• Critics blast US shipment of fighter jets to Israel

    Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States at the weekend - a new generation of "near-invisible" planes that critics fear will free the country's hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected. In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s from manufacturer Lockheed Martin, and claims it will have the first squadron combat-ready before the end of the year.  Israel is the first country outside the US to be allowed access to the warplane, said to be the most expensive ever developed.  The F-35's main selling point is its advanced stealth capabilities, reportedly allowing it to evade even the most sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems.

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  • Dubai’s Emirates considering radical options amid global turbulence in aviation

    Emirates is considering some radical solutions to what its chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, on Tuesday admitted will be a “challenging” time ahead for the region’s biggest carrier and hitherto fastest-growing global airline. An almost exclusive focus on new routes to the east and south of the Arabian Gulf; more narrow-body aircraft and an even closer alliance with its low-cost sister, FlyDubai. Those were all options teasingly offered at a press event at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. It was held at Emirates’ ostentatious stand, which was easily the biggest and most impressive of the event. “Stand” does not really do justice to the three-story building, complete with replica

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  • Duterte says he can be 50 times more brutal than terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine president has warned that he can be 50 times more brutal than Muslim extremists, saying he’d even eat them if they’re captured alive by troops. President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death, but he raised his shock rhetoric to a new level Sunday when he said in a speech during the opening of a national sports tournament what he could do to terrorists who have staged beheadings and other gruesome attacks. Duterte ordered troops to kill fleeing Muslim militants behind a foiled attack in the central resort province of Bohol, calling the extremists “animals.” He said he can “go down what you can 50 times over ... just give me vinegar

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  • Kylie Jenner accepts invite to be California teenager's high school prom date

    Kylie Jenner has surprised teenagers at a high school in California by turning up at their prom. The reality star was invited by student Albert Ochoa after his date turned him down. Videos posted on social media show the 19-year-old walking through crowds of people at Rio Americano High School on Saturday night. Kylie snapchatted a photo of herself in a prom dress with friend Jordyn Woods. "TELL ME WHY MY BROTHER TOOK KYLIE JENNER TO PROM 2NIGHT !!!!!!!", she wrote on Twitter. Albert retweeted videos showing him entering the prom with Kylie. Kylie attended high school until the end of ninth grade before being home schooled, and missed out on her own high school prom. She has previously talked

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  • Is India losing Kashmir?

    As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir? Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley. To add fuel to the fire, graphic social videos surfaced claiming to show abuses by security forces and young people who oppose Indian rule. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who leads an awkward ruling coalition with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rushed to Delhi on Monday to urge the federal government to "announce a dialogue and show reconciliatory gestures".

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  • Farmers find 'unicorn' among their sheep in Iceland

    A craze for all things unicorn has swept through popular culture of late, whether it's multi-coloured novelty drinks or technology investors looking for the next big thing. But a farming family in Iceland reckon they've found the real thing - of sorts - among their own flock of sheep. Erla Porey Olafsdottir's sheep normally have two horns. On one ram, however, these appear to have fused into one, forking only a little at the end, thus matching the Latin origins of the word - uni and cornu - "single horn". To be doubly sure though, Erla's family have also named him Einhyrningur, "unicorn" in Icelandic. The Iceland Monitor website reported that Einhyrningur was accidentally left on the mountainside

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  • 'I was forced to carry my baby, knowing she would die'

    Ashleigh Topley was four-and-a-half months pregnant when she found out her baby wouldn't survive outside the womb. "At that point, my whole world came crashing down," she tells Newsbeat. At her scan, on Valentine's Day 2013, a consultant was called in and delivered the bad news: the baby's limbs weren't growing properly and it was going to die. But because Ashleigh, then 27, lives in Northern Ireland, she was told there was nothing to be done. In the rest of the UK, women whose babies have what doctors call a "foetal abnormality" have the option of a termination. The condition is defined by NI's government as: "where death will occur before or during birth or, if a live birth should occur, there

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  • Little Mix win best global act at Kids' Choice Awards

    Little Mix gave a shout out to their fans after their win at the Kids' Choice Awards (KCA). The British girl group won the favourite global music star award in Los Angeles. They performed their hit single Shout Out To My Ex and a version of their song Touch during the ceremony. Collecting their award, Perrie Edwards said: "You're the best fans in the world. We love you more than anything." Other winners of the night included Fifth Harmony, who picked up an award for favourite music group and Shawn Mendes, who won favourite male singer. Selena Gomez took home the award for favourite female singer. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards are famous for soaking celebrities in green slime - and this

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  • Abu Sayyaf beheads kidnapped Philippine soldier

    A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf fighters was found beheaded hours after government troops killed three more members of the ISIL-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 metres away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu. "He is involved in peace efforts. He is not actually a combatant. We are using him to engage stakeholders because he is a Tausug [like most Abu Sayyaf]," he said.

