• US destroyer sails in South China Sea to make a point

    (CNN)A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Decatur, sailed through the South China Sea on Friday in a freedom of navigation operation intended to send a blunt message to China. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the point was to let China know that it cannot "unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law." The Pentagon, in a statement, called the USS Decatur's trip "routine" and said it took place "without incident." The Chinese Defense Ministry released a statement Friday calling the act by the US a serious breach of law and an intentional provocation. Tensions in

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  • Duterte dumps the US: What could be lost?

    MUST WATCH Philippine President announces separation from US02:37 People The Philippines is a former US colony and an estimated four million US citizens are of Philippine ancestry. The US accounts for roughly a third of the $17.6 billion that Filipinos working overseas have sent home this year. Remittances from many of these people to families in the Philippines are often economic lifelines, and significant contributors to local economies throughout the country. And it cuts both ways -- there are more than 220,000 US citizens living in the Philippines, including a large number of US veterans. The Philippines is also a big tourist destination for Americans -- an estimated 650,000 visit the country,

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  • Abu Dhabi crown prince arrives in Saudi Arabia

    JEDDAH: Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday.Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman welcomed the crown prince, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the Kingdom. Sheikh Mohamed was received at King Salman Air Base Airport in Riyadh by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The UAE delegation included Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zaid Al Nahyan, Advisor of the National Security; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency Affairs; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed

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  • Daily dig: Richard Branson has Donald Trump in his sights

    With just 17 days until America votes for its next president, Richard Branson steps in to give his verdict on the candidates and Joe Biden wishes he was at school with Donald Trump. In a blog post on Friday titled "Meeting Donald Trump," British tycoon Sir Richard Branson became the latest celebrity to give his thoughts on this never-ending election. Mr Branson describes being invited by Mr Trump to his apartment in Manhattan where the New Yorker discussed his bankruptcy and the various people he had gone to for help but who had turned their backs on him. "He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people," Mr Branson continues, before adding that he found the event "bizarre".

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  • Africa's top shots: 14-20 October 2016

    A selection of photos from across the African continent this week: Images courtesy of AP, AFP, EPA, PA and Reuters

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  • OPINION: US eases critical Iran sanctions

    The harsh rhetoric of Iran’s hardliners toward the United States and other “rivals” of Tehran has not moderated. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to soften its stance toward the Islamic Republic. Figures on sanction list are free The sanction relief against Iranian banks remove a robust mechanism that was in place to monitor the country’s compliance with UN resolutions in areas such as ballistic missiles and nuclear materials Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Iran can also use US currency Banks off the hook Last Update: Friday, 21 October 2016 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05

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  • Scottish Fashion Award winners announced

    The winners of the 11th annual Scottish Fashion Awards have been announced at a glittering ceremony in London. Designer of the Year went to Christopher Kane, who set up his brand in 2006 after graduating from Central Saint Martin's College, London. The North Lanarkshire-born designer's company has since grown into a major fashion brand. Glaswegian designer, illustrator and "radical creative" Charles Jeffrey was crowned Young Designer of the Year. Guests at the event included Glasgow-born singer-songwriter Tallia Storm, Tennis star Andy Murray's mother Judy and stars Pixie Lott and Alesha Dixon. Among the major winners on the night were three young friends who created the global sunglasses brand

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  • Jim Carrey now sued by ex-girlfriend's mother

    The mother of Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White is suing the actor for wrongful death. It's less than a month since Ms White's estranged husband filed a similar lawsuit. Both claim Ms White took her own life in September 2015 by overdosing on prescription drugs obtained by the actor. His lawyers have previously said the allegations are "bogus" and "catagorically disputed". But Brigid Sweetman says Mr Carrey should be "ashamed" of his treatment of her daughter. "As a family, we want the world to know the truth about who Jim Carrey really is - a man that will give your daughter three STDs, lie about it, call her terrible names and demean her, use his high priced lawyers to try and shut

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  • Philippine army: 'Abu Sayyaf' attacks S Korean ship

