• 'It's about freedom': Ban boosts burkini sales 'by 200%'

    The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing - which combines "burqa" with "bikini" - leaves only the face, hands and feet on show. Aheda Zanetti, who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini, said online sales were up by 200% The 48-year-old Sydney woman said the swimsuits represented freedom and healthy living - not oppression. "I'm an Aussie chick, I've been here all my life," she said. "I know what hijab means. I know what veil means. I know what Islam means. And I know who I am." The mayor of Cannes' ruling "Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper

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  • Blake Lively doesn't want you praising her post-baby body

    Blake Lively says new mums shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight straight after having a baby. She's been on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, where she was complimented on how great she looked in a bikini in her new film The Shallows. The presenter commented on how the film was shot just months after Blake had her first baby. But the 28-year-old called it unfair that slimming down after birth is "so celebrated". "It's like, this is what someone looks like after having a baby," she said. "I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated." The ex-Gossip Girl star's now expecting her second child with husband

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  • Iran releases images of new missile defence system - Region - World

    Iran released images of its first domestically built long-range missile defence system on Sunday, a project started when the country was under international sanctions. Images on multiple state news agencies showed President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Defence Hossein Dehghan standing in front of the new Bavar 373 missile defence system. The system was designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, combat aircraft and ballistic missiles, according to earlier statements by Dehghan. The project was launched as an alternative to the Russian S-300 system, the delivery of which was suspended in 2010 due to sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear programme. "We did not intend to make an Iranian version

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  • Philippines Foreign Secretary: We're not leaving the U.N.

    "If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave," he said then in Tagalog, according to a translation by CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. "Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway." He accused the U.N. of ignoring the plight of the country. "When were you here last time? Nothing. Never. Except to criticize." The comments come days after the U.N. urged Duterte's administration to step back from its violent approach to drug crime. The crackdown since Duterte took office in late June has seen over 650 police killings -- deaths Duterte and his top police officer, Roland Dela Rosa, say are justified self-defense killings -- alongside as many as 900 unexplained

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  • The American who turned Saudi lives upside down

    An American turned Saudi lives upside down. Perhaps many Saudis know that the first field in which oil was discovered was Dammam oil well number 7. A diligent American geologist was behind convincing the company where he worked to drill once again, after it was about to give up on the possibility of discovering oil in Saudi Arabia Turki Aldakhil Steineke’s passion Last Update: Monday, 22 August 2016 KSA 12:28 - GMT 09:28 Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.

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  • US military pulls away from Saudi-led war in Yemen

    The US military is distancing itself from the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen following airstrikes against civilian targets, including hospitals. The United States has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia a planning team that was coordinating with the coalition air campaign and moved it to Bahrain. The move is intended to better coordinate with naval commandes in Bahrain, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said. The United States stepped up military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in April, using tankers to refuel coalition jets bombing targets in Houthi rebels' territory to allow them to complete more missions, sharing intelligence, expediting deliveries of munitions, and establishing the planning cell that is now withdrawn.

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  • Love Island will return for a third series

    Good news for fans of Love Island - ITV has announced it will be back next year. Bosses have ordered a third season of one of the summer's most talked about shows. Its second run is thought to have doubled last year's viewing figures, with an average of 1.3 million people watching each episode. "We can't wait to do it all again next year," said ITV Studios creative director Richard Cowles. Although the series officially finished last night with Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde crowned champions, it will return for a special episode on Sunday 17 July. Love Island: Heading Home will follow the islanders as they're reunited at the wrap party. Which will no doubt mean clashes as exes come face-to-face

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  • Why ice cream won't help your sunburn but oatmeal will

    After catching some rays on the hottest day of the year, some of us may be feeling a bit pink today. Obviously the best way to avoid sunburn is to wear sunscreen but what if you forgot and got burnt? There's lots of advice on what to do and some of it can be a bit misleading. Newsbeat's been speaking to Dr Nisith Sheth from the British Skin Foundation who tells us what is good - and what isn't - for burnt skin. Ice cream When your skin is burning up, it may be tempting to cool off with the coldest thing you can find on the beach. But Dr Nisith Sheth says putting ice cream on your skin is not a good idea. "Whilst the cooling affect of the ice cream may reduce the inflammation, the contents of

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  • World’s longest glass bottom bridge opens in China

    BEIJING: Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar. Some 430 meters long and suspended 300 meters above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province. Six meters wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass, the bridge can carry up to 800 people at the same time, an official in Zhangjiajie — a popular tourist destination — told the Xinhua news agency. Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump

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  • 9 Of The Hottest Spots To Karaoke Around Town

    Karaoke is either the time to share your talents with the world or pierce a hole through your friend’s ears - either way, both are fun. Most of us think we can actually sing, but the sad truth is that, well, we can’t. It’s usually just annoying shrieking like that golden egg in Harry Potter. Maybe we should be put underwater to sound like beautiful mermaids, too… Whether you want to belt out your favourite Shakira song or sing a little 60s tune, the stage is your oyster! We've gathered a list of the nine best spots to hit for karaoke. Shriek away! *buys earplugs*Johnny's In Zamalek Located on the fancy Le Pacha 1901 boat, Johnny's has a karaoke night every Sunday accompanied with live DJs. The

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  • Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

