• India opens longest bridge on China border

    India has inaugurated a 9.15km (5.68-mile) bridge over the Lohit river, easily its longest ever, which connects the disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh with the north-eastern state of Assam. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own, and refers to it as "southern Tibet". Beijing recently strongly objected to India's decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit the state and has also protested against the development of military infrastructure there. But India has defended its right to do so. "With China getting more and more aggressive, it is time we strengthened our physical infrastructure to defend our territory," India's junior Home Minister Khiren Rijiju, a native of Arunachal

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  • This is what it's like to wear a hijab and live in Donald Trump's America

    For some Muslim women who wear the hijab, Donald Trump's rise to power has made them question what they wear. "I personally know people who've taken off their scarves because they don't feel comfortable," says Instagram star Fatima Abdallah. She's been talking to Radio 1 about what it's like to live in the US as a Muslim woman at the moment. "I feel like it [the election of Donald Trump] has made hate a lot more tolerable," she says. Fatima and two other online stars - Kendyl Aurora and Mariana Aguilera - feature in Radio 1 iPlayer documentary New York Hijabis, which investigates what it's like to wear the garment in the US. Modest fashion, where clothing covers most of the body, has been getting

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  • Pregnant teenager banned from graduation ceremony

    A pregnant US teenager branded "immoral" by her school and barred from its graduation ceremony is to have her own event, organised by her parents. Maddi Runkles, 18, who attends a small private Christian school in Maryland, has been told she is not welcome at the event, on 2 June, because she must be "accountable for her immorality". Instead, her parents have decided to organise a special party for their daughter the following day. The decision by the board of governors of the Heritage Academy, in Hagerstown, has drawn criticism on social media from those who say the school is showing no Christian compassion to the teenager. "Heritage Academy has opportunity to demonstrate love & grace of Jesus.

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  • Serena Williams takes on new challenge in Silicon Valley

    Tennis star Serena Williams has joined the board at technology firm SurveyMonkey and pledged to tackle the lack of diversity in the industry. Ms Williams, who is due to marry Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said she is disappointed that high-paid tech jobs are filled by white and Asian men. It is unclear how she plans to address the issue. Tech firms based in Silicon Valley have been accused of failing to deal with sexism and a lack of diversity. "I feel like diversity is something I speak to," Williams said. "Change is always happening, change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of the change and to make it easier for the next person that comes behind me."

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  • Philippines violence: IS-linked fighters 'among militants in Marawi'

    Foreign fighters believed to be linked to so-called Islamic State are among militants killed in a southern Philippine city, officials say. The military has been conducting air strikes in Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was overrun by jihadists. The region is a stronghold for the local Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to IS. Analysts say it is a rare admission by authorities that foreigners are now fighting alongside local militants. President Rodrigo Duterte said the presence of foreign fighters was proof that IS had gained a foothold on Mindanao. Officials said that six jihadists, including Indonesian and Malaysian citizens, were killed as the army continued its operation in Marawi,

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  • ANALYSIS: Did Khamenei gamble big by playing the Raisi card?

    There is no doubt that what is known as “presidential election” in Iran is held in a very oppressive atmosphere. It is fake and totally different from democratic elections held around the world. In this fake show, only two candidates out of a total of six, are approved by Guardian Council (which is a council consisting of members selected by Khamenei). The two main selected candidates are given full media attention and coverage and political analysts turn them into election highlights.

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  • Manchester attack: Salman Abedi named as bomber by police

    Salman Abedi has been named by police as the suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured 59 at Manchester Arena on Monday night. The 22-year-old was Manchester born and from a family of Libyan origin, the BBC understands. So far three victims have been named - Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, Georgina Callander and John Atkinson, 28. Greater Manchester Police said the priority was to establish whether Abedi had worked alone or not. A vigil is being held in front of the town hall in Manchester's Albert Square. Abedi is thought to have blown himself up in the arena's foyer shortly after 22:30 BST on Monday, as fans were beginning to leave a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester

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  • Melania Trump in black at the Vatican. Why?

    Melania Trump arrived at the Vatican on Wednesday morning the picture of modesty: a knee-length black dress, arms covered and a black veil over her hair. Her choice of outfit - in particular, the elegant veil - did not go unnoticed by those keeping a close eye on the First Lady during her husband's first overseas tour as president. Among them was the BBC's North America editor, Jon Sopel. "Interesting micro point," he tweeted. "Melania Trump wears head covering for meeting with @Pontifex - but not when she was in Saudi Arabia." But BBC's David Willey in Rome was unsurprised. There is a strict protocol to be followed when meeting the Pope, which the White House will have been informed of. A quick

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  • 2017 NBA Finals: Buckle up for Cavs-Warriors 3.0

    But it all evaporated. And in Game 7, with LeBron James notching a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964. James wept on the Warriors home court in Oakland, where he was named unanimous NBA Finals MVP.

