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Far-right the ones to watch in EU polls

The elections to the European Parliament have never been so hotly anticipated, with many predicting that this year’s ballot, which starts Thursday, will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement.

Saudi Arabia, UAE to join Bahrain meet

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Israel-Palestinian peace plan. The “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop, to be hosted on June 25-26 in cooperation with the United States, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders who want their political demands to be addressed in any solution to the decades-old conflict.

Slashing the deficit, sending strong signals 

The Lebanese government’s plan to cut the budget deficit to 7.5 percent of GDP from more than 11 percent in 2018 is supposed to send a strong message to the international community that Lebanon is determined to implement long-overdue reforms.

Slashing the deficit, sending strong signals 

The Lebanese government’s plan to cut the budget deficit to 7.5 percent of GDP from more than 11 percent in 2018 is supposed to send a strong message to the international community that Lebanon is determined to implement long-overdue reforms.

Chelsea eye Lampard as Sarri looks to Juve 

Chelsea are eyeing a sensational reunion with club legend Frank Lampard after reports emerged linking current coach Maurizio Sarri with the Juventus hot seat. Lampard has guided Derby County to Monday’s Championship playoff final in a promising start to his managerial career, with Chelsea earmarking him as the perfect candidate to replace Sarri.

Chelsea eye Lampard as Sarri looks to Juve 

Chelsea are eyeing a sensational reunion with club legend Frank Lampard after reports emerged linking current coach Maurizio Sarri with the Juventus hot seat. Lampard has guided Derby County to Monday’s Championship playoff final in a promising start to his managerial career, with Chelsea earmarking him as the perfect candidate to replace Sarri.

Nadal beats Djokovic for ninth Italian Open title

Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

BeIN CEO charged with corruption in France probe

The chief executive officer of media group beIN was handed preliminary charges of corruption as part of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2019 track world championships in Qatar, a judicial official said Wednesday. The official said Yousef Al-Obaidly was indicted on Mar. 28 and also said former IAAF president Lamine Diack was handed preliminary charges of “passive corruption” in the same case.

Tributes planned for Lauda at Monaco GP

Formula One will honor Niki Lauda at this weekend’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix, with teams and drivers Wednesday still coming to terms with the triple world champion’s death. The Austrian, who died Monday aged 70, won in Monaco with Ferrari in 1975 and 1976 but was latterly the Mercedes team’s nonexecutive chairman and shareholder with principal Toto Wolff.

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.

Iraqis turn to ecotourism to save marshes

Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends.