• In a first, Mideast hub Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan - Demonstrating how important the Alcohol revenue is

    DUBAI: Dubai, the Mideast’s desert party town, has just gotten even wetter. The city-state is breaking new ground with its decision to loosen rules prohibiting day-time alcohol sales during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a move that reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax bring into this emirate. In years past, those wanting a beer or a glass of wine needed to wait until sundown, when Muslims break the daylong Ramadan fast with their first sips of water and their evening meal called iftar. Just before this Ramadan, however, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing issued a seemingly benign notice to hotel managers across the emirate.

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  • Mistreatment of Arab tourists in Turkey

    Samar Al-Mogrin THE terrifying ordeal of six young Saudis at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and the 10-hour-long harassment they faced at the hands of Turkish security officers were a humiliation not only for the six individuals but also for all Saudis. Local newspapers published detailed reports of the mistreatment received by the six men at the Turkish airport, an incident that deeply hurt all Saudi men and women. By this irresponsible action, the Turkish authorities targeted not only the six Saudi men but all of us. I am surprised at the huge numbers of Gulf tourists who visit Turkey every year for spending their vacation or for treatment, especially for hair loss despite the

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  • Iran TV says authorities disrupted 'biggest terrorist plot' - Region - World

    Iranian state TV says authorities have disrupted "the biggest terrorist plot" to ever target Tehran. Monday's report quotes the Intelligence Ministry as saying several suspects have been arrested in the plot to bomb the capital and other provinces. It says authorities seized bombs and ammunition during the operation. The report didn't identify those arrested, though it called them "takfiris," a derogatory term in both Arabic and Farsi referring to Muslims who accuse others of being "nonbelievers." Iranian authorities often refer to followers of the Sunni militant Islamic State (IS) group as "takfiris," though it isn't clear if this case involved the extremist group that holds territory in Iraq

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  • Rita Ora confirms she's leaving The X Factor

    Rita Ora has confirmed that she's leaving The X Factor. The singer, who joined the show last year, tweeted: "I had a ball on The X Factor last year and will miss the team. "@simoncowell can't wait to work with you again... I'll be round for dinner soon. Thank you for the experience & love X" Rita took on the role after moving from The Voice UK, which is moving from the BBC to ITV. The singer mentored the girls category and went on to win the show with her act, Louisa Johnson. In a statement ITV told Newsbeat: "Rita brought a great energy to the show last year and did a brilliant job mentoring the girls' category, leading Louisa to victory. "We wish her all the best with her music and film plans

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  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander says Bahrain will ‘pay price’ for insulting Shia cleric - Region - World

    The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned Bahrain's government of armed struggle, after the Gulf kingdom stripped the spiritual leader of its Shia Muslim majority of his citizenship. "The Al Khalifa (rulers of Bahrain) surely know their aggression against Sheikh Isa Qassim is a red line that crossing it would set Bahrain and the whole region on fire, and it would leave no choice for people but to resort to armed resistance," said Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, the elite special forces arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, in a statement published by Fars news agency. "Al Khalifa will definitely pay the price for that and their bloodthirsty regime will be toppled," he said.

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  • Islamic State’s rule of law in Sirte, Libya

    For the past year, so-called Islamic State (IS) group has been imposing its own rule of law in the city of Sirte, its Libyan stronghold. It carries out floggings, amputations, public crucifixions and beheadings. BBC Monitoring looks at how IS's religious police operate in Sirte. Video produced by Alexi Peristianis; images courtesy of Getty, EVN, APTN

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  • Omar Mateen timeline: What led up to the gunman's rampage?

    (CNN)In the two days before Omar Mateen terrorized the Pulse nightclub, he bought plane tickets to California for his wife, his child and himself -- for a July trip he would never take. He worked his normal shift as a security guard -- giving no clues he was about to commit the worst massacre in U.S. history. He spent hours at the Disney Springs shopping complex, by himself. And he went to the Pulse nightclub before midnight on June 11, only to leave and then return two hours later and kill 49 people. So what did he do during those two hours? And what did he do in the months, weeks and days leading up to the attack? More clues are emerging, but some gaps remain. And crucial details such as what

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  • Stars pay tribute to The Voice star Grimmie

    The 22-year-old singer was shot dead as she signed autographs after a gig in Orlando, Florida. She was a contestant on the American version of The Voice in 2014. All four coaches - including Usher, Shakira, and Blake Shelton - turned their chair for her but she chose Adam Levine. She was also supported by Justin Bieber. Grimmie came third on The Voice and signed to Island Records. She was dropped by the label in 2015 but continued to make music and released her second EP "Side A" in February 2016 with four songs on it. Before The Voice she was known for covers of Justin Bieber and Nelly on her YouTube channel and had millions of views. The band she was singing with at the gig Before You Exit

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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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  • Pakistan mourns assassinated Sufi singer Amjad Sabri

