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‘Oldest’ Koran found in Birmingham

For almost 100 years, two small pieces of parchment had been bound and stored away on a university library shelf.

  • Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition

    Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition. The 32-year-old began working out a decade ago after finding a personal trainer to help her overcome obesity -- a widespread problem in the oil-rich region. "I had a problem with obesity and I used to like bodybuilding," says Musawi, a square-jawed woman with curly hair pulled back in a tight ponytail.

  • Lady Gaga Poses for Taylor Kinney In Nude Bodysuit, Gushes Over Alexander McQueen Heels

    Lady Gaga had lots to celebrate this weekend. Mother Monster was excited to come off of traveling and reunite with her fiance Taylor Kinney in New York City. "Lion cub stuff," she captioned the selfie of her and Kinney, showcasing him flipping a bird and her bedazzled eyebrows.

  • The Most Embarrassing Movie Poster Photoshop Fails

    Sex and the City 2 As you’d expect, the film’s four creaking leads have been airbrushed to within an inch of their pampered lives in the poster. What we weren’t prepared for, and what’s disturbing us very much indeed, is the fact that Kim Cattral’s got

  • 7 Famous Bollywood Actresses Who Dated Cricketers But Never Got Married To Them

    While Yuvraj was maintaining his ‘just good friends’ stance, one could simply not ignore his great chemistry with these actresses. While his relationship with Kim was steady and long (sadly it did not go anywhere), with Deepika it was fairly short-lived.

  • UAE shifts fuel prices as the Gulf watches

    Oman, Bahrain may act soon (Adds context, analysis) By Maha El Dahan and Andrew Torchia DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf state to take a major step towards taming the gas-guzzling habits of its drivers, who see cheap fuel as part of their birthright. The UAE said it would raise domestic prices for gasoline and cut them for diesel in a politically sensitive reform designed to save it money and encourage fuel efficiency. State subsidies have long kept domestic fuel prices at some of the lowest in the world - part of the welfare packages which Gulf governments offer in their drive to maintain social stability.

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  • Madonna: It's just the beginning for streaming service Tidal

    Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it's just the beginning for the streaming service that's had some troubles since its launch in March. Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn't made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance," Madonna said.

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  • Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

    A court in Libya on Tuesday sentenced a son of Moammar Gadhafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 civil war. It is unlikely, however, that the sentence against Seif al-Islam Gadhafi will be carried out anytime soon, as a militia in western Libya has refused to hand him over to the government for the past four years. Also sentenced to death were foreign intelligence chief Abuzed Omar-Dorda and Gadhafi's former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

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  • From Vegas to Kazan: US wins mixed duet synchro at worlds

    Christina Jones and Bill May, a couple of old pros in the pool making a comeback while juggling Las Vegas show careers, won a gold medal in new mixed duet technical synchronized swimming at the world championships Sunday night. The Americans totaled 88.5108 points to beat the Russians by 0.2122 points in their home pool with a 2 ½-minute routine that included scissor kicks and spins at Kazan Arena. Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova of the host nation, who led by just over two points after the preliminaries, settled for silver with 88.2986 points.

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  • EU's Mogherini in Tehran to talk nuclear deal, regional issues: TV

    The European Union's top diplomat arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss implementation of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major powers aimed at curbing the country's nuclear work in return for the lifting of sanctions, state TV reported. The deal was reached on July 14 between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany to end more than a decade-old standoff over the disputed nuclear program. "The EU's (Foreign Policy Chief Federica) Mogherini arrived in Tehran and she will meet top officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif and some other officials," state TV reported.

  • This accessory solves the two biggest complaints about the Samsung Galaxy S6

    With its Galaxy S6, Samsung started from scratch in terms of design. If you've been missing these features, Incipio's new case for the Galaxy S6 addresses both of those problems. There's a 3,700 mAh battery inside the case, which Incipio claims can double the S6's battery life.

