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Will Smith’s World Cup song Live It Up released for Russia 2018

The official World Cup song has been released ahead of the tournament kicking off in Russia next month. Live It Up has been produced by Diplo and features Nicky Jam, Will Smith, and Kosovar Albanian singer Era Istrefi. The Fresh Prince alluded to the track earlier in the week with a post on Instagram. He follows in the footsteps of Pitbull, Jennifer ...

DRC crisis: aide says Kabila not standing in elections

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whose refusal to step down at the end of his mandate in 2016 resulted in ongoing, bloody street protests, will not stand in elections due to be held this year, a key aide has said. Lambert Mende, the minister of communications, said Kabila, who has been in office since 2001, had ...

Merkel’s party loses key ministries in coalition deal

Angela Merkel has exposed herself to criticism from her own party after she took a crucial step towards ending a four-month period of political uncertainty by reaching a coalition agreement at the cost of giving the centre-left Social Democrats a greater role in government. Following a marathon of all-night dealmaking sessions and several missed deadlines, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union on Wednesday ...

Pope Francis warns the world is at the brink of nuclear war

Getty Images Pope Francis attends Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit.” His comment, made as he ...

Men of the world: You are not the weather

I am sick of being warned, or not warned, about interacting with certain people, as casually (Molly Ringwald’s words, not mine) as talking about the weather. “Bring an umbrella. There is a man spitting on you from a great height and it is easier to treat it as though it is raining.” “If you have lunch with him, know that he ...

Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri ...

Crisis in the Gulf: Qatar faces a stress test

Three decades ago, the modern brutalism of the Sheraton hotel defined the vista of Doha’s West Bay. Now the angular concrete structure nestles in the shadows of dozens of skyscrapers — a testament to the tiny peninsula’s rapid growth since the current emir’s father, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, modernised Qatar’s economy by borrowing big to become the world’s largest natural ...

Sailors rescued from ‘enormous seas’ off Australia

A couple has told of facing “waves the size of buildings” when their yacht broke in remote seas off Australia. Irishman Nick Dwyer, 55, and Frenchwoman Barbara Heftman, 44, were sailing from New Zealand to Australia. Australian police rescued the pair 210 nautical miles (390km) off Sydney amid 6m swells and gale-force winds. The sailors, on a circumnavigation of the ...

Malcolm Turnbull warns Australia is in an ‘energy crisis’

Declaring that Australia is in the midst of an energy crisis, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will call together the chief executives of east coast gas companies to address the threat to their customers. Mr Turnbull told delegates to a conference hosted by The Australian Financial Review that he was concerned by Wednesday’s report by the Australian Energy ...

New war memorial to troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be unveiled by the Queen

The Queen will tomorrow unveil a memorial to the 682 Fallen heroes killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her Majesty will lead tributes to the war dead at the official opening at Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster. It comes as a Labour MP who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan calls on the UK to learn the lessons of the wars ...