• Kim Kardashian resumes filming 'KUWTK' after Paris robbery

    Kardashian's family has said that she's badly shaken up since the jewelry heist. "She's not doing great. I think we're all really still shaken up," Kourtney Kardashian said in an interview for Australia's TODAY Extra last week. "She has a big supportive family and I know that all the traumatic things that we've been through, we get through them together as a family. And that's what family's all about."

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  • Many Aramco staff tender resignations

    Many Saudi Aramco employees have submitted their resignations because of reported changes in allowances and incentives, Al-Hayat Arabic daily reported on Saturday. The newspaper also reported about rumors that the company’s HR executive director and personnel manger have sought early retirement. Last month a senior Aramco official said that the company plans to invest a total of about $334 billion by 2025, including spending on infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity. Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, vice president for procurement and supply chain management, told a conference in Bahrain that the figure included spending on exploring for and developing unconventional resources, such as shale gas.

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  • Will he chew gum? Japan wary of Philippine leader's visit - International - World

    The outspoken Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte worries his Japanese hosts. Not just his policy toward the U.S. but also his informal style: Will he chew gum in front of the emperor? Duterte arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday for a three-day visit, his first since becoming Philippine leader at the end of June. For diplomats and political leaders, the main issue is his U.S. policy and how Japan can help mend those ties. Tokyo is a major U.S. ally, and has watched with concern as Duterte criticized the U.S. and said he would scale back his country's military engagement with America. He has also worried Japan and the United States by reaching out to China. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told

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  • Iran’s top Quran reciter to face court over child rapes

    The spokesman for Iran’s judiciary , GholamHussein Mohsseni Aaiiji said that the case against Said Tossi , the prominent Quran reciter accused of raping 19 children of his students , was passed to an expert judge to decide and rule . During a press conference, Aiiji emphasized that the court charged Tossi with “ advocating corruptions” , after 4 victims filed complaints against him . While Iran's judiciary aide confirmed that the trial will not be made public, sources close to the reformists say that the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution is planning to assassinate Tossi , to preserve the leadership reputation and put an end to the scandal. In a statement issued two days ago , Tossi denied all the charges against him , which resulted in a massive circulation of court documents such as the audio testimonies of the victims, and children talking about how he raped them when he was overseeing their participation in international Quaranic competitions .

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  • Egypt media company removes Khamenei billboards

    An Egyptian security source confirmed to Al Arabiya the removal of a billboard displaying the Iranian Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, the move came amid resentment towards the image from al Azhar. The official said another billboard for Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was also removed alongside Khamenei’s. The billboards have been placed around the streets of Cairo, as part of an advertising campaign for “al Ghad al Arabi” satellite channel. Abdul Latif al Minaawi, Chief Executive of al “Ghad” channel acknowledged the removal of the billboards saying they were part of an advertising campaign for one of the television programs.

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  • Dubai billionaire Alabbar plans messaging app for Middle East

    DUBAI: Billionaire Mohamed Alabbar, one of Dubai’s most prominent businessmen, plans a phone messaging service for the Middle East that aims to compete with services such as WhatsApp.Alabbar, who made his fortune as the chairman of Dubai’s largest listed property developer, Emaar Properties, has been moving into other areas, in particular technology. Asked on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai on Tuesday if he was considering launching a messaging app akin to WhatsApp, Alabbar replied: “Yes, soon,” adding “it’s regional” when asked if the service would be designed for an Arabic-speaking audience. He declined to give any further details. Mobile phone penetration in the Gulf region is among

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  • From King Abdulaziz to King Salman, everyone is under the rule of law

    The Saudi prince who was executed last week has been punished for his crime! The reaction to the punishment was normal - people felt the rule of law and realized that no one was above it. Saudi King Salman is known for his “law purges.” After he assumed governance, he voiced support for every citizen’s right to file a lawsuit against any official, even the king and the crown prince. This takes us back to the influence of late King Abdulaziz al-Saud in forming the character of his son, King Salman, and in teaching him about the judiciary and confirming its integrity and justice.

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  • The worst for Saudi economy is probably now over: Study

    LONDON: Banks in Saudi Arabia have coped well so far with the fallout from lower oil prices, according to Capital Economics.‘We think the sector is in a strong position to confront the ongoing economic headwinds over the coming years,” commented Jason Turvey, Middle East economist of Capital Economics. The statement added: “The worst for the Saudi economy is probably now over. The majority of the necessary public spending cuts have already happened and we expect the pace of austerity to be eased over the coming years. This should support a gradual recovery in Saudi non-oil sector. Meanwhile, there are already signs that last week’s bumper $17.5 billion international bond issuance is enabling

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  • Wanted Saudi man surrenders to police after stint abroad

    Wanted Saudi man Osama Ali Abdullah Damjan surrendered himself to police in early October, the Saudi Interior Ministry stated Tuesday. The ministry said he “had contacted the security authorities in the Kingdom and expressed his wish to return and surrender himself to security authorities,” according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency. Damjan arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 4, 2016. Saudi Arabian authorities have exerted effort in following up on wanted individuals who have travelled abroad, calling on them to return home and surrender themselves.

