• Egyptian Restaurant Owner in New Zealand Prevents Robbery by Ignoring Gunman

    Said Ahmed is starting this week as a winner. Most of us would freak out if a masked man with a gun approached us, but this Alexandrian-born restaurant owner living in New Zealand is apparently far more collected than the rest of us. According to Al-Arabiya, Said Ahmed was working the front counter at his Egyptian Kebab House restaurant in Christchurch when a masked man with a gun in hand approached. In the video you can see the masked man demanding money. What does Ahmed does? He simply walks away from the counter and continues to serve customers.  The local Canterbury Police force were so impressed by his complete and total disregard for this 'customer' or would-be robber, that they have since

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  • Blake Lively doesn't want you praising her post-baby body

    Blake Lively says new mums shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight straight after having a baby. She's been on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, where she was complimented on how great she looked in a bikini in her new film The Shallows. The presenter commented on how the film was shot just months after Blake had her first baby. But the 28-year-old called it unfair that slimming down after birth is "so celebrated". "It's like, this is what someone looks like after having a baby," she said. "I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated." The ex-Gossip Girl star's now expecting her second child with husband

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  • Iranian vessels ‘harassed’ US ship in Strait of Hormuz

    Four vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “harassed” a US destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a “high speed intercept” in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a US Defense official told Reuters on Wednesday. Tuesday’s incident comes after Iran detained 10 US sailors on Jan. 12 after their boats entered its territorial waters because of what they said was a navigational error. The US military’s concerns about Iran’s behavior in places like the Strait, one of the world’s most important oil shipping channels, have persisted despite the nuclear deal signed in April last year under which Tehran curbed its disputed atomic program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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  • 18 Egyptian workers injured, 1 Ethiopian killed in Mecca construction accident

    Eighteen Egyptian construction workers were injured in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday when the foundations of a building under construction collapsed, according to a Foreign Ministry statement on Friday. The incident took place in the Azizia neighborhood of Mecca, injuring 18 Egyptians and killing one Ethiopian worker, according to a report in the Al-Riyadh newspaper. The same report quoted Mecca Civil Defense official Major Nayef al-Sharif as saying that rescue units were deployed to free the workers, who were trapped under a large metal structure. Egypt's consul general in Jeddah, Adel al-Alfy, has sent a delegate to visit the injured workers and ensure they receive proper treatment, the Foreign Ministry statement said.

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  • Saudi FM briefly summarizes to a reporter how the whole Yemen crisis began

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir explained and summarized in almost five minutes to a reporter on Thursday how the crisis in Yemen unfolded following a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh. Jubeir said Gulf countries attempted to “minimize bloodshed” through an initiative following Yemenis’ protest against deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, which later led to the now internationally recognized government of President Abedrabu Mansour Hadi.

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  • 23 Absurdly Fab Photos from Karim El Chiaty & Victoria's Secret Model Ana Beatriz Barros' Wedding

    You might have noticed people making the move to Sahel, Gouna, and other such dreamy beachy lands during the Eid weekend, but what about the mysterious case of Mykonos? Why were our social media feeds suddenly flooded with images of the Greek tropical island? A coincidence? We think not. Everyone in the country (or world) has been buzzing – about what can only be described as the biggest, most glam wedding of the year where Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel Ana Beatriz Barros tied the knot with Egyptian-Greek billionaire Karim El Chiati. You could say a few celebrities made an appearance. Nothing special. A slew of luxurious villas held over 400 guests who flew from all over the world for

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  • If Hollywood made an Iranian anti-US revenge fantasy

    It has the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster and the heightened emotion of a Bollywood musical, but the message couldn't be more anti-American. An extraordinary eight-minute music video/revenge fantasy called "We are standing to last drop of blood" has been regularly shown on on Iran's national TV this month and set social media buzzing. The film shows patriotic youths magically destroying an American invasion fleet which has targeted an idyllic Iranian seaside town and its peaceful nuclear power plant. When the civilians come under unprovoked attack the Iranian heroes unite to use the power of their national flag to create a tsunami that destroys the US ships and aircraft. It ends

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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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  • Oil prices fall as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

    Oil prices fell on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month, and as analysts pointed to an ongoing supply overhang that was weighing on markets. International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.46 per barrel at 0658 GMT, down 21 cents from their previous close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 10 cents at $47.23 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that "we don't believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us", adding that the "market is moving in the right direction" already.

