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  1. Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, US, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files Killer Content Inc, the movie producer that has partnered with philanthropist Abigail Disney in a consortium vying to acquire the Weinstein Company, said on Monday that a bankruptcy may be the best way forward for the U.S. film and TV studio. Killer Content?s comments come as the studio continues to grapple with the fallout of sexual harassment allegations against its former co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, who left the company three months ago. More than 70 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape. He has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. The Weinstein Company has been looking for a buyer or rescue financing since last fall. The company?s investment bankers at Moelis & Co (MC.N) have been focused on an outright sale, rather than a debt restructuring or bankruptcy. Killer Content said in a statement that it remained interested in acquiring the assets of the Weinstein Company, but that a sale process may not be the best way for the company to address its liabilities. ?We can only participate... if the process is transparent, affords due process, and is 100 percent aligned with the interests of survivors ? all most likely to happen in bankruptcy,? Killer Content said in the statement. Killer Content, entertainment company Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGFa.N) and Maria Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, have made proposals for the company or some of its assets, people familiar with the matter have said. The Weinstein Company and Moelis declined to comment. Lions Gate and Contreras-Sweet representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Harvey Weinstein?s brother and company co-founder Robert Weinstein, and David Glasser, the film studio?s president, remain at the Weinstein Company, which has produced and distributed movies including ?The King?s Speech? and ?Silver Linings Playbook.? Killer Content, which has produced more than 60 films including ?Boys Don?t Cry,? is arguing that a sale of the Weinstein Company outside bankruptcy could benefit some of the executives who allowed Harvey Weinstein?s abuse to continue for years. ?We want to do our part to ensure that no matter the outcome, the blood money generated from the systemic protection of alleged rape, abuse and a culture of violence against women will soon be allocated to the prevention, the support and advocacy efforts of anti-discrimination and survivor support organizations,? Killer Content said. The Weinstein Company last year sold its rights to the family movie ?Paddington 2,? bringing in a cash infusion that would help the studio continue to operate until January, Reuters has reported. The company has $375 million in debt.
  2. When you've played a character for almost two decades, it can be very hard to let go of it. And, it seems like Hugh Jackman is also having a hard time letting go of 'Wolverine', which is totally understandable. Even though he was pretty adamant about the fact that 'Logan' would be the last time he would be portraying 'Wolverine', it looks like he's having second thoughts now. With 'Logan', we bid farewell to the iconic character as he was killed for good. Or, so we thought. While we were having a hard time coming to terms with seeing 'Wolverine' for the last time, even Hugh Jackman wasn't able to say goodbye just yet. Sebastian Stan recently revealed a very interesting conversation he had with Hugh Jackman once, and it's giving us the glimmer of hope we need to go forward this year. Just to refresh your memory, Stan plays Captain America's best friend and war buddy, turned mind-wiped assassin, Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier), and he's has been in all three films and will feature heavily in this year's Avengers: Infinity War. While at a Comic-Con event, where he appeared alongside co-stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, he talked about his conversation with Hugh, where the two discussed the possibility of him joining the MCU. He said, “Recently, I happened to be sitting next to Hugh Jackman. I didn't know what other awkward thing I could talk about, but to be like, 'Am I going to see you soon?' I don't know, but he said a couple things to me and I'll just leave it at that. Otherwise, I think I'm going to get into trouble.” “I asked him cause I kept thinking whether or not he said Logan was supposed to be the last Wolverine thing. He said to me what's probably been said out there that he's been thinking about it and it's on his mind. So, I don't know.” You know what's making this revelation even more exciting and plausible? The fact that towards the end of 2017, Disney, who owns Marvel Studios, recently bought back the film rights to both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four from Fox studios. This means that there is a huge possibility of both of the teams making their debut in the MCU. And, to make things even better, Chris Hemsworth also revealed recently that he wants to 'coax him' back into the role. He was asked which character he'd love to see in the MCU and to that, he replied, “... Wolverine, just because I love that character, you know what I mean? I just love Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, he died in the last movie, didn't he? We can bring him back to life… Now that you've informed me that it's a possibility I'm going to get on the one phone and try to coax him over or convince him and see if he has one more in him.” Honestly, we can't even imagine someone else playing 'Wolverine' and hopefully everything works out so we can get Hugh Jackman out of retirement and see him reprise his iconic role at least once again.
  3. In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 100 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, in just 15 days. FILE photo: Foreign Office of Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has warned New Delhi over its deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas across the Line of Control (LoC), saying ceasefire violations by India may lead to a "strategic miscalculation." "The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas and troops carrying out maintenance activities is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws," a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Office said Monday. "The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation." Indian army chief's statement amounts to 'invitation for nuclear encounter', says Asif Foreign minister responds to a recent statement by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat The statement came after Islamabad summoned Indian Deputy High Commission JP Singh to its Foreign Office following the martyrdom of four Pakistani troops in unprovoked Indian firing across the LoC. The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces. Indian forces have continued to indulge in ceasefire violations, despite repeated calls for restraint by Islamabad. "In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 100 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 15 days," the statement said. "This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations." Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary. He urged that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions. Four soldiers martyred in unprovoked Indian firing across LoC The army troops were working on communication lines in Jandrot and Kotli sectors when they were attacked Last week, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the Indian forces were ready to call Pakistan's 'nuclear bluff' and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government. "We will call the [nuclear] bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," General Rawat said at a press conference. Islamabad strongly reacted to the "very irresponsible" statement, with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Asif saying that it wasn't befitting the office of Indian army chief and "amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter." "If that is what they desire, they are welcome to test our resolve. The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah,? the foreign minister said in a tweet.
  4. Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday said that India may test Pakistan?s resolve if that is what it wishes to do. The foreign minister was responding to a recent statement by the Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who, according to Indian media outlets, had said the force was ready to call Pakistan's 'nuclear bluff' and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government. ?Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter. If that is what they desire, they are welcome to test our resolve.The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah,? tweeted Asif. Spokesperson of the Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal also termed the Indian army chief's statement as "irresponsible." "The threatening and irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief today is representative of a sinister mindset that has taken hold of India. Pakistan has demonstrated deterrence capability," tweeted Dr Faisal. The foreign office spokesperson further said that Pakistan is 'fully capable of defending itself'. "We will call the [nuclear] bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," General Rawat had said at a press conference on January 12. The Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor Saturday earlier today had responded to the Indian army chief's 'nuclear bluff' assertion saying that such statements are unbecoming from a person of a responsible stature. Speaking to the state television's world service, the Pakistani military spokesman had said: "We believe COAS is a very responsible appointment and four-star is a rank with age-long experience and maturity." Pakistan's credible nuclear deterrence only thing stopping India from war: DG ISPR Such statements are 'unbecoming' from a person of responsible stature, Maj Gen Ghafoor responds to Indian army chief statement of calling Pakistan 'nuclear bluff' When asked what if India undertakes any misadventure against Pakistan, Ghafoor had said: "Well, it's their choice. Should they wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves." The DG ISPR had said that Pakistan has a credible nuclear capability, exclusively meant for threat from the east. "But we believe it?s a weapon of deterrence not a choice."
