• Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal: Women must be allowed to drive

    For decades Saudi Arabia has rejected calls to allow women to drive. Now a Saudi prince says the ban should go. "It is high time that women started driving their cars and it is high time that we turn the page on this issue," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said in a blog post. So why the rethink? Saudi Arabia has been slammed by the slump in oil prices since 2014. New leaders are trying to make the kingdom less reliant on the volatile commodity, and that means modernizing its economy. The billionaire prince does not hold a government role but is a prominent global investor. He says that the ban infringes women's rights, but also acts as a drag on the economy because it makes it harder for them to work.

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  • Anne-Marie Ellement: Mum backs Army anti-harassment drive

    A poster campaign aimed at tackling harassment in the Army has been welcomed by the mother of a soldier who killed herself after being bullied. Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement was bullied for two years after accusing two colleagues of rape. She took her life in 2011. Her mother, Alexandra Barritt, said: "I don't want to feel like she's died in vain and she's wasted her life." She now wants her daughter to feature on the posters, which the Army says it will consider when more are produced. 'Shouting out abuse' Cpl Ellement, from Bournemouth, endured two years of bullying and harassment by colleagues who accused her of being a liar. She took her own life, aged 30, in October 2011 at Bulford Barracks in

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  • The Ripple Effect: 7 Things That Happened in the Entrepreneurial Scene After RiseUp 2015

    As RiseUp gears up to kick off its 2016 edition under the theme of 'Fusion', the concept of a chain reaction came up as the unequivocal conceptual nod guiding its every gig. 2016 was a game-changing year for startups in the Middle East – it was the year RiseUp Summit brought the world to Cairo; the year Fintech got a massive boost; the year that saw flows of funding getting into the ecosystem and benchmark seed rounds for startups, catapulting Cairo to one of the startup capitals not only in Egypt but also the Middle East. In the meantime, just as they steel themselves to make their yearly summit even bigger, the disquiet team behind the RiseUp Summit launched new services, one after the other, in a move that consolidates them as the one-stop platform to connect startups – Egyptians or not – to worldwide resources. After launching the first RiseUp MeetUp in Alexandria in parallel to the Techne Summit, they took it to Berlin, where they also spearheaded RiseUp Explore, taking the first eight startups to attend a global event: Tech Open Air.

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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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  • Saudi cleric who mocked female medical students ‘unaccredited’

    A Saudi cleric who recently provoked public outcry for mocking fathers whose daughters were studying medicine has been confirmed by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs as having no accreditation to preach in the first place. In a controversial sermon dating back to 2010, Saeed bin Farwa directed scathing criticism on the families of females working in the medical fields and holding them responsible for “spreading immoralities”. Advisor at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdul Rahman al Askar told Al Arabiya News Channel: “The sermon dates back six years ago. “Bin Farwa is not an employee of the ministry, he is not authorized to preach and he is not a certified one,” Askar said.

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  • Touching video: Old Saudi man reunites with grandson

    A video of an old Saudi man went viral on social networking sites. The old man had wished to see his grandson coming back from the southern border of Saudi Arabia after he had received bad news about him. The old man was listening to a chant that Hamad had recorded. Hamad was reportedly wounded during the clashes on the southern borders of Saudi Arabia.

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  • Iran hardliners celebrate forthcoming years

    Iran’s Hardline newspapers and officials write and speak of good and advantageous years in the near future for the Islamic Republic due to fundamental and permanent changes in the regional and global order. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran’s Shiite Proxies Any change in the political system of Damascus will significantly alter the regional power of power. That is why Tehran has invested billions of dollars, resources and military forces to keep Assad in power Dr. Majid Rafizadeh The Nuclear Deal IRGC Last Update: Friday, 2 December 2016 KSA 16:23 - GMT 13:23 Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.

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  • Egyptians using Facebook for medicine, a Saudi dispute over a dress and Trump supporters want to #DumpKelloggs

    Egyptians turn to Facebook to deal with a medicine shortage, a picture of a woman on a street without a headscarf or abaya prompts a heated debate in Saudi Arabia, it's all snap crackle and pop on Twitter as Trump supporters and detractors argue, and Brazilians tweet heartfelt thanks to Colombia. A pharmacy on Facebook Egyptians have been facing a shortage of medicines since the government devalued the Egyptian pound earlier this year, making it most costly and less profitable for pharmaceutical companies to import some active ingredients and produce some medicines. In response, one group of activists, doctors and pharmacists has launched The Facebook Pharmacy - a public group that they hope

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  • Philippine vice president quits cabinet, claims plot to oust her

    MANILA, Philippines: Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo announced Sunday she would quit President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet after being told to stay away from its meetings, and said there was a plot to oust her as his deputy.Robredo did not say who was behind the alleged plot to remove her as vice president. But she cited “major differences in principles and values” with Duterte, such as over the rash of extrajudicial killings during his “war on drugs” and the hero’s burial he granted for dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In the Philippines the president and vice president are elected separately. Duterte and Robredo come from rival parties. “I had been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency.

