• US carrier starts 'routine' patrols in South China Sea

    USS Carl Vinson will be under US command during that period, the Navy said in a statement. The operation comes amid growing tensions between the United States and China over territory and trade. In a news conference Wednesday, China's foreign ministry said it heard about the planned deployment days before it happened, and warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty. "China respects and upholds the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, which countries enjoy under international law, but firmly opposes any country's attempt to undermine China's sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

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  • Iran in new military drills despite US warnings

    Tehran: Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the US and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test.“The maneuvers called ‘Grand Prophet 11’ will start Monday and last three days,” Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force’s ground units, told a news conference. He said rockets would be used without specifying which kind. In early February, Iran conducted drills involving short-range missiles at a time of heightened tensions with the US. Tehran said the exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran’s “complete preparedness to deal with the threats” and “humiliating sanctions” from Washington.

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  • The Engagement of 2 Children Aged 7 and 4 in Qaliubiyya Prompts Anger on Social Media

    Photos of an engagement ceremony held in Qaliubiya for a 7-year-old boy named Ziad and his 4-year-old cousin, Farida, went viral, sparking outrage on social media. Talking to Youm 7, Farida's father said that "everyone in the family was completely happy with the engagement." The father was also reported to have said that he had promised Ziad, who happens to be his nephew, that upon passing his second year of primary education, he can get engaged to Farida. EGP 18,000 worth of jewellery (shabka) was reportedly bought to Farida. According to a UNICEF 2016 report, 17% of Egyptians are already married before they turn 18.  Here's a sample of people's comments on the story: "I really can't understand

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  • Nicole Kidman: I wish I'd had more children, 10/01/2017, Victoria Derbyshire

    Nicole Kidman tells Victoria she was brought to tears by the “beautiful” depiction of an adoptive mother’s love in her latest film, Lion.The film – based on a true story – sees Kidman’s character Sue Brierley adopt a five-year-old boy, Saroo. The actress, who has two adopted children in real life, also told Victoria that she would like more children of her own, but that her husband Keith Urban has told her to "shut down" such thoughts.

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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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  • Iran TV host admits to Tehran’s attempts to assassinate regime opponents abroad

    The Iranian state television admitted, for the first time, that the state carried out assassinations of opponents of the regime outside the country using its agents. This came up during the talk show that was attended by Anis al-Naqqash, known for training Imad Mughniyah, the former military commander of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. In the talk show, which was broadcast last Thursday by Iranian Television, al-Naqqash indicated that he was imprisoned in France. The Iranian broadcaster Vahid Yaminpour, who belongs to the fundamentalist movement and is known for his connections with the Iranian security forces, intervened at this point and explained the reasons behind the arrest.

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  • Corruption Perceptions Index Names Egypt the 68th Most Corrupt Country in the World

    According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Egypt ranks 108 out of 176 countries assessed for corruption in 2016, making it the 68th most corrupt country assessed. The Index uses a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), with the global median sitting at 43 – below the midpoint. According to this scale, Egypt ranked 34 – well below the midpoint.  Somalia, South Sudan, and North Korea were the top three most corrupt countries that were assessed, scaled at 10, 11, and 12 respectively. The least corrupt countries assessed were New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland scaled at 90, 90, and 89 respectively. The assessment was reported based on a country’s ability to

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  • Face transplant recipient overwhelmed by result

    On 16 June last year, Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating theatre at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to undergo one of the rarest surgeries in the world. Three weeks later, he would gaze in a mirror, unsure what he would see. Reflected back at him was the face of another man: the nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, jaw, chin and even the teeth of his donor, Calen Ross. What the two men had in common was that they had both, at the age of 21, turned a gun on themselves. Unable to speak clearly after seeing his new face, Mr Sandness wrote a note for his doctors and family to read: "Far exceeded my expectations." Mr Sandness, from Wyoming, was left with a face almost completely destroyed

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  • Egyptian Airport Security Victoriously 'Flips the Bird' After Confiscating EGP 1.36m Hidden in Ducks

    Earlier Today, EGP 1.36 million has been found stuffed in raw ducks in the luggage of a man en route to Kuwait, according to Al Wafd. Port security manager General Hossam Nasr caught the man, who goes by the name of Tamer, in customs, smuggling the duck-filled money in Asyut airport. Tamer’s luggage had initially passed the first phase of airport screening without the ducks being detected. After discovering the money hidden within the ducks, the team behind the bust decided to pose for a photo with one guard 'flipping the bird' in celebration, which has since gone viral on social media.  According to Sadaa News, The smuggler is an Egyptian who originally resides in Abnub, Asyut. He has a bachelor

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  • Kendall Jenner reveals struggle with anxiety but 'is learning to cope'

