• The government's launched a crackdown on illegal downloading

    Do you ever get suspicious that more people in your school or office talk about Game of Thrones than subscribe to Sky? Well you're not alone. The government's launched a new crackdown on illegal downloading, and as part of it they're planning to introduce tougher sentences for internet pirates. It comes days after claims the company behind Game of Thrones has started sending out its own warnings to people who steal episodes. What does the law say? Your "intellectual property" is anything you create, like a song or a video, that you can't hold in your hands. And some of it's worth big money. The government estimates that all the intellectual property rights in the UK combined are worth more than

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  • New Taliban leader: Least bad option?

    Sirajuddin Haqqani, a top Haqqani network leader, had been a key Mansour deputy and a top choice to succeed him. Instead, he'll remain a deputy in the new Taliban administration. 7 photos:Leaders of deadliest terrorist groups Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhunzada, named the new Afghan Taliban leader following the death of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, is in his late 50s and comes from Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province. 7 photos:Leaders of deadliest terrorist groups 7 photos:Leaders of deadliest terrorist groups 7 photos:Leaders of deadliest terrorist groups 7 photos:Leaders of deadliest terrorist groups Mullah Fazlullah is the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. The group, which has links

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  • Who are Britain’s jihadists?

    At least 800 people from the UK have travelled to support or fight for jihadist organisations in Syria and Iraq, say the British authorities. About half have since returned to the UK. This BBC News database is the most comprehensive online record of its kind, telling the story of more than 200 Britons who have died, been convicted of offences relating to the conflict or are still in the region. The information on these pages has been compiled from open sources and BBC research. Some details have been withheld for legal reasons or are unavailable. The individuals listed above are those the BBC has been able to identify by a number of open-source methods. In some cases, it has been impossible to

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  • Hijabi Fashion and the “Enslavement of Women”

    Last week, the social media sphere was set ablaze as French Families Minister Laurence Rossignol criticised fashion labels who produce Islamic collections, accusing them of promoting the shutting away of women’s bodies and comparing veiled women with “negroes who supported slavery.” Her comment followed Yves Saint Laurent Co-Founder Pierre Berge’s harsh criticism of the fashion chains who follow the lead of Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, who released their hijab and abaya collection last January. "Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live

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  • 7 Things Egyptians Get Wrong About Marriage

    Egyptians value marriage above all else in life; we are somehow programmed to look forward to the day we marry, even before we start going to school! But marriage is no joke; it is serious business – literally. We rush in like fools at first then curse the day we met our spouses, which is probably why we have one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Clearly we're doing marriage wrong; here are seven ways how. Overly Lavish Weddings Hospitality and grand gestures are nice, but we Egyptians go for lavish wedding celebrations even if we can’t afford them, because God forbid your high school friends and their gossipy mothers don’t like the salmon or the valets. Better indebted than sorry!  

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  • Vanessa Hudgens told to pay fine or appear in court over Arizona rock carving

    The 27-year-old posted a snap on Instagram of a heart carved into red rock in the desert town of Sedona. She was on a Valentine's Day trip two months ago with her 24-year-old boyfriend Austin Butler. Damaging a natural feature on US Forest Service land is punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum £3,500 fine. The Coconino National Forest, which manages the land around Sedona famed for its red rocks, carried out an investigation in to where the photo was taken. Forest Service officials have said that Vanessa Hudgens "was cooperative in providing the specific location" of the carving after being contacted. They passed the results of their investigation to the local US attorney's office.

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  • Janey Lee Grace sits in, Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs

    A blend of classic love songs, dedications and real-life romance stories.

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  • Planet 9 is not going to kill us

    Good news: we're all not going to die (yet). Some "news" reports have suggested a ninth planet (Planet 9) lurking at the edge of our solar system will soon be responsible for mass extinctions. That's not true. Firstly no-one has actually seen the planet yet. However scientists believe that it almost definitely exists, because they can see other objects in space being affected by it. But we don't need to panic You might have seen articles claiming that Planet 9's gravity could send asteroids from the Kuiper belt flying towards Earth and that this is what has caused mass extinctions in the past (and could again). The Kuiper belt is a distant ring of bodies made up of things like ice, methane and

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  • Daisy Ridley 'will not apologise' for her body size after Instagram criticism

    Daisy Ridley says she "will not apologise" for her body shape. She responded to an Instagram post of her character Rey, which criticised how thin she looked in Star Wars. "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls," a speech bubble read. "Don't they know real women have curves?" She replied: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave. I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world." Daisy deleted her initial response on the post. The actress said it wasn't her intention "for anyone to send messages to that poor person that posted the original picture". She then posted a full response on her own official account which included

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  • Saudi Arabia vs Dubai: The 2020 Race For The World’s Tallest Tower

    It seems like Dubai is bored of smashing Guinness World Records, as flagship developer Emaar Properties announces plans to construct the world’s tallest tower, surpassing the Burj Khalifa that currently holds the current world record, but will Saudi Arabia steal the title? The race is on as property developer Emaar has announced plans to build a new tower, with an estimated cost of $1 billion, that will stand a ‘notch’ taller than 830-metre Burj Khalifa. The proposed project expects completion by 2020, which coincidentally will be the same year that Dubai will host the World Expo Trading Fair. The announcement explained that Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls is expected to devote

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  • IS under pressure with twin assaults

    BEIRUT: US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group yesterday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists. The operations to the north of IS’ de facto Syrian capital Raqqa and near the jihadist-held Iraqi city of Fallujah are adding to pressure on the extremist group, which has seen territory under its control steadily shrinking in recent months. The US-led coalition that launched air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq in mid-2014 is providing air support on both fronts, as efforts intensify to dismantle the group’s self-styled Islamic “caliphate” straddling the Syrian-Iraqi border. After the start of the Fallujah offensive was announced on Monday, Iraqi troops backed by pro-government militias have been advancing toward the city from surrounding areas.

