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Eurovision: Iceland embraces Hatari’s bleak message for Israel contest

Image copyright Lilja Jonsdottir Image caption Hatari’s bleak “dystopian techno” style has found favour with Icelanders young and old Icelanders are crazy about Eurovision, with its kitsch glamour and often saccharine music. But the band-cum-art collective they have chosen to send to the contest in Tel Aviv in May are a far cry from the mainstream world of pop and its lyrics of love and unity. Called Hatari in Icelandic, meaning “Hater”, their lyrics are bleak: RUV Hate will prevail… and Europe’s heart impale. Burn off its web of lies.…

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Dying mum’s secret message on daughter’s wedding shoes

Image copyright @LaceandLoveShoes Image caption Emma had sent her shoes to be customised, but her mother secretly added the heartfelt message A woman has said she was left “in bits” after finding a secret message hidden on her wedding shoes from her terminally ill mum who had died. Bride Emma, from Kibworth Beauchamp in Leicestershire, got engaged in 2016. But one month later, her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She had hoped her mum could have attended the wedding, but she died in 2017. When Emma received her bridal…

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Formula 1 accused of sending ‘appalling message’ over Bahrain Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has won the past two Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 has been accused by human rights groups of sending “an appalling message” over abuses allegedly related to the Bahrain Grand Prix. Coming just over three weeks before this year’s race in Manama, the criticism concerns the jailing of activist Najah Yusuf. Last month, 17 campaign organisations wrote to F1 management urging them to put pressure on Bahrain. They said she was jailed over criticism of the race, which authorities deny. Protest groups, including Human Rights Watch and…

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sends message to girl with Down’s Syndrome

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dwayne Johnson sent a message to Rosie telling her to “stay strong” The father of a girl with Down’s Syndrome said it was “really cool” for actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to send her a message on Twitter. The Hollywood star, who voiced Maui in the film Moana, told Rosie to “stay strong” after her father wrote that the film was one of her favourites. Jason Kneen, from near Ludgershall, in Wiltshire, originally posted a photograph of his daughter smiling. He said it was…

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Huawei chairman says Trump’s latest message on 5G ‘clear and correct’

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – The chairman of Huawei Technologies said President Trump’s assertion that the U.S. needed to get ahead in mobile communications through competition rather than seeking to block technology was “clear and correct”. FILE PHOTO – Guo Ping, Rotating Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies company, attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin Trump’s tweets on Thursday did not specifically mention the Chinese company, which is at the center of a cyber security storm, but the comments could…

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Huawei chairman noticed Trump’s message, says U.S. needs 5G technology

FILE PHOTO – Guo Ping, Rotating Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies company, attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies’ rotating chairman said on Sunday that he had noticed Donald Trump’s message about allowing competition in the telecommunications sector and that the president was correct because the United States needs 5G technology. Guo Ping also said Huawei had faced cyber security challenges led by one major power which he did not identify. The United…

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Mental health at work: We agree with Prince William’s message

Image copyright Getty Images/reader photo Prince William says employers should provide more support for people whose mental health is causing them problems at work. “It should be so much easier to go to HR and talk about it,” he said during a speech in Switzerland. He says bosses need to set the example, saying the change in culture “has to come from the top.” “For some reason, people are embarrassed about their emotions – British people particularly.” The head of HSBC bank, John Flint, backed William’s calls for change, saying:…

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‘Missing’ sailor Robin Davie sends radio message

Image copyright Barry Pickthall/PPL Image caption Robin Davie has sailed around the world three times A solo sailor who sparked a search when he was not heard from for six days has sent a radio message to say he is safe, well, and on his way to Cornwall. Robin Davie, 67, left port in France on his yacht “C’est la Vie” on Saturday for the 300-mile journey to Falmouth. His brother reported him as overdue on Wednesday morning when there had been no contact. But on Friday the coastguard said…

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Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from not knowing about their own divorce. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces – cases where men end a marriage without telling their wives. The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights…

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Olivia Newton-John dismisses death rumours in video message

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newton-John also enjoyed a pop career Olivia Newton-John has scotched speculation over her health and told fans “rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. The Australian Grease star revealed in September she had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. Reports recently emerged in the US and Australia speculating that she had only weeks to live. Newton-John, 70, has now assured fans in a video released on Twitter that she is “doing great”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newton-John had a…

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