• North Korea threatens to sink approaching US carrier

    North Korea threatened on Sunday to sink a US aircraft carrier cruising towards the tense Korean peninsula, and said it would strike Australia with nuclear weapons if it "blindly" followed its American ally. The latest warnings from Pyongyang came as two Japanese navy ships joined the American supercarrier strike group for exercises in the western Pacific. US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its regional allies. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

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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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  • Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro braves TV show

    A former Miss Italy finalist has gone on national TV three months after acid was thrown in her face, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend. Gessica Notaro, 27, was badly scarred and is in danger of losing the sight of an eye. Her former boyfriend is in custody. On the TV show, to be broadcast late on Thursday, the former model took off a scarf covering her face. "I want you to see what he did to me. This isn't love," she said. Ms Notaro was initially told by renowned talk show host Maurizio Costanzo that she could keep the scarf on if she preferred. But she said she would rather remove it and that everyone had to see. Her face has been badly disfigured and she has had several operations, including one

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  • Nicki Minaj criticised over Westminster Bridge video, filmed the day before the attack

    Nicki Minaj has been criticised on social media after leaving shots of London's Westminster Bridge in her latest video. The US rapper filmed No Frauds the day before Khalid Masood killed four people on the bridge before stabbing police officer Keith Palmer. There were reports she was going to cut the scenes from the Remy Ma diss track, which features Drake and Lil Wayne. But the footage has been left in the final version of the video. Shots in the video show Nicki Minaj on the south side of the River Thames looking back at Westminster Bridge. There are also aerial shots of the Houses of Parliament as well as other famous London landmarks. All the footage of Westminster Bridge appears in the first

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ikea tote bag: When designers make expensive versions of cheap things

    Market stalls the world over have long been stacked with cheap knock-offs of designer brands. But sometimes it goes the other way - and designer brands take inspiration from the cheaper things in life. And sometimes a bag that looks like something you can pick up in your local shop can go on sale for more than half the average monthly income in the US. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Take a bow, the new Balenciaga bag. It looks strikingly like the oversized Frakta bag you can pick up in Ikea furniture shops all over Europe - costing some loose change. But Balenciaga's Arena Extra-Large Shopper Tote Bag will set you back $2,145 (£1,670; €2,015). It isn't a straight copy, of

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  • Meet the Russian 'father of all bombs'

    "The FOAB, if what has been reported about it is true, is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the world," said retired Col. Cedric Leighton, military analyst and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 'All living things vaporized' "The FOAB is a thermobaric bomb, which means that its payload explodes at much higher temperatures," Leighton said. "The result is that living things within the area of detonation are vaporized, making the FOAB a spectacularly terrible weapon." Russia announced that the bomb was first tested in 2007. In a national broadcast that aired on September 11, 2007, deputy chief of the general staff of the Russian Armed Forces at the time, Alexander Rukshin, said the

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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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  • Whiston boys' murder: New leads in 1980 cold case investigation

    Detectives investigating the murder of two 11-year-old schoolboys who were buried alive nearly 37 years ago have said they are pursuing new leads. John Greenwood and Gary Miller were beaten and buried under a mattress on a rubbish tip in Whiston, Merseyside on 16 August 1980. Both died in hospital from head injuries. Police said John Cheeseman, of Prescot, was acquitted of the murders in 1981. Officers now want to trace three schoolboys who may have been witnesses. Merseyside Police, which reopened its investigation last year, said the new leads follow a fresh public appeal for information. Detectives are hoping to trace two men, who would have been boys aged between 10 and 15 in 1980, who were

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  • The Iraqi Interpreter's New Home

    1/1 Iraqis who risked their lives helping the British during the Iraq war were offered the chance to live in the UK. Yet few of them knew what awaited them and their families when they took up the opportunity to escape from Iraq and start afresh. Many were told that they would be going to Glasgow, a city they knew almost nothing about. On arrival they found themselves treated as asylum seekers, faced with the most difficult of housing conditions. The shock of finding damp and cold rooms for those with families led to a sense of betrayal. If they had risked their lives for the British, why were they being treated like that?

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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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  • 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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  • Nutella maker fights back over claims palm oil in the spread can cause cancer

    The makers of Nutella have defended their use of palm oil after a report claimed it can cause cancer. Ferrero says it is not carcinogenic and that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) never specifically referred to the product. It follows an EFSA report which said palm oil contains high levels of contaminants at very high temperatures. It stopped short of telling people to stop eating the oil, insisting more research was needed. Ferrero said switching ingredients would result in an inferior spread which wouldn't be as smooth. The news hit Nutella fans hard. Palm oil is found in hundreds of foods and products - from peanut butter to noodles to soap and detergents. But the spread's been getting

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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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  • Deadly Israeli attacks hit Syria's Quneitra province

    Israeli forces have attacked pro-Syrian government groups in the countryside of Quneitra, two days after carrying out similar strikes in the same region. An Al Jazeera correspondent said Sunday's attacks targeted fighters loyal to the Syrian government in the Naba al-Fawwar area of Quneitra province, which is located in the 30 percent of the Golan Heights that is not under Israeli occupation. Three fighters from the pro-government National Defence Forces (NDF) were killed and at least two more were wounded in the attack, an NDF official told AFP news agency. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the attack but did not have additional details.  Rebel forces and other armed

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  • Saudi, Kuwait signal extension of oil cuts

    Al-Marzouq: Noticeable increase in compliance from non-OPEC ABU DHABI: Leading Gulf oil producers Saudi Arabia and Kuwait gave the clearest signal yet that OPEC plans to extend into the second half of the year a deal with non-OPEC producers to curb oil supplies. Consensus is growing among oil producers that their supply restraint agreement should be extended after its initial six-month term, but there is as yet no agreement, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said yesterday. “There is consensus building but it’s not done yet,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in the United Arab Emirates. Asked about non-OPEC producer Russia, Falih replied: “We are talking to all countries.

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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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  • 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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