• Iran: Hassan Rouhani's allies set for parliament win

    Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won the most seats in the second round of parliamentary elections, state media have reported. Of the 68 legislative seats being contested on Friday, 33 went to the pro-Rouhani List of Hope coalition and 21 to conservatives, according to the Fars news agency. That would give reformists 128 seats in the new 290-member parliament, 18 shy of a majority but more than their rivals' 124 MPs. Remaining seats went to independents who could hold the balance of power. The outcome, if confirmed officially, would represent a dramatic realignment in the country, with conservative MPs likely being outnumbered by their rivals

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  • 7 buses in Makkah set on fire

    Badea Abu Al-Naja Saudi Gazette MAKKAH — Workers laid off by one of Saudi Arabia’s largest employers set fire to buses Saturday night, eyewitnesses and media reports said. Footage uploaded to YouTube showed workers of the Saudi Binladin Group protesting outside the construction company’s offices in Makkah, and setting fire to seven buses. Makkah Civil Defense spokesman Capt. Naif Al-Sharif said the Civil Defense received reports that seven buses parked near the residential quarters of the Saudi Binladen Group were on fire. The Civil Defense managed to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries. The Civil Defense is investigating the cause of the fire, Capt. Al-Sharif told Okaz. The protesting

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  • Obama torches Trump at his final Washington correspondents' dinner

    WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Saturday took aim at Democrats and Republicans alike in his final appearance headlining the star-studded White House correspondents’ dinner, but saved his sharpest barbs for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. “The Republican establishment is incredulous that he’s their most likely nominee,” Obama told attendees at the black-tie event, which brought together journalists and media moguls with Hollywood stars and power brokers from Capitol Hill and beyond. “They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan,”

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  • Will and Kate: Five-year wedding anniversary

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding was watched by millions across the world, with Kate choosing to omit the word "obey" from her vows -- much like William's mother Princess Diana did when she married Prince Charles in 1981.

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  • Imminent terrorist attack foiled in southern Saudi Arabia; two suspects shot dead

    RIYADH – Security authorities shot dead two suspected terrorists and foiled an imminent attack in southern Saudi Arabia at dawn Friday, the Interior Ministry announced. Officers grew suspicious of two vehicles spotted at a location outside the Bisha governorate in Asir Province and monitored their movement, the Saudi Press Agency reported citing the ministry’s security spokesman. “One of the vehicles was laden with explosives. When the drivers saw that the vehicles were being followed, they started firing at the officers before veering off to a desert area,” he said. The officers pursued the vehicles under the cover of security helicopters. An exchange of fire ensued and the two vehicles were

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  • Khamenei: US lifted sanctions only on paper

    TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honored. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei echoed other officials in Tehran who allege that Washington is creating hurdles for European financial institutions, more than three months after the agreement came into force. With nuclear-related sanctions lifted, US and European diplomats have said there is no bar on non-American banks doing business with Iran. But it is not happening in reality, Khamenei said. “On paper they say that foreign banks can do business with Iran but, in practice, they are fomenting Iranophobia to prevent

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  • UAE's Etihad inks global sponsorship deal for fashion week events

    Etihad Airways on Friday announced a new global agreement with WME | IMG to become a major long-term partner to the fashion industry by supporting 17 fashion week events around the world annually. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will become the official airline of fashion week events in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Sydney and Mumbai. These include New York Fashion Week: The Shows, MADE Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, London Collections: Men, Milan Fashion Week, Milano Moda Uomo, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai). Etihad Airways Partners, which includes seven airlines in which it holds minority equity stakes, will

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  • Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in new Tomb Raider film

    Alicia Vikander has signed up to play Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider film. She's following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie who starred in the first two adaptations of the game series more than 10 years ago. There have been rumours of a sequel for years, with various Hollywood actresses linked to play the archaeologist-adventurer. Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Cara Delevigne and Gemma Arterton were all front runners, according to reports. In February, Alicia won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, opposite Eddie Redmayne. She's also been in Ex Machina and she's recently finished filming alongside Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, which is out later this year. Lara

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  • Want to buy a bargain American-spec car in UAE? Think again

    Every once in a while, in the news you read about yet another car that went up in flames in the UAE for no apparent reason. While some cases have been due to age or bad stereo installations, others can simply be attributed to the source of the cars, such as the used examples coming from the United States. American-spec used cars are widely available at used car dealerships in Dubai or Sharjah. Individuals in the UAE are also involved in this business unofficially, but recent changes in rules have limited the number of cars they can import per year unless they set up as a business.

