• Iran laments Obama’s departure

    Some will grieve US President Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, because whoever succeeds him – whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – will not have “strategic patience,” a strange term coined by the Obama administration. Some Iranian politicians have begun to feel the extent of the strategic loss regarding the end of Obama’s term, especially since even Clinton will not be as enthusiastic as he is toward Iran Mshari al-Thaydi Obama’s enthusiasm Last Update: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 KSA 19:06 - GMT 16:06 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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  • In pictures: Africans living in India

    In January, a Tanzanian student was assaulted and partially stripped by a mob in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after a Sudanese student's car ran over and killed a local woman. Shocked by the incident and other similar attacks on Africans in India, independent photographer Mahesh Shantaram began documenting the lives of Africans living in India. Beginning with Bangalore, Shantaram travelled to the cities of Jaipur, Delhi and Manipal, choosing to focus on students, as they are a small and vulnerable group. Shantaram's series of intimate portraits is part of an upcoming exhibition organised by Tasveer. "Each portrait plays a part in unravelling the complex web of experiences of Africans

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  • Anaconda has tumour removed by Thai vets

    Thai veterinarians have operated on a 10-year-old anaconda to remove a large tumour from near its heart. The snake was anaesthetised for the seven-hour operation, Dr Taweesak Anansiriwattana told BBC Thai's Issariya Praithongyaem. Doctors at Klongluang Animal Hospital had to cut through the skin and abdominal cavity wall in order to reach the tumour, which weighed 1kg (2lb). Tissue samples have been sent for tests to determine if the snake has cancer. The snake weighed about 52kg (114 lbs). Most of the tumour was removed but a small part remains as it was too close to arteries, vets say. The snake was brought to the hospital by a private owner.

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  • 'It's about freedom': Ban boosts burkini sales 'by 200%'

    The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing - which combines "burqa" with "bikini" - leaves only the face, hands and feet on show. Aheda Zanetti, who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini, said online sales were up by 200% The 48-year-old Sydney woman said the swimsuits represented freedom and healthy living - not oppression. "I'm an Aussie chick, I've been here all my life," she said. "I know what hijab means. I know what veil means. I know what Islam means. And I know who I am." The mayor of Cannes' ruling "Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper

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  • Blake Lively doesn't want you praising her post-baby body

    Blake Lively says new mums shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight straight after having a baby. She's been on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, where she was complimented on how great she looked in a bikini in her new film The Shallows. The presenter commented on how the film was shot just months after Blake had her first baby. But the 28-year-old called it unfair that slimming down after birth is "so celebrated". "It's like, this is what someone looks like after having a baby," she said. "I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated." The ex-Gossip Girl star's now expecting her second child with husband

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  • 34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'

    Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone). The pearl was found 10 years ago by a fisherman who was unaware of its value and kept it as a good luck charm, Palawan official Aileen Amurao said. "We were amazed when he brought it to us," she told local media. Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world's largest pearl. The pearl is 1ft (30.5cm) wide and 2.2ft long and, if confirmed, will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg. Things that weigh about as much as the newly discovered pearl 1. An Afghan hound 2. An Olympic

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  • Duterte warns China over South China Sea dispute

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of a "bloody" confrontation should China try to invade the country's territories in the disputed South China Sea. While insisting that he would first seek a peaceful resolution, Duterte told soldiers on Wednesday that they should be prepared to defend the country over the territorial dispute. Duterte also said he would "not raise hell now" about an international court ruling that China had no legal right to claim a large swath of the South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines. China, which did not participate in the arbitration case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, has rejected the court's ruling as "null and void".

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  • World’s longest glass bottom bridge opens in China

    BEIJING: Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar. Some 430 meters long and suspended 300 meters above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province. Six meters wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass, the bridge can carry up to 800 people at the same time, an official in Zhangjiajie — a popular tourist destination — told the Xinhua news agency. Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hijabi Fashion and the “Enslavement of Women”

    Last week, the social media sphere was set ablaze as French Families Minister Laurence Rossignol criticised fashion labels who produce Islamic collections, accusing them of promoting the shutting away of women’s bodies and comparing veiled women with “negroes who supported slavery.” Her comment followed Yves Saint Laurent Co-Founder Pierre Berge’s harsh criticism of the fashion chains who follow the lead of Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, who released their hijab and abaya collection last January. "Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live

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  • Turkey shells Kurdish positions in Manbij - Syrian Kurdish groups seize nearly all Hasaka

    BEIRUT: Kurdish forces were in near full control of Syria’s city of Hasaka yesterday after battling pro-government militias, though some government officials remained holed up in buildings in the city centre, a Kurdish official and monitoring group said. The battle over Hasaka marks the most violent confrontation between the Kurdish YPG militia and Damascus in more than five years of civil war, and victory would be a major boost for the Kurds despite Turkish efforts to curb their gains. Ankara, which its fighting militants from its own Kurdish minority, has begun to step up efforts to curb the growth of Kurdish influence in Syria, where it backs Sunni Arab groups that are also hostile to the YPG. Yesterday Hasaka’s remaining government officials were confined to a few buildings in the city centre while the rest of the city was under Kurdish control, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Director Rami Abdulrahman said.

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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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  • Wind blows 1,500 American boaters into Canada

    More than a thousand Americans accidentally "invaded" international borders after high winds carried their rafts and boats into Canada. The US boaters were part of the Port Huron Float Down, an annual event on the St. Clair River, which divides the US state of Michigan and Canada. Police in Sarnia, Ontario, said it took hours to transport the stranded revellers back to the US on Sunday. No arrests were made and no one was injured, according to police. The unsanctioned event - in which participants float down the river on rafts, inner tubes and other flotation devices - begins at Port Huron's Lighthouse Beach in Michigan and was supposed to end at Chrysler Beach in Marysville. But hundreds of

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  • Oil falls as China fuel exports jump, US rigs rise

    Oil prices fell nearly 3 percent on Monday as China ramped up exports of refined products, U.S. oil producers added rigs for an eighth consecutive week, and prospects emerged for increased exports from Iraq and Nigeria. Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $49.39 per barrel at 1028 GMT, down $1.49 from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude Clc1 was down $1.27 at $47.25 a barrel. China's July exports of diesel and gasoline soared by 181.8 and 145.2 percent respectively compared with the same month last year, putting pressure on refined product margins. Because of the production and storage overhang in fuel markets, Barclays said a 20 percent price rally seen in August

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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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  • Liberté, Egalité, Burkini?

    While some people in France have seen the controversial Burkini ban as a defence of female freedom and French values, others, both there and across the Arab world, have expressed the view that, it is an attack not only on women penalised by the restrictions, but also on Muslims in general. Photos that appeared to show police forcing a Muslim woman to remove a burkini on a beach in Nice, have been widely shared on social media and provoked much comment. The penalty notice issued to the woman, and reported by the AFP news agency, cited her for not wearing "an outfit respecting good morals and secularism". The hashtag #BurkiniBan has been used tens of thousands of times, as has #WTFFrance, an older

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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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