• Iran presidential election: Five things to know

    Iran is due to hold a presidential election on 19 May, in which the incumbent Hassan Rouhani will fight for a second term. The polls are seen as critical to the future direction of the Islamic Republic. Here are some issues to know. It matters to the outside world Iran is a major player in the Middle East. Because of its nuclear programme and support for the Shia-led governments in Iraq and Syria, world powers see Tehran both as part of the problem and the solution to the region's woes. All this could be affected by whomever becomes president, because Iranian national politics is basically a power struggle between conservatives and reformists/moderates. However, in a way the election result is

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  • Sunderland teenager shot on moped 'will fight to recover'

    A teenager shot in the head while riding on the back of a moped says he has the "fight and determination" to recover. Kyle Johnson, 15, was seriously injured and still has fragments of air rifle pellet lodged in his brain. Steven Thompson, 39, admitted shooting the teenager in Sunderland in October and was jailed for 11 years and 10 months at Newcastle Crown Court. "He won't make me feel like this forever," said Kyle. He has lost most movement in the left side of his body and can only walk for short spells, using a wheelchair for longer distances. "I have the fight and determination to make my life better, and I will," he said. "I just want to get back to being my old self. I will get there one

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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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  • 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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  • Why Saudi Arabia should become one of UNSC’s permanent members

    Since the Second World War and the Cold War, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissionable weapons-applicable technology has become one of the most urgent issues for global security. Along with the sectarianism and humanitarian crises that divided the region in civil wars, the Middle East is also the most geopolitically unstable for the threat that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction poses to civilians, both from nuclear weapon states and non-state actors. In response to the latest chemical attack, which targeted civilians in Khan Shaikoun in southern Idlib, northwest Syria, on April, 4 2017, the US executed a military bomb strike on the Al Shouayrat airbase of Syria on April 6, 2017.

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  • Newspaper review: Baby Melania, RHI and a last lap for tragic rider

    There's a tragic theme in the Belfast Telegraph and News Letter front pages. Italian Dario Cecconi, 38, died following a crash in the last lap of the senior support race at the Tandragee 100 on Saturday. The papers show his coffin being escorted in a "lap of honour" of the circuit. His girlfriend Francesca and brother Luca were in attendance. His brother described the show of respect as "amazing". The Irish News reports that there are renewed calls for Arlene Foster to step aside as the inquiry into the RHI scheme starts. On Thursday, Green Party leader Steven Agnew re-iterated his call for the DUP leader, who was enterprise minister when the scheme was launched in 2012, to step aside. "I hold

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  • North Korea crisis: Why now, what happened, what next?

    Tensions are continuing to rise between the United States and North Korea. The Trump administration says it will tighten economic sanctions against the government in Pyongyang and activate a missile defence system as it aims to halt Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons programme and ballistic missile tests. North Korea has vowed to conduct more missile and nuclear tests. The BBC's defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus answers your questions on the situation. What further impact could tightening sanctions against North Korea hope to achieve? While there are widespread sanctions against North Korea, they are not effectively enforced. A recent UN study found that fragments from a North Korean

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  • US warship fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Gulf - Region - World

    A US warship has fired a warning flare at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessel that refused to maintain distance in Gulf waters, a US spokesman said Wednesday. Guided-missile destroyer the USS Mahan had an "unprofessional interaction" with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessel on Monday in the international waters of the Gulf, US Navy spokesman Lieutenant Rick Chernitzer told AFP. Chernitzer said the Iranian vessel came within 1,100 yards (1,005 metres) of the destroyer, prompting the US Navy to issue warning messages, twice blast the internationally recognised five-whistle danger signal and deploy "a flare to determine the Iranian vessel's intentions". "Eventually, the Iranian vessel

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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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  • DNA of extinct humans found in caves

    The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediments in caves - even in the absence of skeletal remains. Researchers found the genetic material in sediment samples collected from seven archaeological sites. The remains of ancient humans are often scarce, so the new findings could help scientists learn the identity of inhabitants at sites where only artefacts have been found. The results are described in Science. Antonio Rosas, a scientist at Spain's Natural Science Museum in Madrid, said: "This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough. "We can now tell which species of hominid occupied a cave and on which particular stratigraphic level, even when no bone or skeletal remains are

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  • Muslim women fight family, tradition for property rights

    Local customs determine inheritance rights LUCKNOW: Shabana was 18 years old when she was married to a man 15 years her senior, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It wasn’t long before he began beating her. Worried for her safety and that of her two young kids, Shabana begged her eldest brother to let her return to her parental home, where he now lived. He refused, saying her place was with her husband, and that she had no right over the home. The home was claimed by her brothers. Under Islamic law, Shabana and her two sisters were also entitled to a share of the property, but they were not aware of it. “My father had said he would leave me a share, but he did not leave a will, and

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  • It is time to stand up for Christians in the Middle East

    Christians are an endangered species in the Middle East, endangered not only by the threat of violent extremism that targets them but also their feeling that they must flee to survive. Every day during this year’s Easter season, I listened to commentators on the right and the left talk about the fast-disappearing Middle East Christians not in terms of saving them but in terms of who is to blame. Middle East Christians are a statistic in a political debate that crosses the political divide and the religious divide between Jews and Muslims. Yet no one is really doing anything to protect them from extinction. I am so tired of listening to Israelis claim that Israel does more to protect Middle East

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  • Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash

    MANILA, Philippines: Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday. Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press that Alhabsy Misaya was slain in a clash with marines late Friday in the jungles between the towns of Indanan and Parang in Sulu province. He said Misaya’s body was identified by military officials and captured Abu Sayyaf militants. Misaya has been blamed for abductions of dozens of Malaysians and Indonesian hostages, including one who was beheaded. “We consider him the most notorious kidnapper from that bandit group

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  • Pakistan separatists threaten new 'Silk Road'

    China's latest multibillion-dollar transport project spanning across Central Asia is being dubbed the "New Silk Road". But it comes with its challenges, including separatist fighters in the Pakistani region of Balochistan. Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reports from Gwadar, Balochistan.

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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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  • 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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  • Russia has halved aircrafts at Syria base: Military - Region - World

    Russia has halved the number of aircraft deployed to its Syria base from the height of its bombing campaign in support of Bashar al-Assad, the military said Wednesday. A degree of stabilisation in the Syrian conflict "has allowed us to move almost half the air group that was based at Hmeimim back to Russia," said senior commander Sergei Rudskoi at a Moscow security conference, the defence ministry said in a statement. Rudskoi said that between November last year and January when Russia deployed its only aircraft carrier to carry out strikes, the numbers at Hmeimim base "did not exceed 35 aircraft." Rudskoi said that despite having "a fraction" of the planes of the US-led coalition, Russia has

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  • 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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  • Vinod Khanna, India Bollywood actor, dies of cancer

    One of India's most well-known Bollywood actors Vinod Khanna has died aged 70, his hospital has confirmed. Khanna, also an active politician, had been suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital earlier this month as his illness became more serious. He acted in more than 100 Bollywood films and was widely seen as a counterfoil to the "angry young man" played by Amitabh Bachchan. He was elected to parliament four times and was once a junior foreign minister. Khanna began his career in 1968 and was a household name in India, particularly during the 1970s and eighties when he played the starring role in a number of Bollywood hits. Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Khanna who died after

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