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'Wont talk with US 'under any circumstance': Iran

Tehran: Iran will not hold talks with the United States "under any circumstances" while the rights of the Islamic republic are not respected, said an official quoted Thursday by state media. "We have said clearly... as long as the rights of our nation are not satisfied, as long as words don't change into action, our path will stay the same as now," said Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council. "There will be no talks under any circumstances," he was quoted as saying by the official state news agency IRNA. Also Read: 'US dare not attack Iran': Iran...
24/05/2019

‘Lady on Fire’ sends Cannes swooning

Sciamma’s film hailed as a masterpiece Since her shimmering, shattering period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” premiered to rapturous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, its director Céline Sciamma has had some time to consider the passionate response. “I think it’s because it’s a love story,” Sciamma said in an interview on a sunny terrace in Cannes. “You can get some love back. It’s kind of beautiful, actually.” The French filmmaker’s movie has arguably provoked more ardor than anything else in Cannes. “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has been hailed as a masterpiece not just for the...
24/05/2019

23rd Jabriya Cooperative Society Futsal League for Martyrs concludes

The Martyr Issa Al-Saad team emerged winners of the 23rd Jabriya Cooperative Society Futsal League for Martyrs at Mohammad Ismail Al-Ghanim School in Jabriya area. Martyr Issa Al-Saad team defeated Martyr Mousa Ashkanani team by a score of 4-1 to win the title. The title cup was handed over to the winning team by the sponsor of the league Sheikh Fahad Al-Jaber in the presence of MPs Abdullah Al-Kandari and Abdulhadi Ghodonfori as well as the executive chairperson of Jabriya Cooperative Society among other guests. Prior to the final match, fans were thrilled to watch a fun match between the...

24/05/2019

Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

A majority in Brazil's supreme court has voted to make homophobia and transphobia crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country's far-right president will roll back LGBT social gains. Six of the Supreme Federal Tribunal's 11 judges have voted in favor of the measure. The five other judges will vote in a court session on June 5, but the result will not be modified. The measure will take effect after all the justices have voted. Racism was made a crime in Brazil in 1989 with prison sentences of up to five years. The court's judges ruled that homophobia...
24/05/2019

Lawyer: Deal close in Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

A tentative deal is close to settling lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. "We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG's office, the defendants and all of the insurers that, if approved, would provide significant compensation to victims, creditors and the estate, and allow the parties to avoid years of costly, time consuming and uncertain litigation on all sides," Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in Wilmington,...
24/05/2019

Mexican congress approves safeguards for new National Guard

Mexico's Congress approved a series of safeguards Thursday intended to prevent abuses under the country's new militarized police force known as the National Guard. Critics worry the National Guard may transfer military practices to the subtleties of police work including rules of procedure, evidence and engagement. The four new laws approved in the lower house set out specific guidelines on the use of force and respect for human rights. The laws also mandate the creation of a national registry of people arrested and detained, which will allow relatives or lawyers to find them more quickly. Mexico has long had a...


24/05/2019

'Why can only guys make movies?'

In the almost 72-year history of the Cannes Film Festival only one female director, Jane Campion, has ever won the prestigious Palme d'Or prize for best film.Furthermore, just 86 movies by female directors have ever been in competition for the festival's main prize, compared with more than 1,650 films by male directors.This year, the 21 film shortlist features a joint record four women, showing how far the event - which boasts the late feminist director Agnès Varda as its poster girl - has to go in terms of gender equality.However, delve a little deeper into the festival programme and there's...

Captain Kohli aims to create legacy as he looks to unleash his batting powers at WC

Virat Kohli had just turned 18 when his father passed away on a cold December morning in 2006. Within hours, the overnight batsman was back at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to help Delhi avoid the follow-on in a Ranji Trophy match. “I called my coach in the morning,” he would later tell CNN. “I said I wanted to play because for me not completing a cricket game is a sin.” It is this all-consuming passion that fuels the high-octane game of the 30-year-old who marries aggression and aesthetics in his batting, solemnising it with a single-minded devotion to his...
24/05/2019

Suspect found guilty in police officer's 2010 shooting death

A man who bragged about killing an off-duty Chicago police officer during an armed robbery was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. Antwon Carter, flanked by sheriff's deputies, shuffled calmly out of Cook County Circuit Court after he was convicted of the 2010 murder of Officer Michael Bailey. Bailey, 62, was wiping down an automobile he purchased ahead of a planned retirement, when he was shot three times during a shootout with Carter. Bailey was wearing a baseball jersey over his uniform at the time. He had just finished a shift on then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's security detail. In...
24/05/2019

Mae Martin: The comedian who doesn't want to label love

Comedian Mae Martin has made a career from wearing her heart on her sleeve.Her colourful life has served as a launch pad for her two biggest stand-up shows Us and Dope and their spin-off podcasts for Radio 4. Where Us explored sexuality and society's impulse to define people by who they sleep with, Dope delved into the nature of addiction in all its guises, including love itself.Now she's merged these themes in a book for teens called Can Everyone Please Calm Down? (its subtitle - A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality - taken from her podcast of the same name)."I...