    Kendall Jenner says she's been struggling with anxiety issues over the last year but is learning to cope. Writing on her own website, the reality TV star and model says she's learnt some breathing exercises which help. "Anxiety was a huge hurdle for me to deal with this past year (and security concerns didn't help), but I think I'm finally learning how to cope. "I once had a really bad attack on a plane and just had to ride it out," she writes. "I felt my heart beating a million miles an hour and I even went a little numb." She says she's now getting better at relaxing while working and travelling. "[I've] learned that it's all mental, so I try to prevent anxiety attacks by bringing my mind somewhere

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  • Saudi Arabia leads nations in condemning Iranian foreign policy

    MUNICH // Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilising force in the Middle East and wanted to "destroy us." "Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world," Adel Al Jubeir told delegates at the Munich Security Conference. "It’s determined to upend the order in Middle East ... [and] until and unless Iran changes its behaviour it would be very difficult to deal with a country like this." Mr Al Jubeir said Iran was propping up the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, funding the Houthi rebels in Yemen and violent groups across the region. He said the international

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  • Where was Sasha during Obama's farewell speech?

    Where was Sasha Obama? The goodbye photo clearly only shows 18-year-old Malia Obama on stage with mum and dad, Michelle and Barack, but there's no sign of her 15-year-old sister. ***Spoiler*** The simple explanation is that she stayed in Washington because she had an exam at Sidwell Friends private school on Wednesday morning. The school has educated the children of American presidents for years, including Chelsea Clinton. So it will be used to cracking down on pupils for trying to miss class because of official presidential engagements. But that didn't stop the #WhereIsSasha fun on social media. Some people hoped she was trying to stop Donald Trump getting into the White House Some tweeters

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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  • This Female Entrepreneur Just Created an App to Fight Sexual Harassment in the Arab World

    Zaineb is walking cheerily down the street in the Moroccan city of Efrane when she hears a whistle. Agitated, she pulls her hood over her head, alters her route, and army marches her way along with a poker face - but with no luck. He is still following her. His footsteps seem closer. Zaineb feels her heart pound faster as she fastens her pace and leaves the dimly-lit street. She finally reaches her destination, but she doesn’t feel safe. Across the Middle East and North Africa, thousands of women mirror Zaineb’s experience and have to walk the daunting path of everyday sexual harassment; according to research by UN Women, 93 percent of women across the MENA region have suffered it at least once

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  • Grandma accidently prays to Elrond from Lord of the Rings

    A Brazilian grandmother has been praying to a figurine from Lord of the Rings for years without realising. The woman thought she was praying to Saint Anthony but it turns out the figure was Elmond, Lord of Rivendell. Her relative Gabriela Brandao made the discovery and posted it on Facebook with the caption: "The funniest discovery of 2016." The post reads: "My daughter's great-grandmother prays to Saint Anthony every day." On closer inspection, she said Saint Anthony wasn't what he seemed. The pointy ears may have given the game away. Gabriela's post has been shared thousands of times around the world. Elrond, Lord of Rivendell In the books, JRR Tolkien describes Elrond as "noble and fair as

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  • Pentagon has evidence of ISIS ‘exodus’ from Syria’s Raqqa

    A months-long campaign to isolate and pressure the ISIS group’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, is paying off as the administrative backbone of the militant organization is beginning to crack, the Pentagon said Friday. ISIS militants hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant photo via AP) Last Update: Saturday, 18 February 2017 KSA 07:59 - GMT 04:59

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  • India to UK in a tuk-tuk, Asian Network Reports

    Seven months, on three wheels - an Indian engineer has finally arrived in London in his solar-powered tuk-tuk, or auto-rickshaw. Naveen Rabelli set off to raise awareness of electric and solar-powered vehicles. He arrived in the UK five days later than planned after his wallet and passport were stolen in Paris. Reporter Rahul Joglekar went to meet him.

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  • 02/01/2017, 5 life

    Miscarriage, stillbirth and child bereavement Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy.  Phone: 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby that has died before, during, or shortly after birth and offer telephone support and online message boards Phone: 020 7436 5881. Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6pm – 10pm. www.uk-sands.org Tommy's provides a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy, plus bereavement support for anyone who has experienced a pregnancy loss. 

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  • Coptic Liquor Store Owner Murdered in Alexandria

    A surveillance video footage circulated yesterday of a murder that took place in front of a shop in Alexandria. In the surveillance camera footage, a bearded man approaches Youssef Lamie, the shop owner, from the back and slits his throat. According to Tahrir News, security sources declared that the motives behind the murder are yet to be determined, with no links yet established between the murder and the shop owner being Coptic or that the shop was selling liquor, as many speculated on social media. After being identified from the footage, the suspect was arrested today by officers from the Security Directorate of Alexandria, and is currently being interrogated, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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  • Rebecca Ferguson won't be singing at Donald Trump's inauguration next week

    Rebecca Ferguson says she won't be performing at Donald's Trump's inauguration next Friday. She tweeted last week to say she'd been approached to appear at the event. But she said she'd only perform if she could sing Strange Fruit, a protest song which describes the lynching of African Americans early last century. "There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I'm unable to share right now, but I will not be singing," she said in a statement. "Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week," the singer's statement says. "I wasn't comfortable with the song choice

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