• Melania Trump drops controversial language from $150 million defamation suit

    Washington (CNN)Lawyers for first lady Melania Trump changed and refiled her multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit against Daily Mail Online on Friday in New York. Trump is suing the media outlet for publishing a false story that claimed, falsely, she worked for a high-end escort service. The new version of the lawsuit leaves out a controversial portion of the original -- a section that argued the first lady's earning potential as a brand spokeswoman would be irretrievably damaged by the defamation. Critics questioned whether Trump would be attempting to cash in on her high-profile status as first lady of the United States. The original language, which has now been removed, stated: "Plaintiff

    CNN q
  • Philippines' Duterte a serial killer: Senator

    Senator Leila de Lima invokes ‘People Power’ revolution MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a “serial killer” who should be forced out of office, one of his chief critics said yesterday, as she faced arrest on drug charges which she insisted were meant to silence her. Senator Leila de Lima invoked the famous “People Power” revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos three decades ago, in her strongest comments yet against Duterte and his war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives. “There is no more doubt that our president is a murderer and sociopathic serial killer,” De Lima told reporters, as she called on Duterte’s cabinet to declare him unfit to lead and urged ordinary

    Kuwait Times q
  • Security information director: Iran asked Al-Zarqawi to kill Iraqi Shiites

    JEDDAH: Col. Fahd Abdul Aziz Al-Ghufeili, director of information management and online public administration for intellectual security, on Tuesday said new evidence has emerged of Iran’s involvement to back Al-Qaeda and Daesh in an attempt to weaken Iraq’s American invasion resistance after the Iraq war in 2003. He said that Iran asked the late Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, a member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, to kill Iraqi Shiites who were standing with the Sunnis to resist the occupation. Osama Bin Laden then asked Al-Zarqawi not to kill the Shiites due to to Al-Qaeda’s interests with Iran; Iran had separate plans to create disputes between the parties. Al-Ghufeili made his remarks during a lecture to students

    Arab News q
  • Genghis Khan: Could satellites help find his tomb?

    For Shay Har-Noy it was an 800-year-old puzzle about the burial place of Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan that sparked a very 21st Century business. Mr Har-Noy was on an expedition to locate the lost tomb of the Mongol Empire founder, when satellite imagery firm DigitalGlobe donated some photos of potential areas for his team to scrutinise. These images, taken from space, were enormous, and as nobody knows what the tomb actually looked like, there was no obvious place to start the search. So Mr Har-Noy decided to crowdsource for clues. He returned to Mongolia three times to investigate what he calls "anomalies" in the photographs, submitted by eagle-eyed armchair enthusiasts. Could one of these have

    BBC News q
  • Oscars 2017: Which celebrities will get political?

    When the Oscars comes around on Sunday, there may be so many anti-Trump speeches they may need an award for the best one. This year, perhaps more than ever, the ceremony will be about who says what as much as who wins what and who wears what. Five weeks on from President Trump's inauguration, with the nation divided over the US president and his policies, many Hollywood stars will feel the need to take a stand on the biggest stage of all. Meryl Streep got the ball rolling at the Golden Globes seven weeks ago. That made her even more of a hero in Hollywood, pretty much secured her an Oscar nomination and gave other actors licence to speak out too. It's likely that most of those who want to make

    BBC News q
  • The woman who knows who's won the Oscars... but won't tell

    On Sunday, the eyes of the world will be on the Oscars. But two people already know who's won. You've never heard of Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan. They haven't been in any films or on any magazine covers. But they will be the most important people at the Oscars. They are the only two people in the world who know the names of the winners before each award presenter rips open the golden envelope and says the immortal words: "And the Oscar goes to..." Ruiz and Cullinan have counted the votes - and counted them again, and again, to make sure the results are correct. By Sunday night, they will have made sure the results are kept secret and delivered to the venue, no matter what, before personally

    BBC News q
  • 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

    Cairo Scene q
  • Trump’s new NSA McMaster: A pragmatist, wary of Russia and Iran

    WASHINGTON: If ousted former national security adviser (NSA) Gen. Michael Flynn was Russia’s point of contact in the Donald Trump White House — receiving, a week before he resigned, an outside proposal to lift sanctions on Moscow — then he will likely be missed by the Kremlin as his replacement Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who has fundamentally different views on the issue, takes office. Unlike Flynn, McMaster, 54, is cautious in reading Russian behavior across Europe and the Middle East. He is also wary of the Iranian role in the region, but does not view it in ideological terms like his predecessor. McMaster is known in military circles for his strategic and critical thinking. He is a believer in

    Arab News q
  • Bahrain arrests 20 terror suspects, including four women

    Bahrain has arrested 20 terror suspects accused of plotting attacks in the small island Gulf kingdom. One of those captured on Tuesday was involved in the murder of police officer Lt. Hisham Hassan Mohammed al-Hamadi on Jan. 29. The arrests of the hidden cell came on the heels of recent security operations that saw three fugitives fleeing for Iran killed when they opened fire on coastguard personnel on Feb. 9. At least two of those arrested were found to have built secret facilities to build explosive devices while eight others were found to have received on arms and the use of explosives in Iraq and Iran.

    News q
  • Where was Sasha during Obama's farewell speech?

