• Iran arrests woman who sneaked into Azadi stadium dressed as a man

    A young woman dressed in men’s clothing was arrested by security forces in Tehran's Azadi Stadium during a football match between Esteghlal and Al-Ein teams. Access to football stadiums has been forbidden for women since the Islamic revolution in 1979, on the official basis that the ruling protects them from obscene behavior among male fans. Young women have been caught and arrested on numerous occasions before for attempting to enter the stadiums disguised in men's outfit. Women have been unable to purchase tickets to volleyball matches in Iran since 2012.

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  • What's behind the latest crisis in the Philippines?

    The Philippine government has declared martial law in the southern Mindanao region where its military has been battling fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). For millions of Filipinos the term "martial law" often conjures up the military rule of former leader Ferdinand Marcos. But President Rodrigo Duterte says it is necessary to end "contamination" by ISIL. The city of Marawi has been under siege by armed groups since a military raid on Tuesday. What is next for the government? Presenter: Richelle Carey Guest: Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla - spokesman for the Philippine military Richard Heydarian - professor of political science at De La

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  • Indian woman forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint returns home

     National rallying cry against arch-rival Pakistan NEW DELHI: An Indian woman who said she was forced to marry a Pakistani at gunpoint returned to India yesterday after a court ordered her release. Uzma Ahmad was reunited with her family at the Wagah border crossing near Amritsar in northern Punjab state before heading to New Delhi where she called on Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. The case became a national rallying cry against arch-rival Pakistan with Swaraj calling Ahmad “India’s daughter” and leaving no stone unturned for her release. “I want to thank the foreign ministry and the home ministry of Pakistan. If Uzma is with us today, they have a role too,” Swaraj told reporters in Delhi in

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  • Why India wants Justin Bieber to say Sorry

    Justin Bieber's first ever concert in India was one of the most-hyped of the year - and not just for Beliebers. But many of the 56,000 people who crammed into Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium for the Purpose tour were seriously disappointed. The Canadian popstar didn't even try to hide his lip synching, even wiping his mouth with a towel mid-song. His casual shorts and T-shirt also went down badly among some, who had expected him to make more of an effort. Fans spent between Rs 5,000 (£60) to Rs 75,000 (£906) on tickets and were seriously excited about seeing the 23-year-old live for the first time. Despite being home to 1.3 billion people, India isn't on most global megastars' list of countries to

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  • The future of oil jobs in the Middle East

    The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 11 other oil-producing nations have extended oil production cuts until March 2018 in an attempt to drain the global oversupply of oil and prop up the price of crude. Saudi Arabia led the push to extend the curbs, but oil prices have risen less than OPEC countries have hoped for. And that's because oil at current prices is enough to bring US producers back into the market. What will OPEC's production cut extension mean for energy jobs in the region? Cian Brennan from the consultants Turner and Townsend looks at what changes are coming for the Middle East's oil industry. Also on this episode of Counting the Cost: Food trends: How is our

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  • What Bin Laden documents reveal about his relations with Qatar

    The US administration has decided to speak out about Qatar’s relations with terrorism in the Middle East as the White House’s new administration tries to calm the situation and control the growing terrorism on the international level. During his visit to the Middle East, US Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned Qatari officials about their country’s continued support to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic movements that are linked to extremist organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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  • Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast

    CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked Manchester Arena killing 22 people, have been been released by police. Fourteen locations are being searched and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. Abedi's identity was known within two hours of Monday's attack, police said. The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night. Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement after leading a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra on Saturday morning. Armed police continue to guard hundreds of events across the UK over the bank holiday weekend.

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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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  • ANALYSIS: Hezbollah and Qatar – a story of forbidden love?

    The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, described Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a resistance movement. He was quoted by the Qatar News Agency saying that it is “not wise” to be hostile to Iran, Hezbollah’s biggest sponsor. Sheikh Hamad Al Thani visiting Lebanon. (Supplied) A billboard in Lebanon saying 'thank you Qatar.' (Supplied) Last Update: Saturday, 27 May 2017 KSA 11:50 - GMT 08:50

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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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  • Iran: The Regime’s Nature and Its Calculations

    It was interesting that the arrival of the US president Donald Trump in Riyadh in his first foreign visit since taking office should coincide with the election of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for a second term. Avoiding the temptation of ‘conspiracy theory’, I reckon it was very much in the interest of the Iranian regime that Rouhani easily defeated his opponent Ebrahim Raisi who is thought of as the future ‘supreme guide’, given the change of leadership in Washington. Such a result reflects a wise and tactful approach by the ‘movers and shakers’ in Tehran to internal as well as foreign policies. Those ‘movers and shakers’ may be pretty extremist anti-Arab and anti-West, but it doesn’t follow

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  • Manchester attack: Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry confirmed dead

    A teenage couple killed in the Manchester Arena explosion "adored each other", their families have said. "Inseparable" Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields were among 22 victims killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack. The pair were described as "perfect in every way for each other" by their relatives in a joint family tribute released through police. "They wanted to be together forever and now they are", it added. The statement, posted on Facebook, said the couple "lived to go to new places together and explore different cities". Chloe described herself as "ditzy", her family said, while Liam "would do anything for [her], including dealing with Chloe's demands for chocolate".

