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    Al Arabiya English

    Omani cavers find snakes but no genies in Yemen's 'Well of Hell'

    Inside, the Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) found snakes, dead animals and cave pearls -- but no signs of the supernatural. There were snakes, but they won’t bother you unless you bother them,” Mohammed al-Kindi, a geology professor at the German University of Technology in Oman, told AFP. Kindi was among eight experienced cavers who rappelled down last week, while two colleagues remained at the surface.

  • Health
    Al Arabiya English

    COVID-19 will just end up causing a 'common cold': Oxford vaccine creator

    COVID-19 is unlikely to turn into a more lethal form that can evade vaccines because there “aren’t very many places for the virus to go” and will eventually cause the common cold, a leading scientist behind the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has said. Dame Sarah Gilbert, speaking on a Royal Society of Medicine webinar on Wednesday, dismissed fears of a more deadly new variant.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Afghanistan girls football team given asylum in Portugal

    The girls on Afghanistan’s national football team were anxious. For weeks, they had been moving around the country, waiting for word that they could leave. One wants to be a doctor, another a movie producer, others engineers.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Philippines' Duterte renews call to abolish kafala system

    MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed his call for the abolition of the kafala or sponsorship system in Gulf countries, saying it was “unjust” and permits the “exploitation” of millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In his speech at the 76th UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Duterte, who has advocated against the kafala system at the UN for much of his career, maintained that “nothing can justify its continued existence.

  • Lifestyle
    Al Arabiya English

    Singing and dancing by staff as South Africa's national airline returns to the skies

    Jubilant South African Airways (SAA) staff at the country’s biggest airport broke into song and dance on Thursday as the airline took to the skies for the first time in around a year. State-owned SAA’s longstanding financial woes were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and it halted all operations last September when it ran out of funds. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

  • Science
    Kuwait Times

    Cavers find snakes but no genies in Yemen's 'Well of Hell'

    Inside, the Oman Cave Exploration Team (OCET) found snakes, dead animals and cave pearls-but no signs of the supernatural. There were snakes, but they won’t bother you unless you bother them,” Mohammed Al-Kindi, a geology professor at the German University of Technology in Oman, told AFP. Kindi was among eight experienced cavers who rappelled down last week, while two colleagues remained at the surface.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    Pakistan's message to world on Taliban: 'Be realistic … engage'

    Pakistan’s government is proposing that the international community develop a road map that leads to diplomatic recognition of the Taliban – with incentives if they fulfil its requirements – and then sit down face to face and talk it out with the group’s leaders. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi outlined the idea on Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s meeting of world leaders.