Sri Lanka attacks: Where else in the world have face coverings been banned?

A woman wearing a niqab looks on during a protest by a French-Algerian businessman and political activist, on October 3, 2018 in St. Gallen by following a massive vote in the Swiss northeastern canton of St. Gallen to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.
A ban on face coverings in public has come into effect in Sri Lanka, following a series of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday, in which at least 250 people were killed.

Ashdown Forest: Fire breaks out in Winnie the Pooh wood.

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A fire has been burning overnight near woods featured in AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories. The blaze in Ashdown Forest was reported at 21:30 BST on Sunday, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.

Sports Illustrated features first burkini girl.

A Somali-American supermodel has become the first Muslim model to appear in Sports Illustrated wearing a burkini. Halima Aden is featured in its annual swimsuit issue in the swimwear which covers the entire body except for the face, hands and feet."

Nigerian student arrested for 'drug trafficking' in Saudi Arabia freed.

A Nigerian student who was arrested last year for alleged drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia has been freed, the Nigerian government says. Zainab Aliyu was accused of smuggling 2,000 packs of a strong pain killer.

Man breaks up with woman because she covered her spots with makeup

Just about every girl under the sun has tried to hide spots in one way or another. Makeup is the easiest way to cover them up, so we use it.

Man Beaten by ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fans after Shouting Spoilers Outside Cinema.

A man in Hong Kong was assaulted by angry fans after shouting out spoilers to people lining up outside a cinema to see “Avengers: Endgame,” according to multiple reports.

iPhone XS and XR review: Six months in, here's how they're holding up.

Over the last few months since the iPhone XS, XS Max and arrived, I've been cycling through them all.

Kanye West pulled 50,000 people to his Sunday Service at Coachella .

Kanye West wrapped up Coachella in style when he performed his popular Sunday Service to over 50,000 excited revellers.

Son Grabs Mom’s Hand as Their Favorite Song Comes on.

There’s nothing more inspiring or heartwarming than the bonds between family members, but as we grow older that relationship can be strained and stretched.

Young Couple Build Rube Goldberg Machine Throughout the House to Reveal Their Baby’s Gender.

It’s the ultimate gender reveal, and it is now going viral across Facebook.

Woman Thinks Grandma’s Old Painting Is Worth $250, but Appraiser Says It’s Way, Way, Way More.

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When family members pass down heirlooms, it’s often difficult to discern just how valuable they are beyond their basic sentimental value. For one woman, a painting passed down from her grandmother was believed to be nothing more than that just an old but revered replica that had held special meaning to the grandmother over the course of her life.

Dad Teaches Roblox-Obsessed Son Epic Life Lesson After He Refuses to Do Garden Chores.

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Parenting is not for the fainthearted. Nobody knows this as well as Clint Edwards, a father of three who has penned a book based on his sometimes nerve-testing, often hilarious experiences.

Man fined for using phone while driving proves he was just eating a hash brown.

A man who was fined by police for using his phone while driving has successfully proven that he was just eating a hash brown.

A fresh weather warning has been issued for one county as Storm Hannah hits Ireland.

A fresh weather warning has been issued for one county as Storm Hannah hits Ireland

The status yellow wind warning has been issued for Dublin and will come into effect at 11pm tonight [April 26].

Woman wakes up from coma after 27 years following bus crash.

Woman wakes up from coma after 27 years following bus crash

Munira Abdulla fell into the coma when she was involved in a bus crash in the United Arab Emirates in 1991.

Ball pits are so filthy just one ball TEEMS with bacteria linked to meningitis.

Soft play is like God's gift to parents. Your little one can pinball around without hurting themselves, using up all that amazing energy they have all while you sit down for a moment.

Daniel Craig Says A Woman Should Be Considered For Next James Bond.

Daniel Craig Says A Woman Should Be Considered For Next James Bond
James Bond actor Daniel Craig has said that he'd be happy for a woman to replace him in the coveted role.

Baker With Down Syndrome Opens Her Own Bakery After Numerous Job Rejections.

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For years, Boston resident Collette Divitto found her happy place in her parents’ kitchen

Dog Yoga is the fitness trend this year.

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Don't get us wrong, we like to keep fit and healthy, but the thoughts of spending precious hours in the gym when we could be in our beds are just something we can't fathom. However, this new fitness trend might change our minds. Say hello to Dog Yoga, or Doga, as some like to call it.

The reason why we bite our nails.

