• From the Golan, Iran is paving the way for a new war in Lebanon

    ‘Harkat al Nujaba’ or the ‘Movement of the Nobles’ is not temerarious enough to contend the Arabic language printed by the Iranians on placards carried by masked members to declare the formation of the Golan Liberation Brigade. The Golan name is misspelled missing the introducatory ‘al’ that precedes Golan as it should be written in the Arabic language. The militia’s official spokesperson, Hashim al Mussawi, said in a press conference on March 8 in Tehran that the new unit could assist the Syrian regime in taking the Golan Heights, a region occupied by Israel since 1967, a verdict he left entirely to Damascus to take, saying: “Should the Syrian government make the request, we are ready to participate in the liberation of occupied Golan with our allies.

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  • Leggings and yoga pants: When tight trousers get controversial

    A social media storm erupted on Sunday when two girls were stopped from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings. The girls were flying as guests of employees, and thus were subject to the company's dress code. But it is not the first time leggings or yoga pants have caused controversy in the United States. Both types of tight-fitting trousers, which have become increasingly popular leisure wear, have become the topic of hot debate in recent years. For many, they are simply a comfy alternative to jeans. For others, their form-hugging material makes them overly revealing or even obscene. Last October, a man in the US state of Rhode Island sent a letter to his local

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  • Lebanese journalist sues Hezbollah’s Nasrallah on murder, rape allegations

    Lebanese journalist Maria Maalouf is suing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on allegations of kidnap, rape and murder charges. In supporting legal documents Maalouf also listed “any person who appears to be an active, interfering, partner or instigator” who helped Hezbollah in “incitement and participation of murder and committing acts of kidnapping, torture, rape, displacement, committing war crimes, crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq”.

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  • London attack: 'Final' photo of murdered PC Keith Palmer emerges

    A "final" picture of PC Keith Palmer taken shortly before he was killed in the Westminster attack has emerged. The photo was taken by US tourist Staci Martin as she posed with the officer 45 minutes before he was stabbed by Khalid Masood outside Parliament. Others who also met the police officer during visits to the capital have been paying tribute, calling him a "genuinely nice bloke". A JustGiving page set up for the family of PC Palmer has raised over £600,000. The Metropolitan Police said that as a mark of respect, the constable's shoulder number, 4157U, would be retired and not reissued to any other officer. Ms Martin was on a visit from Florida to London when she asked to take a picture

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  • Brazil meat scandal: China and others lift ban

    China has lifted a total ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years. Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi says the move follows a "giant effort" by officials to explain the investigation into tainted food. Chile and Egypt have also lifted their bans, the Brazilian government says. Brazil is the world's biggest red meat and poultry exporter, selling more than $12bn (£9.7bn) a year. The scandal was triggered by a huge federal police operation last week that found evidence that meat-packers had been selling rotten and substandard produce for several years. China and Chile will keep their import bans for the 21 Brazilian

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  • Madonna granted permission to adopt two children from Malawi

    Madonna has been granted permission to adopt two more children from Malawi, a court spokesperson has announced. The country's High Court made the ruling today. The singer already has two children from the African country - David, adopted in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009. Malawian judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said the singer was inside the court in Lilongwe when the ruling was given. "In fact, at the time we were granting her the permission she was in the courtroom with her lawyers," Mr Mvula said. But less than two weeks ago Madonna denied reports she'd applied to adopt any more children, during a charity visit to Malawi. On 25 January, a Malawian government spokesperson told news outlets

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  • Israeli soldiers seize boy, shoot dead teen

    JERUSALEM: An Israeli rights group has released an amateur video that shows soldiers seizing a terrified 8-year-old Palestinian boy. The soldiers in the video are trying to get him to identify people who had thrown a firebomb in the occupied West Bank. B’Tselem said he “was wandering barefoot outside his house in Hebron looking for a toy he had lost” on Sunday when soldiers “dragged” him around a neighborhood to show them Palestinians they said had earlier thrown a firebomb at a nearby settlement. The military said Friday forces caught a suspect in the firebomb attack and “due to the fact the suspect was a minor, he was taken to his parent’s home.” It denied he was asked to identify other suspects.

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  • Air India files complaint as MP boasts of beating steward

    An Indian MP beat an airline employee repeatedly with a slipper after being unable to get a business class seat on an Air India flight. Ravindra Gaikwad later told Indian reporters he had "hit him 25 times with my sandal" for "arrogance". The MP had been told he could not fly business class because it was an all-economy flight, reports say. Air India filed a police complaint and said it was considering a "no-fly" list for unruly passengers. The MP told media: "I am not a BJP MP. I am a Shiv Sena MP and will not tolerate any insult. Let the employee complain. I will complain to the Speaker and other authorities." The airline staff member told Asian News International that the MP had broken his

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  • The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze

    A number of young Russians are making names for themselves by posting videos of life-threatening stunts online. What drives these extreme selfie daredevils? He's got a camera strapped to his head and he teeters on the edge of the roof in a nine-storey apartment block in Siberia. "Are you filming?" he asks, as a friend hands him a flaming torch. Orange flames engulf his legs and suddenly he jumps, somersaulting in the air like a stricken warplane before landing with a thud into a deep pile of snow. Remarkably, he's unhurt - if a little winded. Police tell a gaggle of onlookers to stop filming, but within hours, footage of this potentially deadly jump goes viral - various videos of the stunt filmed

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  • North Korea: Who would dare to piggyback on Kim Jong-un?

