Mumbai: Actor Katrina Kaif has been roped in for filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s next, titled Sooryavanshi starring actor Akshay Kumar. Akshay, who has previously worked with Katrina in films such as Namaste London and Singh is Kinng, welcomed the actor, whom he called “Sooryavanshi girl”. “Welcome to our cop universe Katrina Kaif… Our ‘Sooryavanshi’ girl,” he wrote. Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is bank rolling the film, shared a photograph of himself along with Akshay, Katrina and Shetty. He captioned the image: “Welcoming the ‘Sooryavanshi’ girl on board Katrina Kaif! Releasing on Eid 2020!” Akshay will play the lead role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officer in a cameo role by performed by the Kesari star in Simmba. The movie will release on Eid 2020, clashing with the Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt-starrer Inshallah.
Mumbai: Naxals have killed 224 security forces’ personnel in Maharashtra since 1980, a senior state government official said Tuesday. The latest incident was on May 1 when 15 Quick Response Team personnel and their driver were killed in Jambhurkheda in the district’s Kurkheda tehsil after their vehicle was blown up with an improvised explosive device (IED). Apart from security forces, Naxals have also killed 571 civilians since 1980 while the Maoist ultras have seen 246 cadre gunned down in the same period, he said. “Calendar year 2018 was special as the police did not lose a single personnel while they managed to gun down 50 Naxals,” he said. “It is to be noted that of the 246 Naxals killed so far, 98 have been shot dead after 2014. The police force lost 19 personnel since 2014,” he said. Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Gondia have been declared Naxal-affected districts in Maharashtra by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday sought to strike an emotional chord with people during a road show here, saying she was born in Delhi and is empathetic towards their aspirations, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, she claimed, has been here only for five years. Congress general secretary was campaigning for party’s North East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Sheila Dikshit and South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Vijender Singh here on Wednesday. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHolding her first road show in the national capital, Priyanka Gandhi challenged Modi to fight polls on the issues of GST, demonetisation and women security. The road show started in Seelampur, a minority-dominated area, and meandered with a sea of people towards Yamuna Vihar depot, where it culminated. Perched atop a minibus, she said, “I cannot disrespect you. We are not arrogant like the BJP. We know that you have made us what we are today.” “Modi ji is in Delhi for five years. I was born in the city. I have seen every bylane. I will tell you (Modi) what the people of Delhi think. They are tired of your useless talk. You keep yourself confined to your Race Course Road residence,” said Priyanka Gandhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccusing Modi of destroying institutions and the BJP of playing politics in the name of religion, she said the prime minister was indulging in negative politics and cannot give a direct answer to questions on the work he did during his five years of governance. Raking up the issue of GST, Priyanka Gandhi said the new indirect tax regime broke the back of businessmen. The AICC general secretary also referred to the BJP’s 2014 poll promises, including about providing 2 crore jobs every year. Addressing people, she asked them if they got the jobs, to which the crowd responded in negative. “He (Modi) failed to protect soldiers, youth and women but who will hold him accountable and who will seek answers from him,” she asked the gathering. They replied, “We will.”
Goulmima – Parkinson’s disease is a widespread condition whose symptoms start to show between the ages of 40 and 60. The chances of developing the disease increase with age. It is caused by the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, which is a region in the midbrain that maintains balance of human body.Most people suffering from the Parkinson Disease start to experience symptoms such as uncontrollable body shaking, slow movements, loss of balance, the disappearance of facial traits, speech difficulties, anxiety, depression, swallowing difficulties, constipation, and sleeping disorders. April 11 is the International Day of Parkinson’s. Each year research reveals new shocking statistics on the number of people affected by the disease. In Morocco, statistics revealed that about 50,000 Moroccans suffer from Parkinson’s; internationally, one person out of every 1000 has it.Most of the cases are discovered at a late stage, which makes it more difficult to treat, especially because medicine for this disease is very expensive. Nevertheless, the neurologist Dr. Ahmed Ashouri explained, “medicine alone is not enough and family’s psychological support is prerequisite at the different stages of the disease.”He added that “people suffering from Parkinson tend to feel ashamed of their disease which makes it hard for them to cohabitate with their families.”Edited by Melissa Smyth© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – Following their win over Gongo-Brazaville in a friendly game on Friday in Tangier, Moroccan national soccer team players were given two days off by their coach Hervé Renard.However, instead of using this time to rest and prepare for their upcoming official match against Libya on Friday in Tunis, some players went out partying.A picture that has been shared widely on social media shows Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia and Grenada striker Youssef El Arabi smoking hookah, according to Le360. For the past ten years, Morocco’s national soccer team has had a hard time qualifying for major tournaments such as the World Cup and the African Cup of Nations, even though Morocco has had a large pool of talented players.Many observers have attributed the decade-long poor performances of the Moroccan team to lack of discipline and bad habits that are unworthy of world-class professional players.