    Where was Sasha Obama? The goodbye photo clearly only shows 18-year-old Malia Obama on stage with mum and dad, Michelle and Barack, but there's no sign of her 15-year-old sister. ***Spoiler*** The simple explanation is that she stayed in Washington because she had an exam at Sidwell Friends private school on Wednesday morning. The school has educated the children of American presidents for years, including Chelsea Clinton. So it will be used to cracking down on pupils for trying to miss class because of official presidential engagements. But that didn't stop the #WhereIsSasha fun on social media. Some people hoped she was trying to stop Donald Trump getting into the White House Some tweeters

    BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat q
  • First Iraqi air raid in Syria hits Daesh

    BAGHDAD/BEIRUT:  Daesh, under attack on two fronts, hit back on Friday with bombings in the Syrian town of Al-Bab, which it lost to Turkish forces and opposition fighters on Thursday.  Over 60 people, mostly civilians, were killed.   Also Friday, the terror group was struck by Iraq’s air force inside Syria for the first time as Iraqi troops pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by Daesh in Iraq. As the bloodbath continued, there appeared little prospect of the opposing Syrian sides meeting directly soon for peace talks in Geneva.  The regime of Bashar Assad got a breather as Russia announced it will use its veto to block a proposed UN resolution drafted by the US, France

    Arab News q
  • Philippines says ASEAN concerned about recent events in S China Sea

    BORACAY, PHILIPPINES: Foreign Ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations are worried about “recent developments” in the South China Sea and urged restraint and dialogue to prevent any escalation, the Philippine foreign secretary said on Tuesday.“A number of ministers expressed concern over recent developments and escalation of activities in the area which may further raise tensions and erode trust and confidence,” Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told a news conference after a meeting of his Southeast Asian counterparts. “At the same time they noted the need to sustain the momentum of dialogue in order to ease tensions in the region.” Yasay did not say which particular developments

    Arab News q
  • Listen to Emma Watson sing as Belle in the new Beauty and the Beast film

    A preview of Emma Watson singing as Belle in the new Beauty and the Beast film has got fans going crazy. The video released on social media, has now been viewed over 12m times on Facebook alone. Since it was announced in 2015 that the actress would play Belle in the remake of the Disney classic, fans have had high expectations. And this short but sweet debut of her singing voice has left them wanting to hear more. Beauty and the Beast tells the improbable story of a young maiden who falls in love with a beast. Emma found global fame as Hermione in the Harry Potter films but her singing voice appears to have been a well-kept secret. "THIS IS GOLD. She has reproduced so many different singing styles

    BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat q
  • Egyptian Airport Security Victoriously 'Flips the Bird' After Confiscating EGP 1.36m Hidden in Ducks

    Earlier Today, EGP 1.36 million has been found stuffed in raw ducks in the luggage of a man en route to Kuwait, according to Al Wafd. Port security manager General Hossam Nasr caught the man, who goes by the name of Tamer, in customs, smuggling the duck-filled money in Asyut airport. Tamer’s luggage had initially passed the first phase of airport screening without the ducks being detected. After discovering the money hidden within the ducks, the team behind the bust decided to pose for a photo with one guard 'flipping the bird' in celebration, which has since gone viral on social media.  According to Sadaa News, The smuggler is an Egyptian who originally resides in Abnub, Asyut. He has a bachelor

    cairoscene.com q
  • Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal

    NEW YORK — Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas. As the league’s transfer window slammed shut Thursday ahead of the resumption of games after the NBA All-Star break, teams made final moves to tweak rosters for playoff runs or to reduce their payrolls in hopes of free agency spending next July. The Mavericks confirmed the widely reported deal with Philadelphia, which sees the Mavericks also send guard Justin Anderson and a first-round NBA Draft choice. The 22-year-old Noel used Twitter to thank Philadelphia fans for supporting him. “To have such an amazing city embrace a kid from

    Saudi Gazette q
  • How a selfie with Merkel changed Syrian refugee's life

    Syrian refugee Anas Modamani waited with his mobile phone ready at the entrance to his shelter in Berlin on September 10, 2015 - and when German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged, he snapped a selfie. The photo quickly went viral, becoming a symbol for Merkel's refugee policy, when she opened Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers. Overnight, Modamani became one of the most recognisable refugees in Germany.  "That photo changed my life," Modamani told Al Jazeera. Since then, however, the photo has appeared in numerous false stories on social media linking him to attacks across Europe, including the deadly truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market. He was also falsely identified

    Al Jazeera q
  • India to UK in a tuk-tuk, Asian Network Reports

    Seven months, on three wheels - an Indian engineer has finally arrived in London in his solar-powered tuk-tuk, or auto-rickshaw. Naveen Rabelli set off to raise awareness of electric and solar-powered vehicles. He arrived in the UK five days later than planned after his wallet and passport were stolen in Paris. Reporter Rahul Joglekar went to meet him.

    BBC q
  • One-punch deaths: How lives are devastated by a single blow

    Trevor Timon has been convicted of killing bank worker Oliver Dearlove with a single punch. It's not the first case of its kind to make headlines, but how does one punch kill someone and what are the consequences for those involved? Robert Holland had been on a rare night out after months of working seven-day weeks. Before the 36-year-old went to the Oceana nightclub in Nottingham, he phoned his mother, Therese, to tell her he would visit her the next day. It was the last time they spoke. Hours later, in the early morning of 28 October 2011, Robert suffered fatal brain injuries from just one punch. Therese learned what had happened later that morning when police visited her home. "When they told

    BBC News q
  • Moment rescuers spot girl buried under rubble

    In a Syrian Civil Defense video, rescuers manage to save a girl from underneath the rubble after an explosion.

    CNN q
  • What it's like growing up with older parents

    The US singer announced that she would be taking a break from music to start a family in April last year. But on social media sites some people debated whether she'd be able to do the things younger mothers would be able to do with their children when she was older. So Newsbeat caught up with two people to hear more about their experiences growing up with older parents. Technology can be a nightmare Jasmine is 21, her mum is 61 and her dad is 74. "Sometimes my parents will forget how to do really simple things like log into their emails. "But it can also be quite funny, like now my parents are completely obsessed with e-cards, they think they're really cool and will send one at any opportunity."

    BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat q