• 60 Saudis lose US student visa

    Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — The Saudi Cultural Attache in the US reported that 60 Saudi students on scholarship have lost their visa during the past three months, Al-Hayat reported. The Saudi Cultural Attache in the United States Mohammad Al-Essa said the visas were canceled due to violations to the American Migration Law. “The violations include containing violent or unethical material on mobile phones, committing traffic violations and transferring to a different university without informing the previous university. Some of the students that had their visas canceled were in Saudi Arabia during the summer and others were notified when they arrived into US airports,” said Al-Essa. “There are

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  • India needs more than Rafale to match China: experts – Peninsula OnQatar Daily Star

    New Delhi: India might have only spent billions of dollars on hi-tech French warrior jets, though experts contend it needs to do a lot some-more if it is going to face adult to an increasingly noisy China. The world’s tip counterclaim importer has sealed several big-ticket deals as partial of a $100-billion ascent given Hindu jingoist Prime Minister Narendra Modi took energy in 2014. But it has been delayed to reinstate a shrinking swift of Russian MiG-21s — dubbed “Flying Coffins” since of their bad reserve record. An agreement to buy 36 slicing corner Rafale jets from France’s Dassault aims to repair that. “It will give a atmosphere force an arrowhead. Our atmosphere force has aged aircraft,

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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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  • Jubeir: Iran’s record is one of death and destruction

    Saudi Gazette report New York — Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has responded to his Iranian counterpart saying that Tehran “cannot whitewash its record on terror.” In an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, he said, “The fact is that Iran is the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, with government officials directly responsible for numerous terrorist attacks since 1979… Nor can one get around the fact that Iran uses terrorism to advance its aggressive policies. Iran cannot talk about fighting extremism while its leaders, Quds Force and Revolutionary Guard continue to fund, train, arm and facilitate acts of terrorism.” Jubeir’s response came after a Sept.

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  • Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

    Manila, Philippines - International and local journalists' groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators. The two Manila-based journalist became targets of social media attacks in recent days, receiving threats of rape and harm to them and their families. Since June 30, when Duterte took office, more than 3,500 people have been killed in police operations and by unknown attackers. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday called on Martin Andanar, Duterte's senior spokesperson, to investigate the threats under a special government body, announced by Duterte in July to investigate media killings in the country.

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  • India stabbing: Bystanders watch as Delhi woman killed

    Indians have reacted with outrage after passers-by watched a woman being stabbed more than 20 times on a busy street in the capital, Delhi. CCTV footage showed a man on a motorcycle approach schoolteacher Karuna, 22, who died in the attack. He is seen stabbing her repeatedly as people walk by, before hitting her on the head with a stone and kicking her. Locals did eventually intervene when he tried to escape. Police say they have charged the suspect with murder. During the attack, at least one man does try to approach the assailant but backs off after being threatened and is seen leaving the scene. Many others stop to see what is happening but fail to help. "She was attacked as she was walking

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  • Iran parades new arms, tells US not to meddle in Gulf

    Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf. At a parade in Tehran on Wednesday, shown on state TV, the military displayed long-range missiles, tanks, and the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. US officials say there have been more than 30 close encounters between US and Iranian vessels in the Gulf so far this year, over twice as many as in the same period of 2015. On Sept. 4, a US Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast-attack craft came within 100 yards (90 meters) of it in the central Gulf, at least the fourth such incident in less than a month, US Defense Department officials said.

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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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  • 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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  • Five ways India could respond to Pakistan over Kashmir raid

    NEW DELHI: India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to act against Pakistan after Sunday’s attack on an army base in divided Kashmir killed 18 soldiers. The army blamed the raid-the worst on troops for over a decade in the region-on Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Politicians, army veterans and others have called for a muscular response, including air strikes on training camps on the Pakistan side of the de facto border that divides Kashmir between the two countries. “India knows it can’t sustain a 15-day war against Pakistan and Pakistan knows it can’t sustain a similar war against India,” Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute of Conflict Management, told AFP.

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  • Saudia pilot triggers false hijack alarm

    MANILA: A pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight accidentally pressed a hijack alarm and triggered a major security response at Manila airport yesterday, authorities said. Police isolated and surrounded the Saudia flight after it landed yesterday afternoon just after one of its pilots issued a distress signal indicating a hijack was underway, the Philippine aviation authority said in a statement. Hundreds of passengers aboard the Boeing 777 flight from the Red Sea city of Jeddah were forced to remain on the plane for more than two hours, but were allowed to disembark about 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) after it was confirmed there was no threat. Soon after the distress signal was activated, authorities

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  • Singapore pair 'tried to buy iPhones at airport without flying'

