• Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons into Kingdom foiled

    Saudi Gazette report United Nations — In its efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons, Saudi Arabia has busted terrorist cells related to Iran which smuggled weapons and explosives into the Kingdom, Bahrain and Kuwait. This was announced by Deputy Permanent Representative of Saudi delegation to the UN Counselor Saad Al-Saad in a speech at the UN on Monday. He reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the UN program of action to combat illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. He said that the Kingdom expresses deep concern at the extremely dangerous humanitarian, economic and social effects of illicit trafficking operations in small arms and light weapons. “Saudi Arabia has suffered from the

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  • Many Aramco staff tender resignations

    Many Saudi Aramco employees have submitted their resignations because of reported changes in allowances and incentives, Al-Hayat Arabic daily reported on Saturday. The newspaper also reported about rumors that the company’s HR executive director and personnel manger have sought early retirement. Last month a senior Aramco official said that the company plans to invest a total of about $334 billion by 2025, including spending on infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity. Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, vice president for procurement and supply chain management, told a conference in Bahrain that the figure included spending on exploring for and developing unconventional resources, such as shale gas.

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  • Pakistani tea seller turns model after fame on social media

    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani tea seller with striking eyes who saw his life change overnight after a picture of him at work went viral, said Friday he was totally unaware of social media until recently, when boys and girls suddenly started thronging his tea stall to take selfies with him. Arshad Khan, an 18-year-old with piercing light green eyes, initially became so nervous that he quit his job and went into hiding, fearing he might have done something wrong. Sitting among his friends at tea stall in an Islamabad flea market where he worked until days ago, Khan said he had never dreamed he would become famous. Overnight, Khan became an Internet sensation in Pakistan and beyond, with his picture shared thousands of times on social media with the hashtag #ChaiWala — or tea seller.

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  • Saudi man who beheaded his parents arrested in Taif

    Saudi authorities have arrested a young man for beheading his parents on Sunday in an incident that has shaken the nation. The gruesome and shocking incident took place west of Saudi Arabia in Taif city’s Al-Suhaili neighborhood. Sources told Al Arabiya that the man, using a knife, had decapitated his parents after confining them inside a room in their home. In June, twin brothers in Riyadh had killed their parents and stabbed a third brother .

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  • The worst for Saudi economy is probably now over: Study

    LONDON: Banks in Saudi Arabia have coped well so far with the fallout from lower oil prices, according to Capital Economics.‘We think the sector is in a strong position to confront the ongoing economic headwinds over the coming years,” commented Jason Turvey, Middle East economist of Capital Economics. The statement added: “The worst for the Saudi economy is probably now over. The majority of the necessary public spending cuts have already happened and we expect the pace of austerity to be eased over the coming years. This should support a gradual recovery in Saudi non-oil sector. Meanwhile, there are already signs that last week’s bumper $17.5 billion international bond issuance is enabling

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  • How will Rodrigo Duterte's strong words for the U.S. affect the Philippine economy?

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  • Kremlin: demands for Assad's departure 'thoughtless' - Region - World

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says that demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's departure are "thoughtless." In remarks televised Saturday, Dmitry Peskov also said the entire territory of Syria should be "liberated" and the country's integrity should be fully preserved. Peskov's statement comes as the break in the fighting Russia has declared in the besieged city of Aleppo entered its third day. The U.N. greeted the lull intended to allow the evacuation of wounded civilians and fighters from the rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo shattered by airstrikes, but the rebels have rejected the offer to evacuate and no evacuations were seen along the corridors created by the

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  • Recruitment agents flout laws, hire housemaids from GCC

    Saudi Gazette report Jeddah — Some recruitment offices are hiring housemaids through middlemen in Gulf countries by circumventing the law, Al-Madina Arabic daily reported on Saturday quoting sources. They either bring housemaids on visit visas or pay a Gulf citizen to hire them then letting them work for Saudis. The visit visas of these maids are renewed every six months, the sources claimed. This recruitment process takes up to six months and costs $8,000, according to the sources. Housemaids are hired from countries from where Saudi recruitment offices are not allowed to hire domestic workers. The salaries of housemaids hired through such illegal means are based on negotiations between recruitment

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  • Saudi Arabia’s founding King’s advice to Syrians

    Dubai — During the late part of his reign, Saudi Arabia’s founding King urged the Syrians to unify and maintain solidarity after colonialism, in remarks that were remembered by Saudi writer Mshari Al Thaydi published in an article in Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. The late King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud’s advice was first published in the first issue of Dhahran News newspaper dated December 26, 1954 – one year after he passed away in November of 1953. During its coverage of the late King’s visit to Egypt, the newspaper reported that his advice for solidarity came during his meeting with a delegation of Syrian journalists. The late King was quoted as saying: “I heard that the Syrians talk a lot, but they

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  • Taliban uses drones to film attacks in Afghanistan

    The Afghan Taliban has uploaded a drone footage showing a suicide bomber driving into a police base and blowing it up in the southern Helmand province. The fighters say the footage proves that they can now deploy drones as an "addition to their sophisticated possessions of advanced technologies". The 23-minute-long video, which begins with a self-proclaimed suicide bomber speaking in front of an explosives-rigged Humvee, was released on Saturday and appears to be authentic, according to the Afghan defence ministry. "The remote-controlled drones to capture footage of their [Taliban] fighters conducting attacks is nothing but to instill fear among people and to indicate how far they can get in defeating us, but in fact using a drone is not something they can call an achievement," Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the defence ministry, told Al Jazeera by telephone.

