• Iran blocks websites for reporting on reformist ex-president

    Iran has blocked two news websites after they published reports about former reformist president Mohammad Khatami and pictures of him, state-run IRNA news agency said Friday. Newspapers have said judicial authorities told media they were banned from publishing information, including pictures, about…

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    • British TV shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap

      Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi…

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      • Oscars still top draw for advertisers despite fickle ratings

        By Eric Kelsey and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of people who watched Sunday's Oscars was down and the critics were less than impressed, but Hollywood's biggest night is still a top draw for television advertisers. Despite a 15 percent drop in viewership to 37.3 million,…

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        • In Algeria, women 'imams' battle Islamist radicalisation

          Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria's battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s. The surge of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, and even in Libya next door, as well as the growing…

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          • One of CNN's aviation experts thinks Putin stole missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

            Screenshot/CNN Private pilot and science writer Jeff Wise, one of CNN's aviation analysts during the network's wall-to-wall coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, has a wild theory about the plane's true location. In short, he thinks that the plane landed on a remote runway in…

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            • Over 40 killed as Iraqi forces battle IS

              Baghdad, Feb 28 (IANS) At least 41 people were killed and over 100 injured in Iraq Saturday, as Iraqi forces and allied militiamen clashed with Sunni jihadi group Islamic State, security sources said. In the deadliest militant attack, three suicide car bombers backed by dozens of IS militants…

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              • Indonesia's stance 'clear' on Australians' executions: Widodo

                Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country's stance is "clear" on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia's prime minister that he is "carefully considering" his position. The executions by firing squad of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew…

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                • A Minute With: Margot Robbie on feisty females and 'Focus'

                  By Alicia Avila LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After making her film breakout as the no-holds-barred wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort in 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Margot Robbie is taking on Will Smith for a tango of twists and turns in the underground world of heists. In "Focus," out in…

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                  • Here come the ultra-luxurious SUVs!

                    The SUV is back, big time. Automakers like...

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                    • How Samsung won and then lost the smartphone war

                      In November 2011, Samsung released the first of a series of ads that would define the company for the next three years. It started with a bunch of hipster-looking people waiting outside a mock Apple Store for the next iPhone. As the hipsters tick down the hours until they have the right to get…

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                      • Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base

                        Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said. At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra Front jihadists, according to the Syrian…

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                        • A model tells us what it was like to walk in Kanye West's bizarre fashion show

                          Everyone has been weighing in on Kanye West's Adidas collaboration show at New York Fashion Week. Devan Mayfield, who walked the runway at modeling West's line, spoke with Business Insider about her experience with the show. Mayfield said she found out about the casting call last minute.

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                          • Saudi reports 10 MERS deaths in a week

                            Ten more people in Saudi Arabia have died from MERS over the past week, health ministry figures showed on Friday, after an international mission urged extra measures to combat the virus. Saudi Arabia is the country worst-hit by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Doctor Abdul…

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                            • Visa on arrival now for 150 countries

                              New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) India will provide visa on arrival (VoA) to visitors from 150 countries -- a sharp rise from the 43 countries now, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced Saturday. "Last year VoA was issued to 43 countries. As tourism in the country has increased, I propose to increase the…

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                              • Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

                                Fed Cup winner Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. The Czech snapped Azarenka's 14-match winning streak in Doha and also foiled the Belarusian's attempt to clinch a record third Qatar Open title.

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                                • Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta

                                  Scarlett Johansson defended John Travolta on Thursday, calling the actor "a class act" and denouncing the image of the two on the Academy Awards red carpet as "an unfortunate still-frame" that doesn't reflect a "totally sweet and totally welcome" encounter. In an exclusive statement to The…

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