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Okay, so I am a notorious nail biter. It is by far my worst habit, but I've never been able to shake it! Well, needless to say, I'm not alone.

Eyebrow dandruff is a thing.

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We all know about hair dandruff and how to tackle it, but eyebrow dandruff?

19-Year-Old Girl Donates 65% of Her Liver to Her Dad, Proving Daughters Are Amazing.

(L) (Rakhi Dutta); (R) (Harsh Goenka)

We’ve all seen stories of parents doing just about everything in their power to help their children, and there’s often little that the children are able to give in return that can make up for the sacrifice and selflessness their parents have shown

A California teen didn't have a date for prom, so her grandfather stepped in.

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Prom should be one of the most exciting events in a teenager's school calendar, but thanks to the societal expectation to have a date for the evening, it can often prove to be stressful.

Jacqui Saburido, who became the face of an anti-drunk driving campaign, has died.

Jacqui Saburido, the woman whose disfigured face became a symbol of the dangers of drunk driving after she suffered horrific burns in a 1999 crash, has died, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

This photo went viral when a woman 'smiled in the face of bigotry.

The picture went viral on Instagram, with more than 100,000 likes, and on Twitter, where it was liked more than 150,000 times.
Shaymaa Ismaa'eel was attending a conference of the Islamic Circle of North America in Washington DC on Sunday when she saw a group of protesters holding signs against the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad.

NASA's 'Astronomy Picture Of The Day'.

Retired oceanographer Jean Dean, 60, captured this amazing image after five nights of sitting out in her garden taking images of the night's sky to be able to see the Rosette Nebula star formation

Stunning pictures capture the most powerful moments of Anzac Day 2019.

Gypsy O'Dea (left), granddaughter of late Australian second world war veteran and former prisoner of war Neil Macpherson, is consoled by a member of Australia's Defense Forces at the Hellfire Pass section of the Thai-Burma railway in Thailand
Hundreds of thousands of Australians remembered those who paid the ultimate price while defending their country during the annual Anzac Day commemorations.

Tayto Park set to open Ireland’s first flight school for children next month.

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The exciting new attraction will mark the latest addition for children in Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, located in Ashbourne Co. Meath, which is now open for the season.

One Million Species At Risk Of Extinction Because Of Humans.

One Million Species At Risk Of Extinction Because Of Humans
Although it's something that you might not really consider in day-to-day life, extinction is a serious issue and all-too-real prospect when it comes to the future of the planet.

3 men invited a widow to sit with them when they saw her eating alone.

3 men invited a widow to sit with them when they saw her eating alone. Their Facebook post went viral.
Jamario Howard was sitting with his friends Jamychol and Tae at a barbecue joint in Oxford, Alabama, waiting for food, when he noticed an elderly woman sitting alone.

Stunning entries to the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest.

Florent Serfati took this dramatic shot of the April 15 Notre-Dame blaze. Recounting the moment, he said: 'The flaming arrow had just fallen onto the structure below, creating an explosion'

Stunning archive of Hollywood stars and LA gangsters reveals the high and low lives of the City of Angels.

A tattoo artist ink's another man's neck in the open-air on the mean streets of Los Angeles - tattoos in the city are not just for looks but also an important way of identifying friend from foe in gang warfare

Heavily Tattooed Man Who Had Genitals Removed.

Heavily Tattooed Man Who Had Genitals Removed Poses Nude
A heavily tattooed man who reportedly had his genitals removed has shared snaps of himself on Instagram. Adam Curlykale, from Kaliningrad, Russia, first started getting tattoos 12 years ago in a bid to cover up skin blemishes caused by cancer treatment. Eventually, more than 90 per cent of the 32-year-old's body was inked - including his eyeballs. Ultimately, this was not enough for Curlykale, who felt his nipples and genitals spoiled his body art and decided to have them lopped off. He has now shared a picture of himself.  Captioning the picture, he said: "I'm not afraid of people!"Curlykale first came to everyone's attention in 2017 when he appeared on the Polish TVshow, Second Face, where he explained what it meant to be 'null'.He said: "I belong to a type of people called 'null' which means that I'm an agamic person, but asexual doesn't mean that I don't have a drive."People from the 'null' community don't want to have body parts like nipples, a belly button or genitals which determine if you're a man or a woman."Last year, he acted on this desire to be nippleless/gibletsless, with local media reporting that he had to travel to Jardines Hospital in Guadalajara in Mexico to have the removal surgery.
Mr Curlykale reportedly went to Mexico to have his penis removed. Credit: CEN/Instagram

