• How did fake US embassy operate in Ghana for a decade?

    News has travelled the world that an organised gang based in Ghana ran a fake embassy selling real US visas for $6,000 (£4,700) for "about a decade". How did they get away with it for so long? The US State Department says Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings were running the fake embassy complete with a US flag and a portrait of President Barack Obama "unhindered... for about a decade". The faded building couldn't have looked more different to the real embassy. But, as journalist Sammy Darko in Accra explained on Focus on Africa, the customers have most probably never been to an embassy before so didn't know what to expect. "They also find white people there and they assume that it is the

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  • Trump backs off Muslim ban, deportation force

    Kellyanne Conway tells Jake Tapper that any changes to Trump's controversial positions were adding more policy language

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  • The Ripple Effect: 7 Things That Happened in the Entrepreneurial Scene After RiseUp 2015

    As RiseUp gears up to kick off its 2016 edition under the theme of 'Fusion', the concept of a chain reaction came up as the unequivocal conceptual nod guiding its every gig. 2016 was a game-changing year for startups in the Middle East – it was the year RiseUp Summit brought the world to Cairo; the year Fintech got a massive boost; the year that saw flows of funding getting into the ecosystem and benchmark seed rounds for startups, catapulting Cairo to one of the startup capitals not only in Egypt but also the Middle East. In the meantime, just as they steel themselves to make their yearly summit even bigger, the disquiet team behind the RiseUp Summit launched new services, one after the other, in a move that consolidates them as the one-stop platform to connect startups – Egyptians or not – to worldwide resources. After launching the first RiseUp MeetUp in Alexandria in parallel to the Techne Summit, they took it to Berlin, where they also spearheaded RiseUp Explore, taking the first eight startups to attend a global event: Tech Open Air.

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  • Cleaner showered with gifts by Saudis after ridiculed for looking at gold

    A Bangladeshi cleaner in Saudi Arabia was gifted a gold set after he was ridiculed online when photos of him staring at a jewelry shop display went viral. Abdullah Al-Qahtani, a Saudi national who spoke to Al Arabiya News Channel, from the gold market in Riyadh, the country’s capital, said he, managed to find the cleaner to give him his gifts. The cleaner’s was identified as Nuzroul Abdulkareem, and his monthly salary was $187 (700 Saudi riyal). Saudis on the social media platform tweeted, vowing to send more gifts to the cleaner, including one user who said a gift of $533 (2,000 Saudi riyal) would be given.

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  • Iran fashion workers jailed for 'spreading prostitution'

    Twelve people involved in the fashion industry in Iran are reported to have been jailed for "spreading prostitution" via images posted online. The eight women and four men were handed sentences of between five months and six years by a court in Shiraz, a lawyer told the Ilna news agency. They were also banned from working in fashion and travelling abroad for two years afterwards, Mahmoud Taravat said. He added that his clients had denied the charges and planned to appeal. Why 'SpongeBob' trousers furore is troubling Iran Couple leave Iran after posting 'un-Islamic' photos Iran arrests 'un-Islamic' online models The 12 were convicted of charges including spreading prostitution and promoting corruption

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  • India's tax mystery: Why did one family declare $29 billion?

    India's fight against tax evasion has turned up a surprising and suspicious declaration -- $29 billion from a family of four. The Finance Ministry said Sunday that the family from Mumbai claimed to owe the staggering amount -- two trillion rupees in local currency -- during a government tax amnesty program that ended in September. That's three times the combined $9.8 billion that nearly 72,000 other people declared under the entire program. It's also higher than the estimated net worth of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, which currently stands at $22.7 billion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it his mission to stamp out corruption and tax evasion in India, where less than 2% of the population

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  • Love Island will return for a third series

    Good news for fans of Love Island - ITV has announced it will be back next year. Bosses have ordered a third season of one of the summer's most talked about shows. Its second run is thought to have doubled last year's viewing figures, with an average of 1.3 million people watching each episode. "We can't wait to do it all again next year," said ITV Studios creative director Richard Cowles. Although the series officially finished last night with Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde crowned champions, it will return for a special episode on Sunday 17 July. Love Island: Heading Home will follow the islanders as they're reunited at the wrap party. Which will no doubt mean clashes as exes come face-to-face

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  • Iran vows ‘firm response’ to sanctions renewal

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the US Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise “firmly respond.” Last Update: Sunday, 4 December 2016 KSA 18:09 - GMT 15:09

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  • Iran jails online female, male models for up to six years

    An Iranian court has sentenced 12 models - eight females and four males - to jail ranging from one year to six years for violating the Islamic republic’s decency code and promoting ‘vice’. A lawyer told the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) that the accused will also be banned from travel and from employment in fashion-related jobs for two years after they finish their jail terms.

