• Four dresses and a drone - are weddings getting out of control?

    Three or four dress changes, a bevy of bridesmaids, photos taken by drone and its own #weddinghashtag. The modern wedding has begun to take on the look of a vulgar "arms race", a lifestyle magazine has warned. Country Life has urged people to rein it in a bit - saying weddings, and their constant cataloguing on visual social media, may put couples under pressure to spend big. They also place guests under duress to pay for the hen-do; the stag weekend; the day itself; a present or honeymoon contribution; and a new outfit. "The whole thing has got rather out of hand," editor Mark Hedges observes. Figures from the close of the 2016 wedding season put the average cost of the UK wedding at £27,000

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  • Critics blast US shipment of fighter jets to Israel

    Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States at the weekend - a new generation of "near-invisible" planes that critics fear will free the country's hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected. In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s from manufacturer Lockheed Martin, and claims it will have the first squadron combat-ready before the end of the year.  Israel is the first country outside the US to be allowed access to the warplane, said to be the most expensive ever developed.  The F-35's main selling point is its advanced stealth capabilities, reportedly allowing it to evade even the most sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems.

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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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  • Dubai’s Emirates considering radical options amid global turbulence in aviation

    Emirates is considering some radical solutions to what its chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, on Tuesday admitted will be a “challenging” time ahead for the region’s biggest carrier and hitherto fastest-growing global airline. An almost exclusive focus on new routes to the east and south of the Arabian Gulf; more narrow-body aircraft and an even closer alliance with its low-cost sister, FlyDubai. Those were all options teasingly offered at a press event at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. It was held at Emirates’ ostentatious stand, which was easily the biggest and most impressive of the event. “Stand” does not really do justice to the three-story building, complete with replica

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  • China's first big jetliner clears final hurdle before flying

    China's first big jetliner just passed a crucial test that will take the country a step closer to becoming one of the world's elite large airline makers. The C919 airliner, which is produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or Comac, finished its final ground trial on Sunday in Shanghai. Test pilots sped the C919 down the runway at Pudong International Airport, lifting the nose of the jet into the air and slamming on the brakes. Before the airplane could make its maiden flight -- expected before the end of May -- the pilots had to demonstrate the jet can safely stop on the runway in case something goes wrong. The 168-seat C919 is roughly the same size as Airbus's A320 and Boeing's

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  • Abu Sayyaf beheads kidnapped Philippine soldier

    A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf fighters was found beheaded hours after government troops killed three more members of the ISIL-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 metres away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu. "He is involved in peace efforts. He is not actually a combatant. We are using him to engage stakeholders because he is a Tausug [like most Abu Sayyaf]," he said.

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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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  • China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

    China has launched its first domestically made aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defence industries. Like the 60,000-tonne Liaoning aircraft carrier, which was purchased from the Ukraine, the new carrier is based on the Soviet Kuznetsov class design, with a ski jump-style deck for taking off and a conventional oil-fuelled steam turbine power plant. The design limits the weight of payloads its planes can carry, its speed and the amount of time it can spend at sea compared with US nuclear-powered carriers. China is believed to be planning to build at least two - and possibly as many as four - additional carriers, with one of them, the Type 002, reported to be already under construction at a shipyard outside Shanghai.

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  • Farmers find 'unicorn' among their sheep in Iceland

    A craze for all things unicorn has swept through popular culture of late, whether it's multi-coloured novelty drinks or technology investors looking for the next big thing. But a farming family in Iceland reckon they've found the real thing - of sorts - among their own flock of sheep. Erla Porey Olafsdottir's sheep normally have two horns. On one ram, however, these appear to have fused into one, forking only a little at the end, thus matching the Latin origins of the word - uni and cornu - "single horn". To be doubly sure though, Erla's family have also named him Einhyrningur, "unicorn" in Icelandic. The Iceland Monitor website reported that Einhyrningur was accidentally left on the mountainside

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  • Duterte says he can be 50 times more brutal than terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine president has warned that he can be 50 times more brutal than Muslim extremists, saying he’d even eat them if they’re captured alive by troops. President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death, but he raised his shock rhetoric to a new level Sunday when he said in a speech during the opening of a national sports tournament what he could do to terrorists who have staged beheadings and other gruesome attacks. Duterte ordered troops to kill fleeing Muslim militants behind a foiled attack in the central resort province of Bohol, calling the extremists “animals.” He said he can “go down what you can 50 times over ... just give me vinegar

