• Epic Hollywood Action Movie to be Filmed in Egypt with an All Arab Cast in April

    It seems like Hollywood is finally taking white-washing outcries seriously as Action Film International announced that it will be producing an epic feature film in Egypt with an all Arab cast featuring Egyptian action super-star Yousef Mansour. The project entitled “The Chosen Guard” is set to be a collaboration between an American production team with an Egyptian cast and crew that will begin shooting in both English and Arabic in April. The film is set to star Yousef Mansour, who aided in writing the script, and will also be co-directing with American award-winning director and choreography, Courtney Miller, who has developed an impressive resume working with superstars Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Britney Spears.

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  • Electronics ban: Gulf airlines worry business will suffer

    Tough new security restrictions on flights to the U.S. could deal a major blow to big Middle Eastern airlines already reeling from President Trump's travel ban. Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are among 10 airlines which must now prevent passengers flying from the Middle East to the United States from carrying almost all types of electronic devices in the cabin. Smartphones will still be allowed but any larger items -- such as iPads, Kindles and laptops -- will have to be checked in before passengers clear security and board their flight. The rules come into force on March 25. The big three Gulf airlines said they would comply with the directive but declined to comment publicly

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  • Clinton: I'm ready to come out of the woods

    Speaking to The Society of Irish Women in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton said she is "ready to come out of the woods," seemingly referencing a photo of her on a hike that went viral shortly after the election.

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  • US waiter fired after asking diners for proof of residency

    Four women in Southern California were asked to prove they were legal residents by a waiter in a restaurant. Managers of Saint Marc, in Huntington Beach, later apologised and said they had fired the staff member. The original Facebook post about the incident has been shared more than 1,000 times and gained hundreds of comments. But the women have also received a backlash from people dubbing the story "fake news". Diana Carrillo, who has Mexican ancestry, told the BBC: "I've never faced discrimination like this in the past. The four of us who went to the restaurant were all born in the United States." The incident happened when they visited the restaurant on 11 March. 'In shock' Ms Carrillo said:

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  • Saudi Arabia’s 450-km Haramain train project nears completion

    The company, implementing the constructional work for the Haramain Express Train, has completed the construction of 430 km of rails out of 450km, which is the distance between Makkah and Madinah, the project sources said. The sources said the remaining kilometers to be constructed are part of the railway leading from Jeddah to Makkah at the main station at Al-Rusaifah district in the holy city.

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  • Brexit: Article 50 will be triggered next week

    Tusk's spokesman, Preben Aamann, told CNN that the EU will require between four to six weeks to consult with the other 27 member states and hammer out an initial negotiating position. Warning The announcement comes a day after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that other member states will "realize it's not worth leaving" the EU after they see the deal the UK gets. The trigger day, which is next Wednesday, will come as the EU celebrates its 60th anniversary next week. The loss of Britain to the bloc has created speculation that other states might decide to follow suit, something Juncker strongly disagreed with in an interview published on Sunday. "They will all see from

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  • 'My life was ruined by a typo'

    When Nigel Lang was wrongly arrested on suspicion of sharing indecent images of children, he says his life fell apart. It all stemmed from nothing more than a typing error by police. "When I was arrested, I feared what was going to happen to me. "What about my family, will they be targeted? Will they target my mum's house? Will they be getting sworn at and attacked in the street?" Speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, Nigel Lang recalls the questions racing through his head one July morning in 2011. Aged 44 at the time, he had been working as a drug recovery worker, helping young people combat substance abuse. But when police came to search his home and arrest him, on suspicion

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  • Laptop ban on flights: What about the parents?

    When the laptop ban on some flights to the US and UK was announced, there was an audible groan from business people across the world who use those precious hours to keep on top of work. But there was another group who took an even deeper intake of breath: parents. "@realDonaldTrump this is absurd," wrote one panicked Twitter user. "My toddlers can't go 2 miles w/o an ipad." "Making kids sit through a 14 hour flight with no screens to distract is a form of terrorism," another dryly noted. Their panic is unsurprising. After all, the majority of this particular travel group have never boarded a flight without a personal screen or two to keep the little ones entertained. Indeed, when the Federal

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  • Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

    The Philippines plans to file a "strong" protest against China after it announced preparatory work for an environmental monitoring station on a shoal in the South China Sea, as President Rodrigo Duterte called for regional guidelines governing the disputed area.  Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre told reporters in Manila on Tuesday the government would file a complaint against Beijing's plan to construct a radar station on Scarborough Shoal. "The case which will be filed is fairly strong, I think," Aguirre said. Aguirre said the Philippines would also renew its strong ties with the United States in the face of China's aggressive action in the shoal, which is 229km from the Philippine island

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  • Eric and Lara Trump announce pregnancy

    President Donald Trump's son Eric has announced that he and his wife, Lara, are expecting their first child. They posted on social media that the baby is due in September, saying: "It's been an amazing year. We are blessed!" The couple got married at the Trump family's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in 2014. The baby will be President Trump's ninth grandchild. His son Donald Jnr has five children and his daughter, Ivanka, has three. Eric revealed in an interview with People magazine that they are expecting a boy, but said the couple have not decided on a name yet. Lara Trump also told the magazine: "[Eric's] dad is so excited that we were worried he'd blurt it out at a press conference."

