• Met Gala: Glam-tech looks rule the red carpet

    NEW YORK: Hollywood stars, music moguls and fashion models strutted tech-inspired glam at the Met Gala Monday, working their friend-of-fashion poses on the giant staircase of the “Oscars of the East.”From pop icons Beyonce, to Lady Gaga, and a cheeky Madonna, to a goth-looking Taylor Swift, and almost unrecognizably intergalactic Katy Perry, it was the most glamorous night of the year in a city that likes to dress up. Supermodel Gigi Hadid posed with pop star significant other Zayn Malik, who wore a metallic arm contraption. Hollwood heavy hitters Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper, also turned out looking more old-school than sci-fi. Hosted by American Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna

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  • Saudi Binladin workers burn company buses in Makkah

    MAKKAH: Several company buses of Saudi Binladin Group were burned in Makkah on Saturday night, in the latest trouble facing the construction giant.Maj. Nayef Al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported. The attack comes a day after the company terminated employment for 50,000 foreign workers and issued them exit visas. The company has seen increasing restiveness among its staff over not being paid salaries for months and a large round of reported layoffs. The Binladin Group has not issued any statements about the reported layoffs or the unrest. Calls and an e-mail request for comment to the company

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  • Iran using children for Syria and Iraq propaganda

    In a propaganda campaign, the Iranian regime broadcasted a video tape urging Iranian children to participate in the war in Syria and Iraq. The video shows children singing a song about their readiness to go to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq at the order of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and that is to defend the holy sites and the Sayeda Zeinab shrine. Al Arabiya’s Kifah Al-Zain reports.

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  • Kuwait mulls plan to deport sacked expats

    The Kuwaiti government is reportedly studying plans to immediately deport any worker who loses his job, as officials revealed that around 41,000 expats have been asked to leave the country since January 2015. A source told Arabic daily Alanba that an estimated 26,600 migrants were deported last year as part of efforts to dramatically reduce the number of expats in the country, who are thought to make up 70 percent of the population. “This is the highest number of expatriates to be deported from Kuwait in decades,” the source was quoted as saying.   Kuwait is also mulling plans to force foreign workers to immediately leave the country if they are sacked, according to Kuwait Times.  Under current

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  • What it's like looking like Taylor Swift

    Olivia Sturgiss is like many 19-year-old women. She's studying at uni, she works in a clothes shop and she lives in a house share. Except Olivia looks rather a lot like Taylor Swift. And it could make her a lot of money. "I wore the red lipstick like any other fan does, and I wore a sparkly outfit and then ever since then, it was something commented on every day," Olivia told Newsbeat. "Even when I was wearing no make-up at work, I'd have just have my hair tied back, natural face and I'd still get comments on it. "It's always been a natural resemblance and it's always been an ongoing thing since I was really young." Olivia's been a fan of Tay's for more than seven years and says it's flattering

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  • Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year

    Malia Obama attends a state dinner at the White House on March 10. The dinner was in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and first lady Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau of Canada. Click through the gallery to see pictures of the first daughters through the years since their father was elected president in 2008.

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  • Oil's climbing back

    The cocktail of dirty sticky stuff extracted from the Brent and other oil fields off Aberdeen is having a lot more impact on the world economy than it is on the Scottish election campaign. The softening of Scottish economic performance - much of it driven by the weakness in the oil and sector, though probably not all - has barely registered in the campaign. That may be because the worst appears to be over - or the best, if you're an oil consumer, and most of us are. The price per barrel of global benchmark Brent Crude ended April just above $47. Since dipping briefly below $30 in January, it has risen by nearly two-thirds. That sounds a lot. And it is. But it's worth remembering that the price

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  • Vote counting under way in Iran's parliamentary runoff

    Counting has begun to decide the outcome of 68 seats being contested in the second round of the Iranian parliamentary elections, according to local news outlets. Friday's vote was held in constituencies where no candidate managed to get more than 25 percent of ballots cast in the first round held in February. Unofficial results compiled by Iranian news agencies by Saturday morning suggested moderate candidates won around 30 of the 68 seats in the second round, with the rest split between conservatives and independents. President Hassan Rouhani's reformists are hoping to build on gains made in the earlier vote, which saw them pick up significantly more seats but fail to secure a majority in the 290-member assembly.

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  • Planet 9 is not going to kill us

    Good news: we're all not going to die (yet). Some "news" reports have suggested a ninth planet (Planet 9) lurking at the edge of our solar system will soon be responsible for mass extinctions. That's not true. Firstly no-one has actually seen the planet yet. However scientists believe that it almost definitely exists, because they can see other objects in space being affected by it. But we don't need to panic You might have seen articles claiming that Planet 9's gravity could send asteroids from the Kuiper belt flying towards Earth and that this is what has caused mass extinctions in the past (and could again). The Kuiper belt is a distant ring of bodies made up of things like ice, methane and

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  • UAE's Etihad inks global sponsorship deal for fashion week events

    Etihad Airways on Friday announced a new global agreement with WME | IMG to become a major long-term partner to the fashion industry by supporting 17 fashion week events around the world annually. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will become the official airline of fashion week events in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Sydney and Mumbai. These include New York Fashion Week: The Shows, MADE Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, London Collections: Men, Milan Fashion Week, Milano Moda Uomo, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai). Etihad Airways Partners, which includes seven airlines in which it holds minority equity stakes, will

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  • UAE picks falcon design for Dubai World Expo 2020 pavilion

