• Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast

    CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked Manchester Arena killing 22 people, have been been released by police. Fourteen locations are being searched and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. Abedi's identity was known within two hours of Monday's attack, police said. The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night. Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement after leading a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra on Saturday morning. Armed police continue to guard hundreds of events across the UK over the bank holiday weekend.

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  • Afghan star burns controversial dress

    An Afghan singer and television personality has publicly burned a skin-coloured dress after religious figures and members of the public criticised her for wearing it during a recent concert. Aryana Sayeed uploaded a video to her Facebook page, showing the contentious outfit going up in flames after it caused uproar in her native Afghanistan. The controversial tight dress, which she wore at a concert in Paris on 13 May, sparked condemnation from religious figures and on social media, with several people saying it was against Afghan culture and non-Islamic. She was certainly not pleased to be burning the dress, telling her more than 1.6m followers "If you think that the only problem in Afghanistan

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  • Iran arrests woman who sneaked into Azadi stadium dressed as a man

    A young woman dressed in men’s clothing was arrested by security forces in Tehran's Azadi Stadium during a football match between Esteghlal and Al-Ein teams. Access to football stadiums has been forbidden for women since the Islamic revolution in 1979, on the official basis that the ruling protects them from obscene behavior among male fans. Young women have been caught and arrested on numerous occasions before for attempting to enter the stadiums disguised in men's outfit. Women have been unable to purchase tickets to volleyball matches in Iran since 2012.

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  • What's behind the latest crisis in the Philippines?

    The Philippine government has declared martial law in the southern Mindanao region where its military has been battling fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). For millions of Filipinos the term "martial law" often conjures up the military rule of former leader Ferdinand Marcos. But President Rodrigo Duterte says it is necessary to end "contamination" by ISIL. The city of Marawi has been under siege by armed groups since a military raid on Tuesday. What is next for the government? Presenter: Richelle Carey Guest: Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla - spokesman for the Philippine military Richard Heydarian - professor of political science at De La

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  • The future of oil jobs in the Middle East

    The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 11 other oil-producing nations have extended oil production cuts until March 2018 in an attempt to drain the global oversupply of oil and prop up the price of crude. Saudi Arabia led the push to extend the curbs, but oil prices have risen less than OPEC countries have hoped for. And that's because oil at current prices is enough to bring US producers back into the market. What will OPEC's production cut extension mean for energy jobs in the region? Cian Brennan from the consultants Turner and Townsend looks at what changes are coming for the Middle East's oil industry. Also on this episode of Counting the Cost: Food trends: How is our

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  • What Bin Laden documents reveal about his relations with Qatar

    The US administration has decided to speak out about Qatar’s relations with terrorism in the Middle East as the White House’s new administration tries to calm the situation and control the growing terrorism on the international level. During his visit to the Middle East, US Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned Qatari officials about their country’s continued support to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic movements that are linked to extremist organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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  • Why India wants Justin Bieber to say Sorry

    Justin Bieber's first ever concert in India was one of the most-hyped of the year - and not just for Beliebers. But many of the 56,000 people who crammed into Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium for the Purpose tour were seriously disappointed. The Canadian popstar didn't even try to hide his lip synching, even wiping his mouth with a towel mid-song. His casual shorts and T-shirt also went down badly among some, who had expected him to make more of an effort. Fans spent between Rs 5,000 (£60) to Rs 75,000 (£906) on tickets and were seriously excited about seeing the 23-year-old live for the first time. Despite being home to 1.3 billion people, India isn't on most global megastars' list of countries to

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  • Indian woman forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint returns home

     National rallying cry against arch-rival Pakistan NEW DELHI: An Indian woman who said she was forced to marry a Pakistani at gunpoint returned to India yesterday after a court ordered her release. Uzma Ahmad was reunited with her family at the Wagah border crossing near Amritsar in northern Punjab state before heading to New Delhi where she called on Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. The case became a national rallying cry against arch-rival Pakistan with Swaraj calling Ahmad “India’s daughter” and leaving no stone unturned for her release. “I want to thank the foreign ministry and the home ministry of Pakistan. If Uzma is with us today, they have a role too,” Swaraj told reporters in Delhi in

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  • Riyadh public transport project on track

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh —  A workforce from 20 international companies from 11 countries is working around the clock to complete the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh next year as planned. It consists of a modern train system network supported by a multiple feeder bus service to ease traffic congestion in the capital city which witnesses more than 8 million trips daily done by more than 6 million commuters. The Riyadh metro network is the backbone of the city’s public transport system and consists of six main lines with a length of 176 km covering most densely populated areas, government facilities, and commercial, educational and health activities. It is also connected

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  • Manchester attack: Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry confirmed dead

    A teenage couple killed in the Manchester Arena explosion "adored each other", their families have said. "Inseparable" Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields were among 22 victims killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack. The pair were described as "perfect in every way for each other" by their relatives in a joint family tribute released through police. "They wanted to be together forever and now they are", it added. The statement, posted on Facebook, said the couple "lived to go to new places together and explore different cities". Chloe described herself as "ditzy", her family said, while Liam "would do anything for [her], including dealing with Chloe's demands for chocolate".

