Iraq’s premier promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

Baghdad (AFP) Iraq will hold its next parliamentary elections nearly a year early, the premier announced Friday, as he seeks to make good on promises he offered when he came to power. "June 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections," said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, who took the reins … Continue reading Iraq’s premier promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

Three people charged in US for alleged roles in massive Twitter hack

A British man, a Florida man and a Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, authorities said Friday. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as … Continue reading Three people charged in US for alleged roles in massive Twitter hack

Trump to order Chinese firm to divest TikTok: reports

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump was preparing an order requiring the fast-growing social media app TikTok to be divested from its Chinese parent firm on national security grounds, media reports said Friday. The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported Trump was set to order the sale of TikTok's US operations by China-based Bytedance amid concerns … Continue reading Trump to order Chinese firm to divest TikTok: reports

Muslims around the world perform Eid prayers amid Covid-19 pandemic distancing

Masked and socially distanced to fight the coronavirus, Muslims around the world held prayers on Friday to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha, with mosques at reduced capacity and some praying in the open air. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 84, whose country is home to two of Islam's holiest sites, tweeted holiday congratulations a … Continue reading Muslims around the world perform Eid prayers amid Covid-19 pandemic distancing

British filmmaker Alan Parker, director of ‘Midnight Express’, dies at 76

British filmmaker Alan Parker, director of movies ranging from "Bugsy Malone", a gangster comedy featuring children armed with cream-shooting guns, to tense prison drama "Midnight Express", has died aged 76, British media reported on Friday. Parker, who also directed "Fame", "Evita", "Mississippi Burning", "The Commitments" and other successful movies, died on Friday after a lengthy illness, according … Continue reading British filmmaker Alan Parker, director of ‘Midnight Express’, dies at 76

Tuchel proud of PSG after domestic sweep

Thomas Tuchel was proud of Paris Saint-Germain after completing a domestic sweep by beating Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue final. PSG edged Lyon 6-5 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at the Stade de France on Friday, winning their fourth domestic trophy of 2019-20. Tuchel, whose side are also in the Champions League … Continue reading Tuchel proud of PSG after domestic sweep

Arsenal can ‘save’ season by winning FA Cup, says Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette urged Arsenal to "save" their season by winning the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday. Arsenal have endured a difficult campaign, including finishing eighth in the Premier League and bowing out in the last 32 of the Europa League. But Lacazette believes they can rescue their season at Wembley, where Arsenal are … Continue reading Arsenal can ‘save’ season by winning FA Cup, says Lacazette

Sarabia says clean sweep puts PSG on a high for Champions League mission

Pablo Sarabia said Paris Saint-Germain would grow in confidence for their upcoming Champions League mission after sealing another clean sweep of French football. The Spanish midfielder tucked away the decisive 12th penalty in a 6-5 shoot-out win over Lyon at the Stade de France, following a disappointing goalless 120 minutes, in what was the last … Continue reading Sarabia says clean sweep puts PSG on a high for Champions League mission

Cameroon mourns for Stephen Tataw as captain of great 1990 World Cup team dies

Cameroon's 1990 World Cup captain Stephen Tataw has died at the age of 57, it was announced on Friday. The Indomitable Lions lit up Italia 90, their second World Cup, as Roger Milla's goals propelled them through to the quarter-finals. That was the first time an African team had reached the last eight in the … Continue reading Cameroon mourns for Stephen Tataw as captain of great 1990 World Cup team dies