• 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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  • 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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  • Iran arrests corruption fugitive, Alireza Monfared, after international manhunt

    An Iranian man accused of helping to embezzle billions of dollars while the country evaded international oil sanctions has been arrested after a lengthy international manhunt, media reported Monday. Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, 43, is accused of involvement in Iran’s biggest-ever corruption scandal, working alongside tycoon Babak Zanjani who was sentenced to death last year for pocketing $2.8 billion while helping the country bypass sanctions. The head of Iran’s international police department, Masoud Rezvani, told Mizan Online that Monfared had been extradited via Havana and Moscow before arriving in Tehran on Sunday.

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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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  • 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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  • Mother admits murdering children by driving into Australian lake

    A mother has admitted killing three of her children by driving them into a lake in southern Australia. Akon Guode, 37, killed one-year-old Bol and four-year-old twins Hanger and Madit in Melbourne's south-west in 2015. Another child, six-year-old Alual, was also in the car but survived. In the Supreme Court of Victoria, Guode pleaded guilty to one count of infanticide, two counts of murder and one of attempted murder. She entered her pleas with help from an interpreter. Guode arrived in Australia from South Sudan in 2008. Joseph Manyang, the father of the three children, told a hearing last year that Guode said she felt dizzy before the crash. He described Guode as a "loving mother" who would

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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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  • 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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  • ‘Expatophobia’

    Mahmoud Ahmad LAST week, a shocking cartoon was published in a local Saudi daily targeting expatriate workers that sparked anger among many people, mainly expatriates working here in Saudi Arabia. As is my wont of reading local dailies every morning, I was doing just that when I received a phone call from an expatriate friend. He asked me my thoughts on the cartoon that had been published in a particular local daily, which I hadn’t seen at the time of the call. I quickly took out that daily from the bunch and what I saw was really sickening. The cartoon left me totally disgusted. The cartoon displayed what looked like an acrobatic Saudi man riding a unicycle on a rope, like the one we see in

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  • French Polynesia signs first 'floating city' deal

    French Polynesia has signed an agreement that supporters hope could pave the way for autonomous floating cities around the world. The tiny Pacific state signed a memorandum of understanding with California's Seasteading Institute in San Francisco on Friday. It outlined objectives the institute must meet to get possible go-ahead for its first "seastead" community, off the island of Tahiti. But the floating futurists themselves admit it will be anything but plain sailing to realise their dream of sea-borne social experiments floating around the world. What is being proposed? "I don't think it will be terribly radical at first," the institute's executive director Randolph Hencken, told the BBC.

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  • 'No sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal: Iran president

    President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday there was no chance of Iran renegotiating the nuclear deal with world powers if US President-elect Donald Trump demands it. "The nuclear deal is finished, it has been approved by the UN Security Council and has become an international document. It is a multilateral accord and there is no sense in renegotiating it," said Rouhani at a news conference a year on from the deal coming into force. Trump frequently criticised the nuclear deal during campaigning and called for fresh negotiations, but has refused to be drawn on his plans since being elected.

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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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  • Is it likely that MH370 will ever be found?

    The deep-water search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been called off, without the plane being found. There is an even greater chance now that we will never know what happened to those 239 people who boarded a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March 2014 and then vanished. The decision to call off the search - which has scoured 120,000sq km (46,332 sq miles) of sea floor in the southern Indian Ocean - was not entirely unexpected. The three countries involved - Australia, Malaysia and China - had agreed last year that unless they found major new evidence, they would suspend operations. But informed experts and relatives of the passengers are dismayed, saying that this major new evidence

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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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  • Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey 'in first joint air strikes on IS'

    Russian and Turkish jets have carried out their first joint strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) inside Syria, the Russian defence ministry says. IS was targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, where Turkey suffered heavy casualties last month battling the group on the ground. Turkey's military was quoted by Reuters as saying Russia had carried out air strikes "in co-ordination with Turkey". Russia and Turkey back opposing sides in Syria's five-year civil war. Moscow intervened militarily in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, while Ankara has funded and armed his opponents. Al-Bab, about 20km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, has been the focus of a five-month

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  • Rebecca Ferguson asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony

    Rebecca Ferguson says she's been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. The singer tweeted she would "graciously accept" the invitation from the American president-elect if she can perform Strange Fruit. "[It's] a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States," she posted. Strange Fruit was originally recorded by Billie Holiday but was written as a poem by Abel Meeropol. A sample from Nina Simone's 1965 rendition was used on Kanye West's Blood on the Leaves. The words of Strange Fruit describe the lynching of African Americans in the early 20th century: "Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze". It's been described as one of

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  • Week in pictures: 7-13 January 2017

    Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week. All photographs are copyrighted.

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  • Fake IDs may have helped crack 18-year-old kidnapping case

    Beaufort, South Carolina (CNN)Kamiyah Mobley spent the first 18 years of her life raised by her kidnapper, police say -- and she had no idea. "As she became an 18-year-old young woman and began to look for jobs and do different things, she had fraudulent identification," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday. The sheriff did not specify whether those fake ID cards or another piece of information led to last week's arrest of Gloria Williams, the woman who raised Mobley, in South Carolina. "We can't talk in too much detail, other than to tell you that we followed about 2,500 tips over the years on this case, and we received some at the end of last year -- really a series of tips at the end of last year -- that we were able to begin to build off of and that led us to South Carolina," Williams said.

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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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  • Five unusually big creatures from the animal world

    Check out this massive alligator as it goes for a stroll in a US animal reserve! Only a small group of people were lucky enough to see the huge beast - called Humpback - in Lakeland, Florida. Wildlife experts have estimated the alligator weighs about than 360kg and is up to 15 feet long - that's as long as a family estate car! And it's got us here thinking about some other interestingly large animals, take a look at some of these! This is a Blue Whale. Coming in at over 98 feet long, just longer than 3 double-decker busses parked end to end and weighing over 160 tonnes it is thought to the the largest animal to ever exist on planet earth. They were lots of them in every ocean on earth until hunting

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