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  • How a botched raid led to martial law in Philippines

    MARAWI: It was meant to be a “surgical operation” to capture one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, who was hiding and wounded in a southern Philippine city. Three days later Marawi, the centre of Islam in the mainly Catholic nation was swarmed by tanks, attack helicopters and thousands of troops fighting Islamic State-linked fighters holed up in homes and buildings. President Rodrigo Duterte had also declared martial law across the southern third of the country to quell the crisis, while many of the 200,000 residents had fled… and security forces had lost their target: Isnilon Hapilon. Forces had initially been confident they would capture or kill the elusive Hapilon, regarded by the United States as one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

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  • 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 first look

    "The dragons this year are the size of 747s," director Matt Shakman told EW. The photo shows Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, appearing small on the back of her dragon, which is clearly ready for war. Actor Kit Harington, who portrays Jon Snow on the series, told EW the new season will have a faster pace. "This season is really different than any other season because it's accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much, much quicker than you're used to seeing on Thrones," Harington said.

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  • Djoko and Nadal could meet in semis

    PARIS — In his quest for a 10th title at the French Open, Rafael Nadal could face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Nadal, the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament, will open against Benoit Paire. Nadal has been the dominant player of the clay-court season and has won 17 straight matches on his favorite surface, while Djokovic has been struggling with form and confidence recently. “Rafa, next to Roger (Federer), has been the best player this year in terms of results,” Djokovic said. “Their level of Tennis is quite fantastic. Rafa is playing on his favorite surface and playing with confidence, much better than last year. I definitely see him as probably

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  • US warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

    A US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since US President Donald Trump took office. The US patrol, the first of its kind since October, marked the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday the USS Dewey traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands - among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbours. The so-called "freedom of navigation operation",

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  • Why Greek mountain villagers have healthy hearts

    Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives. They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of "bad" fats and cholesterol. Despite a diet rich in animal fat, the people of Mylopotamos in northern Crete do not suffer from cardiovascular disease. And they really love their cheese. What's special about these Greek villages? The isolated villages of Zoniana and Anogia are high up in the mountains on the island of Crete. Few people move in or out of the villages and the inhabitants are known for living well into old age. Heart problems, heart attacks and strokes

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  • China and Russia are coming for Boeing and Airbus

    China and Russia are teaming up to take on Airbus and Boeing. On Monday, the state-owned commercial aerospace enterprises of both countries formally established the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Co., Ltd or Craic. The partnership will develop a new twin-aisle airliner that's meant to compete with the most advanced jets from Boeing (BA) in the U.S. and Airbus (EADSF) in Europe -- the 787 Dreamliner and the A350 XWB, respectively. The new project has backing at the highest levels of both countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin originally penned the agreement to join forces and take on the western jetliner industry in June 2016. There aren't

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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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  • Indian woman 'forced to marry Pakistani' returns

    An Indian woman who alleges she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint has returned to India, a day after a court in Islamabad granted her request to leave. The woman, named only as Uzma, was escorted across the Wagah border by Indian High Commission officials. She has accused her husband, Tahir Ali, of torturing her. He denies the allegations. The incident comes amid increasing tension between India and Pakistan. On Thursday, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted, welcoming her return: Pakistani security officials escorted Uzma, who is in her early 20s, to the border crossing in the morning. She arrived in Delhi later in the day. Uzma's return comes as India and Pakistan trade

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  • Bahrain unrest: Death toll from raid on cleric's home rises to five

    The death toll from Tuesday's raid by Bahraini police on the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom's most prominent Shia cleric has risen to five. The interior ministry said 286 people were also arrested after officers came "under attack by members of a terrorist cell" in the village of Diraz. Activists said the officers opened fire at a sit-in by supporters of Sheikh Isa Qassim, who was not detained. It came two days after the cleric was convicted of corruption charges. Sheikh Qassim was handed a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined 100,000 Bahraini dinars ($265,000; £204,000) after being found guilty by a court of collecting funds illegally and money laundering. Last June, Bahrain stripped

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  • Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf

    Qatar said hackers allegedly broke into the website of its state-run news agency on Wednesday and published a fake story quoting the ruling emir making controversial comments. The purported fake story prompted Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to respond by blocking Qatari media, including broadcaster Al-Jazeera. The alleged hack reflects the tensions and suspicions still running deep between Qatar, whose conservative rulers have strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which have outlawed the group. The hack happened early on Wednesday morning and hours later, the website of the Qatar News Agency was not accessible. The hackers purportedly published what Qatari

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  • 'I had a stroke at 14'

    When 14-year-old Brenna Collie from Aberdeenshire told her mother she was having a stroke she was told to stop being a "drama queen". Brenna, from Strichen, was too young and too healthy to have a stroke, her mother thought. She has since learned that about 400 UK children have a stroke every year, leaving many with severe physical and mental impairments. Experts say early recognition is important to minimise the risk of severe long-term health problems. Brenna told BBC Scotland's John Beattie programme: "I had a bug the day before so I was off school. "I had blurry vision throughout the day and I thought that I was just feeling ill and tired so I just went up to my room to lie down and sleep.

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