• 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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  • Russia is now the world's third largest military spender

    Russia is back in the top ranks of military spenders. The country boosted its military spending to $69.2 billion in 2016, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The 5.9% increase landed Russia behind only the United States and China in the ranking of top spenders. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled plans in 2011 to spend more than 20 trillion rubles ($360 billion) to modernize his country's antiquated military equipment by 2025. Putin's plans were interrupted by Russia's deep economic crisis and a collapse in the value of the ruble in 2015. With spending depressed, Russia slipped behind Saudi Arabia and into fourth place in the ranking.

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  • Dubai’s Emirates considering radical options amid global turbulence in aviation

    Emirates is considering some radical solutions to what its chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, on Tuesday admitted will be a “challenging” time ahead for the region’s biggest carrier and hitherto fastest-growing global airline. An almost exclusive focus on new routes to the east and south of the Arabian Gulf; more narrow-body aircraft and an even closer alliance with its low-cost sister, FlyDubai. Those were all options teasingly offered at a press event at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. It was held at Emirates’ ostentatious stand, which was easily the biggest and most impressive of the event. “Stand” does not really do justice to the three-story building, complete with replica

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  • Critics blast US shipment of fighter jets to Israel

    Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States at the weekend - a new generation of "near-invisible" planes that critics fear will free the country's hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected. In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s from manufacturer Lockheed Martin, and claims it will have the first squadron combat-ready before the end of the year.  Israel is the first country outside the US to be allowed access to the warplane, said to be the most expensive ever developed.  The F-35's main selling point is its advanced stealth capabilities, reportedly allowing it to evade even the most sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems.

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  • How to make everyone hate you on email

    Stop before you copy your boss into that email. It's not going to make you look good - it's going to make everyone else in the office distrust you. That's the finding of research into the pernicious "cc effect", carried out by a professor of management studies at Cambridge University's Judge Business School. David De Cremer has looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email traffic. When people keep copying in a manager, it doesn't create "transparency", says Prof De Cremer, but feeds a "culture of fear". But what about the other unspoken evils of office email clogging up your inbox? "I am here, really": This is where email is used to tell colleagues near and far that you're actually at

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  • China's first big jetliner clears final hurdle before flying

    China's first big jetliner just passed a crucial test that will take the country a step closer to becoming one of the world's elite large airline makers. The C919 airliner, which is produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or Comac, finished its final ground trial on Sunday in Shanghai. Test pilots sped the C919 down the runway at Pudong International Airport, lifting the nose of the jet into the air and slamming on the brakes. Before the airplane could make its maiden flight -- expected before the end of May -- the pilots had to demonstrate the jet can safely stop on the runway in case something goes wrong. The 168-seat C919 is roughly the same size as Airbus's A320 and Boeing's

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  • Kylie Jenner accepts invite to be California teenager's high school prom date

    Kylie Jenner has surprised teenagers at a high school in California by turning up at their prom. The reality star was invited by student Albert Ochoa after his date turned him down. Videos posted on social media show the 19-year-old walking through crowds of people at Rio Americano High School on Saturday night. Kylie snapchatted a photo of herself in a prom dress with friend Jordyn Woods. "TELL ME WHY MY BROTHER TOOK KYLIE JENNER TO PROM 2NIGHT !!!!!!!", she wrote on Twitter. Albert retweeted videos showing him entering the prom with Kylie. Kylie attended high school until the end of ninth grade before being home schooled, and missed out on her own high school prom. She has previously talked

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  • Is India losing Kashmir?

    As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir? Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley. To add fuel to the fire, graphic social videos surfaced claiming to show abuses by security forces and young people who oppose Indian rule. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who leads an awkward ruling coalition with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rushed to Delhi on Monday to urge the federal government to "announce a dialogue and show reconciliatory gestures".

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  • China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

    China has launched its first domestically made aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defence industries. Like the 60,000-tonne Liaoning aircraft carrier, which was purchased from the Ukraine, the new carrier is based on the Soviet Kuznetsov class design, with a ski jump-style deck for taking off and a conventional oil-fuelled steam turbine power plant. The design limits the weight of payloads its planes can carry, its speed and the amount of time it can spend at sea compared with US nuclear-powered carriers. China is believed to be planning to build at least two - and possibly as many as four - additional carriers, with one of them, the Type 002, reported to be already under construction at a shipyard outside Shanghai.

