Cannes red carpet, 71st anniversary of Palestinian mass displacement, and other news in pictures

British actor and model Tilda Swinton attends a photocall for the film “The Dead Don’t Die” at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2019.

British actor and model Tilda Swinton attends a photocall for the film “The Dead Don’t Die” at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

 

6 pm

 

Jim Jarmusch’s zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die premieres at Cannes

The fabled French Riviera movie showcase has done its all to rekindle its love affair with Hollywood, and a parade of celebrities are walking the Cannes red carpet during the 12-day event.

Opening night delivered a megaton blitz of glitz at the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch's zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die.

The all-star cast, including Adam Driver, Bill Murray, pop idol Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny and Tilda Swinton, had lots of competition on the red carpet with Julianne Moore, Elle Fanning and a galaxy of Chinese stars all climbing the steps to see the horror movie send-up with a political edge.

As Cannes has yet to resolve its running row with Netflix, some industry wags said The Dead Don’t Die could also describe the festival’s resilience in the face of technology’s rapid encroachment.

 

5 pm

 

Palestinians mark 71st anniversary of Nakba

Palestinians are marking the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel’s creation.

Demonstrations were held across the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip on May 15 to mark what the Palestinians call the nakba or “catastrophe”.

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, hundreds of people marched from the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to a rally downtown, demanding the right to return to lost properties in what is now Israel.

Sirens also wailed across the West Bank at noon in an expression of sadness.

 

4 pm

British govt to put forward Brexit bill in June

British lawmakers will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in the first week of June, the same week U.S. President Donald Trump is due to visit Britain, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday.

May's deal has been rejected three times by parliament and the government said on Tuesday it now planned to bring forward the legislation required to ratify an exit deal early next month.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street for her weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in London, Wednesday.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street for her weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in London, Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

“The House of Commons will have an opportunity to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill the week commencing June 3,” Barclay told a committee of members of the upper chamber of parliament. Obviously there is President Trump's visit as well so that is going to be an interesting week.”

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3 pm

 

Modi attacks Opposition in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi during an election rally at Paliganj near Patna on May 15, 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi during an election rally at Paliganj near Patna on May 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

In his last public meeting related to election at Paliganj in Patna district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked opposition parties on corruption issues.

“Whether it Congress party or corrupt family of Bihar they gobble-up thousands of crore rupees of poor people…these mahamilawati (contaminated) people do not understand the pain of poor people. Even though the people of Bihar put their trust in them for decades, what did they do for Bihar?” PM Modi said.

The NDA candidate from Patna and Patliputra, Sahib Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Kripal Yadav, along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other senior State BJP leaders were present on the dais.

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1.50 pm

XI Jinping moots tourism plan to promote Asian cultures

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing, China on May 15, 2019.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing, China on May 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 15 proposed a tourism plan to promote Asian cultures and offered China’s support in implementing it, saying millions of Chinese tourists visiting abroad and vice versa are an “important force” to promote cultural exchange.

Mr. Xi made the comments at the opening session of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations being held in Beijing.

The event is attended by Charge D’Affaires of the Indian Embassy Acquino Vimal, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

12.50 pm

U.S. says China's focus on its South China Sea ops unwarranted

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers a speech during the International Maritime Security Conference on the sidelines of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition in Singapore on May 15, 2019.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers a speech during the International Maritime Security Conference on the sidelines of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition in Singapore on May 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

The head of operations of the United States Navy said on Wednesday that its freedom of navigation movements in the disputed South China Sea get more attention than they deserve.

The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on May 7, a move that angered Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.

“[The operations] get more attention in the media and also have, sometimes from China, than they warrant, to be honest,” John Richardson told reporters on the sidelines of a maritime defence conference in Singapore.

China claims most of the energy-rich waters through which trillions of dollars worth of ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

11 am

Rainy day in the national capital

People take shelter from the rain at a bus stop in New Delhi on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

People take shelter from the rain at a bus stop in New Delhi on Wednesday, May 15, 2019   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Rain brought a much needed respite from the scorching heat on Wednesday and this spell of pleasant weather is likely to continue for another couple of days. Several parts of the national received morning showers which made the weather pleasant.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average and humidity was recorded at 82 per cent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory, recording for which is considered official for the city, recorded traces of rainfall, while Palam and Lodhi Road observatories recorded 1.8 and 1.5 mm rainfall respectively.

Vehicles wade through a water-logged road after heavy rain at Raghubir Nagar area in West Delhi on May 15, 2019.

Vehicles wade through a water-logged road after heavy rain at Raghubir Nagar area in West Delhi on May 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

 

The weather man predicted a windy day with the possibility of thundershowers, light rain accompanied by lightning. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 34 degrees Celsius. According to a MeT department official, light rain is predicted for the next two days.

On Tuesday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 20.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was recorded at 35.6 degrees Celsius.

10.15 am

Alabama Senate passes ban on abortion

Pro-choice supporters protest in front of the Alabama State House as Alabama state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. on May 14, 2019.

Pro-choice supporters protest in front of the Alabama State House as Alabama state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. on May 14, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion on May 14, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican Governor.

The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.

Senator Bobby Singleton (D) speaks during a state Senate vote on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. on May 14, 2019.

Senator Bobby Singleton (D) speaks during a state Senate vote on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. on May 14, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

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9.15 am

Candidates vow next Australian Prime Minister will last

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, centre, visits a housing construction site in Clifton Springs, south of Melbourne, Australia on May 15, 2019.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, centre, visits a housing construction site in Clifton Springs, south of Melbourne, Australia on May 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Both candidates, Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten, vying to become Australia's Prime Minister in elections on Saturday are promising to stay in the job for the entire three-year term, shut the revolving door to high office and put the choice of the nation's leader back in voters' hands.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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