• Dwayne Johnson named world's highest-paid actor

    Dwayne Johnson is rocking Forbes’ highest-paid actor list. Johnson commanded $64.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016, more than doubling his earnings from the previous year and bumping Robert Downey Jr from the top of the list, where he was perched for three consecutive years. A bulk of Johnson’s earnings come from his roles in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, the disaster movie “San Andreas,” and the HBO series “Ballers,” as well as upfront fees for “Fast 8” and the “Baywatch” movie Johnson ranked No. 11 last year with around $31 million. “Want to say two things about this,” Johnson tweeted about the news. “I started w/$7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you. Waffle House on me!” Downey

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  • Newspaper headlines: Italy earthquake and Camber Sands deaths

    Many of the papers feature images of devastation from central Italy on their front pages. The Guardian shows rescuers carrying a woman from rubble in Amatrice where - it writes - the town's 13th Century clock tower survived, with the time frozen at 3.39am, three minutes after the quake struck. The Times quotes the grandmother of a family of four killed in Accumoli when their house collapsed. She blames God, saying "he took them all at once". The Daily Telegraph shows a bloodied nun checking her mobile phone, after her convent collapsed. On its front page, the Daily Mail calls on the government to "Ban the Toxic Beads Now!" - following calls from MPs to prohibit the the use of tiny balls of plastic

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  • Oil prices fall as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

    Oil prices fell on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month, and as analysts pointed to an ongoing supply overhang that was weighing on markets. International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.46 per barrel at 0658 GMT, down 21 cents from their previous close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 10 cents at $47.23 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that "we don't believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us", adding that the "market is moving in the right direction" already.

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  • Saudi women at Olympics: Winners without medals

    No medals were won at the Rio Olympics by either men or women in the Saudi team made up of 13 athletes. For Saudi Arabia, it was the second time for women to participate since the last Olympic Games in London in 2012. Their performance did not get them far past the first rounds, however. “Our early departure in the competition will have a big impact on the renaissance of Saudi athletics that otherwise wouldn’t happen if we’d won gold medals,” said Lubna Al-Omair in a tweet last week after her defeat in women’s fencing against Brazilian competitor Tais Rochel. “It’s a long path and we’re still in the beginning but what’s important is that we will get there. Very optimistic about the future of

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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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  • 'World’s largest' pearl emerges in Philippines

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines: A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said. The man found the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl inside a giant clam that was snagged by his anchor as he waited out a storm at sea, according to local tourism department chief Cynthia Amurao, who is also his aunt. Not knowing it could be worth tens of millions of dollars, he kept the 30-centimeter by 60-centimeter (12-inch by 24-inch) pearl in his thatch hut on the western island of Palawan, tucked under a wooden bed as a good-luck charm, Amurao added. In July, the nephew moved to a new address and took the object to his aunt in a tricycle, asking her to hide it for him, said Amurao, the city tourism officer for Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital.

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  • 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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  • If Hollywood made an Iranian anti-US revenge fantasy

    It has the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster and the heightened emotion of a Bollywood musical, but the message couldn't be more anti-American. An extraordinary eight-minute music video/revenge fantasy called "We are standing to last drop of blood" has been regularly shown on on Iran's national TV this month and set social media buzzing. The film shows patriotic youths magically destroying an American invasion fleet which has targeted an idyllic Iranian seaside town and its peaceful nuclear power plant. When the civilians come under unprovoked attack the Iranian heroes unite to use the power of their national flag to create a tsunami that destroys the US ships and aircraft. It ends

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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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Police Scotland uniform to include Muslim hijab

    Police Scotland has announced women from Muslim communities may now wear the hijab as part of their uniform. It is part of an attempt to encourage Muslim women to consider pursing a career in the force. Officers and police staff have always had the option to wear religious headwear but the announcement ratifies the use of the hijab. Chief Constable Phil Gormley said the police force should be representative of the communities it serves. The move comes 10 years after the Metropolitan Police in London approved a uniform hijab. Mr Gormley said: "I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal

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  • Beautiful Baha, tantalizing Taif

    Saudi Gazette report Southern Saudi Arabia has many tourist spots with breathtaking beauty and mesmerizing nature. Aside from the Asir region, prominent among them include Baha and Taif. Al-Baha province is full of tourist spots, including forests and parks. The best places to visit in summer are Mandaq, Baljurashi, Bani Hassan and Al-Aqeeq and in winter Mikhwah, Gilwah, Ghamid, Al-Zenad and Al-Hajrah. Because of its fascinating nature and historical sites dating back to thousands of years, Al-Baha is the favorite destination for many Saudi and Gulf tourists. There are streams, waterfalls, valleys and plains that captivate visitors and hold them in awe. With over 100 activities lined up for the

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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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  • Turkish-Russian-Iranian nexus poses a threat

    The Turkish leadership, which reportedly ordered the shooting down of a Russian warplane last November and hurled volleys of insult at his Russian counterpart, now refers to President Vladimir Putin as his “dear friend”. Putin must be inwardly smirking but he is going along with this buddy-buddy charade because it serves his interests. From his perspective anything that weakens NATO is a plus point. The Russian side is certainly aware that his punitive economic retaliation against Turkey in response to the incident – combined with Russia’s deployment of an advanced surface-to-air missile system on Syrian soil hampering Turkey’s campaign against Kurdish groups – triggered Erdogan’s charm offensive.

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  • Addicted to pawn: Why designer handbags are the new gold

    "It's a Chanel day bag - a timeless classic. If you had 50 in the shop, you'd sell all 50," says Nathan Finch, managing director of Pickwick pawnbrokers. We are in the strongroom of his shop in north London, where he is showing off some of the hundreds of bags that customers pledge each year, in return for borrowing money. Once it was mostly watches, gold or jewellery that people took to pawnbrokers. Now, designer handbags are the big growth area. They are increasingly high in value - often worth thousands of pounds each, they are easily portable, and there is a seemingly limitless supply. "For some women, it's a bit of an addiction. They get their fix from buying a bag. But like most cravings,

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  • Saudi Arabia thwarts attack on mosque in Qatif, attacker killed

    JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has killed a man who attempted to attack a mosque in Qatif on Tuesday night, according to local media.The attacker, who was said to be wearing an explosive vest, was killed near Al-Rasoul Al-A’dham mosque in the village of Um Al-Hamam in Qatif. Another man was arrested by police in Al-Mustafa area and unconfirmed reports say that both men were not Saudis. Security services cordoned off the area after the incident, which was around 7pm.  

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  • Los Angeles Lakers sign Chinese Olympian Yi Jianlian

    The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Chinese Olympian and power forward Yi Jianlian following his performance at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games. The 28-year-old last played in the NBA in 2012 with the Dallas Mavericks. He has spent the past four seasons playing in the Chinese Basketball Association and is considered the second most popular player on the mainland, after Yao Ming. The LA Lakers did not disclose Yi's contract details, but reports say he is signed for one year, with a veterans' minimum of $1.1m that could reach $8m with bonuses. "We're excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments," LA Lakers general manager Mitch

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