• Turkey: Army kills up to 200 YPG fighters in Aleppo

    The Turkish military said its fighter jets hit Syrian Kurdish targets in northern Syria, and killed up to 200 fighters, according to state media. The jets hit 18 targets in Maarrat Umm Hawsh, a region north of the city of Aleppo, the official news agency Anadolu said. Quoting the army, the report claimed that between 160 and 200 fighters from the YPG, the People's Protection Units, were killed in the raids on Wednesday night. A Syrian-Kurdish forces leader, however, said that while Turkish jets and artillery were attacking, no more than 10 fighters had been killed so far.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least nine YPG fighters were confirmed killed and 26

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  • No plan to deport expats above 40, says ministry

    Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — An official source from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has denied rumors circulating on social media and online news sites that expatriates over 40 years of age would be deported. The source said that it was a false news story and that such rumors harmed expatriates in the Kingdom. He said that the ministry issues rules and directives through official websites. Professor of criminal psychology and head of academic studies at King Fahd Security College Dr. Nasser Ali Arifi said that the main motive behind spreading rumors is to destabilize the economy, spread chaos and harm the relationship between citizens and expatriates. “Enemies of the country tend

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  • Envoy: Top Filipino drug kingpin arrested in UAE

    DUBAI: A man named by Philippines’ president as a major drug kingpin was arrested in the capital of the United Arab Emirates after apparently fleeing his country, a Filipino diplomat said yesterday. Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr was arrested Sunday night in an apartment in Abu Dhabi, Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr told AP. Abu Dhabi investigators used intelligence gathered by the Philippine National Police to locate Espinosa, Vingno said. He said that his country hopes to extradite Espinosa soon. Filipino media quoted local police as saying an overseas Filipino worker tipped off authorities. An Interpol red notice for Espinosa, the son of a mayor also accused of being a drug kingpin, says he

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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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  • Duterte's China gamble: From ardent critic to unlikely ally?

    First state visit to China Currently, the Philippines and China are negotiating a 25-year bilateral military agreement which allows Manila to purchase Chinese weapons. And unlike any of his predecessors, Duterte's first state visit will be to China. Without a doubt, China will be rolling out the red carpet, charming its Filipino guest with maximum hospitality and offering assistance and good will. During his stay in Beijing, Duterte is expected to discuss various measures to normalize bilateral relations, expand economic cooperation and explore a potential modus vivendi in the South China Sea. Photos:Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things. After US president Barack Obama said he would

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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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  • Cairo's First All-Female American Football Team

    First we had the Egyptian Federation of American Football kicking off and bringing NFL stars to the motherland through the American Football Without Barriers program, and now these ladies – The Pink Warriors – are ready to kick some serious butt as part of Egypt's first ever all-female American football team. You read that right, these awesome women are playing American flag football - no tackling, but the oddly shaped ball is definitely there. Check it out the viral video from Now This. The team was founded in 2015 by two American male football players with a passion for the game  who are currently living in Cairo. As per Reuters, the popularity of the game amongst female athletes continues

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  • Exorcism in Italy a job 'too scary' for young priests

    "That is a possessed woman there," says Fr Vincenzo Taraborelli as he points up to an 18th Century fresco in his Roman church. "They're holding her with her mouth open. She has little devils coming out of her body. She's being freed." It is a scene the 79-year-old priest says he knows well. For the past 27 years, Fr Taraborelli has performed exorcisms - the Catholic rite of expelling evil spirits. He stumbled into the job when a fellow priest needed help. "I didn't know what it was, I hadn't studied it," the father says. "He told me what to do. I was totally ignorant." He has since become one of Rome's busiest exorcists, and the Catholic Church is struggling to find younger successors. Working

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  • OPINION: Oman, between the Gulf and Iran

    To those who don’t understand it, Oman is a mysterious country. Muscat’s government has not become involved in regional conflicts for decades, despite the fact that it occasionally voices its stance on issues. Kuwait was invaded by Saddam Hussein and Saudi Arabia would have confronted this same fate if it hadn’t fought against him. The UAE has islands occupied by Iran.

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  • Iran nuclear deal an unfolding disaster

    (CNN)When it comes to President Barack Obama's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, it has become difficult to keep track of the troubling new revelations that seem to surface almost daily. Outrageous, potentially illegal, actions by this administration have become so commonplace that many Americans have become numb to the recent news regarding this President's policy toward Iran. Only President Barack Obama and supporters of the Iran nuclear deal refuse to accept that the pallets of cash were a ransom payment, even though it was ransom by every definition of the word. This endangers every American overseas by incentivizing kidnappers and encouraging hostage-takers, and since Iran's release of five US hostages in January, multiple American citizens have been thrown into Iranian jail cells.

