• Blake Lively doesn't want you praising her post-baby body

    Blake Lively says new mums shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight straight after having a baby. She's been on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, where she was complimented on how great she looked in a bikini in her new film The Shallows. The presenter commented on how the film was shot just months after Blake had her first baby. But the 28-year-old called it unfair that slimming down after birth is "so celebrated". "It's like, this is what someone looks like after having a baby," she said. "I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated." The ex-Gossip Girl star's now expecting her second child with husband

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  • 'World’s largest' pearl emerges in Philippines

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines: A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said. The man found the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl inside a giant clam that was snagged by his anchor as he waited out a storm at sea, according to local tourism department chief Cynthia Amurao, who is also his aunt. Not knowing it could be worth tens of millions of dollars, he kept the 30-centimeter by 60-centimeter (12-inch by 24-inch) pearl in his thatch hut on the western island of Palawan, tucked under a wooden bed as a good-luck charm, Amurao added. In July, the nephew moved to a new address and took the object to his aunt in a tricycle, asking her to hide it for him, said Amurao, the city tourism officer for Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital.

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  • Newspaper headlines: Italy earthquake and Camber Sands deaths

    Many of the papers feature images of devastation from central Italy on their front pages. The Guardian shows rescuers carrying a woman from rubble in Amatrice where - it writes - the town's 13th Century clock tower survived, with the time frozen at 3.39am, three minutes after the quake struck. The Times quotes the grandmother of a family of four killed in Accumoli when their house collapsed. She blames God, saying "he took them all at once". The Daily Telegraph shows a bloodied nun checking her mobile phone, after her convent collapsed. On its front page, the Daily Mail calls on the government to "Ban the Toxic Beads Now!" - following calls from MPs to prohibit the the use of tiny balls of plastic

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  • Saudi women at Olympics: Winners without medals

    No medals were won at the Rio Olympics by either men or women in the Saudi team made up of 13 athletes. For Saudi Arabia, it was the second time for women to participate since the last Olympic Games in London in 2012. Their performance did not get them far past the first rounds, however. “Our early departure in the competition will have a big impact on the renaissance of Saudi athletics that otherwise wouldn’t happen if we’d won gold medals,” said Lubna Al-Omair in a tweet last week after her defeat in women’s fencing against Brazilian competitor Tais Rochel. “It’s a long path and we’re still in the beginning but what’s important is that we will get there. Very optimistic about the future of

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  • Australia backpacker murder: Man charged over Mia Ayliffe-Chung death

    A man has been charged with the murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung at a hostel in Australia. Queensland Police Service earlier named the suspected murderer as 29-year-old Frenchman Smail Ayad. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder, 12 counts of serious assault and one count of serious animal cruelty. Miss Ayliffe-Chung died after being stabbed in Home Hill, near Townsville, on Tuesday night local time. The 21-year-old from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, died from multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination confirmed. Mr Ayad is due to appear before Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday by video-link. Police said the possibility that Mr Ayad had an unrequited romantic

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  • Philippines: Death toll in Duterte's war on drugs

    Halfway through President Rodrigo Duterte's first 100 days in office, his top police commander said that 1,900 drug-related killings have been recorded, drawing sharp criticism from human rights groups who denounced the Philippine leader for "steamrolling the rule of law". Philippine police chief Ronald dela Rosa said during a Senate hearing that at least 750 of the incidents were linked to police operations. More than 1,100 other cases are still being investigated, he said. Duterte said that of the three million suspected drug dependents in the country, 600,000 have turned themselves in to authorities.  While saying that it does not condone extrajudicial killings, the office of the president

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  • If Hollywood made an Iranian anti-US revenge fantasy

    It has the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster and the heightened emotion of a Bollywood musical, but the message couldn't be more anti-American. An extraordinary eight-minute music video/revenge fantasy called "We are standing to last drop of blood" has been regularly shown on on Iran's national TV this month and set social media buzzing. The film shows patriotic youths magically destroying an American invasion fleet which has targeted an idyllic Iranian seaside town and its peaceful nuclear power plant. When the civilians come under unprovoked attack the Iranian heroes unite to use the power of their national flag to create a tsunami that destroys the US ships and aircraft. It ends

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  • U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel - International - World

    A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. "They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters. Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States. Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran in January after a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions but serious differences still remain over Iran's ballistic missile program, Syria and Iraq.