    The National Media Council on Saturday said it has selected architect Santiago Calatrava’s design for the UAE Pavilion for Dubai World Expo 2020. Located facing the Al Wasl Plaza, which lies at the centre of the 200-hectare exhibition zone, the UAE Pavilion – whose design will be inspired by a falcon in flight – will represent the UAE to the 25 million visitors and participants from over 180 nations who are expected to visit the Expo from October 2020 to April 2021.  Spaniard Santiago Calatrava’s proposal was formally selected following a seven-month design competition managed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company. The contest saw 9 of the world’s most renowned architectural firms submit

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  • Oman — The Pearl of Arabia

    Paige Peterson   Arriving in the Sultanate of Oman you feel as if you are on a Hollywood set. Orderly. Vast. Visually breathtaking. Often visitors liken it to Disneyland. Controlled. Well-organized, meticulously maintained public grounds. Friendly. Happy. Helpful. Tolerant. No litter. No vagrancy. No graffiti. No terrorism. No violence. No radicalism. No unsafe areas. Did I mention exquisitely clean…..It is all this and more.  Oman is an Arabian dreamscape. I’ve never seen such well-planned urban development. Architectural details are carefully mandated here. Many of the buildings are 46 years young; they’re well thought out in placement and accessibility. Even the street lamps in the cities

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  • Want to buy a bargain American-spec car in UAE? Think again

    Every once in a while, in the news you read about yet another car that went up in flames in the UAE for no apparent reason. While some cases have been due to age or bad stereo installations, others can simply be attributed to the source of the cars, such as the used examples coming from the United States. American-spec used cars are widely available at used car dealerships in Dubai or Sharjah. Individuals in the UAE are also involved in this business unofficially, but recent changes in rules have limited the number of cars they can import per year unless they set up as a business.

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  • Duchess of Cambridge to appear on Vogue cover

    (CNN)British Vogue is celebrating its 100th anniversary in royal style. As part of a partnership with the British National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess of Cambridge will appear on the centenary issue of the fashion magazine and have two of her portraits hung in the gallery.

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  • GCC single visa to boost tourism

    JEDDAH — A unified tourist visa for the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, similar to Europe’s Schengen visa system, should be prioritized by regional governments to lure international travelers despite increased security concerns, said David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). A unified visa would enable tourists and expatriates living in the GCC to be able to move freely between any of the six member states – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain – mirroring the Schengen Agreement in Europe and visa developments in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). GCC nationals, who

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  • 1,300 islands and Saudi tourism

    Yousuf Al-Mohaimeed Whenever I think of countries like Egypt and Dubai whose budgets depend heavily on tourism revenues, I wonder why Saudi Arabia does not follow their example, especially when we have a stronger private sector than Egypt and more enchanting natural scenery than Dubai. We have cities with salubrious climate even in summer. Cities in the southwestern parts of the Kingdom are located more than 1,000 meters above the sea level. The country also has several virgin islands that investors have not yet exploited for tourism purposes. Many of our businessmen invest in neighboring Gulf countries. Let me ask the reader: If you were a businessman would you invest in your country or in a

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  • NBA: What if the Warriors lose?

    One thing that is certain: Should the Warriors overcome adversity and repeat as NBA champions, their legacy as one of the greatest teams in history will be cemented. But how will they be remembered if they falter? CNN looks back on eight examples where a 'Greatest Team Ever' didn't quite live up to its billing, and what happened next. The '07 Pats team is the poster child for a dominant team that underperformed at crunch time. Breezing through the regular season with a 16-0 record while brutally crushing opponents -- their 52-7 win over the Redskins featured fourth-down conversions while up 38-0 and 45-0 -- New England was anointed by many as the best team in NFL history before delivering the

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  • Worker dies after falling ill at Qatar World Cup stadium site

    An Indian worker has died after being taken ill on one of the Qatar World Cup sites, the organisers have announced. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the organisers behind the World Cup 2022 tournament, announced in a statement that a 48-year-old Indian national Jaleshwar Prasad, a steel-worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project, died shortly after becoming ill on the site. “Mr Prasad fell ill on-site around 9.30am on Wednesday, 27 April,” the committee announced in a statement. “He received first aid treatment until paramedics arrived. He was transferred to Al Khor Hospital but sadly passed away around 11.30am. Al Khor Hospital reported the cause of death as cardiac arrest.

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  • Burger King staff in America smash their own windows after a 'prank call'

    Burger King employees in America have smashed the windows of their own restaurant. A video, taken from a nearby car park, shows workers breaking glass from the outside. Local media outlets say the restaurant, which is in a northern suburb of Minneapolis, received a prank call on Friday afternoon. The caller reportedly claimed to be a member of the area's local fire department. Warning: Third party content might contain ads Staff at the Burger King appeared to believe that they needed to break all the windows to relieve pressure in the building. Police sergeant Boone told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune: "The manager explained they'd received a phone call from a male who identified himself

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  • Iran elections: Rouhani allies win parliament poll

    Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won the second round of parliamentary elections, preliminary results show. Saturday's outcome represents a significant realignment of competing factions in the Islamic republic, with conservative MPs losing their dominance and being outnumbered for the first time since 2004. The result is also an implicit public vote of confidence for Rouhani, who won a landslide election victory in 2013 and went on to clinch a historic deal with world powers over Iran's nuclear programme that lifted sanctions. Tallies also showed 17 women were elected - eight more than at present and the highest female representation since the

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