• In pictures: Oscars glitz and glamour on the red carpet

    The stars of the silver screen walk the red carpet as they make their way into the Dolby Theatre for the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. All photographs subject to copyright.

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  • What is the 'hairy blob' or globster found on the Philippines shore?

    A six-metre-long "hairy" sea creature has washed up on the shore of Dinagat Island in the Philippines and people have been questioning what it is. An unidentified creature like this is often known as a "globster" and they've been washing up for years. While some people think it might be new species, experts aren't convinced. Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation for the animal charity Orca, says it's definitely the carcass of a dead animal - probably a whale. "It's definitely a very decomposed sea creature in the later stages of decomposition," she tells Newsbeat. "The carcass is about six metres long, but that's obviously not the whole carcass - there's no tail so it would have been bigger

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  • In pictures: Oscars ceremony 2017

    A look at the winners and on-stage antics at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Oscars: The winners list

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  • What do donkeys and Trump have to do with this Indian election?

    It's election season in India's most populous state. Whoever wins the polls in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh will, for the next five years, rule a population that's larger than the combined size of Britain, France, Germany and Sweden. The stakes are high and in their desperation to grab the eyeballs of the 222 million plus people, some of India's top politicians are indulging in mudslinging and name calling, some of which are very, well, creative. The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi compiles a list of bizarre barbs and rants the political leaders are throwing at each other. A very 'grave' matter Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at an election rally in Fatehpur took a

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  • The woman who knows who's won the Oscars... but won't tell

    On Sunday, the eyes of the world will be on the Oscars. But two people already know who's won. You've never heard of Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan. They haven't been in any films or on any magazine covers. But they will be the most important people at the Oscars. They are the only two people in the world who know the names of the winners before each award presenter rips open the golden envelope and says the immortal words: "And the Oscar goes to..." Ruiz and Cullinan have counted the votes - and counted them again, and again, to make sure the results are correct. By Sunday night, they will have made sure the results are kept secret and delivered to the venue, no matter what, before personally

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  • Israeli minister: The Bible says West Bank is ours

    Last week, in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump surprised the world by appearing to dismiss a long-standing US commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Prominent hard-right Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, welcomed the statement saying: "The era of a Palestinian state is over." "There already exists two states for the Palestinians: one in Gaza, a full blown state run by Hamas, and the other is Jordan, where 70 percent of the citizens are, indeed, Palestinians," Bennett told UpFront. "So, the discussion is whether we need a third Palestinian state smack in the heart of Israel, and the answer

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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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  • Oscars 2017: Which celebrities will get political?

    When the Oscars comes around on Sunday, there may be so many anti-Trump speeches they may need an award for the best one. This year, perhaps more than ever, the ceremony will be about who says what as much as who wins what and who wears what. Five weeks on from President Trump's inauguration, with the nation divided over the US president and his policies, many Hollywood stars will feel the need to take a stand on the biggest stage of all. Meryl Streep got the ball rolling at the Golden Globes seven weeks ago. That made her even more of a hero in Hollywood, pretty much secured her an Oscar nomination and gave other actors licence to speak out too. It's likely that most of those who want to make

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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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  • Where was Sasha during Obama's farewell speech?

    Where was Sasha Obama? The goodbye photo clearly only shows 18-year-old Malia Obama on stage with mum and dad, Michelle and Barack, but there's no sign of her 15-year-old sister. ***Spoiler*** The simple explanation is that she stayed in Washington because she had an exam at Sidwell Friends private school on Wednesday morning. The school has educated the children of American presidents for years, including Chelsea Clinton. So it will be used to cracking down on pupils for trying to miss class because of official presidential engagements. But that didn't stop the #WhereIsSasha fun on social media. Some people hoped she was trying to stop Donald Trump getting into the White House Some tweeters

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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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  • Corruption Perceptions Index Names Egypt the 68th Most Corrupt Country in the World