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  • The countries where people still eat cats and dogs for dinner

    The new Animal Protection Act will see anyone selling, eating or buying the animals for consumption facing fines of up to £6,500. Those found guilty of animal cruelty could also receive a huge fine of £52,000 and two years in prison. Taiwan is the first Asian country to crack down on the practice. The new law tackles long-standing cultural beliefs about the benefits of eating dogs - for example, eating black dogs in winter is supposed to help you stay warm. It was pushed through by President Tsai Ing-wen, who adopted three retired guide dogs last year and also has two cats, named Cookie and A-Tsai. So what about the rest of the continent? The practice of eating cats and dogs has become less common

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  • Three years of Narendra Modi government

    In May 2014, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power under the leadership of Narendra Modi, with the promise of development for all. Modi promised employment to millions of youth who join the job market every year, and to end corruption. In the past three years, more jobs have been lost than created, while the rise of far-right Hindu nationalists poses a danger to the unity of this diverse nation of 1.3 billion people. Did Modi deliver on his promises? Al Jazeera takes a look at the progress made in certain key sectors. India spends a little under three percent of the GDP on education, according to the World Bank data. Although there are still about 300 million people illiterate,

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  • Zayn Malik defends Gigi Hadid after 'racist' Snapchat video

    Zayn Malik has defended his girlfriend Gigi Hadid in a single tweet after her sister Bella posted a Snapchat video of her. In it, Gigi holds up a Buddha-shaped cookie, squints her eyes and smiles. Bella has since deleted it after fans called the model racist against Asians. But it's still been widely shared online. Critics were keen to highlight Zayn's Asian heritage, prompting him to defend her. After being questioned by fans about the video, Zayn replied to one saying: "Trust me.. she likes asians ;)". Gigi Hadid was named international model of the year at the 2016 Fashion Awards last December. But this isn't the first time she's been criticised. She had to apologise after co-hosting the American

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  • Philippines martial law: President Rodrigo Duterte issues order for Mindanao

    (CNN) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said his martial law declaration for the country's restive south could be expanded "throughout the country" in order to combat the rise of ISIS. "If I think that the ISIS has already taken foothold also in Luzon and terrorism is not really far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people," said the President, at a news conference in Manila, Wednesday. "I had to declare martial law in the Mindanao group of islands," said Duterte, who cut short a visit to Russia to come home to deal with the violence. "It is our constitutional duty to enforce the law and provide security." The current martial law order -- which covers

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  • MTV Movie and TV awards go gender neutral

    MTV's scrapped the male and female categories for its movie and TV awards show. The network has announced separate awards for best actor and actress will be replaced by "non-gendered" prizes. It means Emma Watson competes with Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy for best actor in a movie. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones go against The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan for best actor in a show. Most of the big award ceremonies, like the Oscars and Baftas, still have separate categories for men and women. But some have already changed their rules - or, like the Grammys, never had separate awards in the first place. The National Television Awards changed

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  • The women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

    The murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea's leader, is likely to go down as one of the most notorious in history. Two women are now facing trial in Malaysia accused of his murder. Nga Pham of BBC Vietnamese and Rebecca Henschke of BBC Indonesian piece together their story. The CCTV footage from the departure lounge of Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport is unforgettable. A middle-aged man is approached from behind by two women who execute the most peculiar of manoeuvres, apparently wiping his face with vigour. Authorities say that was the moment that VX nerve agent, a deadly substance banned by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction, was used to murder Kim Jong-nam.

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  • Saudi Arabia steps up efforts to reduce global oil supply

    Khaled Al Faleh, Saudi Arabia's energy minister, is under pressure to rally support among key oil producers to rein in excess supply. He has played a crucial role in convincing non-OPEC members such as Russia to cut output for the first six months of this year. Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Riyadh.

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  • Iraq radio show finds talent amid rubble of Mosul

    It’s a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul’s youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city. The recorded lyrics of competitor MC Rico, a rapper from Iraq’s second city, filled the studio of Al-Ghad-Arabic for “tomorrow”. “We saw a lot of horrors when we were young. I wish I hadn’t grown up, because when we grew up, we saw even worse.” The three judges in the Al-Ghad Star contest concentrated hard on the music, nodded their heads and took notes. “This kind of song makes me think Mosul can bounce back,” one said. MC Rico is one of 93 competitors in the contest, all aged between 15 and 25. He is one of the six who made it through to last

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