• Islamic State group: Crisis in seven charts

    Militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq, where as many as 10 million people live under their control. In June 2014, the jihadist group overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, and then moved southwards towards Baghdad, routing Iraq's army and threatening to eradicate the country's many ethnic and religious minorities. Two months later, after the militants advanced on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, the US launched air strikes on IS positions in Iraq. A multinational coalition led by the US extended the air campaign to Syria that September. Since then, IS has lost approximately 40% of the populated territory it once held in Iraq, and 10-20% of the

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  • Woman dons Chewbacca mask, brings joy to Internet

    A viral video of a woman's hysterical reaction to a Chewbacca mask is taking the Internet by storm.

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  • Nick Jonas album, Last Year Was Difficult, 'inspired by Olivia Culpo break-up'

    Nick Jonas says his break-up with Olivia Culpo last year is a "major theme" on his new album, Last Year Was Difficult. He was talking about the inspiration behind the new music while playing his new single Close on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. Nick says after dating the model for two years, the time after their split has been "challenging" for him. But he says he's tried to "draw a line" at how much is revealed in his music. Nick's also solved the mystery of what one of the tracks called Bacon really means and why Jay Z changed his album title. Jay Z changed his album title "The title basically stems from a conversation I had with Jay Z. I went and played him the music and he

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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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  • 7 Gadgets The World Never Needed

    It seems like every day some new technological wonder pops into existence, totally reinventing some aspect of 21st Century life. Especially since the advent of smartphones, bajillions of gadgets have come out, taking advantage of the tiny supercomputers in our pockets. Still, for every smartwatch or wireless speaker that comes out, there are thousands of gadgets no one ever needed.  Oh, America, your love affair with firearms is funny and scary at the same time. Not only do some of them demand it is their right to possess military grade firepower, but now they want to be able to pack heat without anyone being able to notice. Ideal Conceal has created a .308 caliber double barrel pistol that can

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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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  • What it's like looking like Taylor Swift

    Olivia Sturgiss is like many 19-year-old women. She's studying at uni, she works in a clothes shop and she lives in a house share. Except Olivia looks rather a lot like Taylor Swift. And it could make her a lot of money. "I wore the red lipstick like any other fan does, and I wore a sparkly outfit and then ever since then, it was something commented on every day," Olivia told Newsbeat. "Even when I was wearing no make-up at work, I'd have just have my hair tied back, natural face and I'd still get comments on it. "It's always been a natural resemblance and it's always been an ongoing thing since I was really young." Olivia's been a fan of Tay's for more than seven years and says it's flattering

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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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  • Sharm El Sheikh: A Death Egypt Can't Afford

    Sharm el Sheikh is a resilient Red Sea resort city that has dealt with fatal shark attacks, mass food poisonings, and even horrifying hotel bombings; despite these adversities, when given enough time to heal, it has always manage to bounce back. Sounding off on the nationalistic drum, the media encourages Egyptians to visit the downtrodden yet sunny elitist winter wonderland, admitting there is a decline of tourists, but failing to properly portray just how devastating the situation has become. Seeking truth,free of the media's LSD (Lies, Stupidity, Divisiveness), I headed to Sharm El Sheikh to find a sunny but spooky ghost city occupied only by the hospitality workers, who are at risk of losing their livelihoods, and warn that Sharm's downfall won't only hurt Sinai but could be another devastating economic hit on a nation already in an endless pit of debt. “There is still hope for Sharm.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Are Egyptian Schools Killing Creativity?

    The issue at hand is that the educational system that we are following today, is the same system they used during the Enlightenment period- which was structured for the industrial revolution; a time where child labor was present. What you’re about to read right now was written four times before. Why? Because it sounded too academic, and I didn’t want it to sound academic; I wanted it to sound like me. It occurred to me that it sounded academic because, in school, I was always taught to write formally and use big words. From the moment we start school, we are taught to work hard, achieve high grades, get into college, graduate, and get a job. That is the sole purpose of our existence. Did you

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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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  • 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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  • Sawiris Offers $100 Million For Land To House Refugees

    After his offer to purchase a Mediterranean island to provide a haven for refugees was met with criticism, Naguib Sawiris is now putting up $100 million, as well as other forms of aid, to any country that is willing to provide land for his refugee housing project.  Greece and Italy have both refused his offer to purchase an island, though both countries are inundated by the flow of refugees to southern Europe from Syria and elsewhere. So far this year, more than 184,456 people have crossed the treacherous sea, 1,357 of which did not survive or have been reported missing according to the International Organization for Migration. Speaking to Forbes, Sawiris says that his attempts to reach out to

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  • 40% of drug addicts in Dammam are in their 20s

    JEDDAH: About 40 percent of drug addicts coming to the Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health in Dammam for treatment are youths aged between 20 and 29, an official of the complex has said.“The complex receives patients from the Gulf countries and some Arab states,” Mohammad Al-Qarni, director of patient services at the complex, told local media. He said that most of the patients and visitors are ignorant about the rules and regulations of the complex and urged families to follow them because it is “in the best interest of patients.” “There are halls for visitors besides a special room for each one of them so that they get more privacy. This room is, however, under security and medical surveillance,”

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  • 9 Of The Hottest Spots To Karaoke Around Town

    Karaoke is either the time to share your talents with the world or pierce a hole through your friend’s ears - either way, both are fun. Most of us think we can actually sing, but the sad truth is that, well, we can’t. It’s usually just annoying shrieking like that golden egg in Harry Potter. Maybe we should be put underwater to sound like beautiful mermaids, too… Whether you want to belt out your favourite Shakira song or sing a little 60s tune, the stage is your oyster! We've gathered a list of the nine best spots to hit for karaoke. Shriek away! *buys earplugs*Johnny's In Zamalek Located on the fancy Le Pacha 1901 boat, Johnny's has a karaoke night every Sunday accompanied with live DJs. The

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  • Paul Walker's daughter gets $10m settlement over crash death

    Paul Walker's daughter has reached a $10.1m (£7.2m) settlement with the estate of the man driving the car in which he and the actor died in 2013. Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was being driven by Roger Rodas when it crashed. Travelling at speeds between 80 and 93 mph, the car crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, north west of Los Angeles. The money will be held in trust for Meadow Walker, 17. Rodas was only partly responsible for the crash, a statement from Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam, says. The settlement represents a "fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short". The

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  • American footballer Will Smith shot dead after traffic accident

    Will Smith, a former player for the New Orleans Saints, has been shot and killed following a car crash. The 34-year-old died of "multiple gunshot wounds", New Orleans city coroner Jeffrey C Rouse said. His wife Racquel, who was in the car with him, was also shot but is expected to make a recovery. Smith was involved in an accident with another car. Police said the driver of that vehicle then shot Smith and has now been taken into custody. "We are devastated and saddened by Will's tragic and preventable death due to a senseless act that will leave a lasting scar on our community forever," the team said in an official statement on their website. "Will was more than an exceptional football player

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  • What's going on in Brazil and why people there are angry

    Brazil is a country known for its beaches, Rio Carnival, Samba dancing and some of the best footballers on the planet. But many people living there are not in the mood to party at the moment. The South American country is dealing with a crumbling economy, a Zika virus outbreak and a massive corruption scandal. As Brazil edges towards hosting the Olympic Games this summer, Newsbeat takes a closer look at what is going so wrong. Weren't things going well for Brazil? Yes, they were going really well. The country's economy had been growing rapidly over the last decade, boosting Brazil's reputation around the world. More than 26 million people were lifted out of poverty between 2003 and 2013, according

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