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‘Oldest’ Koran found in Birmingham

For almost 100 years, two small pieces of parchment had been bound and stored away on a university library shelf.

  • Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition

    Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition. The 32-year-old began working out a decade ago after finding a personal trainer to help her overcome obesity -- a widespread problem in the oil-rich region. "I had a problem with obesity and I used to like bodybuilding," says Musawi, a square-jawed woman with curly hair pulled back in a tight ponytail.

  • Lady Gaga Poses for Taylor Kinney In Nude Bodysuit, Gushes Over Alexander McQueen Heels

    Lady Gaga had lots to celebrate this weekend. Mother Monster was excited to come off of traveling and reunite with her fiance Taylor Kinney in New York City. "Lion cub stuff," she captioned the selfie of her and Kinney, showcasing him flipping a bird and her bedazzled eyebrows.

  • The Most Embarrassing Movie Poster Photoshop Fails

    Sex and the City 2 As you’d expect, the film’s four creaking leads have been airbrushed to within an inch of their pampered lives in the poster. What we weren’t prepared for, and what’s disturbing us very much indeed, is the fact that Kim Cattral’s got

  • Madonna: It's just the beginning for streaming service Tidal

    Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce and others, says it's just the beginning for the streaming service that's had some troubles since its launch in March. Tidal, which offers a basic subscription for $10 and a high-quality audio one for $20, hasn't made a splash like its announcement did a few months ago, when Rihanna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Jack White and others stood onstage in solidarity along with Madonna, Beyonce and Jay Z. The idea is we want to support other artists and we want people to understand this is our heart, this is our work, and we want people to recognize that and we want other artists to have a chance," Madonna said.

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  • Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

    A court in Libya on Tuesday sentenced a son of Moammar Gadhafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 civil war. It is unlikely, however, that the sentence against Seif al-Islam Gadhafi will be carried out anytime soon, as a militia in western Libya has refused to hand him over to the government for the past four years. Also sentenced to death were foreign intelligence chief Abuzed Omar-Dorda and Gadhafi's former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

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  • UAE shifts fuel prices as the Gulf watches

    Oman, Bahrain may act soon (Adds context, analysis) By Maha El Dahan and Andrew Torchia DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf state to take a major step towards taming the gas-guzzling habits of its drivers, who see cheap fuel as part of their birthright. The UAE said it would raise domestic prices for gasoline and cut them for diesel in a politically sensitive reform designed to save it money and encourage fuel efficiency. State subsidies have long kept domestic fuel prices at some of the lowest in the world - part of the welfare packages which Gulf governments offer in their drive to maintain social stability.

    Reuters Middle East
  • Prince George Thinks He’s Older Than He Is, Duchess Of Cambridge Reveals

    The Duchess took the time to chat to plenty of children at the event. Prince George may have only just celebrated his second birthday, but he’s already convinced he’s hit the third year mark. The Duchess of Cambridge revealed her son’s age exaggeration during a visit to Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Base yesterday (July 26), admitting that the pint-sized royal likes to think he’s a whole year older than he actually is.

  • 5 Gorgeous Bridal Makeup Styles From Beautiful On-Screen Bollywood Brides

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked breathtakingly beautiful as a bride in the movie Jodhaa Akbar, where she played the royal Rajput queen (from Rajasthan) married to the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Rani Mukherji in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna wore a heavily embroidered red lehenga with complementing jewellery and a very minimal makeup.

  • Shahid Kapoor And Mira Rajput's Wedding Details: From Invites And Outfits To Menu And Ceremonies

    Shahid Kapoor is the boy next door of the entertainment industry. The 'Kaminey’ actor has finally decided that it is time for him to settle down, as he recently got engaged to Delhi-based college student, Mira Rajput. So, here we come with everything you need to know about Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming wedding, from guests to outfits, from menu to venue.

  • Man arrested for verbal assault of Abu Dhabi airport security

    A British man of Indian origin has been arrested after verbally assaulting Abu Dhabi International Airport security and airline personnel and for making statements offensive to the UAE after he was unable to catch his flight. Originally coming from Heathrow Airport and heading to India, the man arrived at the UAE capital one week ago,  Criminal Investigation Department officials said. Witnesses said that two security officials tried to placate the man, whom police said insisted on using offensive language and making derogatory remarks directed at the UAE.