By David HazelwoodRabat – Americans stand strong for Morocco, hail Morocco’s human rights achievements, highlight shared values and a strong Alliance.Yesterday, Americans stood strong with Moroccans, as they have for decades, to commend Morocco on its progressive advancements on human rights by writing a letter to President Barack Obama. In the letter, sent on Thursday, a group of 16 Members of U.S. Congress recognized Morocco as America’s “strongest and oldest friend in a very important part of the world,” and urged “greater visibility” for Morocco’s role in promoting development in the region, as well as the country’s progress on human rights. The letter comes shortly after Morocco expressed concerns last month that the US State Department’s April 2016 human rights report on the country contained “factual errors and misrepresented Morocco’s efforts in that area.”In the letter, Congress noted that “Morocco is the only country in the region to have established with the United States an on-going dialogue on human rights that is intended to be an open forum for objective and constructive engagement on these issues…We commend this process and would hope that it brings a positive contribution.” “We are concerned that recent developments in our strategically important alliance with Morocco need to be made a higher priority and that our support for Morocco’s signal achievements, including on human rights, and the important role it is playing to enhance stability and development in the region, needs to be given much greater visibility in our public statements about this critical bilateral relationship with one of our oldest and most trusted partners.”Analysts say despite the current friction as a result of the US Department human rights report on Morocco and Washington lack of support to Rabat on the Western Sahara, the mutually beneficial friendship between the US and Morocco remains strong and vibrant.
By Safaa KasraouiRabat – The Groupe l’étudiant marocain will organize the 17th annual International Student Forum on February 16-18 in Rabat.The forum will take place in Moulay Abdellah Stadium in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, the Moulay Abdellah Stadium, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Regional Academy of Education and Training. The purpose of the forum is to provide students with guidance on their educational options. Participants will include ministers, international and national companies, and public and private universities.Schools, training councils and employment agencies will also take part.The organizers said in a communiqué that this forum is a fundamental initiative for information and guidance for future baccalaureate students.“This forum will definitely contribute in helping young people to optimize their choice of studies as well as in their professional carriers,” they added.In response, more than 35,000 high school students will benefit from this opportunity. Students will be paired with specialists to help them choose the appropriate options for a successful future.As one of the most efficient information platforms, the forum’s goal is to help students choose suitable options which are consistent with their preferences.This year’s edition will also gather international and national professional specialists in the labor markets.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI will visit Mauritania in the coming days during his next round tour of Africa, aiming to bring a conclusive end to tension between the two countries, reported Moroccan daily newspaper Al Massae on Thursday.Coordination for the King’s visit in Mauritania is being run by the army and intelligence’s officials of the two counties, according to the source, and a special ceremony is being prepared to receive the King in Mauritania in order to clear the old conflicts between the two countries.The same source further noted that Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces Fathallah Warraq and other senior military officials will visit the southern region following the recent tension between Morocco and Polisario’s militias in the buffer zone of Guerarate, in Moroccan Sahara. The strain on Mauritanian-Moroccan relations was recently intensified following Istiqlal Party (PI) Secretary General Hamid Chabat’s announcement in December 2016 that “Mauritania lays on Moroccan soil and it is a land that is purely Moroccan.”Shortly after Chabat’s statement, King Mohammed VI spoke with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz over the phone to reiterate his support for Mauritania’s territorial integrity. He also assigned Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, as his envoy to travel to Mauritaniadiscuss with Abdel Aziz past tensions, including Chabat’s statement.Benkirane held a press conference after the meeting, announcing that future ties between the two countries will be further strengthened in order for Mauritanian citizens to feel that they enjoy all their rights in Morocco and vice-versa.In a recent interview with France24, Abdel Aziz said that “the relation between Morocco and Mauritania is not as bad as it is claimed.” On the contrary, he noted that “the relations between the two countries are good” and that “both Morocco and Mauritania are not satisfied about the situation of their relations.”