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  • Saudia jet from India lands in Karachi over pilot health - Region - World

    A Saudi Arabian Airlines jet made an unscheduled landing in Pakistan after its captain suffered health problems on a flight from India to Jeddah, official Saudi media said on Friday. "The captain of the Airbus A330 suffered a health condition that called for his assistant to take over the plane," the Saudi Press Agency said, citing a source at the airline known as Saudia. SPA said the co-pilot arranged for a landing in Karachi, where a doctor could assess his colleague. "The co-pilot landed the plane normally, and the captain was medically checked. The doctor transferred him to hospital for the necessary treatment," the source said, without elaborating on the medical problem. Flight SV891 had

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  • Russia's Soyuz rocket burns up in atmosphere

    Meteorologist Tom Sater explains the loss of Russia's Soyuz rocket in space and its impact on the Russian space program.

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  • 'The Biles' and other famous moves named after Olympic athletes and footballers

    Even if you don't consider yourself a gymnastics "fan" you've probably heard of Simone Biles. At Rio 2016 the 19-year-old won the individual all-round gold by a larger margin than 1980 to 2012 combined. The American is credited by many for turning the artistic gymnastics world upside down and even has a move named after her. Here's her move and some of the other famous sporting moves you may, or may not, know are named after an athlete. In gymnastics, if you do a double layout with half turn then you're doing a 'Biles' No idea what we're talking about? Us neither... It was officially recognised in 2013 at the Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp. Simone isn't the first gymnast to have her

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  • Chiba project inaugurated in Saudi Arabia’s ‘no longer Empty Quarter’

    The site was built in Saudi Arabia's Rub‘ al Khali (Empy Quarter) desert, the largest contiguous sand desert in the world encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. The site now incorporates expanded production facilities for light crude oil, with an increased output of one million barrels currently, and another project of harvesting natural gas, generating 275,000 barrels per day.

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  • Ayeeshia Jane Smith murder: Kathryn Smith challenges conviction

    A woman who stamped her 21-month-old daughter to death has launched an appeal against her murder conviction. Kathryn Smith, 23, killed Ayeeshia Jane Smith during a "savage outburst" in the girl's bedroom in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, in 2014. But her lawyers told the Court of Appeal her conviction was "unsafe". John Butterfield QC said an interruption by the trial judge as he made his closing speech caused "prejudice" in the minds of jurors. Smith, from Overseal, Derbyshire, was ordered to serve at least 24 years behind bars, while her former partner Matthew Rigby, from Nottingham, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing or allowing Ayeeshia's death. Ayeeshia's heart had ripped

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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  • Russia and Pakistan slowly move towards an embrace

    After decades of hostility, Russia and Pakistan are gingerly trying to improve relations. Russia is cautiously wooing Pakistan in a bid to temper Islamabad's support for the Afghan Taliban and to end the civil war in Afghanistan, which is threatening Central Asia - the soft underbelly of Russian influence in the former Soviet Union territories. Pakistan faces increasing isolation in the region - spurned by India, Afghanistan and Iran, and criticised by the US and NATO countries - because of its continued harbouring of the Afghan Taliban. At present, it is solely dependent on Chinese economic and political support. It is not surprising, therefore, that Pakistan is desperately keen to rebuild relations

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  • Britain's inequality map - stark and growing

    In the Dr Seuss book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, the American writer makes a simple assertion. It is better to keep your eyes open to opportunities - in Dr Seuss's case the fabulous creatures whose hair grows so fast they need a haircut everyday, or Mike who sits on the back of your bike to help you uphill. Rather than be like Ned who simply can't get over the fact that his bed is too short. Andy Haldane, the Bank of England's chief economist, thanks Dr Seuss at the end of his speech, Red Car, Blue Car, for his use of "simple language [that] contains an important lesson for economists like me". In those simple terms, Mr Haldane is concerned. Regional inequality He is not only worried

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  • Colombia crash pilot reported he was out of fuel: tape

    MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA: The pilot of a charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team radioed frantically that he was out of fuel minutes before slamming into a hillside near Medellin with 77 people on board, an audio recording showed.Details of the doomed aircraft’s last harrowing minutes emerged on Wednesday as fans mourned the loss of all but six people on the flight, including most of the Cinderella-story Chapecoense Real football team. An audio tape aired by the Colombian media showed that the pilot of the LAMIA airlines BAe146 radioed the control tower Monday night seeking priority to land because of a fuel problem. The operator acknowledges the request but tells pilot Miguel Quiroga he will

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  • Hackers destroy computers at Saudi aviation agency and other organizations

    Hackers destroyed computers at six important Saudi organizations two weeks ago, marking a reappearance of the most damaging cyberweapon the world has ever seen. Last time, it was used to destroy 35,000 computers at the oil company Saudi Aramco. U.S. intelligence quietly blamed Iran for that attack. This time around, the cyberweapon has attacked at least one Saudi government agency, as well as organizations in the energy, manufacturing and transportation sectors, according to two researchers with direct knowledge of the investigations into the attack. Security researchers are now headed to Saudi Arabia to investigate how hackers wiped clean computers en masse, according to several experts involved.

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  • EgyptAir Introduces Cheaper Flights if You Travel With 1 Suitcase

    People often travel EgyptAir for its generous baggage allowance of two suitcases for economy class international flights, so news of a one-suitcase baggage allowance left many rather dismayed. However, as a user by the name of H. A. Hellyer tweeted his displeasure at this supposed new policy, EgyptAir responded in clarification. EgyptAir's new 'best buy' fare docks the price of your flight if you're willing to travel with only one checked-in bag and one carry-on bag. While the airline didn't specify how much lower the airfare would be if people were willing to given up the two-suitcase luxury, this does come as good news in contrast to the recent anticipated 45 percent airfare hike that the airline

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