• Maryam Sharif: Pakistan's next political star?

    Maryam Sharif is tipped as a future political star but she's been caught up in fallout from the leaked Panama Papers. Could this derail the rise of the daughter of Pakistan's prime minister? Shumaila Jaffery investigates as part of a series on Asian women likely to make the news in 2017. I still vividly remember when I first saw Maryam Sharif. It was a few days after I'd started college in Lahore in 1991 and I was standing in the corridor when suddenly she appeared. She was surrounded by a group of girls, wore a long white embroidered shirt and was carrying a folder with her father Nawaz Sharif's picture pasted on it. She was the prime minister's daughter and a "celebrity" in college. By the

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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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  • 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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  • Where was Sasha during Obama's farewell speech?

    Where was Sasha Obama? The goodbye photo clearly only shows 18-year-old Malia Obama on stage with mum and dad, Michelle and Barack, but there's no sign of her 15-year-old sister. ***Spoiler*** The simple explanation is that she stayed in Washington because she had an exam at Sidwell Friends private school on Wednesday morning. The school has educated the children of American presidents for years, including Chelsea Clinton. So it will be used to cracking down on pupils for trying to miss class because of official presidential engagements. But that didn't stop the #WhereIsSasha fun on social media. Some people hoped she was trying to stop Donald Trump getting into the White House Some tweeters

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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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  • 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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  • India to UK in a tuk-tuk, Asian Network Reports

    Seven months, on three wheels - an Indian engineer has finally arrived in London in his solar-powered tuk-tuk, or auto-rickshaw. Naveen Rabelli set off to raise awareness of electric and solar-powered vehicles. He arrived in the UK five days later than planned after his wallet and passport were stolen in Paris. Reporter Rahul Joglekar went to meet him.

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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  • Plastic 'nurdles' found littering UK beaches

    A search of 279 beaches around the UK has found that almost three-quarters of them were littered with tiny plastic "nurdles". Volunteers signed up to search their local shoreline, ranging between Shetland and the Scilly Isles, for the lentil-sized pellets, used as a raw material to make plastic products. They can cause damage to such wildlife as birds and fish, which eat them. The findings will be reflected in a government study into microplastics. What's the problem? Campaigners estimate that up to 53 billion of the tiny pellets escape into the UK's environment each year. This happens during the manufacture, transport or use of plastic products. The nurdles are often spilt accidentally into

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  • Scarlett Moffatt to host Streetmate dating show reboot on Channel 4

    Scarlett Moffatt will host a reboot of Streetmate for Channel 4. Originally presented by Davina McCall back in the 1990s, the programme helps single people to find a date with someone they see on the streets. "I can't believe Channel 4 have asked me to present this iconic dating show," said Scarlett. Channel 4 have signed the 26-year-old to co-host an entertainment show alongside Alan Carr, although further details have yet to be revealed. "I remember watching Davina on Streetmate when I was younger and thinking females can present entertainment shows too, I want to do that when I'm older," said Scarlett. "It's such a fun show and it's two of my favourite things to do, chat to randomers and a

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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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  • Hollywood women will march on Washington after Donald Trump's inauguration

    Hollywood stars will be taking part in a women's march on Washington the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as US president. Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera, who backed Democrat Hillary Clinton, is helping to organise the protest. Other actresses taking part include Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Zendaya. "Since the election, so many fear that their voices will go unheard," says America Ferrara in a statement. "As artists, women, and most importantly dedicated Americans, it is critical that we stand together in solidarity for the protection, dignity and rights of our communities." Scarlett Johansson, who's criticised the incoming US administration for "attacking"

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  • Hanjin: Final curtain falls on shipping saga

    Hanjin Shipping used to be one of the world's top 10 shipping companies. But now, the final curtain has fallen. This Friday, the firm was declared bankrupt by a South Korean court after months of uncertainty. Hanjin's collapse is the largest to hit the shipping sector and it sent shockwaves through the industry. What went wrong? For years, the global economic downturn had affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. It led to overcapacity, lower freight rates and rising debt levels. The question was not whether a big shipping line would go under, but which one would be first. The questionable honour eventually fell to Hanjin, at that time South Korea's biggest shipper and number seven

