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Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in US blogger killing

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a US blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, was suspected of taking part in the killing of writer Avijit Roy. Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by ...

Release of Indian film about Rajput queen delayed after protests

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The producers of “Padmavati” - a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen, said on Sunday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests. The movie, which was due to go on release in India on Dec. 1, has led to protests in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other states. It has also faced a delays in approval from the Indian censor board. The studio behind the movie, Viacom 18 - a joint venture ...

YouTuber honors ‘angry Algerian’ homeless man years after his death

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Rani Zaafan used to roam the streets shouting “I am angry”, which eventually became his catch phrase among those who came across him in central Algeria. Although it has been five years since Zaafan mysteriously passed away, images and videos of his antics still stoke public opinion across Algeria on the issue of homelessness. This was evident when thousands of Algerians shared a video of Zaafan caught by a YouTube vlogger that received nearly one million views in less than 24 hours. ...

Egypt police arrest singer Shyma over racy video

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Egyptian police on Saturday arrested a pop singer known as Shyma after she appeared in a music video in lingerie while suggestively eating a banana, officials said. The racy video for her song “I Have Issues” had led to complaints, police officials said, adding she is suspected of “inciting debauchery.” In the video the hitherto little-known singer appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled ...

George Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22,’ two decades after ER

Friday, 17 November 2017

George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialized adaptation of “Catch-22,” Paramount Television said on Thursday, nearly 20 years after he left hit show “ER” to become one of film’s biggest names.Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on US author Joseph Heller’s darkly comedic 1961 novel “Catch-22,” for Viacom Inc’s Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, shooting in early 2018, the studio ...

Arab coalition forces rescue two French journalists from Houthis in Yemen

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Arab coalition forces have rescued two French journalists who were lost in areas under the control of the Houthi militias in Yemen. The two French journalists arrived at Riyadh air base. The journalists were part of a delegation coming from Saada to Hajjah province, and the Houthi militias kidnapped them on Thursday (November 2nd). According to sources in Sanaa, the two French journalists arrived in Yemen, early November, aboard a humanitarian aid aircraft belonging to the United Nations ...

Sudan journalists oppose new law curbing media freedom

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Dozens of Sudanese journalists on Wednesday demonstrated in Khartoum against a proposed new press law that aims to tighten restrictions on media freedom in the African country.“United Against the New Law” and “Free Press or No Press,” read banners held up by demonstrators who say the bill empowers Sudan’s press council to ban any journalist for an indefinite period if his writings oppose government policies.The cabinet led by Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh is ...

3D hologram to secure Pakistan’s Bilawal Bhutto during public rallies

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

3D hologram technology is to be used on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during public rallies, in order to reduce security risks, it has been revealed. According to The Express Tribute report, the system has already been tested out during mock sessions effectively.Bhutto’s security seems to have been tightened and he was seen in Lahore and other cities of Punjab accompanied by policeman and guards. Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmad, PPP Central Secretary ...

VIDEO: US TV host James Corden raises awareness on devastating famine in Yemen

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

US TV host James Corden raised awareness during his talk show earlier this week on the devastating famine in Yemen where millions of lives are at risk. During The Late Late Show with James Corden, he took a moment to call attention to the crisis that is impacting over 20 million people. Corden pointed out that this “tragic humanitarian crisis” is not getting “nearly enough attention” by media. On Tuesday, the United Nations warned that millions of people in Yemen are at ...

In Pakistan, teachers warned against working as journalists

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The government of a province in Pakistan has warned the government teachers not to work in newspaper, electronic channel or in NGOs and has asked them either to quit the job or face the music.According to a Daily Times report, Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar advised teachers working as journalists to quit their other responsibilities and pay full attention to teaching.Dahar said that those teachers who were doing jobs in other than schools were not only ...

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