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  • Oil prices fall as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

    Oil prices fell on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month, and as analysts pointed to an ongoing supply overhang that was weighing on markets. International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.46 per barrel at 0658 GMT, down 21 cents from their previous close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 10 cents at $47.23 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that "we don't believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us", adding that the "market is moving in the right direction" already.

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  • The woman who says that it's not only men who like to look

    "You don't get pregnant from eye contact". One of the memorable lines from a Facebook post that has been liked more than 10,000 times. Its origin is the southern Indian state of Kerala. Its author a part-time teacher and accountant named Vanaja Vasudev. Her post, written in the local language Malayalam, was a response to a bizarre comment by a local official, Kerala excise commissioner Rishiraj Singh, who claimed in a speech that a man who stares at a woman for more than 14 seconds could be jailed for harassment. There is no such law and Singh's assertion has caused much amusement on social media. Though one news outlet published a video of a man's eyes staring for 14 seconds to give its viewers

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  • 23 Absurdly Fab Photos from Karim El Chiaty & Victoria's Secret Model Ana Beatriz Barros' Wedding

    You might have noticed people making the move to Sahel, Gouna, and other such dreamy beachy lands during the Eid weekend, but what about the mysterious case of Mykonos? Why were our social media feeds suddenly flooded with images of the Greek tropical island? A coincidence? We think not. Everyone in the country (or world) has been buzzing – about what can only be described as the biggest, most glam wedding of the year where Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel Ana Beatriz Barros tied the knot with Egyptian-Greek billionaire Karim El Chiati. You could say a few celebrities made an appearance. Nothing special. A slew of luxurious villas held over 400 guests who flew from all over the world for

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  • Love Island will return for a third series

    Good news for fans of Love Island - ITV has announced it will be back next year. Bosses have ordered a third season of one of the summer's most talked about shows. Its second run is thought to have doubled last year's viewing figures, with an average of 1.3 million people watching each episode. "We can't wait to do it all again next year," said ITV Studios creative director Richard Cowles. Although the series officially finished last night with Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde crowned champions, it will return for a special episode on Sunday 17 July. Love Island: Heading Home will follow the islanders as they're reunited at the wrap party. Which will no doubt mean clashes as exes come face-to-face

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  • Margaret Thatcher held secret Saudi arms talks, archives show

    Margaret Thatcher held secret talks with Saudi rulers in 1985, leading up to the UK's largest arms deal, newly released official documents show. The then prime minister met King Fahd five months before the first instalment of the £40bn Al-Yamamah deal was agreed to sell Tornados and other aircraft. At the time, officials said the meeting focused on peace in the Middle East. But Foreign Office papers indicate the visit was actually intended to "smoke out" the Saudis over arms contracts. Newly declassified documents from the mid-1980s give a fresh insight into the Thatcher government's immense efforts to sell British Tornados and other aircraft to Saudi Arabia. The Al-Yamamah arms deal, first agreed

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  • Saudi Arabia plans to stem flow of illegal Hajj pilgrims

    Saudi authorities have stepped up efforts to clamp down on unauthorized pilgrims and vehicles during the Hajj pilgrimage this year. Assistant Commander of Hajj Security Forces for the Central Area Maj. Gen. Dr. Saud Al-Khileiwi said the Director of Public Security Lt. Gen. Othman Al-Muhrij has issued instructions to the directors of police in different provinces and commanders of Public Security to have a strict vigil at checkpoints and prevent unauthorized pilgrims from entering Makkah and other holy sites. Over the years, Saudi Arabia has tightened rules for domestic pilgrims who are obligated to take permit before embarking on the pilgrimage. Last year, authorities sent back a total of 160,000 domestic pilgrims trying to enter Makkah and the holy sites without Hajj permits.

