• British-Iranian aid worker acquitted of death of Indian boy

    A British-Iranian aid worker accused of causing the death of a young Indian boy has been acquitted on appeal. Narges Kalbasi Ashtari was convicted in 2014 and jailed for a year over the death of five-year-old Asim Jilakara, who disappeared from a picnic she had organised. It is thought Asim was swept away by a strong current. His body was lost. Ms Ashtari, 28, denied causing death by negligence and has been on bail pending the outcome of an appeal. She said she gave a statement about the death to the police on the day, but a month later officers filed a complaint against her, insisting that she had thrown the boy into the river. Jilakara's mother accused the aid worker of killing her son, but

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  • Leggings and yoga pants: When tight trousers get controversial

    A social media storm erupted on Sunday when two girls were stopped from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings. The girls were flying as guests of employees, and thus were subject to the company's dress code. But it is not the first time leggings or yoga pants have caused controversy in the United States. Both types of tight-fitting trousers, which have become increasingly popular leisure wear, have become the topic of hot debate in recent years. For many, they are simply a comfy alternative to jeans. For others, their form-hugging material makes them overly revealing or even obscene. Last October, a man in the US state of Rhode Island sent a letter to his local

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  • The girl who was 'stolen' by a soldier

    When she was only five years old, Isabelina Pinto was taken from her family by an Indonesian soldier. She was one of thousands of children taken to Indonesia during its brutal 30-year occupation of East Timor. Decades later she found her family and now works to reunite others. The BBC's Rebecca Henschke tells her story. She remembers clearly the day an Indonesian soldier visited her family in their village in Viqueque. It was a Sunday after church, the time of day when Christian soldiers tried to get close to the ordinary residents of Catholic-majority East Timor. "The soldier said 'if we don't take this child, we can kill you all'. He wanted a daughter, he didn't have one," Isabelina recalls.

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  • Man seeks justice for wife shot 28 times in Philippines

    A man whose lawyer wife was gunned down on a busy Philippines street is seeking to meet with top-ranking officials to try to bring her killers to justice. Mia Mascarinas-Green was killed in her car in Tagbilaran City with their three children in the back seat. Stuart Green, from Hertfordshire, was living with his family in Bohol province when his wife was shot. After shooting Mia the killers turned the gun on the children but the gun jammed, Mr Green said. Twenty eight bullets "If not for the miracle of the gun jamming it was highly likely that I would have returned to four coffins," Mr Green added. Mrs Mascarinas-Green was forced to stop at about 16:45 on 16 February when a motorbike swerved

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  • My little princess and the lost wallet

    Once upon a time, a six-year-old girl became part of her own fairytale after she found a wallet in a supermarket in Stafford. When Alaynna Jetley marched out of a photo booth with a wallet in her hand, her mother, Ayesha, was at first intrigued, then full of pride. "She went straight up to the helpdesk to hand in the wallet, and the woman behind the counter helped her fill in a lost and found form. I didn't think anything of it," Ayesha told the BBC. But then things got interesting. That same evening, they received a call from Matt, the owner of the wallet, and discovered just how important it was to him. "As well as money, his HGV licence and passport photos ready for a move overseas were inside.

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  • McDonald's worker, 94, says she will never leave

    A 94-year-old American is celebrating more than four decades of working at McDonald's restaurants. Loraine Maurer of Evansville, Indiana, works two shifts per week, 44 years after joining the hamburger chain. The nonagenarian great-grandmother first joined in 1973 after her husband retired due to disability. "I told him we were too young to stay at home and so I went for a job," she recalled after enjoying a cake at a special party colleagues threw for her. She never meant to stay as long as she did, Mrs Maurer told ABC News, adding that she never thought of becoming a manager because she prefers to interact with her customers. "She is the only one here that knows how to make oats right," said

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  • Mobile banking is saving us 'billions' in charges

