• Newspaper review: Baby Melania, RHI and a last lap for tragic rider

    There's a tragic theme in the Belfast Telegraph and News Letter front pages. Italian Dario Cecconi, 38, died following a crash in the last lap of the senior support race at the Tandragee 100 on Saturday. The papers show his coffin being escorted in a "lap of honour" of the circuit. His girlfriend Francesca and brother Luca were in attendance. His brother described the show of respect as "amazing". The Irish News reports that there are renewed calls for Arlene Foster to step aside as the inquiry into the RHI scheme starts. On Thursday, Green Party leader Steven Agnew re-iterated his call for the DUP leader, who was enterprise minister when the scheme was launched in 2012, to step aside. "I hold

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  • US carrier group heads for Korean waters; China calls for restraint

    BEIJING/SEOUL: Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a telephone call about North Korea with US President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted exercises with a US aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters. Trump sent the carrier group for exercises in waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning, amid growing fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test in defiance of UN sanctions. Angered by the approach of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group, a defiant North Korea said on Monday the deployment was “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade.” “The US should not run amok and should consider carefully any

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  • Bodies of two Indians lying in mortuary for lack of funds

    JEDDAH — The situation of some expatriate workers employed in construction sector in the Kingdom has worsened as their iqamas (residence permits) and subsequently their medical insurance cover have expired. In some cases, financial woes of some of the expatriates are continuing to hound them even after their death. The mortal remains of two Indian workers belonging to a now defunct construction company have been lying in a mortuary in Riyadh for over months as their employers are not ready to bear the cost of repatriation and make the exit process by canceling their visas. Repatriation of a dead body by making exit papers and bearing the cost, is the responsibility of the employer. The deceased

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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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  • Vinod Khanna, India Bollywood actor, dies of cancer

    One of India's most well-known Bollywood actors Vinod Khanna has died aged 70, his hospital has confirmed. Khanna, also an active politician, had been suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital earlier this month as his illness became more serious. He acted in more than 100 Bollywood films and was widely seen as a counterfoil to the "angry young man" played by Amitabh Bachchan. He was elected to parliament four times and was once a junior foreign minister. Khanna began his career in 1968 and was a household name in India, particularly during the 1970s and eighties when he played the starring role in a number of Bollywood hits. Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Khanna who died after

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  • Four dresses and a drone - are weddings getting out of control?

    Three or four dress changes, a bevy of bridesmaids, photos taken by drone and its own #weddinghashtag. The modern wedding has begun to take on the look of a vulgar "arms race", a lifestyle magazine has warned. Country Life has urged people to rein it in a bit - saying weddings, and their constant cataloguing on visual social media, may put couples under pressure to spend big. They also place guests under duress to pay for the hen-do; the stag weekend; the day itself; a present or honeymoon contribution; and a new outfit. "The whole thing has got rather out of hand," editor Mark Hedges observes. Figures from the close of the 2016 wedding season put the average cost of the UK wedding at £27,000

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  • Kylie Jenner accepts invite to be California teenager's high school prom date

    Kylie Jenner has surprised teenagers at a high school in California by turning up at their prom. The reality star was invited by student Albert Ochoa after his date turned him down. Videos posted on social media show the 19-year-old walking through crowds of people at Rio Americano High School on Saturday night. Kylie snapchatted a photo of herself in a prom dress with friend Jordyn Woods. "TELL ME WHY MY BROTHER TOOK KYLIE JENNER TO PROM 2NIGHT !!!!!!!", she wrote on Twitter. Albert retweeted videos showing him entering the prom with Kylie. Kylie attended high school until the end of ninth grade before being home schooled, and missed out on her own high school prom. She has previously talked

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  • Saudi king swears-in new Saudi government officials after reshuffle

    Newly-appointed Saudi government officials were sworn-in before King Salman at Al-Yamamah palace in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday. Saudi princes and ministers recently appointed to new posts included Governor of Baha region Prince Dr. Hossam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Hail region Prince Abdulaziz bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Northern Borders region Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Asir region Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Governor of Madinah region Prince Saud bin Khalid bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz.

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  • How to make everyone hate you on email

    Stop before you copy your boss into that email. It's not going to make you look good - it's going to make everyone else in the office distrust you. That's the finding of research into the pernicious "cc effect", carried out by a professor of management studies at Cambridge University's Judge Business School. David De Cremer has looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email traffic. When people keep copying in a manager, it doesn't create "transparency", says Prof De Cremer, but feeds a "culture of fear". But what about the other unspoken evils of office email clogging up your inbox? "I am here, really": This is where email is used to tell colleagues near and far that you're actually at

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  • Pakistan separatists threaten new 'Silk Road'

    China's latest multibillion-dollar transport project spanning across Central Asia is being dubbed the "New Silk Road". But it comes with its challenges, including separatist fighters in the Pakistani region of Balochistan. Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from Gwadar, Balochistan.