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  • China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

    China has launched its first domestically made aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defence industries. Like the 60,000-tonne Liaoning aircraft carrier, which was purchased from the Ukraine, the new carrier is based on the Soviet Kuznetsov class design, with a ski jump-style deck for taking off and a conventional oil-fuelled steam turbine power plant. The design limits the weight of payloads its planes can carry, its speed and the amount of time it can spend at sea compared with US nuclear-powered carriers. China is believed to be planning to build at least two - and possibly as many as four - additional carriers, with one of them, the Type 002, reported to be already under construction at a shipyard outside Shanghai.

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  • How to make everyone hate you on email

    Stop before you copy your boss into that email. It's not going to make you look good - it's going to make everyone else in the office distrust you. That's the finding of research into the pernicious "cc effect", carried out by a professor of management studies at Cambridge University's Judge Business School. David De Cremer has looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email traffic. When people keep copying in a manager, it doesn't create "transparency", says Prof De Cremer, but feeds a "culture of fear". But what about the other unspoken evils of office email clogging up your inbox? "I am here, really": This is where email is used to tell colleagues near and far that you're actually at

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  • Graphic Photo: Woman Attacked by Citystar's Security Dog Demands a Million EGP in Compensation

    An Egyptian woman, who was severely wounded after a security dog at Citystars bit her arm, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. She is now asking the eastern Cairo mall for a million EGP in compensation for the incident that caused her "major physical and psychological damage", Youm7 reports. The incident took place last Saturday at the famous mall in Nasr City, as the woman was passing a nearby garage security unit in which the dog was stationed to check for explosives. The mall's administration assured that liability of such incidents lies with the private security firm handling the mall's security. Al Salam Hospital's medical report recommended a 21-day bed rest and treatment cost

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  • US missile defense equipment reaches S.Korea site

    SEOUL: US troops began delivering a missile defense system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions. Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North. But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance. It has imposed a host of measures seen

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  • Egypt Named Among World's 32 Most Powerful Economies From Now Until 2050 by PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Business Insider UK has named Egypt among the 32 most powerful economies by 2030, citing a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report titled ‘The Long View: How Will the Global Economic Order Change by 2050?’ The predictions are based on these countries’ projected GDP by purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2030. China leads the pack with a projected GDP by PPP of $38 trillion, with the US coming as a distant second at $23 trillion, and Egypt ranks 19th with a projected GDP by PPP of $2 trillion.According to the PwC report, Egypt’s economy will grow at an average rate of 5% between 2016 and 2020. The country’s GDP by PPP is projected to reach $4.3 trillion, and its population is estimated to grow to 151.1

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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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  • Leadership’s trust in young generation

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman showed confidence in young Saudi generation by appointing young princes to many key positions which were announced in Royal Decrees on Saturday. Prince Khaled Bin Salman was named as Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the United States. Prince Khaled is a former F-15 pilot who graduated from Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. In 2014, he participated in the international coalition to combat Daesh as an air force pilot. Salman Al-Ansari, a Saudi political analyst, was quoted by AFP news agency as describing Prince Khaled as a “very organized personality, savvy, youthful, and active”. New information minister Awwad Saleh

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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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  • Southeast Asian leaders to avoid direct China criticism

    MANILA: Southeast Asian leaders will express concern this week about an “escalation of activities” in the South China Sea but avoid directly criticizing China, according to the draft of a summit statement. The statement, set to be released on Saturday at the end of a two-day leaders’ meeting in Manila, reflects Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to ease tensions with China over competing claims to the strategically vital waters. The chairman’s statement at the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit will merely hint at China’s island-building in the sea without mentioning it by name, according to the draft obtained by AFP. “We shared the serious concerns expressed

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  • North Korea detains US citizen as tensions rise

    "We cannot comment on anything that Mr. Kim may be alleged to have done that is not related to his teaching work on the PUST campus." The statement said "life on campus and the teaching at PUST is continuing as normal" for the spring semester. The detained American is a professor, the South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. State Department, Swedish Embassy to work on case The detention was also confirmed by Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang. Currently detained: Tony Kim, a university professor, was detained at the in Pyongyang for reasons currently unknown Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor

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  • The Iraqi Interpreter's New Home

    1/1 Iraqis who risked their lives helping the British during the Iraq war were offered the chance to live in the UK. Yet few of them knew what awaited them and their families when they took up the opportunity to escape from Iraq and start afresh. Many were told that they would be going to Glasgow, a city they knew almost nothing about. On arrival they found themselves treated as asylum seekers, faced with the most difficult of housing conditions. The shock of finding damp and cold rooms for those with families led to a sense of betrayal. If they had risked their lives for the British, why were they being treated like that?

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