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  • India plans surrogacy ban for foreigners, unmarried couples - Concerns about exploitation of poor Indian women

    NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday approved plans to ban the booming commercial surrogacy industry, a move that would block thousands of foreign couples who flock to centers to have a baby. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said cabinet cleared a bill to restrict surrogacy services to local married couples, following concerns about the exploitation of young, poor Indian women who bear babies for others. “This is a comprehensive bill to completely ban commercial surrogacy,” Swaraj told reporters after the cabinet meeting. “Childless couples, who are medically unfit to have children, can take help from a close relative, which is called altruistic surrogacy,” she said. Swaraj said foreign couples,

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  • Why ice cream won't help your sunburn but oatmeal will

    After catching some rays on the hottest day of the year, some of us may be feeling a bit pink today. Obviously the best way to avoid sunburn is to wear sunscreen but what if you forgot and got burnt? There's lots of advice on what to do and some of it can be a bit misleading. Newsbeat's been speaking to Dr Nisith Sheth from the British Skin Foundation who tells us what is good - and what isn't - for burnt skin. Ice cream When your skin is burning up, it may be tempting to cool off with the coldest thing you can find on the beach. But Dr Nisith Sheth says putting ice cream on your skin is not a good idea. "Whilst the cooling affect of the ice cream may reduce the inflammation, the contents of

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  • China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover

    China has given the world a first glimpse of its design for the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars. It intends to launch its mission in mid-2020. As part of the announcement in Beijing, the authorities also launched a public competition to come up with a name and logo for the voyager. China's ambitious space programme has been progressing at a rapid pace in recent years. On 16 August it launched a potentially groundbreaking quantum-enabled satellite, testing communications technology, and in early August its Jade Rabbit lunar rover shut down after 31 months exploring the Moon. Computer-generated images released by the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology

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  • Dwayne Johnson named world's highest-paid actor

    Dwayne Johnson is rocking Forbes’ highest-paid actor list. Johnson commanded $64.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016, more than doubling his earnings from the previous year and bumping Robert Downey Jr from the top of the list, where he was perched for three consecutive years. A bulk of Johnson’s earnings come from his roles in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, the disaster movie “San Andreas,” and the HBO series “Ballers,” as well as upfront fees for “Fast 8” and the “Baywatch” movie Johnson ranked No. 11 last year with around $31 million. “Want to say two things about this,” Johnson tweeted about the news. “I started w/$7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you. Waffle House on me!” Downey

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  • It's Not a UFO, It's the Zero-Emission Solar Impulse 2 Heading for Cairo

    On Wednesday morning the skies of Egypt are expecting a visitor that may look to many like a UFO, but is actually the amazing zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse 2 on the final stretch of its 35,000 km journey to circumnavigate the globe. Cairo will be the next stop for the Solar Impulse 2, which embarked from Abu Dhabi in March 2015. Currently in the skies, the Solar Impulse 2 departed from Seville en route to Cairo, the final stop before completing its mission back in Abu Dhabi. Piloting the unique aircraft into Cairo is Andre Borschberg alongside Bertrand Piccard, who alternate flying duties between the different stages. It is expected to take 48 to 72 hours for the aircraft to reach Cairo, depending

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  • Syrian war: Government regains Darayya after last rebels leave

    The Syrian government has retaken control of the town of Darayya, after the last rebels left under a deal ending a four-year siege. Buses containing the final remaining fighters left on Saturday, and are heading towards rebel-held Idlib city. BBC Arabic reported that the town, near the capital Damascus, is completely empty of rebels, who handed over their heavy weapons before leaving. Elsewhere at least 15 people died in barrel bombings in Aleppo, reports say. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two barrel bombs struck minutes apart in a rebel-held part of the city. The first struck crowds mourning child victims of a similar attack earlier this week, while a second hit

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