• 34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'

    Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone). The pearl was found 10 years ago by a fisherman who was unaware of its value and kept it as a good luck charm, Palawan official Aileen Amurao said. "We were amazed when he brought it to us," she told local media. Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world's largest pearl. The pearl is 1ft (30.5cm) wide and 2.2ft long and, if confirmed, will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg. Things that weigh about as much as the newly discovered pearl 1. An Afghan hound 2. An Olympic

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  • '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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  • Duterte warns China over South China Sea dispute

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of a "bloody" confrontation should China try to invade the country's territories in the disputed South China Sea. While insisting that he would first seek a peaceful resolution, Duterte told soldiers on Wednesday that they should be prepared to defend the country over the territorial dispute. Duterte also said he would "not raise hell now" about an international court ruling that China had no legal right to claim a large swath of the South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines. China, which did not participate in the arbitration case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, has rejected the court's ruling as "null and void".

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  • Rags to riches Saudi rues fraudulent past

    Saudi Gazette report DAMMAM — The story may sound far-fetched, but it all began about 10 years ago when a Saudi man in his 30s could not find a job though he had completed training at a vocational training institute. For a year and a half after graduation, the job remained elusive. Then an idea of making easy money occurred to him by accident when he saw a beggar sitting outside a supermarket. On the spot, he decided to join the trade and make begging his profession. He noticed that within few minutes the beggar made good money and said to himself that this was a job worth considering. He did not lose any time. The next day, he printed out an electricity bill for a high amount and a medical report

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  • Iran releases new missile defense system images

    Iran released images of its first domestically built long-range missile defense system on Sunday, a project started when the country was under international sanctions. Images released on multiple state news agencies showed President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Defence Hossein Dehghan standing in front of the new Bavar 373 missile defense system. The system was designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, combat aircraft and ballistic missiles, according to earlier statements by Dehghan. It was intended to match the Russian S-300 system, the delivery of which was suspended in 2010 due to sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.

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  • In pictures: Africans living in India

    In January, a Tanzanian student was assaulted and partially stripped by a mob in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after a Sudanese student's car ran over and killed a local woman. Shocked by the incident and other similar attacks on Africans in India, independent photographer Mahesh Shantaram began documenting the lives of Africans living in India. Beginning with Bangalore, Shantaram travelled to the cities of Jaipur, Delhi and Manipal, choosing to focus on students, as they are a small and vulnerable group. Shantaram's series of intimate portraits is part of an upcoming exhibition organised by Tasveer. "Each portrait plays a part in unravelling the complex web of experiences of Africans

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  • Has China joined Russia & Iran in Syria to neutralize US influence in the Middle East?

    China has last week announced that it is stepping up its involvement with the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, providing the government forces with more training and humanitarian aid. This move, once again, seems designed to step on American toes. So far, the Chinese have been the only member the UN Permanent Security Council to stay out of the Syrian conflict, mostly out of a desire not to alienate any of their all-important oil suppliers Dr. Azeem Ibrahim Global security Last Update: Thursday, 25 August 2016 KSA 09:05 - GMT 06:05 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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  • King Salman, Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince offer condolences to Erdogan

    JEDDAH – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has sent a cable of condolence and sympathy to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the victims of Gaziantep explosion, resulting in death and injury of scores of innocent people. “We strongly condemn this terrorist act and share with Your Excellency and the Turkish people the feelings of pain and sorrow for this incident, expressing, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, our condolences and sympathy to Your Excellency, the families of the victims and the people of Turkey, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow His mercy on the dead. We wish the injured a quick recovery and supplicate

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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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  • 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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  • Anger, grief after Turkey wedding bloodbath - Region - World

    "They turned our wedding into a bloodbath," said bride Besna Akdogan on Sunday as she left hospital after a suicide bombing killed 51 people at her wedding in southeastern Turkey. The funerals of some of the victims took place, meanwhile, with feelings running high in the town of Gaziantep near the Syrian border where hundreds gathered following Saturday's bombing. Shouts of "shame on you, Erdogan" rang out as others threw water bottles at police, amid anger at the president for not doing more to prevent the attack on a Kurdish wedding which the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said the Islamic State group had threatened to carry out. A lawmaker from President Recep Erdogan's Ruling

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  • Two Muslim Women Kicked Off JetBlue Flight for ‘Staring’ at Flight Attendant

    In what would have been a shocking but is now an all-too-familiar Islamophobic incident, two Muslim women were led off a passenger plane as a flight attendant did not like the way the women ‘stared’ at her, according to DailyMail. On Saturday, two Muslim women in hijabs onboard JetBlue Flight 487 between Boston and Los Angeles were escorted out of the airliner by police as one of the flight attendants was concerned about the way the two women were looking at her. A video showing the two women being escorted out for questioning was posted on YouTube on Monday by Mark Frauenfelder, taken by his friend Sharon Kessler. In regards to the incident, Kessler told DailyMail that "it was a terrible moment

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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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  • 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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  • Saudi Arabia ranks lowest in suicides: WHO report

    JEDDAH: “I feel glad that my children will have very less chances of having suicidal tendencies since they are growing up in the Kingdom.” This was the reaction of Noora, a Saudi woman, to a recent report that the Kingdom has the lowest suicide rate. A World Health Organization (WHO) report in 2012 showed that Saudi Arabia, along with Syria, ranked the lowest among 171 countries in terms of suicide, with an average 0.4 cases per year per 100,000 people. Guyana is on top of the WHO list with a 44.2 cases per 100,000 population, followed by South Korea with 28.9, Sri Lanka with 28.8, Lithuania with 28.2 and Suriname with 27.6. Mozambique (27.4), Nepal (24.9), Tanzania (24.9), Kazakhstan (23.6)

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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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  • 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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  • Wind blows 1,500 American boaters into Canada

    More than a thousand Americans accidentally "invaded" international borders after high winds carried their rafts and boats into Canada. The US boaters were part of the Port Huron Float Down, an annual event on the St. Clair River, which divides the US state of Michigan and Canada. Police in Sarnia, Ontario, said it took hours to transport the stranded revellers back to the US on Sunday. No arrests were made and no one was injured, according to police. The unsanctioned event - in which participants float down the river on rafts, inner tubes and other flotation devices - begins at Port Huron's Lighthouse Beach in Michigan and was supposed to end at Chrysler Beach in Marysville. But hundreds of

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  • Russia’s agile foreign policy and its benefits

    Until now, Russia seems to be the only player in Syria with a seemingly adequate strategy. At least it knows what it wants and reacts relatively fast to all the challenges and changes on the ground. Shifting alliances? Russia is mercurial and can react to changes on the ground faster than its international peers Maria Dubovikova Showing off Last Update: Tuesday, 23 August 2016 KSA 12:02 - GMT 09:02 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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