• Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random

    The man suspected of killing 39 people in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve said the venue was chosen at random, local media report. Abdulgadir Masharipov said so-called Islamic State (IS) initially told him to attack an area in Taksim Square. He was forced to change his target because of heavy security in the area, according to the Hurriyet newspaper. The Uzbek national was captured by Turkish police on Monday. Abdulgadir Masharipov said his instructions came from Raqqa, IS's stronghold in Syria, Hurriyet reports. "I came to Taksim on New Year's Eve but the security measures were intense. It wasn't possible to carry out the attack," he was quoted as saying. "I was

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  • Inaugural fashion, politics are intertwined this time

    NEW YORK: What’ll she be wearing? It’s a question that fascinates fashion-watchers — and lots of others — every four years: Which designer will the new US first lady choose to wear on Inauguration Day and, more importantly, on Inauguration Night? This year, as never before, the question is a loaded one. Dressing the first lady has long been considered a great honor for a designer — and a huge business boon. But in an industry that leaned heavily toward Hillary Clinton, a number of designers have indicated they have no interest in dressing Melania Trump. So the question is not merely whom she’ll be choosing — if she doesn’t simply buy off the rack — but also, in a sense, who will be choosing her.

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  • Iran arrests corruption fugitive, Alireza Monfared, after international manhunt

    An Iranian man accused of helping to embezzle billions of dollars while the country evaded international oil sanctions has been arrested after a lengthy international manhunt, media reported Monday. Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, 43, is accused of involvement in Iran’s biggest-ever corruption scandal, working alongside tycoon Babak Zanjani who was sentenced to death last year for pocketing $2.8 billion while helping the country bypass sanctions. The head of Iran’s international police department, Masoud Rezvani, told Mizan Online that Monfared had been extradited via Havana and Moscow before arriving in Tehran on Sunday.

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  • Q&A: Iranian chess player Sara Khadem

    Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, better known as Sara Khadem, is a 19-year-old chess player from Iran who holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. Like most other chess players, Khadem took up chess at an early age. She was eight when she first touched a chess board. Four years later, she was a world champion, winning the under-12 world championships. Women in Iran are traditionally banned from attending many sporting events. On the streets, women need to cover their heads. On the playing field, it is the same. Questions were asked when Tehran was named host of the 2017 women's world championships. Nazí Paikidze, US women's champion, called for a boycott of the games. But Khadem

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  • ‘Expatophobia’

    Mahmoud Ahmad LAST week, a shocking cartoon was published in a local Saudi daily targeting expatriate workers that sparked anger among many people, mainly expatriates working here in Saudi Arabia. As is my wont of reading local dailies every morning, I was doing just that when I received a phone call from an expatriate friend. He asked me my thoughts on the cartoon that had been published in a particular local daily, which I hadn’t seen at the time of the call. I quickly took out that daily from the bunch and what I saw was really sickening. The cartoon left me totally disgusted. The cartoon displayed what looked like an acrobatic Saudi man riding a unicycle on a rope, like the one we see in

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  • Kate Moss has responded to fan mail... from 23 years ago

    Kate Moss must have got a lot of fan mail in her career and it seems that she's finally got round to opening letters from more than two decades ago. She posted a picture on Instagram of a letter from a fan called Fiona, sent in 1994. In it, Fiona asks two important questions of Kate Moss: How did she get into "modling", and was she really dating Johnny Depp? If so, she says, she would love Kate and Johnny's "altographs". Unfortunately, Moss was too busy modelling and dating Johnny Depp (it was indeed true, the pair got together that year) to reply to Fiona's note. But she's made amends now with an Instagram post showing the handwritten letter and saying that Fiona will be getting a signed Kate

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  • Mother admits murdering children by driving into Australian lake

    A mother has admitted killing three of her children by driving them into a lake in southern Australia. Akon Guode, 37, killed one-year-old Bol and four-year-old twins Hanger and Madit in Melbourne's south-west in 2015. Another child, six-year-old Alual, was also in the car but survived. In the Supreme Court of Victoria, Guode pleaded guilty to one count of infanticide, two counts of murder and one of attempted murder. She entered her pleas with help from an interpreter. Guode arrived in Australia from South Sudan in 2008. Joseph Manyang, the father of the three children, told a hearing last year that Guode said she felt dizzy before the crash. He described Guode as a "loving mother" who would

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  • Philippines' Duterte threatens martial law