    North Korea's test of a rocket engine last weekend was accompanied by the usual state media propaganda - but one image of its leader celebrating stood out in particular. What is the likely explanation? The engine test was claimed to be a success, a "new birth" for North Korea's rocket industry. Kim Jong-un was certainly happy. In pictures released by state news agency KCNA, he was seen watching the missile from afar; grinning in a control centre; shaking hands with jubilant officers - then, giving an elderly man a piggyback. Who would leap onto the back of a dictator such as this, and why? Observers say the mysterious man is not a known figure in North Korean politics. He is thought to have played

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  • Why Apple's red iPhones are not 'Red' in China

    Apple's latest iPhone might be red, but it's not Red in China. The special-edition version of the iPhone 7 and 7plus goes on sale in more than 40 countries, but China has done it slightly differently. The BBC explains why. What is Red about? Red is a charity looking to combat Aids and was originally founded by U2 musician Bono and activist Bobby Shriver. It gives the money it raises to the Global Fund for HIV/Aids that doles out grants. This includes providing testing and treatment for patients with the aim of wiping out transmission of HIV. Apple is the world's largest corporate donor to the Global Fund. The special-edition devices celebrate Apple's long-running partnership with Red and a portion

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  • JFK diary calls Hitler 'stuff of legends'

    A diary kept by President John F Kennedy as a young man travelling in Europe, revealing his fascination with Adolf Hitler, is up for auction. Kennedy, then 28, predicted "Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived". "He had in him the stuff of which legends are made," he continued. Kennedy wrote the entry in the summer of 1945 after touring the German dictator's Bavarian mountain retreat. It is thought by historians to be the only diary ever kept by the 35th US president. The original copy will be auctioned for the first time on 26 April in Boston by longtime owner Deirdre Henderson, who worked as a research assistant for Kennedy

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

    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 performed and recorded countless international hits in more than 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, and Italian, selling more than 130 million copies worldwide, before her tragic death in 1987. In a press statement by Bernard Regnauld-Fabre, the French Ambassador to Bahrain, he said, “We welcome the news that the world premiere of Dalida will take place here in Bahrain during So French Week.” So French Week is an annual week-long celebration of French culture, held by the French Embassy in Bahrain, a tradition which started in 2013.

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  • Ryan Gosling explains Oscars giggling

    You may remember Ryan Gosling trying and spectacularly failing to hold back his giggles at the Oscars last month. The La La Land actor was seen laughing on stage when the wrong film was announced as best picture. But he has now explained that he was just relieved that the commotion wasn't the result of something more serious. "I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head," he said. "And then I just heard Moonlight won and I was so relieved that I started laughing." La La Land had mistakenly been announced as the winner before a flurry of floor managers took to the stage to clarify that Moonlight had actually won the night's biggest

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  • 'Terrifying and isolating' - living with a rare disease

    "It's terrifying, isolating - you're having these symptoms and you don't know what tomorrow is going to bring or where it will end up." That is how Carol McCullough describes living with a rare disease and trying to find out what was wrong with her. A rare disease is defined as one affecting not more than one person in 2,000. According to the NI Rare Disease Partnership, one in 17 people in Northern Ireland has such a condition. That is more than 100,000 people, or roughly the population of a city the size of Londonderry. Carol McCullough, from County Armagh, was diagnosed with Wilson's Disease in 2010. 'Diagnosis a relief' It is a rare disorder that results in a build-up of copper in the body.

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  • Freerunning community left 'scarred' after Nye Newman's death in Paris

    The UK's freerunning community has been left "scarred" after the death of Nye Newman. The 17-year-old's parkour group, Brewman, says he died on New Year's Day in an accident on the Paris Metro. The group has denied he was train surfing at the time. Speaking to Newsbeat, his friend Jacob Kohn described Nye Newman as "such a great person, an independent person - he was always doing stuff for everyone else". "It's going to leave a big scar on the freerunning community. "I don't think anyone's going to get over it anytime soon. It's going to be tough." Brewman posted a video of Nye freerunning in Paris days before he died. Jacob says he knew Nye when they first started freerunning together, but says

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  • EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

    European Union leaders have stressed the need for unity at a celebration in the Italian capital marking 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. Twenty-seven European Union countries, not including the UK, signed a new declaration to honour the 1957 treaty, which led to the bloc's foundation. With Brexit looming, UK PM Theresa May is not attending the celebrations. European Commission head, Jean-Claude Juncker, spoke of a new mood of optimism about the way forward. "The atmosphere is now such that we can approach this with confidence," he said, referring to the future of the bloc as Britain leaves. Mrs May plans to launch the Brexit process on Wednesday. On the Capitoline Hill, where the

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  • 'Cool or not, I'm proud to play' says England's netball captain

    England's netball captain, Ama Agbeze, has hit back after a newspaper published an article calling netball "Britain's least cool ball game". The article in the Guardian singled out the sport as uncool and criticised its many rules. Ama took to Facebook to defend her sport, saying the article is a risk to netball's growing popularity. The hashtag #NetballOnTheRise has since been trending on Twitter. The article starts off praising England Netball for securing a £10.5 million government grant and ends with writer - and regular netball player - Morwenna Ferrier likening the sport to her high school PE lessons. "I can say it's uncool because I play netball every week, and have gone to great lengths

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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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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