• Egypt media company removes Khamenei billboards

    An Egyptian security source confirmed to Al Arabiya the removal of a billboard displaying the Iranian Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, the move came amid resentment towards the image from al Azhar. The official said another billboard for Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was also removed alongside Khamenei’s. The billboards have been placed around the streets of Cairo, as part of an advertising campaign for “al Ghad al Arabi” satellite channel. Abdul Latif al Minaawi, Chief Executive of al “Ghad” channel acknowledged the removal of the billboards saying they were part of an advertising campaign for one of the television programs.

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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: Philippines’ Duterte sparking distress around the world

    MANILA, Philippines: America’s top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the US and other countries.Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said he also relayed to Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. international concern over continuing killings under Duterte’s crackdown against illegal drugs. Russel’s visit to the Philippines, part of a three-nation trip to Southeast Asia, comes amid increasing uncertainty about Washington’s treaty alliance with Manila. The brash Duterte, who took office

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  • US destroyer sails in South China Sea to make a point

    (CNN)A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Decatur, sailed through the South China Sea on Friday in a freedom of navigation operation intended to send a blunt message to China. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the point was to let China know that it cannot "unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law." The Pentagon, in a statement, called the USS Decatur's trip "routine" and said it took place "without incident." The Chinese Defense Ministry released a statement Friday calling the act by the US a serious breach of law and an intentional provocation. Tensions in

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  • Abu Dhabi crown prince arrives in Saudi Arabia

    JEDDAH: Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday.Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman welcomed the crown prince, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the Kingdom. Sheikh Mohamed was received at King Salman Air Base Airport in Riyadh by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The UAE delegation included Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zaid Al Nahyan, Advisor of the National Security; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency Affairs; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed

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  • Africa's top shots: 14-20 October 2016

    A selection of photos from across the African continent this week: Images courtesy of AP, AFP, EPA, PA and Reuters

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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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  • OPINION: US eases critical Iran sanctions

    The harsh rhetoric of Iran’s hardliners toward the United States and other “rivals” of Tehran has not moderated. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to soften its stance toward the Islamic Republic. Figures on sanction list are free The sanction relief against Iranian banks remove a robust mechanism that was in place to monitor the country’s compliance with UN resolutions in areas such as ballistic missiles and nuclear materials Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Iran can also use US currency Banks off the hook Last Update: Friday, 21 October 2016 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05

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  • Scottish Fashion Award winners announced

    The winners of the 11th annual Scottish Fashion Awards have been announced at a glittering ceremony in London. Designer of the Year went to Christopher Kane, who set up his brand in 2006 after graduating from Central Saint Martin's College, London. The North Lanarkshire-born designer's company has since grown into a major fashion brand. Glaswegian designer, illustrator and "radical creative" Charles Jeffrey was crowned Young Designer of the Year. Guests at the event included Glasgow-born singer-songwriter Tallia Storm, Tennis star Andy Murray's mother Judy and stars Pixie Lott and Alesha Dixon. Among the major winners on the night were three young friends who created the global sunglasses brand

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  • The aghas of Harams

    Saudi Gazette report Some of the age-old traditions and services related to the holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah have remained unchanged despite the passage of time while some others have disappeared or started disappearing with advancement in science and technology. The aghas of Haram, for example, have been extending consummate services to pilgrims and visitors to the two holy mosques and enjoyed a prominent position in society, Al-Hayat Arabic daily reports. Agha is a non-Arabic word derived from Turkish. The Turkish word comes from the Old Turkic aqa, meaning “elder brother”. The Kurds used the word to denote respect for elders and tribal leaders while the Turks used it to address descendants

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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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  • Jim Carrey now sued by ex-girlfriend's mother

    The mother of Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White is suing the actor for wrongful death. It's less than a month since Ms White's estranged husband filed a similar lawsuit. Both claim Ms White took her own life in September 2015 by overdosing on prescription drugs obtained by the actor. His lawyers have previously said the allegations are "bogus" and "catagorically disputed". But Brigid Sweetman says Mr Carrey should be "ashamed" of his treatment of her daughter. "As a family, we want the world to know the truth about who Jim Carrey really is - a man that will give your daughter three STDs, lie about it, call her terrible names and demean her, use his high priced lawyers to try and shut

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  • Trump delivers harsh remarks on Clinton at charity dinner

