• Afghan star burns controversial dress

    An Afghan singer and television personality has publicly burned a skin-coloured dress after religious figures and members of the public criticised her for wearing it during a recent concert. Aryana Sayeed uploaded a video to her Facebook page, showing the contentious outfit going up in flames after it caused uproar in her native Afghanistan. The controversial tight dress, which she wore at a concert in Paris on 13 May, sparked condemnation from religious figures and on social media, with several people saying it was against Afghan culture and non-Islamic. She was certainly not pleased to be burning the dress, telling her more than 1.6m followers "If you think that the only problem in Afghanistan

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  • Dhahi Khalfan says Qatar favors Iran, Muslim Brotherhood over Arab countries

    Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, criticized the recent Qatari statements in which Qatar announced its stance from the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. Last Update: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 KSA 18:07 - GMT 15:07

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  • Pigeon 'caught with backpack of drugs'

    Customs officials in Kuwait have apprehended a pigeon carrying drugs in a miniature backpack, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai reports. A total of 178 pills were found in the fabric pocket attached to its back, the newspaper says. The bird was caught near the customs building in Abdali, close to the border with Iraq. An al-Rai journalist said the drugs were a form of ketamine, an anaesthetic also used as an illegal party drug. Abdullah Fahmi told the BBC that customs officials already knew pigeons were being used to smuggle drugs, but this was the first time they had caught a bird in the act. Law enforcement officials elsewhere have, however, identified previous cases where pigeons have been used to

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  • Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast

    CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked Manchester Arena killing 22 people, have been been released by police. Fourteen locations are being searched and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. Abedi's identity was known within two hours of Monday's attack, police said. The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night. Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement after leading a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra on Saturday morning. Armed police continue to guard hundreds of events across the UK over the bank holiday weekend.

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  • ISIL: Target Russia

    Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) have always considered "the West" - and the United States in particular - the ultimate enemy. But following President Vladimir Putin's policy of military involvement in Syria, Russia may have taken its place as ISIL's main target. Thousands of ISIL fighters from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are regrouping in the virtually impregnable mountains of Afghanistan, plotting revenge against the Kremlin. ISIL's high command have given orders to target Russian cities, with thousands of trained fighters ready to act at any time. Most recently, a lone terrorist on the metro in St Petersburg demonstrated the vulnerability of any

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  • Manchester attack: Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry confirmed dead

    A teenage couple killed in the Manchester Arena explosion "adored each other", their families have said. "Inseparable" Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields were among 22 victims killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack. The pair were described as "perfect in every way for each other" by their relatives in a joint family tribute released through police. "They wanted to be together forever and now they are", it added. The statement, posted on Facebook, said the couple "lived to go to new places together and explore different cities". Chloe described herself as "ditzy", her family said, while Liam "would do anything for [her], including dealing with Chloe's demands for chocolate".

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  • Yes, Mr. Trump, we accept your partnership

    Yes, Mr. Trump, Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Muslim world. We are the proud servitors of the Two Holy Mosques who welcome all pilgrims — Sunni and Shiite, Ismailis and Ibadhis, Alawites and Druze, Africans and Asians, Americans and Europeans, Persians and Arabs — everyone who proclaims that there is no god but Allah (God), and Muhammad, peace be upon him, is his Prophet. Yes, Mr. Trump, in his speech, before you spoke, King Salman declared that our aim is to stamp out extremism and the terrorists who practice it. Later in the day, you joined him in inaugurating the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. Yes, Mr. Trump, you did not lecture us, and we accept your partnership. Yes,

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  • Pro-Iran, pro-terror group's comments attributed to Qatari Emir sparks GCC outrage

    Jeddah: An outpour of criticism was unleashed via social and traditional media outlets in the Gulf after the official Qatar News Agency (QNA), carried comments attributed to the nation's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said to have been made at a graduation ceremony of the national servicd (military conscription) where he has endorsed Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. He also reportedly spoke of "tensions" with the new US administration and predicted the President Donald J. Trump will not last long, citing domestic political problems in Washington over ties with Russia. Al-Thani also seems to have praised Iran which even the previous US administration under President Obama labeled as the "biggest

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  • Manchester bomber spoke to brother before attack

    Manchester, England (CNN)British authorities are trying to contain the network they believe is behind the Manchester attack as it emerged that the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, reportedly spoke to his brother in Libya just 15 minutes before he detonated his explosives. As you've seen from the number of arrests, we are on the right track to try to contain it," UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told CNN in Manchester on Friday. Investigators continue to work around the clock to track down associates of Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, amid fears he is part of a network plotting further mayhem.

