LOS ANGELES – “American Idol” is the darling of TV advertisers, dwarfing other TV shows by raking in an estimated $7.11 million every half hour last year for the Fox network, according to a Forbes.com survey. The singing contest topped Forbes.com’s list of TV’s biggest moneymakers in 2010, despite sliding ratings last year and generally lackluster talent. Far behind “Idol” was America’s most-watched TV comedy “Two and A Half Men”, with an estimated $2.89 million in advertising revenue
After the success of Band Bajaa Baaraat, Ranveer Singh has become the toast of the town. Offers are pouring in and the newcomer it seems is spoilt for choice. The actor was recently spotted at Rajkumar Hirani’s office. Talk is that a film is in the offing. Now that’s an interesting proposition. Meanwhile Subhash Ghai too wanted the newcomer to do a film under his banner but Ranveer actor refused the offer.
RABAT – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI will address the nation late Wednesday, the government announced, delivering his first statement since protests last month demanding political reforms.
The address at 8:00 pm (2000 GMT) will be broadcast live on television and radio, the Royal House ministry said in a statement. It will be the first time the king has delivered an address to the nation since thousands of people demonstrated in several cities on February 20 demanding political
COLOMBO – History-making Lasith Malinga played down his landmark second World Cup hat-trick, insisting that his famous four wickets in four balls against South Africa in 2007 was a greater achievement.
The 27-year-old seamer’s trademark collection of yorkers and toe-crushers helped him to a career-best 6-38 as Sri Lanka beat Kenya by nine wickets on Tuesday to put his team back on top of World Cup Group A. “It gave me a lot of heart to overcome my injury and get back. Hopefully I
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif told Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in writing that he would be stepping into practical politics since his agreement to not participate in politics for 10 years had ended.
Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif called on the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan Ibrahim Al Ghadir in Islamabad and handed over the letter. Sources said the letter contained information about Nawaz’s active role in future
RIYADH – Saudi King Abdullah unveiled a series of benefits for Saudis, estimated to be worth $35 billion on his returning home Wednesday after three months medical treatment. The action plan which includes funding to offset high inflation, help young unemployed people and support families to get affordable housing was made as popular protests over poverty, corruption and repression-hit many Arab countries.
Hundreds of men in white robes performed a traditional Bedouin sword dance
ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded
Larry King is getting his turn to do the talking. The veteran TV interviewer, who left his “Larry King Live” CNN show after 25 years in December, is launching a series of one man comedy shows in April about his life and work called “Larry King: Standing Up,” producers said on Tuesday. King, 77, will give fans “a hilarious and insightful look” at his life both behind and in front of the cameras. The one-night-only shows will cover his life growing up as a street-smart kid in Brooklyn
RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is to return home this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy said on Sunday. “The king is expected to return Wednesday and preparations are underway” to greet Abdullah, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. Another source said the heads of Saudi state media, especially television channels, have been instructed to begin from Tuesday to broadcast special programmes on the
LAHORE – Termed as the fifth sexiest Asian man by a UK magazine Eastern eye, Ali Zafar has leapt audiences at home and internationally in a thrall. None can deny his charisma and unmatched proficiency in various domains. He pursued his degree in painting, went on to modelling, stepped into the world of singing and is currently gaining much recognition for his outstanding ability to sing soulfully and perform boldly on the big screen.
He played bass guitars for Hadiqa Kiyani’s
MANAMA: Bahrain’s king decided on Friday to give 1,000 dinars ($2,650) to each Bahraini family, the latest step that the Sunni rulers have taken to appease the majority Shia public before protests planned next week.
“To praise the tenth anniversary of the National Action Charter and in recognition of the people of Bahrain…. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa … will provide the amount of one thousand dinars for each family of Bahrain after adopting necessary legal
AMMAN – King Abdullah II of Jordan named Maruf Bakhit as prime minister on Tuesday with orders to carry out “true political reforms,” the palace said, after weeks of opposition protests demanding change. “King Abdullah II designated Maruf Bakhit to form a new government to replace the government of Samir Rifai,” a palace statement said.
“Bakhit’s mission is to take practical, quick and tangible steps to launch true political reforms, enhance Jordan’s democratic drive and ensure
RIYADH – Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday to convalesce two months after undergoing back surgery in the United States, the official SPA news agency reported.
“King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud arrived in Casablanca in the Kingdom of Morocco from New York to complete physical therapy and recovery,” said the report. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI met King Abdullah at Casablanca airport, SPA and an official Moroccan source added.
LONDON – Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup champion Kauto Star’s bid for a record fifth win in the King George VI steeplechase will have to wait till January 15 after Kempton Park racecourse authorities were forced to postpone the race for a second time after an inspection on Sunday.
The race had been set for its traditional Boxing Day running until it was postponed on Friday because of frozen ground with the management team hoping it could be run on Monday.
Clerk of the course
WASHINGTON/LONDON/NEW YORK: Saudi King Abdullah called President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to Pakistan’s progress, according to an online report of New York Times that quoted Wikileaks as saying.
The report further quoted King Abdullah as saying, “When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body.”
The cables released by Wikileaks, quote King Abdullah as speaking to another Iraqi official about Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, “You and Iraq are in my
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz will leave for the United States on Monday for medical checks, while Crown Prince Sultan will return from a holiday abroad, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
The Gulf Arab state controls more than a fifth of the world’s crude reserves, is a vital US ally in the region, a major holder of dollar assets and home to the biggest Arab bourse.
Western diplomats said the king’s departure and crown prince’s sudden
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Saudi King Abdullah in a telephone call that the aim of his controversial visit to Lebanon last week was to promote its unity, his office said on Thursday.
The Wednesday evening conversation between the two leaders their second in eight days came as the regional arch-rivals have been competing for influence in both Lebanon and Iraq.
Praising King Abdullah’s own visit to Lebanon in July, Ahmadinejad said: “We too have now