• 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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  • Saudi Arabia executes member of royal family

    Report: 'Blood money' refused The Saudi Gazette, an English-language newspaper based in Jeddah, said the victim's family had refused offers of "blood money" and demanded justice be carried out. It is extremely uncommon for a member of the Saudi royal family to be put to death in Saudi Arabia. In 1975, Prince Faisal bin Musaid was beheaded for assassinating King Faisal. "The government ... is keen to keep order, stabilize security and bring about justice through implementing the rules prescribed by Allah ... on whoever violates the sanctity of civilians," the Interior Ministry said. King as 'enforcer' The execution was "very rare," said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East

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  • Pakistani 'chai wala' turns model after finding fame

    A handsome "chai wala" (tea seller) in Pakistan has seen his life change overnight after a picture of him at work swept the internet. Arshad Khan, 18, was photographed pouring tea at Islamabad's Sunday Bazaar by photographer Javeria Ali. Thousands of lovestruck Twitter users quickly shared the picture, swooning over his piercing eyes, and #ChaiWala began trending across social media. Days later, Mr Khan shot his first modelling campaign. Fitin.pk, an online shopping site based in Islamabad, rushed to sign Mr Khan up and is already using pictures of him modelling menswear. A message on its website and Facebook page reads: "Chai wala is not more chai wala now he is fashion wala!" In an interview

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  • 'Cat-eyed' tea seller sparks soul searching

    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani tea seller with velvet eyes saw his life changed this week when his portrait spread around the Internet, sparking ardent debates on class, objectification, and the place of ethnic Pashtuns in society. Arshad Khan had no idea he had set the Internet alight from Pakistan to India and beyond: He has no phone, and cannot read. “It was a real surprise,” the young “chaiwala”, or tea seller, told AFP. “I was aware that I am handsome but you can’t do anything when you are poor,” he said, adding that the image has “changed the way I think.” In the candid photograph, snapped by a passing photographer and posted on Instagram, Khan prepares Pakistan’s ubiquitous milk tea, his blue

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  • Donald Trump: Iran should write us a thank you letter

    During the third presidential debate, Donald Trump said that Iran should write us a thank you letter if we were to take control of Mosul.

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  • Pakistan bans Bollywood as tension with India rises

    Rising military tension between India and Pakistan has claimed an unlikely casualty: Bollywood. Pakistan's media regulator on Wednesday ordered satellite TV channels and radio stations to stop carrying any Indian movies or shows. The ban will take effect on Friday. "Channels violating this will have their license suspended immediately," the regulator said in a statement. The ban comes amid a period of heightened hostility between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir, with the two countries trading gunfire at the border and verbal barbs. The war of words has escalated into a war of screens. The Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association voted in late September "not to work with

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  • Philippines: Did Rodrigo Duterte's China gamble pay off?

    (CNN)- Rodrigo Duterte left no room for doubt about where his allegiance lies. In a state visit aimed at cozying up to Beijing as he pushes away from Washington, the Philippine President announced his military and economic "separation" from the United States. "America has lost now. I've realigned myself in your ideological flow," he said at a business forum in Beijing on Thursday. "And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It's the only way." Relations between China and the Philippines had soured over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. But now Duterte is taking a different tack, pushing

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  • Which country really has the cleverest students?

    Higher education has a strong sense of hierarchy. And high-profile international league tables are a very public form of this pecking order. While these might measure a whole range of factors - from reputation and staff ratios to research output - what they do not compare is the ability of students who have been taught in these universities. But the OECD, in its annual Education at a Glance, has published test results comparing the ability of graduates in different countries. And it shows a very different map of higher education than the ranking tables, which are dominated by US and UK universities, such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge and UCL. The OECD tested literacy skills among

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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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  • US warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea-officials

    WASHINGTON: A US navy warship sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, US officials said. The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The latest US patrol, first reported by Reuters, is expected to anger Beijing and could further escalate tensions over the South China Sea. The destroyer sailed within waters claimed by China, close to but not within the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits of the islands, the officials said.