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  • Azealia Banks accused of racism after Twitter rant aimed at Zayn Malik

    Azealia Banks has criticised Zayn Malik in a racist rant on Twitter. The rapper said the British singer had copied some of her ideas and that his new video for Like I Would looked like the one she made for her track Yung Rapunxel. "I'm not mad about this though. Zayn is a cutie pie," she wrote under a series of screengrabs from two videos. Zayn didn't directly respond to Azealia but tweeted "no lies… I see you reaching but I don't care". He followed that by writing "my @s too good for you". Those comments led to a racist and homophobic rant from Azealia Banks. We can't show you exactly what she wrote but it included: "@zaynmalik dude, I make better music than you. Simmer down with that fake white

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  • Food in Extreme Places: Space (3/3), Food Programme

    Food in the most extreme cooking environment, space. Dan Saladino tries menus for Mars.

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  • Why this giant rat photo may not be quite what it seems

    This is the giant rat photo being shared and talked about on social media. An electrician is holding it up for the camera after he found it dead in a bush on a housing estate in Hackney Downs, east London. His colleague Tony Smith took the photo and he claims the rat was four feet long and was bigger than his cat and Jack Russell dog. "We were going to stick it in the bin," said Tony. "But before we did we thought we better take a picture... people won't believe it's real." They say the rat was found near a children's playground which backs onto a railway track. Professor Jane Hurst from the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool doesn't believe the photo. "No way a brown

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  • Archaeologist Discovers Elaborate Tattoos On Ancient Egyptian Mummy

    Thanks to the tremendous advancement of science in the field of imaging techniques, an ancient Egyptian mummy has been discovered with marks of heavy tattoos on her body, according to the NewHistorian. The mummy, believed to have died sometime between 1300 - 1070 BCE, was found heavily tattooed in a village in Deir El-Medina located nearby the Valley of the Kings. As per NewHistorian, it’s common for mummies to be found with primitive tattoos, usually in the form of simple patterns made up of dashes or dots. However, this mummy was markedly different in that her tattoos resembled sacred symbols, perhaps indicative of the woman’s high station in life as a noted religious figure of some sort. In

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  • 9 Unexpected Reasons You Could Get Detained in Egypt

    In every country certain rules are implemented, and while no country is like its neighbours, Egypt is especially exceptional when it comes to its laws and there are some very strange things that can get you arrested here. Here are nine unexpected acts that will get you detained in Egypt. You're all probably familiar with these tales but just in case you're not, each headline will lead you to the full story with all the glorious details of what happened and how and why the people involved got into hot water... Drawing Doodles Just recently Islam Gawish was arrested for publishing a satirical doodle of President Sisi. Moral of the story: it's best to doodle flowers and rainbows, not presidents.

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  • Oxygen, In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the discovery of Oxygen by Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier. In the late 18th century Chemistry was the prince of the sciences – vital to the economy, it shaped how Europeans fought each other, ate with each other, what they built and the medicine they took. And then, in 1772, the British chemist, Joseph Priestley, stood in front of the Royal Society and reported on his latest discovery: “this air is of exalted nature…A candle burned in this air with an amazing strength of flame; and a bit of red hot wood crackled and burned with a prodigious rapidity. But to complete the proof of the superior quality of this air, I introduced a mouse into it; and in a quantity in

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  • Amir Khan is 'the underdog but he's ready' say British fans in Las Vegas

    British boxing fans, who call themselves Khan's Army, have headed out to America to see Amir Khan's showdown with Saúl 'Canelo' Alvarez on Saturday. The fight in Las Vegas against Alvarez has been described as the biggest test of Khan's career. He has had to step up two weight divisions to compete with the Mexican. BBC Asian Network has been speaking to Khan's fans, as well as the 29-year-old boxer's dad Shah. "Amir isn't one to shy away," says Shah. "He said, 'No problem, I can put on muscle.' "He's the underdog but he's ready. His speed is still there. He's still got good footwork." Bax, who's from Manchester and is a fan of Khan's, said: "As a British Muslim, he represents modern boxing, he

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  • Trump casts shadow over UN climate talks - International - World

    The talks in Germany to flesh out December's historic global climate deal are probably not at the top of Donald Trump's agenda this week. But the diplomats from 196 nations huddled in Bonn are keenly aware of the fact that the "The Donald" is now within spitting distance of the White House -- and it's making a lot of them nervous. The last Republican standing in the US presidential race has described climate change as a hoax perpetrated by China to gain competitive advantage in manufacturing over the US, an eccentric theory even among climate sceptics. More recently, he said he was "not a big fan" of the Paris Agreement, the fruit of two decades of stop-and-go (but mostly stop) wrangling between rich and developing nations.

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