• The American who turned Saudi lives upside down

    An American turned Saudi lives upside down. Perhaps many Saudis know that the first field in which oil was discovered was Dammam oil well number 7. A diligent American geologist was behind convincing the company where he worked to drill once again, after it was about to give up on the possibility of discovering oil in Saudi Arabia Turki Aldakhil Steineke’s passion Last Update: Monday, 22 August 2016 KSA 12:28 - GMT 09:28 Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.

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  • Philippines Foreign Secretary: We're not leaving the U.N.

    "If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave," he said then in Tagalog, according to a translation by CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. "Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway." He accused the U.N. of ignoring the plight of the country. "When were you here last time? Nothing. Never. Except to criticize." The comments come days after the U.N. urged Duterte's administration to step back from its violent approach to drug crime. The crackdown since Duterte took office in late June has seen over 650 police killings -- deaths Duterte and his top police officer, Roland Dela Rosa, say are justified self-defense killings -- alongside as many as 900 unexplained

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  • UK and Australian citizen Scott Richards held in Dubai

    A 42-year-old man arrested in Dubai for sharing a charity post on his Facebook page has been charged. Scott Richards, who holds both British and Australian citizenship, promoted a charity drive to buy blankets and tarpaulins for refugees in Afghanistan. He was held for 22 days then charged with fundraising without permission. Strict new laws prohibit the operation of any charity not registered in the United Arab Emirates. The UK Foreign Office said it was "providing support". Laws created last year prohibit donations or advertising fundraising campaigns without prior written approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai. Penalties for violating the law include

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  • King Salman, Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince offer condolences to Erdogan

    JEDDAH – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has sent a cable of condolence and sympathy to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the victims of Gaziantep explosion, resulting in death and injury of scores of innocent people. “We strongly condemn this terrorist act and share with Your Excellency and the Turkish people the feelings of pain and sorrow for this incident, expressing, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, our condolences and sympathy to Your Excellency, the families of the victims and the people of Turkey, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow His mercy on the dead. We wish the injured a quick recovery and supplicate

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  • Turkey transgender murder prompts Istanbul protest

    Scores of Turks have taken part in a peaceful protest in central Istanbul calling for justice over the murder of a transgender woman, Hande Kader. They held signs and chanted slogans for Kader, 23, an LGBT activist, whose burned body was discovered in a forest after she went missing. According to one report, opposition MPs were among those who attended the rare protest by LGBT activists. Police with water cannon were on duty nearby, AFP news agency said. Ms Kader, a sex worker, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Her flatmate found her body in a city mortuary earlier in August. No arrests have been made so far in the case. "We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande

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  • Iran releases images of new missile defence system - Region - World

    Iran released images of its first domestically built long-range missile defence system on Sunday, a project started when the country was under international sanctions. Images on multiple state news agencies showed President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Defence Hossein Dehghan standing in front of the new Bavar 373 missile defence system. The system was designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, combat aircraft and ballistic missiles, according to earlier statements by Dehghan. The project was launched as an alternative to the Russian S-300 system, the delivery of which was suspended in 2010 due to sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear programme. "We did not intend to make an Iranian version

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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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  • 'Funny' sea objects identified as common sea urchins

    "Thousands" of "funny" baseball-like sea objects strewn across beaches in the South West have been identified as a common type of sea urchin. Freelance photographer Mike Newman said he spotted "great numbers" of the pods when he was surfing on Long Rock beach in Cornwall. The objects have reportedly baffled holidaymakers who were concerned they were poisonous. But marine expert Prof Martin Attrill said they were harmless "sea potatoes". More formally known as burrowing sea urchins, Prof Attrill said they were about the size of a tennis ball and were usually covered with little spines. Prof Attrill, from Plymouth University, said mass strandings of sea potatoes were "not unusual", particularly

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  • Poor behavior of Saudi travelers deplored

    A NUMBER of Saudis have expressed their anguish over the shameful and irresponsible behavior of some compatriots, including tourists, students, diplomats and official representatives when they visit foreign countries, giving a bad name to the Kingdom and its people. At least 4.5 million Saudi tourists take at least one holiday each year and they spend as much as six times as Western holidaymakers, according to statistics published in local media. “Some Saudis think that they have the freedom to do anything when they are outside Saudi Arabia. This attitude is ridiculous,” said one Saudi, who requested anonymity. He stressed the need to punish such individuals who tarnish the Kingdom’s image by

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  • Islamic State group: Crisis in seven charts

