• India ranks below Pakistan, Nepal among world’s happiest countries

    India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal. Nations such as China (79), Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110), Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better than India on the ranking. Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

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  • US waiter fired after asking diners for proof of residency

    Four women in Southern California were asked to prove they were legal residents by a waiter in a restaurant. Managers of Saint Marc, in Huntington Beach, later apologised and said they had fired the staff member. The original Facebook post about the incident has been shared more than 1,000 times and gained hundreds of comments. But the women have also received a backlash from people dubbing the story "fake news". Diana Carrillo, who has Mexican ancestry, told the BBC: "I've never faced discrimination like this in the past. The four of us who went to the restaurant were all born in the United States." The incident happened when they visited the restaurant on 11 March. 'In shock' Ms Carrillo said:

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  • US-bound Saudia passengers can’t carry electronic devices in cabin

    JEDDAH — Saudi Arabian Airlines’ US-bound passengers flying from Riyadh and Jeddah airports will not be allowed to carry in their cabin baggage any electronic devices bigger than a cell phone or a smart phone. The measure follows a new announcement by US Department of Homeland Security that requires passengers coming to the United States from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar to place in checked baggage all personal electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a smart phone, travel printers/scanners. Senior US officials told reporters that nine airlines from

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  • Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

    The Philippines plans to file a "strong" protest against China after it announced preparatory work for an environmental monitoring station on a shoal in the South China Sea, as President Rodrigo Duterte called for regional guidelines governing the disputed area.  Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre told reporters in Manila on Tuesday the government would file a complaint against Beijing's plan to construct a radar station on Scarborough Shoal. "The case which will be filed is fairly strong, I think," Aguirre said. Aguirre said the Philippines would also renew its strong ties with the United States in the face of China's aggressive action in the shoal, which is 229km from the Philippine island

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  • The sequels that should never have been made

    Gladiator is the latest film which might be receiving the sequel treatment. The film, which was directed by Ridley Scott, won the best picture Oscar in 2000. Before now, many of us thought a sequel was out of the question because Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by the film's star, Russell Crowe, you know, died at the end of the last one. But by the sound of it, Scott's not going to let such minor details stand in his way. "I know how to bring him back," he said at South by South West (SXSW) recently. "Whether it will happen I don't know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell's changed a little bit. He's doing something right now but I'm trying to get him back down here." Sequels often make a lot of

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  • Lorry driver Dariusz Tokarczyk jailed for killing Jodie Moss

    A lorry driver who killed a 21-year-old woman while selecting music on his mobile phone has been jailed. Jodie Moss died when Dariusz Tokarczyk's HGV smashed into her stationary car on the A34 at Chieveley, Berkshire, in March 2016. Tokarczyk, 47, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four-and-half years in prison and banned from driving for 51 months. Reading Crown Court heard that Jodie, from Swindon, had turned her Vauxhall Corsa's hazard warning lights on after it had suffered engine failure. Tokarczyk, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, was selecting music on his mobile phone in the moments before impact, the court heard. Judge Angela Morris told Tokarczyk that

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  • Eric and Lara Trump announce pregnancy

    President Donald Trump's son Eric has announced that he and his wife, Lara, are expecting their first child. They posted on social media that the baby is due in September, saying: "It's been an amazing year. We are blessed!" The couple got married at the Trump family's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in 2014. The baby will be President Trump's ninth grandchild. His son Donald Jnr has five children and his daughter, Ivanka, has three. Eric revealed in an interview with People magazine that they are expecting a boy, but said the couple have not decided on a name yet. Lara Trump also told the magazine: "[Eric's] dad is so excited that we were worried he'd blurt it out at a press conference."

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  • Philippine diplomat sent to Saudi Arabia to lead search for missing woman

    JEDDAH: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sent a special representative to Saudi Arabia to lead the search for a Filipino woman who has been reported missing for more than a year. Mohammed Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, a special assistant at the Office of Migrant Workers’ Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), identified the missing worker as Diosalyn Fabian Seva, 36, a mother of two young children. Lomondot, who once served as Philippine consul general in Jeddah, said Seva quit her job as teacher at Dupax Del Norte High School in Nueva Vizcaya, northern Philippines, to try her luck as a maid in Saudi Arabia. She arrived in the Kingdom in October 2015 and was supposed to work for

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  • India: State leader raises concerns in Uttar Pradesh