    Mobile banking has changed the way we manage our money for good, and is saving us billions in bank charges, tech start-ups say. Charlie Kingston, a 22-year-old software engineer based in London, banks with mobile-only newcomer Starling Bank. "I joined a mobile bank to get more control over my money," he says. "The in-app 'pulse' gives me a quick and insightful overview about how I'm spending and the real-time alert really helps me to keep on top of things." International money transfer service Azimo says Europeans could be saving up to £7bn a year in financial fees because mobile banking apps are helping them switch money more quickly and avoid overdraft charges. Two-fifths of UK consumers say

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  • The man who quit heroin and became a fruit juice millionaire

    As Khalil Rafati overdosed on heroin for the ninth time the paramedics frantically tried to save his life. A drug addict who slept rough on the streets of Los Angeles, he eventually regained consciousness after the medical team used a defibrillator to give him an electric shock. This was back in 2003, when Khalil was 33 years old. Also addicted to crack cocaine, he weighed just 109lb (49kg), and his skin was covered in ulcers. "I was arrested more times than I can remember [for drug offences]," says Khalil. "I was completely messed up... I was always in so much pain that I couldn't sleep." While Khalil had tried and failed to get clean before, he says that after his ninth overdose he finally

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  • Young and pregnant in Sierra Leone

    Pregnant girls in Sierra Leone are prevented from attending school, as they are thought to be a bad influence on their peers. In April 2015 - just as schools re-opened after the Ebola crisis - the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology issued a statement banning pregnant girls from mainstream education and from sitting exams. The ban was enforced through invasive physical examinations of the girls. Just under two years on, and the ban is still in place. Learning centres typically specialising in skills such as catering, tailoring, and hairdressing act as alternatives to school and are open to pregnant girls. Olivia Acland photographed these girls, collecting their stories, and discovering

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  • The battle for Raqqa explained

    Gaziantep, Turkey -  It has been more than a year and a half since the operation to retake Raqqa from the ISIL group was launched, but the offensive on the city still has not begun.  In fact, there seems to be a great deal of confusion internationally about whether the battle for Raqqa will be launched soon or not. On Friday, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the operation to capture the city from ISIL will start within days. On Saturday, Russian defence ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that the United States is unlikely to launch an offensive soon and called Le Drian's words "rosy slogans". Earlier last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the United

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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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  • Samsung: Is Galaxy S8 the firm's most important phone yet?

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 will likely be the South Korean firm's biggest test yet: a phone that has to live up to the highest expectations and also the toughest scrutiny. This is the launch that follows the Note 7 scandal last year, the phone Samsung recalled and then eventually scrapped after some batteries overheated and caught fire. "With this launch, Samsung gets a chance to redeem itself after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco...but it may be too early to say that Samsung's troubles are behind it now," says Kiranjeet Kaur of tech analysts IDC. While the Galaxy S models are the company's flagship line and widely seen as the only serious competitor to Apple's iPhone, the Note models are a range of large-screen phablets, aimed only at a niche market.

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  • Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing

    Crawling through tight muddy tunnels, wading across icy water, dodging electric wires and jumping over fire. This is not everyone's idea of fun - but a multimillion-pound industry has grown on the back of increasing numbers of women and men doing just that. Doing a "mud run" might sound like an unpleasant and painful way to spend a weekend, but it is actually the fastest growing mass participation sport in the UK. As many as 250,000 people take part in more than 150 events each year, according to the Obstacle Course Racing Association (Ocra). It is not a cheap sport. Between £50 and £80 is spent on entering most events, but in some cases people fork out more than £100 to hurl their exhausted,

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  • A new US strategy in the fight against so-called Islamic State?

