• Maimed maid face of human trafficking

    CHENNAI: When Kasthuri Munirathinam crawled out of the window of a second floor apartment in Riyadh, she was scared for her life. The 55-year-old Indian housemaid from the southern state of Tamil Nadu was determined to escape from her employer’s apartment where she worked as a domestic help. She had been in Saudi Arabia for just two months, one of thousands of Indians heading to the Gulf states every year for work, but was terrified she would never see her family again. “I thought they would kill me. I had to escape. I wasn’t given enough to eat. They had my wages, my passport, my phone,” Munirathinam told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview in her home in Vellore, 150 km from Chennai.

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  • New photos of Princess Charlotte released

    London (CNN)Four new pictures have been released of Princess Charlotte, taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, ahead of the princess' first birthday. "The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do," Kensington Palace said.

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  • Construction firm Saudi Binladin sheds 77,000 jobs

    Saudi Binladin Group, a Saudi-owned construction company, has laid off about 77,000 foreign workers and plans to cut thousands of jobs held by Saudi nationals, according to a local newspaper report. Binladin has issued 77,000 final exit visas to foreign workers so that they can leave Saudi Arabia, and is expected to lay off 12,000 of 17,000 Saudis in supervisory, administrative, engineering and management jobs, Al Watan newspaper quoted an unnamed source in the company as saying on Monday. While Saudi construction companies regularly cut or expand their foreign staff in response to changing demand in the industry, they rarely lay off large numbers of Saudis, partly because it is legally difficult and expensive.

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  • From Pakistan to Dubai: Behind a migrant worker's dream

    I was 10 years old when, in 2002, my family migrated to the United Arab Emirates from Islamabad, Pakistan. I spent my teenage and university years in the UAE and Qatar, and in the 14 years that I've lived in the region, I have heard the stories of many migrants. My father voluntarily ran a small South Asian community centre in the city I grew up in. It was a place where everyone was welcome. For many, it went some way towards filling the void that came from being so far from home and family. The majority of those who came to the centre were what the media commonly refers to as "migrant workers", but I grew up knowing them as my uncles and brothers. We'd celebrate Eid together, share personal

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  • Iran using children for Syria and Iraq propaganda

    In a propaganda campaign, the Iranian regime broadcasted a video tape urging Iranian children to participate in the war in Syria and Iraq. The video shows children singing a song about their readiness to go to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq at the order of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and that is to defend the holy sites and the Sayeda Zeinab shrine. Al Arabiya’s Kifah Al-Zain reports.

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  • Saudi minister confirms warning on proposed US law on 9/11

    Saudi Arabia has warned the United States that a proposed US law that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks would erode global investor confidence in America, its foreign minister said on Monday. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, which mainly focused on Syria, denied that Saudi Arabia had "threatened" to withdraw investment from its close ally. The New York Times reported last month that the Riyadh government had threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of American assets should the US Congress pass a bill that would take away immunity from foreign governments in cases arising from a "terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil".

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  • Nick Jonas album, Last Year Was Difficult, 'inspired by Olivia Culpo break-up'

    Nick Jonas says his break-up with Olivia Culpo last year is a "major theme" on his new album, Last Year Was Difficult. He was talking about the inspiration behind the new music while playing his new single Close on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. Nick says after dating the model for two years, the time after their split has been "challenging" for him. But he says he's tried to "draw a line" at how much is revealed in his music. Nick's also solved the mystery of what one of the tracks called Bacon really means and why Jay Z changed his album title. Jay Z changed his album title "The title basically stems from a conversation I had with Jay Z. I went and played him the music and he

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  • Riyadh airport's Terminal 5 to be fully operational in June

    Saudi Gazette report RIYADH – Emir of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar announced on Monday that Terminal 5 of King Khalid International Airport will start experimental operation this month and all phases of the terminal will be operational by the middle of Ramadan (June 20). The Emir was speaking to reporters after making an inspection tour of the terminal’s facilities, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Once completed, 106,500-square-meter Terminal 5 is the Kingdom’s first privately run terminal. A subsidiary of state-owned Irish airport operator Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in February won the bid to operate the domestic terminal, which has a capacity of 12 million passengers annually. “The

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  • Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year

    Malia Obama attends a state dinner at the White House on March 10. The dinner was in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and first lady Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau of Canada. Click through the gallery to see pictures of the first daughters through the years since their father was elected president in 2008.

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  • Hungarian fighter jets intercept BA flight from Dubai

    A British Airways flight from Dubai to Heathrow was intercepted over Hungary by two fighter jets after it lost communication with air traffic controllers over Hungarian airspace. Two Hungarian Air Force Gripens were dispatched to escort the Boeing 777 on Saturday after the British Airways flight (BA108) failed to communicate with air traffic controllers when it passed into Hungary’s airspace. Airlive reported that the highest level alert was ordered, with the fighter jets sent to intercept and identify the aircraft and secure its safe passage. The BA flight eventually made contact with air traffic controllers on the ground, and the Gripens were ordered to stand-down after its 25-minute operation.

