• 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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  • Saudi Prince execution: Equal justice for all

    Many Saudi personalities have reached out to mainstream media and through social media to comment on Saudi Prince Turki al-Kabir’s execution, with some applauding Saudi Arabia for carrying out justice and due process of the law regardless of status and lineage. A statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out the execution orders on Prince Turki after he was found guilty of murdering Saudi citizen Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdulkareem Al-Muhaimeed during a mass brawl in al-Thumama region on the outskirts of Riyadh. Many Saudis commented to how the ministry’s official statement issued after the execution mentioned that authorities carried out justice on “Saudi citizen Turki al-Kabir’s” without referring that he was a Prince.

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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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  • Saudi minister: Oil-price downturn coming to an end

    Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih said on Wednesday that the oil-price downturn was coming to an end. Speaking at the Oil & Money conference in London, Falih called for new investments to avert a supply shortage in the future, a Saudi Gazette report said. “We are now at the end of a considerable downturn,” he told an audience that included top executives from oil firms such as Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total SA. Falih said the oil industry was starved of financing during a downturn over the past two years in which crude prices fell to less than $28 a barrel this year from $114 a barrel in 2014.

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  • Duterte dumps the US: What could be lost?

    MUST WATCH Philippine President announces separation from US02:37 People The Philippines is a former US colony and an estimated four million US citizens are of Philippine ancestry. The US accounts for roughly a third of the $17.6 billion that Filipinos working overseas have sent home this year. Remittances from many of these people to families in the Philippines are often economic lifelines, and significant contributors to local economies throughout the country. And it cuts both ways -- there are more than 220,000 US citizens living in the Philippines, including a large number of US veterans. The Philippines is also a big tourist destination for Americans -- an estimated 650,000 visit the country,

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  • Saudi Arabia borrows $17.5 bn in first international bond offering: HSBC - Region - World

    Saudi Arabia borrowed $17.5 billion in its first international bond issue, HSBC announced Thursday, after the bank took part in the transaction. Saudi has divided the total into three tranches with maturities of five, 10 and 30 years, respectively, tailor-made for the US market, HSBC said.

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  • Crane damages a wall near Saudi’s Grand Mosque

    A documentation office outside the Saudi Arabia Grand Mosque was damaged when a crane hit the outer walls after its brake failed. The crane is involved in the expansion project of the Grand Mosque, said a source. There were no injuries or casualties. Last Update: Sunday, 23 October 2016 KSA 09:09 - GMT 06:09

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen’s Houthis via Oman: officials

    WASHINGTON: Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, US, Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war.  The increased pace of transfers in recent months, which officials said include missiles and small arms, could exacerbate a security headache for the United States, which last week struck Houthi targets with cruise missiles in retaliation for failed missile attacks on a US Navy destroyer. Much of the recent smuggling activity has been through Oman, which neighbors Yemen, including via overland routes that take advantage of porous borders between the

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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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  • Seven deadly sins of internet use

    Are you an angel polishing your virtual halo in cyberspace or a devil on the D-drive? We've put together the seven deadly sins of internet use. 1. Pointless passwords You use the same password for everything. Why waste valuable brain power? It's easy, isn't it? Maybe it is your name. Hard to forget that one. Maybe it's your mum's name - her maiden name, you're clever eh? And if you really are tired and stuck with all those passwords, why not go for that old faithful, yes, that's it: "PASSWORD". Every sucker's favourite. Couldn't be easier and a million fraudsters across the world are sitting licking their lips, rubbing their hands together and primed to help themselves to all your worldly goods.

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  • Phillippine President: 'America has lost'

    In a state visit aimed at cozying up to Beijing as he pushes away from Washington, the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, announced his military and economic "separation" from the United States. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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  • Ballon d'Or: Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Gareth Bale & Sergio Aguero on shortlist

    Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been named on the 2016 Ballon d'Or award shortlist for the world's best player. Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also feature. Other Premier League names on the list are West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi are included. Messi, who claimed a record fifth award in 2015, or Ronaldo has taken the prize every year since 2007, when AC Milan's Kaka took the honour. Vardy and Mahrez won the Premier League with Leicester last season and Algerian Mahrez

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  • 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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  • Strange purple sea creatures found in deep ocean trenches

    Scores of spectacular and rare under sea species have been found by expeditions this year to some of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean. They include strange purple orbs, "mud monsters" and a bizarre swimming sea cucumber reminiscent of a flying Mary Poppins. Another voyage found around 500 new undersea methane vents off the US west coast. This doubles the number of known seeps, bubbling up a powerful greenhouse gas. The gas vents were found by an expedition mounted by Dr Robert Ballard, the man who first located the wreck of the Titanic. In his ship, the Nautilus, the Ballard team found new vents which were discovered off Washington, Oregon and California. Little is known about the amount

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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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  • Salman Khan all set for another blockbuster year

    MUMBAI: Salman Khan has had a lot of round-the-clock chums throughout his stardom — his bracelet, his Being Human tees, his dogs, his abode in Bandra and of course, Bigg Boss.The Dabangg actor has been synonymous with Bigg Boss for the past seven years, amidst a lot of controversies, speculations, love and appreciation. The latest season, Bigg Boss 10 has already created a buzz with its brand new concept of allowing common people to compete in the reality show alongside the celebrities. Buzz is that Salman is shuttling between the shoot of Bigg Boss and his upcoming flick ‘Tubelight’. Now, we hear that the major part of the movie has been shot by Khan, and only climax and songs are left to be

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