• Trump says Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

    US President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”. In Jerusalem, in public remarks after talks with Israeli leaders on the first day of his two-day visit, he again focused on Iran, pledging he would never let Tehran acquire nuclear arms. “What’s happened with Iran has brought many of the parts of the Middle East toward Israel,” Trump said at a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin.

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  • The countries that cane their convicts

    Two men are due to be caned in public after they were caught in bed together in Aceh, Indonesia. The men will each receive 85 lashes in public, as punishment under the strict Islamic laws used in Aceh. It is the only Indonesian province where Sharia is in force. According to human rights campaign group Amnesty International, 108 people were punished for various offences in 2015. Their offences ranged from gambling to alcohol, adultery and public displays of intimacy outside of marriage. Pictures of these public punishments - designed to humiliate as much as to injure - show people being led onto a raised platform, and made to kneel or stand as a hooded man beats them with a long, thin cane while

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  • Highlights from outside Pippa Middleton's wedding

    The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister married her partner James Matthews in Berkshire. They got married at a church a few miles from the Middleton family home.

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  • Zakir Naik: Why India wants to arrest the preacher

    He has 16 million followers on Facebook, 150,000 on Twitter and has given more than 4,000 lectures on Islam across the world. But Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, the popular televangelist and Islamic preacher, is now wanted by the Indian authorities. Problems arose for the preacher last summer, after Bangladeshi authorities said that one of the gunmen responsible for an attack on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which left 22 people dead, had been inspired by him. Bangladesh responded by banning Peace TV, an Islamic channel broadcast from Dubai which Naik founded in 2006 and which claims to reach 100 million people worldwide. The 51-year-old denied supporting violence, releasing a video statement

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  • Trump's anti-Iran aggression couldn't come at a worse time

    (CNN)At first glance, it appears that there are only two clear paths that the US can take when dealing with the Middle East: the Sunni path of Saudi Arabia and the bulk of its Gulf allies, on the one hand; or the Shiite path represented by Iran. There is the path of dictators -- like Egypt's autocratic Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the blinkered and aging royal family of Saudi Arabia, and the corrupt and helpless rulers of Iraq -- all Sunnis. By contrast, there is the young and desperately eager majority of Iranians, all Shiites, seeking to drag their nation out from under the yoke of a medieval clerical oppression. The Trump administration, seduced by an effusive Saudi welcome -- in sharp contrast to anything provided his predecessor, Barack Obama -- may be taking the wrong road.

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  • Philippines travel: The hanging coffins of Sagada

    To explore the ancient burial rites of the Igorot tribe head to Sagada, in the north of the Philippines.

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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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  • Trump in Riyadh: Controversy follows US president

    President Trump is one of the world's most famous Twitter users - and that fact isn't being forgotten during his trip. In addition to his main address he'll also make a short speech at a social media conference in Riyadh. And, not surprisingly, his trip itself is a major social media topic Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle reports on the online reaction to the visit.

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  • Concerns over North Korea’s latest solid-fuel missile successful test

    North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February. South Korea and the US had earlier described Sunday’s missile as medium-range. The Pukguksong (Polaris)-2 is a land-based version of a submarine-launched missile.

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  • New Biopic About Egyptian-Born Superstar Dalida Set to Premiere This Month

    The world premiere of Dalida, a movie which retraces the life of the Egyptian-born international singer and actress, will premier worldwide on January 21st in Bahrain.  The movie, which was written, directed, and co-produced by Lisa Azuelos and stars Sveva Alviti as Dalida, was shot between February and April 2016, in France, Italy and Morocco. The French production was released in France today, opening to critical acclaim.Dalida rose to fame after she won the Miss Egypt pageant in 1954 when she was spotted by the French director Marc de Gastyne, who persuaded her to move to Paris to pursue a career in motion pictures. The move was a kick-start to Dalida's three decade long career, in which she

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  • Iran's 2017 elections: All you need to know

    What is the state of Iran's economy? Iran's economy has taken a beating under the sanctions regime, with inflation running rampant, unemployment in the double digits, and no hope on the horizon for a number of years. With the signing of the nuclear deal, billions of dollars of Iranian funds were released and oil sales began to prop up the economy. So far the improvements have been felt mostly in terms of a reduction of inflation (from 40 percent to 7.5 percent) and pulling the growth rate out of the negative up to 7 percent. One side of the economy where there hasn't been an improvement so far is unemployment, as Iran still hasn't been able to attract the international investment that would mean

