• The countries that cane their convicts

    Two men are due to be caned in public after they were caught in bed together in Aceh, Indonesia. The men will each receive 85 lashes in public, as punishment under the strict Islamic laws used in Aceh. It is the only Indonesian province where Sharia is in force. According to human rights campaign group Amnesty International, 108 people were punished for various offences in 2015. Their offences ranged from gambling to alcohol, adultery and public displays of intimacy outside of marriage. Pictures of these public punishments - designed to humiliate as much as to injure - show people being led onto a raised platform, and made to kneel or stand as a hooded man beats them with a long, thin cane while

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  • Iran accuses US of 'Iranophobia'

    (CNN)Iran called on Washington on Monday to abandon its "warmongering policy, intervention, Iranophobia and sales of dangerous and useless weapons to the main sponsors of terrorism," according to state-run Press TV. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi also claimed that US policy in the Middle East was destabilizing the region. Qassemi's comments come after US President Donald Trump clinched a massive $110 billion military deal with Saudi Arabia over the weekend during his first foreign trip since he took office. "From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region," Trump said.

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  • Melania interacts with Saudi female workers

    Saudi Gazette report Riyadh — US first lady Melania Trump visited GE’s all women business process service center in Riyadh on Sunday. She was accompanied by Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qassabi. During the visit she interacted with Saudi women employees. General Electric won a prestigious award from the US State Department in recognition of its path-breaking initiative in establishing the All-Women Business Process & IT Services Center in Riyadh. The all-women center is a partnership between GE, Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),  employing 1,000 women, 600 of them working on projects for GE. Launched in September 2013, the all-women center celebrated the milestone

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  • Pippa Middleton weds millionaire financier James Matthews

    (CNN)Royalty and celebrities gathered Saturday to watch as Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, married millionaire hedge fund manager, James Matthews, in Englefield, England. Middleton arrived with her father in an open-top vintage car shortly before rain started to fall, UK's Press Association reported. Once at the picturesque St. Mark's Church, father and daughter enjoyed a quiet moment before walking in. The rain stayed away for most of the morning as guests streamed into the 12th-century church. The ceremony took place just a few miles from the Middleton estate, where the marquee reception will be held. Classic cars also brought

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  • Canada's Justin Trudeau photobombs students' prom picture

    Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unscheduled appearance in Vancouver on Friday night - jogging through a high school prom photo. The keen sportsman had been out for a run along the Stanley Park Seawall when he passed a group of students in full formalwear. His official photographer Adam Scotti tweeted a picture of the moment, captioned: "Prom season in #Vancouver". At first glance, it appears the PM has pulled off a sly photobomb. But one delighted student told Canada's CBC the group had spied him in shorts and t-shirt, and begged him to join their photo-shoot. "We were just taking photos and hanging around talking, and then Trudeau, he just comes running," Constantine Maragos said.

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  • Iranians in Kuwait vote in presidential election

    KUWAIT: The Iranian expatriates in Kuwait enthusiastically participated in the election yesterday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani at the Iranian embassy and at the cultural attaché in Kuwait. According to the Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Dr Ali Reza Enayati, the turnout was quite high and the voters started arriving at the embassy even before the polling booths opened at 8 am. “The voting was still going on even at 7 pm as the voters continued to show up even late in the evening,” he told Kuwait Times yesterday. According to the embassy estimates, around 40 percent of the Iranian citizens in the country cast their votes in the crucial election. Polling was extended in Iran

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  • Saudi air defense intercepts ballistic missile near Al-Kharj

    Saudi Arabia announced that a ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia was intercepted and destroyed as it targeted an unpopulated area south of Riyadh, reported Al Arabiya News Channel. Last Update: Saturday, 20 May 2017 KSA 23:48 - GMT 20:48

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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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  • Chinese jet 'flies upside down' over US spy plane

    Two Chinese fighter jets have carried out what the US military described as an "unprofessional" intercept of a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying over the East China Sea. US officials told CNN that one of the Sukhoi Su-30 jets that approached the WC-135 plane on Wednesday was flying upside down, coming as close as 46 metres. "The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels," air force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge said on Thursday. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying declined to comment on the specific incident and referred questions to the defence ministry which has yet to comment. "For a long time

