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June 24, 2017

Idris Elba is amused Kate Winslet wants that lion. (20th Century Fox)
13:30 GMT
"Titanic" star Kate Winslet was prevented from acting alongside an actual lion for her new movie, which was a disappointment (for her, as well as the lion).
You just before you read this article. (NBC)
12:41 GMT
"Friends" star Lisa Kudrow doesn't want to disappoint you, but she will: there is no "Friends" spinoff coming, now...or ever.
Ah, on-and-off l'amour. (Instagram / bellathorne / letthelordbewithyou)
12:15 GMT
The ongoing saga of Scott Disick continues as he and Bella Thorne are spotted holding hands.

June 23, 2017

PKK fighters take position with their rife during a traning session. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Weapons delivered to the PKK/PYD will be taken back after Daesh is defeated, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a letter sent to his Turkish counterpart on Thursday.
20 years on. (Bloomsbury / Scholastic)
14:00 GMT
The first Harry Potter book will turn 20 Monday. Read a look back within.
Academy-Award winning director Ron Howard. (TIZIANA FABI - AFP)
11:53 GMT
The Han Solo standalone film, which was being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has found a new director in Ron Howard, the man behind efforts like "A Beautiful Mind" and "In the Heart of the Sea."

June 22, 2017

"Coal blimey!" (HBO)
20:32 GMT
Murray Energy is suing HBO after John Oliver's report on them last Sunday, which criticised the false promises of coal industry leaders in the US and companies' treatment of workers.
With no previous diplomatic experience, Jared Kushner has been talking peace in the Middle East. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
In a visit lasting just 20 hours, the 36-year-old real-estate developer also met with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah on the West Bank.
Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from his position on June 20, 2017. (Tobias Hase/ AFP)
11:59 GMT
Uber's CEO resignation could be the first step needed to take the company public.
The stabbing occurred at about 9:45 am (1345 GMT) at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan - about 100 kilometres north-west of Detroit. (AFP)
08:58 GMT
Police in the US state of Michigan are holding a 50-year-old Canadian man in connection with the stabbing of a police officer.
Kim Kardashian with daughter Saint. (Instagram / KimKardashian)
08:40 GMT
The parents of North and Saint West probably want to add baby Wild to their repertoire by having a surrogate mother...or so rumour has it.
The Night King is waiting for that release date. (HBO)
08:12 GMT
The new Game of Thrones trailer has launched. Winter is here, baby, but things look to get a little...explosive.

June 21, 2017

This just seemed appropriate. From "Inside Out." (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
12:59 GMT
A lawsuit has been lodged against Disney for their movie "Inside Out" by Denise Daniels.
US special operations personnel ride in a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 (AFP Photo/Delil Souleiman)
12:00 GMT
A US senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russia.
Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick. (AFP)
11:52 GMT
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has stepped down as the company’s CEO.
Despite the fact that Muslims commit far fewer attacks, US media coverage increases by an average of four and a half times in those circumstances. (twitter)
10:52 GMT
The study showed the average attack with a Muslim perpetrator is covered in 90.8 articles, those with a Muslim, foreign-born perpetrator are covered in 192.8 articles.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (James Atoa/UPI)
08:46 GMT
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of "The Lego Movie," have departed the standalone Han Solo movie.
An Airbus A400M on display at the Paris Air Show 2015. (Eric Piermont/ AFP)
07:00 GMT
Boeing, Airbus battle it out at Paris Air Show this year.

June 20, 2017

Snapchat. (File photo)
22:43 GMT
Time Warner will produce shows for Snapchat.
A currency trader in Tokyo observes progress in the US presidential election as a TV channel displays portraits of contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (AFP)
22:40 GMT
Tokyo stocks extended their winning streak for a third straight session on Tuesday.
The project will provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents. (AFP/ File)
22:34 GMT
Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up to build a digital ID network for refugees.
Tesla at the 2016 Shanghai Auto Show. (Johannes Aisele/ AFP)
22:15 GMT
Tesla will soon reach an agreement to produce vehicles in China.
King Kong's got another thing coming. (Original Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)
16:30 GMT
The MonsterVerse will continue with "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," which starts production today and is getting ready to go claw-to-claw with other big scary monsters of its ilk.
Viceroy hotel on Abu Dhabi's Yas island. (AFP)
11:05 GMT
Mubadala is hoping to finalize a deal to buy the remaining 50 percent of the Viceroy Hotel Group.
President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. (AFP)
10:04 GMT
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued an official condemnation of the deadly assault but Donald Trump – often quick to comment on Twitter after extremist violence – kept his counsel.
The late Carrie Fisher: actress, writer, script doctor. (ANGELA WEISS / GETTY / AFP)
06:00 GMT
Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars actress who passed from cardiac arrest in December, died with traces of hard drugs in her bloodstream, a toxicology report reveals.

