• Does the China-Pakistan economic corridor worry India?

    Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir - The multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is being called a "game-changer" in Pakistan, has raised apprehensions in neighbouring India. In June 2015, barely two months after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to invest $46bn to develop infrastructure and energy projects in Pakistan as part of the economic corridor, or CPEC, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi told China that it was "unacceptable". The ambitious project - part of China's "One Belt and One Road" or new Silk Road project - is a series of roads, railways, pipelines, hydropower plants and other development projects, being built from the restive Xinjiang province

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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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  • 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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  • Nepal transgender model dazzles India

    The BBC speaks to Nepalese transgender model Anjali Lama, who recently appeared on the catwalk at a top Indian fashion show. Video: Vishnu Vardhan, Jaltson AC, Aakriti Thapar, Yogita Limaye

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  • Khamenei threatens Palestinians: ‘Continue the resistance’

    The supreme leader of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged the Palestinians to “continue the resistance” on the ground and “breakaway from the consequences of the Oslo Accords.” He also encouraged Palestinians to manage what he described as “internal differences,” before they turn into domestic conflict and confrontation, in a statement that echoed a threat. Khamenei’s assertion came during a conference organized by Tehran under the slogan ‘Supporting the Palestinian Intifada,’ which was attended by the representatives of a number of Palestinian groups, and in the absence of a delegate of the Palestinian Authority, the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

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  • Meet the real monsters of Loch Ness

    Surveys of a large forest near Loch Ness have recorded rare insect species, including a midge not previously found in the UK - that does not bite. The work at Findhorn-based Trees for Life's Dundreggan Conservation Estate also found a pseudo-scorpion called knotty shining claw. The charity said it was the first time the creature had been recorded in Scotland north of the River Tay. Two rare kinds of gnats were also detected in the forest in Glenmoriston. The name Dundreggan is derived from Gaelic's Dul Drea-gain - the Dragon's Haugh. Finds made in the latest surveys of the area, which were carried out last year, included: Non-biting midge Chironomus vallenduuki - a first record of it in the UK

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  • Birmingham Children's Hospital 'like a big family'

    For many families who have required the services of Birmingham Children's Hospital, news that it is the first standalone children's hospital to be rated "outstanding" is no surprise. The hospital was criticised eight years ago for having an insufficient numbers of beds, operating theatres and trained staff, but now the Care Quality Commission has praised the NHS trust for "working effectively to provide the best care" at the Steelhouse Lane hospital. Families told the BBC the accolade was long overdue. 'Without their care my daughters wouldn't be here' Frederika Roberts' daughters Charlotte and Hannah were both born with life-threatening heart conditions. Now aged 19 and 17, they have spent their

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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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  • Can Iran change? We hope it will

    Our region is rife with turmoil. We have a crisis in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, Libya. We have an Iran that is rampant in its support of terrorism and interference in the affairs of other countries. We face terrorism, we face piracy, we face challenges of economic development and job creation. We face challenges in terms of reforming our economies and bringing the standard of living of our people to a higher level. We have the challenge of trying to bring peace between Israelis and Arabs. I am an optimist, because if your job is to solve problems, you cannot be a pessimist. We have to do everything we can in order to deal with the challenges that we face. I believe that 2017 will be a year in

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  • Indian expats in Saudi Arabia advised to follow customs rules

    JEDDAH: The Indian consul general has released an official statement reminding Indian nationals to follow customs rules, after a number of arrests for attempted gold smuggling were made in Indian airports recently.“It is my advice to all nationals and visitors to India that there are some rules and regulations of the customs which should be followed by all the nationals and visitors of the country, and these rules and regulations are clearly mentioned on the Indian government customs department website and always displayed at the airports — how much and what are allowed from customs authorities, and what are needed to be declared in front of customs authorities. There are rules in the Kingdom

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  • Could your fingerprints be stolen from your peace sign?

    A Japanese researcher says doing the peace sign in a photo could lead to your fingerprints being stolen. They might be easy to recreate if your digits are "in focus with strong lighting". That claim is from Isao Echizen, from the National Institute of Informatics (NIII), who says prints could then be made "widely available". With fingerprint log-ins on phones and things like banking apps now common, the potential risks are clear. Echuzen also says advanced technology is not needed and that anyone could easily copy fingerprints. Researchers have come up with solution... it's interesting The NII says it has developed a transparent film that can be attached to your fingers, before you go waving

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  • Parents have two sets of twins born on same day

    Parents who had twin girls on the same day as their older twins have said they have beaten odds of tens of million to one. Mother-of-nine Zoe Sullivan, 38, and husband Ben, 42, from Lossiemouth, Moray, had identical Leah and Erin on the same same day as non-identical Charlotte and Isabelle turned eight. The four girls were all born on 25 January, and Lean and Erin are now one. Mrs Sullivan - who is expecting child number 10 - said they were astounded. Mrs Sullivan said one of the new twins had stopped growing in the womb, so she was induced weeks early. Budget for birthdays She said: "Our family isn't one in a million, it's one in 30 million. "By sheer coincidence, they were then born on Charlotte

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 'We're not here for your oil', US defense chief tells Iraqis

    Mattis distances himself from Trump’s oil comments BAGHDAD: The US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump at the start of a visit to Iraq yesterday. Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as US-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul. But he is likely to face questions about Trump’s remarks and actions, including a temporary ban on travel to the United States and for saying America should have seized Iraq’s oil after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003. Trump told

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  • Riyadh Wonderland seeks to fill gap in local entertainment

    RIYADH — The one-of-a-kind carnival dubbed Wonderland Riyadh, launched for the first time here, seeks to fill a gap in the entertainment scene in Saudi Arabia, its organizer told Saudi Gazette. “We realized most Saudi families’ fun memories are abroad,” said Mishael Alrasheed, president of the organizing committee at Benya, an event planning company established last year. “Rarely do they have an opportunity to go out here as a family and enjoy quality entertainment. We decided to create our own memories through this quality event.” Riyadh Wonderland is a fair taking place at the stadium of the Princess Nourah University’s campus where an attendance capacity of up to 20,000 visitors can enjoy

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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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  • Nicki Minaj's LA mansion's burgled with £140,000 of jewellery and property taken

    Police in LA are investigating a burglary at Nicki Minaj's home after £140,000 worth of her belongings were stolen. It happened at her luxury mansion in Beverly Hills but the rapper wasn't there at the time. It's reported the home was vandalised during the raid, with some of Nicki Minaj's clothing cut up. There's been no word from Nicki about it.

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  • Two jailed for 'brutal' killing of man with learning difficulties

    Two men who used their phones to film themselves brutally attacking a man with learning difficulties have been jailed for his murder. Keith Lowe and Joshua Hack lured Brendan Mason to Abbey Park in Leicester where they beat him, stripped him naked to get rid of evidence, then left him for dead. Mr Mason, 23, died in hospital after suffering 99 injuries. Lowe, 22, and Hack, 21, were given life sentences at Leicester Crown Court. Lowe will serve a minimum of 21 years and Hack will serve a minimum of 20 years and six months. Hack admitted murder while Lowe changed his plea to guilty after video evidence emerged during his trial of him landing blows on Mr Mason. Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said the

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