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  • Saudi blogger Raif Badawi 'faces new round of lashes'

    Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi have expressed alarm at a report that he faces a new round of lashes. A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging could happen at any time. European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who gave Mr Badawi the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, said he was shocked and saddened. The 32 year old was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam" online. There was an international outcry after he received the first 50 lashes in public in January 2015, and he has not been flogged since. The Raif Badawi Foundation said in a statement that it had "received from a private

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  • Russian warships pass through English Channel

    A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be "man-marked every step of the way" while near UK waters. A Russian tug, believed to be in convoy with the taskforce, entered the channel first off the coast near Ramsgate. EU leaders have strongly condemned Russia's involvement in bombing the Syrian city of Aleppo. The ships are within international waters but Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK would "be watching as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe". You might also like: The UK's Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan, escorted by the Type 23

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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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  • OPINION: Oman, between the Gulf and Iran

    To those who don’t understand it, Oman is a mysterious country. Muscat’s government has not become involved in regional conflicts for decades, despite the fact that it occasionally voices its stance on issues. Kuwait was invaded by Saddam Hussein and Saudi Arabia would have confronted this same fate if it hadn’t fought against him. The UAE has islands occupied by Iran.

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  • French court lifts Salafist travel ban amid tensions with Muslims - Region - World

    A French Muslim won a court order on Tuesday lifting a travel ban she says was imposed due to her ultra-conservative Salafist beliefs, in a case exposing tensions between France's official secularism and its Muslim minority. The 19-year-old, who was raised Catholic and converted to Islam two years ago, said she had wanted to go to Saudi Arabia to study but her mother alerted the authorities, suspecting her daughter had fallen into the hands of jihadist recruiters. The travel ban on the young woman, who has asked French media not to use her name, was imposed on anti-terrorism grounds. The government feared she might try to join Islamist militant groups fighting in Syria and Iraq. Its lifting is

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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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  • Spalding murders: What drove teenage sweethearts to kill?

    The murders of Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie were as shocking in their chilling brutality as they were in their steely execution. The age of their killers makes the case truly exceptional - so what drove two 14-year-old sweethearts to commit double murder? Over the course of three days a jury of seven men and five women listened as the grisly detail of the murders of Elizabeth Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter were detailed. Mrs Edwards, 49, was pinned down on her bed and stabbed eight times, including twice in the neck, her blood spattering across the walls. The boy had purposely attacked her in the throat to damage her voice box. Why? To ensure her daughter was not woken by screams

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  • Saudi Arabia Launches $100 Billion Joint Investment Fund

    Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has just teamed up with Japan’s SoftBank Group to create a tech investment fund that would potentially reach $100 billion, becoming one of the largest private equity investors in the world. The London-based fund, titled ‘Softbank Vision Fund’, will be bolstered with up to $45 billion from the Saudi PIF over the next five years, and $25 billion from Japanese telecommunication giant Softbank. The Saudi PIF – which recently invested $3.5 billions in Uber - was established as part of the Gulf country’s strategy to diversify its economy and reduce its dependency on oil. According to a statement by Softbank, several global investors are expected to participate

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  • King John: Dysentery and the death that changed history

    It is 800 years since one of England's most reviled monarchs, King John, died from dysentery. BBC News examines how this gut-wrenching condition has claimed the lives of several English kings, changing the course of history. "Foul as it is, Hell itself is made fouler by the presence of John." Chronicler Matthew Paris's epitaph reflects the contempt with which John was widely held - but could also be a nod to his unpleasant demise. His chaotic and disastrous reign came to a heaving end on, or near, the toilet. Or whatever served as a toilet in Newark Castle in October 1216. By finishing John, dysentery - essentially diarrhoea so violent it causes bleeding and death - may have spectacularly changed

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  • A conflict we never wanted

    For decades Yemen has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Those who are well-versed with the history of this impoverished Arab country know that Yemen has been facing one problem after the other. During the past decades, Yemen received tens of billions of dollars in direct financial aid by countries like Saudi Arabia. That monetary assistance was meant to help Yemenis build their country’s civic infrastructure and help them resolve their problems. Yemeni expatriates living in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere reportedly send huge amounts of money to their home country as remittances. Unfortunately, those foreign remittances also failed to improve the conditions of Yemen where the civic infrastructure

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