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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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  • Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

    A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake. The near-vertical 12m (39ft) rocky outcrop stood on the mountain's southeast ridge, and was the last great challenge before the top. It was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to scale it in 1953. British mountaineer Tim Mosedale confirmed the news of the Step's demise on Facebook after reaching the summit on 16 May. Speaking to the BBC, he said the loss of the Step was "the end of an era". "It is associated with the history of Everest, and it is a great shame

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  • Canada's Justin Trudeau photobombs students' prom picture

    Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unscheduled appearance in Vancouver on Friday night - jogging through a high school prom photo. The keen sportsman had been out for a run along the Stanley Park Seawall when he passed a group of students in full formalwear. His official photographer Adam Scotti tweeted a picture of the moment, captioned: "Prom season in #Vancouver". At first glance, it appears the PM has pulled off a sly photobomb. But one delighted student told Canada's CBC the group had spied him in shorts and t-shirt, and begged him to join their photo-shoot. "We were just taking photos and hanging around talking, and then Trudeau, he just comes running," Constantine Maragos said.

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  • Scarlett Moffatt to host Streetmate dating show reboot on Channel 4

    Scarlett Moffatt will host a reboot of Streetmate for Channel 4. Originally presented by Davina McCall back in the 1990s, the programme helps single people to find a date with someone they see on the streets. "I can't believe Channel 4 have asked me to present this iconic dating show," said Scarlett. Channel 4 have signed the 26-year-old to co-host an entertainment show alongside Alan Carr, although further details have yet to be revealed. "I remember watching Davina on Streetmate when I was younger and thinking females can present entertainment shows too, I want to do that when I'm older," said Scarlett. "It's such a fun show and it's two of my favourite things to do, chat to randomers and a

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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 Engagement of 2 Children Aged 7 and 4 in Qaliubiyya Prompts Anger on Social Media

    Photos of an engagement ceremony held in Qaliubiya for a 7-year-old boy named Ziad and his 4-year-old cousin, Farida, went viral, sparking outrage on social media. Talking to Youm 7, Farida's father said that "everyone in the family was completely happy with the engagement." The father was also reported to have said that he had promised Ziad, who happens to be his nephew, that upon passing his second year of primary education, he can get engaged to Farida. EGP 18,000 worth of jewellery (shabka) was reportedly bought to Farida. According to a UNICEF 2016 report, 17% of Egyptians are already married before they turn 18.  Here's a sample of people's comments on the story: "I really can't understand

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  • Mel B's ex strongly denies 'years of abuse'

    Mel B's estranged husband is "vehemently" denying claims he physically and emotionally abused her for years. Lawyers for Stephen Belafonte released a statement after the ex-Spice Girl was given a temporary restraining order. She claims she was the victim of "multiple physical beatings" and that her ex threatened to destroy her career by releasing a sex tape. Stephen Belafonte's legal team calls the claims "outrageous and unfounded". They say: "When the degree to which Ms Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence will be understandably offended, angry and upset." What the court papers say... In detailed

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  • Why does Russia support Syria and President Assad?

    This comes after a suspected chemical attack killed 80 Syrian people in a town held by anti-Assad rebels last week. But at the moment, Russia is not dropping its support for pro-Assad forces. So how did Russia get involved in the six-year Syrian war in the first place - and why is it so important to them? Who is involved in the conflict? The first thing to say is that the situation is extremely complicated; it's not as simple as one side against the other. The main sides in the Syrian conflict are: President Assad's official Syrian army (which receives military backing from Russia) So-called Islamic State (IS) Other Syrian rebels: these are lots of different groups with different aims, including

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  • The countries where people still eat cats and dogs for dinner

    The new Animal Protection Act will see anyone selling, eating or buying the animals for consumption facing fines of up to £6,500. Those found guilty of animal cruelty could also receive a huge fine of £52,000 and two years in prison. Taiwan is the first Asian country to crack down on the practice. The new law tackles long-standing cultural beliefs about the benefits of eating dogs - for example, eating black dogs in winter is supposed to help you stay warm. It was pushed through by President Tsai Ing-wen, who adopted three retired guide dogs last year and also has two cats, named Cookie and A-Tsai. So what about the rest of the continent? The practice of eating cats and dogs has become less common

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