• George W. Bush: 'I'm worried that I will be the last Republican president'

    (CNN)- Former President George W. Bush fretted to a group of former aides and advisers in April that he was worried he could be the "last Republican president." The 43rd president's remark, at a gathering in Dallas of his administration's staffers, reflected a dim view of the party's prospects at a time when the primary contest was realistically down to Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "I'm worried that I will be the last Republican president," Bush told a clutch of former aides and advisers. The comment was reported by Politico. Bush's office declined to comment to CNN. Bush -- as well as his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and his brother, 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush

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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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  • Mud run health probe into diarrhoea outbreak

    Public Health England is investigating why dozens of people suffered bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea after taking part in an "extreme" obstacle race. About 3,000 people took part in the X-runner mud run, which involved open water swimming, at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on 9 July. The health body is trying to identify the cause of the illness which affected a number of competitors. Event organisers said water quality test results had been "normal". One runner named Sarah said she had been suffering from sickness, diarrhoea, headaches, fever and aching limbs and was still not well more than a week after the event. She said test results had ruled out food poisoning and still

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  • US Election 2016: Who are the next generation of Trumps?

    "Congratulations, Dad, we love you!" shouted Donald Trump Jr. His father had just clinched the presidential nomination at the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland. The 38-year-old was among four of Mr Trump's five children in attendance. His offspring are taking on an increasingly visible role in his campaign - but who are they? Time to meet the family. Donald Junior Donald senior has three children - Donald Jr, Ivanka, 34, and Eric, 32 - from his first marriage to Ivana Trump, a daughter - Tiffany, 22 - from his second marriage to Marla Maples and a son - Barron, 10 - with his wife Melania. He also has eight grandchildren. Ivana Trump, nee Zelnickova, was a Czech model and Donald Jr grew

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  • So hot in Saudi you can fry an egg on the road

    A video from Saudi Arabia shows a group of Indian workers preparing a meal of fried eggs on the main

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  • Saudi Aramco signs contracts to build $13b Fadhili gas project

    DHAHRAN/FADHILI — Saudi Aramco signed four engineering contracts to build its Fadhili gas processing project, the company said on Wednesday. The project is worth more than $13.3 billion (SR50 billion) and, when completed in 2019, will be the first program in the kingdom to treat gas from both onshore and offshore fields. Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser presided over a signing ceremony of the Fadhili gas project. Joining the Aramco management team at the ceremony were CEOs and executives from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, and other service providers involved in the development and execution of the gas project. The company signed a contract with Saudi

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  • Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, announces engagement

    (CNN)Five years after famously standing in her sister's fairy-tale wedding, Pippa Middleton is officially planning her own nuptials. Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's 32-year-old sister, announced Tuesday she is engaged to marry her boyfriend, James Matthews, a hedge fund manager. "Miss Pippa Middleton and Mr. James Matthews are delighted to announce they became engaged on Sunday 17th July and plan to marry next year," the couple said in a statement released by the Press Association. Middleton is the younger sister of Kate, who married Britain's Prince William in a glamorous ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. She was her sister's bridesmaid and garnered her own headlines with an

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  • Fruit of labor

    A farmer plucks dates in a farm in Wadi Al-Dawasir, about 600 kilometers south of Riyadh, the traditional way. With the summer getting hotter, the annual date harvesting season has begun in most parts of the Kingdom.

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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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  • South China Sea: Philippines turns down talks not based on court ruling

    (CNN)- The Philippines has turned down bilateral talks with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute, after China's foreign ministry insisted a landmark court ruling against them could not even be mentioned at the meeting. Perfecto Yasay, Foreign Affairs Secretary, told local broadcaster ANC that Chinese officials had asked them for talks, but only if Manila disregarded last week's ruling, which went overwhelmingly in the Philippines favor. "They had asked us also to open ourselves for bilateral negotiations but outside of and in disregard of the arbitration ruling," Yasay said in an interview. "I told him that this is something that was not consistent with our constitution and our national interest."

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  • How people in Turkey feel, one week on

    "State of emergency means military rule and so does the coup, so what is the difference? I don't know who was behind the coup. You want to believe it was Fethullah [Gulen] because there were so many dead and injured. But then you see tens of thousands of government personnel had their jobs taken away." Ridvan, a 26-year-old cook "Those who did this to us are in the wrong. But Turkey will deliver unto them justice, God willing. The state of emergency doesn't make me concerned. This is a coup that was against Turkey in its entirety. We will make them all pay for their actions. This coup won't affect my daily life." Ali, a 70-year-old teacher "I'm worried because the people's freedoms will be limited.

