• Islamic State group: Crisis in seven charts

    Militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq, where as many as 10 million people live under their control. In June 2014, the jihadist group overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, and then moved southwards towards Baghdad, routing Iraq's army and threatening to eradicate the country's many ethnic and religious minorities. Two months later, after the militants advanced on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, the US launched air strikes on IS positions in Iraq. A multinational coalition led by the US extended the air campaign to Syria that September. Since then, IS has lost approximately 40% of the populated territory it once held in Iraq, and 10-20% of the

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  • Clinton changes stance on if Trump is unqualified

    On State of the Union our panel of S.E. Cupp, Marsha Blackburn, Bill Press and Xavier Becerra discuss Hillary Clinton's claim that Trump is unqualified and Trump getting endorsed by the NRA.

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  • Thai beach murders: Convicted men appeal over deaths of two Britons

    Two Burmese men convicted of murdering two British travellers on a Thai beach have lodged appeals. Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were convicted of the murders in a Thai court and sentenced to death in December. The bodies of David Miller, 24, from Jersey and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, were found on a beach on Koh Tao in September 2014. Seven Thai lawyers and a team of international advisors are working to exonerate the Burmese pair. The appeal against the convictions and sentences was lodged at Koh Samui Court by May Thein and Phyu Shwe Nu, the mothers of the Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, lawyers said. The parents then visited their sons at Bang Kwang Prison in Nonthaburi, where they have been held

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  • Nick Jonas album, Last Year Was Difficult, 'inspired by Olivia Culpo break-up'

    Nick Jonas says his break-up with Olivia Culpo last year is a "major theme" on his new album, Last Year Was Difficult. He was talking about the inspiration behind the new music while playing his new single Close on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. Nick says after dating the model for two years, the time after their split has been "challenging" for him. But he says he's tried to "draw a line" at how much is revealed in his music. Nick's also solved the mystery of what one of the tracks called Bacon really means and why Jay Z changed his album title. Jay Z changed his album title "The title basically stems from a conversation I had with Jay Z. I went and played him the music and he

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  • Daisy Ridley 'will not apologise' for her body size after Instagram criticism

    Daisy Ridley says she "will not apologise" for her body shape. She responded to an Instagram post of her character Rey, which criticised how thin she looked in Star Wars. "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls," a speech bubble read. "Don't they know real women have curves?" She replied: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave. I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world." Daisy deleted her initial response on the post. The actress said it wasn't her intention "for anyone to send messages to that poor person that posted the original picture". She then posted a full response on her own official account which included

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  • Woman dons Chewbacca mask, brings joy to Internet

    A viral video of a woman's hysterical reaction to a Chewbacca mask is taking the Internet by storm.

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  • 40% of drug addicts in Dammam are in their 20s

    JEDDAH: About 40 percent of drug addicts coming to the Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health in Dammam for treatment are youths aged between 20 and 29, an official of the complex has said.“The complex receives patients from the Gulf countries and some Arab states,” Mohammad Al-Qarni, director of patient services at the complex, told local media. He said that most of the patients and visitors are ignorant about the rules and regulations of the complex and urged families to follow them because it is “in the best interest of patients.” “There are halls for visitors besides a special room for each one of them so that they get more privacy. This room is, however, under security and medical surveillance,”

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  • The government's launched a crackdown on illegal downloading

    Do you ever get suspicious that more people in your school or office talk about Game of Thrones than subscribe to Sky? Well you're not alone. The government's launched a new crackdown on illegal downloading, and as part of it they're planning to introduce tougher sentences for internet pirates. It comes days after claims the company behind Game of Thrones has started sending out its own warnings to people who steal episodes. What does the law say? Your "intellectual property" is anything you create, like a song or a video, that you can't hold in your hands. And some of it's worth big money. The government estimates that all the intellectual property rights in the UK combined are worth more than

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  • 7 Things Egyptians Get Wrong About Marriage

    Egyptians value marriage above all else in life; we are somehow programmed to look forward to the day we marry, even before we start going to school! But marriage is no joke; it is serious business – literally. We rush in like fools at first then curse the day we met our spouses, which is probably why we have one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Clearly we're doing marriage wrong; here are seven ways how. Overly Lavish Weddings Hospitality and grand gestures are nice, but we Egyptians go for lavish wedding celebrations even if we can’t afford them, because God forbid your high school friends and their gossipy mothers don’t like the salmon or the valets. Better indebted than sorry!  