    While he is popular with many Hindus, and has served five consecutive terms as a member of Parliament since 1998, his appointment caught many by surprise, said Shekhar Gupta, a veteran political journalist and former editor of the Indian Express newspaper who currently hosts "Walk the Talk", a political interview talk show on NDTV24x7. "There was a great degree of polarization in this election," Gupta said. "The Hindu vote is divided on the basis of caste, and the challenge (for BJP) was to try and use faith to reunite what caste has divided." BJP has defended Adityanath's appointment, with BJP minister and spokesman Venkaiah Naidu saying in a statement that the new chief minister "is a strong

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  • Saudi Arabia’s 450-km Haramain train project nears completion

    The company, implementing the constructional work for the Haramain Express Train, has completed the construction of 430 km of rails out of 450km, which is the distance between Makkah and Madinah, the project sources said. The sources said the remaining kilometers to be constructed are part of the railway leading from Jeddah to Makkah at the main station at Al-Rusaifah district in the holy city.

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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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  • 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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  • Crimea: The place that's rather difficult to get into

    Three years after Russia annexed Crimea, a move bitterly contested by Ukraine's government, the region remains in a state of flux. It's difficult to get into, and for many people, it's difficult to know where it's going. At Kiev International Airport, I hand my passport to a border guard. "Purpose of visit?" he asks. "Journalism. I'm with the BBC." He pauses. He studies my passport. He seems to be checking a list. He goes to pick up a telephone and asks a question. He does not realise I can hear. "You remember that pro-Russian journalist from the BBC? Was his surname Rosenberg?" Another pause. "It wasn't? OK, thanks." He hangs up. He stamps my passport and returns it. "Welcome to Ukraine!" he

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  • How a young Saudi’s passion for numbers gave rise to actuarial company

    The expression “the love of adventure pushes entrepreneurs to leave typical businesses and shift towards taking risks in pioneer works” best applies to 26-year old Saudi Ahmed Bukhamseen who left work at a global corporation to become an entrepreneur, and established Quant Data and Analytics – a specialized company in the field of data science, data analysis, visualization and integration in Business Intelligence platforms that transforms raw data into information to empower organizations in the decision making process. Bukhamseen graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a Bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and financial mathematics, a sub-specialization concerned with data analysis and study, and which uses mathematical and statistical methods to estimate the amount of risks in insurance and financial industries.

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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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  • Casemiro sends ‘suffering’ Madrid five points clear

    MADRID: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hailed his side’s character to hold off an Athletic Bilbao onslaught as Casemiro proved their unlikely hero in a vital 2-1 win on Saturday. The Brazilian midfielder slotted home from close range 22 minutes from time to move Madrid five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga. “We were made to suffer a lot, but at the same time we played with a lot of character,” said Zidane. “It was a hugely important game to win and continue with our good run.” Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a half-time lead from Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross before Aritz Aduriz briefly levelled for Athletic. Barcelona can cut the gap back to two points when they face Valencia

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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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  • Why is Pakistan's Musharraf on TV?

    Pakistan's controversial former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, has launched a television show commenting on current affairs. The weekly show began on the Pakistani TV channel Bol last month. So far the former leader has called for closer ties with the US, criticised Pakistan's civilian government and attacked India. But his move raises many questions about his motives, and how's it being received in Pakistan? What's behind the move? Many retired military officials have morphed into security analysts after retirement, but Mr Musharraf is the highest-ranking official to go down that route. He also scored a first in 2013 when he became the first-ever Pakistani army chief to form a political party

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  • Mike Tyson will train Chris Brown in his fight against rapper Soulja Boy

    Mike Tyson has confirmed that he'll be training Chris Brown in his grudge fight against rapper Soulja Boy. The former heavyweight champion was asked to help out by 50 Cent after some major beef between the pair over the last few weeks. "I'm gonna teach him how to bite somebody's ear. Yeah, that's right," he said in a video on Instagram. "I'm gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knock you out. Because I'm not going to teach him how to run." Soulja Boy is going to be trained by another former boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, who announced the bout on Instagram. The three-round fight will take place in Las Vegas but a date hasn't been announced. The grudge started after Soulja Boy liked

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  • FBI to break silence on Russia ties and wiretap claims

    The directors of the FBI and NSA are set to break their public silence on potential ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, and on his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency (NSA) will speak to Congress on Monday, publicly addressing for the first time two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks and have further divided the country's two major political parties. They are both set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing aimed at probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election campaign.  Trump and his entourage's

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