    According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Egypt ranks 108 out of 176 countries assessed for corruption in 2016, making it the 68th most corrupt country assessed. The Index uses a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), with the global median sitting at 43 – below the midpoint. According to this scale, Egypt ranked 34 – well below the midpoint.  Somalia, South Sudan, and North Korea were the top three most corrupt countries that were assessed, scaled at 10, 11, and 12 respectively. The least corrupt countries assessed were New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland scaled at 90, 90, and 89 respectively. The assessment was reported based on a country’s ability to

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  • Indonesia: Suspect was paid $90 to attack North Korean leader's brother

    Indonesian Siti Aisyah is seen in this undated handout released by the Royal Malaysia Police on February 19, 2017. Siti Aisyah was arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam. (Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via Reuters) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia says the Indonesian suspect in the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother was paid $90 to help carry out the attack involving VX nerve agent. But Deputy Ambassador Andriano Erwin repeated Siti Aisyah’s previous claim that she was duped into the plot, thinking she was taking part in a prank. Erwin met Aisyah on Saturday in Malaysia, where the 25-year-old is in custody. Another alleged

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  • Trump's anti-EU rhetoric could actually help Europe

    President Trump is having a strange effect on Europe's political leaders: He is bringing them closer together. Confronted with a euroskeptic U.S. president, mainstream politicians in Paris, Berlin and Brussels are calling for unity in an attempt to stave off what many regard as an existential crisis. The forces of disintegration facing the European Union are strong: The U.K. is about to begin the formal process of leaving the bloc of 28 nations; anti-EU populism stoked by economic malaise and mass immigration is on the rise; and far-right politician Marine Le Pen could win the French presidency on a promise to ditch the euro. Trump's apparent ambivalence towards the future of the EU could make matters worse.

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  • Manila's nightcrawlers capture Duterte's drug war

    Since coming to power last June, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been on a mission to eradicate what he claims is the country's pandemic drug problem. Police records show about 7,000 Filipinos have been killed since then. One-third of those deaths have occurred during police operations, but the rest have been attributed to unknown gunmen in a wave of vigilantism that has been unleashed by the rhetoric of the president himself, critics say. This campaign, what Duterte calls a "war on drugs", has created a new beat for a group of photojournalists who have come to be known as the "nightcrawlers". Each night they gather at the Ermita police station in downtown Manila and wait for word about

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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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  • Susan Howarth 'tortured and killed' in South Africa

    A British woman has died after she and her husband were tortured at their home in South Africa, according to reports. Susan Howarth, 64, and Robert Lynn, 66, were shot at and tied up by masked raiders on their farm in Dullstroom, in Mpumalanga province. Ms Howarth, originally from Southsea, Hampshire, died after the ordeal, on Sunday 19 February, local reports said. After being tortured, the couple were put in the back of a pick-up truck and left for dead in a ditch. 'Lying in a ditch' Mr Lynn, reportedly a former electrical engineer, was tortured with a blowtorch and knives. According to local newspaper the Middelburg Observer, he returned home after the death of his wife, known by locals as

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  • Growing gulf

    Authorities in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have warned that the large number of expatriate workers in the region are causing imbalances in the demographic structures of member states and as a result, they have called for measures to be taken to rectify the issue. Gulf countries have failed to keep the number of recruited expatriate workers limited to a certain percentage of the population even though Gulf labor ministers agreed that the percentage of expatriate workers in any member state should not exceed 20 percent. Statistical reports have shown that the United Arab Emirates and Qatar account for the largest number of expatriate workers in the Gulf region with 89 percent in both, followed by Kuwait at 69 percent, Bahrain at 52 percent, Oman at 46 percent and Saudi Arabia at 33 percent.

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  • Etihad and Emirates to face action from UK aviation watchdog over late flights

    DUBAI // Five international airlines, including Emirates and Etihad, are to face enforcement action in the UK for not paying compensation to passengers whose flights were delayed, said Britain’s aviation watchdog. The two carriers, along with American Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines, were highlighted by British authorities as having breached European Union consumer law after a review of airline policies. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Emirates was the most complained about airline for non-payment of compensation for missed connecting flights. However, Etihad has described the CAA’s decision to blame the airline in public as "unprofessional and unacceptable". The

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