Dozens of prominent activists have been held for months in Saudi Arabia without charge — and the spotlight on the Kingdom’s human rights record is stronger than ever

Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has come under intense scrutiny in recent months.  Earlier this year, the country detained dozens of prominent women’s rights activists — most without access to communication and many who were never formally charged with a crime.  Award-winning campaigner Samar Badawi was arrested in August, which sparked a massive feud between […]

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Trailer: Chloe the Cat Gets the Spotlight

Illumination has released a new The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer, the second of what seems to be a series of trailers spotlighting each individual pet. This week: Chloe the cat. The Secret Life of Pets 2 Trailer Voiced by Lake Bell, Chloe is a particularly cantankerous cat who tries her darndest to wake up her […]

ING and Danske Bank are in the spotlight for their handling of dirty money

A LINGERIE trader, a building-materials supplier and two fruit-and-vegetable importers are all accused of laundering hundreds of millions of euros through their accounts with ING, a big Dutch bank, between 2010 and 2015. Its accounts were also used by a telecoms company, VimpelCom (now VEON), to pay $ 55m in bribes in order to operate […]

Mature, battle-tested Barrett ready for spotlight of Duke basketball

MISSISSAUGA, Ont., — Canadian basketball phenom R.J. Barrett has seemingly always played at a level ahead of most guys his age. As a 17-year-old, the six-foot-seven swingman won tournament MVP honours en route to Canadian gold at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in July 2017. And this past June, the 18-year-old fit right in during […]

Google’s latest VR Spotlight story watches you

Google’s latest interactive Spotlight Story has an unusual twist… namely, it’s watching you. The Piggy VR experience uses six-degrees-of-freedom movement tracking to have a pig respond to your gaze as its namesake character is tempted by a cake. Stare at Piggy and the porcine protagonist will look back with annoyance, guilt or surprise while trying […]

The Royal wedding has Windsor properties under the spotlight – how is it for locals?

It’s not just any prince who is getting married – it’s their neighbour’s grandson. “Everybody knows that as far as the Queen is concerned the castle is home; she’s a neighbour to everybody and there’s a lot of warmth towards her,” says Chris Littler, branch manager of Windsor’s The Frost Partnership estate agents. The Queen’s […]

Winnipeg's Joe Morrow thrust into spotlight after Game 1 heroics

Funny how things work out sometimes in the sporting world. With all the young stars and proven veterans in the Winnipeg Jets lineup, it was unheralded defenceman Joe Morrow who delivered the franchise’s first playoff victory in its history with a late game-winning goal in the Jets’ 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their first-round […]