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  • Spicer's absence in papal visit reveals Trump's family-first rule

    Not seen was one of Trump's most visible hands: Sean Spicer, the embattled press secretary and Catholic who was eagerly anticipating the meeting with Pope Francis. Instead, standing alongside the President as he met the Pope inside the Sala del Tronetto here were his wife, Melania, dramatically veiled in lace. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster -- Trump's highest-ranking foreign policy aides -- stood flanking Francis.

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  • Chinese jets conduct unsafe maneuver near US aircraft

    A US official told CNN that one Chinese fighter flew about 200 yards in front a US P-3 spy plane and began conducting multiple turns. The maneuvers were deemed unsafe because they restricted the ability of the Navy plane to fly, the official said.

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  • Pakistan’s new coal project to provide power for 200 years

    A new coal mining project in the Thar desert is expected to provide enough power to last 200 years. It's also bringing jobs and opportunities to a community which has faced drought and famine. But many people have concerns about being uprooted from their ancestral land. Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reports from Tharparkar, Sindh.

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  • Pepsi and Nivea: Whose fault is it when ad campaigns go wrong?

    Marketing teams at some of the world's biggest brands haven't had the best of weeks. Pepsi faced criticism after being accused of appropriating Black Lives Matter with its Kendall Jenner ad. Nivea was also in trouble after using the slogan "white is purity" to advertise deodorant in the Middle East. We asked Lillian Sor, an executive at UK advertising agency Grey London, to explain how big marketing campaigns like these get made. Her clients include some of the country's biggest food and drink brands, along with high street shops. "We get commissioned to work by marketing directors at big brands," she explains. "They come to us with a business problem and we find a creative way to solve it."

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  • Three years of Narendra Modi government

    In May 2014, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power under the leadership of Narendra Modi, with the promise of development for all. Modi promised employment to millions of youth who join the job market every year, and to end corruption. In the past three years, more jobs have been lost than created, while the rise of far-right Hindu nationalists poses a danger to the unity of this diverse nation of 1.3 billion people. Did Modi deliver on his promises? Al Jazeera takes a look at the progress made in certain key sectors. India spends a little under three percent of the GDP on education, according to the World Bank data. Although there are still about 300 million people illiterate,

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  • US real estate agent sentenced for seven killings

    Todd Kohlhepp, who was arrested after a woman was found "chained like a dog" on his property in South Carolina, has pleaded guilty to seven murders. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Kohlhepp admitted killing four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003, and a married couple on his property in 2015. In 2016 he was arrested for kidnapping a woman and killing her boyfriend. As part of his plea agreement, which allowed him to avoid facing the death penalty, he also received a 30-year sentence for criminal sexual conduct and a 30 years for kidnapping. Kohlhepp, 44, is a registered sex offender who had built a successful real

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  • India opens longest bridge on China border

    India has inaugurated a 9.15km (5.68-mile) bridge over the Lohit river, easily its longest ever, which connects the disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh with the north-eastern state of Assam. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own, and refers to it as "southern Tibet". Beijing recently strongly objected to India's decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit the state and has also protested against the development of military infrastructure there. But India has defended its right to do so. "With China getting more and more aggressive, it is time we strengthened our physical infrastructure to defend our territory," India's junior Home Minister Khiren Rijiju, a native of Arunachal

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  • Little Mix win best global act at Kids' Choice Awards

    Little Mix gave a shout out to their fans after their win at the Kids' Choice Awards (KCA). The British girl group won the favourite global music star award in Los Angeles. They performed their hit single Shout Out To My Ex and a version of their song Touch during the ceremony. Collecting their award, Perrie Edwards said: "You're the best fans in the world. We love you more than anything." Other winners of the night included Fifth Harmony, who picked up an award for favourite music group and Shawn Mendes, who won favourite male singer. Selena Gomez took home the award for favourite female singer. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards are famous for soaking celebrities in green slime - and this

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  • The women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

    The murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea's leader, is likely to go down as one of the most notorious in history. Two women are now facing trial in Malaysia accused of his murder. Nga Pham of BBC Vietnamese and Rebecca Henschke of BBC Indonesian piece together their story. The CCTV footage from the departure lounge of Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport is unforgettable. A middle-aged man is approached from behind by two women who execute the most peculiar of manoeuvres, apparently wiping his face with vigour. Authorities say that was the moment that VX nerve agent, a deadly substance banned by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction, was used to murder Kim Jong-nam.

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  • Zayn Malik defends Gigi Hadid after 'racist' Snapchat video

    Zayn Malik has defended his girlfriend Gigi Hadid in a single tweet after her sister Bella posted a Snapchat video of her. In it, Gigi holds up a Buddha-shaped cookie, squints her eyes and smiles. Bella has since deleted it after fans called the model racist against Asians. But it's still been widely shared online. Critics were keen to highlight Zayn's Asian heritage, prompting him to defend her. After being questioned by fans about the video, Zayn replied to one saying: "Trust me.. she likes asians ;)". Gigi Hadid was named international model of the year at the 2016 Fashion Awards last December. But this isn't the first time she's been criticised. She had to apologise after co-hosting the American

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