• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa

    Russia's military has carried out waves of air strikes in recent days on rebel-held areas of the southern Syrian city of Deraa, say anti-government fighters and witnesses. Russian jets targeted rebel-held areas of Deraa for two days after Syrian opposition groups on Sunday stormed the heavily garrisoned Manshiya district in a campaign that sought to obstruct any army attempts to capture a strategic border crossing with Jordan from the opposition. A rebel source said that there were at least 30 Russian sorties on Tuesday, thwarting further rebel gains in the heavily defended enclave that had allowed them so far to secure significant parts of the Manshiya. "When the regime began to lose control

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  • Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin dies at work

    Russia's ambassador to the United Nations has died. Vitaly Churkin, who would have celebrated his 65th birthday on Tuesday, died suddenly while at work in New York on Monday, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement. The cause of the veteran diplomat's death is unclear. Mr Churkin had served as ambassador to the UN since 2006, developing a reputation as a steadfast defender of Russian policy. Russian President Vladimir Putin was "grieved" to learn of the death of a man whose diplomatic talents he "highly esteemed". The foreign ministry also paid tribute to an "outstanding diplomat". State television's Rossiya24 praised him for "putting his opponents into shock" and leaving them with "nothing

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  • Tennis star Bouchard's Super Bowl fan gets a second date

    When Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard agreed to a date with a student after losing a Twitter wager, it had the hallmarks of a one-off event. But in love, as in tennis, there is always room for surprises. Talking about her evening with 20-year-old John Goehrke, Ms Bouchard called him a "gentleman" and declared it "awesome!" Asked by a reporter if there would be a second date, she answered: "For sure!" The saga behind the original date has charmed millions as it played out online, starting amid the drama of the US Super Bowl. While the Atlanta Falcons were 21-0 ahead, Ms Bouchard predicted their victory on Twitter. But when New England Patriots fan Mr Goehrke bet her a date that his team would

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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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  • 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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  • Satirical art dissects Australia's raucous politics

    To an outsider, Australian politics looks like an unfettered blood sport, where the only aim is to savage the leader. After chewing through five prime ministers in as many years, the world is left wondering whether Malcolm Turnbull will soon be mauled too. The reality, of course, is far more complicated - there are many more power games at play in Canberra's Parliament House. The annual Bald Archy Prize for satirical art is a colourful way to get to know some of the main protagonists. Warning: Readers may find some of the images offensive Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister The National Party leader made his mark on the world's social media timeline in 2015 when he threatened to put down Johnny

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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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  • 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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  • Cabbage attack The Sun after being tipped for success

    Manchester band Cabbage have attacked The Sun, after the newspaper tipped them for success in 2017. The five piece were among seven acts the paper championed as "the next big thing". But the boys dismissed the tag, calling the paper "odious" and "backward". In a tweet they told fans: "Don't buy The Sun. Don't even walk past it without burning it, or spitting on it. They try to tell you what to think." The band, who are also on the BBC's Sound of 2017 longlist, continued: "They pay no attention to what is real. "They exploit every single one of you and affect the way you think. "Everyone has a member of their family or a friend affected by this awful repeated propaganda. It's a crime." The lads

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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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  • 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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  • What to expect from Lady Gaga's Super Bowl half-time show

    Lady Gaga says her Super Bowl half-time show this weekend will make statements about "inclusion" and the "spirit of equality". The singer was asked if she'd be making a stand against US President Donald Trump at the event in Houston, Texas. Lady Gaga was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump's rival Hillary Clinton during the US election.

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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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  • Ryan Giggs drops bid to ban media from court battle

    Ex-footballer Ryan Giggs has dropped a bid to ban reporters from covering a court battle with his estranged wife. The former Manchester United and Wales winger is embroiled in a High Court dispute over money with wife Stacey. He is no longer pursuing a bid to exclude the media from the hearings, it has emerged. However, a ban on naming the pair's children and reporting financial details heard during litigation remains. Money debate During a hearing on Friday, Mr Justice Cobb also said media outlets could report the couple's identities and the fact they were involved in a dispute. Neither Giggs nor Mrs Giggs were present. After the hearing, a lawyer representing Mrs Giggs said she "wishes to make

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