Trump: Iran 'standing down' after missile strikes – BBC News



US President Donald Trump says Iran “appears to be standing down” after it targeted air bases housing US forces in Iraq.

Mr Trump said no US or Iraqi lives were lost in the attacks, and the bases suffered only minimal damage.

The attacks on the Irbil and Al Asad bases came early on Wednesday morning local time.

Iran said they were a retaliation for the assassination of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

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9 Ways Being a Standout Will Benefit Your Career or Brand

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This post is devoted to standing out, to being different, and thinking outside the norm. It is to encourage everyone to occasionally be a round peg in a square hole. It is meant to celebrate the nonconformists, those others think a little “crazy “, the revolutionaries, the visionaries, the renegades, the mavericks….those who just see and do things differently. It is for those who always Take a Walk on the Wild Side and who wonder, “Why fit in when you were born to Standout?!” –Dr. Seuss.

Today, challenge yourself and others to push the envelope, become inspired to test the limits, learn exactly what it takes to be different in the right ways, and empower each other to show the world that you were fearfully, wonderfully and uniquely built to make a BIG difference.
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Why is nonconformity and standing out from the crowd a good thing? Most of our lives, we are told to get in line, follow directions, and spend a great deal of time trying to fit in

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Soleimani: Stampede kills at least 35 mourners at commander's burial – BBC News



At least 35 people have been killed in a stampede as Iranians flocked to the burial of a top commander killed in a US drone strike, Iranian media report.

The deaths led to the postponement of Qasem Soleimani’s burial. A new time will be announced later, officials say.

Soleimani is being laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman with millions already estimated to have packed the streets for funeral processions.

His killing has raised fears of a conflict between the US and Iran.

Soleimani was widely considered the second most powerful man in Iran behind Supreme Leader Khamenei. The US saw him as a terrorist and a threat to American troops.

President Trump adopted a tough stance against Iran after his election and Tehran responded with their own campaign. Tensions were raised further last month after the US attacked an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq it blamed for attacks on US forces.

It is unclear what caused the stampede in Kerman, south-eastern Iran, but vast numbers of people were in the streets ahead of Soleimani’s planned burial.

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Central African Republic: A divided country – BBC News



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Is the Central African Republic now a permanently fractured state, divided along religious lines? Some reports have described the situation in CAR as one in which genocide could easily break out. A BBC team has been there, against a backdrop of continuing violence between Christian and Muslim militias, to assess the situation on the ground, and how effectively the peacekeeping forces deployed there are holding apart the two rival armed groups.
Outside the capital Bangui there’s mostly no infrastructure – no covered roads, no running water, no sanitation, no electricity. We recorded our progress along the way.

BBC team: Andrew Harding; Jonathan Twigg, Stuart Phillips

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PRISON ISOLATION UNITS: A FORM OF TORTURE? NEWSNIGHT – BBC NEWS



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BBC’s Alastair Leithead reports on the lives of those living in the “security housing units” in California’s prisons.

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Qasem Soleimani: Iran vows 'severe revenge' over general's killing – BBC News



General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, has been killed by US forces in Iraq
The general was seen as the mastermind behind Iran’s ambitions in the Middle East
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack
The Pentagon said President Trump ordered the killing because the general was developing plans to attack Americans

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Himalayas: a Trek to School in 360 video – BBC News



Radhika and Yashoda can travel for up to six hours a day to school and back.
They live high in the mountains, in a remote Himalayan village, but getting an education is really important to them.
Follow them on their daily journey in this video

360 video – use your mouse, trackpad or arrow buttons to look left, right, up and down.

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Men For Sale: Life as a male sex worker in Britain – BBC News



It is estimated there are as many as 100,000 sex workers across the UK, and about 20% of them are male. Some of these men see their work as a positive choice, but for the most vulnerable it can be little more than a means to survive.
Victoria Derbyshires’ Michael Cowan reports

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Bloodhound : Driving the world’s fastest car in 360 video – BBC News



The Bloodhound supersonic car is aiming to break the world land speed record – and be the first to reach 1,000mph.
In development since 2008, it is being tested at Newquay airport at speeds of up to 200mph.
Experience the car in 360, and take a seat where fighter pilot Andy Green sits.
The video is narrated by motoring journalist Chris Harris.

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World Cup 2018: A tour of Cities and Venues- BBC News



Russia is gearing up to host the 2018 World Cup in cities stretching from Ekaterinburg in the east to Kaliningrad in the west. As football fans begin to make plans, the BBC’s Moscow correspondents Sarah Rainsford and Steve Rosenberg take a tour of all 11 cities and 12 venues, to bring a flavour of what Russia has to offer – from Ladas and Cossacks, to novelty burgers and a fortune-telling meerkat

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