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  • Desert odds for the ice princess Zahra Lari

    The odds are not in favour of Emirati ice skater Zahra Lari qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The sport has been all but non-existent in the UAE until recently, which explains the third factor against her: she did not start professional figure skater training until she was 12, compared to the average age of three. In 2012, the Emirati national became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in the European Cup.
  • ISIS is 'acting like the permanent government' in the capital of Iraq's largest province

    It doesn't look like Iraqi forces will be able to take back Ramadi from the Islamic State anytime soon. The terrorists are already laying roots down in the capital of Anbar province, The Washington Post reports. Militants are performing government functions such as fixing infrastructure and distributing fuel in addition to building up defenses around the city to deter attacks.

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  • Back in 2000, the CIA made 8 predictions on what life would be like in 2015

    "Iraq and Iran [will] develop long range missiles in the near future. Iran … could be testing such weapons by as early as the coming year, and cruise missiles by 2004." Verdict: Both true and false. Iran is definitely working on an ICBM and was expected to test it in 2015. "The world population will grow by more than one billion, to 7.2 billion." Verdict: True.

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  • Salesman arrested for counterfeit goods

    The Abu Dhabi Police have arrested a salesman for dealing in women’s bags counterfeiting high-end brands. Lieutenant Colonel Taher Al Daheri, Head of Organised Crime at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said that the suspect, A.M.S. was arrested following at tip off received by his department. “We raided the suspect’s apartment and after interrogation we seized lot of counterfeit bags of various international brands.

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  • Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Coach are making the same mistake — and it's undermining business

    (Getty) Many aspirational retail brands are in crisis.  Companies like Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Michael Kors have reported disappointing earnings recently. Shares for all three companies have declined in the past year.  Many of the companies' struggles

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  • Prince Alwaleed to gift 10,000 homes, cars to Saudis in need

    Alwaleed Philanthropies, the foundation of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed which will channel his $32 billion fortune to charities, on Saturday announced it is to provide 10,000 homes and cars to Saudi citizens in need. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud said in a statement that the move was being made as "an expression of his gratitude to the Saudi nation and its people". The two Alwaleed Philanthropic projects will provide 10,000 housing units in addition to granting Saudis 10,000 cars.
  • 'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office

    July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

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  • Manila claim on Filipino expats refuted

    Migrant rights advocacy group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) has lambasted their country’s leadership over the claim that the number of overseas Filipino workers are declining due to sustained economic growth in the Philippines. The group has called on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to visit Saudi Arabia before his term ends next year to see for himself the situation of stranded Filipinos at various embassy shelter houses for both male and female OFWs. Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago spoke recently about President Aquino’s plan to visit Saudi Arabia, yet did not mention a specific date.

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  • Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

    A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday. Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contact with have been traced. At least seven other people who had close contact with the patient were under home quarantine.

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  • Interpol help sought to arrest Jeddah flood convicts

    Interpol is looking for two Saudis — a former Jeddah mayor and former president of a sports club — who have been convicted in cases related to the 2009 flash floods here. The Kingdom sought Interpol's help after both of them jumped bail, local media has reported. The rulings against them are final as they have been upheld by the Jeddah Administrative Court of Appeals.

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  • Task force to probe alleged Malaysia PM money trail

    A task force is investigating allegations that a probe into a Malaysian state-controlled investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to the prime minister's personal bank accounts, the attorney general has said. The allegations have set off a storm in Malaysia, with premier Najib Razak threatening to sue the Wall Street Journal for publishing the report, while one of his deputies called on authorities to investigate the claims. Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said in a statement late on Saturday that a multi-agency task force was probing "the allegations linked to the flow of funds into the personal accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak".

  • Diabetes drug may help obese people lose fat

    New York, July 5 (IANS) A drug originally meant for diabetics may help obese individuals without diabetes shed weight and also keep it off, suggests a research. A little more than one year of treatment with the drug named Liraglutide was found to reduce at least five percent of body weight in over 60 percent of study participants. It seems to be as good as any of the others on the market, so it adds another possibility for doctors to treat patients who are having trouble either losing weight or maintaining weight loss once they get the weight off," Xavier Pi-Sunyer, professor of medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City was quoted as saying by Live Science.

  • All-Williams matchup headlines Monday's action at Wimbledon

    One five-time Wimbledon champion is guaranteed to reach the quarterfinals. Individually and together, the Williams sisters have become two of the greatest champions at the All England Club. Venus won one final, and also won a semifinal match against her younger sibling in 2000 — the first time they met on court at the tournament.

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  • Iranian boat intercepted in high seas off Kerala, brought in

    Thiruvananthapuram, July 5 (IANS) The Indian Coast Guard intercepted a suspicious Iranian boat in the high seas of Kerala early Sunday, escorted it to a berth near the famed Kovalam beach and handed it over to police, an official statement said. A Coast Guard press release issued here Sunday said that on Friday, the state police had informed them about movement of a suspicious fishing trawler, likely to be involved in transfer of high value contraband on the high seas, about 100 kms west of Alleppey. Before the break of dawn, a Coast Guard team of ICGS Samar boarded the suspected vessel and took control of it and its 12 crew members.

  • In Women's World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

    A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today's adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World Cup, and even earlier when the buzz of soccer landed in the United States for the 1994 men's tournament. Now those grown-ups are tuning in to this Women's World Cup — with their kids alongside.

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  • Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

    Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast, cheered as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram. Following royal tradition, holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, was used for the baptism.

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  • Three face attempted murder charges over road rage, sword attack

    The complainant said he and his friend were in their car at a traffic light junction when they had an altercation with the driver of another car. Three Emiratis stood trial in a Dubai court over an alleged case of road rage that ended in a sword attack. Two jobless men, and an accomplice who is still at large, faced charges of attempted murder in the Court of First Instance in Dubai on Sunday.

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  • Victoria, David Beckham celebrate 16th anniversary

    Los Angeles, July 6 (IANS) Victoria Beckham and husband David Beckham celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on July 4, the US Independence Day, by posting family photographs for their fans. Victoria, 41, posted a picture of her "beautiful family" who appeared to be celebrating the wedding anniversary. The image showed Victoria leaning on her husband David, 40, who was holding a glass of champagne.

  • U.S. triumph caps truly global Women's World Cup

    By Simon Evans VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States returned to the pinnacle of women's soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory. The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women's soccer is a vastly different sport than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite amid an unprecedented level of global interest. As Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd demonstrated with her astonishing 16 minute hat-trick in the final, including a goal from the half-way line, the women's game is delivering a level of excitement and quality that was non-existent in the 1990s.

  • Egypt's currency drops to new low against the dollar

    The Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the U.S. dollar, the second such drop in days, the country's central bank said Sunday, in a move that could help boost much-needed foreign investment. The central bank set a cutoff rate of 7.73 Egyptian pounds per dollar in an auction that sold $39.6 million on Sunday, compared to a previous low of 7.63 on Thursday. "It's welcome to have, within the current context, a weaker pound because the economy is shifting toward a growth mode so one of the key ways to push this growth forward is through foreign exchange," said Mohamed Abu Basha, an economist at regional investment giant EFG Hermes.

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