• Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

    LONDON: The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity. The eight tycoons’ net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. Although most of them will not be joining the annual gathering of business and political elites in the Swiss town of Davos this week, the extraordinary individual wealth they typify will be part of the discussions in Davos on inequality. Here’s a look at who they are. Bill Gates: $75 billion

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  • Week in pictures: 7-13 January 2017

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

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  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalise divorce

    The divorce of film star Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard has been finalised after months of wrangling over the final terms of the break up. Depp, 53, has agreed to pay Heard $7m (£5.6m; €6.6m), which she says she will donate to two charities. Heard, 30, will get to keep the couple's dogs, Pistol and Boo, who were at the centre of scandal when she took them to Australia illegally in 2015. She had accused Depp of domestic abuse - a claim he denies. According to court documents, she said Depp had been physically abusive to her, culminating in him throwing a mobile phone at her face during a fight in February last year. Depp's lawyer denied the allegations, saying Heard was "attempting to secure

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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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  • Why is there a Saudi market called ‘Souq of the Dead’?

    There is a famous market in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah named “Souq of the Dead” which sells clothing which one belonged to the deceased. The market itself extends within al-Sawarikh market in the western region of Jeddah. The vendors then sell these charitable donations at prices ranging from five to 20 Saudi Riyals per piece. Mohamed Ali Saleem, an economics researcher, said that the shoppers frequenting the market are usually African or Asian immigrants with limited incomes in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Over 5.6 million Saudis remain unmarried past marriage age, survey shows

    More than 5.26 million people in Saudi Arabia including 3 million men and 2.26 women remain unmarried, according to the latest statistics released by the General Statistics Authority after conducting a demographic survey in the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, a survey conducted by al-Watan Arabic daily showed that the average age of unmarried men in the Kingdom is 40 while unmarried women is 36. “I decided to get married after graduation,” she told al-Watan.

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  • ‘Expatophobia’

    Mahmoud Ahmad LAST week, a shocking cartoon was published in a local Saudi daily targeting expatriate workers that sparked anger among many people, mainly expatriates working here in Saudi Arabia. As is my wont of reading local dailies every morning, I was doing just that when I received a phone call from an expatriate friend. He asked me my thoughts on the cartoon that had been published in a particular local daily, which I hadn’t seen at the time of the call. I quickly took out that daily from the bunch and what I saw was really sickening. The cartoon left me totally disgusted. The cartoon displayed what looked like an acrobatic Saudi man riding a unicycle on a rope, like the one we see in

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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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  • New joint message from Kremlin and Trump administration

    Amid a calculated and proactive realignment by Russia and China ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president, Europe appears tense and scattered. The Gulf states seem to be waiting in limbo without a pre-emptive strategy. Iran appears vigilant, eager to preserve its regional gains and protect itself from the new US administration that seems intent to scrutinize its every action.The UN has launched a new era with the inauguration of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month, amid reinvigorated efforts by the Security Council and international envoys in conflict zones, including Libya, Yemen and Syria. Russia has commandeered the Syrian issue from the UN in Geneva, and

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  • The Bush sisters wrote this touching letter to Sasha and Malia Obama

    The daughters of George W Bush have written an open letter to Sasha and Malia Obama as they prepare to leave the White House. President Barack Obama's time in office ends on 20 January. In the letter, Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Bush say they will be "rooting" for the Obama sisters in their "next chapter". They also lived in the White House for eight years, 2001 to 2009, and moved on to university and jobs. Here's the letter in full, published in Time Magazine "Malia and Sasha, eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House. We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home. "We left our jobs in Baltimore and New York early

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  • Kendall Jenner reveals struggle with anxiety but 'is learning to cope'

    Kendall Jenner says she's been struggling with anxiety issues over the last year but is learning to cope. Writing on her own website, the reality TV star and model says she's learnt some breathing exercises which help. "Anxiety was a huge hurdle for me to deal with this past year (and security concerns didn't help), but I think I'm finally learning how to cope. "I once had a really bad attack on a plane and just had to ride it out," she writes. "I felt my heart beating a million miles an hour and I even went a little numb." She says she's now getting better at relaxing while working and travelling. "[I've] learned that it's all mental, so I try to prevent anxiety attacks by bringing my mind somewhere

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  • Turkey offers citizenship to foreign property buyers

    Turkey has changed its law to offer citizenship to foreigners who buy property worth at least $1m in the country. The decree on the changes published in Turkey's Official Gazette on Thursday also grants citizenship to foreigners who make a fixed capital investment of at least $2m, keep at least $3m in a bank account for at least three years or create at least 100 jobs in the country. Ugur Civelek, a Turkish economist and columnist, said the changes mainly sought to increase property sales, a crucial part of the Turkish economy and a financial sector suffering from excess supply. "The excess supply in the real-estate market creates vulnerabilities in the country's financial sector. The real estate's