    Gulf News
  • David Beckham Shows Off New Neck Tattoo - Is It A Tribute To Harper Beckham?

    Just a few days after David Beckham showed off his new tattoo tribute to Victoria Beckham and his footballing achievements, Goldenballs has revealed a brand new inking. Although David doesn’t actually explain the significance behind the tatt, the fact that it’s placed just above Harper’s name hints that it could be something of a tribute to his little girl. Before unveiling his new piece of body art, Becks teased fans with this action shot of Mark Mahoney working his magic, captioning it: “Check out my new tattoo.

  • Iran accuses Bahrain of stoking Gulf tensions

    Iran on Sunday accused Sunni-ruled Bahrain of stoking tensions in the Gulf by making unfounded allegations against it, the official IRNA news agency reported. "It is clear that the government of Bahrain, by repeating unfounded allegations, seeks to create a climate of tension in the region," it quoted foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying. On Saturday, Bahrain's interior ministry said it had detained two men accused of trying to smuggle weapons from Shiite Iran.

  • Delivery man jailed for groping customer

    The Fujairah Criminal Court also ordered the deportation of the defendant at the end of his prison term. The case dates back to May this year, when a Filipina, 28, complained to the police that the defendant touched her inappropriately when she paid him for the grocery items she had ordered.

    Khaleej Times
  • Dubai files first case under anti-hate law

    The Saudi national reportedly made offensive remarks against the UAE on his social media accounts. A Saudi national will become the first man to be charged under the new anti-hate law issued by the UAE last week. The man reportedly made offensive remarks against the UAE on his social media accounts.

    Khaleej Times
  • This accessory solves the two biggest complaints about the Samsung Galaxy S6

    With its Galaxy S6, Samsung started from scratch in terms of design. If you've been missing these features, Incipio's new case for the Galaxy S6 addresses both of those problems. There's a 3,700 mAh battery inside the case, which Incipio claims can double the S6's battery life.

    Business Insider
  • Yemen airstrikes resume; 15 allied fighters killed

    The Saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in at least two Yemeni provinces on Monday, piercing a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, security officials said. The U.S.-backed coalition of mainly Gulf Arab countries has been waging an air campaign since March against the Iran-supported Shiite rebels, who control most of northern Yemen and the capital, Sanaa. Two of Monday's airstrikes killed 15 fighters allied with the coalition in the province of Lahj, security officials and field commanders said.

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  • Free passport extension for Filipinos affected by passport delays

    Filipinos affected by the current passport delays experienced by the printers in Manila can extend their passports free of charge provided they meet the necessary requirements. Operational and technical adjustments in the printing of passports in Manila have caused major delays in the printing and shipment of passports to its foreign missions worldwide, including missions in the UAE. “The passport extension applies only to those who qualify for the extension such as those who have urgent travel plans and those who are renewing their visas.

    Gulf News
  • Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83

    India's former president and top scientist A. P. J. Kalam, who played a lead role in the country's nuclear weapons tests, died on Monday, a hospital official said. Kalam collapsed during a lecture at a management institute in the northeastern Indian city of Shillong, and was declared dead on arrival by doctors at Bethany hospital. "We tried to revive him but couldn't," John Sailo, the hospital medical superintendent told AFP, without giving further details about the cause of his death.

  • ‘Say Goodbye’: Chris Brown finally gets OK to fly out

    After firing tweets and going down on his knees inside his hotel room to dramatize his plea to fly out, stranded Grammy-winning star Chris Brown was finally allowed by Philippine authorities to leave the country. Brown was scheduled to perform in Macau on Friday night.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Kenyan girl who gave flowers to Obama goes back to school

    An 8-year-old Kenyan girl who presented flowers to President Barack Obama at an arrival ceremony last week got lots of attention when she returned to school on Monday. Joan Wamaitha, who attends Mariakani Primary School in Nairobi's South B district, prepared for exams this week after her big moment Friday when Obama landed in Nairobi and hugged the little girl in a white dress waiting with dignitaries on the runway. Obama was in Ethiopia on Monday, the second stop of a two-nation African tour.

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