    Martial law could be imposed in the Philippines if the drugs problem worsens, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. The 71-year-old former state prosecutor said the aim would be "to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land". About 6,000 people have been killed in six months under Mr Duterte's anti-drugs crackdown. He says he is acting to prevent the country from becoming a narco-state. "If I wanted to, and it will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law if I wanted to. No one will be able to stop me," Mr Duterte said in a speech to businesspeople in the southern city of Davao on Saturday. "My country transcends everything else, even the limitations,"

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  • John Kerry finds Vietnam War site where he killed a man

    The outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited the place in the Mekong Delta where he was ambushed during the Vietnam war. The former Navy lieutenant met a 70-year-old former member of the Viet Cong, who remembers the 1969 attack. The pair warmly shook hands. Mr Kerry, who is in Vietnam as part of his last trip before leaving office, won a medal for bravery for his actions but became an anti-war campaigner after returning home. Mr Kerry told his former enemy, Vo Ban Tam, he was glad they were both alive. Mr Vo, now a shrimp farmer, said he knew a man whom Mr Kerry shot and killed and remembered the plan of attack when they first spotted the US patrol boat. The Viet Cong unit had a

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  • Rebecca Ferguson asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony

    Rebecca Ferguson says she's been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. The singer tweeted she would "graciously accept" the invitation from the American president-elect if she can perform Strange Fruit. "[It's] a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States," she posted. Strange Fruit was originally recorded by Billie Holiday but was written as a poem by Abel Meeropol. A sample from Nina Simone's 1965 rendition was used on Kanye West's Blood on the Leaves. The words of Strange Fruit describe the lynching of African Americans in the early 20th century: "Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze". It's been described as one of

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  • Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

    LONDON: The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity. The eight tycoons’ net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. Although most of them will not be joining the annual gathering of business and political elites in the Swiss town of Davos this week, the extraordinary individual wealth they typify will be part of the discussions in Davos on inequality. Here’s a look at who they are. Bill Gates: $75 billion

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  • Philippines protests Chinese arms build-up on islands

    MANILA: The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a US think tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country’s top diplomat said Monday.Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the diplomatic communication was issued after the report came out last month. The Center for Strategic and International Studies report said anti-aircraft guns and weapons systems designed to guard against missile attacks appear to have been placed on all seven of China’s newly created islands. Yasay told CNN Philippines that Manila had responded, but did so quietly. “We

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  • Why is there a Saudi market called ‘Souq of the Dead’?

    There is a famous market in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah named “Souq of the Dead” which sells clothing which one belonged to the deceased. The market itself extends within al-Sawarikh market in the western region of Jeddah. The vendors then sell these charitable donations at prices ranging from five to 20 Saudi Riyals per piece. Mohamed Ali Saleem, an economics researcher, said that the shoppers frequenting the market are usually African or Asian immigrants with limited incomes in Saudi Arabia.

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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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  • Week in pictures: 7-13 January 2017

    Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week. All photographs are copyrighted.

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  • Saudis, Egyptians at loggerheads over Tiran and Sanafir

    Saudis reacted to the Supreme Administrative Court ruling on Monday via social media, expressing anger at the verdict which nullified the transfer of sovreignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Some Saudi Twitter users called for Egyptian workers to be expelled from the Gulf kingdom, while others demanded international arbitration over the issue in order to seize the islands. The Saudi cleric Awad al-Qarni, a well-known personality in the gulf kingdom, stepped into the row over the islands by criticizing Emirati politician Abdel Khalek Abdallah, who had demanded that the Egyptian judiciary's ruling be respected.   Qarni said: "If an Iranian court ruled that the three islands [in dispute

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  • Trump 'asking for names' concerned Obama W.H.

    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says that the Obama White Hosue was "concerned" with the Trump transition team asking for names of career staffers

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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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  • 'No sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal: Iran president

    President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday there was no chance of Iran renegotiating the nuclear deal with world powers if US President-elect Donald Trump demands it. "The nuclear deal is finished, it has been approved by the UN Security Council and has become an international document. It is a multilateral accord and there is no sense in renegotiating it," said Rouhani at a news conference a year on from the deal coming into force. Trump frequently criticised the nuclear deal during campaigning and called for fresh negotiations, but has refused to be drawn on his plans since being elected.

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  • University of Sussex 'sorry' for domestic violence failings

    A university has apologised for the "inadequate" way it handled the case of a former student who was attacked by her lecturer partner. Allison Smith, 24, was "knocked out" by Dr Lee Salter in September 2015 but he continued teaching at the University of Sussex for another 10 months. The university commissioned a review to examine its response. Reporting on the findings, vice-chancellor Prof Adam Tickell said he was "very sorry for the failings". Salter was finally suspended by the university after a conviction in June 2016 and later lost his job. He was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months. The independent report by professor of criminology, Nicole Westmarland of Durham University,

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