• Duterte dumps the US: What could be lost?

    MUST WATCH Philippine President announces separation from US02:37 People The Philippines is a former US colony and an estimated four million US citizens are of Philippine ancestry. The US accounts for roughly a third of the $17.6 billion that Filipinos working overseas have sent home this year. Remittances from many of these people to families in the Philippines are often economic lifelines, and significant contributors to local economies throughout the country. And it cuts both ways -- there are more than 220,000 US citizens living in the Philippines, including a large number of US veterans. The Philippines is also a big tourist destination for Americans -- an estimated 650,000 visit the country,

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  • Egypt media company removes Khamenei billboards

    An Egyptian security source confirmed to Al Arabiya the removal of a billboard displaying the Iranian Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, the move came amid resentment towards the image from al Azhar. The official said another billboard for Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was also removed alongside Khamenei’s. The billboards have been placed around the streets of Cairo, as part of an advertising campaign for “al Ghad al Arabi” satellite channel. Abdul Latif al Minaawi, Chief Executive of al “Ghad” channel acknowledged the removal of the billboards saying they were part of an advertising campaign for one of the television programs.

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  • Stars pay tribute to The Voice star Grimmie

    The 22-year-old singer was shot dead as she signed autographs after a gig in Orlando, Florida. She was a contestant on the American version of The Voice in 2014. All four coaches - including Usher, Shakira, and Blake Shelton - turned their chair for her but she chose Adam Levine. She was also supported by Justin Bieber. Grimmie came third on The Voice and signed to Island Records. She was dropped by the label in 2015 but continued to make music and released her second EP "Side A" in February 2016 with four songs on it. Before The Voice she was known for covers of Justin Bieber and Nelly on her YouTube channel and had millions of views. The band she was singing with at the gig Before You Exit

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  • Abu Dhabi crown prince arrives in Saudi Arabia

    JEDDAH: Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday.Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman welcomed the crown prince, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the Kingdom. Sheikh Mohamed was received at King Salman Air Base Airport in Riyadh by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The UAE delegation included Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zaid Al Nahyan, Advisor of the National Security; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency Affairs; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed

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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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  • Buenos Aires bombing: Argentina seeks Ali Akbar Velayati extradition

    Argentina issued another extradition warrant Thursday for an Iranian ex-foreign minister over the deadly bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994, the government said. Investigating Judge Rodolfo Canicoba asked Baghdad to extradite Ali Akbar Velayati, who is on the Interpol wanted list, since he is currently on Iraqi soil. In July Argentina issued a similar warrant to Singapore and Malaysia after learning Velayati was on a lecture tour to those countries.

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  • Crane damages a wall near Saudi’s Grand Mosque

    A documentation office outside the Saudi Arabia Grand Mosque was damaged when a crane hit the outer walls after its brake failed. The crane is involved in the expansion project of the Grand Mosque, said a source. There were no injuries or casualties. Last Update: Sunday, 23 October 2016 KSA 09:09 - GMT 06:09

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  • US destroyer sails in South China Sea to make a point

    (CNN)A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Decatur, sailed through the South China Sea on Friday in a freedom of navigation operation intended to send a blunt message to China. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the point was to let China know that it cannot "unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law." The Pentagon, in a statement, called the USS Decatur's trip "routine" and said it took place "without incident." The Chinese Defense Ministry released a statement Friday calling the act by the US a serious breach of law and an intentional provocation. Tensions in

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  • India's 'surgical strikes' in Kashmir: Truth or illusion?

