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    King Salman launches $23 billion entertainment projects in Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has launched four entertainment projects in the capital Riyadh, together worth $23 billion (86 billion riyals), state television reported on Tuesday. The projects include a park, a sports track, and an art center. Through establishing the largest urban garden in the world, the park project aims to increase the per capita share of green space in Riyadh by 16 times, where more than 7.5 million trees will be planted throughout the city of Riyadh. The art center is set to include cultural and artistic institutions such as museums, theaters, and galleries, in hopes of transforming Riyadh into an “open exhibition” hosting the works of 1,000 local and international artists.

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    Australian police search homes linked to NZ mosque gunman

    Australian police raided two homes linked to the alleged gunman who killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand. The homes on Monday were searched in the New South Wales towns of Sandy Beach and Lawrence, both near the town of Grafton where Brenton Tarrant, the alleged attacker, grew up. "The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand police in their ongoing investigation," a police statement said. Tarrant's family "continues to assist police with their inquiries" and there is no information to suggest "a current or impending threat" to the community, it said. Tarrant, a self-avowed white supremacist, spent his youth in Grafton but has travelled

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    Iran BBC reprisals trigger media ouctry

    LONDON: Iran this week faced a media industry outcry over its alleged systematic targeting of BBC Persian Service journalists including the “sexual defamation” of female staff. It follows a move by the European Parliament to back a resolution criticizing the treatment of BBC Persian service journalists by Iranian authorities. Writing in The Guardian, veteran UK media commentator Roy Greenslade said that “too little attention has been paid to an insidious long-run campaign of persecution by the Iranian authorities against the staff of the BBC Persian service.” “As they stand, the facts are shocking,” said Greenslade. “Unable to get their hands on BBC Persian's London-based staff, Iran's police

  • CNN Travel

    World's cleanest airline revealed

    (CNN) - Ever wonder how clean the airline seat you're sitting in is? A new survey has dished the dirt on which carriers offer the most pristine experiences for fliers. The Japanese carrier claimed top spot ahead of Taiwan's EVA Air and South Korea's Asiana Airlines in a top 30 list dominated by Asian companies. Passengers were asked to rate the standard and quality of aircraft cabins for a global survey conducted by UK-based aviation industry reviewer Skytrax. Seat areas, tables, carpets, cabin panels and washrooms are all part of the overall score. Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Qatar Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Hainan Airlines and Lufthansa make up the

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    New Zealand mosque attacks: Who is Brenton Tarrant?

    The Australian man allegedly responsible for livestreaming a massacre of Muslims as they prayed in New Zealand mosques was previously not known to security agencies in Australia or New Zealand, authorities have said. Brenton Tarrant, 28, accused of carrying out attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people, including children, was charged with murder as he appeared in a district court on Saturday. Tarrant, described by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", expressed admiration for other violent white nationalists and his intention to "create an atmosphere of fear" and to "incite violence" against Muslims.

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    Ariana Grande's new leaf ink isn't a 'cover up'

    Ariana Grande has insisted her new leaf tattoo is not a "cover up". The 'Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored' singer had a leafy design added to her 'Always' ink on her ribcage, which she got last June, when she was with her ex-fiance Pete Davidson. The 25-year-old pop superstar went to her regular tattooist Mira Mariah on Sunday to extend the body art, and claimed she was not trying to hide the tattoo, which is thought to have been in the 'SNL' star's handwriting, instead she said the piece is "evolving". Ariana, who kicks off her 'Sweetener World' Tour tonight at the Times Union Center in New York, captioned the post of her new ink on Instagram: "post run thrus, 3 am with @girlknewyork :) not a cover up just evolvin also, our show opens tomorrow.

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    Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against US for sanctions

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that US sanctions against Iran were “crimes against humanity” and said Tehran would file a legal case against US officials for imposing difficulties on the nation. Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television that the US sanctions have affected the value of Iran's rial currency and increased inflation, but said the government would overcome the difficulties. Last Update: Monday, 18 March 2019 KSA 12:22 - GMT 09:22