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  • Little Mix win best global act at Kids' Choice Awards

    Little Mix gave a shout out to their fans after their win at the Kids' Choice Awards (KCA). The British girl group won the favourite global music star award in Los Angeles. They performed their hit single Shout Out To My Ex and a version of their song Touch during the ceremony. Collecting their award, Perrie Edwards said: "You're the best fans in the world. We love you more than anything." Other winners of the night included Fifth Harmony, who picked up an award for favourite music group and Shawn Mendes, who won favourite male singer. Selena Gomez took home the award for favourite female singer. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards are famous for soaking celebrities in green slime - and this

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  • Iran Plans to Secure Corridor towards Mediterranean

    Beirut, London – Syria’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) admitted on Monday that Iran has increased its “infiltration” in Syria to protect a land corridor towards the Mediterranean Sea, at a time when the Syrian regime sent Palestinian militias to Deir Ezzor. Last week in Geneva, the HNC handed UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura a document, seen by Asharq Al-Awsat, saying that regime forces “had issued a paper on April 6, approved by head of the regime, concerning the creation of groups that should join the Iranian forces to fight along the Assad forces.” The document said these forces will be known by the name of “regiments for local defense in the provinces” and would increase the Iranian

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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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  • Huge turnout as Iranians deliver verdict on Rouhani

    TEHRAN: Iranians poured into polling stations yesterday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani and his troubled efforts to rebuild ties with the world and kickstart the struggling economy. There was a festive atmosphere in Tehran where Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, was mobbed by cheering supporters as he cast his ballot in a mosque in the city centre. “The enthusiastic participation of Iranians in the election reinforces our national power and security,” he said, as polling stations reported queues were far bigger than in last year’s parliamentary election. Rouhani has sought to frame the vote as a choice between greater

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  • King arrives in Riyadh

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is being received upon his arrival at King Salman Airbase in Riyadh, Friday. Riyadh Emir Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, several other princes, and high ranking officials were present at the airport to receive the King. — SPA

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  • Hugh Grant returns to British TV screens as Jeremy Thorpe

    Hugh Grant is to play disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe in a three-part BBC TV drama written by Russell T Davies and directed by Stephen Frears. In 1979, former Liberal party leader Thorpe was tried and acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott. Newspapers at the time described it as "the trial of the century". A Very English Scandal is based on the bestselling book by author and former journalist John Preston. Thorpe was the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. In the mid-70s, stories circulated about Thorpe's relationship with a former male model, Norman Scott. The relationship was alleged to have started in 1961, when male homosexual acts

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  • NBA's Kanter: Turkey canceled my passport

    (CNN)Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter was stopped at an airport in Romania on Saturday after his travel documents were canceled by his government. The Oklahoma City Thunder center tweeted a video saying he was being held by police at the airport, but a Romanian border police spokesman said he was never detained and was free to move about the airport, until he left on a flight for London. "They said (Turkey's embassy) canceled my passport. They've been holding us here for hours," he says, panning over to two men in white shirts, "by these two police." Kanter, who turned 25 Saturday, said his political views were behind the travel document cancellation. He blamed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

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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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  • Trump in Riyadh: Controversy follows US president

    President Trump is one of the world's most famous Twitter users - and that fact isn't being forgotten during his trip. In addition to his main address he'll also make a short speech at a social media conference in Riyadh. And, not surprisingly, his trip itself is a major social media topic Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle reports on the online reaction to the visit.

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  • Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea. In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back on Friday at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines. Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm but friendly warning. "We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I

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  • Nicki Minaj says she'll pay college tuition fees for fans

    Nicki Minaj says she'll pay college tuition fees for fans if they can prove they got straight As. Responding to dozens of requests on Twitter asking for help with money, she said she'll do it again in the future. People sent her screengrabs of report cards and stories of their financial troubles. The majority of the pleas were for less than $1,000 (£770) but she seemed to agree to pay $6,000 (£4600) to one student if he could be prove what it was for. The fan, called Josh, said it was for tuition fees, accommodation, food and books. She joked that if she didn't stop with the donations she wouldn't have "any money left". Around 30 fans were chosen. Earlier this year, Chance The Rapper donated

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