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  • Vanessa Hudgens told to pay fine or appear in court over Arizona rock carving

    The 27-year-old posted a snap on Instagram of a heart carved into red rock in the desert town of Sedona. She was on a Valentine's Day trip two months ago with her 24-year-old boyfriend Austin Butler. Damaging a natural feature on US Forest Service land is punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum £3,500 fine. The Coconino National Forest, which manages the land around Sedona famed for its red rocks, carried out an investigation in to where the photo was taken. Forest Service officials have said that Vanessa Hudgens "was cooperative in providing the specific location" of the carving after being contacted. They passed the results of their investigation to the local US attorney's office.

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  • Hijabi Fashion and the “Enslavement of Women”

    Last week, the social media sphere was set ablaze as French Families Minister Laurence Rossignol criticised fashion labels who produce Islamic collections, accusing them of promoting the shutting away of women’s bodies and comparing veiled women with “negroes who supported slavery.” Her comment followed Yves Saint Laurent Co-Founder Pierre Berge’s harsh criticism of the fashion chains who follow the lead of Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, who released their hijab and abaya collection last January. "Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live

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  • Iran elections: Rouhani allies win parliament poll

    Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won the second round of parliamentary elections, preliminary results show. Saturday's outcome represents a significant realignment of competing factions in the Islamic republic, with conservative MPs losing their dominance and being outnumbered for the first time since 2004. The result is also an implicit public vote of confidence for Rouhani, who won a landslide election victory in 2013 and went on to clinch a historic deal with world powers over Iran's nuclear programme that lifted sanctions. Tallies also showed 17 women were elected - eight more than at present and the highest female representation since the

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  • UAE picks falcon design for Dubai World Expo 2020 pavilion

    The National Media Council on Saturday said it has selected architect Santiago Calatrava’s design for the UAE Pavilion for Dubai World Expo 2020. Located facing the Al Wasl Plaza, which lies at the centre of the 200-hectare exhibition zone, the UAE Pavilion – whose design will be inspired by a falcon in flight – will represent the UAE to the 25 million visitors and participants from over 180 nations who are expected to visit the Expo from October 2020 to April 2021.  Spaniard Santiago Calatrava’s proposal was formally selected following a seven-month design competition managed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company. The contest saw 9 of the world’s most renowned architectural firms submit

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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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  • Planet 9 is not going to kill us

    Good news: we're all not going to die (yet). Some "news" reports have suggested a ninth planet (Planet 9) lurking at the edge of our solar system will soon be responsible for mass extinctions. That's not true. Firstly no-one has actually seen the planet yet. However scientists believe that it almost definitely exists, because they can see other objects in space being affected by it. But we don't need to panic You might have seen articles claiming that Planet 9's gravity could send asteroids from the Kuiper belt flying towards Earth and that this is what has caused mass extinctions in the past (and could again). The Kuiper belt is a distant ring of bodies made up of things like ice, methane and

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  • Saudi Vision 2030: Dream or reality?

    Saudi Arabia entered a new phase on Monday, a phase of restructuring its economic and developmental identity. During a press conference attended by Saudi and foreign journalists, the godfather of this major plan, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, announced its details and answered all the journalists’ questions. The prince thoroughly explained the vision’s details and projects during his interview with Al-Arabiya news channel and the press conference he held. The projects include listing up to 5 percent of Aramco for an Initial Public Offering (IPO), establishing the biggest investment fund in the world, restructuring the government hierarchy, reviewing regulations and measuring performance.

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  • Egypt Support Coalition To Propose Banning Niqab In Public

    Egypt is joining the deeply controversial issue that has been drawing various public reactions for a while now, as The Egypt Support Coalition is allegedly drafting a law banning the niqab in state institutions and public places, according to Gulf News and Youm7. The Coalition, comprising of 250 members, stated that the face-covering attire will be prohibited in the predominantly Muslim country. This comes a couple of months after Egypt’s Administrative Court upheld a ban on niqab-wearing academic staff in Cairo University, according to Ahram Online. According to Gulf News, the alliance - loyal to President Sisi - claims that the bill has been proposed for religious and security considerations.

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  • Trump: 'We can't continue to allow China to rape our country'

    Sunday marks the first time in this campaign that Trump has used the term "rape" to refer to what he views as China's dominance in trade with the U.S. "We're going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don't forget it. We're like the piggy bank that's being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China," Trump said Sunday before referring to China's relationship with the U.S. as rape. Trump added that he is not "angry at China," but with U.S. leaders whom he accused of being "grossly incompetent." Trump previously claimed in 2011 that "China is raping this country" as he toured a defense manufacturer in New Hampshire. Rape controversy Trump's use of the analogy come as Trump

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  • Philippines election: Filipino boxing youth and politician Pacquiao

    Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has left the ring for the political fight in the Philippines. Already a congressman, he is running for a senate seat in next week's elections. Heather Chen, the BBC's social media producer in Asia, is in the capital, Manila and reporting daily on Snapchat. She went to a boxing gym to see how fellow fighters and Filipino youth see his ambition. Add BBC News on Snapchat: bbcnews. As you travel around Manila, election candidates are everywhere. Manny Pacquiao's image is no exception. I saw a photo from his boxing days covering a traditional cycle trishaw and its rider told me "Pacman will save us", before climbing on and pedalling off. Pacquiao can rely on his fame and

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