    India made headlines in late September after carrying out "surgical strikes" on militants across the de-facto border in disputed Kashmir. Days earlier insurgents had attacked an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers. Tensions spiked as India blamed Pakistan. Supporters of the Indian government said the army's strikes had taught Pakistan a long-awaited lesson - but Islamabad dismissed the reports as an "illusion". The BBC's M Ilyas Khan visited the border area to find out what actually happened. What did Indian troops do? Despite the use of the term "surgical strikes", the Indians definitely did not airdrop commandos to hit "launching pads of militants" inside Pakistani-held

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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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  • Jim Carrey now sued by ex-girlfriend's mother

    The mother of Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White is suing the actor for wrongful death. It's less than a month since Ms White's estranged husband filed a similar lawsuit. Both claim Ms White took her own life in September 2015 by overdosing on prescription drugs obtained by the actor. His lawyers have previously said the allegations are "bogus" and "catagorically disputed". But Brigid Sweetman says Mr Carrey should be "ashamed" of his treatment of her daughter. "As a family, we want the world to know the truth about who Jim Carrey really is - a man that will give your daughter three STDs, lie about it, call her terrible names and demean her, use his high priced lawyers to try and shut

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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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  • Africa's top shots: 14-20 October 2016

    A selection of photos from across the African continent this week: Images courtesy of AP, AFP, EPA, PA and Reuters

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  • The aghas of Harams

    Saudi Gazette report Some of the age-old traditions and services related to the holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah have remained unchanged despite the passage of time while some others have disappeared or started disappearing with advancement in science and technology. The aghas of Haram, for example, have been extending consummate services to pilgrims and visitors to the two holy mosques and enjoyed a prominent position in society, Al-Hayat Arabic daily reports. Agha is a non-Arabic word derived from Turkish. The Turkish word comes from the Old Turkic aqa, meaning “elder brother”. The Kurds used the word to denote respect for elders and tribal leaders while the Turks used it to address descendants

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  • Why are Russian warships in British waters?

    (CNN)Russia is believed to be sending a massive naval task force, with warships from its Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets, to the Mediterranean Sea in preparation for what could be a major escalation in the conflict in Syria. Russian defense officials say there are a number of heavily armed vessels already positioned in waters off the Syrian coast. The carrier -- the flagship of the Russian Navy -- is accompanied by submarine escorts, and at least seven other surface ships, including the giant nuclear battle cruiser, Peter the Great. Assembling such a large Mediterranean armada sends a powerful message about Russia's military capabilities.

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  • 4 fact check from the final presidential debate

    Jake Tapper, in partnership with FactCheck.org, looks at 4 moments from the debate that didn't stand up to scrutiny. Read the full post at FactCheck.org.

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  • Eurovision: Why Norway's Agnete is open about her mental health struggles

    When she's on stage, Norway's Eurovision entry, Agnete, is confident and assured. Offstage, the 21-year-old singer struggles daily with depression. She's now cancelled all interviews in the run-up to the contest. "We made room for her to focus," says Stig Karlsen, the head of Norway's Eurovision delegation. "She's a strong, intelligent girl who's taking control of her own situation." Third party content may contain ads. "She's been open about her bipolarity and health issues because it's not that common to talk about it." "I think she's an inspiration," Karlsen adds. "In Norway, she's very successful and she's a role model for dealing with her challenges." Agnete's performing her single Icebreaker

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  • Iran sides with Iraq in dispute with Turkey

    Iran said on Monday Turkey should get permission from Iraq’s government to participate in the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS - a statement with which Tehran waded into a dispute over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. “It is not acceptable at all if a country, under the pretext of combating terrorism or any other crimes, tries to violate the sovereignty” of another country, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday. Some 500 Turkish troops stationed at a base near Mosul are training Iraqi Sunni and Kurdish forces that are taking part in the offensive, which began a week ago.

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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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  • Helen Skelton to stand in for ITV's Lorraine Kelly

    Ex-Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is to host Lorraine Kelly's ITV chat show when Kelly goes on holiday. Skelton, who co-presented the BBC's swimming and diving coverage at the Olympics in Rio, will fill the hot seat on Lorraine from 24 to 28 October. The 33-year-old said was "so excited" to filling Kelly's shoes and looking forward to the show's cookery items. Lady Gaga, James Arthur, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Jodie Kidd will be among her celebrity guests. She will also speak to former Coronation Street star Tracy Brabin, Labour's candidate for the Batley and Spen by-election prompted by the killing of Jo Cox. Fiona Phillips, Gaby Roslin and Lisa Snowdon took turns to host Lorraine when Kelly,

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