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Facebook 'ban' of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry
May 29

Facebook 'ban' of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry

Yangon : Myanmar netizens were in an uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word "kalar," often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country. Facebook is under global pressure to clamp down on hate speech, violent threats or deliberately...

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Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum
May 29

Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum

Sydney : Hollywood star John Travolta has donated his "beloved" Boeing 707 plane to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft. Made for Qantas Airways in 1964, the "Saturday Night Fever" heartthrob and qualified pilot acquired the jet when Australia's national...

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Venus set for French Open 20th anniversary
May 28

Venus set for French Open 20th anniversary

Paris : Serena Williams may be missing from this year's French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary on Sunday. Three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, the American star, who made her debut in the French capital in 1997, kicks off her latest campaign against...

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Google linking online and offline worlds in new ad challenge
May 28

Google linking online and offline worlds in new ad challenge

San Francisco : Google is testing a way to tie online ads to brick-and-mortar store purchases, a move whetting marketing appetites while fueling privacy worries. A product called "Google Attribution" was unveiled at a marketing conference this month in San Francisco by the internet giant. Google has long been...

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Hitman film and AIDS drama tipped to win at Cannes
May 28

Hitman film and AIDS drama tipped to win at Cannes

Cannes : The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a movie about a hammer-wielding hitman, a rousing story of AIDS activists and a parable of Putin's Russia among the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or.  After 12 days of screenings and starry celebrations of the festival's 70th anniversary --...

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Sacred Muslim month of Ramadan starts
May 27

Sacred Muslim month of Ramadan starts

Riyadh : The world's nearly 1.5 billion Muslims on Saturday began Ramadan, the holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. It is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during that month. Here are four questions and answers about Ramadan:

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Apple opens first official store in SE Asia
May 27

Apple opens first official store in SE Asia

Singapore : Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district. Located on the affluent Orchard Road, the new shop -- easily distinguished by its iconic glass facade -- is expected to be one...

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Italy's 'Queen of Cashmere' Biagiotti dies aged 73
May 26

Italy's 'Queen of Cashmere' Biagiotti dies aged 73

Rome : Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti, who pioneered the marketing of cashmere products in places such as China and the former Soviet Union, has died aged 73, her company said Friday. The veteran designer suffered brain damage following a heart attack late on Wednesday, and died early on...

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13 years after quitting, Zuckerberg gets Harvard degree
May 26

13 years after quitting, Zuckerberg gets Harvard degree

Washington : Thirteen years after dropping out of Harvard University to work on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday finally got his degree -- well, sort of. Zuckerberg returned to the university where he launched what would become the world's biggest social network, and basked in the spotlight by...

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 Disney's beloved 'Bambi,' still breaking hearts at 75
May 25

Disney's beloved 'Bambi,' still breaking hearts at 75

Los Angeles : A timeless tale of an adorable fawn and his forest pals, or the death of childhood innocence? Either way, and nearly 75 years on, Disney classic "Bambi" packs as powerful a punch as it ever has. The Walt Disney Company bewitched generations of children and children-at-heart with its...

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Lack of sleep boosts chance of death by heart failure
May 25

Lack of sleep boosts chance of death by heart failure

Miami : Not getting enough sleep can double the chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, particularly in people with risk factors like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, US researchers said Wednesday. The findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association were based...

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Cannes eyes elusive Chinese movie market
May 23

Cannes eyes elusive Chinese movie market

Cannes : Like an advancing army in a historical epic, the world's film studios are massing on the frontier of China's movie market, desperate to conquer the other side of the Great Wall. At the Cannes film festival, it's difficult to find a producer who isn't interested in a slice of the Chinese box...

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Cannes festival to hold minute's silence after Manchester attack
May 23

Cannes festival to hold minute's silence after Manchester attack

Cannes : The Cannes film festival will hold a minute's silence on its famed red carpet Tuesday for victims of the pop concert suicide bombing in the British city of Manchester, organisers said. "At 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) we will be at the top of the stairs to observe a minute of...

