Dwayne Johnson overload cited as one of the main reasons for the action blockbuster’s surprise defeat by Hotel Transylvania 3
The Rock may not be box-office platinum after all. Skyscraper, the latest putative blockbuster vehicle for the actor also known as Dwayne Johnson, has unexpectedly flopped on its US release, with an estimated box-office first weekend total of $25.5m, well beaten by kiddie animation Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
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Donald Trump poses with Vladimir Putin for a photocall in Helsinki on Monday. The US president, who says: 'I really think the world wants to see us get along,' can be seen winking at the Russian president Continue reading...
U.S. President Donald Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin for a long-awaited summit on Monday saying he wanted good relations with Russia, after blaming Washington's own past "foolishness and stupidity" for the countries' hostile ties.
Russia's Vladimir Putin told U.S. President Donald Trump at the start of their summit in Helsinki that it was time to talk about relations between Moscow and Washington.
Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticised Saudi Arabia over its management of the haj pilgrimage and called for a fresh investigation into a 2015 crush that killed hundreds, Iranian state TV reported on Monday.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone call on Monday and discussed the importance of implementing the joint roadmap in Syria's Manbij, Turkish presidency said in a statement.
Consecrated virgins say they are disappointed by Vatican’s new guidance
Christian women who have pledged lifelong virginity as “brides of Christ” have expressed shock at a Vatican document which suggests that literal virginity is not a prerequisite for their consecration.
The Vatican’s new instruction on consecrated virginity, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, was published earlier this month after requests from bishops who reported an increasing number of women being called to the vocation. Continue reading...
Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty
Nkechi John, 39, lives in a single room with her four children and husband, who is a welder. Their daily lives are fairly typical of people in poverty in Nigeria, which according to the Brookings Institution now has the world’s greatest number of extreme poor.
“Life is tough and everybody is complaining,” she says. “I used to sell akara [bean cake]. I could make around 1,000-1,200 naira [£2-£2.50] profit every day, but now I can’t even make 400 naira. People don’t have money to buy it because there are no jobs. Continue reading...
Signage at Southgate station in north London changed for 48 hours to honour England coach
A London Underground station has been temporarily renamed for Gareth Southgate after he led England to their best World Cup performance since 1990.
The England manager’s forename has been added to signage on the platforms, in the ticket hall and outside the Grade II-listed Southgate station, in Enfield, north London, which will remain Gareth Southgate station for 48 hours. Continue reading...
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that getting along with Russia would be a "good thing, not a bad thing", in opening remarks in front of media before his closed-door summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
About 200 protesters gathered at the main entrance to Iraq's Siba natural gas field on Monday, police sources said, following more than a week of unrest over poor services sweeping southern cities amid political uncertainty.
The death toll from a suicide attack on an election rally in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday spiked to 149, officials said, putting it among the deadliest attacks in the south Asian nation's history.
Philippine soldiers arrested the wife of a top leader of a pro-Islamic State militant group, and killed a suspected bomber in separate raids in a southern city, the army said on Monday.
Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had struck a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.
There are many strong reasons for transatlantic ties to be good, a spokesman for the German government said on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.
Eight migrants including six children were found dead on Monday after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a lorry container on the west Libyan coast, authorities said.
Maher Taha, his wife and six children sit enjoying the breeze on beach in Gaza, doing their best to ignore the rubbish and raw sewage floating a few yards off shore.
Lawyers for the U.S. government will return to a San Diego courtroom on Monday to update a judge about Trump administration plans for meeting a July 26 deadline to reunite as many as 2,500 immigrant children with their parents after separating them at the U.S.-Mexican border.
U.S. President Donald Trump blamed "U.S. foolishness and stupidity" for bad relations between Washington and Moscow, hours before he was to sit down to a one-on-one meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
Four miners were killed and six injured on Monday when the roof of a coal mine in western Georgia collapsed, the country's interior ministry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's plane landed in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday about a half hour behind schedule for his summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
When it became clear that President Donald Trump was seriously considering nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservative judge's former law clerks swung into action as among his most energetic public cheerleaders.
President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is now in the hands of the Senate, where the opposing forces are clear, except for a few senators who sometimes cross party boundaries, depending on the issues.
World Cup-winning squad will also have reception with French president following night of celebrations across country
The French football team will stage a World Cup victory parade in an open-top bus down Paris’s Champs-Élysées on Monday afternoon before a reception with the president, Emmanuel Macron, as commentators said the frenzied football celebrations marked a new kind of patriotism.
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Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port is expected to be fully operational on Monday or Tuesday, three port officials said, after it was shut down by protests sweeping southern cities.
The political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces militia said on Monday it would work to set up a unified administration for areas it controls, a step that would consolidate its authority in northern and eastern Syria.
About 200 protesters gathered at the main entrance to Iraq's Siba natural gas field on Monday, police and energy sources said, following a week of unrest over poor services sweeping southern cities.
The main gates to Iraq's commodities port of Umm Qasr near Basra were re-opened on Monday, port officials said, three days after protesters shut down the facility in unrest over unemployment and poor government services sweeping southern cities.
As dancers swayed to the beat of traditional music, candles were lit and fruit offerings placed near a cave on Monday in a ceremony to thank benevolent spirits for the rescue of a Thai soccer team.
Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Donald Trump and needed to close ranks after the U.S. president called the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.
China could open its economy if it so wished, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, with the European Union calling on countries to avoid a trade war even as pressure mounts on Beijing over its industrial policies.
Reports that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have completely left Syria's Manbij region are exaggerated, as their withdrawal is still underway, a source at Turkey's foreign ministry said on Monday.
Russia is ready to discuss with the United States allegations it interfered in U.S. elections, something it denies, RIA news agency reported on Monday ahead of a summit between the countries' presidents.
Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro's picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe.
China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever.
Reports that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have withdrawn from Syria's Manbij region are exaggerated, state news agency Anadolu said on Monday, citing sources from Turkey's foreign ministry.
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West Papua official says locals slaughtered 292 crocodiles using hammers and clubs
People armed with knives, hammers and clubs have slaughtered 292 crocodiles after a man was killed by one of the reptiles at a breeding farm in West Papua, Indonesia.
Photographs released by the Antara news agency showed a large pile of bloodied carcasses in the Sorong district. Continue reading...
Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia on Monday in further evidence of a rapid thaw between two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate after a border war in which tens of thousands died.
Afghan police on Monday shot a suspected suicide bomber as he approached a demonstration in the centre of the capital Kabul, officials said.