• All you need to know about the Zamzam well in Saudi Arabia

    Located around 20 meters away from the Kaaba, the Zamzam well is a famous destination for pilgrims who visit it to drink from the holy water. It is believed to be the oldest well on earth, as water has been flowing there for 5000 years. The holy well pumps up to 18.5 liters per second and is only 30 meters deep. 120 tons of Zamzam water is transported on a daily basis to the tanks at Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Madinah. (Supplied) Last Update: Saturday, 25 March 2017 KSA 12:46 - GMT 09:46

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  • Lebanese journalist sues Hezbollah’s Nasrallah on murder, rape allegations

    Lebanese journalist Maria Maalouf is suing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on allegations of kidnap, rape and murder charges. In supporting legal documents Maalouf also listed “any person who appears to be an active, interfering, partner or instigator” who helped Hezbollah in “incitement and participation of murder and committing acts of kidnapping, torture, rape, displacement, committing war crimes, crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq”.

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  • Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travelers

    DUBAI: Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports’ senior vice president for communications Anita Mehra said. An estimated 260,000 travelers were expected to pass through each day from Friday through Monday. Dubai International Airport expects 89 million passengers this year. The United States announced a ban on all electronics larger than a standard smartphone on board direct flights out of eight countries across

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  • British-Iranian aid worker acquitted of death of Indian boy

    A British-Iranian aid worker accused of causing the death of a young Indian boy has been acquitted on appeal. Narges Kalbasi Ashtari was convicted in 2014 and jailed for a year over the death of five-year-old Asim Jilakara, who disappeared from a picnic she had organised. It is thought Asim was swept away by a strong current. His body was lost. Ms Ashtari, 28, denied causing death by negligence and has been on bail pending the outcome of an appeal. She said she gave a statement about the death to the police on the day, but a month later officers filed a complaint against her, insisting that she had thrown the boy into the river. Jilakara's mother accused the aid worker of killing her son, but

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  • Mobile banking is saving us 'billions' in charges

    Mobile banking has changed the way we manage our money for good, and is saving us billions in bank charges, tech start-ups say. Charlie Kingston, a 22-year-old software engineer based in London, banks with mobile-only newcomer Starling Bank. "I joined a mobile bank to get more control over my money," he says. "The in-app 'pulse' gives me a quick and insightful overview about how I'm spending and the real-time alert really helps me to keep on top of things." International money transfer service Azimo says Europeans could be saving up to £7bn a year in financial fees because mobile banking apps are helping them switch money more quickly and avoid overdraft charges. Two-fifths of UK consumers say

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  • Leggings and yoga pants: When tight trousers get controversial

    A social media storm erupted on Sunday when two girls were stopped from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings. The girls were flying as guests of employees, and thus were subject to the company's dress code. But it is not the first time leggings or yoga pants have caused controversy in the United States. Both types of tight-fitting trousers, which have become increasingly popular leisure wear, have become the topic of hot debate in recent years. For many, they are simply a comfy alternative to jeans. For others, their form-hugging material makes them overly revealing or even obscene. Last October, a man in the US state of Rhode Island sent a letter to his local

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  • London attack: Khalid Masood mother 'shocked and saddened'

    The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is "shocked, saddened and numbed" by his actions. Janet Ajao said she had "shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident". Masood killed three people when he drove a car into pedestrians last Wednesday. He then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead. Meanwhile, police say no evidence has been found of links between Masood and so-called Islamic State or al-Qaeda. Mrs Ajao, from Trelech in Carmarthenshire, said: "I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity. "I wish to thank my

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  • Leader of India’s biggest state boosts Hindu right agenda

    BISHARA: When India’s prime minister named a hard-line Hindu known for his anti-Muslim speeches to head its largest state Uttar Pradesh this month, many saw it as a sign his party’s huge election win had emboldened him to pursue a more radical agenda. But in the village of Bishara in Uttar Pradesh, where a Muslim man was lynched by his Hindu neighbors in 2015 triggering a national outcry, residents celebrated into the night by letting off fireworks and dousing each other with festive colored powder. It was a sign of the popularity of Yogi Adityanath, a 44-year-old firebrand Hindu priest known for his inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims, who make up nearly 20 percent of the northern state’s population.

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  • Israeli soldiers seize boy, shoot dead teen

    JERUSALEM: An Israeli rights group has released an amateur video that shows soldiers seizing a terrified 8-year-old Palestinian boy. The soldiers in the video are trying to get him to identify people who had thrown a firebomb in the occupied West Bank. B’Tselem said he “was wandering barefoot outside his house in Hebron looking for a toy he had lost” on Sunday when soldiers “dragged” him around a neighborhood to show them Palestinians they said had earlier thrown a firebomb at a nearby settlement. The military said Friday forces caught a suspect in the firebomb attack and “due to the fact the suspect was a minor, he was taken to his parent’s home.” It denied he was asked to identify other suspects.

