• Over half million Saudi men engaged in polygamy, report shows

    Latest statistics have shown that in 2016 more than half a million Saudi men are reported to have more than one spouse at a time. A recent annual report on polygamy, a common practice in Saudi Arabia, has revealed that around 73000 men between the age of 25 to 49 engaged in polygamous relationships.

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  • Saudis angry at ‘lazy’, ‘bankruptcy’ comments

    Many Saudis expressed outrage at comments made by two ministers that civil servants in the Kingdom work only an hour a day and the country faces bankruptcy in three years unless austerity measures are enforced. During a debate in an episode of ‘8 O’clock with Dawood’ show, Minister of Civil Service Khaled Al-Araj claimed that the state employees barely put in an hour a day at the office. Deputy Minister of Economy and Planning Muhammad Al-Tuwaijri, speaking during the same TV debate, warned that government’s finances will come under severe pressure unless austerity measures are enforced. “If oil prices keep declining and the Saudi government does not take action with economic and austerity measures .

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  • First photos of Russia's 'Satan 2' missile released

    A Russian missile design company has unveiled the first image of a new weapon in Russia's arsenal: the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, nicknamed "Satan 2."

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  • Kim Kardashian resumes filming 'KUWTK' after Paris robbery

    Kardashian's family has said that she's badly shaken up since the jewelry heist. "She's not doing great. I think we're all really still shaken up," Kourtney Kardashian said in an interview for Australia's TODAY Extra last week. "She has a big supportive family and I know that all the traumatic things that we've been through, we get through them together as a family. And that's what family's all about."

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  • 'Nasty' women take ownership of Donald Trump's words

    "Nasty woman" merchandise becomes Hillary Clinton's badge of honor. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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  • Dubai billionaire Alabbar plans messaging app for Middle East

    DUBAI: Billionaire Mohamed Alabbar, one of Dubai’s most prominent businessmen, plans a phone messaging service for the Middle East that aims to compete with services such as WhatsApp.Alabbar, who made his fortune as the chairman of Dubai’s largest listed property developer, Emaar Properties, has been moving into other areas, in particular technology. Asked on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai on Tuesday if he was considering launching a messaging app akin to WhatsApp, Alabbar replied: “Yes, soon,” adding “it’s regional” when asked if the service would be designed for an Arabic-speaking audience. He declined to give any further details. Mobile phone penetration in the Gulf region is among

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  • This industry is freaking out over the Philippine president's anti-U.S. rhetoric

    When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a military and economic "separation" from the United States last week, many Filipinos saw his announcement as more than just diplomatic posturing. They saw it as a threat to their jobs. His comments sent a shudder through industries that rely heavily on the U.S. market, particularly the big business of handling call center work and other tasks for American companies. Christina Concepcion employs 500 people who take care of payroll and accounting duties for multinational firms. She says she's been getting calls from her American clients with questions over Duterte's inflammatory comments. "I think a lot of them are also trying to understand if

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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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  • Wanted Saudi man surrenders to police after stint abroad

    Wanted Saudi man Osama Ali Abdullah Damjan surrendered himself to police in early October, the Saudi Interior Ministry stated Tuesday. The ministry said he “had contacted the security authorities in the Kingdom and expressed his wish to return and surrender himself to security authorities,” according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency. Damjan arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 4, 2016. Saudi Arabian authorities have exerted effort in following up on wanted individuals who have travelled abroad, calling on them to return home and surrender themselves.

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  • Women showcase talent on YouTube and in the TV industry

    JEDDAH: A media revolution is taking place and many women have been making waves on YouTube and in the TV industry in the Kingdom, showcasing their acting talent and try their hand in genres like comedy, art and music.With the social media gaining popularity in the Kingdom, the media landscape changed and helped many girls to make the transition and more openly deliver their views. Dareen S., a writer and producer said, “Saudi Arabia recently saw a drastic change in terms of media. The rising local YouTube channels and theater productions in the city opened up so many doors and inspired girls to move ahead with their dreams. The community is gradually accepting it, giving this kind of industry

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  • Spain urged not to allow refuelling of Russian warships