June 19, 2017

A possible hate-crime motivation is among the things authorities are investigating. (twitter)
19:00 GMT
Fairfax County police found the body of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in a pond on Sunday afternoon.
The late, great Aldo Rock. (Khaleej Times)
14:30 GMT
Aldo Rock, Dubai's resident "guitar doctor" and a prominent figure in the Emirati rock scene for two decades, has passed away. His fans and proteges will pay tribute. Get the details here.
US president Donald Trump. (AFP/ File)
14:20 GMT
The best place to seek refuge from the overwhelming deluge of news about US President Donald Trump might not be a remote island or cave, but the internet itself.
Saudi riyals. (File photo)
13:38 GMT
GCC monetary conditions will continue to become tighter.
Bill Cosby's freedom stands on the line after a litany of sexual assault accusations spanning decades. (EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP)
13:00 GMT
Despite what Bill Cosby's lawyers say, a mistrial is just that: a mistrial. It is a reset. It is not an acquittal.
Founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos. (AFP/ File)
11:37 GMT
Bill Gates currently holds the title for world's richest man.
He knows you've missed him. (20th Century Fox)
09:00 GMT
"Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds is teasing the new not-superhero movie by publishing pictures on-set.
But how do they breed? (Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc.)
07:54 GMT
The new Disney-Pixar venture zoomed past Wonder Woman to take gold at the US box office this weekend.

June 18, 2017

Amazon’s deal to buy a US grocery chain signals a significant threat to food retailers. (File photo)
15:45 GMT
Amazon sinks its teeth into supermarkets.
Qatar announced its plan to buy 36 F-15 jets from the US. (AFP/ File)
15:29 GMT
Qatar signed a $12-billion arms deal with the US last week.
The two smartphones have beaten their biggest competitors Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in several categories. (Jonathan Morrison/ YouTube)
15:02 GMT
Samsung's newly launched Galaxy S8+ and S8 have evolved as the top smartphones of the year.
Probably what Kim Kardashian looked like Tweeting. (E! Network)
12:00 GMT
Who said Beyonce's babies needed all the spotlight? Not Kim Kardashian.
More like Lady Java. (Twitter / Starbucks)
11:23 GMT
Lady Gaga is working at a Starbucks in LA, serving people their coffee. No reports on how joke names affect her po-po-po-poker face.
Showing off that baby bump. (beyonce / Instagram)
09:08 GMT
Queen Bey and her husband Jay-Z have became proud parents to baby twins just a few hours ago.

June 17, 2017

Director John Avildsen. (Matt Winkelmeyer - GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA - AFP)
20:01 GMT
Oscar-winning director John Avildsen passed away Friday. His two most famous stars, Sylvester Stallone ("Rocky") and Ralph Macchio ("The Karate Kid"), paid him homage.
Cosby arriving at the first date of court. (Mark Makela / Getty Images)
17:59 GMT
Bill Cosby, once a beloved comedian turned subject of numerous sexual assault accusations, will walk free on bond following a hung jury.
AFP: Egypt's parliament agreed on June 14, 2017, a controversial maritime agreement with Saudi Arabia that transfers the two Red Sea islands to the kingdom, state television and a lawmaker said. The deal, which is still under challenge in court, had sparked rare protests in the country with the opposition accusing the government of selling Egyptian territory to its Saudi benefactors.
16:48 GMT
This weeks MENA update considers the timing of the $12 billion US arms deal with Qatar, and Egypt's cotroversial bill to secede the Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Attendees arrive at E3 2017. (Jim Ruymen/UPI)
12:23 GMT
Between new "Assassin's Creed" and "Super Mario" games, smaller fare gets lost in the noise. Here is a look at some of the smaller games making a splash at E3 2017.
Trump's ban on Muslims coming to the United States, has drawn a fierce backlash from immigration experts and America's Muslim community (AFP/Kena Betancur)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi immigrants sued the US government on Thursday to avoid deportation following raids last weekend in the Detroit area, saying they feared religious persecution if sent home.

June 16, 2017

Patton Oswalt. (Robyn Peck / AFP)
16:00 GMT
Patton Oswalt is moving on. The husband's late wife, the writer Michelle McNamara, was a brilliant true crime writer and investigator who passed away last year.
US soldiers in Afghanistan (AFP)
14:00 GMT
The United States will deploy about 4,000 additional troops, including hundreds of Special Operations forces, to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official.
A picture taken on December 20, 2016 shows the US Embassy in Ankara, closed for the day after a shooting incident overnight. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Turkey summoned the U.S. Ambassador in Ankara, John Bass, to the Foreign Office on Thursday after American authorities issued arrest warrants for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards.