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  • Asia Madani and Ahmed Omar Set to Shake Things Up at Cairo Jazz Club with Their Afro Inspired Sounds

    Sudanese vocalist and percussionist Asia Madani has been living in Egypt since the turn of the millennium, when she moved here to pursue her musical career and never looked back. Her music is rooted in Sudanese folklore, where she showcases the traditional sounds of her home country, incorporating modern and traditional instruments, vocals, and dancing. Part of The Nile Project (a cross cultural musical project bridging gaps between Nile basin countries), Madani has been exposed to multitudes of different styles from different African cultural backgrounds. She played some of our country's biggest festivals and venues like Oshtoora, 3al Ganoob, Room Art Space, the Cairo Opera House, The Citadel

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  • China adds spy ship to Navy fleet

    (CNN)China's Navy has added a new model of electronic reconnaissance ship to its fleet, as Beijing seeks to assert its military might in the South China Sea. The CNS Kaiyangxing or Mizar went into service earlier this week in the eastern port city of Qingdao, the China Daily reported. The paper said divulging details of its intelligence fleet was "a rare move" for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN.) Collin Koh Swee Lean, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said that revealing the ship's launch served two geopolitical purposes. "Beijing can claim that it has been transparent with its military buildup, and

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  • Carrie Fisher's daughter 'has no words' after her mother and grandmother's deaths

    Billie Lourd says she has "no words" to express how much she'll miss her mother Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds. The 60-year-old Star Wars actress died last week after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles before Christmas. Her 84-year-old mother, Debbie, died from a suspected stroke the following day. Billie has posted a photo of the three of them together on Instagram. The Scream Queens actress wrote: "Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist. "There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means

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  • Lord Snowdon dies aged 86

    Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret's former husband, has died aged 86, a family spokesperson has said. The renowned photographer and film maker died peacefully at his home on Friday, according to his picture agency Camera Press. Lord Snowdon married Princess Margaret on 6 May 1960 but they separated after 16 years of marriage and the divorce was finalised in 1978. Buckingham Palace said the Queen had been informed. BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the Queen was "saddened" by the news of his death. He added that Lord Snowdon had been ill for some time. Snowdon, born Antony Armstrong-Jones, photographed famous faces including Diana, Princess of Wales, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor

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  • 100 Women: How South Korea stopped its parents aborting girls

    For every 100 baby girls born in India, there are 111 baby boys. In China, the ratio is 100 to 115. One other country saw similar rates in 1990, but has since brought its population back into balance. How did South Korea do it? Yvette Tan reports. "One daughter is equal to 10 sons," was the message desperately being promoted by the South Korean government. It was some two decades ago and gender imbalance was at a high, reaching 116.5 boys for every 100 girls at its peak. The preference for sons goes back centuries in Korean tradition. They were seen to carry on the family line, provide financial support and take care of their parents in old age. "There was the idea that daughters were not regarded

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  • Man charged for death of Saudi student in Wisconsin

    A man from Minnesota was charged with beating a Saudi UW-Stout student to death on Thursday, reported Wisonsin based Leader-Telegram. Cullen M. Osburn, 27, beat Hussein Saeed Alnahdi, 24, last October in downtown Menomonie. Alnahdi had been a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout since 2015 and was majoring in business administration.

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  • Philippines' Duterte threatens martial law

    Martial law could be imposed in the Philippines if the drugs problem worsens, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. The 71-year-old former state prosecutor said the aim would be "to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land". About 6,000 people have been killed in six months under Mr Duterte's anti-drugs crackdown. He says he is acting to prevent the country from becoming a narco-state. "If I wanted to, and it will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law if I wanted to. No one will be able to stop me," Mr Duterte said in a speech to businesspeople in the southern city of Davao on Saturday. "My country transcends everything else, even the limitations,"

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  • Small strides you should take for your heart

    Let's face it – life is busy. You've got calls to make, e-mails to send and meetings to get to. But what about appointments with yourself that you've been meaning to make? "As I say to many of my patients, if you don't find time for exercise, you will have to find time for disease," Dr. Nanette Wenger tells CNN.  She's  a spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA) and  a cardiologist at the Emory University School of Medicine. February is American Heart Month, when the AHA and other organizations hope to spread awareness about the dangers of an unhealthy lifestyle. The statistics haven't changed: Cardiovascular disease is still the leading killer of men and women in the United States

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