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Saudi Arabia says cinemas will be allowed from early 2018

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Monday that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year. “As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom,” Minister …

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U.S. citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year. FILE PHOTO: A prisoner prays in front …

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Indian police arrests French journalist after filming in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian police arrested a freelance French journalist in Kashmir for violating visa regulations, the city police chief said, after he was found filming for a documentary without permission. Comiti Paul Edward was arrested late Sunday in the Kothibagh area of Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, …

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Indian police file sexual assault case against airline passenger for allegedly molesting Bollywood actress

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian police have filed a sexual assault case against an airline passenger after a 17-year-old Bollywood actress said the male passenger had molested her during a late New Delhi-Mumbai flight, police said on Monday. Zaira Wasim was seen sobbing in a video she posted to her Instagram …

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Bahraini civil society group under pressure after Israel visit

DUBAI (Reuters) – A Bahraini civil society group has defended sending a delegation to Israel as a gesture of tolerance and coexistence, state news agency BNA has reported, after news of the visit sparked wide anger on social media. The visit came amid high emotions in the Arab world over …

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Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela's socialists eye 2018 presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro set his sights on Venezuela’s 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party predictably dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a demoralized opposition. People wait in line at a polling station during a nationwide election for new mayors, in …

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Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut

NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Bitcoin futures jumped more than 20 percent in their eagerly anticipated U.S. debut, which backers hope will encourage wider use and legitimacy for the world’s largest cryptocurrency even as critics warn of the risk of a bubble and price collapse. Virtual currency Bitcoin tokens are seen …

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau once again says government will not impose Netflix tax

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government still has no intention of imposing a Netflix tax because it would result in a financial hit for middle-class Canadians.Morneau’s remarks about the online streaming giant come a couple of days after Heritage Minister Melanie Joly insisted she never agreed to exempt …

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Italian tightrope walker inched across Rome’s Tiber river as crowds watched below

An Italian tightrope walker has inched his way across the Tiber River in Rome.Andrea Loreni’s high-wire act drew gasps of delight from crowds watching from below on Sunday evening.See Global News coverage of high wire acts: Nik Wallenda returns to high-wire act following accident

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China starts formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s prosecutor began on Monday formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes. FILE PHOTO: Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai attends the opening session of China’s National People’s …