    A little under a week ago the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his counterparts from a variety of countries and organisations which make up the wide-ranging coalition set against so-called Islamic State (IS). He told them that defeating IS remained Washington's "number one goal in the region". But three months into the Trump administration, and in the wake of a full-scale review of the strategy deployed against IS, it is hard to see a substantial difference between the new president's approach and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Rather, the most significant shift may be that Mr Trump is applying the Obama recipe with more punch, more resources and greater flexibility. 'Obama

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  • New Biopic About Egyptian-Born Superstar Dalida Set to Premiere This Month

    The French production was released in France today, opening to critical acclaim.Dalida rose to fame after she won the Miss Egypt pageant in 1954 when she was spotted by the French director Marc de Gastyne, who persuaded her to move to Paris to pursue a career in motion pictures. The move was a kick-start to Dalida's three decade long career, in which she performed and recorded countless international hits in more than 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, and Italian, selling more than 130 million copies worldwide, before her tragic death in 1987. In a press statement by Bernard Regnauld-Fabre, the French Ambassador to Bahrain, he said, “We welcome the news that the world premiere of Dalida will take place here in Bahrain during So French Week.” So French Week is an annual week-long celebration of French culture, held by the French Embassy in Bahrain, a tradition which started in 2013.

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  • Freerunning community left 'scarred' after Nye Newman's death in Paris

    The UK's freerunning community has been left "scarred" after the death of Nye Newman. The 17-year-old's parkour group, Brewman, says he died on New Year's Day in an accident on the Paris Metro. The group has denied he was train surfing at the time. Speaking to Newsbeat, his friend Jacob Kohn described Nye Newman as "such a great person, an independent person - he was always doing stuff for everyone else". "It's going to leave a big scar on the freerunning community. "I don't think anyone's going to get over it anytime soon. It's going to be tough." Brewman posted a video of Nye freerunning in Paris days before he died. Jacob says he knew Nye when they first started freerunning together, but says

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  • Corruption Perceptions Index Names Egypt the 68th Most Corrupt Country in the World

    According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Egypt ranks 108 out of 176 countries assessed for corruption in 2016, making it the 68th most corrupt country assessed. The Index uses a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), with the global median sitting at 43 – below the midpoint. According to this scale, Egypt ranked 34 – well below the midpoint.  Somalia, South Sudan, and North Korea were the top three most corrupt countries that were assessed, scaled at 10, 11, and 12 respectively. The least corrupt countries assessed were New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland scaled at 90, 90, and 89 respectively. The assessment was reported based on a country’s ability to

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  • Madonna granted permission to adopt two children from Malawi

    Madonna has been granted permission to adopt two more children from Malawi, a court spokesperson has announced. The country's High Court made the ruling today. The singer already has two children from the African country - David, adopted in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009. Malawian judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula said the singer was inside the court in Lilongwe when the ruling was given. "In fact, at the time we were granting her the permission she was in the courtroom with her lawyers," Mr Mvula said. But less than two weeks ago Madonna denied reports she'd applied to adopt any more children, during a charity visit to Malawi. On 25 January, a Malawian government spokesperson told news outlets

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  • Brazil tribe gets compensation for plane crash over Amazon forest

    One of Brazil's top airlines, Gol, has agreed to pay $1.3m (£1m) to an indigenous tribe in compensation for the damage caused by a 2006 plane crash. A Gol aircraft on a commercial flight collided with a private jet in mid-air in September 2006, in the skies above the Caiapó indigenous reserve. The Caiapó tribe refused to go back to the area where the debris fell. They say it is now polluted and cursed with the presence of the dead. Their dwellings and a health centre set up by Brazil's indigenous agency, Funai, had to be rebuilt elsewhere in the reserve, a Caiapó chief told Globo television. Head-on collision The two planes were travelling in opposite directions when they collided over an area

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  • How a jacket and a briefcase shaped a partition love story

    These are two unremarkable items with a remarkable story: a traditional embroidered jacket and drab, brown leather briefcase. They belonged to a man and a woman who lived in Punjab in undivided colonial India, had been introduced to each other by their parents and were to be engaged when violence broke out in 1947. The troubled subcontinent was lurching towards a bloody partition as it split into the new independent nations of India and Pakistan. Communal violence erupted, leaving more than a million people dead and displacing tens of millions. Punjab was divided - western, mostly Muslim parts went to Pakistan and eastern, mainly Hindu and Sikh parts, went to India. The newly-engaged man and

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