Women's arrests cast doubt on Saudi Crown Prince's reforms

    One Saudi activist who previously supported the Crown Prince's ambitious reform agenda said he has felt disillusioned by him in recent weeks, canceling plans to return to the kingdom. Others staunchly opposed to the Crown Prince have said that the crackdown has "exposed the myth" of the reform agenda. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman outside 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018. The arrests come on the heels of Mohammed bin Salman's month-long tour of Western countries, where he was billed as a modernizer spearheading change in the ultra-conservative kingdom. They also come in the run-up to June 24, when Saudi Arabia is set to lift a notorious

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    Amanda Holden opens up about stillbirth

    Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has spoken about the loss of her son Theo, who was stillborn seven years ago. The TV star was seven months pregnant when she lost her son in 2011. In an interview with ITV Tonight to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS, Holden said her son "looked so normal and so peaceful". "I was still his mummy," she said of her last moments with Theo. "So I held him in my arms and I said goodbye." She went on to praise the NHS staff who supported her and her husband Chris Hughes. "I couldn't have done it without the incredible team around us," said Holden, who has two daughters. "And, you know, my husband, obviously, was so strong and so amazing. But they got him through

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    How WikiLeaks cables paint UAE motive for Qatar blockade

    As Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt started their campaign to isolate Qatar on June 5, 2017, accusing it of aiding "terrorism" and being too close to Iran, the messaging used by the Arab quartet struck a familiar tone. The blockade against Qatar, now nearing the one-year mark, is often referred to as Saudi-led, but the language used by the "Arab quartet" has been consistent with private statements attributed to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (also known as MBZ), as revealed in diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011. A review of this trove - which included secret communications from the US embassy in Abu Dhabi between 2004 and 2010,

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    'Finding out my cancer is incurable'

    BBC Radio 5 live presenter Rachael Bland talks about the moment when she took 'the call' from her doctor. Rachael was out with her son Freddie and some friends when she found out her cancer was metastatic and, therefore, incurable. She said she always asks the doctor to phone her with any news. This clip is from the latest episode of You, Me and the Big C.

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    Poldark actress 'pretty upset' by pay gap

    Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson said she would be "pretty upset" if her and co-star Aidan Turner were not paid the same. But it has been confirmed by the show's production company that this is actually the case. Mammoth Screen defended the decision, saying Turner had "significantly more screen time than any other character". A representative for Tomlinson told the BBC that she wishes to make no further comment. The question of whether there was a pay gap on Poldark, which is shown on BBC One, came up during Tomlinson's interview with Red Magazine. Asked whether she thought she was paid the same as her co-star, she said "my guess is no". Tomlinson, who plays Ross Poldark's wife Demelza on the

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    Fentanyl bust 'enough to kill 26 million'

    Nearly 120lbs (54kg) of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller, has been seized by police in Nebraska - one of the largest busts in US history. The drugs, seized last month, could kill over 26 million people, according to estimates by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Police found the fentanyl in a fake compartment of a lorry. The driver and a passenger were arrested. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 30-50 times more potent than heroin. It was the largest seizure of fentanyl in state history, Nebraska State Patrol said in a Twitter post on Thursday. Police stopped Felipe Genao-Minaya, 46, and his 52-year-old passenger Nelson Nunez, both of New Jersey, on 26 April after spotting

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    Fostered girl's murder shocks Australia

    Australian schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer was 12 years old when she came home from dance class and was murdered by her foster father. Hours earlier, Rick Thorburn had learned that that his teenage son, Trent, had sexually assaulted her. They feared she might be pregnant. So the Queensland man killed Tiahleigh and dumped her near-naked body on a river bank. On Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison. Justice David Boddice described the murder as "cold, calculating and callous". Thorburn's wife and two sons have already been jailed for their roles in a case which has horrified Australia. The killing also led to a review of Queensland's foster care system, and changed police alerts about vulnerable