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    Amal Clooney among the gang at Meghan Markle's baby shower

    Photo: Reuters The not-so-secret baby shower for the Duchess of Sussex has apparently occurred, with Gayle King and Amal Clooney among an intimate group of friends gathered at a swanky hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Amal Clooney The smiling Meghan Markle has been surrounded by fans and photographers since news of her whirlwind trip to the city surfaced Monday. She has been spotted at several locations, including The Mark Hotel, the Met Breuer museum and Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar, with decor that celebrates one of Prince Harry's favorite sports. Jessica Mulroney The 37-year-old duchess is due in late April. Abigail Spencer, a co-star on Meghan's former TV show "Suits," was among old friends

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    Pakistan's Imran Khan approves military response if India attacks

    The Pakistani government has authorised its military to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighbouring India, as tensions soar between the nuclear-armed rivals. India has vowed a "jaw-breaking response" to a suicide bombing in the disputed Kashmir region last week that killed 42 Indian soldiers - the worst such attack since the start of an armed rebellion in 1989. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the order in a government statement released after a meeting of his National Security Committee on Thursday. It said Pakistan was "not involved in any way, means or form" in the attack which it said was "conceived, planned and executed indigenously".

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    Zarif decries 'US hypocrisy' over planned nuclear sale to Saudis

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the US of hypocracy for allegedly attempting to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia while Washington tries to wreck Iran's nuclear programme.   Zarif's comment on Twitter on Wednesday came after reports the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to bypass US Congress to advance the sale of nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia. "Day by day it becomes clearer to the world what was always clear to us: neither human rights nor a nuclear program have been the real concern of the US," Zarif wrote. "First a dismembered journalist; now illicit sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia fully expose #USHypocrisy," Zarif added, referring

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    Sheikh Hamdan receives first Emiratis astronauts

    Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received today at his office in Emirates Towers in Dubai, the two Emiratis astronauts Hazza Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi.   The two astronauts were selected among 4,022 applicants for the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre's (MBRSC) UAE Astronaut Programme, which was launched in 2017 by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,to participate in global space exploration

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    Abdullah bin Zayed inspects site progress at Expo 2020 Dubai as it prepares to extend a 'Hayyakum' welcome to the world

    H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, visited Expo 2020 Dubai on Thursday, and expressed satisfaction at its degree of readiness ahead of the opening in October next year. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed was welcomed by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo Dubai 2020 Higher Committee; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau Director-General and members of the Higher Committee; Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Media Council;Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority;Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri,Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation; and Eng.

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    After catsuit controversy, women's tennis 'modernises' dress code

    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) says it has "modernised" its dress code with the rollout of a new rule, allowing leggings and mid-thigh length compression shorts to be worn without a skirt or dress during matches. Although there was no prior rule prohibiting a player from wearing leggings without a skirt, the WTA said it "approved language to make its position explicitly clear". "We wanted to be progressive and make sure that we were current with where fashion is going and competitive-wear may be going," WTA CEO Steve Simon said in an interview, explaining the changes. Top female players, who are often seen wearing leggings or three-quarter length tights during practise, have welcomed the change.

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    Iran holds naval war games in Strait of Hormuz amid US tensions

    The Iranian navy launched "large-scale" drills in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman in a show of its maritime force amid escalating tensions with the United States in the region. Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran's navy, said the manoeuvres began on Thursday and will run for a week. For the first time, the exercises will feature missiles launched from a submarine. Earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the "state-of-the-art" and domestically produced submarine, Fateh (Conqueror), which the military said is capable of firing cruise missiles. The Fateh is equipped with torpedoes and a precision-firing system, and is able to stay underwater for up to