    Attacks by Islamist militants as well as strikes and floods have led to a big fall in tourism in Paris. There were a million fewer visitors between January and June compared with the same period in 2015. Paris welcomes 16 million visitors a year and is one of the world's top tourist destinations. The drop is estimated to have cost about €750m (£644m) in lost revenue. One senior official described it as "an industrial disaster". France relies heavily on tourism, which generates more than 7% of its annual GDP. About half-a-million people in the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, have jobs linked to tourism, making it the biggest employer in the area. But tourism has dipped sharply since

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  • Kingdom among top innovative countries

    RIYADH: The Kingdom, which has launched the ambitious Vision 2030 plan to reduce its dependence on oil, has scored high among the most innovative countries of the world. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are among the top five performers in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region, according to the latest report compiled jointly by Cornell University, INSEAD and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), for the first time. “Switzerland leads the 2016 rankings, the same position it had in 2015, while China joins the ranks of the world’s 25 most innovative economies,” said the report. The UAE is at 41st position overall and Saudi Arabia at 49th. The report explains that many of the GCC countries

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  • In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

    ISTANBUL: The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame. That was last Sunday. Less than a day earlier, Turkey was less fortunate: a teenage bomber detonated his suicide vest among dancing guests at a Turkish wedding party, officials say, killing 51 people, nearly half of them children themselves. Saturday’s attack at the wedding in Gaziantep marked not only Turkey’s deadliest this year, but also the first time in Turkey that militants may have deployed a child bomber in a way already used to deadly effect in wars from Africa to Syria. In Afghanistan,

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  • FDA tests confirm hepatitis A in scallops from Philippines

    HONOLULU: US Food and Drug Administration tests found hepatitis A in scallops from the Philippines, which have been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of the virus in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health announced Thursday the FDA laboratory test results of frozen Sea Port Bay Scallops. They’re produced by De Oro Resources Inc. Messages left with the company’s main office in the Philippines weren’t immediately returned. The scallops are imported by Sea Port Products Corp. in Washington state. “I am deeply troubled at the thought that anyone may have become ill from eating product that we shipped,” Sea Port owner Bill Dresser said in a statement. “I am also fully committed to trying

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  • Saudi Police Arrests Two People for Organising a Dog Pageant

    Two men have been arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for attempting to organise a beauty contest for dogs during the city’s Eid Al Fitr celebrations, reports Sabq. Sources told the newspaper the police acted upon an order from municipal authorities after the accused announced the event on social media, adding that the investigators were able to identify and detain the suspects a few hours after the authorities’ directive. The two are currently being interrogated.     According to a statement released by Jeddah’s municipal authorities, it denied any connection with the dog beauty pageant saying it wasn’t among its planned Eid celebrations and that it strictly prohibits such events.       (Photo

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  • Rita Ora confirms she's leaving The X Factor

    Rita Ora has confirmed that she's leaving The X Factor. The singer, who joined the show last year, tweeted: "I had a ball on The X Factor last year and will miss the team. "@simoncowell can't wait to work with you again... I'll be round for dinner soon. Thank you for the experience & love X" Rita took on the role after moving from The Voice UK, which is moving from the BBC to ITV. The singer mentored the girls category and went on to win the show with her act, Louisa Johnson. In a statement ITV told Newsbeat: "Rita brought a great energy to the show last year and did a brilliant job mentoring the girls' category, leading Louisa to victory. "We wish her all the best with her music and film plans

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  • Meet the world's richest young billionaires as Hugh Grosvenor inherits £9bn

    He had three daughters but only one son, 25-year-old Hugh Grosvenor, who is heir to the dukedom. Hugh has now inherited "half of London" after his father's estate covers most of Belgravia and Mayfair - the most expensive area on the Monopoly board. He hasn't had to work for his father's money. But he does have a job as an account manager for Bio-bean - a green technology company. According to the 2016 Forbes Rich List there are nine other under-30s worth more than $1bn - so we thought we'd find out who some of them are. At 20 and 21, Alexandra and Katharina Andresen are the youngest Johan, a Norwegian industrialist and investor, transferred his fortune to his two daughters in 2007. Norway is

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  • Pakistan named number one Test team for first time after India draw with West Indies

    Pakistan have become the number one Test team for the first time since the International Cricket Council rankings were introduced in 2003. The team - who have replaced India at the top - have not played a Test at home in six years for security reasons. Pakistan, who drew their recent Test series against England, are the fifth team to top the rankings. "For us, the number one ranking is not a destination but part of a journey," captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. Pakistan were named the number one side after the Test between India and the West Indies at the Port of Spain was abandoned. India are second in the rankings with 110 points, while England and Australia are in joint third place on 108 points.

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  • Baloch card will not help India

    SANGH PARIVAR of which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the political arm was dead against the partition of the Indian subcontinent to create the new nation of Pakistan. So the Congress party which was in power most of the time after India won independence in 1947 had to tread cautiously while dealing with Pakistan lest it should be accused of being too soft on national security by the opposition BJP. So everybody expected Indo-Pak relations to take a turn for the worse under Narendra Modi, the most hard-line leader of a hard-line party. But this did not happen. On the contrary, there were signs of a thaw in relations immediately after Modi took over. In December last year he made an

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  • Paul Walker's daughter gets $10m settlement over crash death

    Paul Walker's daughter has reached a $10.1m (£7.2m) settlement with the estate of the man driving the car in which he and the actor died in 2013. Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was being driven by Roger Rodas when it crashed. Travelling at speeds between 80 and 93 mph, the car crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, north west of Los Angeles. The money will be held in trust for Meadow Walker, 17. Rodas was only partly responsible for the crash, a statement from Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam, says. The settlement represents a "fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short". The

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