• 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 Police said his life support had been withdrawn.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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Non-Saudis operating ride-sharing services to face penal action

    JEDDAH — Non-Saudi drivers working for app-based ride-sharing services will be penalized as part of moves to saudize the Kingdom’s transportation sector, according to Rimaih Al-Rimaih, head of the Public Transport Authority. The warning comes on the heels of a recent ban on the drivers of Uber and Careem from picking up passengers at Saudi airports. “The number of non-Saudi taxi drivers in the Kingdom has dropped to 30 percent of the total. The authority aims to saudize the sector by 100 percent. Any non-Saudi caught running the ride-sharing service will face a fine of SR5,000 and possible deportation,” he said, adding that 70 percent of the taxi drivers in the country currently are Saudis. Al-Rimaih

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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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  • Ryan Gosling explains Oscars giggling

    You may remember Ryan Gosling trying and spectacularly failing to hold back his giggles at the Oscars last month. The La La Land actor was seen laughing on stage when the wrong film was announced as best picture. But he has now explained that he was just relieved that the commotion wasn't the result of something more serious. "I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head," he said. "And then I just heard Moonlight won and I was so relieved that I started laughing." La La Land had mistakenly been announced as the winner before a flurry of floor managers took to the stage to clarify that Moonlight had actually won the night's biggest

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Week in pictures: 18-24 March

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

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  • Why Turkey might buy Russia's S-400 defence system

    Recently, top Turkish authorities have voiced an official interest in buying advanced S-400 air and missile defence systems from the Russian Federation. Turkey's efforts to enhance its defensive strategic military capabilities is not new. For some years now it has sought to have a long-range missile defence system of its own, as it is currently relying on NATO-deployed ballistic missile. In 2013, Ankara awarded a tender to a Chinese company for missile defence systems procurement, which drew a sharp reaction from its NATO allies and the $3.4bn deal had to be scrapped. Other bidders at that time were the United States with Patriot systems, and the French-Italian consortium with the SAMP/T Aster-30

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  • Pink taxi: Women-only service to be launched in Karachi

    A new cab service marketed to curb sexual harrassment faced by solo women travellers is set to launch in Pakistan's commercial hub, Karachi. From Thursday, female customers will be able to call the "pink taxis" - which are driven by women - by phone, a mobile app, SMS or by hailing one on the street. "Our pilots (drivers) wear a pink scarf and black coat as their uniform. They include housewives, young women and students," Ambreen Sheikh, chief executive of the Paxi cab service, told the Reuters Thompson Foundation. According to a report released by Karachi's Urban Resource Center late last year, 55 percent of the women who commute by public buses said that they felt insecure and faced sexual

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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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  • Strictly fans pay £26 for a photo with a judge but what do other celebrities charge?

    Fans of Strictly Come Dancing will pay more than £25 for a photo with judges on the upcoming theatre show. It'll cost £26.80 including fees to get a snap with either Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, or presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. That's in addition to the £70 for an adult to go to the Strictly Spectacular at London's Excel Centre in June. But how does it compare to the cost of meeting other celebrities? The Incredible Hulk It'll cost £40 for a photo with the green superhero at London Comic Con in May. Well, not the actual Hulk but actor Lou Ferrigno, who played him in the 1970s TV series. Sam L Jones, who played Flash Gordon in the 1980 film, and Star Trek's

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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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  • UK flight ban on electronic devices announced

    The UK government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban follows a similar move in the US, where officials say bombs could be hidden in a series of devices. Downing Street said it was "necessary, effective and proportionate". The government has not given a start-date for the ban, but says airlines are "in the process of implementing it". The ban applies to any device larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep. It includes smart phones, but most fall inside these limits. Any affected device, including e-readers, will need to be placed into hold luggage. Passengers can still

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  • Edhi: A great humanitarian

    Abdul Sattar Edhi, the legendary philanthropist, great humanitarian and social worker, passed away on July 8, 2016. He was 88. He is known in Pakistan as the “angel of mercy” for his social work that also won him international acclaim. He donated his body after his death and his eyes enabled two blind persons to see. Edhi was born in 1928 in Bantva in Gujarat, British India. When he was 11, his mother became paralyzed and later grew mentally ill and died when he was 19. His personal experiences pushed him to develop a system of services for old, mentally ill and physically handicapped people. Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He initially started as a pedlar, later became a commission

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