Rabat – Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) launched a new flight route between Casablanca and Porto, Portugal on June 25.There will be three flights a week between Mohammed V airport in Casablanca and Francisco Sa-Carneiro airport in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city.The new route will be taken by aboard a Boeing 737-700 or 800. Flights will depart from Casablanca on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 3:05 p.m., and will arrive in Porto at the local time of 4:45 p.m. Flights will return from Porto on the same days, leaving at 5:45 p.m. and arriving to Morocco at 7:20 p.m.RAM’s regional director for Portugal, Adil Korchi, told MAP that given almost three tons of freight are available on each flight, the new journey is “quite a good opportunity for import and export companies” from each of the two countries.Royal Air Maroc offered thrice weekly flights between Casablanca and Porto in December 2010, but this journey was abandoned at the end of the winter season.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message to the participants in the second parliamentary forum of regions, which opened Thursday in Rabat.Here follows the full text of the royal message, which was read by the King’s advisor Abdellatif Mennouni.“Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon The Prophet, His Kith and KinLadies and GentlemenI should like to commend the House of Councilors, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and Morocco’s associations of regions and municipalities on their initiative to convene this second Forum, which will address one of the most far reaching and promising reforms introduced since the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, namely advanced regionalization.Your determination to meet regularly and exchange views on the progress made in connection with this flagship project shows that you are perfectly aware of the special importance I attach to this major reform. It aims to introduce a greater measure of democracy in the management of public affairs and to make sure national, sector-specific and local policies are all geared towards the achievement of the objective I have set for myself, namely to offer my fellow citizens, sustainably and equitably, the progress, well-being and fulfillment they deserve.I also wish to congratulate you on having included in your agenda themes that are essential for the accomplishment of the mission of local governments. In fact, they reflect my own concerns regarding the progression of the advanced regionalization process.Ladies and Gentlemen,Advanced regionalization is a key institutional achievement. It illustrates my unwavering commitment – since my accession to the throne of my glorious ancestors – to seeing a quantum leap in the reform and modernization of our institutions. We should therefore give it our undivided attention.It is gratifying to note, today, that the legal framework for the implementation of advanced regionalization is all but completed, and that local elected officials are already working hard to give concrete substance to the advanced regionalization process.As we speak, the objectives are set, the principles and the relevant rules are clearly defined and the stakeholders concerned are busy at work. In the coming phase, the aim will be to move up a gear and to start effectively giving substance to this historic paradigm shift.This is a gigantic project requiring the involvement of a vast array of actors as well as the commitment of the nation’s forces and society as a whole. A keen sense of responsibility and mobilization as well as a great degree of conviction will be required throughout the implementation of the project. It is just as necessary to persevere and promote dialogue and interaction in order to make sure that the enormous potential offered by the institutional and legal framework is fully exploited and that benefits are maximized.It is in the light of this new pedagogical exercise in responsibility and sharing, and through the adoption of novel modes of interaction that local elected officials will be able to serve as the standard-bearers for change, rise to challenges, fulfil their constituents’ aspirations and come up with the right answers to citizens’ expectations.As for central government services and public administrations, they are expected to re-establish relations, based on cooperation, dialogue, consultation, convergence and partnership with local governments. Only then will it be possible to ensure the complementarity, coherence of action and synergies required for the actual implementation of advanced regionalization, which means so much to me.Ladies and Gentlemen,The themes you have selected for your meeting are in line with the concerns I have just mentioned. It is up to you to discuss them freely and to submit your proposals to me in due course. I would simply recommend that, in your debate, you devote the necessary attention to some key issues that must also be taken into account by the government.Firstly, regional development programs must be part of the development model currently being finalized and for which a major call for contributions was made in my speech on 13 October of this year, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament. Local governments – especially the Regions – which must fully live up to the pre-eminent role granted to them by the Constitution, will have to make their own contributions so as to remedy the failings of the current model, reduce regional disparities and inequalities and move forward purposefully and resolutely on the path towards social justice. Each region should be able to develop its own vision, provided the latter is consistent with the national development model.Local elected officials will then have to get deeply involved in the issues relating to young Moroccans, who are enthusiastic knowledge-seekers. They are also keen to participate in community life and aspire to dignity and betterment. The problems young Moroccans are facing today can be resolved only at the local level – in their neighborhood, their commune or their city. Solutions must be tailored locally to address the problems young people are facing. In that way, we would give meaning and coherence to the cross-cutting policies that central government must design for the benefit of young people.There is also the question of the scope of powers devolved to local governments, particularly regional councils. In fact, the aim is not to overburden local governments with multiple and varied prerogatives which would only discredit them, given the inevitable shortcomings. Instead, it is important to make sure their powers are sufficiently precise and clear to avoid confusion and overlapping. These powers should be gradually expanded as local governments’ capabilities in terms of human and financial resources increase. In this regard, I recommend better consultation to clearly define – among the vast array of powers reserved for regions by the organic law – the prerogatives that will have to be implemented immediately, subject to periodic updates.One last aspect which I should like to see reviewed further is governance. Beyond the measures introduced via organic laws on local governments, your consultations and your reflection should produce a more precise, practical and measurable concept which we must, at all costs, avoid trivializing. This means that, as far as voters and the general public are concerned, there is a need to explain and educate, so that the importance of governance and the extent of the efforts to be made can be properly understood.Ladies and Gentlemen,I realize that a project like that of advanced regionalization is necessarily a work in progress. It also requires resolve to combat inertia, vigilance to counter conservative attitudes and responsiveness to be able to adapt, adjust or redress the course of action.I believe the spirit of your forum is in line with this logic of watchfulness and of constant, gradual evolution. I will therefore pay particular attention to your work, hoping your debates will be objective, realistic, bold and insightful.I wish your conference every success.Thank you.Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.”
