• Melania interacts with Saudi female workers

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh — US first lady Melania Trump visited GE’s all women business process service center in Riyadh on Sunday. She was accompanied by Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qassabi. During the visit she interacted with Saudi women employees. General Electric won a prestigious award from the US State Department in recognition of its path-breaking initiative in establishing the All-Women Business Process & IT Services Center in Riyadh. The all-women center is a partnership between GE, Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),  employing 1,000 women, 600 of them working on projects for GE. Launched in September 2013, the all-women center celebrated the milestone

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  • Pippa Middleton weds millionaire financier James Matthews

    (CNN)Royalty and celebrities gathered Saturday to watch as Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, married millionaire hedge fund manager, James Matthews, in Englefield, England. Middleton arrived with her father in an open-top vintage car shortly before rain started to fall, UK's Press Association reported. Once at the picturesque St. Mark's Church, father and daughter enjoyed a quiet moment before walking in. The rain stayed away for most of the morning as guests streamed into the 12th-century church. The ceremony took place just a few miles from the Middleton estate, where the marquee reception will be held. Classic cars also brought

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  • Young people 'most likely to go abroad without insurance'

    About 40% of young people go abroad without travel insurance, risking medical fees of thousands of pounds if they are taken ill, a survey suggests. The Association of British Travel Agents surveyed 2,043 Britons and found those aged 18 to 24 were the most likely to go abroad without insurance. It comes after the family of a South Yorkshire traveller in Thailand had to raise £32,000 for his medical care. Overall a quarter of UK travellers are thought to go abroad without insurance. In 2015, 35-year-old Craig Lindley, from Barnsley, fell ill while celebrating a friend's wedding on a Thai island. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome - which affects the peripheral nervous system - and was

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  • Profile: Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

    For a president who began his first term in the centre of the Islamic political spectrum, Hassan Fereydoun Rouhani, 68, has now moved firmly to the left, placing himself with the reformists. In his election campaign for a second term in office, he promised a moderate modern and outward looking Iran, in sharp contrast to the vision his rival Ebrahim Raisi, a hard line senior cleric and judge, had put forward. He warned Iranians that a single wrong decision by the future president could engulf the country in war. This was a reference to Mr Raisi, who is not overly impressed by the nuclear deal President Rouhani reached with world powers - a deal which removed a serious threat of war hanging over

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  • North Korea tests missile

    "The Supreme Leader issued an order to launch the missile at the observation post. Together with officials, he analyzed the results of the test launch and expressed his great satisfaction over them, saying it is perfect," the Korean Central News Agency reported.

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  • Iranians in Kuwait vote in presidential election

    KUWAIT: The Iranian expatriates in Kuwait enthusiastically participated in the election yesterday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani at the Iranian embassy and at the cultural attaché in Kuwait. According to the Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Dr Ali Reza Enayati, the turnout was quite high and the voters started arriving at the embassy even before the polling booths opened at 8 am. “The voting was still going on even at 7 pm as the voters continued to show up even late in the evening,” he told Kuwait Times yesterday. According to the embassy estimates, around 40 percent of the Iranian citizens in the country cast their votes in the crucial election. Polling was extended in Iran

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  • Saudi air defense intercepts ballistic missile near Al-Kharj

    Saudi Arabia announced that a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia was intercepted and destroyed as it targeted an unpopulated area south of Riyadh, reported Al Arabiya News Channel. Last Update: Saturday, 20 May 2017 KSA 23:48 - GMT 20:48

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  • Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea. In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back on Friday at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines. Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm but friendly warning. "We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I

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  • The Qatari princess, Angelina Jolie and the battle of the pyramids

    Reports that Hollywood star Angeline Jolie is planning to make a movie about Sudan's history have sparked a row with Egypt, and BBC Africa's Mohanad Hashim says it is about much more than who has the biggest pyramids. The latest twist in a long-running feud between Egyptians and Sudanese is over controversial claims that a film is to be made in Sudan to showcase the country's contribution to human civilization. Various media have reported that a Qatari production company would fund the film, which would apparently feature Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Di Caprio. It is meant to promote historical tourism in Sudan by narrating the country's ancient Nubian history. The claims were

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  • US sends signal to Iran: Containment is back

    US warplanes were first scrambled in a "show of force" against the oncoming convoy. But then five vehicles kept approaching, coming within 29 kilometers of the base when they were finally hit by US aircraft. The coalition confirmed that the convoy posed a direct threat to "US partner forces" -- "despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement" toward the base. The strike marks the first time that the Pentagon has offered aerial protection to its Arab proxies under assault from pro-Syrian militias. The timing of this American escalation is noteworthy for several reasons. First, it comes just weeks after US warships in the Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Assad's

