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Cinema sees revival in post-revolution Tunisia

TUNIS: Tunisian filmmakers are making the most of newfound freedoms to tackle issues banished for decades from the silver screen, prompting a post-revolution cinema revival. "Since 2011, one of the most tangible benefits we've seen is the ability to talk about all topics, especially themes of society, our daily life, its complexity and its richness," said producer Habib Attia. "In cinema it pays to have that sincerity." Just two or three films a year were released during the 2000s, but the industry has rebounded…

Imran predicts ‘revolution of change’ after July 25 elections

BUREWALA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said that general elections are just two weeks ahead, and he has a feeling there will be a ‘revolution on change’ on July 25. Addressing a campaign rally in Burewala, the PTI chairman said that the spell of darkness will end soon and there were the dawn of a new era. “I have a feeling there will be a revolution of change. This long dark night will end and there will be dawn of new era.” He said two prominent parties, referring to the Pakistan Muslim…

Beyond phones and 5G, mobile world seeks to reinvent itself

BARCELONA: Seeking to escape a cycle of falling prices and tight regulation, big telecom operators from Vimpelcom to Telefonica are set to reinvent themselves as internet players to escape the industry's straight-jacket of low growth. Next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will feature phone companies in various stages of acceptance that the industry's predictable, decades-old business model based on selling data packages by the millions is running out of steam. Beneath the facade of shiny new phones and dusty…

Smartphone revolution blazes on as iPhone turns 10

LAS VEGAS: The smartphone continues to change the world a decade after the debut of the iPhone, even as Apple is under pressure to come up with a new wonder. The iPhone -- introduced by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007 -- set the stage for mobile computing and an entire industry revolving around it. The handsets built on successful iPod digital music players and featured touch screens at a time when the smartphone market was ruled by BlackBerry devices with keypads. Jobs billed his smartphone…

Egyptian court overturns ex-president Mursi’s death sentence

CAIRO: Egypt's Court of Cassation on Tuesday overturned a death sentence against deposed president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial. Mursi was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during Egypt's 2011 uprising. Mursi, the first president to be democratically elected after the revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass protests against his rule, and immediately arrested. Tuesday's court ruling…