By Hajar Elkahlaoui Rabat – Morocco’s Abla Sofy is making headlines worldwide, from becoming the face of Elle Arabia to starring in RedOne’s latest music video ‘Boom Boom’. In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, this multi-talented beauty talks about life as a model, stylist, blogger, and actress. Can you please introduce yourself in a few words?Abla Sofy: I’m Abla Sofy. I am a Moroccan stylist, model, actress and blogger. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 20 to go to fashion school. And here I am.How did your career in modeling begin?Abla Sofy: I’ve been in the modeling world for the last four years. But as a stylist, on a daily basis, I would meet talents managers that would propose to represent me to their agencies and propose some serious jobs. But me as an Arab, I was always worried about all these culture barriers. When RedOne reached out to me and saw that even in the modeling world we can still work and respect all our values, it made me very happy and excited to do it. It shows that I can always find a way to be a model with respecting all my values, and I can also have a final say to accept or refuse a job that doesn’t match with my values.You’re also an actress. How do you combine your two passions?Abla Sofy: It was always a dream of me to be in the light instead of backstage. The fact that I was a stylist and working with the biggest models and actresses allows me to learn a lot about this world and made it easier for me to get into it. I knew every trick and every detail as a model or actress.What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?Abla Sofy: The most interesting shoot for me is RedOne’s video clip. I think it is one of the first times in history that so many huge talents were all involved in the same project: RedOne , Daddy Yankee, Dinah Jane, Amanda Cerney. Even if I work in LA and have been in many projects, the ‘Boom Boom’ video clip was the biggest production I have ever worked for. It’s very hard to beat that. Everything was selected to be the best of everything. From singers, actors, dancers, and production…As an Arab model, do you face any particular challenges?Abla Sofy: Yes of course. It’s very important for me to keep my family and my country proud of me. I would never want to be associated or be in a situation that would be a shame for my family to see. This is why sometimes unfortunately I can’t accept some jobs even if they were big.You are currently in Los Angeles. How’s model life in LA?Abla Sofy: Busy! There are a lot of brands and photo shoots in LA. But also it’s more about videos movies reality shows. I’ve been working on a new TV show coming soon on TV, Fashion Rescue. When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?Abla Sofy: When I am not working or if I have a long break, I love to travel and discover places I have never been in before. It allows me to do research for my stylisting job and have more inspiration. For example, I was in Bali few months ago and I got so many new ideas. And if I have free time in LA, I love food and try new restaurants and then walk around Beverly Hills and go to the malls to see what is new in collections it’s always work for me.What are your future projects and campaigns?Abla Sofy: I’ve been overwhelmed with many opportunities since the success of the video. I recently shot for Fashion Rescue that would have me styling in different stores around America. This would be a television reality show in an American channel. I am also working on more exciting acting project with people that I’ve been following for a very long time, and also modeling projects that you will hear about very soon. Where can we follow you?Instagram: @ablasofySnapchat: essofiabla
Rabat – The Spanish outlet canariasenred has released clarification regarding the recent controversial video circulating social media that shows a policeman physically assaulting a young Moroccan man. Prior to the scene in the video, the young man allegedly threatened the officer and his family saying, “I know you, I know your wife and your kids, and I’m going to cut their throats.” The presumed victim assaulted two cops moments before the scene.In the video, the police officer throws the man onto the floor and kicks and punches him before picking up a chair, aiming to throw it at him. Así redujo un policía local de Lleida a un marroquí. Acusan al agente de racismo. ¿Te parece desproporcionada la actuación policial? pic.twitter.com/4XUekALhHp— Caso Aislado (@CasoAislado_Es) March 1, 2018Numerous tweets criticized the officer’s violent response, calling it “an act of racism” while others argued that the lack of context make it hard to determine whether such an act was driven by racism or as a defense mechanism.