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  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him under investigation for abuse of office. He also named his son Prince Khalid as new ambassador to the US. His decrees saw a new national security centre created under the Royal Court. The king also ordered two months extra salary be paid to frontline military personnel taking part in Saudi-led operations in Yemen. Prince Khalid, the new ambassador in Washington, is a fighter pilot who has trained in the US and carried out air strikes against

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  • How to make everyone hate you on email

    Stop before you copy your boss into that email. It's not going to make you look good - it's going to make everyone else in the office distrust you. That's the finding of research into the pernicious "cc effect", carried out by a professor of management studies at Cambridge University's Judge Business School. David De Cremer has looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email traffic. When people keep copying in a manager, it doesn't create "transparency", says Prof De Cremer, but feeds a "culture of fear". But what about the other unspoken evils of office email clogging up your inbox? "I am here, really": This is where email is used to tell colleagues near and far that you're actually at

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  • 'I was forced to carry my baby, knowing she would die'

    Ashleigh Topley was four-and-a-half months pregnant when she found out her baby wouldn't survive outside the womb. "At that point, my whole world came crashing down," she tells Newsbeat. At her scan, on Valentine's Day 2013, a consultant was called in and delivered the bad news: the baby's limbs weren't growing properly and it was going to die. But because Ashleigh, then 27, lives in Northern Ireland, she was told there was nothing to be done. In the rest of the UK, women whose babies have what doctors call a "foetal abnormality" have the option of a termination. The condition is defined by NI's government as: "where death will occur before or during birth or, if a live birth should occur, there

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  • Is India losing Kashmir?

    As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir? Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley. To add fuel to the fire, graphic social videos surfaced claiming to show abuses by security forces and young people who oppose Indian rule. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who leads an awkward ruling coalition with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rushed to Delhi on Monday to urge the federal government to "announce a dialogue and show reconciliatory gestures".

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  • Nike Unveils the Pro Hijab for Female Muslim Athletes

    Today, there are more women in sports than ever before. A movement that progressed slowly in the Muslim World because of the many social and religious barriers that women face when pursuing careers as athletes. In the London Olympics 2012, several hijabi women made it pretty far in several sport events, denoting a cultural shift in the region, one that would have more Arab and Muslim women going into (and onto) fields they had never previously gone. Earlier this year, Nike released a brilliant short film titled, “What Will They Say About You?” featuring several female Arab athletes. The film’s core themes were centered around the societal reactions to them choosing careers in sports. Aiming to

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  • Cairo Has The World's Cheapest Breakfast, Bloomberg Says

    We finally have an excuse to eat foul and ta3meya for every meal of the day because, according to Bloomberg Indicator, Cairenes are blessed with having the cheapest cost for breakfast in the world. We pretty much just handed you the perfect excuse the next time someone hits you with the you-spend-too-much-on-food line! Perhaps you’re thinking that being the cheapest breakfast in the world doesn’t necessarily equate to affordability. However, according to the index, the cost of a breakfast meal sits at around $0.35 (or around EGP 6), which only makes up about 4.4 percent of our daily incomes – affordable for much of the population. On the other hand, while the Venezuelan capital of Caracas ranked

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  • Russia is now the world's third largest military spender

    Russia is back in the top ranks of military spenders. The country boosted its military spending to $69.2 billion in 2016, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The 5.9% increase landed Russia behind only the United States and China in the ranking of top spenders. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled plans in 2011 to spend more than 20 trillion rubles ($360 billion) to modernize his country's antiquated military equipment by 2025. Putin's plans were interrupted by Russia's deep economic crisis and a collapse in the value of the ruble in 2015. With spending depressed, Russia slipped behind Saudi Arabia and into fourth place in the ranking.

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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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  • 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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  • Could a student's death change Pakistan's blasphemy laws?

    The brutal mob killing of a university student who was accused of committing blasphemy has caused outrage in Pakistan. The country has strict and controversial blasphemy laws - which human rights groups say are often used to unfairly target religious minorities or settle personal scores. Could this case prove a turning point? Who was Mashal Khan? Mashal Khan was a 26-year-old student of journalism at the Abdul Wali Khan University in the northern city of Mardan. He described himself on Facebook as a humanist and his social media postings reveal a young man interested in promoting women's rights and opposing racism. His room on the university campus was decorated with posters of Che Guevara and

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