• Cleaner showered with gifts by Saudis after ridiculed for looking at gold

    A Bangladeshi cleaner in Saudi Arabia was gifted a gold set after he was ridiculed online when photos of him staring at a jewelry shop display went viral. Abdullah Al-Qahtani, a Saudi national who spoke to Al Arabiya News Channel, from the gold market in Riyadh, the country’s capital, said he, managed to find the cleaner to give him his gifts. The cleaner’s was identified as Nuzroul Abdulkareem, and his monthly salary was $187 (700 Saudi riyal). Saudis on the social media platform tweeted, vowing to send more gifts to the cleaner, including one user who said a gift of $533 (2,000 Saudi riyal) would be given.

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  • Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst

    US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets criticising China for its monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency" and "build a massive military complex?" he asked. "I don't think so!" Last week Mr Trump risked a diplomatic rift with China by speaking directly with Taiwan's president. The highly unusual move saw China lodge a complaint with the US. Trump-Taiwan call: Why China lodged its protest Carrie Gracie: Trump's Taiwan call will stun Beijing What's behind the China-Taiwan divide? The US has previously criticised China's yuan devaluation, saying it unfairly favours Chinese exporters. It has also told

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  • Iran fashion workers jailed for 'spreading prostitution'

    Twelve people involved in the fashion industry in Iran are reported to have been jailed for "spreading prostitution" via images posted online. The eight women and four men were handed sentences of between five months and six years by a court in Shiraz, a lawyer told the Ilna news agency. They were also banned from working in fashion and travelling abroad for two years afterwards, Mahmoud Taravat said. He added that his clients had denied the charges and planned to appeal. Why 'SpongeBob' trousers furore is troubling Iran Couple leave Iran after posting 'un-Islamic' photos Iran arrests 'un-Islamic' online models The 12 were convicted of charges including spreading prostitution and promoting corruption

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  • Duterte drug war: Manila's brutal nightshift

    Raffy Lerma is a photo-journalist documenting the nightly killings in the Philippines' government's war on drugs. Video by Andy Brownstone

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  • Iran jails online female, male models for up to six years

    An Iranian court has sentenced 12 models - eight females and four males - to jail ranging from one year to six years for violating the Islamic republic’s decency code and promoting ‘vice’. A lawyer told the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) that the accused will also be banned from travel and from employment in fashion-related jobs for two years after they finish their jail terms.

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  • Mystery as thousands of fish wash up on Cornish beach

    Bad weather could be to blame for thousands of dead fish washing up on a beach, experts have said. Visitors to Pentewan Sands, Cornwall, said the beach was covered in herring, sardine and mackerel on Saturday. Experts described the event as unusual, especially for the time of year, but suspect recent windy weather could be a factor. The dead fish have attracted huge numbers of gulls to the bay on the county's south coast. James Wright, curator of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, said events like this one usually happen in the summer months when fish, particularly mackerel, are following their prey into warmer waters, and then in turn are hunted by something themselves. "It's quite unusual

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  • Who are the women named in Saudi Arabia’s Shoura council?

    When Saudi Arabia reshuffled its consultative body the Shoura council on Friday, it also named 29 women as members. 1. Dr. Ahlam Mohammed al-Hakmi 2. Dr. Asma Saleh al-Zahrani 3. Dr. Iqbal zain al-Abedin Darandri 4. Dr. Amal Salama al-Shaman 5. Dr. Jawaher Dhafer al-Anizi 6. Jawhara Nasser al-Yami 7. Dr. Hamda Maqbool al-Joufi 8. Dr. Hanan Abdulrahman al-Ahmadi 9. Raedah Abdullah Abunayan 10. Dr. Zainab Abu Taleb 11. Dr. Samia Abdullah Bakhari 12. Dr. Sultanah Abdulmusleh al-Bidwi 13. Dr. Aalia Mohammed al-Dahlawi 14. Dr. Fatimah al-Shehri 15. Dr. Fardous Saud al-Saleh 16. Dr. Fawzia Aba al-Khail 17. Kawthar al-Arbash 18. Dr. Latifa Ahmad al-Buainain 19. Dr. Latifah Ashaalan 20. Lina K. Almaeena

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  • Watch: No snow? No problem! Saudis go sand-sledding

    A video went viral on twitter after a Saudi Arabia family was taped riding on a carpet that was tied to a car while it sped through the desert. Last Update: Saturday, 3 December 2016 KSA 17:11 - GMT 14:11

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  • 100 Women 2016: Indian women 'loiter' in public places at night

    Four years on from a fatal rape that shocked India and the world, women want to reclaim public spaces and are speaking up about the violence they have faced - but they don't just want to be seen as victims. Every month, Neha Singh sends a text about the next midnight walk to a group of women. A quick discussion on the route follows. The date fixed, they agree to meet at midnight, with a plan to loiter until 03:00. It's a time when you normally don't see women out on their own. Even well-lit streets are considered unsafe after midnight anywhere in India. But these women refuse to be boxed in. On the night I join the walk, four members turn up. One of them, Celina John, is wearing shorts and a