WASHINGTON — An attorney for the head of the National Enquirer’s parent company denies the tabloid committed extortion or blackmail by threatening to publish Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ explicit photos.Elkan Abramowitz represents American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker. Abromowitz defended the tabloid’s practice as a “negotiation” in an interview Sunday with ABC’s “This Week.”The Enquirer published a story last month that included lurid texts between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Bezos said AMI later threatened to expose his revealing photos if he didn’t have his private investigators back off.Abramowitz said the story was given to the Enquirer by a “reliable source” who was “well known” to Bezos and Sanchez.He said he isn’t concerned about the matter jeopardizing a nonprosecution agreement between AMI and federal prosecutors.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
Rabat – Israel’s national anthem has been played for the first time at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in the United Arab Emirates.The Israeli anthem was played during the presentation of the gold medal to Israeli judoka, Sagi Muki, for his victory in judo in the under 81 kilogram category.The Israeli judo team was participating for the first in the tournament with its flag and anthem. “I’m so happy, I managed to use this opportunity, so that everyone could hear the anthem for the first time here in Abu Dhabi,” Muki said to an Israeli television channel after he had sung along with the anthem.In July, the International Judo Federation (IJF), warned the organizers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam that they might cancel the competition if Abu Dhabi did not allow all athletes, including Israelis, to compete with their flag and anthem. The Israeli minister of sports and culture, Miri Regev, who was standing next to the podium, could not hold back her tears. It was her first time to attend an event in the Middle East.For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to his Facebook page to thank Muki for the pride and honor that he brought to Israel, emphasizing that the national anthem was played in Abu Dhabi.At the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Israeli athletes wore neutral kimonos without the initials SRI that designate Israel in sports competitions. The three letters were replaced by IJF, standing for International Judo Federation.The United Arab Emirates does not recognize Israel as a state and does not have diplomatic ties with it.
Rabat – During the first half of 2018, airports in Morocco received a total of 10.45 million passengers, a growth of 13 percent compared to the same period of 2017.According to statistics from the National Office of Airports (ONDA), air traffic grew exceptionally, at 25.66 percent, in June, with more than 1.64 million of passengers.Unsurprisingly, Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport, which accounts for 43 percent of all air traffic, recorded an increase of 5.68 percent in the first half of 2018 and more than 20 percent in June 2018 only. Domestic air traffic posted an increase of 15.39 percent with more than 1.13 million passengers in the first half of 2018. A significant increase of 27.93 percent in domestic air traffic was recorded in June 2018 only. International air traffic reached 9.3 million of passengers in the first half of the year, an increase of 12.69 percent over last year. The month of June recorded 1.48 million international passengers.The increase is due to the good performance of European air traffic, which represents 75 percent of Morocco’s international traffic volume. European air traffic increased by 14.87 percent from the same period last year.Air traffic grew 6.23 percent in the Middle and Far East, 20.22 percent in North America, and 31.27 percent in South America.Overall, Maghreb countries’ air traffic experienced a slight decrease of 0.81 percent in the first half of 2018. However, in June the traffic rose by 12.25 percent.Despite some stagnation in the first half of the year, the African market recorded an increase of 9.30 percent particularly in June 2018.Freight traffic recorded, during the first half of 2018, an increase of 6.92 percent compared to the same period in 2017. It reached 43 million tons against 42.3 million tons recorded during the first half of 2017.