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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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  • 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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  • Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

    Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10. The bodies were discovered by a rescue team sent to retrieve the body of a Slovak climber who died on the mountain on Sunday. All the fatalities have occurred in or near the so-called "death zone", where oxygen levels are extremely low. Local media reported that the latest deaths were two foreign climbers and two Sherpa guides. This season has also claimed the lives of an Australian, Francesco Marchetti; an Indian, Ravi Kumar, whose body was found on Monday; and 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan, who died attempting to reclaim his title as the world's oldest person to reach the top. World-renowned

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  • Scarlett Moffatt to host Streetmate dating show reboot on Channel 4

    Scarlett Moffatt will host a reboot of Streetmate for Channel 4. Originally presented by Davina McCall back in the 1990s, the programme helps single people to find a date with someone they see on the streets. "I can't believe Channel 4 have asked me to present this iconic dating show," said Scarlett. Channel 4 have signed the 26-year-old to co-host an entertainment show alongside Alan Carr, although further details have yet to be revealed. "I remember watching Davina on Streetmate when I was younger and thinking females can present entertainment shows too, I want to do that when I'm older," said Scarlett. "It's such a fun show and it's two of my favourite things to do, chat to randomers and a

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  • Iran: The Regime’s Nature and Its Calculations

    It was interesting that the arrival of the US president Donald Trump in Riyadh in his first foreign visit since taking office should coincide with the election of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for a second term. Avoiding the temptation of ‘conspiracy theory’, I reckon it was very much in the interest of the Iranian regime that Rouhani easily defeated his opponent Ebrahim Raisi who is thought of as the future ‘supreme guide’, given the change of leadership in Washington. Such a result reflects a wise and tactful approach by the ‘movers and shakers’ in Tehran to internal as well as foreign policies. Those ‘movers and shakers’ may be pretty extremist anti-Arab and anti-West, but it doesn’t follow

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  • Riyadh public transport project on track

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh —  A workforce from 20 international companies from 11 countries is working around the clock to complete the King Abdulaziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh next year as planned. It consists of a modern train system network supported by a multiple feeder bus service to ease traffic congestion in the capital city which witnesses more than 8 million trips daily done by more than 6 million commuters. The Riyadh metro network is the backbone of the city’s public transport system and consists of six main lines with a length of 176 km covering most densely populated areas, government facilities, and commercial, educational and health activities. It is also connected

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  • Ramadan 2017: Fasting hours around the world

    During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for a full lunar month - they begin fasting at the Fajr call to prayer just before sunrise and break their fast at sundown. In recent years, Ramadan has moved increasingly into the summer months which bring long days in the northern hemisphere and sweltering heat for many countries. Conversely, Ramadan has fallen on the shortest, winter days in the southern hemisphere. Last year, fasting hours across the world ranged between 11 and 22 hours. This year, fasting hours will range between 10 hours in Chile and 21 hours in Greenland.  Al Jazeera takes a look at how many hours Muslims, for whom fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam,

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  • 'I had a stroke at 14'

    When 14-year-old Brenna Collie from Aberdeenshire told her mother she was having a stroke she was told to stop being a "drama queen". Brenna, from Strichen, was too young and too healthy to have a stroke, her mother thought. She has since learned that about 400 UK children have a stroke every year, leaving many with severe physical and mental impairments. Experts say early recognition is important to minimise the risk of severe long-term health problems. Brenna told BBC Scotland's John Beattie programme: "I had a bug the day before so I was off school. "I had blurry vision throughout the day and I thought that I was just feeling ill and tired so I just went up to my room to lie down and sleep.

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  • Father's ashes stolen from woman in Perranporth

    A man's ashes have been stolen from his daughter as she holidayed in Cornwall. Joanne Young carried her father's ashes in a locket in her wallet, which was stolen along with her handbag as she fed ducks with her two young children. Mrs Young, 28, from Bath, had taken her family on holiday to Perranporth because she had gone there every year with her father every year throughout her childhood. She said: "The money isn't important to me but my dad's ashes mean the world." John Hadley died from cancer aged 61 in June 2014. Mrs Young, 28, said: "I keep the locket with me all the time because wherever I go I want him with me. "He brought me down here with my mum and sisters every single year to the

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  • Strictly fans pay £26 for a photo with a judge but what do other celebrities charge?

    Fans of Strictly Come Dancing will pay more than £25 for a photo with judges on the upcoming theatre show. It'll cost £26.80 including fees to get a snap with either Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, or presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. That's in addition to the £70 for an adult to go to the Strictly Spectacular at London's Excel Centre in June. But how does it compare to the cost of meeting other celebrities? The Incredible Hulk It'll cost £40 for a photo with the green superhero at London Comic Con in May. Well, not the actual Hulk but actor Lou Ferrigno, who played him in the 1970s TV series. Sam L Jones, who played Flash Gordon in the 1980 film, and Star Trek's

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  • Manchester attack: Mobile phone 'saved woman's life'

    Pictures have emerged showing a mobile phone which is believed to have saved the life of a Gwynedd woman badly injured in the Manchester bombing. Lisa Bridgett, of Pwllheli, had been using the phone after the Ariana Grande concert on Monday when the explosion caused a steel nut to hit her. She lost a middle finger before the nut went through her phone and her cheek, ending up lodged in her nose. Her husband said the phone probably diverted and slowed down the nut. The bomb attack at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured a further 64. Eight men are in custody following the attack, carried out by Salman Abedi. Mrs Bridgett, who was at the concert with her daughter and her daughter's

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