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  • Philippines: Death toll in Duterte's war on drugs

    Halfway through President Rodrigo Duterte's first 100 days in office, his top police commander said that 1,900 drug-related killings have been recorded, drawing sharp criticism from human rights groups who denounced the Philippine leader for "steamrolling the rule of law". Philippine police chief Ronald dela Rosa said during a Senate hearing that at least 750 of the incidents were linked to police operations. More than 1,100 other cases are still being investigated, he said. Duterte said that of the three million suspected drug dependents in the country, 600,000 have turned themselves in to authorities.  While saying that it does not condone extrajudicial killings, the office of the president

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  • Deputy crown prince visits Pakistan today

    RIYADH: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will embark on a several-nation tour, including China and Japan, Sunday, landing first in Pakistan to hold talks with top officials, including Premier Nawaz Sharif. The visit is significant keeping in view the role of Pakistan, which is seen critical to efforts directed to ensure peace and security in the Middle East and in its extended neighborhood. “A range of subjects including key bilateral and regional issues, will be discussed during the meeting of Prince Mohammed with high-ranking Pakistani officials,” said Pakistani Ambassador Manzoor Ul Haq, while expressing his joy and optimism on the royal visit. Prince Mohammed will also discuss issues related to mutual cooperation in different sectors, he added.

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  • Philippines: 5-year-old girl killed in drug war, Human Rights Watch says

    MUST WATCH Philippines drug war sparks outrage, fear03:36 "We have a witness who came forward to identify the gunman," Dagupan police Chief Neil Miro told CNN. "I will withhold the name of the suspect, but it seems it may have something to do with illegal drugs, too. "We are still investigating the real motive, but since Maximo Garcia surrendered last Friday for drug use, we have reason to believe the attack was related to his drug activities." Authorities would not say it was vigilantism, however. Those suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade have become targets of a national war on drugs that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte launched after assuming office June 30. Human Rights

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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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  • Turkey allows policewomen to wear Muslim headscarf

    Turkey has lifted a ban on policewomen wearing the Islamic headscarf. Female officers will be able to wear a headscarf under their caps or berets, provided it is plain and is the same colour as the uniform. Headscarf bans on university campuses and state institutions - except for the judiciary, military and police - have also been lifted in recent years. The garment has been controversial in Turkey for years. Secularists regard it as a symbol of religious conservatism. Since the 1920s, Turkey has had a secular constitution with no state religion. The opposition have accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) of trying to reinterpret secularism.

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  • Brussels explosion: Bomb blast hits crime laboratory

    A bomb has gone off at the Brussels Institute of Criminology, without causing casualties, Belgian media say. Shortly before 02:30 local time (00:30 GMT), a car rammed through three fences, RTL Belgium reports. "One or more" suspects then reportedly detonated a bomb near the laboratories. Belgium's terror alert level remains high since bomb attacks on Brussels airport and the city's metro, claimed by so-called Islamic State, that killed 32 people in March. It is unclear what happened to the suspects behind the latest blast, which Belgian media said had caused "significant" damage. Forensic analysis linked to criminal cases is carried out at the site, but RTL report that it is not the only laboratory

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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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  • Newspaper headlines: Italy earthquake and Camber Sands deaths

    Many of the papers feature images of devastation from central Italy on their front pages. The Guardian shows rescuers carrying a woman from rubble in Amatrice where - it writes - the town's 13th Century clock tower survived, with the time frozen at 3.39am, three minutes after the quake struck. The Times quotes the grandmother of a family of four killed in Accumoli when their house collapsed. She blames God, saying "he took them all at once". The Daily Telegraph shows a bloodied nun checking her mobile phone, after her convent collapsed. On its front page, the Daily Mail calls on the government to "Ban the Toxic Beads Now!" - following calls from MPs to prohibit the the use of tiny balls of plastic

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  • Italy earthquake: 'They were all killed in their sleep'

    Stories of survival are continuing to emerge from residents of the worst-affected areas following Wednesday's devastating Italian earthquake. The towns of Amatrice, Arquata, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, where many of the 268 dead and 400 injured came from, are just starting to come to terms with the tragedy. Francesco Di Paolo, 27, from Amatrice - where more than 200 people died - describes the "shocking and traumatic" effect it has had on the close-knit community. 'They were all killed in their sleep' "My family - my mother, my grandmother and I - managed to escaped from our flat, which is in one of the few buildings still standing in Amatrice town centre. The rest of the town centre is

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  • Rihanna to pay students' school fees

    Rihanna is offering financial support to students through her charity foundation. It means people from under-privileged backgrounds will get help paying school fees. The Clara Lionel Foundation has been in operation since 2012, offering grants to local schools in Barbados and support to cancer patients. Rihanna's grandmother died of cancer the same year, inspiring her interest in supporting healthcare. Now the organisation has expanded with scholarships of up to $50,000 (£34,600) available to students in Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica and the United States. "I don't think it's fair that children carry the burden of financial limitations at such a young age," Rihanna says. "We

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  • Rita Ora confirms she's leaving The X Factor

    Rita Ora has confirmed that she's leaving The X Factor. The singer, who joined the show last year, tweeted: "I had a ball on The X Factor last year and will miss the team. "@simoncowell can't wait to work with you again... I'll be round for dinner soon. Thank you for the experience & love X" Rita took on the role after moving from The Voice UK, which is moving from the BBC to ITV. The singer mentored the girls category and went on to win the show with her act, Louisa Johnson. In a statement ITV told Newsbeat: "Rita brought a great energy to the show last year and did a brilliant job mentoring the girls' category, leading Louisa to victory. "We wish her all the best with her music and film plans

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