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  • Daisy Ridley 'will not apologise' for her body size after Instagram criticism

    Daisy Ridley says she "will not apologise" for her body shape. She responded to an Instagram post of her character Rey, which criticised how thin she looked in Star Wars. "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls," a speech bubble read. "Don't they know real women have curves?" She replied: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave. I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world." Daisy deleted her initial response on the post. The actress said it wasn't her intention "for anyone to send messages to that poor person that posted the original picture". She then posted a full response on her own official account which included

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  • Green Card: A ray of hope for expats

    Emad is an Egyptian engineer. Ahmed is a Syrian accountant. Both are very close friends and their families are like one big family. Both the friends have been living in Saudi Arabia for the past 35 years. Their children grew up together. All their childhood memories were formed in Saudi Arabia and all their friends are in this country not in their respective home countries. Interestingly, Emad and Ahmed know the Eastern Province like the back of their hands. They could easily become tourist guides who are aware about the area like natives. These two guys can easily get confused in the streets of Cairo or Damascus. In other words, Saudi Arabia is their home away from home. Unfortunately, the sword

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  • Green Card proposal

    I read with interest the article “Green Card: A ray of hope for expats” (April 27) by Abdulateef Al-Mulhim. I liked the manner in which the writer raised the issue. The best thing about the writer is that we could relate to his writing. He does not write for himself. He writes for his readers, which is a unique quality.Issuing permanent residency to eligible expatriates will help the Kingdom develop much faster. We should learn from the experience of developed countries. The United States of America is called the nation of nations. We all know its status in the world. The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia are other examples. The Saudi Vision 2030 is undoubtedly a comprehensive strategy to

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  • Syria is bleeding. Where are the Arabs?

    There are no words to express my fury and distress at the horrendous scenes shown on our screens. What kind of world is this that does nothing apart from holding conferences when hospitals are being pounded, the bodies of small children are being pulled from bombed-out buildings while wounded toddlers scream for their dead mothers! The words of a small boy forced to bury his baby brother because there is no one left still ring in my ears. “Why was I not taken instead?” he said through his sobs. What kind of “President” sends his fighter jets to bomb his own people lying in their hospital beds? Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Tragedy of our times Last Update: Monday, 2 May 2016 KSA 08:01 - GMT 05:01 Disclaimer:

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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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  • Oman — The Pearl of Arabia

    Paige Peterson   Arriving in the Sultanate of Oman you feel as if you are on a Hollywood set. Orderly. Vast. Visually breathtaking. Often visitors liken it to Disneyland. Controlled. Well-organized, meticulously maintained public grounds. Friendly. Happy. Helpful. Tolerant. No litter. No vagrancy. No graffiti. No terrorism. No violence. No radicalism. No unsafe areas. Did I mention exquisitely clean…..It is all this and more.  Oman is an Arabian dreamscape. I’ve never seen such well-planned urban development. Architectural details are carefully mandated here. Many of the buildings are 46 years young; they’re well thought out in placement and accessibility. Even the street lamps in the cities

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  • Worker dies after falling ill at Qatar World Cup stadium site

    An Indian worker has died after being taken ill on one of the Qatar World Cup sites, the organisers have announced. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the organisers behind the World Cup 2022 tournament, announced in a statement that a 48-year-old Indian national Jaleshwar Prasad, a steel-worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project, died shortly after becoming ill on the site. “Mr Prasad fell ill on-site around 9.30am on Wednesday, 27 April,” the committee announced in a statement. “He received first aid treatment until paramedics arrived. He was transferred to Al Khor Hospital but sadly passed away around 11.30am. Al Khor Hospital reported the cause of death as cardiac arrest.

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  • What it's like looking like Taylor Swift

    Olivia Sturgiss is like many 19-year-old women. She's studying at uni, she works in a clothes shop and she lives in a house share. Except Olivia looks rather a lot like Taylor Swift. And it could make her a lot of money. "I wore the red lipstick like any other fan does, and I wore a sparkly outfit and then ever since then, it was something commented on every day," Olivia told Newsbeat. "Even when I was wearing no make-up at work, I'd have just have my hair tied back, natural face and I'd still get comments on it. "It's always been a natural resemblance and it's always been an ongoing thing since I was really young." Olivia's been a fan of Tay's for more than seven years and says it's flattering

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  • Violence rocks Aleppo - City left out of ‘freeze’ ; ‘Loveliest doctor’ killed

    ALEPPO: Regime aircraft yesterday pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to freeze fighting despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in the city over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and brought a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse. Despite the carnage, Aleppo has been excluded from a fresh “freeze” in fighting brokered by the United States and Russia. Syria’s armed forces said that the freeze would begin at 1:00 am today and last for 24 hours in Damascus and the nearby rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, and 72 hours in the coastal Latakia province. A Syrian security source said the

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  • 9 Unexpected Reasons You Could Get Detained in Egypt

    In every country certain rules are implemented, and while no country is like its neighbours, Egypt is especially exceptional when it comes to its laws and there are some very strange things that can get you arrested here. Here are nine unexpected acts that will get you detained in Egypt. You're all probably familiar with these tales but just in case you're not, each headline will lead you to the full story with all the glorious details of what happened and how and why the people involved got into hot water... Drawing Doodles Just recently Islam Gawish was arrested for publishing a satirical doodle of President Sisi. Moral of the story: it's best to doodle flowers and rainbows, not presidents.

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  • India's debt problem is bigger than beer baron Vijay Mallya

    Vijay Mallya has his problems: He owes $1.3 billion, his passport has been revoked and India wants Britain to deport the self-styled "King of Good Times." The Indian tycoon's fall from grace has become a media obsession in his home country: How did the beer baron -- a man with his own F1 team, cricket franchise and premium airline -- become a poster child for unpaid debts? Mallya's bad loans are just the tip of the iceberg. More than 5% of India's bank loans are classed as non-performing, meaning they have gone sour. When debts that have been restructured or written off are included, that figure jumps to more than 14%. A booming economy has helped paper over losses, but India's ratio of bad loans

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