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Google AI programme beats top-ranked Go player
May 23

Google AI programme beats top-ranked Go player

Shanghai : Google's computer programme AlphaGo beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game Go on Tuesday, re-affirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first encounter in a three-game...

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North Korea-linked hackers 'highly likely' behind WannaCry
May 23

North Korea-linked hackers 'highly likely' behind WannaCry

San Francisco : The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec said. North Korea has angrily dismissed earlier reports linking its isolated regime to the worm...

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Reform on the menu as WHO votes for new chief
May 23

Reform on the menu as WHO votes for new chief

Geneva : The World Health Organization's 194 members on Tuesday choose among three candidates to replace Margaret Chan as global health supremo, with each pledging to reform an agency under scrutiny. Chan steps down on June 30 after a decade in...

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Bronzed beachguards of 'Baywatch' back on big screen
May 23

Bronzed beachguards of 'Baywatch' back on big screen

Los Angeles : For a generation of fans, "Baywatch" was an escapist fantasy that invoked sun, surf and some famously silicone-enhanced stars jogging slo-mo in form-fitting red lycra across the beaches of California. It drew in a weekly 1.1 billion viewers from 148 countries at its 1990s peak, offering...

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Light cigarettes linked to specific form of lung cancer
May 23

Light cigarettes linked to specific form of lung cancer

Miami : So-called "light" cigarettes with holes in the filter could be the reason why a specific kind of lung cancer has been on the rise in recent decades, researchers said Monday. Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of lung cancer and...

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China scrambles to tame bike chaos
May 23

China scrambles to tame bike chaos

Beijing : A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc.  The authorities, scrambling to catch up, are considering new regulations to curb...

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Little women stand tall at Dubai fashion show
May 23

Little women stand tall at Dubai fashion show

Dubai : Like all working mums, Colleen Theriault has her hands full with her four-year-old son and a full-time career as head baker at a patisserie in the US state of North Carolina. But the 24-year-old is also an advocate for a budding movement that is breaking into the international fashion scene....

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Kingdom has diabetes prevalence rate of 19.6%
May 23

Kingdom has diabetes prevalence rate of 19.6%

Manama : Bahrain has the fourth highest prevalence of diabetes in the GCC, a recent study revealed. According to a study by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Bahrain has a diabetes prevalence rate of 19.6 per cent. All of the GCC countries have higher diabetes prevalence rate when compared to the world average....

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Scary space movie dethrones funny space movie at box office
May 23

Scary space movie dethrones funny space movie at box office

Los Angeles : In a battle of space films, Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" beat "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" to the top of the North American box office in its debut weekend, data showed Monday. "Alien," the sixth installment in a lucrative franchise, took $36.2 million, edging past the $34.7 million logged...

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Schwarzenegger says you can have four Hummers and still save planet
May 22

Schwarzenegger says you can have four Hummers and still save planet

Cannes : Arnold Schwarzenegger has four Hummers and likes nothing better than getting up at 5am to ride his Harley Davidson to the beach for breakfast. Yet "The Terminator" star insists that should not stop him being an environmental evangelist.  "Saving the planet is also about technology," the former...

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May Queen 2017 : Sneha lifts the crown
May 21

May Queen 2017 : Sneha lifts the crown

Manama : Sneha Ajith, a 22-year-old Keralite, was crowned the ‘Indian Club BFC May Queen 2017’ on Thursday night, after beating twelve contestants. She also received awards for Best Walk, Best Smile and Audience Choice awards. The other finalists were Renu Devdas, the first runner-up and Ann...

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Happy? Sad? Full of...? Sony film gives life to emojis
May 20

Happy? Sad? Full of...? Sony film gives life to emojis

Los Angeles : If emojis were alive, their job would not be easy: called on at all hours to show up on screen happy-faced, with heart-shaped eyes, as mini-pizzas or ... piles of poop. They form the indispensable background to our digital lives. It is almost impossible to imagine a text message without...

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Brexit, the thriller British film-makers never wanted
May 20

Brexit, the thriller British film-makers never wanted

Cannes : For British film producers plying their wares at the Cannes festival, the prospect of Brexit represents something between a tale of suspense and an outright horror movie. There are many worried faces amongst all the razzamatazz at the glitzy festival in the south of France...