  5. FILE PHOTO - A group of retired people take part in a Tai Chi class session in Nice February 19, 2013. REUTERS Sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability, a new study suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a week of walking and activities to improve strength, balance and flexibility. After two years, people who weren?t frail at the start of the study were no less likely to become frail with exercise than without it, the study found. But with exercise, they were less likely to lose their ability to rise from a chair, one component of frailty. ?The benefits of physical activity in terms of preventing physical disability still persist in older adults who are already experiencing symptoms of frailty,? said senior study author Roger Fielding of Tufts University in Boston. ?Nearly all older adults can benefit from a regular structured program of physical activity including those who are frail,? Fielding said by email. ?In non-frail older adults, exercise may reduce the risk of developing specific components of the frailty syndrome like losing the ability to rise from a chair.? At the start of the study, participants typically had some functional limitations, but they could walk 400 meters (0.25 miles) in 15 minutes or less without assistance. About 6 percent of the people in the exercise group and 5 percent in the health education group were already considered frail. People were considered frail if they could not rise from a chair 5 times without using the arms, had lost a significant amount of weight recently, and felt like they had no energy. Two years later, about 19 percent of the people in the exercise group and 21 percent in the health education group were frail. The difference between the groups was so small that it might have been due to chance. The inability to rise from a chair was the only frailty criterion that was influenced by the exercise program. The percentage of participants who couldn?t accomplish this task was about 3 percent to 6 percent lower in the exercise group than in the health education group. One limitation of the study is that researchers didn?t have data to show which individual components of the exercise program might have influenced frailty or disability. Still, the results suggest that most elderly people can benefit from exercise, said Dr. Rebecca Brown, author of an accompanying editorial and a geriatrics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. ?While there isn?t definitive evidence (yet) that exercise can prevent frailty, this study shows that exercise reduces the risk of disability, whether or not you are frail,? Brown said by email.
  6. Some investors said the habit-forming nature of gadgets and social media are one reason why companies like Apple, Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc added $630 billion to their market value in 2017-Reuters NEW YORK: Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits. Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers? Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday that iPhone overuse could be hurting children?s developing brains, an issue that may harm the company?s long-term market value. But some investors said the habit-forming nature of gadgets and social media are one reason why companies like Apple, Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc added $630 billion to their market value in 2017. ?We invest in things that are addictive,? said Apple shareholder Ross Gerber, chief executive of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. He also owns stock in coffee retailer Starbucks Corp, casino operator MGM Resorts International and alcohol maker Constellation Brands Inc. ?Addictive things are very profitable,? Gerber said. Still, the investment community is increasingly holding companies to higher social standards, and there is some concern that market-leading tech companies could draw attention from regulators much like alcohol, tobacco and gambling companies have in the past. Alphabet and Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday. Facebook has said social media can be beneficial if used appropriately. In a statement to Reuters, Apple said it has offered a range of controls on iPhones since 2008 that allow parents to restrict content, including apps, movies, websites, songs and books, as well as cellular data, password settings and other features. ?Effectively anything a child could download or access online can be easily blocked or restricted by a parent,? Apple said in the statement. Apple shares fell marginally on Monday. CalSTRS holds $1.9 billion in Apple stock, a sliver of the company?s nearly $900 billion market value, while JANA declined to disclose the size of its smaller stake. ?Before Apple speaks, I think it?s too early to change the narrative? for investors, said Peter Jones, vice president of research for Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, which has about 350,000 Apple shares. Social media companies, not hardware makers, are more deserving of any addiction-related scrutiny, some said. Jordan Waldrep, who invests in alcohol, tobacco and gambling stocks as manager of the USA Mutuals Vice Fund, said blaming Apple for its customers? addiction was analogous to blaming makers of cigarette packs instead of tobacco companies. ?The social media, the cigarettes, are the addictive product,? he said. Waldrep?s Vice fund does not own Apple, but Waldrep said he would consider including social media companies. Kim Forrest, senior portfolio manager and vice president at Fort Pitt Capital Group, agreed that companies like Facebook, Twitter Inc and Snap Inc might be more at risk than Apple if investors and regulators push back on how much time people spend on mobile devices. ?Apple is just the delivery device,? said Forrest, who said Fort Pitt has limited Apple holdings. ?It?s only compelling with software. Software is the dopamine releaser that keeps you coming back.? Twitter declined to comment and Snap could not immediately be reached. The letter from JANA and CalSTRS recommends Apple set up a committee of child-development experts and make more new tools available to parents. In its statement, Apple did not directly respond to the investors? demands but said changes are in store for its parental controls. It did not provide details. ?We are constantly looking for ways to make our experiences better,? Apple said. ?We have new features and enhancements planned for the future, to add functionality and make these tools even more robust.? The addiction issue gained notoriety when former Disney child star Selena Gomez said she canceled a 2016 world tour to go to therapy for depression and low self-esteem, feelings she linked to a social media addiction. Fears about smartphone addiction have already kicked off regulatory backlash. In December, the French education minister said mobile phones would be banned in schools, and draft legislation in France would require children under 16 to seek parental approval to open a Facebook account. Even tech insiders are among the vocal critics of social media and its addictive potential. ?Apple Watches, Google Phones, Facebook, Twitter - they?ve gotten so good at getting us to go for another click, another dopamine hit,? said Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive, on Twitter. John Streur, chief executive of Calvert Research and Management, an Apple shareholder that focuses on social responsibility, said it is plausible that tech devices may some day be understood to hold risks we do not currently understand well. That would hurt investors if evidence later emerged that companies intentionally built features that create dependency and had evidence that doing so was unsafe. For the time being, John Carey, a portfolio manager at Amundi Pioneer Asset Management in Boston, said concerns over the human impacts from being glued to screens are not likely to cut into profits. The company holds Apple stock, but the funds Carey manages do not. ?I doubt there will be any impact on the use of smartphones,? he said. ?We?re already addicted to them.?
