• North Korea threatens to sink approaching US carrier

    North Korea threatened on Sunday to sink a US aircraft carrier cruising towards the tense Korean peninsula, and said it would strike Australia with nuclear weapons if it "blindly" followed its American ally. The latest warnings from Pyongyang came as two Japanese navy ships joined the American carrier strike group for exercises in the western Pacific. US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its regional allies. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday that it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

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  • India divided

    In normal circumstances Indian playback singer Sonu Nigam’s objection to the adhan (the call to prayer) would have been ignored on Twitter as yet another diatribe by yet another fading celebrity to revive his stardom. Time and again in the past, objections have been raised from several quarters including some Muslims with regard to the use of loudspeakers for the adhan or to the gathering of Muslims on the street for Friday prayers. In the same breadth, although somewhat muted, there have been objections about the use of loudspeakers in late-night Jagrata (a night of Hindu religious singing) and the disruption of life in Mumbai during the Ganpati festival. India has always lived with its rich ethos of tolerance and respect for all faiths.

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  • Nicki Minaj criticised over Westminster Bridge video, filmed the day before the attack

    Nicki Minaj has been criticised on social media after leaving shots of London's Westminster Bridge in her latest video. The US rapper filmed No Frauds the day before Khalid Masood killed four people on the bridge before stabbing police officer Keith Palmer. There were reports she was going to cut the scenes from the Remy Ma diss track, which features Drake and Lil Wayne. But the footage has been left in the final version of the video. Shots in the video show Nicki Minaj on the south side of the River Thames looking back at Westminster Bridge. There are also aerial shots of the Houses of Parliament as well as other famous London landmarks. All the footage of Westminster Bridge appears in the first

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  • Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro braves TV show

    A former Miss Italy finalist has gone on national TV three months after acid was thrown in her face, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend. Gessica Notaro, 27, was badly scarred and is in danger of losing the sight of an eye. Her former boyfriend is in custody. On the TV show, to be broadcast late on Thursday, the former model took off a scarf covering her face. "I want you to see what he did to me. This isn't love," she said. Ms Notaro was initially told by renowned talk show host Maurizio Costanzo that she could keep the scarf on if she preferred. But she said she would rather remove it and that everyone had to see. Her face has been badly disfigured and she has had several operations, including one

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  • IS linked Abu Sayyaf with US bounty wants to surrender

    MANILA: An elderly, one-armed leader of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group has indicated via an emissary that he wants to surrender to the Philippine authorities and is tired of being on the run, an army general said yesterday. Brigadier-General Cirilito Sobejana, army commander on the Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Jolo island, said he has met an emissary who was seeking to negotiate the surrender of Radullan Sahiron, who is more than 70 years old and wanted by the United States for the kidnapping of Western tourists 17 years ago. The Philippines has deployed nearly 10,000 soldiers on southern Jolo to try to wipe out Abu Sayyaf as its bloody campaign of piracy and kidnapping intensifies.

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  • Kylie Jenner accepts invite to be California teenager's high school prom date

    Kylie Jenner has surprised teenagers at a high school in California by turning up at their prom. The reality star was invited by student Albert Ochoa after his date turned him down. Videos posted on social media show the 19-year-old walking through crowds of people at Rio Americano High School on Saturday night. Kylie snapchatted a photo of herself in a prom dress with friend Jordyn Woods. "TELL ME WHY MY BROTHER TOOK KYLIE JENNER TO PROM 2NIGHT !!!!!!!", she wrote on Twitter. Albert retweeted videos showing him entering the prom with Kylie. Kylie attended high school until the end of ninth grade before being home schooled, and missed out on her own high school prom. She has previously talked

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  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'disqualified' from Iran elections

    Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month's presidential election, according to state media. The decision on Thursday was taken by the Guardian Council, a clerical body charged with vetting candidates for the May 19 election. In a surprise move, Ahmadinejad registered as a candidate last week, despite previously saying he would not stand. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had previously urged him not to run. Ahmadinejad left office in August 2013 after two turbulent four-year terms, leaving the country divided domestically, isolated internationally and struggling economically. In 2009, Ahmadinejad's re-election was followed by one

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  • Whiston boys' murder: New leads in 1980 cold case investigation

    Detectives investigating the murder of two 11-year-old schoolboys who were buried alive nearly 37 years ago have said they are pursuing new leads. John Greenwood and Gary Miller were beaten and buried under a mattress on a rubbish tip in Whiston, Merseyside on 16 August 1980. Both died in hospital from head injuries. Police said John Cheeseman, of Prescot, was acquitted of the murders in 1981. Officers now want to trace three schoolboys who may have been witnesses. Merseyside Police, which reopened its investigation last year, said the new leads follow a fresh public appeal for information. Detectives are hoping to trace two men, who would have been boys aged between 10 and 15 in 1980, who were

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  • Little Mix win best global act at Kids' Choice Awards

    Little Mix gave a shout out to their fans after their win at the Kids' Choice Awards (KCA). The British girl group won the favourite global music star award in Los Angeles. They performed their hit single Shout Out To My Ex and a version of their song Touch during the ceremony. Collecting their award, Perrie Edwards said: "You're the best fans in the world. We love you more than anything." Other winners of the night included Fifth Harmony, who picked up an award for favourite music group and Shawn Mendes, who won favourite male singer. Selena Gomez took home the award for favourite female singer. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards are famous for soaking celebrities in green slime - and this

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  • Chinese jihadis’ rise in Syria raises concerns at home

    BEIRUT: Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s northern regions. Thousands of Chinese jihadis have come to Syria since the country’s civil war began in March 2011 to fight against government forces and their allies. Some have joined the Al-Qaeda’s branch in the country previously known as Nusra Front. Others paid allegiance to the Daesh group and a smaller number joined factions such as the ultraconservative Ahrar Al-Sham. But the majority of Chinese

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  • Meet the Russian 'father of all bombs'

    "The FOAB, if what has been reported about it is true, is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the world," said retired Col. Cedric Leighton, military analyst and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 'All living things vaporized' "The FOAB is a thermobaric bomb, which means that its payload explodes at much higher temperatures," Leighton said. "The result is that living things within the area of detonation are vaporized, making the FOAB a spectacularly terrible weapon." Russia announced that the bomb was first tested in 2007. In a national broadcast that aired on September 11, 2007, deputy chief of the general staff of the Russian Armed Forces at the time, Alexander Rukshin, said the

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  • Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Russia's Supreme Court has ruled Jehovah's Witnesses an "extremist" group. This will effectively shut the organisation down at the national and regional level, and the government will seize their assets. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from Moscow.

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  • China, Philippines spar over military visit to island

    China has protested about a visit by Philippine military chiefs to a disputed island in the South China Sea, but Manila maintained on Saturday that it owns the territory where Filipino troops and villagers have lived for decades. The public argument comes amid a thaw in once-frosty relations between the neighbours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office last June and moved to rekindle Manila's friendship with Beijing, which has been strained by long-seething territorial disputes. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and military Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano flew to the island, which Filipinos call Pag-asa, with dozens of journalists on Friday to inspect an eroded airstrip.

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  • Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona

    It's like a pancake, but not a pancake. It's definitely not a biscuit like its Scottish cousin. The Staffordshire oatcake is a unique delicacy people in the county will at times talk about for a long, long time. It's made from a recipe typically including oatmeal and yeast and turns out looking rather like a dirty flannel. But don't let that put you off. People in the Potteries love them. They've sent us questions about their history and appeal and told us how they've taken their oatcakes across the world. The local "superfans" Michael Collins is a born-and-bred Stokie and started eating Staffordshire oatcakes about 60 years ago. He calls them "food from the gods". As a youngster he would dip