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  • Red kites flourishing in Reading because people feed them, study finds

    Red kites are increasing in number because people are feeding them in their back gardens, a university study has found. Professor of Ecology Mark Fellowes said Reading and the surrounding Chilterns area were a "benign environment" for the birds. The birds were re-introduced in 1989 after having been absent in England and Scotland for almost 100 years. In parts of the world, they are at risk of being shot by farmers. Professor Fellowes, of the University of Reading, said: "Driving through the suburbs, it's not unusual to see 20 red kites circling over a house, because people are feeding them. "There's no need to feed them, there's plenty of road kill out there, but I understand why people do it

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  • Philippine lawyer accuses Duterte of ‘mass murder’ at ICC

    THE HAGUE: A Philippine lawyer on Monday filed a complaint at the world’s only permanent war crimes court against President Rodrigo Duterte, alleging his war on drugs has caused some 8,000 deaths. Lawyer Jude Sabio urged the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate Duterte and senior adminstration officials and bring charges of crimes against humanity against them for “the terrifying and gruesome situation of continuing mass murder in the Philippines.” Sabio, who is the lawyer for Duterte’s confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, said the president “began his strategy or system of eliminating or killing persons suspected of crimes, including drug addicts and pushers”

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  • Egypt Named Among World's 32 Most Powerful Economies From Now Until 2050 by PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Business Insider UK has named Egypt among the 32 most powerful economies by 2030, citing a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report titled ‘The Long View: How Will the Global Economic Order Change by 2050?’ The predictions are based on these countries’ projected GDP by purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2030. China leads the pack with a projected GDP by PPP of $38 trillion, with the US coming as a distant second at $23 trillion, and Egypt ranks 19th with a projected GDP by PPP of $2 trillion.According to the PwC report, Egypt’s economy will grow at an average rate of 5% between 2016 and 2020. The country’s GDP by PPP is projected to reach $4.3 trillion, and its population is estimated to grow to 151.1

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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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  • 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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  • Farmers find 'unicorn' among their sheep in Iceland

    A craze for all things unicorn has swept through popular culture of late, whether it's multi-coloured novelty drinks or technology investors looking for the next big thing. But a farming family in Iceland reckon they've found the real thing - of sorts - among their own flock of sheep. Erla Porey Olafsdottir's sheep normally have two horns. On one ram, however, these appear to have fused into one, forking only a little at the end, thus matching the Latin origins of the word - uni and cornu - "single horn". To be doubly sure though, Erla's family have also named him Einhyrningur, "unicorn" in Icelandic. The Iceland Monitor website reported that Einhyrningur was accidentally left on the mountainside

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  • Manchester United drumbeat booms for Guardiola - World - Sports

    Jose Mourinho has an opportunity to score a seismic victory over his old foe Pep Guardiola when his Manchester United side visit misfiring Manchester City on Thursday. Guardiola oversaw a one-sided 2-1 win when he and Mourinho resumed hostilities in September and was generally felt to have made a bigger impact than the Portuguese in the season's early months. But having been condemned to a trophy-free first campaign at City by Sunday's FA Cup semifinal loss to Arsenal, Guardiola will lose his hold on a top-four place if United prevail at the Etihad Stadium. "If we finish fifth and they finish sixth and we are above them, it means nothing," Mourinho said on Wednesday. "If they finish third and

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  • Viral Video: Lindsay Lohan Eats Rice With Her Hands on a Kuwaiti Talk Show

    Lindsay Lohan has been making turbid headlines in the media since she was photographed walking to her London hotel holding a Quran. Rumours of her converting to Islam have since been going wild. But did you ever imagine that the Mean Girls superstar would ever be filmed eating rice with her bare hands on the Kuwaiti comedy show Swar Shuaib? Regina George is officially not sitting with you! It’s okay; you can come sit with us here in the Arab world instead! Shuaib, the show’s host, invited Lohan (to sit with him!) to address the topic of the programme Al Ta3ayosh (Coexistence). After briefly discussing with Lohan the backlash she’s been receiving following her flirtation with Islam, and how she

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  • Asia Madani and Ahmed Omar Set to Shake Things Up at Cairo Jazz Club with Their Afro Inspired Sounds

    Sudanese vocalist and percussionist Asia Madani has been living in Egypt since the turn of the millennium, when she moved here to pursue her musical career and never looked back. Her music is rooted in Sudanese folklore, where she showcases the traditional sounds of her home country, incorporating modern and traditional instruments, vocals, and dancing. Part of The Nile Project (a cross cultural musical project bridging gaps between Nile basin countries), Madani has been exposed to multitudes of different styles from different African cultural backgrounds. She played some of our country's biggest festivals and venues like Oshtoora, 3al Ganoob, Room Art Space, the Cairo Opera House, The Citadel

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  • Qatar Airways chief accuses US carriers of ‘bullying’

    DUBAI: The chief of Qatar Airways on Monday accused American carriers complaining over alleged subsidies to Gulf airlines of “bullying,” as he announced new US routes in defiance of mounting airport restrictions. US carriers Delta, United and American Airlines have accused Qatar Airways along with Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad of benefitting from government subsidies to expand their transcontinental networks. They have urged US President Donald Trump to take action against the Gulf airlines, who deny any form of subsidy. Speaking to reporters at the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al-Baker said he didn’t expect any action from Washington. “President

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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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