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  • Kim Kardashian says sexy selfies can be empowering

    The big reveal from Kim Kardashian's guest turn for San Francisco's revered Commonwealth Club of California on Tuesday night? Before her visit, the Commonwealth Club's invitation to Kardashian provoked minor controversy. Kardashian did discuss the key topics, and others, during an hour-long appearance before an adoring audience that was mostly young and female.

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  • A sea turtle strapped with a GoPro just gave us a gorgeous underwater view of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

    Which is what the World Wildlife Fund did in their new video of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest system of coral reefs. The video campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the reef, which is currently disappearing because its diverse plants and animals are having a tough time coping with climate change. Created by the WWF's Christine Hof and marine biologist Ian Bell, the video starts with the GoPro being strapped on.

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  • Two London teens have married IS group fighters: lawyer

    Two of three teenage girls who travelled from Britain to Syria sparking criticism of the police response have married Islamic State (IS) group fighters, the lawyer for their families said Saturday. Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their homes in February and flew to Istanbul before crossing into Syria. Tasnime Akunjee, who represents the families, told the Guardian that the news had "caused a lot of distress." "It entrenches their lives in Syria, rather than in Britain.

  • Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant

    The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. While Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and viewers in making its decision, it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he's found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June. The statement also did not include details on how Reelz acquired the rights to broadcast the pageant that is a joint venture between Trump and NBC, as is Miss Universe.

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  • 2 to be tried for ‘insulting’ the late King Abdullah

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered that two men face trial for allegedly insulting the late King Abdullah. Quoting reliable sources, a local online publication said that King Salman has also barred Mohsin Al-Awaji and Abdullah Al-Mudaifir from appearing in the media. The publication reported that King Salman took the decision because the government would not allow anyone to besmirch the name of any of the country’s previous rulers, who all helped to build the Kingdom.

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  • Despite progress in Iran nuclear talks, dispute over U.N. sanctions persists

    By Louis Charbonneau and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers made progress on future sanctions relief for Iran in marathon nuclear talks on Saturday, but remained divided on issues such as lifting United Nations sanctions and the development of advanced centrifuges. Diplomats close to the negotiations said they had tentative agreement on a mechanism for suspending U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran. "We don't have Iran on board yet." Senior Iranian and Western diplomats echoed the remarks.

  • How Saudi Arabia is building the city of the future

    There can’t be many Saudi projects that can claim to have been unaffected by the oil price slide, but then again, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is no ordinary undertaking. Located an hour’s drive north of Jeddah, KAEC has been described as the world’s largest real estate project. By the time it is completed, probably at some point in the mid-2030s, roughly $100bn worth of investment will have been ploughed into the city, which is set to play a vital role in the diversification of Saudi Arabia’s economy away from oil.
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

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  • Gold prices in India at deep discounts on sluggish demand

    By Rajendra Jadhav and A. Ananthalakshmi MUMBAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Gold prices in major consumer India were quoted at deep discounts to the global benchmark this week on tepid demand and adequate levels of inventory, dealers said. Prices were quoted at a discount of $8 to $15 an ounce over London prices, much wider than the $1 discount in mid-June, they said. Persistent weakness in India, the world's top consumer of gold last year and the No. 2 buyer in the first quarter of this year, could add pressure on global prices, which are currently just above a 3-1/2 month low.

  • England coach gives fantastic interview about the player who scored the brutal own goal that knocked them out of the World Cup

    England lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup semifinal in the most heartbreaking way possible, giving up an own goal in the final minute and losing 2-1. The goal was incredibly unlucky for England. If Laura Bassett doesn't deflect the ball, the Japan attacker is almost certainly going to have a 1-on-1 with the goalie at point-blank range, and if the deflection is one inch higher or one foot to the right, the ball caroms in a different direction and doesn't go in the goal.

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  • Here's the manual that Al Qaeda and now ISIS use to brainwash people online

    The US and other Western countries have been alarmed at how the Islamic State militant group has been able to lure teenagers and young people to the Middle East to join its ranks. Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times recently wrote about a 23-year-old American woman from Washington state who has been communicating with Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) recruiters online. The woman, "Alex," showed Callimachi the messages and reading materials these recruiters had sent her, and their approach to grooming her seems textbook.

