• UK: Muslims ordered off plane after ISIL accusation

    Three British Muslim siblings were left traumatised after being escorted off a plane in London and interrogated on the tarmac as armed police kept watch, after fellow passengers accused them of being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. Sakina Dharas, 24, her sister Maryam, 19, and their brother Ali, 21, were on board EasyJet flight EZY3249 from London's Stansted Airport to the Italian city of Naples on August 17. Sakina told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that as the plane was about to take off, a crew member ordered the siblings off the aircraft and escorted them down the staircase to the tarmac, where they were met by armed police and an MI5 agent who questioned them for one hour.

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  • Blake Lively doesn't want you praising her post-baby body

    Blake Lively says new mums shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight straight after having a baby. She's been on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, where she was complimented on how great she looked in a bikini in her new film The Shallows. The presenter commented on how the film was shot just months after Blake had her first baby. But the 28-year-old called it unfair that slimming down after birth is "so celebrated". "It's like, this is what someone looks like after having a baby," she said. "I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated." The ex-Gossip Girl star's now expecting her second child with husband

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  • 'It's about freedom': Ban boosts burkini sales 'by 200%'

    The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing - which combines "burqa" with "bikini" - leaves only the face, hands and feet on show. Aheda Zanetti, who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini, said online sales were up by 200% The 48-year-old Sydney woman said the swimsuits represented freedom and healthy living - not oppression. "I'm an Aussie chick, I've been here all my life," she said. "I know what hijab means. I know what veil means. I know what Islam means. And I know who I am." The mayor of Cannes' ruling "Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper

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  • The woman who says that it's not only men who like to look

    "You don't get pregnant from eye contact". One of the memorable lines from a Facebook post that has been liked more than 10,000 times. Its origin is the southern Indian state of Kerala. Its author a part-time teacher and accountant named Vanaja Vasudev. Her post, written in the local language Malayalam, was a response to a bizarre comment by a local official, Kerala excise commissioner Rishiraj Singh, who claimed in a speech that a man who stares at a woman for more than 14 seconds could be jailed for harassment. There is no such law and Singh's assertion has caused much amusement on social media. Though one news outlet published a video of a man's eyes staring for 14 seconds to give its viewers

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  • 34kg pearl found in Philippines 'is world's biggest'

    Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone). The pearl was found 10 years ago by a fisherman who was unaware of its value and kept it as a good luck charm, Palawan official Aileen Amurao said. "We were amazed when he brought it to us," she told local media. Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world's largest pearl. The pearl is 1ft (30.5cm) wide and 2.2ft long and, if confirmed, will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg. Things that weigh about as much as the newly discovered pearl 1. An Afghan hound 2. An Olympic

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  • Anaconda has tumour removed by Thai vets

    Thai veterinarians have operated on a 10-year-old anaconda to remove a large tumour from near its heart. The snake was anaesthetised for the seven-hour operation, Dr Taweesak Anansiriwattana told BBC Thai's Issariya Praithongyaem. Doctors at Klongluang Animal Hospital had to cut through the skin and abdominal cavity wall in order to reach the tumour, which weighed 1kg (2lb). Tissue samples have been sent for tests to determine if the snake has cancer. The snake weighed about 52kg (114 lbs). Most of the tumour was removed but a small part remains as it was too close to arteries, vets say. The snake was brought to the hospital by a private owner.

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  • Iran laments Obama’s departure

    Some will grieve US President Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, because whoever succeeds him – whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – will not have “strategic patience,” a strange term coined by the Obama administration. Some Iranian politicians have begun to feel the extent of the strategic loss regarding the end of Obama’s term, especially since even Clinton will not be as enthusiastic as he is toward Iran Mshari al-Thaydi Obama’s enthusiasm Last Update: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 KSA 19:06 - GMT 16:06 Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.

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  • Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

    Attacks by Islamist militants as well as strikes and floods have led to a big fall in tourism in Paris. There were a million fewer visitors between January and June compared with the same period in 2015. Paris welcomes 16 million visitors a year and is one of the world's top tourist destinations. The drop is estimated to have cost about €750m (£644m) in lost revenue. One senior official described it as "an industrial disaster". France relies heavily on tourism, which generates more than 7% of its annual GDP. About half-a-million people in the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, have jobs linked to tourism, making it the biggest employer in the area. But tourism has dipped sharply since

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  • Duterte warns China over South China Sea dispute

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of a "bloody" confrontation should China try to invade the country's territories in the disputed South China Sea. While insisting that he would first seek a peaceful resolution, Duterte told soldiers on Wednesday that they should be prepared to defend the country over the territorial dispute. Duterte also said he would "not raise hell now" about an international court ruling that China had no legal right to claim a large swath of the South China Sea, in a case brought by the Philippines. China, which did not participate in the arbitration case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, has rejected the court's ruling as "null and void".