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  • Russian navy visits Philippines as Duterte tightens ties with US foes

    MANILA: Russian navy vessels arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for joint exercises as part of a drive for new security ties under President Rodrigo Duterte’s revamped foreign policy of courting the traditional foes of Manila’s top ally, Washington. The guided-missile cruiser Varyag, accompanied by the fuel tanker ship, Pechenge, are on a four-day goodwill visit to the Philippines, the second port call by Russian warships in three months. The move is part of what Duterte describes as a pursuit of a constitutionally mandated “independent foreign policy.” He has made no secret of his grudge against the United States and has made befriending Russia and China the priority of his diversification drive.

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  • Egypt Named Among World's 32 Most Powerful Economies From Now Until 2050 by PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Business Insider UK has named Egypt among the 32 most powerful economies by 2030, citing a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report titled ‘The Long View: How Will the Global Economic Order Change by 2050?’ The predictions are based on these countries’ projected GDP by purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2030. China leads the pack with a projected GDP by PPP of $38 trillion, with the US coming as a distant second at $23 trillion, and Egypt ranks 19th with a projected GDP by PPP of $2 trillion.According to the PwC report, Egypt’s economy will grow at an average rate of 5% between 2016 and 2020. The country’s GDP by PPP is projected to reach $4.3 trillion, and its population is estimated to grow to 151.1

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  • Adele confirms she is married to Simon Konecki

    Adele has finally confirmed she has married Simon Konecki, after months of media speculation. The singer was on stage in Brisbane, Australia, talking about her track Someone Like You, when she said, "I'm married now". There had been rumours the pair had wed and Adele had also referred to him as her husband at the Grammy awards. Adele and Simon have one child together, a four-year-old son named Angelo. Video of Adele talking about being married has been shared on social media. She was describing the moment she had played Someone Like You to close friends and family, when she referred to being married. "I could see in their eyes as they were listening to it on their headphones that it reminded

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  • Toronto woman misses Galapagos cruise after Air Canada bump

    A Canadian woman missed a "trip of a lifetime" Galapagos cruise after being bumped from a flight. Vicki Russell told the CBC that Air Canada bumped her from the 1 April Toronto-to-Miami flight that she had booked two months in advance. As a result she missed her connecting flight to meet the cruise ship. Ms Russell has since received C$800 (US$592; £463) compensation from the airline. She says everything went according to plan until an agent told her about two hours after she had checked in and received her boarding pass that the flight was overbooked and she did not have a valid ticket. Despite showing her travel documents and getting the tour company to email her trip receipt to prove her ticket

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  • Zayn Malik defends Gigi Hadid after 'racist' Snapchat video

    Zayn Malik has defended his girlfriend Gigi Hadid in a single tweet after her sister Bella posted a Snapchat video of her. In it, Gigi holds up a Buddha-shaped cookie, squints her eyes and smiles. Bella has since deleted it after fans called the model racist against Asians. But it's still been widely shared online. Critics were keen to highlight Zayn's Asian heritage, prompting him to defend her. After being questioned by fans about the video, Zayn replied to one saying: "Trust me.. she likes asians ;)". Gigi Hadid was named international model of the year at the 2016 Fashion Awards last December. But this isn't the first time she's been criticised. She had to apologise after co-hosting the American

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  • Saudi, Kuwait signal extension of oil cuts

    Al-Marzouq: Noticeable increase in compliance from non-OPEC ABU DHABI: Leading Gulf oil producers Saudi Arabia and Kuwait gave the clearest signal yet that OPEC plans to extend into the second half of the year a deal with non-OPEC producers to curb oil supplies. Consensus is growing among oil producers that their supply restraint agreement should be extended after its initial six-month term, but there is as yet no agreement, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said yesterday. “There is consensus building but it’s not done yet,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in the United Arab Emirates. Asked about non-OPEC producer Russia, Falih replied: “We are talking to all countries.

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