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  • Syrian boy cries for dad after losing legs in bombing

    (CNN)Amid thick clouds of rising smoke, a small boy lays on the ground, screaming in agony. "Baba, carry me, baba!" He cries out, unable to stand, his legs blown off at the knee. This is the aftermath of an apparent air raid Thursday in the northwest province in Idlib in northwestern Syria, as shown by a video circulated by Syrian opposition activists on social media. UK-based monitoring network Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the barrel bomb attack came from Syrian Army warplanes. CNN cannot independently verify claims of the origin of the attack. There's been no comment from the Syrian regime or Syrian state media. Opposition activists posted a photo of the 10-year-old boy, identified

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  • Egyptian Airport Security Victoriously 'Flips the Bird' After Confiscating EGP 1.36m Hidden in Ducks

    Earlier Today, EGP 1.36 million has been found stuffed in raw ducks in the luggage of a man en route to Kuwait, according to Al Wafd. Port security manager General Hossam Nasr caught the man, who goes by the name of Tamer, in customs, smuggling the duck-filled money in Asyut airport. Tamer’s luggage had initially passed the first phase of airport screening without the ducks being detected. After discovering the money hidden within the ducks, the team behind the bust decided to pose for a photo with one guard 'flipping the bird' in celebration, which has since gone viral on social media.  According to Sadaa News, The smuggler is an Egyptian who originally resides in Abnub, Asyut. He has a bachelor

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  • Face transplant recipient overwhelmed by result

    On 16 June last year, Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating theatre at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to undergo one of the rarest surgeries in the world. Three weeks later, he would gaze in a mirror, unsure what he would see. Reflected back at him was the face of another man: the nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, jaw, chin and even the teeth of his donor, Calen Ross. What the two men had in common was that they had both, at the age of 21, turned a gun on themselves. Unable to speak clearly after seeing his new face, Mr Sandness wrote a note for his doctors and family to read: "Far exceeded my expectations." Mr Sandness, from Wyoming, was left with a face almost completely destroyed

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  • Nicole Kidman: I wish I'd had more children, 10/01/2017, Victoria Derbyshire

    Nicole Kidman tells Victoria she was brought to tears by the “beautiful” depiction of an adoptive mother’s love in her latest film, Lion.The film – based on a true story – sees Kidman’s character Sue Brierley adopt a five-year-old boy, Saroo. The actress, who has two adopted children in real life, also told Victoria that she would like more children of her own, but that her husband Keith Urban has told her to "shut down" such thoughts.

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  • Cambridge American Cemetery appeals for photographs

    A US military cemetery is trying to source photographs of each man and woman it commemorates. Nearly 9,000 Americans who died during World War Two are remembered at Cambridge American Cemetery. Staff have found 3,000 photographs so far and are appealing to the public to help them find the remainder. Guide Suzie Harrison said: "Being able to put a face to the name on a headstone or on the Wall of the Missing really resonates with visitors." She added: "They have a deeper understanding of the sacrifice of these young Americans and their families." The cemetery, at Madingley, near Cambridge, is the UK's only permanent US WW2 military burial ground. It commemorates 8,914 people, including those for

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  • US sends mixed signals on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s comments that his administration is open to both a two-state and one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has drawn mixed signals from other officials. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said that Washington “absolutely” supports a two-state solution, according to Agence France Presse. That’s a direct contradiction to the stance of her boss at the White House, who on Wednesday declared in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two-state looked like it might be the easier of the two, but ... if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with

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  • Potter fans, please stop discussing my death

    JK Rowling is not dead but that hasn't stopped people discussing how they will celebrate her life when that sad day actually comes. And the Harry Potter author is not overjoyed at the online chatter. She tweeted a meme which she says is "sweet" but adds that she'd rather be left out of this particular conversation. It describes how fans will take to the streets to pay tribute to her work. "I won't be offended if you untag me when making plans for my death," she wrote as she shared the image on Twitter. In fact she commented, sarcastically, on the topic twice. Of course, JK Rowling being an absolute boss on social media is nothing new. She has been tackling haters, sharing powerful political views

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