  7. 2017 wasn't exactly a great year for Amitabh Bachchan or Kangana Ranaut in terms of giving box office hits. However, that hasn't affected their popularity or the love that they have received from their fans in any way. While Kangana found herself amidst controversies owing to her scandalous interviews over her alleged affair with Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh was busy working on his future projects. But 2018 seems to have started with a bang for both of them. © Facebook According to a Mid-Day report, the duo is set to share screen space in R Balki's next film. FYI, R Balki is the man behind films like 'Paa', 'English Vinglish' and is all set with the soon to release 'PadMan'. So you can expect one hell of a film. © Filmfare Apparently, the film will revolve around a woman (which will be played by Kangana) who is left handicapped after an accident, and eventually reclaims her life. Bachchan will be seen as her mentor who'll help her to beat the odds. With both the actors being National Award recipients, there is no doubt about the fact that this is a major casting coup. © Twitter © Twitter Maybe we are getting ahead of ourselves, but bringing together powerhouse performers like them with a visionary like Balki can only lead to success. In the past, the actors shot an advertisement together which was loved by people across the country. In fact, some even wanted this unusual pairing to come together for a movie. © YouTube While we are still waiting for a confirmation which would probably come by the end of this month (as per Mid-Day), we are way too excited already despite knowing that we won't to get to see the movie any time soon. Kangana and Amitabh will reportedly begin this film after they wrap up their previous commitments. Amitabh Bachchan has 'Thugs of Hindostan' and '102 Not Out' whereas Kangana is slated to begin work on a thriller after 'Manikarnika'.
  8. President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Raphael W. Bostic is seen in this handout photo obtained by Reuters, October 6, 2017. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta/Handout via REUTERS ATLANTA: The Federal Reserve may only need to raise interest rates two times in 2018 given weak price pressures and possible loss of public confidence in the central bank?s ability to hit a 2 percent inflation target, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said on Monday. Bostic, a voter on interest rate policy this year, also added his voice to a group of Fed officials concerned that central bank action may ?invert? the yield curve and make long-term rates lower than short-term ones, historically a signal of future recession. The Fed?s recent increases in short-term rates have not been matched by similar increases in 10-year Treasury note yields. ?Long-term rates have been much stickier...I am going to do all I can to make sure our policy does not invert the yield curve,? Bostic said. ?If we got close to it I would argue strongly that we should be extremely cautious.? Bostic said his base case for 2018 was for two or three rate increases, slightly below the median of three rate increases expected by his colleagues. The central bank raised rates three times in 2017. Bostic is the second Fed official in recent days to say the central bank may only raise two times this year, a sign that continued low inflation may reshape the Fed?s actions in 2018. ?The chorus seems to be growing more vocal about the need to raise rates more slowly... No inflation, not many more rate hikes. Bet on it,? said Chris Rupkey, the chief financial economist at MUFG. Though unemployment is low and growth may hit 2.5 percent in 2018, Bostic said weak wage growth and inflation are two reasons to be guarded. In addition, he said he is concerned the public may be losing confidence in the Fed?s commitment or ability to reach its inflation target, ?anchoring? expectations below that level. Public and market expectations are considered an important component in inflation outcomes, and Bostic said recent survey evidence ?indicates that individuals may not be completely convinced...This possibility is one factor that might argue for being somewhat more patient.? Bostic added that the estimated ?neutral? rate of interest that would keep inflation at target and economic growth at trend may have slipped to ?close to? 2 percent. If true, it means the Fed could only raise rates two or three more times, from the current range of between 1.25 percent to 1.50 percent, before monetary policy is no longer ?loose? and encouraging economic activity. Even as it raises rates the Fed wants to remain ?accommodative,? with a federal funds target below neutral.
  9. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May visits Frimley Park Hospital near Camberley, Britain, January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May will announce changes to her ministerial cabinet on Monday but her foreign, finance, interior, and Brexit ministers will keep their jobs, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. The Sunday Times said the reshuffle was aimed at bringing younger women and non-white lawmakers into the cabinet in an attempt to appeal to voters who dealt May a setback in an election last year. May is also expected to announce a new first secretary of state ? effectively her number two ? after long-standing ally Damian Green was forced to resign from the post last month, the newspaper said. May ? who became prime minister shortly after the Brexit vote in mid-2016 ? has been widely expected to rejig her ministerial team after a damaging 2017 when she called a snap election only to lose her parliamentary majority. Her Conservative Party is running neck and neck with the left-wing Labour Party in opinion polls and has been split by differences about what kind of relationship Britain should seek with the European Union after it leaves the bloc in 2019. The foreign, finance, interior, and Brexit ministries are run by Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, and David Davis, respectively. The Sunday Times said the ministers who were expected to lose their jobs or move to different roles included Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, education minister Justine Greening, business minister Greg Clark, and Andrea Leadsom ? the government?s leader in the lower house of parliament.
  10. LONDON: Britain?s Prime Minister Theresa May apologized on Thursday to tens of thousands of patients whose operations were canceled to free up staff and beds to deal with emergency patients. Earlier this week, officials at the National Health Service (NHS) in England recommended that hospitals cancel all non-urgent appointments and operations until next month. Officials say this means about 50,000 operations may be postponed. ?I know it is difficult, I know it is frustrating, I know it is disappointing for people and I apologize,? May told Sky News after visiting a hospital outside London. A flu outbreak, colder weather and high levels of respiratory illnesses have put hospitals in England under strain with many operating at or near full capacity, with long waits for treatment in emergency rooms. The issue is potentially damaging for May, already weakened after losing a parliamentary majority in last year?s election and struggling to pacify her deeply divided party as she navigates the final year of Brexit negotiations. The NHS, which delivers free care for all and accounts for a third of government spending on public services, is typically one of the most important issues for voters during elections and one which is often regarded as a weakness for May?s Conservative party.
