• William and Catherine to move back to London

    Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are to move their family back to the British capital this year as they look to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen, Kensington Palace said Friday. Since 2014, the pair have used Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace in London -- which underwent a $7.6 million overhaul in 2014 -- as their official residence while undertaking royal duties. The palace statement said that the pair will increasingly base their family in the city as they continue to undertake more official engagements in addition to increasing their charity work. Prince George, three, will start the new school year in London this September while one-year-old Princess Charlotte will attend nursery and eventually school in the capital in the coming years.

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  • 40 nationalities involved in terror activities in Saudi

    Nationals from 40 countries have been involved in terror and security cases Saudi Arabia witnessed during the past few years. A statement issued by the Interior Ministry through its Tawasul (communications) portal said that 5,085 suspects are in detention in five intelligence prisons in the Kingdom. Some of these suspects are serving their prison terms upheld by the Specialized Criminal Court of Appeals, some are under trial, while others are under interrogation by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP). The statement said that there are 4,254 Saudis detained in intelligence prisons constituting the largest number of suspects.

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  • Iran bids farewell to Obama with insults

    It is the story of the frog that carried the scorpion on its back to cross the water to the other bank. As soon as it arrived, the scorpion stung it. The frog denounced it, prompting the scorpion to say it would not be a scorpion if it did not sting it.At the end of last week, the USS Mahan came under the risk of confrontation seven times with Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in international waters in the Gulf, forcing it to fire warning shots to ward them off. Meanwhile, celebrations in Tehran have been held for what they call humiliating American sailors a year ago. All this embarrassment occurred for President Barack Obama as he is about to end his eight-year term in the White House. He

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  • Tehran building collapses after blaze, dozens trapped

    (CNN)Dozens of firefighters are injured and more are feared trapped after a multi-story commercial building in Iran's capital, Tehran, collapsed following a fire, Iranian state media reported Thursday. A spokesman for Tehran's medical emergencies department said that nearly 40 people, including firefighters, had been injured, according to Iran's state-run Fars news agency. Press TV reported that more than two dozen firefighters were injured trying to put out the blaze, which raged through the upper stories for hours, and that some were trapped inside the building.

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  • Saudi emergency after mass food poisoning

    RIYADH: Saudi authorities blamed a smalltown restaurant for a food poisoning outbreak that struck at least 150 people and sparked a declaration of a health emergency, media said yesterday. The incident occurred in Turabah, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Taif in the kingdom’s southwest. The official Saudi Press Agency said 150 people suffered food poisoning “because of eating meals” at the restaurant. The online newspaper Sabq, which is close to authorities, said 175 people fell ill after eating shawarma sandwiches, a Middle Eastern staple. Makkah region governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal ordered an investigation, “with the maximum penalties for the perpetrators of the poisoning incident,”

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  • Tehran fire causes building collapse on TV

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  • Cobra fang club: The rising popularity of Kenyan snake farms

    When Makau Kioko crouches down to grab an Egyptian cobra the visiting audience always watches on with trepidation. If the 53-year-old gets his timing wrong - and he is playing with split seconds - he is going to get bitten by one of Africa's most venomous snakes. Mr Kioko wears protective gloves for his regular daredevil display, but if the cobra bites him anywhere else he could be dead within 15 minutes. The venom causes respiratory failure, which can lead to paralysis and death. It is so toxic that it can even kill elephants. Thankfully for Mr Kioko, the owner of the snake farm and visitor attraction Kioko Snake Ventures, in Kitui, eastern Kenya, he says he "always makes sure he wins" his cobra

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  • CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

    About 13 million pages of declassified documents from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been released online. The records include UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate programme, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists. The move came after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA. The full archive is made up of almost 800,000 files. They had previously only been accessible at the National Archives in Maryland. The trove includes the papers of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as well as several hundred thousand pages of intelligence analysis

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  • Trump's new world disorder

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is emerging as Trump's most vocal defender, despite allegations of Moscow having cyber hacked in the US election. In the Arab world, US allies are mustering to head off the firestorm they fear if Trump honors his campaign vow to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And in the Western Hemisphere, another traditional American friend, Mexico, is insisting it won't pay for the wall Trump has pledged to build on the Southern border. Even Canada is bracing for tense ties with its neighbor since the President-elect has promised to renegotiate NAFTA. It all means that the 45th president will take office with foreign allies and adversaries alike puzzled

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  • Cabbage attack The Sun after being tipped for success

    Manchester band Cabbage have attacked The Sun, after the newspaper tipped them for success in 2017. The five piece were among seven acts the paper championed as "the next big thing". But the boys dismissed the tag, calling the paper "odious" and "backward". In a tweet they told fans: "Don't buy The Sun. Don't even walk past it without burning it, or spitting on it. They try to tell you what to think." The band, who are also on the BBC's Sound of 2017 longlist, continued: "They pay no attention to what is real. "They exploit every single one of you and affect the way you think. "Everyone has a member of their family or a friend affected by this awful repeated propaganda. It's a crime." The lads

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  • Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbye

    Washington (CNN)Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday. On Wednesday evening, Obama posted an image showing her embracing President Barack Obama. Last Wednesday, January 11, the first lady appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" and spoke of her last days in the White House.

