• Highlights from outside Pippa Middleton's wedding

    The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister married her partner James Matthews in Berkshire. They got married at a church a few miles from the Middleton family home.

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  • Trump's anti-Iran aggression couldn't come at a worse time

    (CNN)At first glance, it appears that there are only two clear paths that the US can take when dealing with the Middle East: the Sunni path of Saudi Arabia and the bulk of its Gulf allies, on the one hand; or the Shiite path represented by Iran. There is the path of dictators -- like Egypt's autocratic Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the blinkered and aging royal family of Saudi Arabia, and the corrupt and helpless rulers of Iraq -- all Sunnis. By contrast, there is the young and desperately eager majority of Iranians, all Shiites, seeking to drag their nation out from under the yoke of a medieval clerical oppression. The Trump administration, seduced by an effusive Saudi welcome -- in sharp contrast to anything provided his predecessor, Barack Obama -- may be taking the wrong road.

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  • The countries that cane their convicts

    Two men are due to be caned in public after they were caught in bed together in Aceh, Indonesia. The men will each receive 85 lashes in public, as punishment under the strict Islamic laws used in Aceh. It is the only Indonesian province where Sharia is in force. According to human rights campaign group Amnesty International, 108 people were punished for various offences in 2015. Their offences ranged from gambling to alcohol, adultery and public displays of intimacy outside of marriage. Pictures of these public punishments - designed to humiliate as much as to injure - show people being led onto a raised platform, and made to kneel or stand as a hooded man beats them with a long, thin cane while

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  • Saudi air defense intercepts ballistic missile near Al-Kharj

    Saudi Arabia announced that a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia was intercepted and destroyed as it targeted an unpopulated area south of Riyadh, reported Al Arabiya News Channel. Last Update: Saturday, 20 May 2017 KSA 23:48 - GMT 20:48

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  • Iranians in Kuwait vote in presidential election

    KUWAIT: The Iranian expatriates in Kuwait enthusiastically participated in the election yesterday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani at the Iranian embassy and at the cultural attaché in Kuwait. According to the Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Dr Ali Reza Enayati, the turnout was quite high and the voters started arriving at the embassy even before the polling booths opened at 8 am. “The voting was still going on even at 7 pm as the voters continued to show up even late in the evening,” he told Kuwait Times yesterday. According to the embassy estimates, around 40 percent of the Iranian citizens in the country cast their votes in the crucial election. Polling was extended in Iran

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  • Here's what we know about Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the limelight - and neither are his family. Daughter Ivanka is known for her many business ventures, including clothing ranges and books. And his eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr. are businessmen, following in their father's footsteps. However, as the president's youngest daughter, Tiffany, looks to move to Washington DC this autumn for law school, we take a look at the life of the lesser-known Trump. She is the only daughter of President Trump and his second wife, actress Marla Maples, to whom he was married for six years. Tiffany grew up in California and went to school in Calabasas and boasts over one million followers on social media. This following has led to

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  • Little Mix win best global act at Kids' Choice Awards

    Little Mix gave a shout out to their fans after their win at the Kids' Choice Awards (KCA). The British girl group won the favourite global music star award in Los Angeles. They performed their hit single Shout Out To My Ex and a version of their song Touch during the ceremony. Collecting their award, Perrie Edwards said: "You're the best fans in the world. We love you more than anything." Other winners of the night included Fifth Harmony, who picked up an award for favourite music group and Shawn Mendes, who won favourite male singer. Selena Gomez took home the award for favourite female singer. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards are famous for soaking celebrities in green slime - and this

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  • Zakir Naik: Why India wants to arrest the preacher

    He has 16 million followers on Facebook, 150,000 on Twitter and has given more than 4,000 lectures on Islam across the world. But Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, the popular televangelist and Islamic preacher, is now wanted by the Indian authorities. Problems arose for the preacher last summer, after Bangladeshi authorities said that one of the gunmen responsible for an attack on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which left 22 people dead, had been inspired by him. Bangladesh responded by banning Peace TV, an Islamic channel broadcast from Dubai which Naik founded in 2006 and which claims to reach 100 million people worldwide. The 51-year-old denied supporting violence, releasing a video statement

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  • Huge turnout as Iranians deliver verdict on Rouhani

    TEHRAN: Iranians poured into polling stations yesterday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani and his troubled efforts to rebuild ties with the world and kickstart the struggling economy. There was a festive atmosphere in Tehran where Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, was mobbed by cheering supporters as he cast his ballot in a mosque in the city centre. “The enthusiastic participation of Iranians in the election reinforces our national power and security,” he said, as polling stations reported queues were far bigger than in last year’s parliamentary election. Rouhani has sought to frame the vote as a choice between greater

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  • Pepsi and Nivea: Whose fault is it when ad campaigns go wrong?

