• How Germany used Islam during World War I

    Wunsdorf, Germany - It's late afternoon in Wunsdorf, a small town 50km south of Berlin. Winter has left the landscape dry and hazy, so the lights are already on in the local refugee camp. A team of guards, all of them German, has been watching over the facility since it opened last February. It's a sprawling campus, complete with its own kindergarten, infirmary and school. Families sleep in the main building - a former government administrative office. Young, single men sleep in containers outside - two or three in each room. According to Wolfgang Brandt, spokesman for the regional home affairs office, it currently houses 630 people from several countries, including Syria, Iraq and Iran. The

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  • Iranian official admits Tehran supported Houthi missile strikes on Saudi Arabia

    Iranian and international media outlets have published a video clip of an Iranian hardline cleric in which he indicated that Iran’s support for the Houthi militias comes with the aim of attacking Saudi Arabia. Mehdi Taeb, head of the Ammar Strategic Base – an organization established to fight “soft wars” against Iran) and a lobbyist group close to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei – was quoted as saying that “Iran’s catering of missiles to the Houthis was carried out in stages by the Revolutionary Guards and the support and assistance of the Iranian navy”.

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  • Unknown ancient reptile roamed the Pyrenees mountains

    The footprints of a mysterious reptile that lived about 250 million years ago have been identified in fossils from the Pyrenees mountains. Scientists say the new species is a member of the group that gave rise to crocodiles and dinosaurs. The reptile lived at a time when the Earth was recovering from a mass extinction that wiped out most animals. The discovery may shed light on how the group of animals evolved and spread. About 252 million years ago, a mass extinction devastated life on land and in the oceans. Some 90% of species disappeared. At the time, the Earth was very different from today, with continents grouped into the supercontinent, Pangaea. Researchers led by Eudald Mujal of Universitat

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  • Why is Russia so good at encouraging women into tech?

    Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five. Her precocious talent, encouraged by a maths-mad family and a favourite female teacher who transformed every lesson into one giant problem-solving game, led to a degree in mathematical economics at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. "My lecturer instilled in me the power of numbers and calculation, how it gives you the ability to predict things; in that sense the subject always felt magical," she says. Now Irina, 26, is a data scientist at Russian online lender, ID Finance, enjoying a lucrative career devising analytical models to determine loan eligibility. And this isn't an unusual story in

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  • Have North Korea's missile tests paid off?

    North Korea displayed a lot of missiles - including big ones - at a bombastic military parade over the weekend. But what do we really know about Pyongyang's missile capabilities? Defence expert Melissa Hanham explains. Kim Jong-un put on quite a show to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather Kim Il-sung, North Korea's founding leader. More new hardware was on display than ever before, including new inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). To its domestic audience, it was a demonstration of technological might and prosperity. To outsiders it was a threat: be you near or far you will eventually be in range. The Kim Jong-un years have seen increasingly frequent missile tests,

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  • Circular runways: Engineer defends his proposal

    Last month we published a video arguing the case for circular runways at airports, as part of a series called World Hacks. It took off and went viral. The video has had more than 36 million views on Facebook and generated heated debate on social media - including within the aviation community. Many people are sceptical about the concept. So we decided to hand-pick some of the top concerns and put them straight to the man proposing the idea: Dutch engineer Henk Hesselink. This is what he had to say. Wing tip-off One Twitter user was concerned by what he saw: wings nearly hitting the tarmac. Henk Hesseklink: With the banked character of the runway, the wingtips and engines are closer to the ground

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  • New actions by Russia, Syria challenge Trump

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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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  • Iran blocks Telegram

    It’s not strange that Iran is the only country in the Middle East that blocks necessary services like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. This is part of Tehran’s policy to block or disrupt satellite television channels and prevent citizens from accessing foreign media outlets. All the Iranians can use out of available social media tools is the messaging app Telegram which was founded by two Russian brothers and that is headquartered in Germany. Forty million Iranians use its voice messaging feature while 20 million Iranians use its text messaging feature. There is high demand over this precious service which is the only available one there as the Iranians represent one fourth of the number of  Telegram

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  • Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

    Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month's election by a top body of jurists and clerics which vets candidates, state media report. Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served two terms as president between 2005 and 2013. President Hassan Rouhani and leading hardliner Ebrahim Raisi have both been approved by the Guardian Council. A final list of candidates for the 19 May poll will be announced on 27 April. More than 1,600 candidates sought to stand, but only about six are selected by the Guardian Council, whose members are chosen directly or indirectly by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The nominations of Mr Rouhani and Mr Raisi will

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  • Syria: Heartbroken parents searching for missing children

    Dozens of Syrian parents say their children have gone missing after last weekend’s bomb attack on a convoy of buses near Aleppo. More than 100 people, including 68 children, were killed in an attack near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, according to a monitoring group. In the confusion that followed, children were taken for treatment in areas they were not meant to enter. Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Beirut.

