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Conservatives expect to take majority in Iranian Parliament

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Early returns from Iran's parliamentary election show conservative allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gaining a sizable majority, elections officials said Saturday. Iranian officials said that 42 seats of the 290-seat ...

Twitter suspends 70 pro-Mike Bloomberg accounts for violating rules

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Twitter has suspended 70 accounts belonging to paid Mike Bloomberg campaign workers for violating its platform rules. The former New York City mayor's presidential campaign developed a social media strategy to promote his online ...

Pope Francis clears two for sainthood

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has cleared two people for sainthood including an Indian layman Roman Catholics consider to be a martyr, and a religious institute founder and alleged miracle worker in Italy. The pope on Friday authorized the ...

BBC orders more ‘Take Off with Bradley and Holly’

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Doctor Who actor Bradley Walsh and Dancing on Ice presenter Holly Willoughby are set to return as hosts of another edition of the BBC competition series Take Off With Bradley and Holly. "Each week some lucky studio audience members ...

Ed Helms, Randall Park to host NBC’s ‘True Story’ comedy series

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Office alum Ed Helms and Fresh Off the Boat star Randall Park have signed on to host NBC's True Story comedy series. Helms will also executive produce the U.S. version of Australia's True Story with Hamish & Andy. A ...

South Sudan President Salva Kiir names Riek Machar as deputy in power-sharing agreement

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- South Sudan formed a unity government Saturday with the swearing in of rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, a potential step toward ending civil. President Salva Kiir selected Machar as his deputy six years after the two ...

‘Schitt’s Creek’ actress Annie Murphy to star in ‘Kevin’ comedy

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Schitt's Creek alum Annie Murphy has signed on to star in AMC's upcoming dark comedy series Kevin Can F*** Himself. A news release from the cable network said the show "probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up ...

Dr. Phil McGraw gets star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Television personality, psychologist, producer and author Dr. Phil McGraw was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has hosted the syndicated Dr. Phil program since 2002 and plans to continue doing so through at ...

‘It Was Like Magic’: Stunning Photos Of The Snow That Just Blanketed Iraq

"It felt as if something great was happening, and we stayed outside even though it was freezing. It was worth it." Mosul's ancient structures were left covered in snowflakes.Zaid Al-Obeidi/AFP via Getty Images An Iraqi boy poses in his ...

U.S., Taliban begin reduction in violence amid potential peace deal

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. forces and Taliban fighters began a near cease-fire Saturday as part of an agreement to reduce violence for a week to potentially secure a peace deal, a top U.S. military commander said. Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller made the ...

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