When is Eid al-Fitr this year?

Al Jazeera

The first day of Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall on Friday, June 15, in most Islamic countries, according to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC), including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar. The official announcement depends on the moon sighting, if the new moon can be seen on June 14, then Ramadan will end on Thursday and Friday will be the first day of Eid. The International Astronomical Center expects the crescent moon to be visible from all Islamic countries with the naked eye or through a telescope on the night of June 14. Official Eid announcements are usually made within two hours from sunset because when the moon is new, it rises and sets with the sun (or within an hour). According to the IAC this year, the crescent is expected to rise 49 minutes after sunset in Rabat, 46 minutes after sunset in Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tripoli and Algeria, 45 minutes in Djibouti and Tunisia, 44 minutes in Sanaa, 43 minutes in Cairo, 42 minutes in Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem, 41 minutes in Beirut, Doha, Damascus, Manama and Abu Dhabi, and 40 minutes in Baghdad, Kuwait and Muscat.


Kevin Spacey's 'American Beauty' co-star Mena Suvari calls sexual misconduct accusations 'shocking'

FOX News

A sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey is being reviewed by The Los Angeles County District Attorney. This comes six months after Spacey was accused of making a sexual advance on actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was only 14 years old. The recent sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey were "shocking" and "heart-wrenching," Mena Suvari, Spacey's "American Beauty" co-star, said on Tuesday. "I think with everything that I've been seeing that everyone's been going through, it's shocking," Suvari said in an interview with Megyn Kelly. "It's important to focus on the conversation that's happening and the healing, the victims -- the right thing that's to come out of this," Suvari went on to say.


AI Standards Development

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The upcoming meeting of the Joint Technical Committee of International Standards Organisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Japan will provide the forum for the further development of international AI Standards. SC42 consists of 28 Participating countries and 13 Observing countries from all over the world. Participating countries include Ireland representatives nominated by National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and Australia (SA), Austria (ASI), Belgium (NBN), Benin (ANM), Canada (SCC), China (SAC), Denmark (DS), Finland (SFS), France (AFNOR), Italy (UNI), Japan (JISC), Korea, Republic of (KATS), Luxembourg (ILNAS), Malta (MCCAA), Netherlands (NEN), Norway (SN), Russian Federation (GOST R), Singapore, (SSC), Spain (UNE), Sweden (SIS), Switzerland (SNV), Uganda (UNBS), United Kingdom (BSI) and United States (ANSI). Standardisation has been a driving factor in the creation of the European Unions Digital Single Market. European standards help to eliminate technical barriers to trade contributed to the implementation of European legislation and the development of sustainable industrial policy.


Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive

Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she?


Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive

Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she?