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  • Here's what we know about Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the limelight - and neither are his family. Daughter Ivanka is known for her many business ventures, including clothing ranges and books. And his eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr. are businessmen, following in their father's footsteps. However, as the president's youngest daughter, Tiffany, looks to move to Washington DC this autumn for law school, we take a look at the life of the lesser-known Trump. She is the only daughter of President Trump and his second wife, actress Marla Maples, to whom he was married for six years. Tiffany grew up in California and went to school in Calabasas and boasts over one million followers on social media. This following has led to

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  • Texas man sues woman for texting in date

    A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against a woman for the cost of a movie ticket after she texted during their cinema date. Brandon Vezmar, 37, said the woman walked out of the screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 when he complained about her persistent phone use. Mr Vezmar filed the petition in the state capital of Austin last week seeking $17.31 (£13.30), arguing his date's behaviour was "a threat to civilised society". Crystal Cruz initially refused to reimburse him because "he took me out on a date". However, she relented after US TV programme Inside Edition reunited the pair at the same cinema. "The date just didn't work out," she told him, adding: "Just leave this alone." "Oh my God,"

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  • Dangal: India's wrestling blockbuster delights China

    The true story of two female wrestlers overturning gender stereotypes has become the highest-grossing Indian film ever in China. It's got people asking when China will make a film like this? It is a story of female empowerment Dangal is not your typical song-and-dance heavy Bollywood romance. Starring hugely popular Aamir Khan, it tells the story of Indian wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters to become wrestlers - defying social norms. The real-life family is from conservative Haryana state, known for the high prevalence of social issues such as gender inequality and child marriage. And the family faced great adversity to realise his wrestling dreams. One of his daughters

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  • Trump in Riyadh: Controversy follows US president

    President Trump is one of the world's most famous Twitter users - and that fact isn't being forgotten during his trip. In addition to his main address he'll also make a short speech at a social media conference in Riyadh. And, not surprisingly, his trip itself is a major social media topic Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle reports on the online reaction to the visit.

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  • Africa's week in pictures: 12 - 18 May 2017

    A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Images courtesy of AFP, EPA, Getty Images and Reuters

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  • India: Six killed over child kidnap rumours

    Mobs have killed six people in India's Jharkhand state because of rumours of a child abduction ring, police say. Three people were beaten to death in Seraikela district on Thursday morning and three more were killed in Jamshedpur district in the evening. A senior police official told BBC Hindi that the incidents happened because of "rumours that a child-kidnapping group was active in these areas". Police have not yet arrested any suspects in the two cases. It is not clear when and how the rumours started. But RK Malik, a spokesperson for the state police, said people had become increasingly worried by them. "They are suspecting anybody unknown to them [to be] a child kidnapper," he said. He added

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  • Pepsi and Nivea: Whose fault is it when ad campaigns go wrong?

    Marketing teams at some of the world's biggest brands haven't had the best of weeks. Pepsi faced criticism after being accused of appropriating Black Lives Matter with its Kendall Jenner ad. Nivea was also in trouble after using the slogan "white is purity" to advertise deodorant in the Middle East. We asked Lillian Sor, an executive at UK advertising agency Grey London, to explain how big marketing campaigns like these get made. Her clients include some of the country's biggest food and drink brands, along with high street shops. "We get commissioned to work by marketing directors at big brands," she explains. "They come to us with a business problem and we find a creative way to solve it."

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  • OPEC 'no longer in control' of oil prices

    For decades, OPEC's sway on oil prices was unparalleled. But the cartel's immense influence has been dealt a huge blow by the dramatic boom in US shale. "Saudi Arabia and OPEC are no longer in control," Douglas Rachlin, managing director at Neuberger Berman's Rachlin Group, said on Wednesday at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas. The emergence of US shale as a key global player that can pump even during low oil prices means OPEC can no longer "manipulate prices," Rachlin said. "The shale revolution has changed a lot of things." In a display of how much the pendulum has swung, OPEC sent a plea to the US earlier this month to stop pumping so much oil. The plea came after a flood of supply from US

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  • Iran holds pivotal presidential elections

    Iranian voters are waiting hours in line to vote in the country's presidential election. CNN's Becky Anderson reports

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  • New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight

    BEIJING: China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program. China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world’s largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned by billions of dollars in spending. The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television. “The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed helicopter. It is also the country’s first export-oriented

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