• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • India’s engagement with Arab world under Modi

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat beside Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, at India’s Republic Day parade on Jan. 26, he marked an unprecedented Indian diplomatic engagement with Gulf countries: Over the previous two years, Modi had visited the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar, and hosted the crown prince in India in February 2016. The Gulf is already India’s principal source of energy, meeting most of the country’s oil and gas requirements. It is also India’s major economic partner, with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries collectively in the Top 3 of India’s trade partners, the No. 1 export destination and major investment partners. The GCC is also

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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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  • Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

    Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month's election by a top body of jurists and clerics which vets candidates, state media report. Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served two terms as president between 2005 and 2013. President Hassan Rouhani and leading hardliner Ebrahim Raisi have both been approved by the Guardian Council. A final list of candidates for the 19 May poll will be announced on 27 April. More than 1,600 candidates sought to stand, but only about six are selected by the Guardian Council, whose members are chosen directly or indirectly by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The nominations of Mr Rouhani and Mr Raisi will

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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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  • 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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  • Philippine senator calls for probe into police cash-for-kill claim

    MANILA: A Philippine senator called for a probe on Wednesday into allegations by senior officers in a Reuters report that police received cash rewards for executing drug suspects, while a police spokesman challenged the claims but said they would be investigated. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in a statement that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should take "drastic measures" to verify the allegations made by two senior police officers, and punish those who have "broken their vow to protect the Filipino people." In a Reuters report published on Tuesday, the two officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said PNP officers received cash for killing suspects in President Rodrigo Duterte's

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  • Dwight Yorke: Ex-Man Utd striker cannot get interview to be manager

    Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has criticised the lack of black bosses in football and claims he cannot get an interview for a manager's job. Yorke, 45, said he knew of black former players who would not do coaching badges as they felt they had little chance of getting a coaching role. "If it's not because of the colour of our skin then tell me what it is?" the former Trinidad and Tobago player said. "I'm speaking out about it. Be fair. At least give us an interview." Speaking to BBC World Service's World Football show, Yorke suggested that black players might have to consider going on strike to force those involved in the game to take a serious look at the lack of black managers.

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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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  • Graphic Photo: Woman Attacked by Citystar's Security Dog Demands a Million EGP in Compensation

    An Egyptian woman, who was severely wounded after a security dog at Citystars bit her arm, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. She is now asking the eastern Cairo mall for a million EGP in compensation for the incident that caused her "major physical and psychological damage", Youm7 reports. The incident took place last Saturday at the famous mall in Nasr City, as the woman was passing a nearby garage security unit in which the dog was stationed to check for explosives. The mall's administration assured that liability of such incidents lies with the private security firm handling the mall's security. Al Salam Hospital's medical report recommended a 21-day bed rest and treatment cost

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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: Sharapova told week of May 15 if she can play at French Open - Omni Sports - Sports

    Maria Sharapova will find out the week starting May 15 if she can compete at the French Open, which starts two weeks later, the French Tennis Federation said. The five-time Grand Slam winner and former world No. 1 returns to competition next week as a wild card in Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The Russian was suspended after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The ban was reduced from two years to 15 months last October by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Meldonium, which was previously legal, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier that year, but Sharapova claims she missed the memo instructing her to stop using it. Her suspension ends

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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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  • 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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  • Morrisons recalls green beans after metal find

    Morrisons is recalling its own-brand trimmed green beans after metal was found inside them. Two customers found the metal in packets of the vegetables in Manchester and Glasgow stores. The Food Standards Agency issued a warning for the affected products, which are the supermarket's 170g bags of the beans with display until dates of 22 April, 23 April and 24 April. A spokeswoman for Morrisons said an investigation was under way. Customers who have bought the product should return them to the Morrisons branch where they were purchased to receive a full refund, the supermarket said. Morrisons said the police had been informed of the two incidents. 'Top priority' The supermarket added: "We have been

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  • 250 Saudi women to get jobs as part of SR500m project launched in Riyadh

    RIYADH: About 250 Saudi women will work in new manufacturing jobs as part of a major SR500 million-expansion program under a Saudi-Japanese joint venture. Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda, Mahdy Katbe, of Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries Limited, and Takahisa Takahara, president and CEO of Unicharm launched the project. Katbe told Arab News that his company currently employs 73 local women, 30 percent of whom have special needs. In a bid to empower women, he said, women workers have been given all needed facilities and services and they are allowed to bring their infants and keep them at the site while they work. Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries is a joint venture company between Al-Murjan

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