He said: "I always knew that I was different from the rest of society. My favourite colour, for example, has always been grey, in different tones, and that's why my current skin colour is graphite."I would say the fact you've chosen to have all your skin tattooed is what makes you different from the rest of society, Adam, rather than the fact your favourite colour is grey.
More than 90 per cent of Mr Curlykale's body is tattooed. Credit: Instagram
What you do with your body, though, is, of course, an individual choice, but lots of people seem to think that just because they like something they should get it permanently etched on their skin. Take Sam, for example, who recently appeared on Tattoo Fixers to get an 'I love anal' tattoo on her arse covered up... Sometimes, it's worth sleeping on it.


After a good Samaritan stopped to help fix a woman’s car, the two discovered they shared rare mutual support for President Donald Trump. The incident was captured in a video that has since gone viral on Twitter.

Dad Tells Daughter Not to Buy 'Preposterous' Peloton Bike in Viral Email — and Wins the Internet.

Dad Tells Daughter Not to Buy 'Preposterous' Peloton Bike in Viral Email — and Wins the Internet
In his email, Clare O'Connor's dad compared buying a Peloton bike to the likes of purchasing "cocaine" One Brooklyn resident’s dad has some strong opinions about the latest at-home fitness trend. Clare O’Connor — who has taken classes at Peloton’s New York City studio and has friends who love them …One Brooklyn resident’s dad has some strong opinions about the latest at-home fitness trend. Clare O’Connor — who has taken classes at Peloton’s New York City studio and has friends who love the company’s stationary bikes — was contemplating buying one of the exercise machines and decided to tell her mom about the idea, Buzzfeed News reported. While her mom was onboard, her dad had a quite different opinion about her impending purchase (Peloton’s basic bike package starts at $2,245). Shortly after O’Connor told her mom about wanting to buy the bike earlier this month, she received a strongly worded email from her dad, pleading with her to not “waste” her money.

A woman dumped a bag of puppies in a bin and people are horrified.

A woman dubbed 'heartless and evil' after she was filmed dumping a bag of puppies in the bin in Coachella, California has been arrested. 
Surveillance footage captured the moment a woman, driving a white Jeep, came out of her car with a plastic bag, opened a bin and looked inside before moving on and tossing her bag next to a bin that was overflowing with trash. The bag contained seven terrier mix puppies that were just three days old, according to investors with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. The puppies were found by a man called John, who heard their cries when he was looking through the trash and took them to a nearby auto shop. John Welsh, a spokesperson for animal services, told Washington Post that the puppies were dumped in a sealed plastic bag - and had they not been found as soon as they had, they would have died.  "He just happened to be in the right spot at the right time," Welsh said. The head of animal services, Chris Mayer added: “There is no excuse for dumping puppies".This was a shameful act. Talking about the discovery, John told a local television station that when he found them, they were panting and in pain. “I was kind of in shock to see the way that she threw it,” he said. Carelessly, without emotion, like it was just a regular old bag of trash. They were later taken to a rescue centre, where they are being bottle fed. 

Death Toll Rises to 359 in Sri Lanka Bombings, More Arrested.

