• US sends signal to Iran: Containment is back

    US warplanes were first scrambled in a "show of force" against the oncoming convoy. But then five vehicles kept approaching, coming within 29 kilometers of the base when they were finally hit by US aircraft. The coalition confirmed that the convoy posed a direct threat to "US partner forces" -- "despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement" toward the base. The strike marks the first time that the Pentagon has offered aerial protection to its Arab proxies under assault from pro-Syrian militias. The timing of this American escalation is noteworthy for several reasons. First, it comes just weeks after US warships in the Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Assad's

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  • The Qatari princess, Angelina Jolie and the battle of the pyramids

    Reports that Hollywood star Angeline Jolie is planning to make a movie about Sudan's history have sparked a row with Egypt, and BBC Africa's Mohanad Hashim says it is about much more than who has the biggest pyramids. The latest twist in a long-running feud between Egyptians and Sudanese is over controversial claims that a film is to be made in Sudan to showcase the country's contribution to human civilization. Various media have reported that a Qatari production company would fund the film, which would apparently feature Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio. It is meant to promote historical tourism in Sudan by narrating the country's ancient Nubian history. The claims were

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  • Here's what we know about Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the limelight - and neither are his family. Daughter Ivanka is known for her many business ventures, including clothing ranges and books. And his eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr. are businessmen, following in their father's footsteps. However, as the president's youngest daughter, Tiffany, looks to move to Washington DC this autumn for law school, we take a look at the life of the lesser-known Trump. She is the only daughter of President Trump and his second wife, actress Marla Maples, to whom he was married for six years. Tiffany grew up in California and went to school in Calabasas and boasts over one million followers on social media. This following has led to

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  • Trump in Riyadh: Controversy follows US president

    President Trump is one of the world's most famous Twitter users - and that fact isn't being forgotten during his trip. In addition to his main address he'll also make a short speech at a social media conference in Riyadh. And, not surprisingly, his trip itself is a major social media topic Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle reports on the online reaction to the visit.

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  • Melania interacts with Saudi female workers

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh — US first lady Melania Trump visited GE’s all women business process service center in Riyadh on Sunday. She was accompanied by Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qassabi. During the visit she interacted with Saudi women employees. General Electric won a prestigious award from the US State Department in recognition of its path-breaking initiative in establishing the All-Women Business Process & IT Services Center in Riyadh. The all-women center is a partnership between GE, Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),  employing 1,000 women, 600 of them working on projects for GE. Launched in September 2013, the all-women center celebrated the milestone

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  • Iranians demanding change deliver emphatic victory for Rouhani - Region - World

    Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. The architect of Iran's still-fragile detente with the West, he led with 58.6 percent of the vote, compared with 39.8 percent for his main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, according to near-complete results broadcast on Saturday. Although the powers of the elected president are limited by those of unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who outranks him, the scale of Rouhani's victory gives the pro-reform camp a strong mandate. Rouhani's opponent Raisi was a protege of Khamenei, tipped in Iranian media as a potential successor for the 77-year-old supreme leader who has been in power since 1989.

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  • Young people 'most likely to go abroad without insurance'

    About 40% of young people go abroad without travel insurance, risking medical fees of thousands of pounds if they are taken ill, a survey suggests. The Association of British Travel Agents surveyed 2,043 Britons and found those aged 18 to 24 were the most likely to go abroad without insurance. It comes after the family of a South Yorkshire traveller in Thailand had to raise £32,000 for his medical care. Overall a quarter of UK travellers are thought to go abroad without insurance. In 2015, 35-year-old Craig Lindley, from Barnsley, fell ill while celebrating a friend's wedding on a Thai island. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome - which affects the peripheral nervous system - and was

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  • Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea. In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back on Friday at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines. Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm but friendly warning. "We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I

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  • Reema Lagoo: Bollywood's 'favourite mother' dies

    Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo, famous for playing the role of the "loving mother", has died at the age of 59. She passed away in a Mumbai hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday night. The actress was famous for playing the role of the mother of main characters in films and TV soaps. She also acted in several Marathi language plays. She starred in dozens of hit Bollywood films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Maine Pyar Kiya. Lagoo started her career in the late 1970s, and soon became famous for playing the mother of lead characters. She was also known as the "on-screen mother" of popular actor Salman Khan, with whom she acted in several films. She played Khan's

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  • Pippa Middleton wedding: Bucklebury village keeps silent