Rabat – South Africa-based Sanlam has concluded its acquisition of Morocco’s insurance provider Saham Finances, making it a leading pan-African financial services group.Sanlam announced it had fulfilled all the conditions to acquire the remaining 53.4 percent of Saham Finances for $1.1 billion, in a statement Thursday, October 11.In 2016, Sanlam Emerging Markets acquired a 30 percent stake in Saham Finances and increased its stake to 46.6 percent in 2017. With this acquisition, which took effect on October 11, Sanlam now holds 90 percent of Saham Finances. Santam, a subsidiary of Sanlam, holds 10 percent.Sanlam will now have a presence in 33 African countries, enabling it “to expand its multinational client base, strengthen its position in specialist insurance and employee benefits,” reads Sanlam’s statement.Ian Kirk, the Group CEO of Sanlam said, “The conclusion of this transaction is an important milestone in achieving our vision of becoming a leading financial services group on the continent.“The confluence of the combined footprint and respective expertise of Sanlam, Santam, and SAHAM Finances provides the Sanlam Group with an opportunity to grow its Life Insurance businesses in Francophone markets as well as leveraging the Group’s expertise to grow the general insurance portfolio.”Nadia Fettah, who will remain the CEO of Saham Finances, asserted, “The businesses are complementary. SAHAM Finances developed into a leading insurance group in Africa outside of South Africa, with leading businesses in most of the 26 countries in which it operates.”Fettah and Emmanuel Brule, deputy CEO of Saham Finances, will join the Sanlam Emerging Markets executive committee, said Junior Ngulube, Sanlam Emerging Markets CEO.Saham Finances was established in Morocco in 1995 as a subsidiary of Saham Group and recorded a turnover of $1.2 billion USD in 2017.At the end of 2017, Saham Finances consolidated net assets worth $850 million and earnings of $77.4 million.Sanlam will take over Saham Finance’s 65 subsidiaries, 700 branches, and more than 3,000 employees.
LOS ANGELES — An arbitrator has ordered 21st Century Fox to pay $179 million in a dispute over profits with the stars of the long-running Fox TV show “Bones.”The decision revealed in a court filing Friday includes $128 million in punitive damages against Fox executives for “intentional fraud and malice.”David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, the stars of “Bones” from 2005 through 2017, sued Fox in 2015, saying it denied them profits by licensing the show to Fox’s TV division and to Hulu for below-market rates. They were joined by executive producer Barry Josephson and author Kathy Reichs, who authored the novels “Bones” is based on. The case went to private arbitration in 2016.Fox criticized the decision and intends to fight it, saying the arbitrator “is categorically wrong on the merits.”Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press
BANGKOK — Shares were sharply lower in Asia on Monday after Wall Street ended last week with a broad retreat.Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index tumbled 3.2 per cent to 20,930.27, while the Shanghai Composite index declined 1.1 per cent to 3,072.06. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 1.8 per cent to 28,583.60 and South Korea’s Kospi declined 1.7 per cent to 2,149.39. The S&P ASX 200 gave up 1.2 per cent to 6,120.60.Thailand’s SET dropped 0.9 per cent after a general election whose preliminary results suggested a strong result for the junta-backed proxy party, raising the likelihood the incumbent prime minister, Prayut Chan-ocha, may prevail with backing from a coalition.Growth concerns were revived by weak factory data from Europe. Investors are awaiting China-U.S. trade talks that are due to resume Thursday in Beijing.The Associated Press
BOSTON — The Latest on court appearances for parents charged in a widespread college admissions scheme (all times local):1:45 p.m.A lawyer for a parent charged in a widespread college admissions scheme says the case against his client is not strong.Former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz was the first to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Boston on Friday. Fifteen parents were scheduled for initial appearances.Abdelaziz is the former president of Wynn Macau and has also held leadership roles at Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts.He didn’t make a statement in court, but defence lawyer Brian Kelly said his client intends to fight the charges.Kelly requested permission for Abdelaziz to travel to Mexico on business next month. He says “this is a one-witness case” that relies on a “deeply compromised” witness.Abdelaziz is among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.___6:15 a.m.More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWG’-lin) are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the centre of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.___5:40 a.m.More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who are charged in the case, are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the centre of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.The Associated Press
Toronto’s black business leaders have met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss how the federal government can further help the city’s youth.Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri hosted the meeting on Saturday, as well as a practice for youth with some members of the playoff-bound basketball team.Joining in on the practice was Xavier Trudeau, the prime minister’s 11-year-old son.Ujiri says nearly a dozen prominent leaders in the black community expressed with Trudeau their concerns, struggles and successes.He later told 20 invited youth that they can succeed in life even if they don’t become professional athletes.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen says the black leaders talked about entrepreneurship and access to money for innovation and startups.Hussen says they also talked about an incubation system to help everyone, not just a few.The Canadian Press