• DJ's assisted suicide stirs up Italy euthanasia debate

    Much loved Italian disc jockey, DJ Fabo, passed away on Monday after choosing assisted dying in Switzerland. He saw it as the only option after becoming severely disabled after a road accident. His death at a clinic in Zurich has reignited the debate in Italy about laws on assisted dying, with moving tributes on front pages and in social media. DJ Fabo - Fabiano Antoniani - was left blind and tetraplegic after a car crash in 2014. Antoniani had appealed to President Sergio Mattarella for the right to die and, shortly before his death, had criticised Italy for failing to pass laws on end-of-life issues. "Finally I am in Switzerland and, unfortunately, I got here on my own and not with the help

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  • Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017

    Nokia's 3310 phone has been relaunched nearly 17 years after its debut. Many consider the original handset iconic because of its popularity and sturdiness. More than 126 million were produced before it was phased out in 2005. The revamped version will be sold under licence by the Finnish start-up HMD Global, which also unveiled several Nokia-branded Android smartphones. One expert said it was a "fantastic way" to relaunch Nokia's phone brand. "The 3310 was the first mass-market mobile and there's a massive amount of nostalgia and affection for it," commented Ben Wood from the technology consultancy CCS Insight. "If HMD had just announced three Android devices they would have barely got a couple

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  • Indian farm worker walks free after 10 years on death row

    JEDDAH — “Indeed Saudi Arabia is the Kingdom of Humanity; we have practically experienced the kindness and benefaction of Saudis, which has resulted in a new lease life for my husband, who was saved by a Saudi philanthropist from death row. My entire family is indebted to him,” said Indian housewife Chepuri Laxmi. Laxmi burst into tears of joy while speaking to Saudi Gazette over phone. In a choked voice, she said her husband was given a new lease of life only by the noble gesture of the Saudi man, who did not even know him but simply acted on humanitarian grounds. Chepuri Limbadri, a farm worker, was sentenced to death after he was convicted of killing a Saudi during a brawl in 2006. The 50-year-old

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  • Oscars 2017: Do the best films and performances win?

    The Oscars are supposed to reward the best films and performances of the year. But in reality, lots of other factors influence who gets their hands on a golden statuette. Do the Oscars pick the best films? "God, no," laughs film critic Thelma Adams. "That's the simple answer." There are plenty of winners from Academy Awards history that stand the test of time. But there are many examples where film buffs look back and think: "Really?" One of the biggest travesties occurred in 1959 when Gigi, a sub-My Fair Lady musical, won nine Oscars. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, which one 2012 poll decided was the best film ever made, went home with nothing. More recently, Crash (best picture, 2006) and Birdman

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  • Philippine Abu Sayyaf jihadists behead German hostage in video

    Islamic militants in the Philippines have posted a video showing the beheading of a German hostage. Juergen Kantner was abducted from his yacht off Malaysia's Sabah state in November. His companion Sabine Merz's body was later found on the boat. A deadline for a 30m peso (£483,000; $600,000) ransom expired on Sunday. Mr Kantner, 70, and Ms Merz had been abducted before. They were held for 52 days in 2008 by Somali pirates and were released after a ransom was paid. The video, reported by the SITE militancy-monitoring group, shows Mr Kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man. Government envoy Jesus Dureza confirmed the killing. "Up to the last moment, many sectors, including the armed forces,

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  • Philippines people power anniversary sparks anti-Duterte protests

    More than 1,000 people in the Philippine capital Manila have marked the anniversary of a 1986 revolt by protesting against the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. Left-wing activists and opposition supporters rallied at the spot where crowds forced dictator Ferdinand Marcos to flee after a 20-year rule. The protesters condemned Mr Duterte's brutal anti-drugs crackdown. The president's supporters held a rival rally at Manila's Rizal Park. Among those who joined crowds at the scene of the 1986 People Power Revolution were Mr Duterte's predecessor Benigno Aquino and current vice-president Leni Robredo. Ms Robredo resigned from Mr Duterte's cabinet in December after she was barred from cabinet

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  • Pakistan airline admits taking extra passengers in aisle

    Pakistan International Airlines is investigating how seven extra passengers were allowed stand in the aisles on a flight to Saudi Arabia, a spokesman told the BBC. The passengers were boarded on the 20 January flight to Medina despite every seat being filled, the airline said. Details of the flight have only emerged now because of extensive investigations by Dawn newspaper. Staff issued additional handwritten boarding passes, the paper reported. Such an over-crowded flight would have caused problems in an emergency evacuation, aviation experts said, and passengers would not have had access to oxygen if it was suddenly required. PIA plane escorted to Stansted PIA goat slaughter mocked PIA crash

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  • De'Maree Atkins, 8, shot dead after Houston car crash

    An eight-year-old girl has been shot dead moments after surviving a car crash in Texas, police say. De'Maree Atkins was asleep in the back seat of her mother's car when the crash occurred at around 02:00 local time early on Saturday in Houston. Her mother, Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas, said the collision was caused by two other cars that appeared to be racing. An armed woman in one of the other cars opened fire on Ms Jarmon-Thomas' Honda Accord, she told local media. The white Pontiac involved in the crash was found abandoned at the scene. Police said it is unclear if Ms Jarmon-Thomas - who was returning home from a hair appointment - and her daughter were caught in crossfire or were targeted by an

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  • Kim Jong-nam death: Unravelling the mystery

    It's got all the markings of a John Le Carre novel: the killing of the North Korean leader's brother with one of the deadliest chemical weapons created by man. But who by? And why? Many questions remain unanswered. Here's a look back at how the killing unfolded, the details that emerged, and the subsequent accusations and diplomatic row. 13 February - The airport attack He was waiting at a budget departure hall inside Kuala Lumpur international airport when the attack happened. Leaked CCTV footage would later show the 45-year-old man loitering in the budget terminal, a rucksack slung over his soldier, ahead of his return flight to the Chinese territory of Macau at 10:00. Suddenly a woman in a