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Japanese animator Miyazaki to make new film
May 19

Japanese animator Miyazaki to make new film

Tokyo : Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who announced in 2013 that he would stop making films, is coming out of retirement to do a new movie, his studio announced Friday. "Miyazaki decided to retract his retirement and to make a feature-length animation film," production company...

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23,500 cholera cases, 242 deaths in Yemen in three weeks
May 19

23,500 cholera cases, 242 deaths in Yemen in three weeks

Geneva : Nearly 23,500 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in war-ravaged Yemen in the past three weeks, including 242 deaths, The World Health Organization said Friday. "The speed of the resurgence of this cholera epidemic is unprecedented," WHO country representative for Yemen Nevio Zagaria told...

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Singapore car 'vending machine' dispenses with tradition
May 19

Singapore car 'vending machine' dispenses with tradition

Singapore : A vending machine that dispenses luxury cars to well-heeled buyers is the latest space-saving innovation in land-starved Singapore -- just don't try to shake it if it gets stuck.  Used car dealer Gary Hong has taken to displaying his wares in a glass-fronted, 15-storey building. Like...

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Aishwarya Rai: When Bollywood came to Cannes
May 19

Aishwarya Rai: When Bollywood came to Cannes

Cannes : The Cannes film festival -- the world's greatest movie showcase -- celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. AFP asked actors and directors who made their names at the festival to recount their highs and lows at the star-studded event. Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan first...

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'Harry Potter' star Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film
May 19

'Harry Potter' star Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film

Cannes : "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in the epic story of a white anti-apartheid activist who escaped from one of South Africa's toughest jails, the film's producers said Friday. The breakout thriller "Escape From Pretoria" is based on Tim Jenkin's account of his dramatic escape from the...

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Hitch halts controversial Netflix film's Cannes premiere
May 19

Hitch halts controversial Netflix film's Cannes premiere

Cannes : The premiere of the first of two controversial Netflix movies at the Cannes film festival had to be stopped Friday amid whistles and jeers when the curtain malfunctioned hiding part of the screen.  Some critics had earlier whistled at the start of $50-million creature feature "Okja" when...

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Philippine leader imposes strict ban on smoking
May 19

Philippine leader imposes strict ban on smoking

Manila : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order that will impose a wide-ranging ban on smoking in public, reinforcing some of the toughest anti-tobacco measures in Asia. Smoking and selling cigarettes will be banned in all enclosed public places, as well as within 100 metres...

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Automakers settle deadly Takata airbag case for $553 mn
May 19

Automakers settle deadly Takata airbag case for $553 mn

New York : Four automakers including Toyota and BMW agreed Thursday to pay $553 million to settle a US lawsuit over the defective Takata airbags blamed for 11 deaths in the United States alone. The lawsuit filed in late February claimed the carmakers were aware of the dangerous defects and used the airbags in their...

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Auction record for Basquiat at $110.5mn in New York
May 19

Auction record for Basquiat at $110.5mn in New York

New York : A Japanese billionaire bought a Basquiat masterpiece for $110.5 million in New York Thursday, setting a new auction record for the 20th century great nearly 30 years after his death, Sotheby's said. The 1982 "Untitled" of a skull-like head in oil-stick, acrylic and spray paint on a giant canvas was the...

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In battle of digital assistants, Google heads to Apple turf
May 18

In battle of digital assistants, Google heads to Apple turf

Mountain View : Google announced Wednesday it was bringing its digital assistant to Apple iPhones as part of its effort to win the battle with tech rivals on artificial intelligence. At its annual developers conference at an outdoor concert-venue near its main campus in Mountain View, California,...

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'Milestone' in quest to make blood cells
May 18

'Milestone' in quest to make blood cells

Paris : Scientists on Wednesday unveiled two methods for coaxing stem cells into blood cells, a long-sought goal that could lead to new treatments for blood disease, including leukaemia. In separate experiments reported in Nature -- one with mice, the other transplanting human stem cells into mouse...