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  • The man who quit heroin and became a fruit juice millionaire

    As Khalil Rafati overdosed on heroin for the ninth time the paramedics frantically tried to save his life. A drug addict who slept rough on the streets of Los Angeles, he eventually regained consciousness after the medical team used a defibrillator to give him an electric shock. This was back in 2003, when Khalil was 33 years old. Also addicted to crack cocaine, he weighed just 109lb (49kg), and his skin was covered in ulcers. "I was arrested more times than I can remember [for drug offences]," says Khalil. "I was completely messed up... I was always in so much pain that I couldn't sleep." While Khalil had tried and failed to get clean before, he says that after his ninth overdose he finally

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  • China versus the US: Australia's increasingly hard choice

    It isn't unusual for a global heavyweight to want to push a rival out of its own region. In fact, it would be strange for a country as powerful as China to demand anything less. But amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, this puts Australia in a difficult situation. "We don't want to see taking sides, as happened during the Cold War," Li told his audience at a lunch hosted by Australian Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull. Lucky country Australia has always been in the lucky position where its major economic partners -- first the UK, then the US, and since the 1970s, Japan -- have also been major strategic partners. Now, China is its major trading partner, and it has strategic objectives that

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  • Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing

    Crawling through tight muddy tunnels, wading across icy water, dodging electric wires and jumping over fire. This is not everyone's idea of fun - but a multimillion-pound industry has grown on the back of increasing numbers of women and men doing just that. Doing a "mud run" might sound like an unpleasant and painful way to spend a weekend, but it is actually the fastest growing mass participation sport in the UK. As many as 250,000 people take part in more than 150 events each year, according to the Obstacle Course Racing Association (Ocra). It is not a cheap sport. Between £50 and £80 is spent on entering most events, but in some cases people fork out more than £100 to hurl their exhausted,

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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  • How a jacket and a briefcase shaped a partition love story

    These are two unremarkable items with a remarkable story: a traditional embroidered jacket and drab, brown leather briefcase. They belonged to a man and a woman who lived in Punjab in undivided colonial India, had been introduced to each other by their parents and were to be engaged when violence broke out in 1947. The troubled subcontinent was lurching towards a bloody partition as it split into the new independent nations of India and Pakistan. Communal violence erupted, leaving more than a million people dead and displacing tens of millions. Punjab was divided - western, mostly Muslim parts went to Pakistan and eastern, mainly Hindu and Sikh parts, went to India. The newly-engaged man and

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  • The Engagement of 2 Children Aged 7 and 4 in Qaliubiyya Prompts Anger on Social Media

    Photos of an engagement ceremony held in Qaliubiya for a 7-year-old boy named Ziad and his 4-year-old cousin, Farida, went viral, sparking outrage on social media. Talking to Youm 7, Farida's father said that "everyone in the family was completely happy with the engagement." The father was also reported to have said that he had promised Ziad, who happens to be his nephew, that upon passing his second year of primary education, he can get engaged to Farida. EGP 18,000 worth of jewellery (shabka) was reportedly bought to Farida. According to a UNICEF 2016 report, 17% of Egyptians are already married before they turn 18.  Here's a sample of people's comments on the story: "I really can't understand

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  • New Biopic About Egyptian-Born Superstar Dalida Set to Premiere This Month

    The French production was released in France today, opening to critical acclaim.Dalida rose to fame after she won the Miss Egypt pageant in 1954 when she was spotted by the French director Marc de Gastyne, who persuaded her to move to Paris to pursue a career in motion pictures. The move was a kick-start to Dalida's three decade long career, in which she performed and recorded countless international hits in more than 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, and Italian, selling more than 130 million copies worldwide, before her tragic death in 1987. In a press statement by Bernard Regnauld-Fabre, the French Ambassador to Bahrain, he said, “We welcome the news that the world premiere of Dalida will take place here in Bahrain during So French Week.” So French Week is an annual week-long celebration of French culture, held by the French Embassy in Bahrain, a tradition which started in 2013.

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  • 'Condemned' South Korean dogs find sanctuary in the US

    Dozens of dogs that were due to be slaughtered for human consumption have been rescued from South Korea and taken to New York where they will be adopted as pets, animal rights activists say. The 46 underfed dogs were found in a farm north of Seoul where they awaited death in dirty and dark cages, the Humane Society International said. The dogs will be placed in emergency shelters before being adopted. Eating dog meat is commonplace in parts of east Asia. In South Korea it is a culinary tradition, particularly at the height of summer when three days are designated as special festivals and dishes of dog are served, usually in a highly spiced stew. Western campaigners who consider the animals to

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  • Freerunning community left 'scarred' after Nye Newman's death in Paris

    The UK's freerunning community has been left "scarred" after the death of Nye Newman. The 17-year-old's parkour group, Brewman, says he died on New Year's Day in an accident on the Paris Metro. The group has denied he was train surfing at the time. Speaking to Newsbeat, his friend Jacob Kohn described Nye Newman as "such a great person, an independent person - he was always doing stuff for everyone else". "It's going to leave a big scar on the freerunning community. "I don't think anyone's going to get over it anytime soon. It's going to be tough." Brewman posted a video of Nye freerunning in Paris days before he died. Jacob says he knew Nye when they first started freerunning together, but says

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  • Trump tracker: How much has the president achieved so far?

    Donald Trump came into office promising to change the face of American politics and transfer power "back to the people". After four weeks in the White House, he said "incredible progress" had been made, having signed some two dozen executive actions and put his signature to several bills. But he has also been forced to fire his scandal-hit national security adviser and an acting attorney general, who defied his seven-nation travel ban, which later suffered an appeals court defeat. So what has President Trump achieved so far? In the weeks and months to come, we'll be tracking the progress he makes on his agenda and how it is received by the American public. What executive actions has Trump taken?

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  • Mike Tyson will train Chris Brown in his fight against rapper Soulja Boy

    Mike Tyson has confirmed that he'll be training Chris Brown in his grudge fight against rapper Soulja Boy. The former heavyweight champion was asked to help out by 50 Cent after some major beef between the pair over the last few weeks. "I'm gonna teach him how to bite somebody's ear. Yeah, that's right," he said in a video on Instagram. "I'm gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knock you out. Because I'm not going to teach him how to run." Soulja Boy is going to be trained by another former boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, who announced the bout on Instagram. The three-round fight will take place in Las Vegas but a date hasn't been announced. The grudge started after Soulja Boy liked

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