• '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 23 Absurdly Fab Photos from Karim El Chiaty & Victoria's Secret Model Ana Beatriz Barros' Wedding

    You might have noticed people making the move to Sahel, Gouna, and other such dreamy beachy lands during the Eid weekend, but what about the mysterious case of Mykonos? Why were our social media feeds suddenly flooded with images of the Greek tropical island? A coincidence? We think not. Everyone in the country (or world) has been buzzing – about what can only be described as the biggest, most glam wedding of the year where Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel Ana Beatriz Barros tied the knot with Egyptian-Greek billionaire Karim El Chiati. You could say a few celebrities made an appearance. Nothing special. A slew of luxurious villas held over 400 guests who flew from all over the world for

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Russia done using Iranian base to bomb Syria

    The arrangement had raised eyebrows in Washington, triggering a spat with Moscow over a UN resolution, because it was the first such operation by a major power since Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979. Though Russia insists its pilots have been targeting ISIS forces, Washington says the majority of its airstrikes have been against US-backed rebels battling forces loyal to Syrian President Bashir Assad. The airstrikes have helped Assad retake territory lost to ISIS and other rebel groups. Iran allowing Russia to house its bombers represents "a major strategic shift in the Middle East" that's likely to frustrate US efforts to contain Iran's influence in the region, said analyst Anthony Cordesman

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  • Turkey transgender murder prompts Istanbul protest

    Scores of Turks have taken part in a peaceful protest in central Istanbul calling for justice over the murder of a transgender woman, Hande Kader. They held signs and chanted slogans for Kader, 23, an LGBT activist, whose burned body was discovered in a forest after she went missing. According to one report, opposition MPs were among those who attended the rare protest by LGBT activists. Police with water cannon were on duty nearby, AFP news agency said. Ms Kader, a sex worker, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Her flatmate found her body in a city mortuary earlier in August. No arrests have been made so far in the case. "We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande

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  • LuLu Group to invest $300m in new mall in Kerala capital

    RIYADH — LuLu Group, the Abu Dhabi-based international retailer is developing its second LuLu Shopping Mall, hotel and international convention in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram. Spread over 19 acres of land located at the national highway in Akkulam, this will be the second biggest shopping mall in the country after the LuLu Mall in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation stone for the mixed use project in a glittering function presided over by the leader of opposition, Ramesh Chennithala and other prominent personalities including ministers, MPs, MLAs, said Yusuff Ali MA, managing director of LuLu Group. Slated to open by early 2019, it will house LuLu Hypermarket

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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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  • 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 Arabia vs Dubai: The 2020 Race For The World’s Tallest Tower

    It seems like Dubai is bored of smashing Guinness World Records, as flagship developer Emaar Properties announces plans to construct the world’s tallest tower, surpassing the Burj Khalifa that currently holds the current world record, but will Saudi Arabia steal the title? The race is on as property developer Emaar has announced plans to build a new tower, with an estimated cost of $1 billion, that will stand a ‘notch’ taller than 830-metre Burj Khalifa. The proposed project expects completion by 2020, which coincidentally will be the same year that Dubai will host the World Expo Trading Fair. The announcement explained that Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls is expected to devote

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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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  • Egyptian Restaurant Owner in New Zealand Prevents Robbery by Ignoring Gunman

    Said Ahmed is starting this week as a winner. Most of us would freak out if a masked man with a gun approached us, but this Alexandrian-born restaurant owner living in New Zealand is apparently far more collected than the rest of us. According to Al-Arabiya, Said Ahmed was working the front counter at his Egyptian Kebab House restaurant in Christchurch when a masked man with a gun in hand approached. In the video you can see the masked man demanding money. What does Ahmed does? He simply walks away from the counter and continues to serve customers.  The local Canterbury Police force were so impressed by his complete and total disregard for this 'customer' or would-be robber, that they have since

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  • Archaeologist Discovers Elaborate Tattoos On Ancient Egyptian Mummy

    Thanks to the tremendous advancement of science in the field of imaging techniques, an ancient Egyptian mummy has been discovered with marks of heavy tattoos on her body, according to the NewHistorian. The mummy, believed to have died sometime between 1300 - 1070 BCE, was found heavily tattooed in a village in Deir El-Medina located nearby the Valley of the Kings. As per NewHistorian, it’s common for mummies to be found with primitive tattoos, usually in the form of simple patterns made up of dashes or dots. However, this mummy was markedly different in that her tattoos resembled sacred symbols, perhaps indicative of the woman’s high station in life as a noted religious figure of some sort. In

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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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