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  • The voices of peace opposing war in India and Pakistan

    When 24-year-old Aliya Harir left her home in Islamabad, Pakistan, for India on September 27, tensions between the neighbouring nuclear-armed countries were running high. A little over a week earlier, 19 Indian soldiers had been killed in an attack in Uri in Indian-administered Kashmir. India had accused Pakistan of being behind the attack, and social media platforms had become virtual battlegrounds as Indians and Pakistanis took to Facebook and Twitter to vent. But Aliya, who heads a cross-border initiative called Aaghaz-e-Dosti (Beginning of Friendship) and was travelling with 18 other girls to a peace conference in the Indian city of Chandigarh, was unfazed.  "I assured them nothing would

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  • Russia withdraws request for Syria-bound warships to refuel in Spain amid NATO objections

    MADRID: Russia has withdrawn a request for a carrier battle group to refuel in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said, after NATO allies criticized Madrid for assisting warships they believe could be used to target civilians in Syria.“The Russian Embassy in Madrid has just informed us that it is withdrawing the request for permission for stopovers for these ships and these stopovers have therefore been canceled,” the ministry said. The Russian Embassy in Spain also confirmed that Moscow had withdrawn the request, the RIA news agency reported. It did not give a reason for the change of heart. NATO is monitoring the eight-strong carrier battle group from northern

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  • Recruitment agents flout laws, hire housemaids from GCC

    Saudi Gazette report Jeddah — Some recruitment offices are hiring housemaids through middlemen in Gulf countries by circumventing the law, Al-Madina Arabic daily reported on Saturday quoting sources. They either bring housemaids on visit visas or pay a Gulf citizen to hire them then letting them work for Saudis. The visit visas of these maids are renewed every six months, the sources claimed. This recruitment process takes up to six months and costs $8,000, according to the sources. Housemaids are hired from countries from where Saudi recruitment offices are not allowed to hire domestic workers. The salaries of housemaids hired through such illegal means are based on negotiations between recruitment

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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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  • 'The Biles' and other famous moves named after Olympic athletes and footballers

    Even if you don't consider yourself a gymnastics "fan" you've probably heard of Simone Biles. At Rio 2016 the 19-year-old won the individual all-round gold by a larger margin than 1980 to 2012 combined. The American is credited by many for turning the artistic gymnastics world upside down and even has a move named after her. Here's her move and some of the other famous sporting moves you may, or may not, know are named after an athlete. In gymnastics, if you do a double layout with half turn then you're doing a 'Biles' No idea what we're talking about? Us neither... It was officially recognised in 2013 at the Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp. Simone isn't the first gymnast to have her

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  • The Obama generation: Voters give their verdict eight years on

    Barack Obama is preparing to leave office, bringing to an end his eight years as president of the United States. He was elected in 2008 with high levels of support from young, black Americans. Newsbeat has travelled across the US to meet some of those who voted for him. They give their verdict on Obama's achievements - Obama's changes to the healthcare system and handling of the economic crisis are seen as key parts of his legacy. They also discuss the things he failed to deliver. So what about the rise in racial tension? In the last year police shootings of unarmed black men have sparked protests in cities across the US. Emanuel Jospeh, who grew up on the southside of Chicago, thinks these problems

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  • Image released after hate crime incident in Edinburgh bar

    Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to in connection with a hate crime in Edinburgh. The incident happened at Sofi's Bar in Henderson Street, Leith, at about 18:00 on 4 March. Police said a female member of staff was subjected to homophobic abuse. The woman on the CCTV image is in her mid-30s and is wearing glasses. She has shoulder-length hair which is dark at the roots and lighter at the ends. She is about 5ft 7in tall, of heavy build. At the time of the incident, she was wearing blue jeans and a long grey coat. PC Shona MacKay, from Police Scotland, said: "The comments directed towards the member of bar staff were completely unacceptable and we continue to progress

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  • Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons into Kingdom foiled

    Saudi Gazette report United Nations — In its efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons, Saudi Arabia has busted terrorist cells related to Iran which smuggled weapons and explosives into the Kingdom, Bahrain and Kuwait. This was announced by Deputy Permanent Representative of Saudi delegation to the UN Counselor Saad Al-Saad in a speech at the UN on Monday. He reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the UN program of action to combat illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. He said that the Kingdom expresses deep concern at the extremely dangerous humanitarian, economic and social effects of illicit trafficking operations in small arms and light weapons. “Saudi Arabia has suffered from the

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  • Untold story of a Soviet diplomat in Jeddah

    JEDDAH: Kazakhstan, an important Central Asian country, became independent after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, Saudi Arabia’s connection with Kazakhstan dates much further back — to 1927, when a prominent Kazakh was appointed as the Soviet ambassador to Jeddah. The ambassador’s name was Nazir Turekulov. Not much would have been known about him but for Madiyar Ismailov, the current head of the Kazakhstan Consulate in Jeddah. Turekulov was in fact his great-grandfather.Talking to Arab News on Saturday — ahead of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s two-day state visit beginning on Monday — Ismailov said Turekulov had played a key role in establishing friendly relations

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  • Taliban uses drones to film attacks in Afghanistan

    The Afghan Taliban has uploaded a drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving into a police base and blowing it up in the southern Helmand province. The fighters say the footage proves that they can now deploy drones as an "addition to their sophisticated possessions of advanced technologies". The 23-minute-long video, which begins with a self-proclaimed suicide bomber speaking in front of an explosives-rigged Humvee, was released on Saturday and appears to be authentic, according to the Afghan defence ministry. "The remote-controlled drones to capture footage of their [Taliban] fighters conducting attacks is nothing but to instill fear among people and to indicate how far they can get in defeating us, but in fact using a drone is not something they can call an achievement," Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the defence ministry, told Al Jazeera by telephone.

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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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