• Iran bids farewell to Obama with insults

    It is the story of the frog that carried the scorpion on its back to cross the water to the other bank. As soon as it arrived, the scorpion stung it. The frog denounced it, prompting the scorpion to say it would not be a scorpion if it did not sting it.At the end of last week, the USS Mahan came under the risk of confrontation seven times with Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in international waters in the Gulf, forcing it to fire warning shots to ward them off. Meanwhile, celebrations in Tehran have been held for what they call humiliating American sailors a year ago. All this embarrassment occurred for President Barack Obama as he is about to end his eight-year term in the White House. He

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  • Dubai ruler grants policewoman’s mother wish to meet him

    Emiratis have been sharing the heartwarming moment UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid meeting a policewoman’s mother during an award ceremony. Hailma Al Matroushi from the UAE’s Ministry of Interior was being awarded the medal for Best Administrative Employee when she decided that her mother should receive the award from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, who is also the country’s prime minster and ruler of Dubai.

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  • 40 nationalities involved in terror activities in Saudi

    Nationals from 40 countries have been involved in terror and security cases Saudi Arabia witnessed during the past few years. A statement issued by the Interior Ministry through its Tawasul (communications) portal said that 5,085 suspects are in detention in five intelligence prisons in the Kingdom. Some of these suspects are serving their prison terms upheld by the Specialized Criminal Court of Appeals, some are under trial, while others are under interrogation by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP). The statement said that there are 4,254 Saudis detained in intelligence prisons constituting the largest number of suspects.

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  • Cabbage attack The Sun after being tipped for success

    Manchester band Cabbage have attacked The Sun, after the newspaper tipped them for success in 2017. The five piece were among seven acts the paper championed as "the next big thing". But the boys dismissed the tag, calling the paper "odious" and "backward". In a tweet they told fans: "Don't buy The Sun. Don't even walk past it without burning it, or spitting on it. They try to tell you what to think." The band, who are also on the BBC's Sound of 2017 longlist, continued: "They pay no attention to what is real. "They exploit every single one of you and affect the way you think. "Everyone has a member of their family or a friend affected by this awful repeated propaganda. It's a crime." The lads

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  • Tehran building collapses after blaze, dozens trapped

    (CNN)Dozens of firefighters are injured and more are feared trapped after a multi-story commercial building in Iran's capital, Tehran, collapsed following a fire, Iranian state media reported Thursday. A spokesman for Tehran's medical emergencies department said that nearly 40 people, including firefighters, had been injured, according to Iran's state-run Fars news agency. Press TV reported that more than two dozen firefighters were injured trying to put out the blaze, which raged through the upper stories for hours, and that some were trapped inside the building.

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  • China's first freight train to the U.K. arrives in London

    One of the longest train journeys in the world has just ended. The first freight train from China to the U.K. rolled into London on Wednesday, more than two weeks after it left the Chinese port city of Yiwu. The journey covered nearly 8,000 miles. "It is hoped this will further improve trade ties between China and the U.K.," said Richard Doubtfire, seafreight director at Brunel Shipping & Liner Services, one of two British companies handling logistics for the journey. The China Railway Express train left Yiwu on Jan. 1. It passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France over the course of its 18-day trip before entering the U.K. through the Channel Tunnel. The

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  • Iran: Blaze causes building collapse on TV

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  • Saudi emergency after mass food poisoning

    RIYADH: Saudi authorities blamed a smalltown restaurant for a food poisoning outbreak that struck at least 150 people and sparked a declaration of a health emergency, media said yesterday. The incident occurred in Turabah, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Taif in the kingdom’s southwest. The official Saudi Press Agency said 150 people suffered food poisoning “because of eating meals” at the restaurant. The online newspaper Sabq, which is close to authorities, said 175 people fell ill after eating shawarma sandwiches, a Middle Eastern staple. Makkah region governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal ordered an investigation, “with the maximum penalties for the perpetrators of the poisoning incident,”

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  • William and Catherine to move back to London

    Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are to move their family back to the British capital this year as they look to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen, Kensington Palace said Friday. Since 2014, the pair have used Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace in London -- which underwent a $7.6 million overhaul in 2014 -- as their official residence while undertaking royal duties. The palace statement said that the pair will increasingly base their family in the city as they continue to undertake more official engagements in addition to increasing their charity work. Prince George, three, will start the new school year in London this September while one-year-old Princess Charlotte will attend nursery and eventually school in the capital in the coming years.

