• Man taking selfie among seven dead in Iran storms

    TEHRAN: A man taking a selfie after an Iranian dam burst was among at least seven people killed as floods, avalanches and dust storms gripped the country, state media reported Saturday. The 40-year-old was swept away while taking the photograph beside a river swollen by the breach of the earthen dam near the southeastern city of Jiroft, a Red Crescent official told the official IRNA news agency. His body has yet to be recovered. The dam burst flooded parts of Jiroft, damaging dozens of homes. A second man was killed in a flash flood in the southwestern province of Bushehr. The torrential rain caused flooding across the south, from Khuzestan province on the Iraqi border to Sistan-Baluchistan province

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  • Guinness-guzzling toddler 'Pintbaby' tracked down

    It's the viral mystery that has captivated social media from Belfast to Blarney, and generated its own hashtag. Just who is Ireland's #PintBaby? Last week, a 20-year-old clip of a Guinness-guzzling toddler sitting on his mother's lap surfaced on social media. The footage was originally broadcast by Irish national broadcaster RTÉ in 1997. RTÉ's Cian McCormack uploaded the clip with the description: "You won't see this on TV nowadays." It was filmed during a television report on the scarcity of single woman in County Kerry, when the camera inadvertently caught the thirsty baby with two hands firmly around a pint of stout. Since then Ireland has been caught in a similarly tight grip, and Pintbaby

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  • Iran TV host admits to Tehran’s attempts to assassinate regime opponents abroad

    The Iranian state television admitted, for the first time, that the state carried out assassinations of opponents of the regime outside the country using its agents. This came up during the talk show that was attended by Anis al-Naqqash, known for training Imad Mughniyah, the former military commander of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. In the talk show, which was broadcast last Thursday by Iranian Television, al-Naqqash indicated that he was imprisoned in France. The Iranian broadcaster Vahid Yaminpour, who belongs to the fundamentalist movement and is known for his connections with the Iranian security forces, intervened at this point and explained the reasons behind the arrest.

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  • This Female Entrepreneur Just Created an App to Fight Sexual Harassment in the Arab World

    Zaineb is walking cheerily down the street in the Moroccan city of Efrane when she hears a whistle. Agitated, she pulls her hood over her head, alters her route, and army marches her way along with a poker face - but with no luck. He is still following her. His footsteps seem closer. Zaineb feels her heart pound faster as she fastens her pace and leaves the dimly-lit street. She finally reaches her destination, but she doesn’t feel safe. Across the Middle East and North Africa, thousands of women mirror Zaineb’s experience and have to walk the daunting path of everyday sexual harassment; according to research by UN Women, 93 percent of women across the MENA region have suffered it at least once

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  • Islamic State tortures, rapes Sunni Arab women too: HRW

    BAGHDAD: Fighters from the Islamic State group, whose abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented, are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women too, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.  The watchdog documented cases of arbitrary detentions, beatings, forced marriages and rape by the jihadists on women who have fled the town of Hawijah, which is still under IS control. HRW recounted the story of Hanan, a 26-year-old whose husband had already fled Hawijah, who was captured by IS fighters along with other women when they also attempted to escape the town. IS fighters told her that her husband’s flight made her an apostate and that she should marry the local jihadist leader. When she refused,

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  • Saudi oil pipeline leak kills contractor - Region - World

    A contractor was killed and three other workers were injured in a pipeline leak in Saudi Arabia, state-owned oil giant Aramco said Sunday. "Saudi Aramco regrets to inform the death of one contractor, and three other injuries involving one employee and two contractors," Aramco said in a statement. Aramco tweeted that the leak occurred at the Abqaiq facility, located 60 kilometres (37 miles) southwest of the company's main Dhahran compound. The two contractors have since been discharged from hospital. Saudi Arabia is looking to diversify its oil-dependent economy. The kingdom has announced budget cutbacks after its 2015 deficit snowballed to $97 billion (93 billion euros). Aramco could be listed

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  • Iran in new military drills despite US warnings

    Tehran: Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the US and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test.“The maneuvers called ‘Grand Prophet 11’ will start Monday and last three days,” Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force’s ground units, told a news conference. He said rockets would be used without specifying which kind. In early February, Iran conducted drills involving short-range missiles at a time of heightened tensions with the US. Tehran said the exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran’s “complete preparedness to deal with the threats” and “humiliating sanctions” from Washington.

