• 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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  • Nicki Minaj criticised over Westminster Bridge video, filmed the day before the attack

    Nicki Minaj has been criticised on social media after leaving shots of London's Westminster Bridge in her latest video. The US rapper filmed No Frauds the day before Khalid Masood killed four people on the bridge before stabbing police officer Keith Palmer. There were reports she was going to cut the scenes from the Remy Ma diss track, which features Drake and Lil Wayne. But the footage has been left in the final version of the video. Shots in the video show Nicki Minaj on the south side of the River Thames looking back at Westminster Bridge. There are also aerial shots of the Houses of Parliament as well as other famous London landmarks. All the footage of Westminster Bridge appears in the first

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  • Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro braves TV show

    A former Miss Italy finalist has gone on national TV three months after acid was thrown in her face, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend. Gessica Notaro, 27, was badly scarred and is in danger of losing the sight of an eye. Her former boyfriend is in custody. On the TV show, to be broadcast late on Thursday, the former model took off a scarf covering her face. "I want you to see what he did to me. This isn't love," she said. Ms Notaro was initially told by renowned talk show host Maurizio Costanzo that she could keep the scarf on if she preferred. But she said she would rather remove it and that everyone had to see. Her face has been badly disfigured and she has had several operations, including one

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  • Russian navy visits Philippines as Duterte tightens ties with US foes

    MANILA: Russian navy vessels arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for joint exercises as part of a drive for new security ties under President Rodrigo Duterte’s revamped foreign policy of courting the traditional foes of Manila’s top ally, Washington. The guided-missile cruiser Varyag, accompanied by the fuel tanker ship, Pechenge, are on a four-day goodwill visit to the Philippines, the second port call by Russian warships in three months. The move is part of what Duterte describes as a pursuit of a constitutionally mandated “independent foreign policy.” He has made no secret of his grudge against the United States and has made befriending Russia and China the priority of his diversification drive.

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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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  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'disqualified' from Iran elections

    Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month's presidential election, according to state media. The decision on Thursday was taken by the Guardian Council, a clerical body charged with vetting candidates for the May 19 election. In a surprise move, Ahmadinejad registered as a candidate last week, despite previously saying he would not stand. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had previously urged him not to run. Ahmadinejad left office in August 2013 after two turbulent four-year terms, leaving the country divided domestically, isolated internationally and struggling economically. In 2009, Ahmadinejad's re-election was followed by 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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  • Whiston boys' murder: New leads in 1980 cold case investigation

    Detectives investigating the murder of two 11-year-old schoolboys who were buried alive nearly 37 years ago have said they are pursuing new leads. John Greenwood and Gary Miller were beaten and buried under a mattress on a rubbish tip in Whiston, Merseyside on 16 August 1980. Both died in hospital from head injuries. Police said John Cheeseman, of Prescot, was acquitted of the murders in 1981. Officers now want to trace three schoolboys who may have been witnesses. Merseyside Police, which reopened its investigation last year, said the new leads follow a fresh public appeal for information. Detectives are hoping to trace two men, who would have been boys aged between 10 and 15 in 1980, who were

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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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  • Why is Russia so good at encouraging women into tech?

    Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five. Her precocious talent, encouraged by a maths-mad family and a favourite female teacher who transformed every lesson into one giant problem-solving game, led to a degree in mathematical economics at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. "My lecturer instilled in me the power of numbers and calculation, how it gives you the ability to predict things; in that sense the subject always felt magical," she says. Now Irina, 26, is a data scientist at Russian online lender, ID Finance, enjoying a lucrative career devising analytical models to determine loan eligibility. And this isn't an unusual story in

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  • Iranian official admits Tehran supported Houthi missile strikes on Saudi Arabia

    Iranian and international media outlets have published a video clip of an Iranian hardline cleric in which he indicated that Iran’s support for the Houthi militias comes with the aim of attacking Saudi Arabia. Mehdi Taeb, head of the Ammar Strategic Base – an organization established to fight “soft wars” against Iran) and a lobbyist group close to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei – was quoted as saying that “Iran’s catering of missiles to the Houthis was carried out in stages by the Revolutionary Guards and the support and assistance of the Iranian navy”.

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  • Iran blocks Telegram

    It’s not strange that Iran is the only country in the Middle East that blocks necessary services like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. This is part of Tehran’s policy to block or disrupt satellite television channels and prevent citizens from accessing foreign media outlets. All the Iranians can use out of available social media tools is the messaging app Telegram which was founded by two Russian brothers and that is headquartered in Germany. Forty million Iranians use its voice messaging feature while 20 million Iranians use its text messaging feature. There is high demand over this precious service which is the only available one there as the Iranians represent one fourth of the number of  Telegram

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  • Circular runways: Engineer defends his proposal

    Last month we published a video arguing the case for circular runways at airports, as part of a series called World Hacks. It took off and went viral. The video has had more than 36 million views on Facebook and generated heated debate on social media - including within the aviation community. Many people are sceptical about the concept. So we decided to hand-pick some of the top concerns and put them straight to the man proposing the idea: Dutch engineer Henk Hesselink. This is what he had to say. Wing tip-off One Twitter user was concerned by what he saw: wings nearly hitting the tarmac. Henk Hesseklink: With the banked character of the runway, the wingtips and engines are closer to the ground

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Deadly Israeli strikes target Syria's Quneitra province

    Israeli forces have attacked pro-Syrian government groups in the countryside of Quneitra, two days after carrying out similar strikes in the same region. An Al Jazeera correspondent said Sunday's attacks targeted fighters loyal to the Syrian government in the Naba al-Fawwar area of Quneitra province, which is located in the 30 percent of the Golan Heights that is not under Israeli occupation. Three fighters from the pro-government National Defence Forces (NDF) were killed and at least two more were wounded in the attack, an NDF official told AFP news agency. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the attack but did not have additional details.  Rebel forces and other armed

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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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  • India 'bad food' video soldier sacked

    An Indian soldier who posted videos, claiming troops on the border with Pakistan got poor quality food, has been sacked "for making false allegations". Tej Bahadur Yadav's videos were viewed over eight million times and had generated outrage among Indians. He alleged that the quality of the food was so poor that many times soldiers opted to go without instead. Mr Yadav has said he will appeal against the decision in a higher court. Mr Yadav, who belonged to the Border Security Force (BSF), posted videos in January of burnt roti (flatbread) and lentils that he said had only turmeric and salt. A BSF statement quoted by The Hindu newspaper said Mr Yadav had been dismissed for "making false allegations,

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  • Week in pictures: 15-21 April 2017

    Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. All photographs are copyrighted.

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