Security personnel outside a church after a bomb blast in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 21, 2019. (Stringer/Reuters)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said Wednesday, as the country’s leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks.U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, meanwhile, told reporters that “clearly there was some failure in the system.” Sri Lanka’s leaders have said some of the country’s security units were aware before Easter of possible attacks but did not share those warnings widelyTeplitz said the U.S. had “no prior knowledge” of a threat before the bombings. She said a team of FBI agents and U.S. military officials were helping in the investigation. The ISIS terrorist group has claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the seven bombers who blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels Sunday in the worst violence this South Asian island nation has seen since its civil war ended a decade ago. The government has said the attacks were carried out by ISIS in apparent retaliation for last months’ New Zealand mosque massacre but has said the seven bombers were all Sri Lankan. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said investigators were still working to determine the extent of the bombers’ foreign links. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Wednesday morning that 18 additional suspects were arrested overnight, raising the total detained to 58.ISIS has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria and has made a series of unsupported claims of responsibility around the world.
Sri Lankan authorities have blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately known as Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary speeches online. Teplitz declined to discuss whether the embassy or U.S. officials had heard of National Towheed Jamaar or its leader prior to the attack. “If we had heard something, we would have tried to do something about this,” Teplitz said. The ISIS group’s Aamaq news agency released an image purported to show the leader of the attackers, standing amid seven others whose faces are covered. The group did not provide any other evidence for its claim, and the identities of those depicted in the image were not independently verified.Coffins of victims
Meanwhile, in an address to Parliament, Ruwan Wijewardene, the state minister of defence, said “weakness” within Sri Lanka’s security apparatus led to the failure to prevent the nine bombings.“By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack,” Wijewardene said. “However, this information has been circulated among only a few officials.”In a live address to the nation late Tuesday, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said he also was kept in the dark on the intelligence about the planned attacks and vowed to “take stern action” against the officials who failed to share the information. He also pledged “a complete restructuring” of the security forces. Wijewardene said the government had evidence that the bombings were carried out “by an ISIS fundamentalist group” in retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people, although he did not disclose the evidence
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters in Auckland on Wednesday that she’d had no official word from Sri Lanka, or seen any intelligence reports, to back that up. However, she added that Sri Lanka was in the early stages of its investigation. An Australian white supremacist was arrested in the Christchurch shootings. The history of Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, a country of 21 million including large Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities, is rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict. In the 26-year civil war, the Tamil Tigers rebel army had little history of targeting Christians and was crushed by the government in 2009. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country recently but Sri Lanka has no history of terrorism. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment.

This bird was throwing sticks down a chimney for weeks before it was caught in the act.

A mischievous jackdaw who had been dropping sticks down a chimney “for weeks” was apprehended after falling into the house. The bird was rescued by Emma Lambert, from Nottingham, and her father after birds had attempted to build nests in the chimney breast.

NASA Shares Photo of Unusual ‘Dragon’ Aurora in the Sky.

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NASA shared an incredible image of an aurora that was shaped like a huge dragon charging across the sky earlier this month.

Chinese man to be made chief in northern Nigeria.

 In a bid to enhance interaction and business with the Chinese in Kano State, the Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II has approved the appointment and instalment of a Chinese man, Mr Mike Zhang, as a chief and leader of the growing Chinese community in the northern Nigerian state.

From rats to snakes, another African president chased out of office by animals!

Liberian President George Weah has been forced to work from home after snakes were found in his office on Thursday. Two black snakes were found emerging from a hole in the reception area of the foreign affairs ministry building that serves as the presidential office, according to the AFP.

Meet the gorillas who became famous for posing for a selfie in DR Congo.

A selfie taken with two female mountain gorillas by a worker at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has gone viral after the animals remarkably posed for the picture with ease.

Teen Trader Turns £150 Into £60,000 In Less Than A Year.

Teen Trader Turns £150 Into £60,000 In Less Than A Year
A 16-year-old has managed to turn £150 into over £60,000 in less than a year thanks to his smart currency trading.

Pilot becomes first black woman aviator to receive air medal after braving a hurricane.

When Hurricane Harvey smashed into southeast Texas with Category 4 intensity in late August 2017, it caused catastrophic flash flooding and damage.

Anonymous Issues Message To Billionaires Who Donated Money To Notre-Dame.

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Hacktivist group Anonymous has issued a statement to the billionaires who donated money to the Notre-Dam cathedral, following the major fire that ravaged the 850-year-old building on 15 April.

Lady bursts into tears after boarding plane for the first time .

Apparently, it was the girl's first time on an aeroplane and the very fact that she was sitting in a machine which was bound to fly right up into the boundless sky scared the life out of her.

Tanzania to Ban Plastic Bags by July.

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Tanzanian has announced that it will ban single-use polythene bags from June in the war against plastic pollution.

Beyoncé ’s Homecoming Deal With Netflix Is Worth $60m.

Beyoncé, the Grammy-winning singer, is reported to have signed a three-project deal with Netflix, US media-services provider, worth $60 million.

Scientists ‘Print’ World’s First 3D Heart With Human Tissue.

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the treatment of cardiovascular disease printing the world’s first 3D human heart.

11-Year Old Has Helped Over 20,000 Homeless People By Giving Them “Blessing Bags”.

Jahkil Jackson, an 11-year old boy from Chicago, has already helped over 20,000 homeless people in his city by giving away ‘Blessing Bags’ through his organization Project I Am.

African dishes worth trying this Easter.

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One of the things we always look forward to during the holiday season is feasting on delicious food surrounded by family and friends.