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  • Mystery as thousands of fish wash up on Cornish beach

    Bad weather could be to blame for thousands of dead fish washing up on a beach, experts have said. Visitors to Pentewan Sands, Cornwall, said the beach was covered in herring, sardine and mackerel on Saturday. Experts described the event as unusual, especially for the time of year, but suspect recent windy weather could be a factor. The dead fish have attracted huge numbers of gulls to the bay on the county's south coast. James Wright, curator of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, said events like this one usually happen in the summer months when fish, particularly mackerel, are following their prey into warmer waters, and then in turn are hunted by something themselves. "It's quite unusual

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  • 25 million Gulf citizens travel within GCC

    RIYADH: Up to 25 million Gulf nationals moved within Gulf Cooperation Council states in 2015, according figures released by the Information Department at the General Secretariat of the GCC.The figures also showed Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were the most attractive for visitors among the GCC countries. The figure for individuals moving within GCC states was 13 million in 2006, a 92 percent increase over nine years. Saudi nationals benefited the most from regulations to facilitate movement and residence within the GCC at 12 million, followed by Omanis at 4.4 million, Kuwaitis at more than 3 million, Bahrainis at around 3 million, Qataris at 1.3 million and UAE nationals

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  • ICC Test, ODI and T20 rankings

    Official team and player rankings for men and women's Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.

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  • Duterte drug war: Manila's brutal nightshift

    Raffy Lerma is a photo-journalist documenting the nightly killings in the Philippines' government's war on drugs. Video by Andy Brownstone

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  • 100 Women 2016: Indian women 'loiter' in public places at night

    Four years on from a fatal rape that shocked India and the world, women want to reclaim public spaces and are speaking up about the violence they have faced - but they don't just want to be seen as victims. Every month, Neha Singh sends a text about the next midnight walk to a group of women. A quick discussion on the route follows. The date fixed, they agree to meet at midnight, with a plan to loiter until 03:00. It's a time when you normally don't see women out on their own. Even well-lit streets are considered unsafe after midnight anywhere in India. But these women refuse to be boxed in. On the night I join the walk, four members turn up. One of them, Celina John, is wearing shorts and a

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  • Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst

    US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets criticising China for its monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency" and "build a massive military complex?" he asked. "I don't think so!" Last week Mr Trump risked a diplomatic rift with China by speaking directly with Taiwan's president. The highly unusual move saw China lodge a complaint with the US. Trump-Taiwan call: Why China lodged its protest Carrie Gracie: Trump's Taiwan call will stun Beijing What's behind the China-Taiwan divide? The US has previously criticised China's yuan devaluation, saying it unfairly favours Chinese exporters. It has also told

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  • India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn 'iron lady'

    J Jayalalitha, one of India's most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners. The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 (18:00 GMT) on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee are among those attending the state funeral. Her grave is located next to that of her mentor, MG Ramachandran. Ramachandran, an actor turned politician, was instrumental in introducing her to politics. The fact that Jayalalitha was buried is unusual, as members of her caste are always cremated. However, senior members of her party were quoted by Indian

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  • Saudi Arabia acts as a safety valve in region: Abu Dhabi crown prince 

    ABU DHABI – The historic visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the United Arab Emirates underlined the depth of bilateral ties and the strong foundations laid by the late founding father of UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.  “We are confident that King Salman’s visit to the UAE will bring a paradigm shift in bilateral ties which are based on the unity of the Emirati-Saudi political leaderships’ will as well as on the common aspirations of the two brotherly peoples,” Sheikh Muhammad said in a press statement issued on Saturday on the occasion of King

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  • 'The Biles' and other famous moves named after Olympic athletes and footballers

    Even if you don't consider yourself a gymnastics "fan" you've probably heard of Simone Biles. At Rio 2016 the 19-year-old won the individual all-round gold by a larger margin than 1980 to 2012 combined. The American is credited by many for turning the artistic gymnastics world upside down and even has a move named after her. Here's her move and some of the other famous sporting moves you may, or may not, know are named after an athlete. In gymnastics, if you do a double layout with half turn then you're doing a 'Biles' No idea what we're talking about? Us neither... It was officially recognised in 2013 at the Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp. Simone isn't the first gymnast to have her

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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  • Fleeing the fighting, Syrians describe terrifying choices

    BEIRUT: As Syrian government forces advanced into Aleppo’s rebel-held Al-Sakhour district, Hasan al-Ali said he faced the choice of staying put and being caught by the army, or fleeing into a shrinking rebel enclave under relentless bombardment. A father of three children, he opted for the latter, though food, fuel, water and medicine are running critically low in rebel-held areas, such is his fear of the Syrian government that insurgents have been trying to unseat for more than five years. For Ali and thousands of others in the areas that fell to the army in recent days, the danger and deprivation of east Aleppo seem a safer bet than the imprisonment or enlistment into the military that they fear if they moved to government areas. “I hope Syria will return to the way it was, and people get back security and peace like before,” said Abed al-Salam Ahmad, who crossed to the government sector with his wife and six daughters after their house was hit by a shell.

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