24/05/2019

Pregnant woman won't be deported immediately to Mexico

U.S. immigration officials have told a pregnant Mexican woman who had taken sanctuary inside a Chicago church that she can stay in the United States until after the baby is born. Adilene Marquina had been told by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that she could be deported this week. But the Chicago Tribune says she was told on Thursday she will not have to leave immediately and should report to ICE on Oct. 23. Marquina is staying in the Faith, Life and Hope Mission. ICE has a policy against making arrests in places of worship. She fled to the U.S....

In the mood for mango

In this scorching heat, summer salads are a definitive bestseller at any party or get together. If you are planning a small soiree or preparing a hearty bunch, don’t forget to include the king of fruits — mango — to your salad station. While there are plenty of varieties to choose from, most chefs recommend going for Alfonso and Dassheri, as they are the best produce of the season and are perfect for making delicious salads. While there are different ways of using mango, the most popular way to consume it in this season is by using it as fresh...

24/05/2019

NRL great Greg Inglis admitted to mental health treatment facility

Greg Inglis has been admitted to a facility to undergo treatment to assist with and support his mental health.A brief South Sydney Rabbitohs statement said "on behalf of Greg and his family, we ask the media and the public to respect their privacy".NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg told Channel Nine he was "aware of some of the issues that [Inglis is] facing"."It will be a journey for Greg, but he's got a lot of support," Greenberg said."He's got a lot of people around him, including all of us at the NRL."The former Souths, Queensland and Australia star announced his immediate...
24/05/2019

UAE founding father's legacy recognised across the globe

Just a day before we enter the last and the holiest part of the holy month of Ramadan, the UAE marks the annual Zayed Humanitarian Day today Ramadan 19. This day is dedicated to the charitable deeds and achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE and coincides with the anniversary of the founders passing in 2004. Since then, the UAE as a nation has marked the legacy of this visionary leader on this day every year as the Zayed Humanitarian Day. Much like the popular leader himself who was known for his...
24/05/2019

"Fake" Nancy Pelosi Clips, Slowed To Make Her Appear Drunk, Spread Online

Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation that clouds public understanding can now spread at the speed of the Web.The video of Pelosi's onstage speech Wednesday at a Center for American Progress event, in which she said President Trump's refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations was tantamount to a "coverup," was subtly edited to make her voice sound garbled and warped. It was then circulated widely across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.One version, posted by the conservative Facebook...
24/05/2019

SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system.A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.Entrepreneur Elon Musk's firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its "Starlink" network.SpaceX is one of several commercial outfits with permission to fly an internet mega-constellation.Others include the UK-based start-up OneWeb, which began its roll-out in February with six operational spacecraft. Online retailer Amazon also has ambitions in this market. It's working on a 3,200-satellite proposal known as Project Kuiper....


24/05/2019

Trump Crying For Impeachment, Democrats Not On That Path: Nancy Pelosi

Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed Thursday that President Trump wants to be impeached and is upset that House Democrats are not rushing in that direction now, as tensions continued to mount between the White House and her party."The White House is just crying out for impeachment," Pelosi said at a news conference. "That's why he flipped yesterday." She referred to Trump's abrupt exit from a White House meeting Wednesday with Democratic leaders on the nation's infrastructure.Speaking to a closed-door meeting of top House Democrats earlier Thursday, Pelosi speculated that Trump thinks he would benefit politically from being impeached...
24/05/2019

Modi secures a second five-year term with landslide win in Indian elections

NEW DELHI: India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday scored a landslide election victory, increasing its seats in Parliament after a bitter and divisive campaign. The results amount to a massive blow for the 133-year-old Congress Party, which dominated India’s political life for more than 50 years after the country gained independence in 1947. Narendra Modi has made history by becoming India’s first prime minister in the last 40 years to be re-elected with a parliamentary majority. The BJP on its own is expected to have a little over 300 seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house), more than...