    Marketing teams at some of the world's biggest brands haven't had the best of weeks. Pepsi faced criticism after being accused of appropriating Black Lives Matter with its Kendall Jenner ad. Nivea was also in trouble after using the slogan "white is purity" to advertise deodorant in the Middle East. We asked Lillian Sor, an executive at UK advertising agency Grey London, to explain how big marketing campaigns like these get made. Her clients include some of the country's biggest food and drink brands, along with high street shops. "We get commissioned to work by marketing directors at big brands," she explains. "They come to us with a business problem and we find a creative way to solve it."

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  • IranAir signs contract with ATR to buy 20 planes

    IranAir has signed a contract to buy 20 planes from turboprop maker ATR, Iranian deputy transport minister was quoted as saying on Monday. The deal comes after Iran, which had not directly purchased a Western-built plane in nearly 40 years, signed contracts with Europe's Airbus and US rival Boeing last year to purchase about 180 jets. That became possible after an agreement between Iran and six major powers lifted most international sanctions imposed on Tehran, in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. ATR is joint-owned by France-based Airbus and Leonardo of Italy. "The contract between IranAir and ATR to buy 20 ATR 72-600 aircrafts has been signed by the officials of both countries,"

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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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  • Iran accuses US of 'Iranophobia'

    (CNN)Iran called on Washington on Monday to abandon its "warmongering policy, intervention, Iranophobia and sales of dangerous and useless weapons to the main sponsors of terrorism," according to state-run Press TV. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi also claimed that US policy in the Middle East was destabilizing the region. Qassemi's comments come after US President Donald Trump clinched a massive $110 billion military deal with Saudi Arabia over the weekend during his first foreign trip since he took office. "From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region," Trump said.

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  • Philippines travel: The hanging coffins of Sagada

    To explore the ancient burial rites of the Igorot tribe head to Sagada, in the north of the Philippines.

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  • The countries where people still eat cats and dogs for dinner

    The new Animal Protection Act will see anyone selling, eating or buying the animals for consumption facing fines of up to £6,500. Those found guilty of animal cruelty could also receive a huge fine of £52,000 and two years in prison. Taiwan is the first Asian country to crack down on the practice. The new law tackles long-standing cultural beliefs about the benefits of eating dogs - for example, eating black dogs in winter is supposed to help you stay warm. It was pushed through by President Tsai Ing-wen, who adopted three retired guide dogs last year and also has two cats, named Cookie and A-Tsai. So what about the rest of the continent? The practice of eating cats and dogs has become less common

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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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  • All three chicks at Cairngorms osprey nest die

    All three chicks being raised by a well-known female osprey in the Cairngorms have died, RSPB Scotland has confirmed. EJ has weathered a snow storm and harassment from rival ospreys while incubating her clutch of three eggs. All hatched over the past few days. The RSPB suspects mate Odin, who was bringing fish to the chicks, was frightened off by another male. On Monday, an osprey was at the nest with a fish but the chicks were dead. The bird is thought to have been EJ. RSPB Scotland said she was expected to remain at the nest and guard it against being taken over by other females. It is possible to view the nest site via a webcam. Footage on Monday morning appeared to show the nest had been

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  • Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm

    A famous feature of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous to climbers. Mountaineers said the Hillary Step may have fallen victim to Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake. The near-vertical 12m (39ft) rocky outcrop stood on the mountain's southeast ridge, and was the last great challenge before the top. It was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to scale it in 1953. British mountaineer Tim Mosedale confirmed the news of the Step's demise on Facebook after reaching the summit on 16 May. Speaking to the BBC, he said the loss of the Step was "the end of an era". "It is associated with the history of Everest, and it is a great shame

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  • Mel B's ex strongly denies 'years of abuse'

    Mel B's estranged husband is "vehemently" denying claims he physically and emotionally abused her for years. Lawyers for Stephen Belafonte released a statement after the ex-Spice Girl was given a temporary restraining order. She claims she was the victim of "multiple physical beatings" and that her ex threatened to destroy her career by releasing a sex tape. Stephen Belafonte's legal team calls the claims "outrageous and unfounded". They say: "When the degree to which Ms Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence will be understandably offended, angry and upset." What the court papers say... In detailed

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  • Why does Russia support Syria and President Assad?

    This comes after a suspected chemical attack killed 80 Syrian people in a town held by anti-Assad rebels last week. But at the moment, Russia is not dropping its support for pro-Assad forces. So how did Russia get involved in the six-year Syrian war in the first place - and why is it so important to them? Who is involved in the conflict? The first thing to say is that the situation is extremely complicated; it's not as simple as one side against the other. The main sides in the Syrian conflict are: President Assad's official Syrian army (which receives military backing from Russia) So-called Islamic State (IS) Other Syrian rebels: these are lots of different groups with different aims, including

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