    When the audience booed at that line, Trump said, "That's OK, I don't know who they're angry at, Hillary, you or I. For example, here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics." The jeers from the audience were unusual for the event. "I've been to that dinner like six, seven, eight times," Christine Quinn, the former speaker of New York's city council, told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I've never heard boos like that. Never." Also unusual for the Al Smith dinner: Neither offered any kind words about the other. The night, which followed another brutal debate on Wednesday, underscored that Americans face a choice in two and a half weeks between two candidates who plainly don't like

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  • The power of sleep

    Staying up late in Saudi culture is so common that it has become the norm. The reversal of sleeping patterns disrupts the body’s natural biological clock and it goes against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is alarming to find out just how prevalent lack of sleep really is in our society, and the detrimental effects it has on the mind and body.    A study conducted by Boston College in 2013 found that 73% of 9 and 10 year old school children in Saudi Arabia were sleep deprived, and this adversely affected their math and science test scores.     In a study published in Sleep Medicine by researcher Roah A. Merdad and colleagues, high school students in Jeddah were surveyed

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  • Philippine army: 'Abu Sayyaf' attacks S Korean ship

    The captain and one crew member of a South Korean cargo ship have been abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters in the southern Philippines, according to military officials. Ten gunmen, who reportedly identified themselves as fighters from the Abu Sayyaf group, boarded the Dongbang Giant 2 ship on Thursday and kidnapped its captain, described by the Philippine army as "Korean", as well as a local crewman.     "They identified themselves as Abu Sayyaf Group members .... We're looking into this," regional military command spokesman, Major Filemon Tan, told the ABS CBN television channel on Friday.     The ship was en route to South Korea from Australia when it was attacked. Other crewmen were

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  • Saudi social media users see Prince's execution as sign of equality

    RIYADH/DOHA: Saudi social media users interpret the rare execution of an Al Saud prince as a sign of equality under Islamic law, approval likely to reassure Riyadh’s absolute rulers as large spending cuts test the kingdom’s welfare-based social contract. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was found guilty of shooting dead another Saudi national during a brawl and was executed after a royal order by King Salman, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. A prince who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, was beheaded in 1975 and a princess was shot dead for adultery two years later. In 2004, a young prince who had gunned down an acquaintance was pardoned by the victim’s father at the last minute, after arriving at Riyadh’s execution square.

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  • Titanic locker key sold for £85,000 at auction

    A key which opened a life-jacket locker on the Titanic has been sold for £85,000. It was among 200 items from the liner sold at an auction in Devizes. The key had been predicted to fetch up to £50,000. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the amount the key finally sold for "reflected its importance and unique nature". A postcard sent by the ship's "heroic" chief wireless operator sold for £19,000. 'Sacrifice to save others' The locker key had belonged to third-class steward Sidney Sedunary, from Berkshire, who perished when the Titanic went down in April 1912, after hitting an iceberg. Mr Aldridge said: "Without a doubt [he saved lives]. Here's a man who sacrificed his life to save others." The auction

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  • Egyptian Girl Sold Into Slavery at the Age of 8 Publishes Her Memoirs

    Despite having been heavily covered by western media, the sad saga of an Egyptian girl who was robbed of her childhood in the cruelest way possible is only just beginning to become known here in Egypt after one Facebook user took to the social network to share her story, which is rapidly going viral  Although born in 1991, Shyima Hall’s life didn’t really begin until 2002 when she was freed from the shackles of slavery her own parents had sold her into for the mere price of $30. Born in grinding poverty, little Shyima lived with her parents and ten siblings in an Alexandria slum until she was traded to a rich family for whom her older sister used to work as a maid. The wealthy employers accused

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  • Cairo's First All-Female American Football Team

    First we had the Egyptian Federation of American Football kicking off and bringing NFL stars to the motherland through the American Football Without Barriers program, and now these ladies – The Pink Warriors – are ready to kick some serious butt as part of Egypt's first ever all-female American football team. You read that right, these awesome women are playing American flag football - no tackling, but the oddly shaped ball is definitely there. Check it out the viral video from Now This. The team was founded in 2015 by two American male football players with a passion for the game  who are currently living in Cairo. As per Reuters, the popularity of the game amongst female athletes continues

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  • Shrinking Population: How Japan Fell Out of Love with Love

    Tulip Mazumdar explores how young people's rejection of intimacy and their embracing of singledom has left Japan's authorities struggling to tackle rapid population decline. Traditionally, the working husband and the stay-at-home housewife defined a Japanese family. Now, with society changing, young people are choosing independence over 'troublesome' relationships. The result is an uncontrolled decline in population, where a decreasing birth rate and rapidly aging population paints a bleak outlook for Japan's future.

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