Canadian singer Gord Downie dies of brain cancer-statement

Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie takes part in an honoring ceremony at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on December 6, 2016. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 18 October 2017
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Canadian singer Gord Downie dies of brain cancer-statement

TORONTO: Gord Downie, the lead singer of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, has died, according to a statement issued by his family.
Downie, 53, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December 2015, died on Tuesday night surrounded by his children and family, the statement added.
Downie is considered one of Canada’s greatest songwriters and was the frontman of the rock band beloved for songs about culture, small towns and hockey.
Downie was known for his frenetic stage presence and telling long stories in the middle of songs. Formed in the 1980s with roots in blues and rock, the Tragically Hip found radio popularity on both classic and alternative rock stations.


Oman’s Religious Affairs Ministry says second wife rule claim was ‘fake news’

Updated 18 July 2018
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Oman’s Religious Affairs Ministry says second wife rule claim was ‘fake news’

DUBAI: Oman’s Religious Affairs Ministry said reports of a decision allegedly forcing local men to wed multiple wives to boost the population were “fake news,” local daily Times of Oman reported.
False claims spread on social media in a post that read, “Due to the lack of population growth, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs decided [that] every man must marry at least two women and the state will support them monetarily,” the report added.
“A woman who tries to prevent her husband [from getting married again will face] a penalty set by the ‘Department of Women Preaching and Guidance’ in the Ministry,” it added.
But the Religious Affairs Ministry dispelled the rumors, and issued a statement which stated: “Referring to the rumor that is being circulated, the Ministry would like to point out that this decision has not been issued by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs and that they will take legal action against [the person who started] rumor.”