• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps

    Interactive See how the area IS controls changed in 2016 December 2016 January 2016 The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has lost almost a quarter of the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria over the past year, according to the latest analysis. IS militants were in control of about 60,400 sq km (23,300 sq miles) in December 2016, compared with about 78,000 square km (30,100 sq miles) in January, the report by IHS Conflict Monitor says. This compares to a loss of about 14% over 2015. IS came to the world's attention in June 2014, when it overran Iraq's second city of Mosul and then moved southwards towards the capital Baghdad, routing the Iraqi army and threatening to eradicate the country's

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  • Philippines’ Duterte says pointless discussing South China Sea woes at summit

    MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday it was pointless discussing Beijing’s contentious activities in the South China Sea at this week’s Southeast Asian summit, and no one dared to pressure China anyway. The no-nonsense former mayor scoffed at questions from reporters about whether China’s rapid reclamation of uninhabited reefs or enforcement of an international arbitration ruling last year would be brought up with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Saturday. “Who will dare pressure?” he said. “Who can pressure China? Us?“ Asked how ASEAN should deal with China, Duterte said dialogue was the only option. “The way we’re doing, talking — that’s

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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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  • Egypt Named Among World's 32 Most Powerful Economies From Now Until 2050 by PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Business Insider UK has named Egypt among the 32 most powerful economies by 2030, citing a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report titled ‘The Long View: How Will the Global Economic Order Change by 2050?’ The predictions are based on these countries’ projected GDP by purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2030. China leads the pack with a projected GDP by PPP of $38 trillion, with the US coming as a distant second at $23 trillion, and Egypt ranks 19th with a projected GDP by PPP of $2 trillion.According to the PwC report, Egypt’s economy will grow at an average rate of 5% between 2016 and 2020. The country’s GDP by PPP is projected to reach $4.3 trillion, and its population is estimated to grow to 151.1

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  • Nuclear submarine Audacious rolled out from Barrow shipyard

    The Royal Navy's newest nuclear submarine has been rolled out of its dockyard in west Cumbria. The 7,400-tonne Audacious, which is capable of firing Tomahawk missiles, was built at BAE System's site in Barrow at a cost of about £1.4bn. The 320ft (97m) long Astute-class vessel will now undergo preliminary tests ahead of sea trials next year. Three other Astute-class submarines are at different stages of construction at the Barrow yard. The submarine, which will be one of a fleet of seven, is also armed with Spearfish torpedoes, fitted with the latest sonar capability and powered by a nuclear reactor. The Astute-class are the largest and most advanced attack submarines operated by the Royal Navy.

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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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