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Thursday, March 8th, 2018


THE SHAPE OF WATER sweeps over 90th Oscars

Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy romance “The Shape of Water”, about a mute cleaning woman falling in love with a sea creature, backed up its 13 nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, taking back four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the politically-charged ceremony in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements along with support for immigrants and minorities at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, where Frances McDormand’s portrayal of a revenge-stricken mother of a murdered rape victim in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won her Best Actress and Gary Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill for “Darkest Hour” earned him Best Actor.


Moon to get 4G network by 2019

The moon will get its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth, part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission. Vodafone Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi said on March 6 they were working together to support the mission, 50 years after the first Nasa astronauts walked on the moon. Vodafone said it had appointed Nokia as its technology partner to develop a space-grade network which would be a small piece of hardware weighing less than a bag of sugar.


New setback for Israel’s Netanyahu

An ex-aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a state witness deal in a corruption probe linked to his former boss, Israeli media reported on March 5, dealing a new setback to the premier. News of the agreement broke ahead of Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House later the same day. The widely reported agreement between Israeli authorities and Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for the Netanyahu family, comes as corruption investigations into the prime minister intensify. Israeli police provided no details on the reported agreement. Hefetz would be the third Netanyahu associate to sign a state witness deal in recent months.



Aid convoy enters Syria enclave

A UN convoy entered Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on March 5 to deliver much-needed aid as regime forces seized more ground in a fierce offensive to retake the battered rebel enclave. The United Nations said 46 trucks had entered Eastern Ghouta and were headed for the main town of Douma, in the first aid delivery since the start of the regime assault last month. The aid arrived after fresh air strikes hit Eastern Ghouta and regime troops were reported to have retaken a third of the enclave in a rapidly advancing offensive. More than two weeks of air strikes, artillery and rocket fire have left more than 700 civilians dead and three quarters of housing damaged in the enclave.

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