• North Korea crisis: Why now, what happened, what next?

    Tensions are continuing to rise between the United States and North Korea. The Trump administration says it will tighten economic sanctions against the government in Pyongyang and activate a missile defence system as it aims to halt Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons programme and ballistic missile tests. North Korea has vowed to conduct more missile and nuclear tests. The BBC's defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus answers your questions on the situation. What further impact could tightening sanctions against North Korea hope to achieve? While there are widespread sanctions against North Korea, they are not effectively enforced. A recent UN study found that fragments from a North Korean

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  • Sunderland teenager shot on moped 'will fight to recover'

    A teenager shot in the head while riding on the back of a moped says he has the "fight and determination" to recover. Kyle Johnson, 15, was seriously injured and still has fragments of air rifle pellet lodged in his brain. Steven Thompson, 39, admitted shooting the teenager in Sunderland in October and was jailed for 11 years and 10 months at Newcastle Crown Court. "He won't make me feel like this forever," said Kyle. He has lost most movement in the left side of his body and can only walk for short spells, using a wheelchair for longer distances. "I have the fight and determination to make my life better, and I will," he said. "I just want to get back to being my old self. I will get there one

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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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  • Muslim women fight family, tradition for property rights

    Local customs determine inheritance rights LUCKNOW: Shabana was 18 years old when she was married to a man 15 years her senior, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It wasn’t long before he began beating her. Worried for her safety and that of her two young kids, Shabana begged her eldest brother to let her return to her parental home, where he now lived. He refused, saying her place was with her husband, and that she had no right over the home. The home was claimed by her brothers. Under Islamic law, Shabana and her two sisters were also entitled to a share of the property, but they were not aware of it. “My father had said he would leave me a share, but he did not leave a will, and

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  • Dubai’s Emirates considering radical options amid global turbulence in aviation

    Emirates is considering some radical solutions to what its chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, on Tuesday admitted will be a “challenging” time ahead for the region’s biggest carrier and hitherto fastest-growing global airline. An almost exclusive focus on new routes to the east and south of the Arabian Gulf; more narrow-body aircraft and an even closer alliance with its low-cost sister, FlyDubai. Those were all options teasingly offered at a press event at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. It was held at Emirates’ ostentatious stand, which was easily the biggest and most impressive of the event. “Stand” does not really do justice to the three-story building, complete with replica

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  • Newspaper review: Baby Melania, RHI and a last lap for tragic rider

    There's a tragic theme in the Belfast Telegraph and News Letter front pages. Italian Dario Cecconi, 38, died following a crash in the last lap of the senior support race at the Tandragee 100 on Saturday. The papers show his coffin being escorted in a "lap of honour" of the circuit. His girlfriend Francesca and brother Luca were in attendance. His brother described the show of respect as "amazing". The Irish News reports that there are renewed calls for Arlene Foster to step aside as the inquiry into the RHI scheme starts. On Thursday, Green Party leader Steven Agnew re-iterated his call for the DUP leader, who was enterprise minister when the scheme was launched in 2012, to step aside. "I hold

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  • US warship fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Gulf - Region - World

    A US warship has fired a warning flare at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessel that refused to maintain distance in Gulf waters, a US spokesman said Wednesday. Guided-missile destroyer the USS Mahan had an "unprofessional interaction" with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessel on Monday in the international waters of the Gulf, US Navy spokesman Lieutenant Rick Chernitzer told AFP. Chernitzer said the Iranian vessel came within 1,100 yards (1,005 metres) of the destroyer, prompting the US Navy to issue warning messages, twice blast the internationally recognised five-whistle danger signal and deploy "a flare to determine the Iranian vessel's intentions". "Eventually, the Iranian vessel

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  • Nuclear submarine Audacious rolled out from Barrow shipyard

    The Royal Navy's newest nuclear submarine has been rolled out of its dockyard in west Cumbria. The 7,400-tonne Audacious, which is capable of firing Tomahawk missiles, was built at BAE System's site in Barrow at a cost of about £1.4bn. The 320ft (97m) long Astute-class vessel will now undergo preliminary tests ahead of sea trials next year. Three other Astute-class submarines are at different stages of construction at the Barrow yard. The submarine, which will be one of a fleet of seven, is also armed with Spearfish torpedoes, fitted with the latest sonar capability and powered by a nuclear reactor. The Astute-class are the largest and most advanced attack submarines operated by the Royal Navy.

