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    Deadly cyclone blows into Oman

    Cyclone Mekunu has hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say. The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say. State TV showed large areas of flooding in Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces, with dozens of vehicles submerged. The cyclone intensified in strength on Friday but has now been downgraded and officials said it would weaken further into a tropical storm. Cyclone Mekunu's landfall to the west of Salalah, Oman's second city, came a day after it lashed the Yemeni island of Socotra, where at least seven people were reported to have been killed. Thousands of residents near coastal areas in Dhofar and

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    Your pictures of Scotland

    A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 18 and 25 May. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or via Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics All images are copyrighted.

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    Breast screen error 'dates back further'

    Tens of thousands more women in England may have missed out on breast screening invitations dating back further than previously thought, according to a leading cancer expert. Earlier this month, the health secretary said a 2009 computer failure may have shortened up to 270 lives. But Prof Peter Sasieni said the problems go back to 2005, and could have been spotted earlier. Public Health England said his analysis was "flawed". And it said an independent review would look at all aspects of the breast screening service. PHE discovered in January that some women aged 68-71 had not received their final invitation for breast screening. Jeremy Hunt told the Commons that 450,000 women were affected between

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    Six acts to discover at Biggest Weekend

    The biggest names in pop, rock, grime and classical music will be playing at BBC Music's Biggest Weekend over the next four days. The likes of Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Camila Cabello, Beck and Snow Patrol will play on stages across the UK, with full coverage on TV, radio and online. But dig a little deeper into the running order and you might find your new favourite band among the up-and-coming acts BBC Music Introducing are showcasing. Here are a few names to look out for, whether you're attending a show or catching up on the Biggest Weekend website. Trampolene Welsh rock trio Trampolene get to headline the BBC Introducing stage in their hometown of Swansea, looking out at the school they

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    Lewis Hamilton: 'Women are the most beautiful thing in the world'

    Rival driver Vettel chimed in, contending the furore around grid girls was unnecessarily "blown up" and a symptom of the modern age. "I agree with Lewis, I like women, I think they look beautiful," said Vettel, adding he was "just not interested" by males occupying the role. "Bottom line, I think it's too much of a fuss nowadays," the German continued. "I think all the women that took part as a grid girl in the past did it because they want to. I'm sure if you ask any grid girl on Sunday if they're happy to stand there, their answer will be yes. "I don't think there's anybody that forces them to do it. So, it speaks a little bit for our times that sometimes there's a lot of noise for nothing."

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    The best news photos from the past week

    Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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    US Treasury imposes new sanctions against Iranian airlines

    US Treasury Department announced  on Thursday new sanctions connected to Iran and targeting