  11. Image Courtesy: PORT ELIZABETH: Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said his team might have to accept playing more limited overs cricket or settle for a lower level of Test cricket after they suffered an innings defeat inside two days against South Africa at St George´s Park on Wednesday. South Africa won by an innings and 120 runs after bowling out Zimbabwe for 68 and 121. The match was over before the dinner break so they didn´t even have to bat under floodlights in what by common consent were the most difficult batting conditions. Streak said Zimbabwe suffered from a lack of Test cricket, which made it difficult to compete against a top side like South Africa in conditions that helped the home fast bowlers. "Maybe there is an argument for us to focus a lot more of our resources and time into short-format cricket to give us ourselves more of a realistic chance of competing at a higher level rather than hanging around near the bottom of the table in both the Test and one-day stuff," said Streak. Streak said if Zimbabwe were to play more Tests, they might have to settle for games against the likes of newcomers Ireland and Afghanistan. "I think if you get a bit of context to the Test rankings, with an incentive to get to the next level, with maybe a promotion-relegation type of thing, it´s worth looking at. "Obviously we would like to play against the top countries but maybe we could play them at home so we can set up the conditions to favour us." Fast bowler Morne Morkel destroyed Zimbabwe´s first innings, taking five for 21, but only bowled four overs in the second innings as stand-in captain AB de Villiers used his front-line fast bowlers sparingly. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took five for 59 in the second innings and medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo took three for 13. Zimbabwe put up a fight at the start of their second innings, reaching 54 before they lost their first wicket -- although opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the right elbow by a ball from Morkel. The total reached 75 before the innings imploded, with four wickets falling in 14 balls. The last nine wickets fell for 46 runs in 15.4 overs. South Africa needed just 68 minutes and 14.1 overs on Wednesday to take Zimbabwe´s remaining six first-innings wickets after Zimbabwe resumed on 30 for four. South Africa´s first day-night Test -- and the first scheduled four-day Test in more than 40 years -- was not an experiment that proved much. There was general agreement that conditions for batting were difficult in the only full floodlit session, with batsmen struggling to see the seam on the pink ball. Skipper AB de Villiers admitted: "Zimbabwe had the worst of the conditions last night. They ran into a wicket which was really spicy against a quality bowling attack." He likened the dramatic change in conditions between day and night to situations in red-ball Tests, such as sudden reverse swing or pitches where the bounce became uneven. "It´s like any other format. You have to adapt, you have to change game plans and strategies to get through certain times." De Villiers said the match had been a reasonable work-out for South Africa ahead of a three-match series against India, starting in Cape Town on January 5. "The batters toiled really hard on a wicket which seamed around the whole innings," said De Villiers. "From a bowling point of view, it was nice to get them to follow on so the guys could get a few overs under the belt."
  12. Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly president Delcy Rodriguez talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files CARACAS: Venezuela?s leftist government began releasing some 80 anti-government activists on Saturday, and threatened to expel envoys from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights. Delcy Rodriguez, head of the pro-government Constituent Assembly, told reporters the legislative super body was recommending 80 detainees be given alternative punishments such as community service and compensation for victims. Thirteen newly-released activists were later paraded in front of state TV cameras during a meeting with Rodriguez, a hardline ally of President Nicolas Maduro. They looked stony-faced as they sat listening to her admonishments in the formal surroundings of Venezuela?s colonial-era foreign ministry. Rights groups and foes of Maduro say authorities are unfairly holding 268 political prisoners for protesting against ?dictatorship.? Maduro, the 55-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez, says all jailed activists are there on legitimate charges of violence and subversion. ?Let it be understood that the events promoted by the extremist Venezuelan opposition, which caused Venezuelans? deaths, must not be repeated,? Rodriguez said. Some 170 people died in violence around two bouts of anti-Maduro street protests in 2014 and earlier this year. Boost to talks? The releases, albeit with alternative sentences, could inject life into stuttering political talks between the government and opposition due to resume in the Dominican Republic in early January. Western nations and Latin American neighbours have been increasingly critical of Maduro this year, accusing him of stamping on democracy and human rights. The government says foreign nations are trying to encourage a right-wing coup. Rodriguez said the Constituent Assembly - which various foreign countries refuse to accept - was also recommending Brazil?s ambassador Ruy Pereira and Canada?s charge d?affaires Craig Kowalik both be declared ?persona non grata.? There was no immediate reaction from Canada, but Brazil?s foreign ministry responded sternly. ?If confirmed, the Venezuelan government?s decision to declare Brazil?s ambassador persona non grata shows once more the authoritarian stance of Nicolas Maduro?s administration and its lack of willingness to engage in any dialogue,? it said, promising reciprocal measures. U.S. President Donald Trump?s administration has been especially critical of Maduro, imposing sanctions on him and other senior officials earlier this year. Under new stewardship with the arrival of charge d?affaires Todd Robinson last week, Washington?s embassy in Caracas called on Saturday for the freedom of all jailed activists. ?We urge Maduro?s regime to respect human rights,? it tweeted. ?Free them during this holiday time.?
  13. You?re on the web, you?re in the cloud. But don?t neglect good old-fashioned paper. That?s the advice from internet pioneer Vint Cerf, who is afraid that all our digital memories could be lost as technology moves on. ?People say: ?What should I do about my photographs?? The ones you really care about? Find some really good quality photographic paper and print them, because we know those will last at least 150 years,? Cerf told reporters on the sidelines of the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva. ?I know for a fact that I have information, in digital form, down in my basement, on 5-¼ inch floppy disks. And I know the bits are still there. But I don?t have anything that knows how to read them anymore.? Cerf, a Google vice-president and co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol that connects devices over the internet, said he managed to find a disk drive for some of his ancient disks, only to discover he lacked the software to read them. ?If we want our descendants to know something about our world we have to make sure the information is still retrievable or understandable,? he said. A white-bearded 74-year-old nicknamed ?the Father of the Internet?, Cerf jotted notes on his conference program as he spoke, and confessed that in several ways paper was better than the state-of-the-art phone he clutched in his other hand. ?First of all you can make little sketches easily on paper, and second it?s on my (Governance Forum) calendar, that means I can remember where was I, and what was I doing, when I wrote that note. So for me, this is like a plug-in extra memory,? he said, to laughter. ?Look, I also wear three piece suits. I?m just a 19th century guy in a 21st century world.?
