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Saudis to seek $20bn investments for planned tourism landmark - Dotemirates

Saudis to seek $20bn investments for planned tourism landmark

Saudi Arabia is targeting up to $20bn of investments through 2035 for a planned landmark tourism destination and will hold a global investor roadshow before the end of the year, the head of the project told Reuters.Al Ula, the site of an ancient civilisation in a remote northwestern corner of the country, is part of plans by the world’s top crude exporter to diversify its economy away from oil and open up after decades of reclusion.Amr Madani, chief executive of the Royal Commission for Al Ula, said in an interview this week he expects targeted investments to eventually generate 35,000...


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14/05/2019

Coach pleads to college admissions scam, could hurt Loughlin

A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California switched her plea to guilty Tuesday in the college admissions scam, admitting to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. Laura Janke, 36, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and could be called to testify against others, including "Full House" star Loughlin and Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty. Janke had initially pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering in March. She pleaded guilty after reaching a plea deal. She has also agreed...
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'Game of Thrones' showrunners behind next 'Star Wars' film

A piece of the "Star Wars" puzzle has just fallen into place. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger says Tuesday that "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on the new "Star Wars" film expected in theaters in December 2022. Iger revealed the information at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit in New York. He also said he would not be commenting further. The company had previously announced that "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, separately, and Benioff and Weiss were working on new "Star Wars" films but it wasn't clear whose would come first. Both,...
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Former manager charged with abuse of Marvel's Stan Lee

A former business manager of Stan Lee has been charged in California with five counts of elder abuse involving the late Marvel Comics mastermind. A request for a restraining order filed last year by Lee's daughter alleged Keya Morgan was manipulating the mentally declining Lee, preventing him from seeing family and friends, and trying to take control of his money and business affairs. The felony charges filed Friday by Los Angeles County prosecutors against the 43-year-old Morgan include theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. A misdemeanor count also alleges elder...

Promises inside election

Recently, actor and former beauty queen Gul Panag questioned the election manifestos of various parties after a thought worried her while campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha. She raised her concerns in an article, wherein she said, “As I hit the campaign trail to support Raghav Chadha and Atishi of the Aam Aadmi Party, I can't help but wonder, how in this day and age, candidates are still seeking votes for providing basics. Majority of our electorate still don't have access to these basics. Despite being close to seven decades of electoral democracy, our public health and education records...
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'Big Bang' tops 'Thrones' in ratings race of fading shows

"The Big Bang Theory" edged out "Game of Thrones" as the two beloved TV behemoths again topped the ratings as they approach their finales. CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" drew 12.6 million live viewers last week, while HBO's "Game of Thrones" had 12.5 million. It was the second week in a row atop the ratings for the sitcom, whose 12-season run ends May 16. But with HBO available in far fewer homes, the week was still a win for "Game of Thrones," which continues to break its own viewership records. The series' penultimate episode had 18.4 million viewers if reruns...
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'Avenger: Endgame' seeks top honors at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Avengers: Endgame," ''Game of Thrones" and "RBG" are the top nominees heading into next month's MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network announced Tuesday that the three titles each garnered four nominations for the awards show, which will air June 17. The show will also introduce new categories including reality royalty, most meme-able moment and best real-life hero. "Endgame" will compete for best movie against "BlacKkKlansman," ''Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," ''Us" and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before." The Marvel superhero film also earned nods for stars Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin. The Oscar-nominated "RBG," which focused on...