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Malaysia convicts first person under the fake news law

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court yesterday handed a Danish man a one-week jail term for breaking a law against “fake news”, the first person to be punished under the controversial…

US accused of pushing Saudi to confront Iran, stirs crisis

Khamenei blasts US after Pompeo visits Riyadh ANKARA: Iran’s supreme leader yesterday hit out at the United States a day after new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh, accusing…

Indonesian jailed for post ‘insulting Islam’

JAKARTA: An Indonesian was jailed for five years yesterday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country’s controversial electronic information law.…

South Korean ‘trust’ in North jumps after feel-good summit

Poll shows most S Koreans believe North will denuclearize SEOUL: South Korean trust in North Korea has surged since last week’s feel-good summit at which their leaders declared an end…

Wings for Life World Run returns to battle spinal cord injury

KUWAIT: At 2 pm on May 6, tens of thousands across the globe will run, roll, and walk in the Wings for Life World Run. The charity run has one…

Mumbai’s ‘Batman’ to the rescue for IPL’s big hitting cricket stars

Modern bats tend to be weaker because they don’t undergo machine pressing MUMBAI: When the Indian Premier League’s big hitters need their favourite bat urgently repaired there’s one person they…

Messi’s hat-trick seals Barca’s 25th title in style

‘Indescribable emotions’ for Barca skipper Iniesta MADRID: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted that his side “finally” wrapped up a 25th La Liga title with four matches to spare, after…

ABK reports 18% rise in net profit for Q1 2018

Bank delivered excellent performance in first quarter of this year: Behbehani   KUWAIT: Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) yesterday announced its financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March,…

Oil prices continue to gain on geopolitical risk, tighter supplies

OPEC supply cuts and buoyant global demand underpin price spike KUWAIT: Despite continued increases in US shale production, oil prices saw sizeable gains last month as market fundamentals continued to…

US inflation measures jump; consumer spending picks up

Core PCE price index increases 1.9% from year ago WASHINGTON: US consumer prices accelerated in the year to March, with a measure of underlying inflation surging to near the Federal…

‘Avengers’ opens with $630 mn, smashing global record

“Avengers: Infinity War” took in $630 million in its first weekend, the highest global opening of all time, industry estimates showed on Sunday. “The latest Marvel juggernaut… opened with $630M…

Kuwaiti documentary wins prize in Arab media Festival

The Kuwaiti documentary film “Threads of Gold” won first rank on Sunday night in the 19th Arab Radio and TV Festival held in Tunisia, as part of documentaries on Palestinian…