  14. PARIS: Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all, scientists said Thursday. Similar benefits, they said, were observed for people who ate more than three portions of fresh fruit a day, especially apples. "This study shows that diet might help repair lung damage in people who have stopped smoking," study co-author Vanessa Garcia-Larsen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said in a statement. "It also suggests that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung´s natural ageing process even if you have never smoked." In the study published in the European Respiratory Journal, researchers analysed data from 680 people in Germany, England and Norway who signed up for a health survey in 2002. Participants answered a questionnaire and underwent two types of lung-function tests at the start, then again 10 years later. One test measures how much air a person can expel in a second, the other how much they could inhale in six seconds. Other factors, such as the participants´ age, height, weight, gender, income and level of physical activity, were taken into account in analysing any association between diet and lung health, the team said. They found that the rate of lung decline, which happens normally in people from about the age of 30, was slower in those who ate more tomatoes and other fruit. Among former smokers, the link was "even more striking," implying their diet was helping to repair the damage done by tobacco, the team said. The effect was observed only with fresh fruit and vegetables, not processed. "The findings support the need for dietary recommendations, especially for people at risk of developing respiratory diseases," Garcia-Larsen said. These included Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking. "Diet could become one way of combating rising diagnosis of COPD around the world," she added. One weakness of the study was that participants´ diets were assessed only at the start of the study.
  15. Damian Green, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy, leaves his home in London, November 6, 2017/Reuters LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May forced her most senior minister, Damian Green, to resign on Wednesday after an internal investigation found that he had made misleading comments about pornography found on computers in his parliamentary office. The resignation of one of May?s most trusted allies who had helped pacify her deeply divided party, is a blow for May as she navigates the final year of tortuous Brexit negotiations before Britain?s exit from the European Union in March 2019. Green, who voted to stay in the EU, was appointed as first secretary of state just six months ago in a bid to shore up May?s premiership in the wake of her disastrous bet on a June snap election which lost her party its majority in parliament. But Green?s future was thrust into doubt when the Sunday Times newspaper reported last month that police in 2008 had found pornography on his office computers in the Houses of Parliament. In response, Green said that the story was untrue. A review, requested by May and conducted by a senior government official, concluded that Green?s statements which suggested he was not aware that indecent material had been found on the computers, were ?inaccurate and misleading.? The review, a summary of which was distributed by May?s Downing Street office, found that he had breached rules governing the behavior of ministers. ?I regret that I?ve been asked to resign from the government following breaches of the Ministerial Code, for which I apologise,? Green said in a letter to May, who said she had accepted his resignation with deep regret. Green, 61, added that he did not download or view pornography on his parliamentary computers. He said that he should have been clearer about his statements after the story broke. He is May?s third cabinet minister to resign in recent weeks after May?s defense secretary quit in November citing past conduct that fell below the required standards. May?s aid minister resigned a week later after admitting to holding undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials. May's premiership During the turmoil which followed May?s botched election, she turned to Green - a friend and ally from their days at Oxford - to stabilize her premiership and appease those within the Conservative Party who wanted her to quit. One of his key roles was to act as a conduit for disgruntled party members who felt they had been ignored in May?s election campaign. He sought to help her to shed the image of a distant leader who only listens to those in her inner circle. ?Its another blow for May but it is not deadly in any way at all,? said Anand Menon, professor of European politics at King?s College London. ?She has lost her soul mate in cabinet but this is not the end of Prime Minister May.? Britain PM Theresa May/File ?May is surviving not because of Damian Green but because there are sufficient MPs in her party who don?t want to have a leadership election while Brexit is going on and that fundamental calculation has not changed,? he said. The internal investigation found that his conduct as a minister was generally ?professional and proper? but found two statements made by Green on Nov. 4 and 11 to be inaccurate and misleading. In the statements he had suggested he was not aware that indecent material was found on parliamentary computers in his office. ?These statements ... constitute breaches of the Ministerial Code. Mr Green accepts this,? the report summary said. It also addressed allegations, made by the daughter of a family friend, that Green had made an unwanted advance toward her during a social meeting in 2015, had suggested that this might further her career, and later had sent her an inappropriate text message. The report said it was not possible to reach a definitive conclusion on the appropriateness of Green?s behavior in this instance, though the investigation found allegations to be plausible. Green said in his resignation letter that he did not recognize the account of events, but apologized to the woman, academic and critic Kate Maltby, for making her feel uncomfortable.
  16. MEXICO CITY: The driver of a tour bus that crashed on Tuesday on a quiet road in Mexico?s Yucatan Peninsula, killing 12 people, may have lost control after one of the front tires exploded, the local police chief said. The bus was carrying 31 passengers, including citizens of the United States, Brazil, Canada and Sweden, on a trip to Mayan ruins when it crashed and flipped over, authorities said. Most of those aboard were travellers on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. ?It seems a front tire of the bus exploded, making it lose control and leave the asphalt,? Carlos Briceno Villagomez, head of the police in the municipality of Bacalar, told Mexican TV network Televisa on Tuesday night. The government of Quintana Roo state said it was investigating the cause of the accident, which happened on a flat stretch of road and did not appear to involve another vehicle. The driver was injured and has been arrested. A Mexican tour guide was among those killed. A local civil protection official said authorities were also investigating whether human error contributed to the accident. The US State Department confirmed on Wednesday that multiple American citizens had died in the crash. Mexican authorities said eight US citizens died. ?We can confirm the deaths of multiple U.S. citizens in #Mexico bus accident, and several injuries. We express our heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragedy,? State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a post on Twitter. One Canadian died in the crash and three others were injured, a spokesman for Canada?s Global Affairs department said. Two Swedish citizens died and two others were injured, Mexican authorities said. A child was among the dead. Quintana Roo is one of three states on Mexico?s Yucatan Peninsula, a major tourist destination.
