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26th May

Rocky star Stallone says he never expected to make it in movies

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone told cinemagoers in Cannes on Friday that he never expected to make it in the film industry due to an accident at birth that caused him...

Tarantino is top dog at Cannes – at least in the pooch department

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Twenty-five years after taking the festival by storm with “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie has already clinched an award at Cannes – thanks to a dog in a show-stealing fight scene. “Brandy”, which was actually played by three different pitbulls, won the unofficial “Palm Dog” prize at the cinema showcase...

Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative compensation deal: WSJ

(Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar...

Cannes critics let rip at Kechiche’s three-hour twerk-fest

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A three-and-a-half hour, largely plotless movie set in a nightclub, featuring girls twerking from every angle and a 13-minute explicit sex scene in the toilet, claimed the dubious honour as the most universally panned film at Cannes on Friday. Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche is no stranger to controversy, with his previous outings...

Sigourney Weaver marks ‘Alien’ anniversary: ‘I thought it was a small movie’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sigourney Weaver was an unknown 28-year-old stage actress when she landed the role of Ripley in director Ridley Scott’s now classic sci-fi horror movie “Alien.” Ripley, the sole survivor of an attack by an alien who infiltrates a space ship, turned out to be one of the most powerful and well-loved...

Rihanna launches new fashion brand in Paris with LVMH

PARIS (Reuters) – Barbadian singer Rihanna has unveiled her new fashion brand with Louis Vuitton owner LVMH, a rare move by the French group to set up a label from scratch as it taps into soaring demand for celebrity collaborations in the luxury world. Fenty – after the “Umbrella” hitmaker’s full name, Robyn Rihanna Fenty...

The 1975, Mariah Carey and Dido honored at Ivor Novellos

LONDON (Reuters) – Pop rock band The 1975 were the big winners at the Ivor Novellos in London on Thursday, scooping two major prizes at Britain’s annual awards honoring songwriting and composing. Chart-topper Mariah Carey and ballad singer Dido were also honored at the 64th edition of the awards named after the early 20th century...

UK’s Rudd opts out of Conservative Party leadership race: Telegraph

(Reuters) – Britain’s work and pensions minister Amber Rudd has ruled herself out of the Conservative Party leadership race, the Telegraph newspaper reported. “There are all sorts of plans I would like to have when we do leave the European Union but I don’t think it is my time at the moment,” Rudd told the...

25th May

Yemen president slams U.N. envoy’s handling of war in letter to secretary-general

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi criticized the U.N.’s special envoy to the country in a sharply-worded letter to the U.N. chief, describing him as legitimizing Houthi rebels his Saudi-backed coalition is locked in a four-year war with. The Iran-aligned Houthis, who ousted Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have...

Shanahan to meet Chinese counterpart in Singapore: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will meet China’s defense minister at an Asia defense forum in Singapore, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday, at a time of strained relations between Beijing and Washington over trade and security. Tensions between China and the United States have intensified in the past...

North Korea warns U.S. nuclear talks will never resume without ‘new calculation’

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea on Friday blamed an “arbitrary and dishonest” U.S. position for the failure of a recent summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump and warned that stalled nuclear talks would never restart unless Washington took a new approach. A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry accused...

Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s review of the events that prompted an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia. The directive comes as the White House spars with congressional Democrats over the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller,...

Ex-U.S. Marine held by Russia on spying charge complains of threats

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine held in Moscow on suspicion of spying said on Friday he had been threatened by a Russian investigator and harassed in custody, accusations that added to strains in U.S.-Russian relations. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on...

U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country’s Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month’s tanker attacks. President Donald Trump’s administration also invoked the threat from Iran to declare...

Iraqi protesters urge Baghdad to stay out of U.S.-Iran showdown

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of a populist Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged political and factional leaders on Friday to stay out of any conflict between Baghdad’s two biggest allies, Iran and the United States. Protesters from the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, who once led Shi’ite militiamen against U.S. forces and is also vocally...

Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The Trump administration informed congressional committees that it will go ahead with...

French police hunt suitcase bomber after blast in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) – French police were hunting a suspected suitcase bomber on Friday after an explosion in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people, officials said. The suspect was captured on security video leaving a bag in front of a bakery shortly before an explosion occurred at around 5:30 pm, police sources and...

Brexit brings down May, Johnson stakes leadership claim

LONDON (Reuters) – Fighting back tears, Theresa May said on Friday she would quit after failing to deliver Brexit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union. May’s departure deepens the Brexit crisis as a new leader, who should be in...

Leonardo da Vinci drawings go on display at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Leonardo da Vinci’s thumbprint and preparatory sketches for some of his most famous works are going on display to the public at Buckingham Palace, in what is being billed as the biggest exhibition of the artist’s work in more than 65 years. Marking 500 years since his death, “Leonardo da Vinci: A...

British Airways to resume Pakistan flights next week after a decade

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next week a decade after it suspended operations following a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian country. BA halted service to Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in the capital Islamabad that...

Montenegro moves to halt small hydro power plants

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bowing to pressure from environmental groups, Montenegro’s government has decided to stop issuing permits for the construction of small hydro power plants and reconsider those awarded so far, economy minister said on Thursday. The government will also abolish in June the small-scale renewable energy scheme funded through consumers’ energy bills, accounting for...

U.S. FAA meets with air regulators on fate of Boeing 737 MAX

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration is meeting with international air regulators from around the world on Thursday to determine what is needed to return the grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX to return it to service. Senior FAA officials will give detailed descriptions of the findings to date from the two crashes...

Iran says it will not surrender even if it is bombed – IRNA

LONDON (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Tehran will not surrender to U.S. pressure and will not give up on its goals even if it is bombed, as tension rises between the Islamic Republic and the United States. Rouhani was quoted by state news agency IRNA as telling a ceremony in...

24th May

Bank CEO charged in Manafort bribery scheme designed to get Trump post

(Reuters) – The head of a Chicago-based bank was charged in an indictment unsealed on Thursday with bribery and accused of approving $16 million in high-risk loans to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in a scheme to land a top Trump administration post such as secretary of the U.S. Army. Stephen Calk,...

India’s Modi stuns opposition with huge election win

NEW DELHI/AYODHYA (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. His re-election reinforces a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United...

EU citizens angry at being denied a vote in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of EU citizens trying to cast their vote for the European Parliament elections in the United Kingdom on Friday have been turned away because of administrative mistakes, a campaign group said. Britain was not supposed to be taking part in the elections for the European Parliament as it was due to...

Pakistan PM suspends police amid outrage over child’s murder

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has suspended police accused of being slow to investigate the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old girl in a case that has sparked national outrage, a minister said on Thursday. The family of the murdered girl, Farishta, say that they reported her missing on May 15 but...

Lawyer for accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter seeking deal to spare man’s life

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – An attorney for the man accused of massacring 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year told a judge on Thursday that she was still trying to negotiate a deal in which he would plead guilty if prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty. Robert Bowers, 46, is accused of bursting...

Teenage activists demand climate action on eve of global school strike

LONDON (Reuters) – Children, some as young as eight, will walk out of class in cities around the world on Friday in a fresh wave of strikes called by young people who fear adults are sleepwalking toward a collapse in the global climate system. With coordinators expecting more than a million youths to join protests...

Florida to execute man convicted of abducting, killing eight women in 1984

(Reuters) – A 65-year-old man known as one of Florida’s most notorious serial killers who was convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing eight women in 1984 is scheduled to be executed on Thursday. Robert Long is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the Florida State Prison in Raiford. Investigators said...

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