• North Korea: Who would dare to piggyback on Kim Jong-un?

    North Korea's test of a rocket engine last weekend was accompanied by the usual state media propaganda - but one image of its leader celebrating stood out in particular. What is the likely explanation? The engine test was claimed to be a success, a "new birth" for North Korea's rocket industry. Kim Jong-un was certainly happy. In pictures released by state news agency KCNA, he was seen watching the missile from afar; grinning in a control centre; shaking hands with jubilant officers - then, giving an elderly man a piggyback. Who would leap onto the back of a dictator such as this, and why? Observers say the mysterious man is not a known figure in North Korean politics. He is thought to have played

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  • Deadliest Place to Deal

    President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in the Philippines last June, promising to clean up the country by ‘slaughtering’ anyone involved in illegal drugs. In the last eight months a staggering 7000 people have been killed. In this hard-hitting documentary, reporter Livvy Haydock investigates the world’s bloodiest war on drugs. Meeting relatives of the dead, drug dealers living in fear of their lives and human rights investigators, she uncovers evidence that the police are systematically executing unarmed suspects and then covering up their tracks by planting fake evidence. Duterte has also urged citizens to “go ahead and kill” those involved with drugs. Over 4,000 killings have been committed

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  • The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze

    A number of young Russians are making names for themselves by posting videos of life-threatening stunts online. What drives these extreme selfie daredevils? He's got a camera strapped to his head and he teeters on the edge of the roof in a nine-storey apartment block in Siberia. "Are you filming?" he asks, as a friend hands him a flaming torch. Orange flames engulf his legs and suddenly he jumps, somersaulting in the air like a stricken warplane before landing with a thud into a deep pile of snow. Remarkably, he's unhurt - if a little winded. Police tell a gaggle of onlookers to stop filming, but within hours, footage of this potentially deadly jump goes viral - various videos of the stunt filmed

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  • Mubarak: A quiet release for a military strongman

    In 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding the removal of their autocratic president of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak. But six years after he stepped down, the public response to news that he has now been freed from detention has been remarkably quiet. Earlier this month, a top appeals court cleared Mubarak of involvement in killing some of the 900 protesters who died during the country's uprising. Egypt's prosecutor ruled there was no reason to hold him, as he had already served a three-year sentence for embezzling public funds. After the first legal decision, the ex-president gave a rare telephone interview to an Egyptian journalist, who offered her congratulations. He told her

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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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  • Tennessee fugitive teacher was seen kissing abducted girl

    A Tennessee high school teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student was seen kissing the girl two months before they went missing, it has emerged. Another student reported the alleged clinch between 50-year-old Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas, but he was allowed to continue working. There have been more than 650 reported sightings of the girl since she and the teacher vanished on 13 March. Mr Cummins is believed to be travelling with two handguns. He is wanted on charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. The family is furious that Mr Cummins was not suspended after a middle school student reported the alleged kiss in January. Mr Cummins was allowed to continue

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  • Emotional moments

    FATHER is the first hero of every son. The bond between the two is timeless. A father shapes his son’s life and when the son steps into his dad’s shoes, life comes full circle. It is a beautiful journey marked with emotions, sacrifices, tears and joy, and above all a bond of love that goes beyond all descriptions. It was this bond that brought 32-year-old Ameen Khan from India to Saudi Arabia to get his jailed father Banna Khan released. Khan was imprisoned in the Kingdom for causing the death of a colleague during a quarrel over a work visa. The visa was meant for Ameen, who could not utilize it due to the tragic twist of events. Banna Khan, a native of Ajmer in India, worked as a shepherd in

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  • India meat crackdown leaves butchers concerned

    Several slaughterhouses and meat shops have been shut in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comprehensively won state assembly elections in India's most populous state. The new chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is a strong supporter of laws protecting cows, and has publicly opposed beef consumption. The slaughter of cows and consumption of beef is considered taboo by India's majority Hindu population - and is illegal in most Indian states including Uttar Pradesh. Reports say that immediately after taking office, one of his first acts was to instruct police officials to crack down on "illegal" slaughterhouses in the state. Locals

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  • London attack: The victims

    The stories of Khalid Masood's victims have revealed the diversity of London and its visitors. Four people were killed and 50 injured when Masood drove his car into people on Westminster Bridge and stabbed an officer guarding Parliament. On Thursday, Theresa May said the victims came from 11 countries, including Romania, the US, and China. 'Lovely man' Police named the 75-year-old man who died on Thursday night - becoming the fourth victim of attacker Khalid Masood - as Leslie Rhodes, from south London. Police said his life support had been withdrawn. Mr Rhodes, a retired window cleaner, is thought to have been visiting a nearby hospital when he was hit by the car driven by Masood. Neighbours

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  • 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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  • Mattek-Sands upsets Svitolina