    The launch of the latest iPhone last week saw the usual excited queues forming outside Apple shops. But two Singaporeans allegedly thought they had found a new way of queue jumping, and saving some money, by buying plane tickets so they could pick up the iPhone 7 at Changi Airport. They were arrested on 16 September for breaking airport laws. Police said they had "no intention" of leaving Singapore so should not have been in the departure hall. The two have been charged under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. They face a fine of up to 1,000 Singapore dollars ($735; £565) and a jail term of up to two years if convicted. Police have warned others not to misuse their boarding passes

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  • Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 7 headache is in China

    Samsung is facing a new challenge to its reputation after reports of Galaxy Note 7 fires in China, a market that was not included in its sweeping recall of the flawed smartphone. The reports claim that at least two Note 7s have caught fire in China, which is the world's largest smartphone market and a key battleground for Samsung. Samsung has rebutted at least one of the reports, saying Monday that it had conducted a "detailed analysis" of a Note 7 that was reported to have caught fire and found that the damage was caused by an external heat source rather than the device's battery. The phone's owner drew media attention in China by posting photos of the charred phone online. Another Note 7 fire

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  • Free no more: Emirates to charge for advance seat selection

    Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President for Emirates Airline, left, with another Emirati official arrive for the official opening of the Emirates SkyPharma facility at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. Emirates airline opened a new specialized facility for refrigerated pharmaceuticals in Dubai as the world's sixth-busiest cargo airport looks to capture a bigger slice of the growing medical supplies trade. DUBAI — The Mideast’s biggest airline, which touts luxuries like onboard showers and an extensive movie selection, is adding something a bit more down-to-earth for those in the back of the plane: charges to pick your own seat ahead of time. Dubai-based Emirates said on Tuesday that the new fees will apply to its two lowest fare categories of economy-class seats on tickets issued after Oct. 3.

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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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  • South Korea reveals it has a plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

    North Korea has a history of using creative language to express loathing for its enemies. Here are some of the regime's more colorful threats against the West. North Korea warned it would make a "preemptive and offensive nuclear strike" in response to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Pyongyang issued a long statement promising that "time will prove how the crime-woven history of the U.S. imperialists who have grown corpulent through aggression and war will come to an end and how the Park Geun Hye group's disgraceful remaining days will meet a miserable doom as it is keen on the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north."

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  • Boeing and Airbus get US green light to sell planes to Iran

    Cleared for takeoff! Boeing and Airbus have been given the green light by the U.S. government to sell planes to Iran despite fierce political opposition to the deal. The Treasury department has approved the delivery of more than 100 Boeing (BA) aircraft and 17 Airbus passenger planes, marking a key step for Iran's foreign business dealings now that its economic sanctions are lifted. Boeing (BA) is a U.S. company headquartered in Chicago. Airbus (EADSF), a European consortium, needed U.S. government approval to sell aircraft to Iran because many parts are made in the U.S. and the American authorities want to ensure the country doesn't use the planes for military purposes. Iran has agreed to buy

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  • iPhone 7 woes: Is 'Hissgate' the new 'Bendgate'?

    If your new iPhone 7 is making a strange hissing or buzzing noise, you're not alone. Apple has received a series of complaints that the Phone 7 and 7 Plus are emitting an unusual humming sound when processor-intensive apps, such as gaming, are used. The phenomenon has already been called "Hissgate" on Twitter, with people tweeting clips of their phones making the noise.Two years ago, Apple faced "Bendgate," a term coined by the internet after users discovered the iPhone 6 Plus bent under certain amounts of pressure. It is unknown as of now how many devices are affected or the cause of the issue. Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment. This isn't the only issue plaguing the latest

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  • Archaeologist Discovers Elaborate Tattoos On Ancient Egyptian Mummy

    Thanks to the tremendous advancement of science in the field of imaging techniques, an ancient Egyptian mummy has been discovered with marks of heavy tattoos on her body, according to the NewHistorian. The mummy, believed to have died sometime between 1300 - 1070 BCE, was found heavily tattooed in a village in Deir El-Medina located nearby the Valley of the Kings. As per NewHistorian, it’s common for mummies to be found with primitive tattoos, usually in the form of simple patterns made up of dashes or dots. However, this mummy was markedly different in that her tattoos resembled sacred symbols, perhaps indicative of the woman’s high station in life as a noted religious figure of some sort. In

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  • Fun in the Kingdom: Tourism and entertainment in Saudi Arabia

     Thursday afternoons are the perfect time to drive out of Riyadh up to Thumamah, the national park a few kilometers North of Saudi Arabia’s capital. Salem, a thirtysomething who is Yemeni but who has lived his entire life in Saudi Arabia, enjoys going out to the desert park for some Arabic coffee and dune bashing, the popular Saudi pastime of off-roading on sand dunes. The Saudi weekend begins on Friday, which means that after work on Thursday, the park is often packed with Saudis seizing the chance to escape the city and relax. “I like to go here every few weeks to drive around on the sand. The winter months are the nicest, in the summer it’s too hot,” explained Salem. The locals in Riyadh love

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