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  • This Is What Drives Priyanka Chopra Crazy

    The workaholic actress Priyanka Chopra is gaining laurels not only in the tinsel town of Bollywood but is also making a significant mark globally. The glamorous actress who has proved that she can carry any film on her back with ease is much in news for her American TV debut Quantico. The first poster of the serious drama is out with Priyanka in a hand cuffed look.

    Business of Cinema
  • Shahid Kapoor And Mira Rajput's Wedding Details: From Invites And Outfits To Menu And Ceremonies

    Shahid Kapoor is the boy next door of the entertainment industry. The 'Kaminey’ actor has finally decided that it is time for him to settle down, as he recently got engaged to Delhi-based college student, Mira Rajput. So, here we come with everything you need to know about Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming wedding, from guests to outfits, from menu to venue.

  • Man arrested for verbal assault of Abu Dhabi airport security

    A British man of Indian origin has been arrested after verbally assaulting Abu Dhabi International Airport security and airline personnel and for making statements offensive to the UAE after he was unable to catch his flight. Originally coming from Heathrow Airport and heading to India, the man arrived at the UAE capital one week ago,  Criminal Investigation Department officials said. Witnesses said that two security officials tried to placate the man, whom police said insisted on using offensive language and making derogatory remarks directed at the UAE.

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  • Dubai files first case under anti-hate law

    The Saudi national reportedly made offensive remarks against the UAE on his social media accounts. A Saudi national will become the first man to be charged under the new anti-hate law issued by the UAE last week. The man reportedly made offensive remarks against the UAE on his social media accounts.

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  • Yemen airstrikes resume; 15 allied fighters killed

    The Saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in at least two Yemeni provinces on Monday, piercing a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, security officials said. The U.S.-backed coalition of mainly Gulf Arab countries has been waging an air campaign since March against the Iran-supported Shiite rebels, who control most of northern Yemen and the capital, Sanaa. Two of Monday's airstrikes killed 15 fighters allied with the coalition in the province of Lahj, security officials and field commanders said.

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  • Dubai real estate deals total $35.1bn in H1

    Dubai Land Department said on Monday that the total amount of real estate transactions in Dubai exceeded AED129 billion ($35.1 billion) in the first half of 2015. The government department said it saw 23,000 transactions during the first six months of the year. The total value of transactions for the whole of 2014 was AED218 billion, it said in a previous statement.
  • Delivery man jailed for groping customer

    The Fujairah Criminal Court also ordered the deportation of the defendant at the end of his prison term. The case dates back to May this year, when a Filipina, 28, complained to the police that the defendant touched her inappropriately when she paid him for the grocery items she had ordered.

    Khaleej Times
  • Grizzly Bear’s Edward Droste In Twitter Takedown: “Taylor Swift Is Terribly Calculated And Mean.”

    Pop princess, Taylor Swift, is not having a good month. Next, she has taken what appears to be a major swipe at Katy Perry whilst performing “Bad Blood”, which is rumoured to be about the fellow artist, by giving a cameo role to a shark that looks remarkably like Katy’s Superbowl ‘Left Shark’, seems a bit fishy to us. Now it seems that Tayor has made another enemy and so the drama ensues with Edward Droste, lead member of indie-rock group Grizzly Bear, who has branded T.S. as “calculated and mean”.

  • Unfair advantage

    Thus, this week, the tilt has for its competing finalists only two solo comedians, Ryan Rems and Gibis, while all three of its group acts including the trio, No Direction, are holding on. This proves that group acts have an unfair advantage in the competition, so solo artists and their cadres of fans should protest. Last Saturday’s telecast was particularly frustrating to TJ, who put up a bravura show that was truly creative and very difficult to pull off, but lost to the less remarkable performances of the two group acts he was unfairly pitted against.

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  • Here are the features analysts expect to see in Apple's iPhone 6S

    The next iPhone, which some are calling the iPhone 6S, is expected to be a modest upgrade from Apple's current iPhone 6. Various reports have indicated that the iPhone 6S will look and feel a lot like the iPhone 6, but with some technical improvements.

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