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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 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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  • Saudi King, Venezuelan president discuss oil market stability

    The king of Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, met Venezuela's president on Sunday in Riyadh and discussed ways to stabilise global oil prices, state news SPA reported. King Salman and President Maduro "reviewed areas of bilateral cooperation... and the latest developments including cooperation for the stability of oil markets," SPA said. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said earlier on Sunday that the views of the kingdom and Russia, the world's top oil producer, on the need to stabilise the market "are getting closer". "We have managed today... through a common meeting to reach a common notion to what we can reach in November," Falih said, referring to an OPEC meeting in Vienna on Nov. 30, when the exporting group is set to finalise a production cut agreement.

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  • Stray Bullets: Guns in the Philippines

    Ten years ago, in November 2006, Al Jazeera English was launched. To mark that anniversary, we've created REWIND, which updates some of the channel's most memorable and award-winning documentaries of the past decade. We find out what happened to some of the characters in those films and ask how their stories have developed in the years since our cameras left. In 2014, 101 East went to investigate gun culture in the Philippines, where love for firearms is not restricted to the country's most crime-ridden neighbourhoods. In "Stray Bullets", the question at the time was whether recently introduced guns laws were going to put an end to the gun violence then plaguing the Philippines. As REWIND discovers,

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  • Egyptian Girl Sold Into Slavery at the Age of 8 Publishes Her Memoirs

    Despite having been heavily covered by western media, the sad saga of an Egyptian girl who was robbed of her childhood in the cruelest way possible is only just beginning to become known here in Egypt after one Facebook user took to the social network to share her story, which is rapidly going viral  Although born in 1991, Shyima Hall’s life didn’t really begin until 2002 when she was freed from the shackles of slavery her own parents had sold her into for the mere price of $30. Born in grinding poverty, little Shyima lived with her parents and ten siblings in an Alexandria slum until she was traded to a rich family for whom her older sister used to work as a maid. The wealthy employers accused

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  • Brighton 'tornado of starlings' photograph scoops top award

    An image of starlings flying around the remains of Brighton's West Pier has been awarded the top prize in the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards. The shot by Matthew Cattell, from Bracknell, Berkshire, was likened by judges to the tornado in the Wizard of Oz movie. It beat thousands of submissions to win the overall title. Founder of the awards Charlie Waite described it as an "intriguing image". "The sense of movement is palpable in Matthew's photograph and you really feel what it would have been like to stand beside him," Mr Waite said. "The starlings seem to be swirling around the iconic remains of Brighton's West Pier in a manner reminiscent of the tornado in the Wizard of Oz." A view

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  • US election daily dig: Early voting gives Hillary Clinton a boost

    There are just 13 days to go until election day, but millions of people across the US are already casting their ballots in states that allow early voting. The latest figures suggest more than nine million people have voted so far, and although that is just a fraction of the 129 million who took part in the 2012 election, the data does give us some nuggets of insight. Here's what we know so far, courtesy of our North America reporter Anthony Zurcher: Because many states disclose the party affiliation of those who have voted, we know that Democrats and Republicans are running neck-and-neck in Florida - a good sign for Hillary Clinton, given that Republicans in the state usually early vote in larger

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  • Haji Ali Dargah: Mumbai mosque to lift ban on women

    A famous mosque in India has agreed to scrap a ban on women entering its inner sanctum after a bitter legal battle about the restriction. The Haji Ali Dargah trust has barred women from the mausoleum off the coast of Mumbai since 2011, insisting the presence of women near the tomb of a revered saint is a "grievous sin" in Islam. The trustees had appealed to the Supreme Court against a lower court's decision in August to overturn the ban as a violation of constitutional rights of equality. But the trust told the Supreme Court on Monday it would now admit women but needed several weeks to set up special entry areas to the tomb in the 15th-century building. "The trust has decided to give women access

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  • China: Soon the most visible victim of deglobalisation

    China's exports are falling and millions of jobs are at risk. When you buy anything, anywhere in the world, there is a good chance that it comes from China. We all know China as the great export powerhouse of the 21st century. But China's exports hit an all-time high in December, 2015 and (ignoring season fluctuations) have been declining ever since. China is increasingly turning inward for growth - and having trouble finding it. China accounts for about one-eighth of the world's merchandise exports, far more than any other country. Even this figure understates the true importance of China's export economy. Most other countries export intermediate goods that are just parts and components of the

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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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