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  • Indian Muslims need a new road map

    THE spectacular BJP show in Uttar Pradesh has set the cat among the pigeons.  For the struggling opposition and nearly 20 percent Muslims, this victory seems even more defining than the outcome of 2014 elections. In many ways, it is. The BJP’s victory margin in the battle for India’s largest state has been highest so far. The party couldn’t manage such numbers – 312+13 out of 403 seats — even at the height of Ayodhya agitation. The credit for this landslide victory goes to Modi and his doppelganger Amit Shah. But does this represent a success of the facetious “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” (together with all, development for all) mantra? What explains the BJP’s loss in Punjab, Goa and Manipur?

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  • Sighting of meteorite's moon hit by Aberystwyth scientists

    Space scientists in Aberystwyth believe they have captured the first confirmed UK sighting of a meteorite hitting the Moon. The image was taken on New Year's Day from a remotely operated telescope at Aberystwyth University. The lunar impact flash - an explosion of light caused by something hitting the Moon's surface - was corroborated by a team of Italian astronomers. Dr Tony Cook said the flashes were "notoriously difficult to record". Dr Cook, who captured the image, said: "The meteorite would be travelling at anywhere between 10 to 70km (6 to 43miles) per second as it hit the surface of the Moon. "That is the equivalent of travelling from Aberystwyth to Cardiff in just a few seconds, and the

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  • Thailand coin-eating sea turtle 'Piggy Bank' dies

    A turtle in Thailand that had an operation to remove nearly 1,000 coins from her stomach two weeks ago has died from blood poisoning. The 25-year-old sea turtle fell into a coma after a second operation on Sunday, following intestinal problems. Named Omsin, meaning "Piggy Bank", she was found to be eating coins thrown into a public pond where she lived, in Chonburi province. By the time they were removed, she was carrying 5kg (11lb) of coins. The unusual mass of metal had cracked her shell, making the initial seven-hour operation necessary. She was said to have been doing well after that surgery but developed blood poisoning at the weekend, which doctors said was the cause of death. The coins

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  • Lorry driver Dariusz Tokarczyk jailed for killing Jodie Moss

    A lorry driver who killed a 21-year-old woman while selecting music on his mobile phone has been jailed. Jodie Moss died when Dariusz Tokarczyk's HGV smashed into her stationary car on the A34 at Chieveley, Berkshire, in March 2016. Tokarczyk, 47, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four-and-half years in prison and banned from driving for 51 months. Reading Crown Court heard that Jodie, from Swindon, had turned her Vauxhall Corsa's hazard warning lights on after it had suffered engine failure. Tokarczyk, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, was selecting music on his mobile phone in the moments before impact, the court heard. Judge Angela Morris told Tokarczyk that

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  • New Biopic About Egyptian-Born Superstar Dalida Set to Premiere This Month

    The French production was released in France today, opening to critical acclaim.Dalida rose to fame after she won the Miss Egypt pageant in 1954 when she was spotted by the French director Marc de Gastyne, who persuaded her to move to Paris to pursue a career in motion pictures. The move was a kick-start to Dalida's three decade long career, in which she performed and recorded countless international hits in more than 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, and Italian, selling more than 130 million copies worldwide, before her tragic death in 1987. In a press statement by Bernard Regnauld-Fabre, the French Ambassador to Bahrain, he said, “We welcome the news that the world premiere of Dalida will take place here in Bahrain during So French Week.” So French Week is an annual week-long celebration of French culture, held by the French Embassy in Bahrain, a tradition which started in 2013.

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  • India ranks below Pakistan, Nepal among world’s happiest countries

    India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal. Nations such as China (79), Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110), Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better than India on the ranking. Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

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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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  • Freerunning community left 'scarred' after Nye Newman's death in Paris

    The UK's freerunning community has been left "scarred" after the death of Nye Newman. The 17-year-old's parkour group, Brewman, says he died on New Year's Day in an accident on the Paris Metro. The group has denied he was train surfing at the time. Speaking to Newsbeat, his friend Jacob Kohn described Nye Newman as "such a great person, an independent person - he was always doing stuff for everyone else". "It's going to leave a big scar on the freerunning community. "I don't think anyone's going to get over it anytime soon. It's going to be tough." Brewman posted a video of Nye freerunning in Paris days before he died. Jacob says he knew Nye when they first started freerunning together, but says

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  • Mike Tyson will train Chris Brown in his fight against rapper Soulja Boy

    Mike Tyson has confirmed that he'll be training Chris Brown in his grudge fight against rapper Soulja Boy. The former heavyweight champion was asked to help out by 50 Cent after some major beef between the pair over the last few weeks. "I'm gonna teach him how to bite somebody's ear. Yeah, that's right," he said in a video on Instagram. "I'm gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knock you out. Because I'm not going to teach him how to run." Soulja Boy is going to be trained by another former boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, who announced the bout on Instagram. The three-round fight will take place in Las Vegas but a date hasn't been announced. The grudge started after Soulja Boy liked

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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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