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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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  • US cancels education visas of some Saudi students

    Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — US immigration authorities have nullified education visas of some Saudi foreign scholarship students during this academic year. Some of these students have been sent back on arrival at American airports or from transit stations before boarding flights to the US. Meanwhile, another group of Saudi students have received email messages from the American Consulate in Dhahran informing them that their education visas have been canceled. These students were in the Kingdom to spend their summer vacation. The students have been informed that they have to apply for new visas. “The US move would affect studies of these Saudi students either completely or they will lose at

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  • In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

    ISTANBUL: The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame. That was last Sunday. Less than a day earlier, Turkey was less fortunate: a teenage bomber detonated his suicide vest among dancing guests at a Turkish wedding party, officials say, killing 51 people, nearly half of them children themselves. Saturday’s attack at the wedding in Gaziantep marked not only Turkey’s deadliest this year, but also the first time in Turkey that militants may have deployed a child bomber in a way already used to deadly effect in wars from Africa to Syria. In Afghanistan,

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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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  • China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover

    China has given the world a first glimpse of its design for the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars. It intends to launch its mission in mid-2020. As part of the announcement in Beijing, the authorities also launched a public competition to come up with a name and logo for the voyager. China's ambitious space programme has been progressing at a rapid pace in recent years. On 16 August it launched a potentially groundbreaking quantum-enabled satellite, testing communications technology, and in early August its Jade Rabbit lunar rover shut down after 31 months exploring the Moon. Computer-generated images released by the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology

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  • Turkey shells Kurdish positions in Manbij - Syrian Kurdish groups seize nearly all Hasaka

    BEIRUT: Kurdish forces were in near full control of Syria’s city of Hasaka yesterday after battling pro-government militias, though some government officials remained holed up in buildings in the city centre, a Kurdish official and monitoring group said. The battle over Hasaka marks the most violent confrontation between the Kurdish YPG militia and Damascus in more than five years of civil war, and victory would be a major boost for the Kurds despite Turkish efforts to curb their gains. Ankara, which its fighting militants from its own Kurdish minority, has begun to step up efforts to curb the growth of Kurdish influence in Syria, where it backs Sunni Arab groups that are also hostile to the YPG. Yesterday Hasaka’s remaining government officials were confined to a few buildings in the city centre while the rest of the city was under Kurdish control, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Director Rami Abdulrahman said.

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  • Why ice cream won't help your sunburn but oatmeal will

    After catching some rays on the hottest day of the year, some of us may be feeling a bit pink today. Obviously the best way to avoid sunburn is to wear sunscreen but what if you forgot and got burnt? There's lots of advice on what to do and some of it can be a bit misleading. Newsbeat's been speaking to Dr Nisith Sheth from the British Skin Foundation who tells us what is good - and what isn't - for burnt skin. Ice cream When your skin is burning up, it may be tempting to cool off with the coldest thing you can find on the beach. But Dr Nisith Sheth says putting ice cream on your skin is not a good idea. "Whilst the cooling affect of the ice cream may reduce the inflammation, the contents of

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  • Windies, India enter new world in United States

    FORT LAUDERDALE, United States: West Indies face India in two Twenty20 internationals in Florida at the weekend in a litmus test for both cricket’s future in the US and Carlos Brathwaite’s credentials as Caribbean skipper.After India cruised to victory in the Test series and in the aftermath of the Caribbean squad’s latest round of blood-letting, the sides head for the sport’s newest outpost, the Central Broward Regional Park, the only purpose-built cricket stadium in the US. Six matches in the recent franchise-based Caribbean Premier League were played at the $10 million arena while the first full international matches, two Twenty20 games between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, were staged there

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  • Top 100 list: Saudi firms seek prestigious ranking

    JEDDAH: Arab News, whose list of Top 100 companies had become the benchmark in the corporate world in the past, is resuming its special Top 100 supplement this year. The supplement is being published at a time when the Kingdom’s vast investment opportunity is being unfolded under National Transformation Program 2020 (NTP 2020) and Saudi Vision 2030. Very aptly, the theme of the special Top 100 supplement is “the role of the corporate world in contributing to the success of NTP 2020 and Vision 2030.” The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 is a very ambitious and clear cut road-map for the overall development across the Kingdom by transformation with a focused program for sustainable development. This was all

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  • Saudi Arabia ranks lowest in suicides: WHO report

    JEDDAH: “I feel glad that my children will have very less chances of having suicidal tendencies since they are growing up in the Kingdom.” This was the reaction of Noora, a Saudi woman, to a recent report that the Kingdom has the lowest suicide rate. A World Health Organization (WHO) report in 2012 showed that Saudi Arabia, along with Syria, ranked the lowest among 171 countries in terms of suicide, with an average 0.4 cases per year per 100,000 people. Guyana is on top of the WHO list with a 44.2 cases per 100,000 population, followed by South Korea with 28.9, Sri Lanka with 28.8, Lithuania with 28.2 and Suriname with 27.6. Mozambique (27.4), Nepal (24.9), Tanzania (24.9), Kazakhstan (23.6)

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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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