• Saudis visit Israel, meet government official - Region - World

    The head of a rare Saudi delegation to Israel and the occupied West Bank met a senior Israeli government official during his trip, Israel's foreign ministry told AFP on Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the meeting between retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki and ministry Director General Dore Gold took place at the prestigious King David hotel in west Jerusalem but did not give further details. The Jerusalem Post newspaper said Eshki led a delegation of "businessmen and academics" on a mission to promote a stalled Saudi-led 2002 Arab peace initiative. It said that he met Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of the military body that coordinates Israeli activities in the West

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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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  • Stranded in the Gulf, duped Indian workers call for help

    ABU DHABI — Indian workers stranded in the United Arab Emirates with expired work permits, no pay and limited food, water and sanitation have appealed to the Indian government for immediate repatriation and financial assistance. “Please help us reunite with our families,” a migrant said in a video clip, adding that there were nearly 100 workers stuck with no money or documents to get back home. Fifteen workers from southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who are among those at a camp for migrant workers, have urged the Indian government to bring them home immediately. “We received their complaint a few days back and sent it to our mission in Abu Dhabi asking for immediate repatriation and ensuring

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  • Orangutan 'copies human speech'

    An orangutan copying sounds made by researchers offers new clues to how human speech evolved, scientists say. Rocky mimicked more than 500 vowel-like noises, suggesting an ability to control his voice and make new sounds. It had been thought these great apes were unable to do this and, since human speech is a learned behaviour, it could not have originated from them. Study lead Dr Adriano Lameira said this "notion" could now be thrown "into the trash can". Dr Lameira, who conducted the research at Amsterdam University prior to joining Durham University, said Rocky's responses had been "extremely accurate". The team wanted to make sure the ape produced a new call, rather than adapting a "normal

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  • Flipkart's Myntra to buy online shopping rival Jabong

    Myntra, a subsidiary of Indian online shopping giant Flipkart, says it has bought rival fashion shopping site Jabong. The company did not disclose the size of the deal. Once a big player in India's online retailing industry, Jabong has fallen on hard times in the past year amid poor sales and management shake-ups. India's e-commerce industry has a high profile and rapid customer growth but the sector continues to make losses. The sector is marked by tough competition - only last month, industry pioneer Amazon announced it would step up investment in the country. The US firm plans to increase its investment in India by $3bn (£2.1bn), bringing the total amount invested in the country to more than

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  • Rio 2016: Olympic opening ceremony outfits likened to erasers

    It can't be nice for a designer to have your work become the target of the unforgiving eye of a fashion critic. But a cultured reviewer is no match for the tirade that can come your way if you irk social media. Especially when the catwalk is one of Earth's most high profile and watched events. More than one billion people around the world are expected to watch the cream of the globe's athletes take part in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on 5 August. So it's no wonder that leading fashion brands have been keen to design uniforms for their country's Olympians. Historically, the likes of Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney have threaded their expensive needles

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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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  • 28 pages later: What the US findings on 9/11 mean

    The 28 previously classified pages of the US Senate report on the Sept. 11 attacks have now been made public. Prior to this, opponents of Saudi Arabia claimed the pages would prove that the kingdom aided and abetted the attacks. However, they show what many had suspected for quite some time, that there was nothing significant to add to what we already knew. Transparency Last Update: Tuesday, 26 July 2016 KSA 12:41 - GMT 09:41 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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  • Meet Rajinikanth the Indian superstar

    Box office bonanza The excitement has also translated into commercial success. In the U.S. alone, Kabali brought in an estimated $4.1 million in ticket sales over the weekend, making it the ninth-highest grossing film this weekend and the only non-English language film in the top ten. In India, industry analyst Sreedhar Pillai says the figure for the weekend is around 110 crore rupees or $16 million, beating out the Bollywood film, Sultan, which stars North Indian superstar Salman Khan. Much of its commercial success comes from the audience's devotion to Rajinikanth, which has spawned toilet constructions and a life-sized chocolate statue, among other things. Its release day became a sort of

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  • U.S. Navy's new $13B aircraft carrier can't fight

    (CNN)The $13-billion USS Gerald R. Ford is already two years behind schedule, and the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier is facing more delays after the Pentagon's top weapons tester concluded the ship is still not ready for combat despite expectations it would be delivered to the fleet this September. According to a June 28 memo obtained by CNN, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's director of operational test and evaluation, said the most expensive warship in history continues to struggle launching and recovering aircraft, moving onboard munitions, conducting air traffic control and with ship self-defense. "These four systems affect major areas of flight operations," Gilmore wrote in his report to Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley.

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  • China asks Vietnam to probe passport slur

    China has asked Vietnam to investigate reports that a Chinese visitor's passport was handed back with obscenities written on two pages. Pictures show a four-letter word written on the pages that contain a map including China's "nine-dash line". The line marks China's claim to territories in the South China Sea. Those claims, which overlap with Vietnam's, were recently rejected by an international tribunal. The tourist, surnamed Zhong and from China's Guangdong province was entering Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. She told local media that she was "very disappointed at the personal qualities of Vietnamese officials". The Chinese consulate in Ho Chi Minh City said in a statement the act was "shameless

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  • Meet Hijarbie, the hijab-wearing Barbie becoming a star on Instagram

    A hijab-wearing Barbie has become a star on Instagram. The iconic doll has been given a makeover by a Nigerian Muslim blogger and medical scientist, Haneefah Adam. She started posting photos of "Hijarbie" two months ago. Haneefah told Mic the idea came when she got thinking about "how I'd actually like to see a doll dressed up like I would have - covered up". Haneefah makes the mini hijabs and dresses herself. The 24-year-old says she is working on making hijarbies available for sale soon. Haneefah says she'd like to dress up a black doll but she couldn't find different Barbie types in Nigeria. Last month, toymaker Mattel announced it was adding new body shapes and skin tones to the Barbie range.

