• Tehran building collapses after blaze, dozens trapped

    (CNN)Dozens of firefighters are injured and more are feared trapped after a multi-story commercial building in Iran's capital, Tehran, collapsed following a fire, Iranian state media reported Thursday. A spokesman for Tehran's medical emergencies department said that nearly 40 people, including firefighters, had been injured, according to Iran's state-run Fars news agency. Press TV reported that more than two dozen firefighters were injured trying to put out the blaze, which raged through the upper stories for hours, and that some were trapped inside the building.

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  • Congressman renews push that could kill Iran jet deals

    A bill has been introduced in Congress that could curtail the jetliner deals between Airbus and Boeing and Iran, offering an early test for the incoming administration and the future of the Iran nuclear deal. Iran Air took delivery last week of the first of 100 jets it has ordered from Airbus (EADSF). The first of 80 aircraft from Boeing (BA) are scheduled to arrive in 2018. The badly needed jets will reconstitute Iran's decrepit commercial aircraft fleet, which has been languishing under decades of Western sanctions. Peter Roskam, a Republican member of the House, introduced a bill on Friday to initiate an investigation by the Trump administration's Director of National Intelligence into Iran

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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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  • Sunken, 600-year-old Buddha emerges from water in China

    (CNN) A 600-year-old Buddha statue has been discovered in a reservoir in east China's Jiangxi Province after water levels fell during renovation work. A local villager first spotted the head of the Buddha last month when the water level fell by more than 10 meters during work on a hydropower gate, official state news agency Xinhua reported. The Buddha's head sits against a cliff and gazes serenely over the body of water. It has attracted many tourists as well as locals, who see it as an auspicious sign. Archaeologists said the statue could date back to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). "A preliminary study of the statue suggests it was probably built during early Ming Dynasty, maybe even earlier as the

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  • Saudi emergency after mass food poisoning

    RIYADH: Saudi authorities blamed a smalltown restaurant for a food poisoning outbreak that struck at least 150 people and sparked a declaration of a health emergency, media said yesterday. The incident occurred in Turabah, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Taif in the kingdom’s southwest. The official Saudi Press Agency said 150 people suffered food poisoning “because of eating meals” at the restaurant. The online newspaper Sabq, which is close to authorities, said 175 people fell ill after eating shawarma sandwiches, a Middle Eastern staple. Makkah region governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal ordered an investigation, “with the maximum penalties for the perpetrators of the poisoning incident,”

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  • CIA releases 13m pages of declassified documents online

    About 13 million pages of declassified documents from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been released online. The records include UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate programme, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists. The move came after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA. The full archive is made up of almost 800,000 files. They had previously only been accessible at the National Archives in Maryland. The trove includes the papers of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as well as several hundred thousand pages of intelligence analysis

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  • 40 nationalities involved in terror activities in Saudi

    Nationals from 40 countries have been involved in terror and security cases Saudi Arabia witnessed during the past few years. A statement issued by the Interior Ministry through its Tawasul (communications) portal said that 5,085 suspects are in detention in five intelligence prisons in the Kingdom. Some of these suspects are serving their prison terms upheld by the Specialized Criminal Court of Appeals, some are under trial, while others are under interrogation by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP). The statement said that there are 4,254 Saudis detained in intelligence prisons constituting the largest number of suspects.

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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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  • Inaugural fashion, politics are intertwined this time

    NEW YORK: What’ll she be wearing? It’s a question that fascinates fashion-watchers — and lots of others — every four years: Which designer will the new US first lady choose to wear on Inauguration Day and, more importantly, on Inauguration Night? This year, as never before, the question is a loaded one. Dressing the first lady has long been considered a great honor for a designer — and a huge business boon. But in an industry that leaned heavily toward Hillary Clinton, a number of designers have indicated they have no interest in dressing Melania Trump. So the question is not merely whom she’ll be choosing — if she doesn’t simply buy off the rack — but also, in a sense, who will be choosing her.

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  • Q&A: Iranian chess player Sara Khadem

    Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, better known as Sara Khadem, is a 19-year-old chess player from Iran who holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. Like most other chess players, Khadem took up chess at an early age. She was eight when she first touched a chess board. Four years later, she was a world champion, winning the under-12 world championships. Women in Iran are traditionally banned from attending many sporting events. On the streets, women need to cover their heads. On the playing field, it is the same. Questions were asked when Tehran was named host of the 2017 women's world championships. Nazí Paikidze, US women's champion, called for a boycott of the games. But Khadem

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  • Cobra fang club: The rising popularity of Kenyan snake farms