  17. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files SAN FRANCISCO: The biggest overhaul of the US tax system in more than 30 years ? set to win final approval by lawmakers on Wednesday ? may add fuel to a rally in technology stocks that has powered Wall Street to record highs this year. A lower corporate tax rate across the board and a one-time single-digit rate on profits repatriated from overseas looks set to benefit Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, and other US tech companies with large foreign sales. ?The tech sector would certainly be among the largest beneficiaries if cash stashed overseas can be repatriated at a low rate and presumably used for stock buybacks or dividends,? according to a recent note from Yardeni Research president Ed Yardeni. The S&P 500 information technology index has surged 39 percent in 2017, helped by expectations that US President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans would make good on promises to slash taxes. That looked set to become reality on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives prepared for what should be a final vote on the tax bill, after which the bill will be sent to Trump to sign into law. The information technology index dipped slightly on Wednesday after hitting a record high earlier in the week. It is still on track for its strongest year since 2009. The tax bill cuts the US corporate income tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent. That should boost all US companies? profits, although analysts expect it to help technology firms less than some other sectors ? such as transport, retail, and banking ? as tech firms already pay a relatively low rate. A more salient benefit for Apple, Microsoft, and other big tech companies ? which have hoarded hundreds of billions of dollars of profits outside the United States ? is the bill?s one-time tax of 8 percent on illiquid assets and 15.5 percent tax on cash and cash equivalents held overseas. ?I do think we?ll see some repatriation of cash from abroad,? Tim Ghriskey ? the chief investment officer of Solaris Group, which is overweight in technology and financial stocks ? said. ?Tech has much further to go.? Earnings growth seen above average Even as the tech sector trades near high price-to-earnings (P/E) levels not seen since 2008, and as some money managers turn to sectors likely to benefit more from the tax overhaul, other investors have poured more money into Silicon Valley. Over the past week, net flows into the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund grew $581 million, according to That compares to a $709-million net outflow from the fund in the first two weeks of December when investors briefly worried the bill would include an alternative minimum tax (AMT) that would have limited benefits of tax cuts for many technology firms. The AMT, however, was excluded from the final package. Technology sector earnings on average are expected to grow 12.3 percent next year, compared to an 11.3-percent increase across the S&P 500, according to Thomson Reuters. But those figures are based on individual analysts? estimates for the companies they cover, and few of those have adjusted their estimates yet to account for Trump?s expected tax cuts, which means profit growth estimates for other sectors may rise. In its own forecast, UBS said the tax overhaul could deliver the technology sector an earnings boost of 5.3 percent next year, compared to an increase of 9.1 percent across the S&P 500. Some technology companies ? like Cisco Systems Inc and Oracle Corp ? may also receive a secondary, trickle-down benefit if US companies spend more of their increased profits from the tax cuts improving their productivity. ?To the extent that the tax package generates business spending and capex (capital expenditure), as it is intended to do, that will likely expand spending on software and technology,? Jack Ablin ? the chief investment officer at Chicago-based BMO Private Bank ? said.
  18. KARACHI: Due to an increase in the exchange rate of the US dollar, it is feared petrol prices in the country may increase by upto Rs7. The price of oil has increased in the international market over the previous 20 days and the Pakistani rupee has also devalued against the dollar. Industry sources have said that due to the prevailing conditions in the international and interbank market, there is a possibility of petrol's price being increased by Rs7 per litre. Sources also added that the price of diesel may increase by Rs5 and kerosene oil may face an increase Rs6. The prevailing condition may force the government to increase the price of petroleum products, though the final decision has yet to be taken by the federal government. The government had increased the price of petrol by Rs2.49 and the price of diesel by Rs5.19 last month.
  19. LEFT: Theresa May arrives back at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, Britain, October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Files; RIGHT: US President Donald Trump speaks after a meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May spoke for the first time since a row over his retweets of a British extremist group, addressing vexing questions about Brexit and Middle East peace Tuesday. The call came nearly a month after the two clashed over Trump?s tweets of "Britain First" anti-Muslim propaganda and hours after London took the unusual step of voting against Washington at the United Nations. Britain was among 14 UN Security Council members who backed a resolution condemning Trump?s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel?s capital, leaving the United States alone to veto. "They discussed the different positions we took on the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and agreed on the importance of the US bringing forward new proposals for peace and the international community supporting these efforts," a Downing Street spokesman said. "The President and Prime Minister discussed next steps in forging peace in the Middle East," the White House said. There was no mention of the Twitter feud from either side, a row that has put Trump?s state visit to the United Kingdom in further jeopardy. "The two leaders exchanged holiday greetings and warm wishes for Christmas and the New Year," the White House said. They also discussed Britain?s negotiations to withdraw from the European Union, with the British side claiming that they "agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal." There was no mention of such an agreement in Washington?s account of the call, although Trump has made similar pledges in the past. "The prime minister updated the president on the recent good progress of the Brexit negotiations, and the president set out the progress he had made on his economic agenda," the Downing Street spokesman said. "President Trump congratulated the Prime Minister on the decision by European Union leaders to move to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations," according to Washington. Earlier Tuesday, May chaired the first detailed cabinet discussion on Britain?s future trade ties, after European Union leaders last week approved an interim agreement on the terms of their separation, and agreed to move talks on to trade next year. London wants to secure "the best possible trading terms with the EU" that enable Britain "to set rules that are right for our situation and facilitates ambitious third-country trade deals", Downing Street said after the meeting. May and Trump also talked about Yemen, with May "highlighting our ongoing deep concerns at the humanitarian situation", according to Downing Street. "They agreed on the vital importance of reopening humanitarian and commercial access to prevent famine and alleviate the suffering of innocent Yemenis," the spokesman said.
