• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Shahid Afridi: Pakistan all-rounder would answer national call if required

    Media playback is not supported on this device Hampshire T20 signing Shahid Afridi says he would be available for Pakistan's tour of England this summer if required by his country. Afridi told BBC South Today he is staying away from his national side as they "give youngsters a chance". He said: "I've told the selectors it's fine to keep me away and to see where the youngsters are standing." The 36-year-old all-rounder will play his first game for Hampshire since 2011 against Middlesex on Friday. "I'm happy to concentrate on my county summer at the moment and then we'll see what happens later," he added. "If they (Pakistan) want me later in the summer, then I'm available." Afridi captained his

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to fix America's 'third world' airports

    Once at the forefront of aviation innovation, U.S. flight hubs in the 21st century are falling far behind their international competitors. "People are going through airports built in the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s," says Kevin Burke, president and CEO of Airports Council International. "Our airports are, like, third world," Donald Trump said in February. Vice President Joe Biden used the same term to describe New York's LaGuardia Airport after a 2014 visit.

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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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  • 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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  • Burger King staff in America smash their own windows after a 'prank call'

    Burger King employees in America have smashed the windows of their own restaurant. A video, taken from a nearby car park, shows workers breaking glass from the outside. Local media outlets say the restaurant, which is in a northern suburb of Minneapolis, received a prank call on Friday afternoon. The caller reportedly claimed to be a member of the area's local fire department. Warning: Third party content might contain ads Staff at the Burger King appeared to believe that they needed to break all the windows to relieve pressure in the building. Police sergeant Boone told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune: "The manager explained they'd received a phone call from a male who identified himself

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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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  • 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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