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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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  • Saudi blogger Raif Badawi 'faces new round of lashes'

    Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi have expressed alarm at a report that he faces a new round of lashes. A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging could happen at any time. European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who gave Mr Badawi the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, said he was shocked and saddened. The 32 year old was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam" online. There was an international outcry after he received the first 50 lashes in public in January 2015, and he has not been flogged since. The Raif Badawi Foundation said in a statement that it had "received from a private

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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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  • Police van rams protesters in front of US Embassy in Manila

    MANILA, Philippines: A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were ran over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader Renato Reyes said. Associated Press TV footage showed the van repeatedly ramming the protesters as it drove wildly back and forth after activists surrounded and started hitting the vehicle with wooden batons they seized from police.

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  • As territory shrinks, IS group looks for new money sources - Region - World

    As the Islamic State group sees its territory shrink to half its original size and its dreams of a caliphate evaporate, the extremist fighters are losing access to the sources of revenue that once gave them their power, prompting them to turn to extortion, kidnapping or foreign donations like their predecessors, the militant group al-Qaida. The Islamic State group had a unique ability to capitalize on the natural resources of its territory in Iraq and Syria and swiftly implement a system of taxation and governance that allowed it to rule an area that once was the size of Switzerland. As the battle gets underway to retake Mosul, the group's largest stronghold in Iraq, the Islamic State group is being denied access to revenue sources such as oil and gas and cash reserves that once amounted to more than $1 billion in 2014, said Daniel Glaser, the Treasury Department's assistant secretary for terrorist financing.

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  • Kingdom bans Galaxy Note 7

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh — The Ministry of Commerce and Investments has asked the users of Galaxy Note 7, the basic and substituted models, to stop using it and return it to agents to receive a refund, the ministry announced in a tweet on its official Twitter account. Saudi Arabia has witnessed some incidents of explosions of Galaxy Note 7. An Egyptian pharmacist working in the Kingdoms was startled by the explosion of his Samsung mobile phone, and filed a complaint at the Ministry of Commerce. Mattawa Ali stated that he was surprised by the smoke coming from his bag followed by a frightening explosion. Upon opening the bag, he discovered that the battery of his phone had exploded. The Ministry

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  • Typhoon Haima hits the Philippines

    Typhoon Haima has slammed into the northern Philippines with heavy rain and winds, as CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri reports.

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  • Rihanna to be awarded MTV Video Music Award lifetime achievement prize

    Rihanna will receive MTV's lifetime achievement award at the Video Music Awards later this month. It's MTV's highest honour and is known as the Michael Jackson video vanguard award. Last year Kanye West won the trophy, with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears previously getting it. "[The award] reflects an artist's impact not just on music but on pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy," says MTV. She will also perform at the ceremony in New York, as well as being nominated for best collaboration and best female video. Beyonce leads the nominations though with 11 nods, while Adele is up for eight. It's the first time the event has been held at Madison Square Garden and it will feature

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  • US election poll tracker: Who is ahead - Clinton or Trump?

    Americans will vote on 8 November to decide who will be the country's next president. Use our poll tracker to follow the contest between the Democratic contender Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump. How important are national polls? It's a tough task to gauge the mood of a nation that is home to more than 300 million people, but that doesn't stop the pollsters from trying. National polls tend to have a sample size of about 1,000 people or more and can track movement and general opinion pretty well. But the US election is won and lost in swing states and decided by the electoral college system (What is the electoral college?). This means that polls in states that look like they

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  • Saudi businesses urged to put application security at heart of 2030 Vision plans

    F5 Networks on Tuesday urged Saudi businesses to put application security at the heart of plans to support the Kingdom’s tech-driven and transformative 2030 Vision. The global application security specialist highlighted the pitfalls and opportunities for business-leaders as it revealed findings from its first Annual State of Application Security report, which was conducted in partnership with the Ponemon Institute. “The proliferation of cutting-edge technology in Saudi Arabia is increasingly important as the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision is delivered. This is a genuinely transformative plan and applications will function as its central nervous system, empowering both individuals and business to prosper through new levels of flexibility and innovation,” said Mamduh Allam, Saudi Arabia General Manager, F5 Networks.

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