Son Of Picasso Cries Foul Over Paris Museum Delay
French authorities are trying to make peace with the son of Pablo Picasso after he accused them of dishonoring his father by delaying the re-opening of the Picasso Museum in Paris. But the Culture Ministry said it would not now open until mid-September, missing the tourist season's summer peak. "I am outraged and deeply concerned," Claude Picasso, the 66-year-old son of the painter seen as one of the 20th century's most influential artists, told Le Figaro newspaper. The office of Prime Minister Manuel Valls could not immediately be reached to confirm a Le Monde report that Valls would receive Claude Picasso on Monday.
Arizona Nine-year Old In Uzi Gun Lesson Accident
A 9-year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun. The instructor was giving the girl a lesson at a shooting range in Arizona when the recoil from the automatic fire caused her to lose control of the Uzi. The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, was shot in the head and died after being airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas. It is common in parts of the US for children to be taught how to use firearms.
Jhon Jairo Velasquez, Hitman To Pablo Escobar, Walks Free In Colombia
One of Colombia’s most feared drug cartel assassins has walked free after serving 22 years in jail for scores of murders ordered by the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar during the cocaine trafficking heyday of the 1980s. Jhon Jairo Velasquez, known by his alias Popeye, was released early from the high security Combita prison in central Boyaca after completing about three-fifths of his sentence and receiving a reduction for studying and good behaviour. He left the prison heavily guarded by state-provided protection.
Iceland Volcano Struck By Biggest Earthquake Yet, Still No Eruption
Iceland's Meteorological Office said on Tuesday, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight, the biggest since tremors began 10 days ago, but there is still no sign of an eruption. Intense seismic activity at Iceland's largest volcano system has raised worries that an eruption could cause another ash cloud like that from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 that shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days.
Putin And Poroshenko Meet For Bilateral Talks
The presidents of Russia and Ukraine are meeting for their first bilateral talks at a much-anticipated summit in Minsk, which many voiced hopes may help bring an end to fighting between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine. Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met late on Tuesday in the Belarussian capital, the first such meeting between the countries' heads of state since Ukraine's pro-Russian ex-president was ousted from power in February.
Islamic State Expands: Up To 100,000 People Have Joined, Experts Say
According to Iraqi security sources, the Islamic State, the radical group which has cut a bloody path through Syria and Iraq in recent months, slaying civilians and security forces, and executing the American journalist James Foley on camera, has even more followers than previously believed.
Google Buys Video-processing Service Provider Zync Render
Google Inc said it bought Zync Render, the visual effects cloud-rendering technology company behind "Star Trek Into Darkness". Google product manager Belwadi Srikanth wrote in a blog, announcing the deal, "Together Zync and Cloud Platform will offer studios the rendering performance and capacity they need, while helping them manage costs." He added,"For example, with per-minute billing, studios aren't trapped into paying for unused capacity when their rendering needs don't fit in perfect hour increments."
Wife Of Imprisoned Aide To Egypt's Mursi Brings Case To U.N.
The Canadian wife of an ex-aide to Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, whose husband has been detained more than 400 days in solitary confinement, says she has brought a case to the United Nations this week, seeking support for his release. Khaled al-Qazzaz, secretary to Mursi on foreign affairs, was arrested in July 2013 along with the elected president and eight other senior aides when Mursi was overthrown by the army. His wife, Sarah Attia, says his case is symptomatic of a broader malaise in Egyptian society.
Miley Cyrus' Date To The VMAs Has An Incredible Background!
Wow, this story gets more inspirational by the minute! At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Miley Cyrus brought attention to the plight of homeless youth when she allowed a former homeless teen, Jesse Helt , to accept her award for Video of the Year. While we heard a snippet of Jesse's story in the acceptance speech, the fleshed out details of his experience as a homeless teen in Los Angeles is absolutely incredible. Jesse's mom, Linda Helt , revealed: Jesse wanted to be in Los Angeles and he had opportunities and he took them, but you know, he's had his ups and downs like anybody else. He didn't wanna give up and run on home to mommy." Talk about persistence! Jesse really went to extreme lengths to achieve his dreams! While Jesse spent some time at the homeless shelter, A Friend's Place, there were times when his situation turned especially drastic. Linda confessed: "One time he called me and said, 'Mom, I'm living in a bush!'"
Man United Signs Angel Di Maria For $99 Million
Manchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds on Tuesday, extending a summer spending spree that was sparked by its most disappointing season in a generation. Di Maria was one of Madrid's key players last season when the Spanish team became European champion for a 10th time, but rejected the offer of a new contract during the offseason and asked to leave. Di Maria said "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for."