    As the world's media descend on the sleepy village of Bucklebury for Pippa Middleton's wedding, its residents appear resolute in remaining tight-lipped over the whole affair, as the BBC discovered. Once in a while, a sleepy, green and quintessentially British village becomes the centre of the universe. The village is Bucklebury, in West Berkshire, and it is the home of the Middleton family. Thrown into the limelight because of the relationship and eventual marriage of daughter Catherine and the heir to throne, Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it turns out the media's attention extends to all members of the clan. Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate, is marrying financier

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  • Brazil police raid Sao Paulo 'Crackland' and make arrests

    Brazilian police have arrested nearly 40 people for drug trafficking offences in central Sao Paulo where crack cocaine has been sold and consumed freely for years. About 500 armed police officers were involved in the operation. Dozens of addicts reacted in anger, vandalising cars and looting shops. Sao Paulo's centre-right Mayor Joao Doria said the operation marked the end of impunity in the area, widely known as Cracolandia or Crackland. Critics say the move will merely push the problem to other parts of the city. Mr Doria promised to knock down many buildings and redevelop the streets near the Luz train station that have become an open-air drugs market over the past decade. "Crackland doesn't

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  • Chinese fighter flew inverted over US Air Force jet, official says

    "On May 17, a US surveillance plane was conducting surveillance in China's Yellow Sea airspace. Chinese military aircraft identified and verified the US plane in accordance with law and regulations. Their operations were professional and safe," said China's Defense Ministry spokesman Senior Col. Wu Qian. "The frequent close-in surveillance by US military ships and aircraft is the root cause to the issue of China-US military safety at sea and in the air. We hope the US side will stop such surveillance activities to avoid such incidents from happening again." Previous incidents Wednesday's incident was the second between US and Chinese planes this year. In February, US defense officials said there

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  • New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight

    BEIJING: China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program. China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world’s largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned by billions of dollars in spending. The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television. “The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed helicopter. It is also the country’s first export-oriented

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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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  • Iran holds pivotal presidential elections

    Iranian voters are waiting hours in line to vote in the country's presidential election. CNN's Becky Anderson reports

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  • Week in pictures: 13-19 May 2017

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

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  • US Navy moves second aircraft carrier near North Korea

    Washington (CNN)The US Navy is moving the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula where it will conduct dual-carrier training exercises with the USS Carl Vinson amid heightened tensions in the region, two defense officials told CNN. The move comes just days after North Korea demonstrated a significant leap forward in their missile program after launching a projectile that achieved "successful" controlled reentry into the earth's lower atmosphere rather than falling back to the surface, according to a preliminary US intelligence analysis, two US officials tell CNN. After completing a maintenance period and sea trials in Yokosuka, Japan, the USS Ronald Reagan departed for the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, according to the Navy. "Coming out of a long in-port maintenance period we have to ensure that Ronald Reagan and the remainder of the strike group are integrated properly as we move forward," Rear Adm. Charles Williams said in a press release.

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  • Afghan-American woman pilot breaks barriers

    Shaesta Waiz was born in a refugee camp at the end of the Soviet war in Afghanistan before moving to the US with her family in 1987. The 29-year-old discovered a passion for flying and obtained her pilot's licence, becoming the youngest certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. Now, Waiz wants to share that sense of freedom of soaring high above the ground with other young women. Waiz, an engineering graduate, took off from Daytona Beach, Florida, last week aboard her Beechcraft Bonanza A36. She has mapped out a route that will take her approximately 25,800km to more than 18 countries - including Spain, Egypt, India, Singapore and Australia - before ending the trip back in Florida in

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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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  • The Engagement of 2 Children Aged 7 and 4 in Qaliubiyya Prompts Anger on Social Media

    Photos of an engagement ceremony held in Qaliubiya for a 7-year-old boy named Ziad and his 4-year-old cousin, Farida, went viral, sparking outrage on social media. Talking to Youm 7, Farida's father said that "everyone in the family was completely happy with the engagement." The father was also reported to have said that he had promised Ziad, who happens to be his nephew, that upon passing his second year of primary education, he can get engaged to Farida. EGP 18,000 worth of jewellery (shabka) was reportedly bought to Farida. According to a UNICEF 2016 report, 17% of Egyptians are already married before they turn 18.  Here's a sample of people's comments on the story: "I really can't understand

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