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  • Nine epic fails from awards ceremonies and TV contests

    It was a moment that will go down in entertainment history - when La La Land was wrongly given the award for best picture at the 2017 Oscars. The team behind the film were in the middle of their speeches before it was revealed the accolade should have gone to Moonlight. However, it is not the first time the wrong winner - or loser - has been announced at an awards ceremony or live on TV. Wrong envelope A little piece of paper was the cause of confusion at the 2016 Mobo awards when the prize for best song was given to the wrong winner. R&B trio WSTRN kept their award for almost an hour before it was revealed it should have gone to MC Abra Cadabra. Hosts Rickie Williams and Melvin Odoom announced

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  • Shipping slump: Why a vessel worth $60m was sold as scrap

    In January 2010, the container ship Hammonia Grenada was delivered from a Chinese yard to its new owners, reportedly priced at about $60m (about £37m at that time). Just seven years later - at the start of this year - it was sold for scrap. The price: an estimated $5.5m (£4.4m today). It's not the only vessel to suffer this fate. Last year container ships were sold at rock-bottom prices for scrap in record numbers. The simple reason is that there are too many ships for too little cargo. The most dramatic casualty was South Korean group Hanjin, which collapsed last August weighed down by debts. The container shipping industry, and Hanjin in particular, has been spectacularly wrong about the financial

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  • Saudi businessman stabbed in Cairo

    JEDDAH — Saudi businessman Mohammed Al-Shaarawi, chairman of a pilgrims services company, was stabbed in his shoulder with a chopper knife last Sunday, and is now recovering at a hospital in Cairo. An Egyptian businessman, also in the pilgrims’ service field, and two women helpers attacked Al-Shaarawi, who is in his 50s, in his apartment in Giza district in Cairo. The Egyptian has been arrested. The Saudi Embassy in Cairo has opened an investigation into the case to determine the cause, according to the victim’s daughter. Turkan, Al-Shaarawi’s youngest daughter, told Saudi Gazette, that her father was discharged from the intensive care on Friday and but is still being treated in one of Cairo’s

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  • Man behind India's $4 smartphone arrested for fraud

    The man who made headlines a year ago with his promise of a $4 smartphone has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. Mohit Goel, the founding director of Indian phone manufacturer Ringing Bells, was arrested on Thursday in the northern city of Ghaziabad, Indian police said. One of the company's distributors, Ayam Enterprises, has accused Goel and four associates of cheating them out of 1.6 million rupees ($24,000). Akshay Malhotra, proprietor of Ayam Enterprises, told CNNMoney that he paid Ringing Bells 3 million rupees ($45,000) in February 2016 for phones and accessories. He says his company received products worth only 400,000 rupees ($6,000), many of them of inferior quality. Malhotra said

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  • Russia's new game in Afghanistan

    A resurgent Russia is making new inroads into Afghanistan, not in the way the former USSR did, but by aligning itself with some of the very extremists whose leaders were involved in the defeat of the Soviet Union's decade-long invasion of Afghanistan. In December 2016, Moscow disclosed its contacts with the Taliban, the group that is intent on toppling the Afghan government. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it is sharing intelligence and cooperating with the Taliban to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group's (ISIL, also known as ISIS) militants in Afghanistan. Moscow has repeatedly declared its concerns about ISIL militants, in many instances exaggerating their presence and power in Afghanistan.

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  • Nicole Kidman: I wish I'd had more children, 10/01/2017, Victoria Derbyshire

    Nicole Kidman tells Victoria she was brought to tears by the “beautiful” depiction of an adoptive mother’s love in her latest film, Lion.The film – based on a true story – sees Kidman’s character Sue Brierley adopt a five-year-old boy, Saroo. The actress, who has two adopted children in real life, also told Victoria that she would like more children of her own, but that her husband Keith Urban has told her to "shut down" such thoughts.

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  • The disappearance of Jonathan Spollen

    In early 2012, Irish journalist Jonathan Spollen was visiting India - and then he vanished. In a series of interviews in the build-up to the anniversary of his disappearance, his friends and family have given their take on a case that has become no less mysterious over time. "Some people say to me: 'Would it not be easier if you had closure?'" Lynda Spollen says. "But closure is my most hated word in the dictionary." "Closure" is a way for people to ask her indirectly if she should move on, whether she should now give up hope of finding her son Jonathan. His last known conversation was on the phone with Lynda on 3 February 2012. She was in Dublin; he was travelling in northern India. They spoke

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  • This Female Entrepreneur Just Created an App to Fight Sexual Harassment in the Arab World

    Zaineb is walking cheerily down the street in the Moroccan city of Efrane when she hears a whistle. Agitated, she pulls her hood over her head, alters her route, and army marches her way along with a poker face - but with no luck. He is still following her. His footsteps seem closer. Zaineb feels her heart pound faster as she fastens her pace and leaves the dimly-lit street. She finally reaches her destination, but she doesn’t feel safe. Across the Middle East and North Africa, thousands of women mirror Zaineb’s experience and have to walk the daunting path of everyday sexual harassment; according to research by UN Women, 93 percent of women across the MENA region have suffered it at least once

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  • Pacquiao to fight Khan in April

    MANILA — Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports. Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.#PacquiaoKhan”. Khan, 30, a few minutes later posted on his official Twitter feed: “My team and I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight #pacquiaokhan #April23rd”. Neither of them gave a venue for the match but a source in Pacquiao’s office said the bout would be in the United Arab Emirates. Pacquiao’s American promoter, Bob Arum, has previously

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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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