  20. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released its first cellphone-use guidelines, warning that the devices could be hazardous due to radiation. The CDPH released new guidelines for how to reduce exposure to radiation from cell phones for the first time last week, and chief among its concerns is the increase in use of them in recent years, especially among children. "Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones," said CDPH Director Karen Smith. "We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults." © Thinkstock The guidelines, issued last week, note that “some laboratory experiments and human health studies have suggested the possibility that long-term, high use of cell phones may be linked to certain types of cancer and other health effects.” These include brain cancer, tumors of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands, lower sperm count, headaches and effects on learning, memory, hearing, behavior and sleep. The guidelines recommend keeping phones away from the body when they're not in use—in a backpack, for example, rather than a pocket—and sleeping with phones away from the bed. People may also choose to use speakerphone or a headset to make calls, rather than holding the phone to their heads. What can you do to lessen the risk, according to the health agency? 1. Keeping the phone away from the body 2. Reduce cell phone use when the signal is weak 3. Reduce the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files 4. Keep the phone away from the bed at night 5. Remove headsets when not on a call 6. Avoid products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure. © Flickr The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) maintains that there are no scientific findings that provide a definitive answer to the question of whether cell phone radiation causes cancer. Most large studies documenting cancer rates haven't found significant evidence that cell phone use raises cancer rates or causes other negative health effects. Given the widespread adoption of cell phone use, scientists would expect cancer rates to have spiked if usage was really risky. But that hasn't happened. Cellphones and other devices, including televisions, radios and microwave ovens, emit a kind of energy called electromagnetic radiation, or radio frequency energy. This type of radiation is weak and does not damage cells or DNA. “This document is intended to provide guidance for people who want to reduce their own and their families' exposure to RF energy from cell phones,” the guidelines state, “despite this uncertainty.” Source: CDPH
  21. 2017 has been a great year for movies. Right from the horrors of 'It' and 'Annabelle: Creation' to subtle storylines of 'Lady Bird' and 'Song to Song', filmmakers explored a myriad of genres and themes. Where on one hand we saw the rise of female characters in superhero films, on the other hand, we witnessed the emergence of the horror category, setting benchmarks and breaking records. However, amidst the hush-hush to watch a number of hyped films this year, there were quite a few which slipped through the cracks. We have compiled a list of incredible movies which you may have skipped somehow, but are a necessary watch before the year ends, even if you are not a movie buff! 1. The Big Sick © amazon studios Directed by Michael Showalter, this American rom-com has received major nominations for the Golden Globes and SAG awards this year. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar and Anupam Kher, the film revolves around a family and explores the complexities of love. Though the film is a bit long for the audience, it is actually too lovable to be ignored. 2. I Tonya © clubhouse pictures This film is being taken as Margot Robbie's career-defining performance. Directed by Craig Gillespie the movie is a raw portrayal of Tonya Harding's struggle as a skater. Robbie's world-class performance has received positive reviews and she is even being projected as a strong contender for Oscars this year. 3. The Shape Of Water © fox searchlight Directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations this year. Described as a 'creature feature and a melodrama' by Business Insider, the film presents a compelling story of a mute woman serving as a cleaning lady at a top-secret United States government lab during the 1960s, when she develops a relationship with a creature in the lab. 4. American Made © universal pictures Tom Cruise makes a diligent effort to take us on an adventure-filled journey, as he nearly perfects the biggest CIA operation in the history of United States. The film is perpetually entertaining; one needs to wait until the end to see the magic happen. 5. A Ghost Story © Zero Trans Fat Productions The storyline of 'A Ghost Story' is almost effortless. A musician, who dies in a car accident, simply returns as a ghost to the same house where he lived with his wife. As you watch the characters navigating though love and pain, 'A Ghost Story' lures you in with engaging performances and leaves your soul shattered. 6. Lady Bird © focus features After giving an Oscar-worthy performance in 'Brooklyn', Saoirse Ronan is believed to be a strong contender this year too. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film explores the bay between childhood and adulthood. Currently, have an 8.4 rating on IMDb, the film also became the best-reviewed movies of all time on Rotten Tomatoes till as a few days back, when just one reviewer wrote a negative review about the film. 7. Logan Lucky © bleeker street It's a real tragedy that this movie has not gotten half the attention it deserves. The Steven Soderberg heist movie is one of the most entertaining movies of the year and that's saying something considering the blockbuster year we've had. From action packed scenes to a heartfelt rendition of “take me home, country roads” this movie is one redefines a long lost genre with incredible panache. 8. Get Out © blumhouse productions Daniel Kaluyya created a mark through his noteworthy performance resulting in his first Golden Globe nomination. The film is a well-scripted version of everyday experiences. The acting by the stellar cast will hit you like a truck and while it comes under the genre of horror, there are lots of other elements which will blow you away. At various junctures, one starts observing the lead character in a belief that he is the culprit. 'Get Out' is nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and star Daniel Kaluuya scored a Best Actor nom in the category for Golden Globes. 9. Split © universal studios Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film is based on the existence of 23 different personalities inside an individual. James McAvoy effortlessly pulls off the complex role and scares the lights out of us by changing personalities in the blink of an eye. This is a performance of a lifetime and is worthy of many awards this season. McAvoy solely carries the film on his shoulders; this tense horror thriller is a well-calculated risk. 10. The Post © dreamworks pictures Who can skip the historic collaboration of Hollywood's best actors – Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, especially when it is a Steven Spielberg film? The investigative journalism saga and Streep's portrayal of Katharine Graham are iconic. The film has already received nominations for Golden Globes and SAG awards and it going to be released on December 22 this year.
  22. If you're so done with everything VIrushka, I would like to apologize in advance. But you clicked on this knowingly, so please stop complaining. Yes, we have seen way too much of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma this past week, but we can't help it. They had the perfect wedding in the most picturesque place ever, and it's not every day that two of the most loved people in the country get married, so obviously we still have Virushka hangover. Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 11, 2017 Every new picture of them is breaking the internet and is getting people talking, and their first honeymoon picture wasn't any different. After a lot of speculation about their honeymoon destination, Anushka decided to bless us all with a 'heavenly' selfie. I'm sure you've seen this picture a million times already, but here you go again, just to refresh your memory, that's all. In heaven, literally ðð A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Dec 15, 2017 at 12:25am PST Two people in love and snow – that's the only takeaway from the picture, and we still have no clue where these two are, but it's a good thing. They deserve to enjoy this time, without being bombarded with fans and media. Just like every other Virushka wedding picture, their honeymoon selfie also went insanely viral, but instead of gushing over it, let's look at some hilarious jokes about it. That's fair, right? For starters, where there is snow, there are 'Game Of Thrones' references, obviously. Close enough — Kru (@Achari_Nimboo) December 15, 2017 A lot of them. Lagta Game of Thrones final season jaldi shuru hone wala hai — Bahadur (@my2bit) December 15, 2017 Way too many. They have gone to check whether white walkers are real. — Ad Astra (@AIrishHilltop) December 15, 2017 I warned you. Wo Jon Snow se milne gaye hai ð #NorthRemembers ð¡ — No one (@sanmistryious) December 16, 2017 This one has some cool photoshop, at least. ðð — Shivam Tripathi (@C_vam_Misspell) December 16, 2017 Okay, last one. Virushka's honeymoon pic from beyond the wall. — Punk (@punk_hardik) December 16, 2017 Okay, now let's move on to the next comparison – Narnia. Ye Honeymoon manane gaye ya Chronicles Of Narnia banane.. — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) December 15, 2017 She probably had to edit him out before posting. A perfect Indian honeymoon photo is incomplete without a photobomb!!! — The Skin Doctor ð© (@theskindoctor13) December 15, 2017 Even Modi photobombed. Modi finds camera during his Switzerland visit — unknown (@Baahubali_2020) December 15, 2017 Europe or Shimla? We just don't know. Doesn't matter what you become don't forget your roots. Mehndi, winter caps and selfie in the snow. Pure Indian middle class kind of Honeymoon. â¤ï¸ — ð¦ (@AndColorPockeT) December 15, 2017 I relate to it on a personal level. Honeymoon i want Honeymoon i can afford — Foji®™ (@Planet_Wala) December 15, 2017 Frozen, literally. Frozen. — Pankaj Verma (@Vermaji_Kahin) December 15, 2017 This is a personal attack. Couple Selfie expectation Vs Reality ð­ð­ð­ — Bhrustrated® (@AnupamUncl) December 15, 2017 We all have way too many expectations. Honeymoon Expectations vs reality — Abhishek,Freelance Tweeter (@SsupHolmes) December 15, 2017 Virat, when are you planning on posting a picture? We need cute selfies and meme material, okay?