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  • Paul Walker's daughter gets $10m settlement over crash death

    Paul Walker's daughter has reached a $10.1m (£7.2m) settlement with the estate of the man driving the car in which he and the actor died in 2013. Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was being driven by Roger Rodas when it crashed. Travelling at speeds between 80 and 93 mph, the car crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, north west of Los Angeles. The money will be held in trust for Meadow Walker, 17. Rodas was only partly responsible for the crash, a statement from Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam, says. The settlement represents a "fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short". The

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  • What it's like looking like Taylor Swift

    Olivia Sturgiss is like many 19-year-old women. She's studying at uni, she works in a clothes shop and she lives in a house share. Except Olivia looks rather a lot like Taylor Swift. And it could make her a lot of money. "I wore the red lipstick like any other fan does, and I wore a sparkly outfit and then ever since then, it was something commented on every day," Olivia told Newsbeat. "Even when I was wearing no make-up at work, I'd have just have my hair tied back, natural face and I'd still get comments on it. "It's always been a natural resemblance and it's always been an ongoing thing since I was really young." Olivia's been a fan of Tay's for more than seven years and says it's flattering

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  • Archaeologist Discovers Elaborate Tattoos On Ancient Egyptian Mummy

    Thanks to the tremendous advancement of science in the field of imaging techniques, an ancient Egyptian mummy has been discovered with marks of heavy tattoos on her body, according to the NewHistorian. The mummy, believed to have died sometime between 1300 - 1070 BCE, was found heavily tattooed in a village in Deir El-Medina located nearby the Valley of the Kings. As per NewHistorian, it’s common for mummies to be found with primitive tattoos, usually in the form of simple patterns made up of dashes or dots. However, this mummy was markedly different in that her tattoos resembled sacred symbols, perhaps indicative of the woman’s high station in life as a noted religious figure of some sort. In

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  • Does the mind rule the body or the body rule the mind?, Radio 4 in Four

    Before 1960, Will Self says, "a Briton could probably go their entire life without encountering a psychiatrist or a psychoanalyst - let alone a modish psychotherapist". But not any more. First broadcast on A Point of View, 22 May 2016.

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  • Banned! 10 things you won't find in China

    China's leaders have promised a decisive role for markets in its huge economy, and a litany of economic reforms are underway. But in many areas, the country is still relatively closed off. Try using Instagram, for example. No snaps allowed! China banned the photo-sharing platform after pro-democracy protests rocked Hong Kong in 2014. The social media platform now can't be accessed from anywhere within the so-called Great Firewall of China, a censorship project operated for more than a decade by the Communist Party.

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  • MOTD2 Extra, 10/04/2016

    Eilidh Barbour and guests reflect on Saturday's Premier League games, and look ahead to Sunday's action, which features three potentially pivotal top-flight games. Leicester's bid to lift the Premier League title continues with a trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland, who also desperately need the points in their relegation fight. Tottenham are also in the title running and face Manchester United at White Hart Lane, while Liverpool welcome Stoke to Anfield.

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  • 30 Of The Most Kickass Women In Egypt

    It's true; Egypt has some incredible yet underrated women who've done awesome, adventurous, and unfathomable things both in and for our homeland. While some break the mould in film and fashion, others surpass expectations and explore the world of rally racing and motorcycle gangs; while some are young and full of aspirations, others have grown to become iconic over years of tireless work and contributions; while some are passionate about expressing this country's stories, others are passionate about living them. In honour of International Women's Day, we've put together a list of 30 of the most kickass women this country has had the pleasure of calling its own, and of whom we've had the privilege to sit down and chat with one-on-one. Happy International Women's Day, Egypt; you've got some kickass women!

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  • VIDEO: Mission Accomplished As SpaceX Lands Reusable Rocket On Drone Ship At Sea

    Over the weekend, Elon Musk’s private space exploration company, SpaceX, finally landed its Falcon 9 reusable rocket on a drone ship at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, bringing its Dragon cargo capsule up to the International Space Station and safely returning to Earth.  SpaceX has already successfully landed its rocket on dry land but this is its first successful landing at sea after numerous delays. Elon Musk spoke at a press conference alongside NASA after the landing and joked, “what was different about this is that the rocket landed instead of putting a hole in the ship or tipping over." The successful landing of rockets after they deliver their cargo

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  • Hijabi Fashion and the “Enslavement of Women”

    Last week, the social media sphere was set ablaze as French Families Minister Laurence Rossignol criticised fashion labels who produce Islamic collections, accusing them of promoting the shutting away of women’s bodies and comparing veiled women with “negroes who supported slavery.” Her comment followed Yves Saint Laurent Co-Founder Pierre Berge’s harsh criticism of the fashion chains who follow the lead of Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, who released their hijab and abaya collection last January. "Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live

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  • Why this giant rat photo may not be quite what it seems

    This is the giant rat photo being shared and talked about on social media. An electrician is holding it up for the camera after he found it dead in a bush on a housing estate in Hackney Downs, east London. His colleague Tony Smith took the photo and he claims the rat was four feet long and was bigger than his cat and Jack Russell dog. "We were going to stick it in the bin," said Tony. "But before we did we thought we better take a picture... people won't believe it's real." They say the rat was found near a children's playground which backs onto a railway track. Professor Jane Hurst from the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool doesn't believe the photo. "No way a brown

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  • Egypt Support Coalition To Propose Banning Niqab In Public

    Egypt is joining the deeply controversial issue that has been drawing various public reactions for a while now, as The Egypt Support Coalition is allegedly drafting a law banning the niqab in state institutions and public places, according to Gulf News and Youm7. The Coalition, comprising of 250 members, stated that the face-covering attire will be prohibited in the predominantly Muslim country. This comes a couple of months after Egypt’s Administrative Court upheld a ban on niqab-wearing academic staff in Cairo University, according to Ahram Online. According to Gulf News, the alliance - loyal to President Sisi - claims that the bill has been proposed for religious and security considerations.

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