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    Katy Perry criticises royal wedding dress

    American Idol judge Katy Perry has criticised Meghan Markle's wedding dress. Perry told Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown needed "one more fitting". The pop star suggested it fell short of the bridal look Alexander McQueen designed for the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage to Prince William in 2011, adding: "Kate won!". Despite her criticism, Perry said she was "so happy" for the couple. "I would have done one more fitting," Perry quipped of the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown. "I'm never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you." The Duchess's wedding dress - which had been kept a closely-guarded secret - was finally revealed when she stepped

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump's threats are empowering hardliners in Iran

    In a speech delivered on May 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out 12 demands that Iran has to fulfill in order to negotiate another nuclear deal with Washington. Pompeo's list came just two weeks after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to impose new tougher sanctions on Tehran.  Feeling intensifying pressure at home, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had to respond forcefully: ""Who are you to decide for Iran and the world? The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world. Countries have their independence," he said in a statement published on Iran's ILNA. This new list of demands and Washington's

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    'Hero' nurse who died battling Nipah

    "I don't think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please raise our children well." Lini Puthussery, a 28-year-old nurse, wrote this note to her husband as she succumbed to the deadly Nipah virus on Monday in India's southern state of Kerala. She has two sons, aged five and two. At least nine other people have died in the outbreak in Kozhikode, formerly Calicut. Two others who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill. Some 40 people have been put into quarantine following the deaths. Health authorities across Kerala have been on alert, setting up medical camps and a control room to tackle the situation. The virus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, is hard to diagnose.

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    Fairouz releases new song about Jerusalem following Israeli massacre

    “O God! How long?” was the title of a new song released by Fairouz following the recent Israeli massacre of Palestinians last week. Fairouz appeared in front of a figure representing Christ and also performed the song “The Flower of the Cities”, which she first sung back in June 1967. On Monday her daughter Rima Rahbani posted the song’s lyrics on Facebook; “How long, O God, will you forget me… forever? How long will you look away from my face? How long will you whisper in my soul, spreading sadness in my heart… How long will my enemy be superior to me?” Kuwaiti writer Saadia Mafrah said, “Fairouz’s recent song released by her daughter Rima Rahbani proves her voice is just as captivating and

  • BBC Sport

    World sport: 10 photos we liked this week

    A selection of some of the most striking sports photographs taken around the world this week: Watch: Farah leads Manchester bomb anniversary tribute See some of the best news pictures from the week. All photographs are subject to copyright. Where next? 'The biggest impact in sport since Tiger Woods' Quiz - how well do you know Motty?

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    Rights groups demand release of Saudi women driving activists

    Human rights groups have called on Saudi Arabia to release women's rights activists detained on Friday, just weeks before the kingdom is expected to lift a driving ban on women.  A number of women's rights activists, who advocated for more rights, most markedly the right to drive, have been arrested in recent days and branded as threats to national security.  The group of activists, which represents several generations of Saudi feminists and includes five women and two men, could face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty, according to the rights groups. Rothna Begum, a women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said the arrests seem to effectively be related to the lifting of the driving

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    Doctors unpick Michael Jackson's dance move

    Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes and the artist's core strength. The spine experts warn others against attempting the potentially injurious but mind-boggling move. Manjul Tripathi and colleagues from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, say in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine: "Most trained dancers with strong core strength will reach a maximum