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Leading man Omar Sharif dies in Cairo at 83

International film star Omar Sharif, a darkly handsome leading man whose roles includes a myriad of ethnic portrayals from different continents, died today in Cairo. Born Michael Demetri Shalhoub on 10 April 10 1932, into a well-to-do family in Alexandria, Egypt, he graduated from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics and worked for several years for the lumber company his father ran before moving to capitalize on his good looks by turning to film acting at home in the 1950s.

Amid Push for Data "Back-Door," Colossal U.S. Government Breech Revealed

Concurrent with its ongoing efforts to convince major technology concerns to provide "back door" access to the United States government for snooping by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other agencies, the U.S. government has admitted that personnel files for over 20 million Americans had been compromised by the government's inability to secure even their own data. Post-Snowden and in the face of such continuous debacles in-house, can the U.S. government seriously question why there is a lack of confidence on the part of industry with regard to their own dismal track record?

Ireland becomes first nation to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote

In a stunning outcome that drew more than a 60 percent voter turnout on Friday, the people of the Republic of Ireland approved same-sex marriage by a substantial majority. In the process, Ireland became the first nation to approve marriage equality by popular vote. Yet more surprising in the aftermath than the 62% in favor versus the 38% opposed, was that an expected split along generational lines failed to materialize. Instead, the yes vote drew support across age and gender, geography and income, with only one district out of 43 voting the ballot down.

Alec Baldwin’s tweet of pique toward Living Wage Rally draws response

Could out-of-touch actor Alec Baldwin’s tweet of pique become the "let them eat cake" of the living wage revolution? Like Marie Antoinette playing milkmaid, Baldwin became one with the men who make a living driving horse carriages in Central Park, but then given the entire park to transverse, they don't block the one-percenters' above-ground travel to fancy lunches at 5-star restaurants.

Jin Youzhi, sibling of China's Last Emperor, dies in Beijing at 96

Jin Youzhi, a retired primary school teacher and half-brother of Henry Pu Yi, China's last emperor, died on Friday in Beijing. Also born in Beijing, six years after Pu Yi's abdication in 1918, Mr. Jin was 96 years old. He had lived a simple life as an educator, raising five children with his first wife Jin Yuting, the daughter of an imperial official. His three sons and two daughters survive him.