfriend, he wrote, produced and recorded I Will Never Let You Down with former beau Rita Ora.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Why Did The Censor Board Reject Phantom Posters?

    The first poster of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Phantom is out and is already creating a lot of buzz. The posters which feature Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif wearing blindfold of the Indian flag was earlier rejected by the censor board. Only then was the poster given clearance from the censor board.

    Business of Cinema
  • 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
  • Janella Salvador puts her prodigious performing genes to good use

    In her self-titled debut album, the lovely daughter of singer Juan Miguel Salvador and former “Miss Saigon” star Jenine Desiderio puts her prodigious performing genes to good use as she shuttles between peppy originals (the catchy top track, “Harana Na Na Na Na,” and “Tick Tock Love”) and reworked revivals from the discography of Sharon Cuneta (“Dear Heart”) and Donna Cruz (“I Can,” “Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso”). Marlo Mortel, her screen consort in “Oh My G!,” joins Janella in a second version of Aaron Paul del Rosario’s “Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso.” Marlo’s resonant baritone provides a soothing contrast to Janella’s steely shrillness—an occasional flaw that the songstress needs to address. Janella’s voice evinces an indie-rock edge in “Teka Muna, Pag-ibig,” and commands stadium-sized vocal girth and authority in “I Can’s” thrilling—and soaring—trills.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Kuwait imposes limited control on entry of Saudis

    The security agencies of Kuwait have imposed a limited control over entry of Saudis into their country, said an online newspaper. This is being done to tighten security measures at various entry points of the country following the terror attack on June 26 at Imam Sadiq Mosque, which left 25 people dead and over 200 injured. Brig. Gen. Adil Al-Hashshash, director general of public relations and security media, told the newspaper that the number of those who were barred from entering Kuwait was very small and they had some security issues.

    Arab News