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  • Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random

    The man suspected of killing 39 people in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve said the venue was chosen at random, local media report. Abdulgadir Masharipov said so-called Islamic State (IS) initially told him to attack an area in Taksim Square. He was forced to change his target because of heavy security in the area, according to the Hurriyet newspaper. The Uzbek national was captured by Turkish police on Monday. Abdulgadir Masharipov said his instructions came from Raqqa, IS's stronghold in Syria, Hurriyet reports. "I came to Taksim on New Year's Eve but the security measures were intense. It wasn't possible to carry out the attack," he was quoted as saying. "I was

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  • Q&A: Iranian chess player Sara Khadem

    Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, better known as Sara Khadem, is a 19-year-old chess player from Iran who holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. Like most other chess players, Khadem took up chess at an early age. She was eight when she first touched a chess board. Four years later, she was a world champion, winning the under-12 world championships. Women in Iran are traditionally banned from attending many sporting events. On the streets, women need to cover their heads. On the playing field, it is the same. Questions were asked when Tehran was named host of the 2017 women's world championships. Nazí Paikidze, US women's champion, called for a boycott of the games. But Khadem

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  • North Korea: Images show 'Stepped-up activities' at nuclear site

    (CNN)Satellite imagery shows increased activity at a major North Korean nuclear site, according to a new report. US-based monitoring project 38 North said evidence suggested Pyongyang may be preparing to resume operations at a plutonium production reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of the capital. "Stepped-up activities throughout the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicate that it is operating at a level somewhat above what has been observed during the past five years," the report said. Plutonium from the Yongbyon reactor is believed to have been used in North Korea's nuclear weapons tests, according to a US government report.

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  • 6 Egyptian Billionaires Land on Forbes List of Richest Africans

    Forbes has just released their 2017 list of Africa’s 50 richest people on the continent, and this year Egyptian billionaires have swept up six of the top positions. The Forbes list features Africa's 50 richest individuals; of those 50, 21 are billionaires and 6 of those billionaires are Egyptians. Representing the six Egyptian positions are the three Sawiris brothers, Nassef, Naguib, and Onsi, along with the three Mansour brothers, Mohamed, Yasseen and Youssef. Combined, the Sawiris’ current accumulated wealth amounts to $10.06 billion across construction, chemical, and telecom industries, while the Mansours hold $5.61 billion across diversified industries. Equivalent to our listing is South

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  • Reports: George H.W. Bush hospitalized

    (CNN)Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized, according to the Houston Chronicle and Houston TV station KHOU. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill. Bush, who served a single-term as President from 1988 to 1992, was not expected to attend the inauguration of the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, in Washington on Friday due to health concerns. Bush revealed several years ago that he suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease that left him unable to walk.

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  • Kendall Jenner reveals struggle with anxiety but 'is learning to cope'

    Kendall Jenner says she's been struggling with anxiety issues over the last year but is learning to cope. Writing on her own website, the reality TV star and model says she's learnt some breathing exercises which help. "Anxiety was a huge hurdle for me to deal with this past year (and security concerns didn't help), but I think I'm finally learning how to cope. "I once had a really bad attack on a plane and just had to ride it out," she writes. "I felt my heart beating a million miles an hour and I even went a little numb." She says she's now getting better at relaxing while working and travelling. "[I've] learned that it's all mental, so I try to prevent anxiety attacks by bringing my mind somewhere

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  • Kate Moss has responded to fan mail... from 23 years ago

    Kate Moss must have got a lot of fan mail in her career and it seems that she's finally got round to opening letters from more than two decades ago. She posted a picture on Instagram of a letter from a fan called Fiona, sent in 1994. In it, Fiona asks two important questions of Kate Moss: How did she get into "modling", and was she really dating Johnny Depp? If so, she says, she would love Kate and Johnny's "altographs". Unfortunately, Moss was too busy modelling and dating Johnny Depp (it was indeed true, the pair got together that year) to reply to Fiona's note. But she's made amends now with an Instagram post showing the handwritten letter and saying that Fiona will be getting a signed Kate

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  • Tributes paid to Glasgow couple in Saudi crash

    Tributes have been paid to a Glasgow couple killed in a minibus accident in Saudi Arabia. A statement from Glasgow Central Mosque said Mohammad Aslam and Talat Aslam were on pilgrimage to Mecca. They were on their way to the city of Medina at the time of the crash. The mosque described the couple, who lived in Newlands in Glasgow, as popular members of the community. They are survived by their five children. The statement expressed confidence in the Saudi authorities investigating the crash. It added: "We pray Allah the Almighty grants the deceased a high rank in Paradise and gives their loved ones strength and patience at this difficult time. "We would kindly request the family be given space

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  • Teen stolen as baby still loves 'mother'

    That woman, police say, was Gloria Williams, 51, now held on charges of kidnapping and interfering with custody. She was extradited from South Carolina to Jacksonville this week and is awaiting trial with bail set at $500,000. Manigo's dismay has been apparent for days. Shortly after Williams' arrest last week, the teen wept and hugged her inside a jail in Walterboro, South Carolina, video shows. "I'll probably cry more than I have in the past," she told HLN. "I just couldn't take that she was in cuffs. She's not an animal... I don't think she deserves to be in cuffs." Manigo declined to answer questions about when she began to suspect something was amiss. But court documents reveal Manigo may

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