Rihanna tweets world leaders and Justin Trudeau is the latest to respond

  • 27 June 2017
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She's a global pop icon, they are G20 leaders. So what happened when Rihanna tweeted some of the world's most powerful men to talk about their commitment to education in the developing world?

Well, some of them responded and their exchanges are there for us all to see on social media.

It started earlier this week when the singer and fashion icon, who has 74 million followers on Twitter, publicly messaged the leaders of France, Argentina and Canada, plus the spokesperson for Germany's Angela Merkel.

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Image copyright @rihanna/Twitter

In January, Rihanna travelled to Malawi meeting children at under resourced schools in an initiative with Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education, for whom she is an ambassador. The two organisations aim to help fund the teaching of millions of children and young people in developing countries.

Given her superstar status and her previous work with her own charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna urged G20 leaders to discuss the subject when they meet in Hamburg in July.

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Fans on social media mark 20 years of Harry Potter

  • 26 June 2017
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It's 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - the first Harry Potter novel by JK Rowling that began one of the most successful book and film franchises of the past two decades.

To mark the occasion fans have taken to social media to share their tributes.

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Transgender train workers: 'Don't pity us'

  • 25 June 2017
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Image caption A still from the video featuring the Indian transgender train workers

A video featuring transgender employees recently hired by a train company has been watched more than a million times.

"Are you surprised to see me?" one of the workers asks. "Dressed like this? In this uniform?"

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The online groups of men who avoid masturbation

  • 24 June 2017
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Image caption Alexander Rhodes has turned the NoFap idea into a brand and an organisation

Their motivations vary, but a growing number of men are gathering online in communities devoted to abstinence not only from sex, but also masturbation.

It has more than 230,000 members, or about as many as forums devoted to Bitcoin and Bernie Sanders. But r/NoFap - one of the boards or "subreddits" on community-based site Reddit - is filled with men trying to avoid masturbating. And while some users claim "superpowers" and warn of the dangers of porn and sex addiction, there is little advice in the forum being offered from qualified medical professionals.

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Hijab-wearing model appears on front page of major US magazine

  • 23 June 2017
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A 19-year-old Somali-American has become the first ever hijab-wearing model to appear on the front page of a major US magazine.

Halima Aden is featured on the July cover of American women's publication Allure. In a feature for the magazine, the model explained that it was always her choice to wear the hijab.

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#DabkeChallenge: It's all over the wall

  • 22 June 2017
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A traditional Arab folk dance - with a twist - has taken social media by storm.

Video journalist: Alex Dackevych

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Why men who can't wear shorts are wearing skirts instead

  • 22 June 2017
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Overheated men and boys in the UK and Europe are defying dress codes by wearing skirts.

Bus drivers in France are among those who have been coping with soaring temperatures by ditching their trousers.

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Queen's Speech: Is the Queen wearing an EU hat?

  • 21 June 2017
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The Queen has opened parliament to lay out the government's plans for the next two years.

At the top of the agenda was Brexit, and as the monarch proposed new laws to prepare the UK for its departure from the European Union (EU), some social users couldn't help noticing the Queen's choice of headwear.

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Queen's Speech: Who's really behind the #DayOfRage hashtag?

  • 21 June 2017

A hashtag which seemingly promoted a protest outside Parliament was actually boosted by people sharply opposed to the demonstration.

It prompted dozens of headlines and was the top Twitter trend in the UK on Wednesday morning.

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Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump respond to failed hug gags

  • 21 June 2017
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Ever had that awkward moment when you go in for a hug but the receiver doesn't really seem into it?

Republican Senator Marco Rubio knows the feeling. He was attending a business meeting on Tuesday with President Trump's daughter Ivanka when he was snapped in this failed interaction.

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