    Fast Facts Amjad Sabri was one of Pakistan's best known Qawwali musicians Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia Sabri was killed on Wednesday while driving his car A splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility Thousands of people have attended the funeral of slain Pakistani Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri in Karachi, amid a major security operation. Large crowds gathered for the procession and funeral service on Thursday, which was led by the spiritual heir of Sufi saint Baba Farid, Pakistani media reported. Al Jazeera's Alia Chughtai, reporting from Karachi, said the area of Liaquatabad Road where the funeral was held was under lockdown by security

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  • 'I have type 1 diabetes and it isn't because of my diet or weight'

    Despite eating well and playing hockey, 19-year-old Lydia Parkhurst has type 1 diabetes. "It isn't about diet," she explains. "Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where your pancreas stops working properly." Because her pancreas no longer produces insulin, Lydia has to monitor her blood sugar levels throughout the day, and make sure enough insulin is being injected into her body. Type 2 diabetes is mainly driving the increase reported by the WHO and this is caused by a variety of factors, which can include obesity. Not all countries in the world have the resources to do the tests which are required to distinguish between type 1 and type 2, which is why global estimates for them as distinct

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  • US election: Donald Trump's five lines of attack on Clinton

    Donald Trump promised a bare-knuckles speech with sweeping attacks on Hillary Clinton, and on Wednesday he delivered it. Guided by his teleprompter, Mr Trump offered a more focused, methodical attack on Mrs Clinton than he has normally produced in his stump speeches, but it wasn't any less inflammatory - or prone to occasional exaggerations and misrepresentations. If Mr Trump will be a more polished candidate with the change of campaign leadership announced this week, it seems clear he will be no less the brash, braggadocious candidate that stormed through the Republican primary season. Here are the five primary lines of attack Mr Trump relied on in his Wednesday speech - and what they could mean for the presidential race in the weeks and months to come.

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  • What music stars like Ellie Goulding and Stormzy think about the EU referendum

    She's voting to remain, in case you wondered. And when fans threatened to boycott her gigs because they didn't agree with her views? She told them not to come. Mixing pop and politics can be a bit of a minefield, but we caught up with some major names in the British music industry to discover where they stand on the upcoming vote. Jamie MacColl from Bombay Bicycle Club can see some major issues for musicians if the UK chooses to leave the EU. "Primarily I'm interested in the implications of touring round Europe," he tells Newsbeat. "At the moment, musicians don't have to travel with visas round Europe so there's no visa fees. "If you're an up and coming band, when touring Europe, it's very expensive

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  • How the UK could remain in the EU despite a vote to leave

    Britain has voted to leave the European Union and that’s that. “Out is out,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters the day before Thursday’s vote. “You can’t jump out of the airplane and then clamber back into the cockpit,” is how British Prime Minister David Cameron put it in a recent radio interview. “The EU is a bit like the Hotel California in the Eagles song,” said Tim Oliver, a fellow at the London School of Economics’ IDEAS foreign policy think tank.

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  • 7 Gadgets The World Never Needed

    It seems like every day some new technological wonder pops into existence, totally reinventing some aspect of 21st Century life. Especially since the advent of smartphones, bajillions of gadgets have come out, taking advantage of the tiny supercomputers in our pockets. Still, for every smartwatch or wireless speaker that comes out, there are thousands of gadgets no one ever needed.  Oh, America, your love affair with firearms is funny and scary at the same time. Not only do some of them demand it is their right to possess military grade firepower, but now they want to be able to pack heat without anyone being able to notice. Ideal Conceal has created a .308 caliber double barrel pistol that can

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  • Boeing and Iran Air reach landmark $25bn deal

    Boeing has announced that it has reached agreement to sell 100 aircraft to Iran Air in a deal that could be worth $25bn (£17bn) at list prices. The deal marks a big step in US-Iran economic relations after sanctions were lifted on Tehran last year. Boeing said it is working with regulators to get the necessary US government approvals. If the deal is approved it will be the largest between a US business and Iran since the 1979 revolution. "Boeing will continue to follow the lead of the US government with regards to working with Iran's airlines, and any and all contracts with Iran's airlines will be contingent upon US government approval," Boeing said in a statement. Iran Air confirmed that the

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  • Hyperloop One wants to build high-speed transit in Moscow

    Hyperloop One has a lofty goal: Develop a new Silk Road through Russia. The company announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement to explore adding "high capacity passenger systems" to Moscow's transit, which could make the commute "a fraction of what it is today." But in the long term, it hopes to build "a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers from China to Europe in a day," said cofounder Shervin Pishevar in a press release, announcing that the company has struck up a partnership with the city of Moscow and Summa Group. L.A.-based Hyperloop One is working to turn Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept into a reality. It is racing against another Los Angeles-based company to do so, Hyperloop

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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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  • Assault on Raqqa: Syrian and Russian jets hit Tabqa

    Syrian government and Russian jets have stepped up the bombardment of a town in northern Syria held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, increasing pressure on the fighters, according to a monitoring group. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the warplanes carried out at least 18 air strikes since dawn on Sunday on the town of Tabqa, just west of Raqqa, ISIL's de facto capital in Syria. Separately, the activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently said on Facebook that at least six people died in the bombing. The observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said at least one person had died, with many more injured. The bombing

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