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US holds back $65m aid to Palestinians

The US is withholding more than half of a $ 125m (£90m) instalment destined for the UN relief agency for the Palestinians, American officials say. It will provide $ 60 million in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) but will hold back a further $ 65 million “for future consideration”. President Donald Trump said earlier the US could cut aid if Palestinians rejected peace efforts with Israel. The US funds almost 30% of the UN agency’s work overall. The US gave $ 370m to UNRWA last year….

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News: Star Princess back at sea following comprehensive renovations

Princess Cruises’ 2,600-guest vessel, Star Princess, has received a multi-million-pound renovation. After a two-week dry dock, the refurbished ship now boasts improvements including redesigned youth centres, a wider choice of shopping, an enhanced spa and an updated fitness centre. The ship is currently sailing the Hawaiian Islands on 15-night round trip itineraries from Los Angeles and Vancouver, before she moves to Alaska in May 2018. The onboard kids’ club has been redesigned in partnership with the Discovery Channel and renamed Camp Discovery. As with a wider roll-out taking place across…

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Technology 

CES 2018: Zano the zombie drone whirs back to life

A group of developers are attempting to revive the Zano drone – one of Kickstarter’s most notorious failures. The handheld quadcopter raised £2.3m from more than 12,000 backers on the crowdfunding platform before the project imploded in 2015. The resulting scandal prompted a probe that found fault with all involved. The Zano Camera project is one of several initiatives on show at the CES expo that make use of seized assets from failed crowdfunding campaigns. The person leading the effort is Vernon Kerswell, chief executive of Extreme Fliers, a London-based…

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Throw out your razors: Armpit hair is back

Trending for 2018 is armpit hair. Yes you heard right. Celebrity adopters include Lourdes Leon who is following in her mother Madonna’s footsteps and Kiersey Clemons. And they are not the only ones. Twenty-five per cent of millennial women in the US have given their razors the boot when it comes to their armpits. And the trend doesn’t stop there: some even dye their pit hair zany colours or sprinkle them with glitter. Paris Jackson has commented on this trend saying, “I love hair, and sweat, and BO. I f******…

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Music & Arts 

Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back

Ray BLK never expected to win the BBC’s Sound of 2017. “I just remember thinking it was a prank,” she laughs. “I wasn’t prepared for it at all.” The soul singer was the first unsigned artist to top the annual list, which predicts the biggest new stars in music – but she resisted the temptation to rush out an album. “It would have been too soon,” she says. “People were only just getting to know me at that point.” On her first single of 2017, Patience (Freestyle), the 24-year-old explained…

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hits back at 'little man' Jose Mourinho

Antonio Conte’s feud with Jose Mourinho intensified further on Saturday as the Chelsea head coach called the Manchester United boss a “little man” and “fake” before issuing an apparent challenge. Simmering tensions between Conte and his predecessor as Chelsea boss ignited on Friday, when Mourinho made reference to match-fixing allegations. And, following Chelsea’s goalless draw in the FA Cup third round at Norwich, Conte took the opportunity to respond in measured fashion – appearing to relish the forthcoming Premier League clash scheduled for February 25. Conte said: “The situation is…

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