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  • Cobra fang club: The rising popularity of Kenyan snake farms

    When Makau Kioko crouches down to grab an Egyptian cobra the visiting audience always watches on with trepidation. If the 53-year-old gets his timing wrong - and he is playing with split seconds - he is going to get bitten by one of Africa's most venomous snakes. Mr Kioko wears protective gloves for his regular daredevil display, but if the cobra bites him anywhere else he could be dead within 15 minutes. The venom causes respiratory failure, which can lead to paralysis and death. It is so toxic that it can even kill elephants. Thankfully for Mr Kioko, the owner of the snake farm and visitor attraction Kioko Snake Ventures, in Kitui, eastern Kenya, he says he "always makes sure he wins" his cobra

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  • Philippine police chief apologies for Korean's murder by officers

    The Philippines police chief has apologised over the kidnap and murder of a South Korean businessman by officers at the national police HQ. Jee Ick-joo was seized in October from his home in Angeles city, near Manila, under the pretence of a drug raid, the Department of Justice said. After strangling him, his killers pretended he was still alive in order to collect a ransom from his family. His body was later incinerated at a crematorium run by a former policeman. At least three of the eight people suspected of involvement were police officers, say officials. Thousands of people have died at the hands of police and vigilantes in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a drug

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  • CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

    About 13 million pages of declassified documents from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been released online. The records include UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate programme, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists. The move came after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA. The full archive is made up of almost 800,000 files. They had previously only been accessible at the National Archives in Maryland. The trove includes the papers of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as well as several hundred thousand pages of intelligence analysis

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  • India could switch to biometric payments by 2020

    If you thought India's decision to ban 86% of its cash was ambitious, wait until you hear what it may do next. The head of a government-run policy institute said on Thursday that the country could completely eliminate the need for credit cards, debit cards and ATMs in the next three years by switching to biometric payments. Amitabh Kant said that even electronic payment methods may be "totally redundant" by 2020. Instead, all Indians will need for transactions is their thumb or eye. "Each one of us in India will be a walking ATM," Kant said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. That would represent "the biggest technological leapfrogging ever in the history of mankind," he added. Arundhati Bhattacharya,

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  • Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbye

    Washington (CNN)Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday. On Wednesday evening, Obama posted an image showing her embracing President Barack Obama. Last Wednesday, January 11, the first lady appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" and spoke of her last days in the White House.

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  • China's fake food problem: Soy sauce and spice mixes

    China's problem with fake goods even includes the condiments and seasonings that people sprinkle on their food. Authorities in northern China say they have busted several underground factories that were churning out counterfeit versions of products like soy sauce and spice mix. The fake goods were being made in a district of the industrial hub Tianjin and passed off as real brands owned by major companies. Police acted after an investigative report from state-run newspaper Beijing News exposed the problem. The article reported that the fake food items were being produced on a large scale, using dirty tap water, industrial salt unfit for human consumption and recycled spices bought at knockdown

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  • Everything you need to know about Trump's inauguration, weekend protests

    The inauguration is the formal transfer of power from one president to the next. On Friday, President Barack Obama will complete his second term in office and cease to be the sitting president, transferring the authority of his office to his elected successor, Trump. At noon, Trump will become the President and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will become the sitting vice president. Trump will take the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts and deliver a speech commemorating the occasion. And as is tradition, the President and vice president will lead a parade to the White House after their inauguration. What else is going on this weekend? The inauguration ceremony is sandwiched

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  • Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random

    The man suspected of killing 39 people in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve said the venue was chosen at random, local media report. Abdulgadir Masharipov said so-called Islamic State (IS) initially told him to attack an area in Taksim Square. He was forced to change his target because of heavy security in the area, according to the Hurriyet newspaper. The Uzbek national was captured by Turkish police on Monday. Abdulgadir Masharipov said his instructions came from Raqqa, IS's stronghold in Syria, Hurriyet reports. "I came to Taksim on New Year's Eve but the security measures were intense. It wasn't possible to carry out the attack," he was quoted as saying. "I was

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  • Kate Moss has responded to fan mail... from 23 years ago

    Kate Moss must have got a lot of fan mail in her career and it seems that she's finally got round to opening letters from more than two decades ago. She posted a picture on Instagram of a letter from a fan called Fiona, sent in 1994. In it, Fiona asks two important questions of Kate Moss: How did she get into "modling", and was she really dating Johnny Depp? If so, she says, she would love Kate and Johnny's "altographs". Unfortunately, Moss was too busy modelling and dating Johnny Depp (it was indeed true, the pair got together that year) to reply to Fiona's note. But she's made amends now with an Instagram post showing the handwritten letter and saying that Fiona will be getting a signed Kate

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  • 6 Egyptian Billionaires Land on Forbes List of Richest Africans

    Forbes has just released their 2017 list of Africa’s 50 richest people on the continent, and this year Egyptian billionaires have swept up six of the top positions. The Forbes list features Africa's 50 richest individuals; of those 50, 21 are billionaires and 6 of those billionaires are Egyptians. Representing the six Egyptian positions are the three Sawiris brothers, Nassef, Naguib, and Onsi, along with the three Mansour brothers, Mohamed, Yasseen and Youssef. Combined, the Sawiris’ current accumulated wealth amounts to $10.06 billion across construction, chemical, and telecom industries, while the Mansours hold $5.61 billion across diversified industries. Equivalent to our listing is South

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