Tubelight review – Salman Khan's stuttering charm offensive

Hoping to continue the personal rebranding begun in 2015’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and seduce the Chinese audience at the same time, Salman Khan’s latest is a cold-eyed sentiment-wringer

Three years ago, few could have predicted that Salman Khan – Bollywood’s somewhat incredible hulk, then mired in career controversy – would eventually devote himself to issuing humanitarian statements in film form. This curious turn into mid-career community service began with 2015’s summer mega-hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which the star sought to build bridges between India and Pakistan; it continued through last year’s biopic Sultan, where an ageing action man pondered how best to More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jun/24/tubelight-review-salman-khan

  


Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque

Five people, including a woman, reportedly arrested in security operations in Mecca

Saudi security forces foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said.

Related: Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/24/saudi-security-foils-terror-plot-targeting-mecca-grand-mosque

  


Gonski 2.0 is a win for the Coalition on school policy, if not politics | Gabrielle Chan

After twists and turns and amendments we have a better funding system – but that doesn’t mean everyone’s happy

The most ridiculous thing about the school funding bill that became law just before 2am on Friday morning is the fact that most of the parliament agree on the basic principle at its heart.

The Coalition, Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team, One Nation and three of five remaining crossbenchers agree on the concept of needs-based funding.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/24/gonski-20-is-a-win-for-coalition-on-policy-if-not-politics

  


The Resistance Now: activists say 'hell no' to Republican healthcare bill

Progressives sprung into action with dozens protesting outside the Senate majority leader’s office, while Democrats took stock after Ossoff’s loss

Dozens of people were arrested after protesting outside Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday – including some in wheelchairs – as Republicans unveiled Republicans unveiled Trumpcare 2.0 (or are we on 3.0 now?).

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/23/resistance-now-newsletter-healthcare-jon-ossoff

  


Venezuela - death of a protester

CARACAS (Reuters) – Over months of protests Carlos Garcia Rawlins has been on Venezuela’s streets daily, documenting increasingly violent clashes with security forces, experience that helped put him within eyeshot of a soldier who fatally wounded a young activist at close range.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/gjHmBlb490s/uk-venezuela-politics-protester-idUKKBN19E2NV

  


Scott Johnson inquest: police beat confessions out of me, says witness

Corruption linked to investigation of anti-gay crimes in Sydney as third inquest into death of 27-year-old American ends

A gay-hate basher who claims two policemen beat false confessions out of him in the 1980s has denied giving them a $50,000 bribe, as the third inquest into the death of Scott Johnson came to a dramatic close. In a further twist, the witness admitted that at least one of the corrupt officers had attended his wedding.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/24/scott-johnson-inquest-police-beat-confessions-out-of-me-says-witness

  


Reputed New York gangster released from prison at age 100

(Reuters) – John “Sonny” Franzese, a reputed underboss of the Colombo crime family, was released from a Massachusetts prison hospital on Friday at age 100, ending his tenure as the oldest inmate in a U.S. federal prison, his son and media reports said.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/hMc6v-GN2oQ/uk-people-franzese-idUKKBN19E2N7

  


Paris agreement's 1.5C target 'only way' to save coral reefs, Unesco says

First global assessment of climate change impact on world heritage-listed reefs says local efforts are ‘no longer sufficient’

Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline, with local responses no longer sufficient, a report by Unesco has found.

The first global scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on the 29 world heritage-listed coral reefs, published on Saturday, found that the frequency, intensity and duration of heat-stress events had worsened with increasing global warming, with massive consequences for the 29 world heritage sites.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/24/paris-agreements-15c-target-only-way-to-save-coral-reefs-unesco-says

  


U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russia 'in use'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Friday that a crisis communications link with Russia meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was “in use,” even after Moscow threatened to abandon it over the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/DMXwcFue0v8/uk-mideast-crisis-usa-russia-idUKKBN19E2M0

  


Exclusive - U.S. list to drop Iraq, Myanmar as worst offenders on child soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritising security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/2p9cNT2A3mA/uk-usa-trafficking-childsoldiers-exclusi-idUKKBN19E2K6

  


U.S. would like nuclear deal with India to go forward - official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration would like to see a Westinghouse nuclear reactor deal with India move forward, a senior White House official said on Friday ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with Trump on Monday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/sQ0qg8NzikI/uk-usa-trump-india-idUKKBN19E2IV

  


Nevada senator becomes fifth Republican to oppose healthcare bill

Dean Heller joins four other GOP senators in opposition of legislation’s latest draft, which can only afford two Republican defectors in order to pass

Nevada senator Dean Heller has become the fifth Republican to come out in opposition to the current draft version of the Senate healthcare bill.

Related: Senate healthcare bill suffers swift blow as four GOP senators voice opposition

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/23/fifth-republican-oppose-healthcare-bill-dean-heller

  


Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilise support for their party’s healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a “very, very narrow path” to passage.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/oWVJCXTiDAE/uk-usa-healthcare-idUKKBN19E1QG

  


Obama's own personal cold war | The minute

Got a minute? A new report says Obama received detailed intel on Russian hacking attempts on US election … Trump not sure Mueller can be trusted … and hires a new usher that won’t shock you at all … and everything else in politics. By Jamiles Lartey

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Barack Obama received an “intelligence bombshell” from the CIA last August, warning him that Vladimir Putin was directing a hacking campaign to tip the presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/jun/23/barack-obama-russia-hacking-intelligence-report

  


Camden council to evacuate 800 households in wake of Grenfell fire – video

Camden council leader Georgia Gould announced on Friday that 800 households would be evacuated while safety checks take place on five tower blocks on the Chalcots estate in north London. Residents will be housed in temporary accommodation while works take place. They have been warned that it could be up to four weeks before they can return.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2017/jun/23/camden-council-to-evacuate-800-households-in-wake-of-grenfell-fire-video

  


Negotiations to form new Dutch government to resume 100 days after vote

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Negotiations to form a new Dutch government, which have already lasted 100 days, will resume between four parties seeking to forge a coalition with a parliamentary majority, the caretaker prime minister, Mark Rutte, said on Friday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/7TTsPJ7kfmM/uk-netherlands-politics-coalition-idUKKBN19E2F3