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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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  • Iran presidential election: Five things to know

    Iran is due to hold a presidential election on 19 May, in which the incumbent Hassan Rouhani will fight for a second term. The polls are seen as critical to the future direction of the Islamic Republic. Here are some issues to know. It matters to the outside world Iran is a major player in the Middle East. Because of its nuclear programme and support for the Shia-led governments in Iraq and Syria, world powers see Tehran both as part of the problem and the solution to the region's woes. All this could be affected by whomever becomes president, because Iranian national politics is basically a power struggle between conservatives and reformists/moderates. However, in a way the election result is

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  • The teenager telling pupils how his friends were shot dead

    More than 130 children died when the Taliban attacked a school in Pakistan in 2014. Ahmad Nawaz - then aged 14 - only survived by playing dead. Now, he is visiting UK schools to teach an anti-radicalisation message. "I was surrounded by the dead bodies of friends, with whom I was laughing, talking and joking moments earlier," Ahmad Nawaz tells an assembly of more than 100 schoolchildren in Birmingham. The 16-year-old speaks calmly and openly as he relives his ordeal in the hope it can deter young people from being radicalised. "I always thought that school was a safe place, not a place where children would be brutally massacred. All I could see was blood and killing," he tells the pupils, many

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  • Russia has halved aircrafts at Syria base: Military - Region - World

    Russia has halved the number of aircraft deployed to its Syria base from the height of its bombing campaign in support of Bashar al-Assad, the military said Wednesday. A degree of stabilisation in the Syrian conflict "has allowed us to move almost half the air group that was based at Hmeimim back to Russia," said senior commander Sergei Rudskoi at a Moscow security conference, the defence ministry said in a statement. Rudskoi said that between November last year and January when Russia deployed its only aircraft carrier to carry out strikes, the numbers at Hmeimim base "did not exceed 35 aircraft." Rudskoi said that despite having "a fraction" of the planes of the US-led coalition, Russia has

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  • Vinod Khanna, India Bollywood actor, dies of cancer

    One of India's most well-known Bollywood actors Vinod Khanna has died aged 70, his hospital has confirmed. Khanna, also an active politician, had been suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital earlier this month as his illness became more serious. He acted in more than 100 Bollywood films and was widely seen as a counterfoil to the "angry young man" played by Amitabh Bachchan. He was elected to parliament four times and was once a junior foreign minister. Khanna began his career in 1968 and was a household name in India, particularly during the 1970s and eighties when he played the starring role in a number of Bollywood hits. Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Khanna who died after

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  • Four dresses and a drone - are weddings getting out of control?

    Three or four dress changes, a bevy of bridesmaids, photos taken by drone and its own #weddinghashtag. The modern wedding has begun to take on the look of a vulgar "arms race", a lifestyle magazine has warned. Country Life has urged people to rein it in a bit - saying weddings, and their constant cataloguing on visual social media, may put couples under pressure to spend big. They also place guests under duress to pay for the hen-do; the stag weekend; the day itself; a present or honeymoon contribution; and a new outfit. "The whole thing has got rather out of hand," editor Mark Hedges observes. Figures from the close of the 2016 wedding season put the average cost of the UK wedding at £27,000

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  • DNA of extinct humans found in caves

    The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediments in caves - even in the absence of skeletal remains. Researchers found the genetic material in sediment samples collected from seven archaeological sites. The remains of ancient humans are often scarce, so the new findings could help scientists learn the identity of inhabitants at sites where only artefacts have been found. The results are described in Science. Antonio Rosas, a scientist at Spain's Natural Science Museum in Madrid, said: "This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough. "We can now tell which species of hominid occupied a cave and on which particular stratigraphic level, even when no bone or skeletal remains are

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  • Wanted: PA to the Duchess

    Fancy a new job? Because the Duchess of Cambridge is looking for a new private secretary. Her current assistant, 34-year-old Rebecca Deacon, is stepping down from the role in the Summer after 10 years of service to the Royal family. So what skills does it take to look after Kate's affairs? Newsbeat has put together a job spec for anyone looking to submit their CV. Very organised The successful candidate will be expected to manage Kate's diary. And as one of the most popular women in the world, she goes to hundreds of events. So, be prepared to have a lot on the go and be able to juggle it all. Time management So, you'll get to sit on some of the most sought-after seats (think Wimbledon, the Baftas,

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  • US missile defense equipment reaches S.Korea site

    SEOUL: US troops began delivering a missile defense system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions. Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North. But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance. It has imposed a host of measures seen

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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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  • Small strides you should take for your heart

    Let's face it – life is busy. You've got calls to make, e-mails to send and meetings to get to. But what about appointments with yourself that you've been meaning to make? "As I say to many of my patients, if you don't find time for exercise, you will have to find time for disease," Dr. Nanette Wenger tells CNN.  She's  a spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA) and  a cardiologist at the Emory University School of Medicine. February is American Heart Month, when the AHA and other organizations hope to spread awareness about the dangers of an unhealthy lifestyle. The statistics haven't changed: Cardiovascular disease is still the leading killer of men and women in the United States

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  • Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

    A Chinese entrepreneur is promoting edible insects and online farmers' markets in a campaign to improve eating habits in the country. Matilda Ho spoke at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference about the need to spread the message about healthy eating. She is backing a range of start-ups, including one that offers protein made from silkworms. China has a growing problem with obesity and diabetes. "China has 20% of the world's population but only 7% of land is arable," Ms Ho told the BBC. "One in four diabetics is now Chinese and one in five obese people." Ms Ho began tackling the issue with an online farmers' market which now supplies 240 types of new produce from 57 farmers.

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