June 15, 2017

Contemplating the horizon. (Lucasfilm)
18:11 GMT
Al Bawaba's look at the making of and importance of "Star Wars" reaches its epic—in the original mythological sense—conclusion.
Adam West as Batman. (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)
15:39 GMT
The "Batman" star died Saturday. LA paid him tribute in the way a former Batman deserves.
Chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve Board Janet Yellen. (AFP)
11:09 GMT
The US Federal Reserve increased its key interest rate by 0.25%.

June 14, 2017

An Alexandria police officer stands near the crime scene of an early morning shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
16:00 GMT
High-ranking Republican congressman Steve Scalise is among at least five people who were wounded Wednesday at a Republican baseball team practice in northern Virginia.
Bella Hadid earlier in the year. (Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
11:28 GMT
"Time to move," added Bella Hadid, who was photographed inside her home.
US President Donald Trump and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- in Riyadh on 21 May, 2017 (AFP)
09:00 GMT
While Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received a telephone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Gulf crisis, the US called on authorities in Qatar to find common ground.
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman signing the deal (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
08:05 GMT
A multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia moved closer to reality Tuesday after an attempt to kill part of the deal narrowly failed in the Senate.

June 13, 2017

Rich and looking it. (MARK RALSTON / AFP)
14:00 GMT
The Forbes 100 is out and it has a surprise or two.
Kratos stares into the eye of death. Death blinks. (Sony Computer Entertainment)
11:35 GMT
Kratos is back and ready to take some names: Odin, Thor, Loki. The God of War series continues on the PS4.
The Wanderer goes for the kill. (Sony Computer Entertainment)
10:19 GMT
Bluepoint Studios will be behind a remake of one of the greatest games ever made, and it looks stunning.
Suits suitably suits-up for celebration. (USA Network)
09:02 GMT
The stars of TV show "Suits" celebrated

June 12, 2017

Before being named the group's new CEO, John Flannery was the president and CEO of GE's healthcare unit. (Bloomberg)
23:00 GMT
GE today announced John Flannery as the group's new CEO.
Warren Buffett (C) appears with the bidder who pledged $2.68 million in exchange for a lunch date with the billionaire investor. (UPI)
22:57 GMT
An anonymous bidder pledged $2.68 million to a charity in exchange for lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
One shot. (Ralph McQuarrie / Lucasfilm)
17:02 GMT
"The Story of Star Wars" continues in England, where the film almost gets shut down. Part 5 of Al Bawaba's longform look at the making of "Star Wars."
Dear Evan Hansen. (Dear Evan Hansen)
15:00 GMT
"Waving Through a Window," a musical show-stopper, was performed earlier in the CBS telecast, hosted by Kevin Spacey.
'Gays Against Sharia - UK' organizers hold up a rainbow flag during a march in Manchester (Photo: Twitter @EnglishTommy1)
14:24 GMT
While recent “anti-sharia” protests held across the US fit easily into partisan media narratives, a similar march held in Manchester on Sunday has seen news outlets face criticism for inaccurate and incomplete reporting.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in our sponsors.” (MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
14:20 GMT
"Julius Caesar" gets controversial by setting itself in the modern day—and casting Donald Trump in its eponymous role.
Three equals wee! Khloe wants to be a momma. Again. (E! Network)
11:54 GMT
The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star wants to get pregnant...again.

June 11, 2017

A Way Out. (EA Games)
12:46 GMT
Josef Faris, who helmed the 2013 hit "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons," is back in EA's most interesting game of the year, entitled "A Way Out."
Jordan gives the OK on "Wonder Woman," despite controversy. (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)
10:43 GMT
After consideration, Jordan has decided to let "Wonder Woman" play, despite Lebanon's ban of the film.
To better days. (Netflix)
09:51 GMT
Netflix has acknowledged fans' demands for Sense8's return. It's not good news for the fans.
"Aya-hyauck": a true battle cry. (Square Enix)
09:07 GMT
The long-awaited sequel gets a brand new trailer and we've got it right here.
NOEL CELIS / AFP

NOEL CELIS / AFP

(NoelSoldiers aboard their vehicles maneouver through a street in Marawi, in southern island of Mindanao on June 10, 2017. United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting. Celis/AFP)
06:00 GMT
Thirteen Philippine marines were killed in a gun battle with Islamist militants in Marawi City, the military said Saturday, as the United States joined an offensive to break a terrorist siege of the southern city.