Egypt blocks financial newspaper website, widening media blackout | Reuters

By Eric Knecht | CAIRO CAIRO Egypt has blocked the website of one of its most prominent financial newspapers, the paper’s owner said on Sunday, expanding a media blackout initiated last week to curb what authorities called support for terrorism and fake news.Egypt blocked access to a number of news websites including Al-Jazeera and Huffington Post Arabic on Wednesday after similar actions by its Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The censorship of Al-Borsa, a widely read financial newspaper that generally steers clear of politics and reflects the views of a largely pro-state business community, suggests a more expansive attempt to control private media coverage.The website of Al-Boursa’s sister publication, the English-language Daily News Egypt, was also blocked, a statement by parent company Business News said. “Al-Boursa and Daily News Egypt newspapers express their strong condemnation for the ongoing government campaign to restrict them,” it said.Egypt last month declared a three-month state of emergency after two suicide bombings at Coptic churches killed more than 45. In an address ushering in a new era of martial law just after the attacks, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned the press to be careful in its reporting.

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Cannes 2017: The Palme d’Or goes to Ruben Östlund’s art-scene satire The Square

The second highest honour of the evening, The Grand Prix went to 120 Beats Per Minute and Sofia Capolla won the Best director Prize at Cannes.

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If SNP wins election in Scotland, PM May will have to grant independence vote -Sturgeon | Reuters

LONDON If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at a June 8 election, Prime Minister Theresa May’s refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday. The SNP, which won 56 of parliament’s 59 Scottish seats at the last election in 2015 and is expected to win easily in Scotland again, has said Scotland should get another say on independence once the terms of Britain’s EU exit are clear. May has said now is not the time to discuss a fresh independence vote.

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Hardik Patel-led party’s member hurls shoe at Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya, police files FIR

Upset with the Gujarat government for not doing anything for youths, a member of Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on Sunday hurled a shoe at Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya at a function in Vallabhipur town in Bhavnagar district

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Iraq’s Iran-backed paramilitary advances towards Syria border | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraq’s Iran-backed Shi’ite paramilitary force said on Sunday it had dislodged Islamic State from a number of villages west of Mosul, scoring further progress towards the border with Syria.    The villages taken by the Popular Mobilisation paramilitary force include Kojo, where Islamic State fighters abducted hundreds of Yazidi women in 2014, including Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, recipients of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.    Kojo and the other villages of the Sinjar mountain region will be returned to the Yazidi community, a Popular Mobilisation leader, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, told Iraqi state television.       Popular Mobilisation is taking part in the U.S-backed Iraqi campaign to defeat Islamic State in Mosul and the surrounding province of Nineveh. The force reports nominally to Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government and has Iranian military advisers

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Gujarat Assembly election 2017: BJP launches ‘vistarak’ drive at 48,000 polling booths ahead of Amit Shah visit

The Gujarat unit of the BJP on Sunday kicked off the vistarak initiative which is aimed at establishing a direct contact with people ahead of the Assembly elections to be held later this year.

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