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NEWS OF ICELAND(Iceland)

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REYKJAVIK – Iceland is an island in the far north of Europe, just south of the Arctic Circle, known for musical talents Bjork and Sigur Ros and popular crime writer Arnaldur Indridason. Not much else. Aside maybe for the fact that everyone in Iceland is related.

Yes, everyone in Iceland is related to Bjork! That’s how cool Icelanders are.

So every Icelander that is in a relationship is actually dating a relative, writes the News of Iceland. But how do you know if it is a close (too close) relative that you are dating?

But now there is a solution. Three engineers from the Sad Engineer Studios have created an app for quickly identifying the familial connection of someone else. Using “bump technology,” Icelanders can just bump their phones together to access the “Islendingabok” (Book of of Icelanders) database that lists genealogy information about every single Icelander and find out how closely related they are.

“Bump the app before you bump in bed,” is their slogan.

The app, which is only available on Android phones, is already a success – and rightly so if you believe this reviewer on Google’s app store: “If I would have had this app last year I probably wouldn’t have gone home with my cousin."

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For Cairo, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil,” with anger directed at Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, and others critical of Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood ouster. But the vitriol is now gone, with the first ever visit by Egyptian President al-Sisi to Doha.

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