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  • Scientists have found yet another reason we should all be napping at work

    Sleep deprivation is linked to a lot of scary things like Alzheimer's disease, depression, memory problems, and cancer — and while a nap won't completely make up for hours of lost sleep, scientists agree a power nap can do wonders. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased impulsive responses to frustrating obstacles and decreased levels of emotional intelligence and constructive thinking. During the recent University of Michigan study, researchers found napping to increase frustration tolerance and decrease feelings of impulsivity in participants.

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  • Putin congratulates Obama, calls for talks as equals

    Moscow, July 5 (IANS/EFE) Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks on an equal footing between Moscow and Washington, while congratulating Barack Obama, on the occasion of American Independence Day, the Kremlin has announced. "In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security," a press release from the Russian presidency said on Saturday. Putin expressed his certainty that "Russia and the USA can find solutions to the most complicated international issues and efficiently resist global threats and challenges as they base their dialogue on principles of equality and respect of each other's interests." On Friday, the head of the Kremlin asked the Russian Security Council for an analysis and evaluation of the risks and threats facing the country in order to proceed with a renovation of its national security strategy.

  • Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Go On ‘Family Holiday In The Bahamas’ As Their Divorce Is Announced

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have taken their children away on a family holiday to the Bahamas, presumably to escape all the drama, headlines and the dreaded rumour mill surrounding their split. The couple announced their divorce earlier this week, saying in a statement: “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.

  • Gang arrested for beating up expatriate

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Jeddah Police arrested a three-member gang that robbed an expatriate in south Jeddah. The expatriate was stopped by one of the gang members as he was walking on a subsidiary road in south Jeddah and asked for help with an address. The expatriate attempted to flee, but the man grabbed him.

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  • There's a lot of evidence that the next iPhone will have an incredible camera

    A new document leaked by a supposed Foxconn employee, the company that builds the iPhone in China, was obtained by Apple Insider, and it reinforces rumors that the iPhone 6's successor could have a 12-megapixel camera, as well as 2 gigabytes of RAM. Rather, a 12-megapixel camera compared with the iPhone 6's 8-megapixel shooter would allow you to record slow-motion videos in ultra-high 4K resolution. 4K resolution means video shot with the next iPhone will be about twice as sharp as video shot with the iPhone 6.

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  • Serena survives, Djokovic, Sharapova ease through

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - The needle on the Wimbledon Richter scale sat poised and ready but Serena Williams dug deep into her battle-hardened playbook to ensure there was no earth-shuddering shock at the hands of scurrying Briton Heather Watson on Friday. With the shockwaves of Rafa Nadal's exit at the hands of maverick journeyman Dustin Brown 24 hours earlier still rippling around the All England Club, Williams stood on the brink of an even more astonishing reverse. The five times champion was two breaks down in the third set to her 59th-ranked foe and at one stage stood two points from defeat before normal order was restored and Williams clinched a 6-2 4-6 7-5 win.

  • Ganesha indicates great popularity for Taylor Swift but advises her to be alert till January, 2016

    Taylor Swift is a name that has achieved incredible prominence in the field of Music! Having many firsts to her record, Taylor has took the Music World by surprise. Beginning her career at the young age of 14, Taylor became the youngest songwriter that was ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house! Seen as one of the most popular and outstanding faces of the Country genre of Music, the success her music achieves is just phenomenal! In 2015, Taylor became the youngest woman ever to be included on Forbes Most Powerful Women List! With immensely successful hit Singles like “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” “Shake It Off”, she has become an essential staple for Country Music enthusiasts! Having already won 7 Grammy Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards and 1 Brit Award, she is surely one of the best musicians and artists ever.

  • A psychologist says disliking rich people can sabotage your own chances of success

    Personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi delved into these questions on episode 116 of her podcast "So Money," featuring financial psychologist, author, and certified financial planner Dr. Brad Klontz, whose latest research has focused on the wealthy.

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  • There are two scientifically superior ways to make iced coffee with next to no effort

    To make good iced coffee this summer, don’t just pour coffee over ice cubes. Experts say there are actually two much better ways to make iced coffee: cold brew and flash brew. Sometimes called the “Toddy Method” after a chemical engineer student at Cornell who popularized the system, the main reason cold brew tastes so good is that it has less acid — an estimated 67% less — than traditional brewing methods.

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