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  • Brexit Watch: At-a-glance day-by-day summer briefing

    The UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on 23 June. Here's your daily summer briefing of the latest Brexit-related news... Recap for new readers The UK public voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union in June's referendum. During the campaign there were warnings from the Remain side about the economic impact of leaving, while the Leave side suggested the UK would be able to take back control of immigration and the £350m a week they said the UK sent to the EU. New Prime Minister Theresa May has said "Brexit means Brexit" - but no-one yet seems to sure what Brexit means. Will the UK stay as a member of the EU single market? Will EU nationals retain the right to live and work

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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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  • Expats can’t buy property in holy cities, Riyadh — Shoura

    The Shoura Council has reiterated its last year’s decision preventing non-Saudis from owning property, real estate or locations within the boundaries of Makkah, Madinah or Riyadh. The Shoura, according to a report in Okaz Arabic daily, has defined non-Saudis to be the natural persons who do not have the Saudi nationality, the non-Saudi companies or the companies established by Saudis but have foreign shareholders. The Shoura called for severe punishment against violators and said the decision was aimed at preventing any harm to the two holy cities while at the same time preserving the investment environment in the Kingdom. It also said the decision was aimed at ending the crime of tasattur (expatriates doing business in the name of Saudis against certain fees).

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  • Philippines’ ex-President Arroyo: ‘I was persecuted’

    Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has declared herself a victim of political persecution, following her release from nearly five years in detention over a corruption case. In her first public comments since being freed from a military hospital on Thursday after the Supreme Court dismissed plunder charges against her, Arroyo insisted her detention was “unjust”. Arroyo was jailed in 2011 under the administration of then president Benigno Aquino, who sought to make his predecessor a high-profile scalp of his anti-corruption campaign. Firebrand leader Rodrigo Duterte succeeded Aquino in June, and offered to pardon Arroyo.

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  • Egypt Becoming a Global Gas Giant After Another Massive Discovery In the Mediterranean Sea

    Although Egypt isn’t currently rich with tourists, it’s proving to extremely rich in resources from gold to gas. On Thursday British oil company BP and Italy’s Eni announced that they have discovered yet another ‘significant gas discovery off the coast of Egypt. According to Eni’s press release the latest discovery is located in the Baltim South West area which is 12 kilometres from the coast, 25 metres deep, and 10 kilometres north of the Nooros field, and will be jointly owned by both companies. "Baltim South West discovery further confirms the significant potential of the so called 'Great Nooros Area,' which is now estimated to hold 70-80 billion cubic metres of gas in place," read Eni's statement.

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  • Seal found napping in Tasmania toilet

    An Australian fur seal that fell asleep in a public toilet block in Tasmania has been safely relocated. A council work crew was startled to find the 120kg (265lb) seal, who they named Sammy, taking a nap in the women's toilets at Mersey Vale Lawn Cemetery on Tuesday. Sammy was sedated and taken to a nearby beach to be released. The cemetery is about 500m from the ocean and it is believed Sammy may have swum up a creek to reach it. A spokeswoman for Devonport City Council told the BBC the arrival of Sammy was "highly unusual". "They are quite common on the beaches. Local fishermen often complain about them stealing their fish," she said. "He came and posed for a few photos for us, which was lovely."

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  • It's Not a UFO, It's the Zero-Emission Solar Impulse 2 Heading for Cairo

    On Wednesday morning the skies of Egypt are expecting a visitor that may look to many like a UFO, but is actually the amazing zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse 2 on the final stretch of its 35,000 km journey to circumnavigate the globe. Cairo will be the next stop for the Solar Impulse 2, which embarked from Abu Dhabi in March 2015. Currently in the skies, the Solar Impulse 2 departed from Seville en route to Cairo, the final stop before completing its mission back in Abu Dhabi. Piloting the unique aircraft into Cairo is Andre Borschberg alongside Bertrand Piccard, who alternate flying duties between the different stages. It is expected to take 48 to 72 hours for the aircraft to reach Cairo, depending

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  • Two Muslim Women Kicked Off JetBlue Flight for ‘Staring’ at Flight Attendant

    In what would have been a shocking but is now an all-too-familiar Islamophobic incident, two Muslim women were led off a passenger plane as a flight attendant did not like the way the women ‘stared’ at her, according to DailyMail. On Saturday, two Muslim women in hijabs onboard JetBlue Flight 487 between Boston and Los Angeles were escorted out of the airliner by police as one of the flight attendants was concerned about the way the two women were looking at her. A video showing the two women being escorted out for questioning was posted on YouTube on Monday by Mark Frauenfelder, taken by his friend Sharon Kessler. In regards to the incident, Kessler told DailyMail that "it was a terrible moment

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