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  • Global arms sales surge driven by Middle East demand

    The global trade in heavy weapons has skyrocketed to its highest level since the Cold War, with arms sales to the Middle East surging, a new report says. The five biggest exporters - the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany - accounted for 74 percent of total arms exports, according to research published on Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In the Middle East, arms imports jumped by 86 percent between 2012 and 2016, accounting for 29 percent of global weapons purchases. The increase was nearly double from the previous five-year period studied. Saudi Arabia was the world's second largest arms importer in 2012-16 with an increase of 212 percent

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  • US carrier starts 'routine' patrols in South China Sea

    USS Carl Vinson will be under US command during that period, the Navy said in a statement. The operation comes amid growing tensions between the United States and China over territory and trade. In a news conference Wednesday, China's foreign ministry said it heard about the planned deployment days before it happened, and warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty. "China respects and upholds the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, which countries enjoy under international law, but firmly opposes any country's attempt to undermine China's sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

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  • Michael Jackson's daughter Paris 'offended' by casting of white actor to play him

    Michael Jackson's daughter Paris says she's "incredibly offended" that a white actor has been chosen to play the part of her father in a new TV film. Joseph Fiennes, who's appeared in films like Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth, said he was shocked to be given the part last year. But writing on Twitter, 18-year-old Paris said images showing what he looked like made her "want to vomit". A petition's been signed by more than 20,000 people to boycott the movie. Urban Myths is a collection of tales including one about Michael Jackson taking a road trip from New York to Los Angeles with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the 9/11 terror attacks. The pop singer died in 2009 aged 50. The stories

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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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  • Listen to Emma Watson sing as Belle in the new Beauty and the Beast film

    A preview of Emma Watson singing as Belle in the new Beauty and the Beast film has got fans going crazy. The video released on social media, has now been viewed over 12m times on Facebook alone. Since it was announced in 2015 that the actress would play Belle in the remake of the Disney classic, fans have had high expectations. And this short but sweet debut of her singing voice has left them wanting to hear more. Beauty and the Beast tells the improbable story of a young maiden who falls in love with a beast. Emma found global fame as Hermione in the Harry Potter films but her singing voice appears to have been a well-kept secret. "THIS IS GOLD. She has reproduced so many different singing styles

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  • George Harrison's Porsche to be sold at auction

    A Porsche, once owned by George Harrison and bought for spares by a man unaware of its history, is to be auctioned. The 37-year-old Porsche 928 was owned by late Beatle Harrison when he lived in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was sold to Raj Sedha, from Leeds, in 2003. Mr Sedha was about to dismantle the car before his wife looked in the logbook to find it had been owned by Harrison. The car is expected to fetch up to £20,000 in Stockport on 17 March. Mr Sedha told the BBC: "Once I got it on the drive [in 2003], I began to figure which parts I wanted to take off. "My partner ran out with the book and said, 'stop dismantling it, it belongs to George Harrison'. I said, 'who's George Harrison?'"

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  • Five things you can do to improve your netball skills

    England's netballers are in the middle of playing the world's best teams in the Quad series. So far they've beaten South Africa in Durban but lost to New Zealand in Liverpool. On Sunday they take on the best team in the world - Australia - at Wembley Arena. As the Roses look towards their final game in the series, they've given Newsbeat some tips about what you can do to improve your game. 1. Keep on chatting "Communication is key," England captain Ama Agbeze tells Newsbeat. "So keep working with the players around you and talking to them. "It's a team game so communicating helps loads. "It means if your teammates cover one thing, you can set yourself up for getting interceptions." 2. Practice

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  • Russia seeks 'post-West' order as US vows loyalty to allies - International - World

    Russia Saturday called for an end to what it said was an outdated world order dominated by the West after US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Washington's "unwavering" commitment to transatlantic allies in NATO. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov offered a diametrically opposed global vision, just hours after Pence vowed to stand with Europe to rein in a resurgent Moscow. "I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order -- a post-West one -- in which each country is defined by its sovereignty," said Lavrov. The time when the West called the shots was over while NATO was a relic of the Cold War, he said. In its place, Moscow wanted a relationship with Washington that is "pragmatic

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  • 02/01/2017, 5 life

    Miscarriage, stillbirth and child bereavement Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy.  Phone: 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby that has died before, during, or shortly after birth and offer telephone support and online message boards Phone: 020 7436 5881. Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6pm – 10pm. www.uk-sands.org Tommy's provides a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy, plus bereavement support for anyone who has experienced a pregnancy loss. 

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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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  • Pentagon has evidence of ISIS ‘exodus’ from Syria’s Raqqa

    A months-long campaign to isolate and pressure the ISIS group’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, is paying off as the administrative backbone of the militant organization is beginning to crack, the Pentagon said Friday. ISIS militants hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant photo via AP) Last Update: Saturday, 18 February 2017 KSA 07:59 - GMT 04:59

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  • Egypt’s Former President Anwar El Sadat to Be Awarded the US Congress Highest Honour

    Former Egyptian president Anwar El Sadat will reportedly be awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts in leading Egypt to peace with Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported. The proposal for the award was submitted by Us Senators Orrin Hatch and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Chris Stewart and Grace Meng.

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  • China piles pressure on North Korea by banning coal imports

    China is suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of efforts to increase pressure on the country over its latest missile test. China's commerce ministry said the ban would operate until the end of 2017. It follows reports last week that China had rejected a shipment of North Korean coal worth $1m (£806,000; €942,100). The ban brings China, North Korea's only ally, closer to fully implementing tough sanctions aimed at stopping Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. Coal is North Korea's biggest export, with its shipments to China a mainstay of the country's fragile economy. North Korea's latest missile test explained North Korea's missile programme Stephen Evans: What will Trump

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