• 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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  • Duterte to terrorists: 'I can eat you'

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claims he would eat a terrorist's liver. The eye-popping comments came after members of the jihadist militant group Abu Sayyaf Group clashed with Philippines government troops.

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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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  • India's Cheraman mosque: A symbol of religious harmony

    Kodungallur, Kerala - On India's western coast, facing the Arabian Sea, there once lived a Hindu king who had a vision of the Moon splitting into two halves. Concerned that the dream was a warning, he immediately asked his court astrologers to interpret what he had seen. They couldn't provide an explanation that would satisfy the king so the problem remained unsolved until a group of Arab traders arrived at his port, in what is now India's southern state of Kerala. The traders explained that the king's vision was most likely a reference to one of the miracles performed by the Prophet Muhammed. Convinced, the king converted to Islam and set off to Mecca, Islam's holiest site. He died before he

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  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him under investigation for abuse of office. He also named his son Prince Khalid as new ambassador to the US. His decrees saw a new national security centre created under the Royal Court. The king also ordered two months extra salary be paid to frontline military personnel taking part in Saudi-led operations in Yemen. Prince Khalid, the new ambassador in Washington, is a fighter pilot who has trained in the US and carried out air strikes against

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  • Trump’s ‘Axis of Adults’ sends powerful messages to Iran

    In Washington, they call them the “Axis of Adults” — Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley, the ambassador to the UN. These are the pillars of the Trump-Pence administration, if not the pillars of the state. Other influential stakeholders exist. There is the wing led by Jared Kushner, son-in-law of the president, which includes his Wall Street friends Gary Cohen and Dina Habib Powell, who is deputy national security adviser. There is also a rival wing led by Donald Trump’s top adviser, the hawkish Steve Bannon. The so-called Axis of Adults

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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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  • North Korea says ready to strike US aircraft carrier - International - World

    North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group 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 Asian allies. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details. North Korea remained defiant. "Our revolutionary

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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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  • Derby button battery girl Kacie Barradell home after ordeal

    The mother of a two-year-old girl who nearly died after swallowing a lithium button battery from a car key has said the ordeal "killed me inside". Kacie Barradell, from Pear Tree, Derby, had the battery removed in hospital, in February, after it had caused serious internal damage. Cheryl Bell, 27, said Kacie, who has returned home, was lucky to survive. When swallowed, lithium batteries react with saliva and can burn holes through the lining of the oesophagus. Speaking to the BBC, Ms Bell said: "It devastated me, it hurt, it killed me inside. "I cried, I screamed, but there was nothing I could do. "I was devastated. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy." Ms Bell told the Derby Telegraph doctors

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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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  • Bad corporate debts take a toll on India’s growth

    THE recent arrest of Vijay Mallya highlighted the problem of bad loans in India, but analysts say the tycoon’s unpaid debts are just the tip of an iceberg that is already holding back the country’s economic growth. The multimillionaire owner of a Formula One team and founder of the Kingfisher beer brand was arrested on Tuesday in Britain, where he fled a year ago after allegedly defaulting on loans from Indian state banks worth more than $1 billion. From the mid-2000s onward, Mallya and much of corporate India went on a shopping spree, picking up assets both at home and overseas even as a financial crisis hit the global economy. As a result, Indian banks are now saddled with some of the highest levels of bad debts in the emerging markets according to the International Monetary Fund.

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  • Tributes are paid to MTV reality star Clay Adler, who's died aged 27

    US reality star Clay Adler has died aged 27. Clay was a cast member on the MTV series Newport Harbour: The Real Orange County, and was also an actor in the TV series Make It or Break It. MTV has paid tribute to the star, who is thought to have taken his own life. "We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler's passing," it said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time." Jennifer Lawrence, who was a good friend of the star, is apparently heartbroken after hearing the news, according to Hollywood Life. According to reports, Clay shot himself while in the desert with friends on Saturday 25 March. His dad, Frank, told People magazine that his son had died

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  • Qatar Airways chief accuses US carriers of ‘bullying’

    DUBAI: The chief of Qatar Airways on Monday accused American carriers complaining over alleged subsidies to Gulf airlines of “bullying,” as he announced new US routes in defiance of mounting airport restrictions. US carriers Delta, United and American Airlines have accused Qatar Airways along with Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad of benefitting from government subsidies to expand their transcontinental networks. They have urged US President Donald Trump to take action against the Gulf airlines, who deny any form of subsidy. Speaking to reporters at the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al-Baker said he didn’t expect any action from Washington. “President

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  • Happy Days actress Erin Moran 'died from cancer' at 56

    US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, "likely" died from cancer at age 56, according to a county coroner. An autopsy reveals that her death was probably due to complications from stage four cancer. Police say there were no "illegal narcotics found" in her Indiana home. Moran also starred in the show's spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She had fallen on hard times in recent years, US media report. A joint statement by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the coroner's office said an autopsy revealed that she "likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer". "Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results

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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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  • Tennis: Djokovic should seek Federer's advice, says former mentor - Omni Sports - Sports

    A floundering Novak Djokovic should seek advice from evergreen Swiss maestro Roger Federer in order to rediscover his vintage self, the Serb's former Davis Cup coach Bogdan Obradovic said. Djokovic has suffered a spectacular fall from grace since he captured his maiden French Open title last June for his 12th major honour, completing a career slam of winning all four of the world's top tennis tournaments. "Given that Federer was able to return into the top 10 and win this year's Australian Open at the age of 36, I see no reason why Djokovic can't be the world number one again," Obradovic told Belgrade daily Blic on Sunday. "Maybe Djokovic should talk to Federer. They are friends, they have known

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  • The Iraqi Interpreter's New Home

    1/1 Iraqis who risked their lives helping the British during the Iraq war were offered the chance to live in the UK. Yet few of them knew what awaited them and their families when they took up the opportunity to escape from Iraq and start afresh. Many were told that they would be going to Glasgow, a city they knew almost nothing about. On arrival they found themselves treated as asylum seekers, faced with the most difficult of housing conditions. The shock of finding damp and cold rooms for those with families led to a sense of betrayal. If they had risked their lives for the British, why were they being treated like that?

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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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  • China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab

    SHANGHAI: China’s first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step toward Beijing’s goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022. President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China’s space program to strengthen national security. The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft made the automated docking process with the orbiting space lab after it had taken off on Thursday evening from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan. The Tiangong-2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly Palace 2,” was home to two astronauts for a month last October in China’s

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