    In 2014 militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) seized large parts of Syria and Iraq, putting as many as 10 million people under their control. In June of that year, the jihadist group overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, and then moved southwards towards Baghdad, routing Iraq's army and threatening to eradicate the country's many ethnic and religious minorities. Two months later, after the militants advanced on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, the US launched air strikes on IS positions in Iraq. A multinational coalition led by the US extended the air campaign to Syria that September. Since then, IS has lost approximately 40% of the populated territory it once held in Iraq, and 10-20%

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  • Intractable Israel makes a third intifada inevitable

    During this month’s Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, commemorating various disasters in Jewish history, thousands of Israelis marched along the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem and called for annexation of the occupied West Bank. Pro-settlement group Women in Green, founded in 1993 and "dedicated to safeguarding our God-given Biblical homeland", spoke at the rally. Co-founder Yehudit Katsover told the Israeli government to build more settlements and claimed this wasn’t happening "because we’re afraid of pressure from the dwarf Obama … we don’t impose sovereignty because we fear the demographics". Other speakers, including Dov Kalmanovich, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, demanded countless more

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  • Kausar Uddin 'wrongly' imprisoned stuck in Saudi

    An Edinburgh man whose family said he was "wrongly" imprisoned during a Mecca pilgrimage remains stuck in Saudi Arabia despite being released. Kausar Uddin, 47, left prison on 27 May but has been waiting under house arrest for authorities to return his passport so he can fly back to Scotland. He spent about four months in jail despite being sentenced to just 35 days for assaulting a policeman in February. His family claim he had lost balance in a crowd and grabbed the nearest person. The person he grabbed was a police officer who called for colleagues to arrest him. Mr Uddin had travelled to Mecca with his family in February, along with other pilgrims from Edinburgh's Blackhall Mosque. Since

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  • LuLu Group to invest $300m in new mall in Kerala capital

    RIYADH — LuLu Group, the Abu Dhabi-based international retailer is developing its second LuLu Shopping Mall, hotel and international convention in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram. Spread over 19 acres of land located at the national highway in Akkulam, this will be the second biggest shopping mall in the country after the LuLu Mall in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation stone for the mixed use project in a glittering function presided over by the leader of opposition, Ramesh Chennithala and other prominent personalities including ministers, MPs, MLAs, said Yusuff Ali MA, managing director of LuLu Group. Slated to open by early 2019, it will house LuLu Hypermarket

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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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  • 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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  • North Korea threatens nuclear strike amid US-South Korea drill

    North Korea has a history of using creative language to express loathing for its enemies. Here are some of the regime's more colorful threats against the West. North Korea warned it would make a "preemptive and offensive nuclear strike" in response to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Pyongyang issued a long statement promising that "time will prove how the crime-woven history of the U.S. imperialists who have grown corpulent through aggression and war will come to an end and how the Park Geun Hye group's disgraceful remaining days will meet a miserable doom as it is keen on the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north."

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  • Why ice cream won't help your sunburn but oatmeal will

    After catching some rays on the hottest day of the year, some of us may be feeling a bit pink today. Obviously the best way to avoid sunburn is to wear sunscreen but what if you forgot and got burnt? There's lots of advice on what to do and some of it can be a bit misleading. Newsbeat's been speaking to Dr Nisith Sheth from the British Skin Foundation who tells us what is good - and what isn't - for burnt skin. Ice cream When your skin is burning up, it may be tempting to cool off with the coldest thing you can find on the beach. But Dr Nisith Sheth says putting ice cream on your skin is not a good idea. "Whilst the cooling affect of the ice cream may reduce the inflammation, the contents of

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  • Glass bridge: China opens world's highest and longest

    It's finally happened. The much-heralded "world's highest and longest" glass-bottomed bridge has opened to visitors in central China. It connects two mountain cliffs in what are known as the Avatar mountains (the film was shot here) in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. Bridge in numbers Completed in December, the 430m-long bridge cost $3.4m (£2.6m) to build and stands 300m above ground, state news agency Xinhua reported. It has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass. And according to officials, the 6m-wide bridge - designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan - has already set world records for its architecture and construction. The year of glass bridges Glass bridges in China have

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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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  • Sussex University 'must take violence against women seriously'

    A former student, who was attacked by her lecturer partner, has called on the University of Sussex to "take violence against women seriously". Allison Smith, 24, was punched by Dr Lee Salter last September who continued teaching for a further 10 months. He was only suspended after his conviction in June and later lost his job. He was sentenced to 22 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. Sussex University said it would review its employment practices. Ms Smith, who had been in a relationship with Salter who had also been her tutor, said he "punched me and knocked me out...he threw a salt container at my face". "I couldn't get up. He stamped on me and kicked my thighs," she added. Ms Smith

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