    When Makau Kioko crouches down to grab an Egyptian cobra the visiting audience always watches on with trepidation. If the 53-year-old gets his timing wrong - and he is playing with split seconds - he is going to get bitten by one of Africa's most venomous snakes. Mr Kioko wears protective gloves for his regular daredevil display, but if the cobra bites him anywhere else he could be dead within 15 minutes. The venom causes respiratory failure, which can lead to paralysis and death. It is so toxic that it can even kill elephants. Thankfully for Mr Kioko, the owner of the snake farm and visitor attraction Kioko Snake Ventures, in Kitui, eastern Kenya, he says he "always makes sure he wins" his cobra

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  • EU nations alarmed by Donald Trump's comments

    Germany and France have led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump's remarks that NATO is "obsolete" and more countries would leave the European Union after Britain. In an interview with two European newspapers, Trump launched several broadsides at Europe and criticised German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "catastrophic" decision to open Germany's borders to Syrian refugees.

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  • Dubai opens supercar maker McLaren’s most high-tech showroom ever

    Dubai has become home to a new high-tech showroom for the British supercar maker McLaren as the company aims to build on a stellar 2016. McLaren Automotive and its sole retailer partner in the UAE, Al Habtoor Motors, have opened the new McLaren showroom in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road. The facility is the most technically advanced McLaren sales site globally, the car maker said. The opening comes nearly five years to the day since the first showroom in the Middle East, also in Dubai, was opened and the first delivery to a customer was made of a McLaren 12C in the region, the supercar which marked the start of the modern McLaren Automotive era, both of which took place in Dubai. McLaren also confirmed

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  • Kate Moss has responded to fan mail... from 23 years ago

    Kate Moss must have got a lot of fan mail in her career and it seems that she's finally got round to opening letters from more than two decades ago. She posted a picture on Instagram of a letter from a fan called Fiona, sent in 1994. In it, Fiona asks two important questions of Kate Moss: How did she get into "modling", and was she really dating Johnny Depp? If so, she says, she would love Kate and Johnny's "altographs". Unfortunately, Moss was too busy modelling and dating Johnny Depp (it was indeed true, the pair got together that year) to reply to Fiona's note. But she's made amends now with an Instagram post showing the handwritten letter and saying that Fiona will be getting a signed Kate

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  • Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

    LONDON: The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity. The eight tycoons’ net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. Although most of them will not be joining the annual gathering of business and political elites in the Swiss town of Davos this week, the extraordinary individual wealth they typify will be part of the discussions in Davos on inequality. Here’s a look at who they are. Bill Gates: $75 billion

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  • How often do planes fall on houses?

    On 16 January 2017 a cargo plane flying from Hong Kong to Istanbul crash-landed just outside the main airport for Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As well as all four crew members, at least 33 people on the ground were killed. Locals said entire families had been wiped out in the disaster. The images are horrific, but it's reassuring to know accidental plane crashes in residential areas are incredibly rare, a fact largely attributable to pilot training. "The rules of flying in an emergency are first you aviate, then you navigate, then you communicate," says Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor at Flight Global. In other words, the pilot's priority is keeping the plane in the air, then working out the route,

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  • India teenagers die taking selfies with train

    Two teenagers have died while taking selfies on railway tracks in the Indian capital, Delhi. A group of teenagers went to the railway tracks in the east of the city on Saturday to take pictures in front of oncoming trains. But two of them failed to move away in time and a train ran over them, police said. A study last year reported that India records more selfie-related deaths than any other country. Scholars from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information in Delhi said that 76 of the 127 selfie deaths globally in 2014-15 had been reported in India. The latest incident came to light after the local press reported the details on Tuesday. "While taking photos, they (the

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  • Reina attack highlights widening chasm in Turkish lifestyles

    Hours after the Reina nightclub attacker was caught in Istanbul this week, the Turkish government's press office sent out a tweet, quoting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "I served as PM of Turkey for 14 years," it said. "People's life style has never been interfered with and will not be henceforth." It was a repetition of what the president had said in his first speech after the New Year's Eve attack - "Nobody's lifestyle in Turkey is under systematic threat. I ask the liars saying it: who interfered with your food or drink or clothes?" Mr Erdogan was responding to allegations that his Islamist-leaning government fostered a climate in which non-Muslim celebrations and alcohol-fuelled parties

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  • Trump’s stance on Iran, Daesh cause for optimism: Al-Jubeir

    PARIS: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the incoming US administration and especially about the way it wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Daesh. “We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us,” Al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris. “We will look at the Trump administration’s view as articulated. Wanting to restore America’s role in the world, we welcome this. Wanting to defeat ISIS, absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran ... absolutely.” Al-Jubeir said the interests of Saudi Arabia were aligned with those of the US — be it geopolitically,

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