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Indian star Irrfan Khan in new film about Pakistani affair
May 18

Indian star Irrfan Khan in new film about Pakistani affair

Cannes : Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia is to make a film about a disastrous adulterous affair among the Pakistani elite with Indian star Irrfan Khan, according to reports Thursday. "Moth Smoke" is being adapted from the debut novel of Pakistan-born writer Mohsin Hamid about a social misfit who...

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Volvo Cars moves into fast-growing Indian market
May 18

Volvo Cars moves into fast-growing Indian market

Stockholm : Swedish carmaker Volvo said Thursday it will start assembling cars in India this year in a move into a fast-expanding market where it has had only a small presence until now.  Volvo Cars said in a statement that it was teaming up with truck manufacturer Volvo Group to build cars at the latter's...

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Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity
May 18

Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity

Paris : Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled Thursday at a medical conference. So-called intragastric balloons have been used for decades to...

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EU fines Facebook 110 mn euros over 'misleading' info in WhatsApp takeover
May 18

EU fines Facebook 110 mn euros over 'misleading' info in WhatsApp takeover

Brussels : The European Commission on Thursday fined US social media giant Facebook 110 million euros ($120 million) for providing incorrect and misleading information on its takeover of WhatsApp. "Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including...

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India's pampered pets lap up new treatments
May 18

India's pampered pets lap up new treatments

New Delhi : Acupuncture, blood filtration, kidney cleanses. No treatment is too much for the furry friends of Delhi's well-heeled residents, who splash out at five-star veterinary clinics to keep their pets healthy. Teams of nurses and even foreign vets offering state-of-the-art healthcare to pets is a...

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Trump documentary stirs up start of Cannes film festival
May 17

Trump documentary stirs up start of Cannes film festival

Cannes : The Hollywood elite jetted into France on Wednesday for the Cannes film festival, with a Michael Moore documentary "take down" of Donald Trump among announcements stirring up a buzz as the 12-day movie marathon kicked off. This year marks the 70th birthday of the world's biggest film...

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World's most famous movie house turns 90
May 17

World's most famous movie house turns 90

Los Angeles : Shirley Temple did it barefoot. Mel Brooks wore an extra finger. Whoopi Goldberg buried her dreadlocks. Steve McQueen and actress wife Ali MacGraw did it facing the wrong way.  An old aphorism says that to visit Los Angeles and not see the iconic hand and foot prints of Hollywood's...

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IMF austerity has consequences for children's health
May 16

IMF austerity has consequences for children's health

Washington : Austerity policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund may harm parents' ability to care for their children's health, according to a study published Monday. The steep cuts in social spending the IMF often demands can curtail the availability of...

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Yemen rebels declare state of emergency over cholera outbreak
May 16

Yemen rebels declare state of emergency over cholera outbreak

Sanaa : Rebel authorities in Yemen's capital have sounded the alarm over a spreading cholera outbreak that has killed dozens in the war-torn country, calling for urgent international assistance. The International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday said 184 people had died...

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Oh brother! The sibling duos who dominate film
May 16

Oh brother! The sibling duos who dominate film

Cannes : From the Warner and Lumiere brothers to the Boultings, cinema has been marked from its earliest days by remarkable sibling double acts. The Safdie brothers -- Ben and Josh -- are the latest directing duo to hit the headlines, the big surprise of this year's...

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GM announces drive for sustainable rubber
May 16

GM announces drive for sustainable rubber

Detroit : General Motors said Monday it was moving toward sustainable rubber production for the cars and trucks it produces every year, reducing contributions to deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America. Steven Kiefer, senior vice president for global purchasing and supply chain, said the move would push the...

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SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
May 16

SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite

Miami : SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company. The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:21 pm (2321 GMT). "We've had confirmation of spacecraft...

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Netflix executive urges film festivals to change
May 15

Netflix executive urges film festivals to change

Seoul : A top Netflix executive on Monday urged film festivals to "change" and embrace movies from various platforms, with the streaming giant embroiled in a row over distribution with Cannes. Netflix has two films in the running for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and a policy of releasing its movies online...

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