    Spain is coming under pressure from Nato allies not to allow the refuelling of Russian warships bound for Syria. The Spanish government is now reviewing the permit for refuelling at its enclave of Ceuta in north Africa. The UK said it would be "extremely concerned" if the refuelling went ahead. Nato expressed concern that the ships could be used to help bomb civilians in Aleppo, but said the final decision on resupply rested with Spain. The battle group has been sailing for the past week from Russia via the English Channel to the Mediterranean. It was expected to pass through the Strait of Gibraltar on Wednesday. The warships were then due to take on fuel and supplies at Ceuta on the Moroccan

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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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  • Nearly 10,000 people in China apply for one job

    What job could be attractive enough to lure almost 10,000 candidates in China? It's not a high-flying position with a popular tech firm like Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) or Tencent (TCEHY). Instead, the legions of applicants are apparently eager to become an office worker for a powerless political party. Monday was the deadline to register for China's civil service exams, drawing more than 1 million applications, according to state media. The candidates have to pick the jobs they're interested in when they sign up for the annual exams. Central government positions in China -- often described as the "golden rice bowl" -- are popular because of their stable income and generous benefits. They can also

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  • The government's launched a crackdown on illegal downloading

    Do you ever get suspicious that more people in your school or office talk about Game of Thrones than subscribe to Sky? Well you're not alone. The government's launched a new crackdown on illegal downloading, and as part of it they're planning to introduce tougher sentences for internet pirates. It comes days after claims the company behind Game of Thrones has started sending out its own warnings to people who steal episodes. What does the law say? Your "intellectual property" is anything you create, like a song or a video, that you can't hold in your hands. And some of it's worth big money. The government estimates that all the intellectual property rights in the UK combined are worth more than

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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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  • The worst for Saudi economy is probably now over: Study

    LONDON: Banks in Saudi Arabia have coped well so far with the fallout from lower oil prices, according to Capital Economics.‘We think the sector is in a strong position to confront the ongoing economic headwinds over the coming years,” commented Jason Turvey, Middle East economist of Capital Economics. The statement added: “The worst for the Saudi economy is probably now over. The majority of the necessary public spending cuts have already happened and we expect the pace of austerity to be eased over the coming years. This should support a gradual recovery in Saudi non-oil sector. Meanwhile, there are already signs that last week’s bumper $17.5 billion international bond issuance is enabling

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  • Tata replaces Cyrus Mistry as chairman with Ratan Tata

    The board of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, has unexpectedly replaced Cyrus Mistry as chairman. Ratan Tata has been named as interim chairman while a selection committee finds a permanent replacement. Mr Mistry has led the company, which owns Tata Steel, since late December 2012. He was the first chairman in nearly 80 years to come from outside the Tata family. No details were given by the company as to why the board had decided to make the change. Mr Mistry was only the sixth chairman of the group, which is nearly 150 years old. Ratan Tata was the previous chairman and was in charge of the company for more than two decades until he stepped down in 2012 at the age of 75. Mr

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  • Worker risks life to save 6 colleagues from fire

    Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — A worker risked his life to save six colleagues from a fire that broke out at a Saudi Aramco facility near Riyadh on Wednesday. A source said Sattam Al-Enizi, an employee at the plant, put his life on the line when he pulled six of his co-workers one by one out of the raging fire. After dragging out the last of his co-workers, Al-Enizi collapsed due to heat exhaustion. He was taken to hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. Saudi Aramco said in a statement on Thursday that two of its workers died and 16 others were injured in the fire that broke out at a crude oil plant in Alwesa Wednesday afternoon. “We sadly announce the tragic loss of two workers

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  • Jim Carrey 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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  • Two Saudi security officers shot dead by gunmen: Arabiya TV - Region - World

    Gunmen shot dead two Saudi security officers in the eastern city of Dammam on Tuesday, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV reported. Pictures posted on Arabiya's website showed police cars with flashing lights crowding the crime scene, a residential street. "Two security men were martyred ... three unidentified gunmen opened fire on the two security men as they returned from work in Dammam," the channel said, adding that the officers were driving a private car. Two other policemen were shot dead in the city in September. Eastern Province is home to many Shi'ite Muslims, who form a minority in the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom. There have been shootings of security forces in the Eastern Province in the

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