  23. Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk talks after closing the polling stations during Beirut's municipal elections in the Interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon May 8, 2016. REUTERS/file BEIRUT: Lebanon has set a date of May 6 next year to hold its first legislative election in nearly a decade, potentially transforming the politics of a country caught in a confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed a decree setting the date on Friday, allowing the vote to go ahead at last. The election has been postponed three times since the last vote in 2009, with politicians citing security concerns, political crisis and a dispute over the election law. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri?s coalition government, which took office a year ago, agreed on the new election law in June, but setting the date was held up while officials debated technical details and registered Lebanese citizens abroad. Lebanon?s political landscape has shifted dramatically since the last election. Hariri?s pro-Western, Saudi-backed political alliance has split up. For the past year he has led a power-sharing government which includes the heavily armed, Iran-backed Shi?ite movement Hezbollah, despised by his Saudi allies. Hariri sparked a political crisis last month by announcing his resignation while in Riyadh and denouncing Hezbollah and Iran. He stayed abroad for two weeks before returning, and finally withdrew his resignation last week. Lebanon has a complex electoral system designed to maintain civil peace in a country where Sunnis, Shi?ites, Christians and Druze fought numerous civil wars since independence in 1943. The 128-seat parliament includes 64 Christians apportioned among seven denominations, and 64 Muslims, including equal numbers of Sunnis and Shi?ites. The country is divided into districts that each vote for multiple lawmakers according to strict religious quotas. The president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliament speaker a Shi?ite Muslim, representing the three biggest groups in parliament. The international community has repeatedly stressed the importance of Lebanon holding timely elections to restore confidence in its institutions and maintain stability. Machnouk said Lebanese abroad would be able to vote on April 22 and 28.
  24. LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George?s Chapel in Windsor Castle near London, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. ?His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May, 2018," the couple?s official residence said in a statement. Royal officials announced last month 33-year-old Harry?s engagement to the 36-year-old divorcee, who is best known for her starring role as a lawyer in the hit television show Suits. Markle is planning to get baptised in the Church of England ahead of her marriage and will apply for British citizenship, as well as giving up her international charity campaigning. The couple is living in Harry?s cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace with Markle?s beagle Guy. St George?s Chapel is where Harry was baptised and has been the scene of numerous royal marriages, particularly in the 19th century. Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals ?You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day Hundreds of people greeted the couple on their first royal visit earlier this month in the city of Nottingham in central England. Markle will also spend Christmas with the British royal family at Queen Elizabeth II?s private Sandringham estate in eastern England. She is the first fiancée invited to Christmas by the royals.
  25. BRUSSELS: European leaders applauded British Prime Minister Theresa May for her work so far on Brexit, assuring her at a summit in Brussels that sufficient progress has been made to allow Britain to move on to the next stage of leaving the union. A day after she suffered a defeat in parliament over her blueprint for quitting the EU, May told her peers that she was on course to deliver Brexit and urged them to speed up the talks to unravel more than 40 years of membership. After updating her peers on progress, and telling them that Britain?s departure was ?in the best interests of the UK and the European Union?, they offered her a brief round of applause. ?She is our colleague. Britain is a member state. We are not only trying to be, but we are polite and friendly people,? European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. As she left to return to London -- she will not join the other 27 leaders for further discussions on Brexit and the euro zone -- May said she was eager to move on, once her peers give the formal green light to trade talks on Friday. ?We?ve had very good discussions,? she said. ?I?m looking forward to the discussions coming out of tomorrow on the future trade relationship and security relationship.? A British government official said the prime minister was approaching the next phase, which will discuss a transition period as well as the terms of the future trading relationship, ?with ambition and creativity?. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her stamp of approval, but cautioned time was running out. ?We made clear that Theresa May has made an offer that should allow us to say that we have seen sufficient progress,? she told reporters. ?Nevertheless, there are still a lot of problems to solve. And time is of the essence.? Summit chair Donald Tusk will call May on Friday to update her after leaders have discussed their next moves on Brexit. May, weakened after losing her Conservative Party?s majority in a June election, has so far carried her divided government and party with her as she negotiated the first phase of talks on how much Britain should pay to leave the EU, the border with Ireland and the status of EU citizens in Britain. But the next, more decisive phase of the negotiations will further test her authority by exposing the deep rifts among her top team of ministers over what Britain should become after Brexit. Acknowledging the difficulties ahead, Tusk warned EU leaders that only the unity they had displayed so far would deliver a good deal on trade -- an issue on which the member states have different interests: ?I have no doubt that the real test of our unity will be the second phase of Brexit talks,? he said. HURDLES The EU is willing to start talks next month on a roughly two-year transition period to ease Britain out after March 2019, but has asked for more detail from London on what it wants before it will open trade negotiations from March of next year. The deal almost fell apart last week, when May?s Northern Irish allies rejected an initial agreement for fear that a promise to protect a free border with EU member Ireland could separate their region from the rest of the UK. After days of often fraught diplomacy, May rescued the deal to meet the EU?s requirements for ?sufficient progress? but the last-minute wobble by the Democratic Unionist Party, which she depends on in parliament, and the defeat in parliament on Wednesday, underline the tightrope she is walking. During Thursday?s discussions, she was again keen to show that Britain remains an active member of the bloc for now, committing to staying in the Erasmus university exchange programme until the end of 2020 and taking part in talks on the bloc?s plan for closer defence cooperation. Over dinner, leaders also discussed responses to the migration crisis from Africa and the Middle East, and lingering deep divisions over how to share the load. They confirmed a rollover of sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and reaffirmed their opposition to US President Donald Trump?s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.