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  • It is time to stand up for Christians in the Middle East

    Christians are an endangered species in the Middle East, endangered not only by the threat of violent extremism that targets them but also their feeling that they must flee to survive. Every day during this year’s Easter season, I listened to commentators on the right and the left talk about the fast-disappearing Middle East Christians not in terms of saving them but in terms of who is to blame. Middle East Christians are a statistic in a political debate that crosses the political divide and the religious divide between Jews and Muslims. Yet no one is really doing anything to protect them from extinction. I am so tired of listening to Israelis claim that Israel does more to protect Middle East

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  • Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Syria, Iraq's Sinjar

    ISTANBUL: Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Sinjar region and in northeastern Syria yesterday, killing at least 20 in a widening campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The air strikes in Syria targeted the YPG – a key component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are backed by the United States and have been closing in on the Islamic State bastion of Raqqa. The Turkish raids showed the challenges facing US-led attempts to defeat Islamic State in Syria and risks increasing tension between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over Kurdish combatants who have been crucial in driving back the jihadists. A US military officer accompanied

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  • India's politics of meat

    The food police have struck in Lucknow, the capital of India's Uttar Pradesh, cracking down not only on the illegal sale of beef but also the perfectly legal sale of buffalo meat. In sympathy, the chicken and goat-sellers in the city have mutinously downed their shutters. As a result, vegetable prices have sky-rocketed, but the state's newly elected chief minister Yogi Adityanath, an avowed bachelor who has devoted his life to the worship of god but has no qualms about dabbling in politics, remains unmoved. These days in BJP-ruled India, what you eat is who you have voted for. The food on your plate is directly linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to not only strictly

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  • Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

    A Chinese entrepreneur is promoting edible insects and online farmers' markets in a campaign to improve eating habits in the country. Matilda Ho spoke at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference about the need to spread the message about healthy eating. She is backing a range of start-ups, including one that offers protein made from silkworms. China has a growing problem with obesity and diabetes. "China has 20% of the world's population but only 7% of land is arable," Ms Ho told the BBC. "One in four diabetics is now Chinese and one in five obese people." Ms Ho began tackling the issue with an online farmers' market which now supplies 240 types of new produce from 57 farmers.

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  • Dubai ruler visits Saudi pavilion

    UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum visits Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at the Arabian Travel Market 2017 in Dubai. Saudi officials received Sheikh Mohammed who toured various facilities of the pavilion. – SPA

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  • Critics blast US shipment of fighter jets to Israel

    Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States at the weekend - a new generation of "near-invisible" planes that critics fear will free the country's hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected. In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s from manufacturer Lockheed Martin, and claims it will have the first squadron combat-ready before the end of the year.  Israel is the first country outside the US to be allowed access to the warplane, said to be the most expensive ever developed.  The F-35's main selling point is its advanced stealth capabilities, reportedly allowing it to evade even the most sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems.

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  • Adele confirms she is married to Simon Konecki

    Adele has finally confirmed she has married Simon Konecki, after months of media speculation. The singer was on stage in Brisbane, Australia, talking about her track Someone Like You, when she said, "I'm married now". There had been rumours the pair had wed and Adele had also referred to him as her husband at the Grammy awards. Adele and Simon have one child together, a four-year-old son named Angelo. Video of Adele talking about being married has been shared on social media. She was describing the moment she had played Someone Like You to close friends and family, when she referred to being married. "I could see in their eyes as they were listening to it on their headphones that it reminded

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  • When Adolf Hitler confidante Unity Mitford came to stay

    As one of the high-society sisters who enthralled and scandalised 20th Century England, Unity Mitford's return home from Germany in January 1940 caused an outcry. Fresh from an ill-fated dalliance with Adolf Hitler and with a bullet lodged in her brain, Unity had the government, MI5 and the nation's gossip columnists hot on her heels. So how did she end up living with a family in a quiet Warwickshire vicarage? The first memory Margaret Laidlaw has of Unity Mitford is of her standing under a chestnut tree in Leamington Spa with Margaret's mother. Margaret, who was eight years old, remembers the most notorious of the Mitford sisters looked like nobody she had ever seen before. "She was very tall

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  • 'I was forced to carry my baby, knowing she would die'

    Ashleigh Topley was four-and-a-half months pregnant when she found out her baby wouldn't survive outside the womb. "At that point, my whole world came crashing down," she tells Newsbeat. At her scan, on Valentine's Day 2013, a consultant was called in and delivered the bad news: the baby's limbs weren't growing properly and it was going to die. But because Ashleigh, then 27, lives in Northern Ireland, she was told there was nothing to be done. In the rest of the UK, women whose babies have what doctors call a "foetal abnormality" have the option of a termination. The condition is defined by NI's government as: "where death will occur before or during birth or, if a live birth should occur, there

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  • A remote Scottish island with a population of around 60 is looking for a new nurse

    Fair Isle is a popular spot for bird watchers, with around 10,000 puffins, and is home to more than 1,000 sheep. But with long, hard winters and months of darkness, the job definitely will not be for everyone. "We are looking for an enthusiastic... practitioner with a degree of flexibility to work on the non-doctor island of Fair Isle," the advert says. The island has no power at night, no flights into the airport until the snow clears, and ferry crossings are often cancelled for weeks on end because of rough seas. There is no pub and one small shop. David Attenborough filmed a documentary on Fair Isle in 1964 and it also featured in a BBC Scotland documentary in November. Two years ago, it was

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