• Melania interacts with Saudi female workers

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh — US first lady Melania Trump visited GE’s all women business process service center in Riyadh on Sunday. She was accompanied by Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qassabi. During the visit she interacted with Saudi women employees. General Electric won a prestigious award from the US State Department in recognition of its path-breaking initiative in establishing the All-Women Business Process & IT Services Center in Riyadh. The all-women center is a partnership between GE, Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),  employing 1,000 women, 600 of them working on projects for GE. Launched in September 2013, the all-women center celebrated the milestone

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  • Iranians in Kuwait vote in presidential election

    KUWAIT: The Iranian expatriates in Kuwait enthusiastically participated in the election yesterday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani at the Iranian embassy and at the cultural attaché in Kuwait. According to the Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Dr Ali Reza Enayati, the turnout was quite high and the voters started arriving at the embassy even before the polling booths opened at 8 am. “The voting was still going on even at 7 pm as the voters continued to show up even late in the evening,” he told Kuwait Times yesterday. According to the embassy estimates, around 40 percent of the Iranian citizens in the country cast their votes in the crucial election. Polling was extended in Iran

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  • Saudi air defense intercepts ballistic missile near Al-Kharj

    Saudi Arabia announced that a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia was intercepted and destroyed as it targeted an unpopulated area south of Riyadh, reported Al Arabiya News Channel. Last Update: Saturday, 20 May 2017 KSA 23:48 - GMT 20:48

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  • Young people 'most likely to go abroad without insurance'

    About 40% of young people go abroad without travel insurance, risking medical fees of thousands of pounds if they are taken ill, a survey suggests. The Association of British Travel Agents surveyed 2,043 Britons and found those aged 18 to 24 were the most likely to go abroad without insurance. It comes after the family of a South Yorkshire traveller in Thailand had to raise £32,000 for his medical care. Overall a quarter of UK travellers are thought to go abroad without insurance. In 2015, 35-year-old Craig Lindley, from Barnsley, fell ill while celebrating a friend's wedding on a Thai island. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome - which affects the peripheral nervous system - and was

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  • Pippa Middleton wedding: Bucklebury village keeps silent

    As the world's media descend on the sleepy village of Bucklebury for Pippa Middleton's wedding, its residents appear resolute in remaining tight-lipped over the whole affair, as the BBC discovered. Once in a while, a sleepy, green and quintessentially British village becomes the centre of the universe. The village is Bucklebury, in West Berkshire, and it is the home of the Middleton family. Thrown into the limelight because of the relationship and eventual marriage of daughter Catherine and the heir to throne, Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it turns out the media's attention extends to all members of the clan. Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate, is marrying financier

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  • Profile: Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

    For a president who began his first term in the centre of the Islamic political spectrum, Hassan Fereydoun Rouhani, 68, has now moved firmly to the left, placing himself with the reformists. In his election campaign for a second term in office, he promised a moderate modern and outward looking Iran, in sharp contrast to the vision his rival Ebrahim Raisi, a hard line senior cleric and judge, had put forward. He warned Iranians that a single wrong decision by the future president could engulf the country in war. This was a reference to Mr Raisi, who is not overly impressed by the nuclear deal President Rouhani reached with world powers - a deal which removed a serious threat of war hanging over

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  • US sends signal to Iran: Containment is back

    US warplanes were first scrambled in a "show of force" against the oncoming convoy. But then five vehicles kept approaching, coming within 29 kilometers of the base when they were finally hit by US aircraft. The coalition confirmed that the convoy posed a direct threat to "US partner forces" -- "despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement" toward the base. The strike marks the first time that the Pentagon has offered aerial protection to its Arab proxies under assault from pro-Syrian militias. The timing of this American escalation is noteworthy for several reasons. First, it comes just weeks after US warships in the Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Assad's

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  • Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea. In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back on Friday at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines. Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm but friendly warning. "We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I

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  • The celebrities dishing out random acts of kindness

    Grime star Stormzy hit headlines earlier this week after an unexpected act of generosity. When Oxford University student Fiona Asiedu set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise £12,000 to go to Harvard, a friend tweeted the star asking him to help out. His response? He pledged £9,000 the same day. "It was just surreal," Asiedu said. "It was quite a shock, I couldn't believe it, I'm still quite overwhelmed by it." The friend tweeted him back promising to thank him by taking him to Nando's - to which he replied: "Deal!" Stormzy isn't the only celeb who has been splashing the cash to help fans recently. Here are some others doing their bit to give something back. Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj launched a

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  • OPEC 'no longer in control' of oil prices

    For decades, OPEC's sway on oil prices was unparalleled. But the cartel's immense influence has been dealt a huge blow by the dramatic boom in US shale. "Saudi Arabia and OPEC are no longer in control," Douglas Rachlin, managing director at Neuberger Berman's Rachlin Group, said on Wednesday at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas. The emergence of US shale as a key global player that can pump even during low oil prices means OPEC can no longer "manipulate prices," Rachlin said. "The shale revolution has changed a lot of things." In a display of how much the pendulum has swung, OPEC sent a plea to the US earlier this month to stop pumping so much oil. The plea came after a flood of supply from US

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  • Pepsi and Nivea: Whose fault is it when ad campaigns go wrong?