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  • Emirates cuts flights to U.S. as Trump's policies hit bookings

    Emirates Airline is cutting back on flights to the United States because policies introduced by President Trump's administration have hurt bookings. "Emirates can confirm that we will be reducing flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities we currently serve," said a spokesman for the Dubai-based airline. Daily flights from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be cut to five a week. Flights to Seattle, Boston and Los Angeles will now be once a day, instead of twice. Emirates and the other Gulf carriers, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, have been in the firing line of new U.S. policies on immigration and security. Trump signed a revised executive order last month banning citizens of six Muslim-majority

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  • India 'bad food' video soldier sacked

    An Indian soldier who posted videos, claiming troops on the border with Pakistan got poor quality food, has been sacked "for making false allegations". Tej Bahadur Yadav's videos were viewed over eight million times and had generated outrage among Indians. He alleged that the quality of the food was so poor that many times soldiers opted to go without instead. Mr Yadav has said he will appeal against the decision in a higher court. Mr Yadav, who belonged to the Border Security Force (BSF), posted videos in January of burnt roti (flatbread) and lentils that he said had only turmeric and salt. A BSF statement quoted by The Hindu newspaper said Mr Yadav had been dismissed for "making false allegations,

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  • China, Philippines spar over military visit to island

    China has protested about a visit by Philippine military chiefs to a disputed island in the South China Sea, but Manila maintained on Saturday that it owns the territory where Filipino troops and villagers have lived for decades. The public argument comes amid a thaw in once-frosty relations between the neighbours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office last June and moved to rekindle Manila's friendship with Beijing, which has been strained by long-seething territorial disputes. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and military Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano flew to the island, which Filipinos call Pag-asa, with dozens of journalists on Friday to inspect an eroded airstrip.

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  • Adele confirms she is married to Simon Konecki

    Adele has finally confirmed she has married Simon Konecki, after months of media speculation. The singer was on stage in Brisbane, Australia, talking about her track Someone Like You, when she said, "I'm married now". There had been rumours the pair had wed and Adele had also referred to him as her husband at the Grammy awards. Adele and Simon have one child together, a four-year-old son named Angelo. Video of Adele talking about being married has been shared on social media. She was describing the moment she had played Someone Like You to close friends and family, when she referred to being married. "I could see in their eyes as they were listening to it on their headphones that it reminded

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  • The countries where people still eat cats and dogs for dinner

    The new Animal Protection Act will see anyone selling, eating or buying the animals for consumption facing fines of up to £6,500. Those found guilty of animal cruelty could also receive a huge fine of £52,000 and two years in prison. Taiwan is the first Asian country to crack down on the practice. The new law tackles long-standing cultural beliefs about the benefits of eating dogs - for example, eating black dogs in winter is supposed to help you stay warm. It was pushed through by President Tsai Ing-wen, who adopted three retired guide dogs last year and also has two cats, named Cookie and A-Tsai. So what about the rest of the continent? The practice of eating cats and dogs has become less common

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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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  • Jared Kushner: Who is the Trump whisperer?

    Some White House watchers have noted that weekends can be tricky for President Donald Trump. A number of crises have blown up on a Friday and not been sorted out until Sunday. Observers say it's because that's when President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner - an observant Orthodox Jewish man - is off duty, marking the Sabbath. Mr Kushner, the husband of the first daughter, Ivanka, is a power in the land, the crown prince. Because of his semi-public power struggle with Steve Bannon, he's seen as an enemy by the hard, nationalistic right. But what drives him? What does he believe? And how could that change the world? The provocative conservative commentator and early Trump supporter Ann Coulter

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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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  • South Korea scandal: Denmark to extradite daughter of Choi Soon-sil

    A Danish court has upheld an extradition order for the 20-year-old daughter of the woman at the centre of South Korea's presidential scandal. Dressage rider Chung Yoo-ra is the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of former President Park Geun-hye who is on trial in Seoul for abuse of power and attempted fraud. She is alleged to have used that friendship to benefit her daughter. Ms Chung was arrested in Denmark in January. She initially appeared in court charged with overstaying her visa. Last month the public prosecutor ordered her extradition "for the purpose of prosecution in her home country". She is accused by the South Korean authorities of offences including involvement in economic

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