    The captain and one crew member of a South Korean cargo ship have been abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters in the southern Philippines, according to military officials. Ten gunmen, who reportedly identified themselves as fighters from the Abu Sayyaf group, boarded the Dongbang Giant 2 ship on Thursday and kidnapped its captain, described by the Philippine army as "Korean", as well as a local crewman.     "They identified themselves as Abu Sayyaf Group members .... We're looking into this," regional military command spokesman, Major Filemon Tan, told the ABS CBN television channel on Friday.     The ship was en route to South Korea from Australia when it was attacked. Other crewmen were

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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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  • 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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  • The power of sleep

    Staying up late in Saudi culture is so common that it has become the norm. The reversal of sleeping patterns disrupts the body’s natural biological clock and it goes against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is alarming to find out just how prevalent lack of sleep really is in our society, and the detrimental effects it has on the mind and body.    A study conducted by Boston College in 2013 found that 73% of 9 and 10 year old school children in Saudi Arabia were sleep deprived, and this adversely affected their math and science test scores.     In a study published in Sleep Medicine by researcher Roah A. Merdad and colleagues, high school students in Jeddah were surveyed

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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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  • Phillippine President: 'America has lost'

    In a state visit aimed at cozying up to Beijing as he pushes away from Washington, the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, announced his military and economic "separation" from the United States. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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  • Does Hitler's legacy still cast shadow over the world?

    A pale lemon building in a pretty Austrian town awaits its fate, victim of evil's long shadow. The 17th century inn at number 15 Salzburger Vorstadt in the border town of Braunau am Inn is where Hitler was born 127 years ago. The Austrian government has said it will either be torn down or restructured to stop neo-Nazis turning it into a shrine. It seems a bit late. Hitler cannot be forgotten. But how he is remembered is important. There is a memorial stone outside the inn with the inscription "For peace, democracy and freedom. Millions of dead remind us - never again Fascism". Should we turn our face away from Hitler's history or wonder that this monster still casts such a long shadow? Is it

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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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  • Russia dips into savings as recession bites

    As Russia's international isolation deepens over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and the oil price cuts deeper into its economy - the question is, how long can it afford to go on like this. CNN's Clare Sebastian takes a closer look at Russia's finances.

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  • Saudi Prince execution: Equal justice for all

    Many Saudi personalities have reached out to mainstream media and through social media to comment on Saudi Prince Turki al-Kabir’s execution, with some applauding Saudi Arabia for carrying out justice and due process of the law regardless of status and lineage. A statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out the execution orders on Prince Turki after he was found guilty of murdering Saudi citizen Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdulkareem Al-Muhaimeed during a mass brawl in al-Thumama region on the outskirts of Riyadh. Many Saudis commented to how the ministry’s official statement issued after the execution mentioned that authorities carried out justice on “Saudi citizen Turki al-Kabir’s” without referring that he was a Prince.

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  • Saudi design week completes third successful inning

    As media partners of Saudi Design Week, Saudi Gazette rounds up the third successful edition of the design fair that took place in Riyadh last week. The fair welcomed more than 10,500 visitors with 60 design-led activities in this year’s program which consisted of a series of creative workshops, design conference, special events and installations. The country’s dedicated design fair opened on October 5 and was visited by Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud ( Ambassador to the US) and Dr. Faisal Al Moamar as well as many other local dignitaries and social media influencers. Saudi based influencers such as Adwa Al Dakheel, Feras Bugna, Yousef al Sudais, Faisal Sheraiff, Sarah Al Wadaani, Muna Abu Suliman and Hassan Ghunaim as well as Saudi artists and creatives such as Abdulnasser Gharem and creative platform Telfaz11 were also visitors at the Fair, stressing the inclusivity and wide ranging engagement.

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  • Shrinking Population: How Japan Fell Out of Love with Love

    Tulip Mazumdar explores how young people's rejection of intimacy and their embracing of singledom has left Japan's authorities struggling to tackle rapid population decline. Traditionally, the working husband and the stay-at-home housewife defined a Japanese family. Now, with society changing, young people are choosing independence over 'troublesome' relationships. The result is an uncontrolled decline in population, where a decreasing birth rate and rapidly aging population paints a bleak outlook for Japan's future.

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