    Marketing teams at some of the world's biggest brands haven't had the best of weeks. Pepsi faced criticism after being accused of appropriating Black Lives Matter with its Kendall Jenner ad. Nivea was also in trouble after using the slogan "white is purity" to advertise deodorant in the Middle East. We asked Lillian Sor, an executive at UK advertising agency Grey London, to explain how big marketing campaigns like these get made. Her clients include some of the country's biggest food and drink brands, along with high street shops. "We get commissioned to work by marketing directors at big brands," she explains. "They come to us with a business problem and we find a creative way to solve it."

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  • Here's what we know about Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the limelight - and neither are his family. Daughter Ivanka is known for her many business ventures, including clothing ranges and books. And his eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr. are businessmen, following in their father's footsteps. However, as the president's youngest daughter, Tiffany, looks to move to Washington DC this autumn for law school, we take a look at the life of the lesser-known Trump. She is the only daughter of President Trump and his second wife, actress Marla Maples, to whom he was married for six years. Tiffany grew up in California and went to school in Calabasas and boasts over one million followers on social media. This following has led to

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  • 'Clock boy' discrimination case thrown out by Texas judge

    A US judge has thrown out a discrimination case brought by the family of a Muslim student whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. In 2015 Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, after his teacher said the clock looked like an explosive device. Photos of the 14-year-old's arrest sparked a public outcry. But on Thursday a Texas judge ruled there was no evidence of racial or religious discrimination. "Plaintiff does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer" that Irving Independent School District employees "intentionally discriminated" against Ahmed Mohamed, wrote US District Judge Sam Lindsay in his ruling. He also dismissed a complaint against the

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  • Africa's week in pictures: 12 - 18 May 2017

    A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Images courtesy of AFP, EPA, Getty Images and Reuters

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  • Iran holds pivotal presidential elections

    Iranian voters are waiting hours in line to vote in the country's presidential election. CNN's Becky Anderson reports

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  • Wodehouse Prize: Pig named after Bridget Jones's Baby

    A pig is to be named Bridget Jones's Baby after the novel won the Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction. Author Helen Fielding has made the award's shortlist twice previously before finally winning the title. The book was made into a film last year - with Renee Zellwegger returning to play the title role. Fielding said she was "overjoyed" to win the pig (even though she won't get to keep it), which will be presented to her at the Hay Festival. "It's the third time I've been nominated and I've been hoping for this moment for years," she said. "I'm like one of those people who keeps nearly winning an Oscar and then having their hopes smashed to the ground." Bridget Jones's Baby sees the character unexpectedly

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  • Zayn Malik defends Gigi Hadid after 'racist' Snapchat video

    Zayn Malik has defended his girlfriend Gigi Hadid in a single tweet after her sister Bella posted a Snapchat video of her. In it, Gigi holds up a Buddha-shaped cookie, squints her eyes and smiles. Bella has since deleted it after fans called the model racist against Asians. But it's still been widely shared online. Critics were keen to highlight Zayn's Asian heritage, prompting him to defend her. After being questioned by fans about the video, Zayn replied to one saying: "Trust me.. she likes asians ;)". Gigi Hadid was named international model of the year at the 2016 Fashion Awards last December. But this isn't the first time she's been criticised. She had to apologise after co-hosting the American

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  • The Qatari princess, Angelina Jolie and the battle of the pyramids

    Reports that Hollywood star Angeline Jolie is planning to make a movie about Sudan's history have sparked a row with Egypt, and BBC Africa's Mohanad Hashim says it is about much more than who has the biggest pyramids. The latest twist in a long-running feud between Egyptians and Sudanese is over controversial claims that a film is to be made in Sudan to showcase the country's contribution to human civilization. Various media have reported that a Qatari production company would fund the film, which would apparently feature Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio. It is meant to promote historical tourism in Sudan by narrating the country's ancient Nubian history. The claims were

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  • New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight

    BEIJING: China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program. China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world’s largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned by billions of dollars in spending. The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television. “The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed helicopter. It is also the country’s first export-oriented

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  • Makkah imam warns against forces fueling sectarian strife

    Saudi Gazette report MAKKAH – Sheikh Saleh Bin Humaid, imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, warned against the forces that are fueling sectarian strife in the region. In his Friday sermon, Bin Humaid said the interventions of (some forces) in the region have had a negative impact on exacerbating sectarian, religious, national and ethnic conflicts in the region. He said that it is a must to rein in this armed chaos, led by terrorists by abusing youth, and behind them are sponsors of terrorism, who have helped extremist groups to create polarization in the conflict zones,” the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting him as saying. Bin Humaid affirmed that the Islamic Nation wants true peace;

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