    KEY BISCAYNE — Bethanie Mattek-Sands picked up her first top-10 victory since 2015, upsetting ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-4 Thursday to reach the Miami Open’s third round. Mattek-Sands, who turned 32 Thursday, is ranked only 158th in singles and needed a wild-card invitation to get into the hard-court tournament. She is ranked No. 1 in doubles. Against Svitolina, Mattek-Sands saved 12 of the 15 break points she faced. The woman with whom Mattek-Sands won the doubles championships at the past two Grand Slam tournaments, Lucie Safarova, eliminated 23rd-seeded Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2 Thursday. Safarova, the 2015 French Open runner-up, is ranked 36th, so was just outside the seedings at

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  • Laptop ban: Emirates president Tim Clark says 'amazing' to suggest Dubai airport not safe

    Emirates President Tim Clark said Wednesday he believed the airline's home airport in Dubai was as safe as any other in Asia, Europe or the Americas. Speaking to CNNMoney a day after the U.S. banned passengers from bringing laptops and other large electronic devices on some flights from the Middle East and Africa, Clark said the U.S. must have "clear evidence" of a threat. But he said the measures would be "hugely disruptive" for Emirates and he questioned why some airlines and airports were affected by the new security measures, and not others. "After all, if these devices are viewed by the United States and the United Kingdom as potential instruments of threat, they can be loaded on any airplane

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  • Saudi soldier killed by Houthi shelling in south Dhahran

    Saudi Interior Ministry reported on Thursday that a soldier has been killed by Houthi shelling on a border post in south Dhahran. Earlier, a toddler was killed when a projectile launched by the militia from Yemen territories hit a residential area in Najran, southwestern Saudi Arabia.

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  • Madonna granted permission to adopt two children from Malawi

    Madonna has been granted permission to adopt two more children from Malawi, a court spokesperson has announced. The country's High Court made the ruling today. The singer already has two children from the African country - David, adopted in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009. Malawian judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said the singer was inside the court in Lilongwe when the ruling was given. "In fact, at the time we were granting her the permission she was in the courtroom with her lawyers," Mr Mvula said. But less than two weeks ago Madonna denied reports she'd applied to adopt any more children, during a charity visit to Malawi. On 25 January, a Malawian government spokesperson told news outlets

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  • London attack: 'Final' photo of murdered PC Keith Palmer emerges

    A "final" picture of PC Keith Palmer taken shortly before he was killed in the Westminster attack has emerged. The photo was taken by US tourist Staci Martin as she posed with the officer 45 minutes before he was stabbed by Khalid Masood outside Parliament. Others who also met the police officer during visits to the capital have been paying tribute, calling him a "genuinely nice bloke". A JustGiving page set up for the family of PC Palmer has raised over £600,000. The Metropolitan Police said that as a mark of respect, the constable's shoulder number, 4157U, would be retired and not reissued to any other officer. Ms Martin was on a visit from Florida to London when she asked to take a picture

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  • Why Apple's red iPhones are not 'Red' in China

    Apple's latest iPhone might be red, but it's not Red in China. The special-edition version of the iPhone 7 and 7plus goes on sale in more than 40 countries, but China has done it slightly differently. The BBC explains why. What is Red about? Red is a charity looking to combat Aids and was originally founded by U2 musician Bono and activist Bobby Shriver. It gives the money it raises to the Global Fund for HIV/Aids that doles out grants. This includes providing testing and treatment for patients with the aim of wiping out transmission of HIV. Apple is the world's largest corporate donor to the Global Fund. The special-edition devices celebrate Apple's long-running partnership with Red and a portion

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  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Father of the Nation

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born in Karachi on Dec. 25, 1876. After receiving secondary school education in Karachi, he went to England for higher studies. He joined Lincoln’s Inn to study Law. Upon returning home after completing his studies, he started his career as a young barrister in Bombay. He soon joined politics and started political struggle for independence. Jinnah helped in the 1916 Lucknow Pact between the Indian National Congress and the All-India Muslim League, the two political parties of the time. He became a key leader in the All India Home Rule League and proposed a 14-point constitutional reform plan to safeguard the political rights of Muslims. He left Congress and joined All-India

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  • Police investigate Indian MP who beat airline employee

    Police have launched an investigation after an Indian MP admitted beating an airline employee with a slipper. Ravindra Gaikwad said he "hit him 25 times with my sandal" for "arrogance" after failing to get a business class seat on an Air India flight. Air India, which filed a complaint on Thursday, said Mr Gaikwad was banned on all flights operated by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA). As a result, Mr Gaikwad had to return to his home city, Pune, by train. The MP lost his temper after being told he could not fly business class on the Pune to Delhi flight because it was an all-economy flight, reports said. The altercation happened when the duty manager was called after the plane landed in

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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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  • Chinese officials warned US bomber

    Washington (CNN)Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea Sunday, telling its pilots that they were illegally operating in Chinese airspace and ordering the American plane to leave, a US defense official told CNN. The pilots of the US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber responded to the Chinese air traffic controllers, saying that they were conducting routine operations in international airspace and did not deviate from their flight path, according to US Pacific Air Forces spokesman Maj. Phil Ventura. The bombers had entered a controversial Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, which covers a disputed island chain and overlaps with airspace

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