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High stakes for enclave as Europe's biggest casino goes bust

Campione D'italia - Campione d'Italia, a tiny Italian enclave on the shores of Switzerland's Lake Lugano, is fighting for its survival after its main source of income -- a giant casino -- went bankrupt.

New Zealand crypto firm files for bankruptcy after hacker theft

Christchurch - Cryptopia Limited, a New Zealand firm which operated a cryptocurrency exchange with over 300,000 accounts from around the globe has filed for US bankruptcy protect after hackers managed to steal more than US $16 million from the company.

Review: Imagine Dragons mesmerize Radio City with spectacular show Special

New York - On May 25, Grammy award-winning rock group Imagine Dragons headlined Radio City in New York City, for an excellent turnout.

Diop makes history as first black woman to win big at Cannes

Cannes - The first black women director ever to compete for the top prize at Cannes in its 72-year history took its second prize Grand Prix Saturday for her haunting ghost story about African migrants.

'Populist school' in Italy at risk as EU votes

The man behind a would-be "gladiator school" for populists has big plans for a 13th-century Italian monastery where students from across the globe will learn how to "defend the West".But trouble is brewing in the mountainside retreat.

Op-Ed: US blames Iran for ship sabotage and rocket attack in Iraq

Until lately indications were that it was not clear who was responsible for the sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the UAE. However now that the US has decided to send another 1500 troops to the Middle East Iran is being blamed for the sabotage.

Review: ‘Aladdin’ is a magical ride through a familiar world Special

‘Aladdin’ is an enjoyable adaptation of the classic animated feature that makes minor improvements while remaining faithful to the original material.

'Don't be too optimistic': Huawei employees fret at US ban

Bejing - While Huawei's founder brushes aside a US ban against his company, the telecom giant's employees have been less sanguine, confessing fears for their future in online chat rooms.

Trump to sell arms to the Saudis without Congressional approval

Washington D.c. - In a move that some members of the US Congress had predicted earlier this week, President Trump has declared a national emergency in order to circumvent Congressional restrictions on arms sales and quickly ship arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Equatorial Guinea struggles for place in world tourism

Malabo - Gleaming but eerily empty, the luxurious Sipopo resort with its five-star hotel and exclusive facilities rises from a tropical beach, symbolising the dilemma of Equatorial Guinea -- a notoriously closed country that has turned to tourism to help fill i...

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘August: Osage County’ is a must-see powerhouse Special

Toronto - Now this is why we go to live theatre. Soulpepper’s explosive new production of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” makes you feel as if you’re being smacked on the head a hundred times with the Frying Pan of Truth. In the best way.

Under the dome: Fears Pacific nuclear 'coffin' is leaking

Majuro - As nuclear explosions go, the US "Cactus" bomb test in May 1958 was relatively small -- but it has left a lasting legacy for the Marshall Islands in a dome-shaped radioactive dump.

China digs in for protracted trade fight with US

Bejing - China is digging in for a tough period of deteriorating ties with the United States, fanning the flames of patriotism with Korean War films, a viral song on the trade war, and editorials lambasting Washington.

Venezuela's Guaido says will send representatives for talks with govt

Carora - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday he would send delegates to Oslo next week for the first face-to-face meeting with representatives of President Nicolas Maduro's government as part of a Norway-led mediation effort.

Japanese sumo vs Trump's WWE: big differences in clash of big men

Apo - President Donald Trump will be ringside Sunday for Tokyo's big sumo tournament, but if he hopes his longtime love of US-style professional wrestling will give him special insight into the action, he better think again.

Eurosceptics won't have it all their own way in EU polls

Madrid - Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Baltic states... The expected surge in support for eurosceptics in elections to the European Parliament will likely spare several countries which have reaped huge benefits from EU membership.

Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit

Apo - US President Donald Trump on Sunday played down recent missile launches by North Korea as he teed off a state visit to Japan with a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

After years in jail, Syrian mother eyes new life

Idlib - After giving birth and raising a toddler during four years in a Syrian prison, 30-year-old Hasna Dbeis is now free -- and determined to forge a new life for her family.

Final votes cast as Europe chooses future course

Apo - Tens of millions of Europeans will vote Sunday as 21 countries choose their representatives in a battle between the nationalist right and pro-EU forces to chart a course for the bloc.

South Korea's biting satirist Bong makes history at Cannes

Seoul - South Korea's Bong Joon-ho has confirmed his status as one of world's greatest directors with his Cannes film festival win for "Parasite", a fabulously funny morality tale about the widening gap between rich and poor.
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