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20:23 World
Deserts of Qatar: Escape from Doha

Dune bashing and camping under a canopy of stars are weekend highlights for many. As is lazing on the sandy shore of the Inland Sea -a beautiful, wild shoreline where the rolling desert sands meet water.

19:47 World
Montenegro presidential election set for April 15

Ivan Brajovic said Friday he believes that the election — the third such vote since the tiny Balkan state became independent in 2006 — "will be held in a positive and democratic atmosphere."

18:16 World
Instagram just added a new feature you might want to turn off - here's how

People started noticing the new feature in the Instagram apps for iOS and Android on Thursday. Thankfully, it doesn't tell everyone when you were last on Instagram — only the people with whom you share private messages, or those you tag in your Instagram Stories.

17:45 World
Food from Limerick to sustain life on Mars

A state-of-the-art plant cultivation facility known as the EDEN-ISS Future Exploration Greenhouse (FEG) will house the specially cultivated plants and this was also designed and built by the Limerick scientists and their EDEN-ISS partners.

17:00 World
China to enshrine Xi's thought into state constitution

The party unanimously passed an amendment then to add “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” as one of its guiding principles.

15:45 World
Thailand's ruling generals running out of time

A growing uproar over the deputy prime minister's mind-boggling array of luxury timepieces is damaging the military government's image so badly that some observers believe it could eventually pave the way for its downfall.

15:27 World
China secretly bought North Korean coal as US watched from above: report

The U.N. Security Council in August hit North Korea with sanctions that were projected to cut nearly $1 billion from its annual exports revenue of roughly $3 billion, banning exports of coal, iron ore, and other products.

15:01 World
HSBC to pay $101.5m to settle currency rigging probe

The bank has admitted its traders twice misused confidential information provided to them by clients for its own profit.

14:02 World
China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action

Hanging over trade relations are several inquiries into whether steel and aluminum imports - including those from China - are harming U.S. national security, possible tariffs on imported solar panels, as well as an investigation into potential Chinese abuse of intellectual property.

13:41 World
Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne blames 5.30am swim for Commons snooze

The Brexiteer is offering his early morning dip as an excuse for nodding off as MPs debated the EU Withdrawal Bill.

13:28 World
Report: WhatsApp is testing P2P payments in India, beta rolling out this quarter

That means that the Facebook-owned service will soon go up against numerous major players in India’s crowded mobile payments space.

13:00 World
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick a billionaire after $8bn investment deal

A consortium led by Japan's Softbank is buying a chunk of the company from existing shareholders as well as new Uber shares in an $8bn ($5.8bn) deal.

12:43 World
HSBC to pay $101.5m to settle currency rigging probe

The bank has admitted its traders twice misused confidential information provided to them by clients for its own profit.

12:29 World
Passengers recount 'hell' as Malaysia Airlines plane diverts to Alice Springs

People report loud banging noises aboard MH122 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Sydney before it was forced to land in Alice Springs.

11:38 World
Massive London 'fatberg' to be turned into museum exhibit

The peculiar exhibit is but a fragment of one of the largest such objects ever found, measuring 820 feet long and weighing 130 tons, as much as 11 double-decker buses.

11:16 World
This is what happens during a US government shutdown

Lawmakers had a similar deadline last month, but they passed a continuing resolution December 21 to keep the federal government funded for another month.

10:26 World
Displaced by war, some Yemenis sift through garbage for food

Despite the health risks, the dump has become a source of food for hundreds of impoverished Yemenis and given some young men a chance to try to earn some income.

10:00 World
Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15

The G1 news website reported the driver, who fled the scene but was quickly arrested by police, said he had an epileptic fit, and medicine for epilepsy was found in the car.

20:09 World
Bookstore owner surveys damage to rare Stephen King collection after basement flood

Winters on Wednesday surveyed the extent of the damage in the basement of his bookstore, Gerald Winters & Son, the day after an underground pipe burst in front of his business.

19:47 World
India tests-fires Agni-V, a nuclear-capable ICBM

The nuclear-capable Agni-V is believe to be India's most advanced ICBM. It was fired Thursday morning India time from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, the ministry said in a tweet.

19:24 World
Turpin case: Parents of captive children due in court

David and Louise Turpin will be formally told of the charges of torture and child endangerment they face.

19:00 World
Padmavat: Controversial film cleared by India's top court

It has been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana imposed a ban.

18:38 World
Afghan official: roadside a mine has killed 5 people western

Among the victims were women and children, Farhad said. He said the district is controlled by the Taliban.

18:16 World
NATO's chief in Macedonia to discuss accession bid

Jens Stoltenberg met Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov, as well as the ministers of defense and foreign affairs in the capital Skopje Thursday.

17:24 World
Theresa May appoints minister for loneliness, after Jo Cox Commission highlight Britain's epidemic

Ahead of a Downing Street reception today to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs Cox, Mrs May said she was keen to “shine a light” on the issue of loneliness.

17:00 World
'Ghost ship' washes up on Japan’s coast with skeletal remains of suspected North Koreans

Seven decomposed bodies were found in the ship's "small rooms" that washed up in Kanazawa, the coastal city in central Japan, a police official told AFP on Wednesday. 

16:38 World
South Africa's Ramaphosa denounces graft before Davos forum

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said in Johannesburg on Thursday that he wants prosecutors to "act with urgency and increase the tempo" in their work to curb graft that has hurt the South African economy and the popularity of the ruling African National Congress party.

16:16 World
Islamists banned their music. Now Timbuktu is singing again

Gold jewellery glinting, robes changing from blue to green under the lights, the diva of Timbuktu sang of Allah, salt mines and camels. Her audience sat silently around a courtyard, watching, listening, giving nothing away.

15:45 World
The surreal objects of Nancy Fouts

The American-born, London-based artist studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Prints of some works are available on Artsy and you can meet Fouts in the video below by Black Rat Projects.

14:44 World
'Text bomb' is latest Apple bug

Abraham Masri, a software developer, tweeted about the flaw which typically causes an iPhone to crash and in some cases restart.

13:41 World
China luxury sales rebound as millennials snap up cosmetics, handbags

Sales of luxury goods in China hit 142 billion yuan ($22.07 billion) last year, up around 20 percent from the year before, Bain & Co said in a report on Wednesday.

13:28 World
Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks traveling in

The bus was traveling along a road in the remote Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.

13:00 World
US shutdown looms amid immigration feud

Congress faces a Friday deadline to pass a stopgap measure that would fund federal agencies until next month.

12:02 World
UK to boost Calais security funding as it prepares to welcome Macron

The announcement comes on the day French President Emmanuel Macron travels to the UK to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May as part of a major summit on security and migration at the Sandhurst Military Academy.

11:16 World
Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible, says study

Findings should not be seen as taking pressure off need to tackle climate change, authors warn.

10:27 World
Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

Between the spending plan, hiring 20,000 people, tax payments and business with U.S.-based suppliers, Apple on Wednesday estimated it would spend $350 billion in the United States over the next five years.

10:01 World
Starboard to nominate nine candidates to Mellanox board

The nominations include Starboard head Jeffrey Smith, who has become the face and name behind the fund’s multiple proxy contests.

20:15 World
France's baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have already been recalled in 83 countries following a salmonella outbreak.

20:09 World
Rare first edition Harry Potter worth £40,000 stolen

The book, J.K Rowling's maiden novel of the globally successful series, was stolen from a premises in Thetford, Norfolk, between 8 and 9 January.

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