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  • 25 million Gulf citizens travel within GCC

    RIYADH: Up to 25 million Gulf nationals moved within Gulf Cooperation Council states in 2015, according figures released by the Information Department at the General Secretariat of the GCC.The figures also showed Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were the most attractive for visitors among the GCC countries. The figure for individuals moving within GCC states was 13 million in 2006, a 92 percent increase over nine years. Saudi nationals benefited the most from regulations to facilitate movement and residence within the GCC at 12 million, followed by Omanis at 4.4 million, Kuwaitis at more than 3 million, Bahrainis at around 3 million, Qataris at 1.3 million and UAE nationals

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  • Prince Harry visits Guyana rainforest community on Caribbean tour

    Prince Harry has visited the heartland of Guyana and explored its rainforest on day 14 of his Caribbean tour. The prince was welcomed to the village of Surama in the Iwokrama rainforest with a feathered headdress, before he watched a cultural dance around a pole. He met rangers to learn about the steps being taken to protect the rainforest and the benefits of eco-tourism. Prince Harry later visited a school and the Kaieteur Falls - one of the world's largest freefall waterfalls. On the penultimate day of his Caribbean tour, the prince took a flight to the Iwokrama International Centre which has a close link to the Prince of Wales, who has been its patron since 2000. He then visited Fairview village

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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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  • King Salman lands in Qatar on second leg of Gulf tour

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz landed in Qatar on Monday for an official two-day visit, after he concluded his visit to the United Arab Emirates. While in Qatar, the Saudi king will meet with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss the ways they can support and enhance the well-established relations between the two countries, in addition to reviewing the latest regional and international developments. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, said both Saudi Arabia and Qatar share the same views regarding the region with relation to a joint Arab effort to fight terrorism and bring peace and stability to the region.

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  • ‘Demonetization has paralyzed Indian economy’

    Muhammad Mujahid Syed LUCKNOW — Zafaryab Jilani, a senior lawyer and the convener of Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC), has lashed out at the federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over its decision to demonetize the large currency banknotes in India. Jilani, who is also the additional advocate general of the Uttar Pradesh government, hailed Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulamayam Singh for opposing the federal government’s move. Jilani, in an exclusive interview to Saudi Gazette last week, said that his party chief opposed demonetization on principle. “The federal government’s decision to demonetize Rs1,000 and Rs500 banknotes has almost paralyzed the economy,” claimed Jilani.

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  • Etihad makes flying from Saudi Arabia to US easier than ever

    Travelers flying on Etihad Airways from Saudi Arabia to the US are able to experience the benefits of arriving in the US having pre-cleared US Customs and Border Protection in Abu Dhabi. The US pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3 is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and provides travelers with a unique opportunity to pass through all required checks including US customs, immigration and security, conveniently before they board their flights to the US, enabling them to avoid long queues on arrival. With this unique facility, guests can also through-check their baggage to their final destination in the US, where they arrive as domestic passengers, allowing them to save valuable time connecting to other flights or on to their final destination. US destinations served by Etihad Airways include New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington D.C. (IAD).

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: Women must be allowed to drive

    For decades Saudi Arabia has rejected calls to allow women to drive. Now a Saudi prince says the ban should go. "It is high time that women started driving their cars and it is high time that we turn the page on this issue," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said in a blog post. So why the rethink? Saudi Arabia has been slammed by the slump in oil prices since 2014. New leaders are trying to make the kingdom less reliant on the volatile commodity, and that means modernizing its economy. The billionaire prince does not hold a government role but is a prominent global investor. He says that the ban infringes women's rights, but also acts as a drag on the economy because it makes it harder for them to work.

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  • The Ripple Effect: 7 Things That Happened in the Entrepreneurial Scene After RiseUp 2015

    As RiseUp gears up to kick off its 2016 edition under the theme of 'Fusion', the concept of a chain reaction came up as the unequivocal conceptual nod guiding its every gig. 2016 was a game-changing year for startups in the Middle East – it was the year RiseUp Summit brought the world to Cairo; the year Fintech got a massive boost; the year that saw flows of funding getting into the ecosystem and benchmark seed rounds for startups, catapulting Cairo to one of the startup capitals not only in Egypt but also the Middle East. In the meantime, just as they steel themselves to make their yearly summit even bigger, the disquiet team behind the RiseUp Summit launched new services, one after the other, in a move that consolidates them as the one-stop platform to connect startups – Egyptians or not – to worldwide resources. After launching the first RiseUp MeetUp in Alexandria in parallel to the Techne Summit, they took it to Berlin, where they also spearheaded RiseUp Explore, taking the first eight startups to attend a global event: Tech Open Air.

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  • Iran’s Supreme Court upholds death sentence for tycoon

    A death sentence on graft charges against Iranian tycoon Babak Zanjani has been confirmed by the Supreme Court. Zanjani, one of the country’s richest businessmen, was convicted of economic fraud. Iran’s Supreme Court on Saturday upheld the death sentence against Zanjani, but revoked death sentences against two co-defendants, judiciary head Gholamreza Ansari said, according to the body’s official news website, Mizan.

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