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  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un loses access to Swiss watches

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's liking for expensive Swiss timepieces appears to have fallen foul of UN sanctions. The Swiss government has put an end to the export of luxury watches to North Korea, and have totalled zero for the last two months, US-backed Radio Free Asia reports. The North Korean Supreme Leader is often photographed wearing an expensive timepiece, and it's long been thought that they've reached the country despite United Nations sanctions. The UN bans the export of luxury items to North Korea due to its nuclear and ballistic missile projects. Kim and his sister Kim Yo-jong - now a senior party official - were both educated in Switzerland, and the Supreme Leader is known to

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  • Oil prices continue to drop

    NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 2 percent on Friday, with losses accelerating after the US oil rig count rose for a fourth week in a row, putting crude on track for a weekly loss and dragging Brent to two-month lows.Crude futures were already down as investors braced for expected growth in Iraqi crude exports that could add to the global glut. "The oil complex is already struggling with oversupply issues. More than ample inventories and upcoming refinery turnarounds and maintenance have the bulls on the defensive," said Pete Donovan, broker at Liquidity Energy in New York. "An increase in rigs is the last thing they need." Brent was down 98 cents, or 2.1 percent, at $45.22 a barrel by 1:21 p.m. EDT

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  • Syria war: ISIL given '48 hours' to leave Manbij

    US-backed Syrian rebels have given the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group 48 hours to leave their stronghold of Manbij in Syria, after US-led air strikes nearby killed scores reported to be civilians. Elsewhere in Syria, a monitor said at least 51 civilians were killed in bombing raids on rebel-held areas of the country. Thursday's announcement comes two days after strikes launched by the US-led coalition fighting ISIL (also known as ISIS) reportedly killed at least 56 civilians in the Tokhar area in the northern city of Manbij of the Aleppo governate.  "This initiative is the last remaining chance for besieged members of Da'esh [the Arabic acronym for ISIL] to leave the town,"

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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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  • Shakespeare Lives - Ballet, Opera and the Bard

    Great music and performance from the world of ballet and opera, presented by Ore Oduba. We join Royal Ballet stars Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson as they rehearse The Winter’s Tale. Also featured; the potion scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s classic Romeo and Juliet and music from Verdi’s two great Shakespearean operas Otello and Falstaff. Watch live and on demand via the BBC Live page

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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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  • Melania: the good, the bad and the beautiful

    Melania Trump may have made her name as a model, but she's not used to being the center of attention, at least not on the campaign trail. To date, she's done little but stand by her man, on occasion taking the podium at her husband's prodding to say a few quick words, but leaving most of the stumping to her stepdaughter, Ivanka. So when it was announced that she was to take the stage at this year's convention, the cards were stacked (gently) against her. But few — even the most ardent Trump opponents — went so far as to doubt she had anything worthwhile to say. It's hard to imagine there wasn't a faction hoping she'd fail, for any number of reasons — because she's a woman, because she's a beautiful

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  • 'Turkey has changed': Women on the failed coup

    Friday night's attempted coup shocked Turkey, a country that has seen four governments toppled by the military since 1960. Thousands of soldiers, police and officials have been detained or sacked. Turkey's Western allies have expressed concern and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respond in a measured way. We spoke to women about the mood in the country today. 'I remembered all those fearful stories about the coups in 1960 and 1980' Cansu, Istanbul When I heard the news, I was quite worried about how to get home, first, since I was about 20km [12 miles] away from my home. After that, I remembered all those fearful stories elders tell us about the coups in 1960 and 1980. It took me two

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  • British Foreign Secretary Confuses Egypt and Turkey During Press Conference

    The new British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, appears to have mixed up Egypt and Turkey during a press conference beside US Secretary of State John Kerry, The Daily Mail reports. Deflecting questions addressing numerous claims that he has offended politicians in the past and several other gaffes, Johnson attempted to discuss politics in the Middle East. While the situation in Egypt is worthy of global attention, it certainly isn’t ‘burgeoning’ as Johnson put it.

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