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Monk attempts 'running on water' record

Shi Liliang from the Quanzhou Shaolin Temple's previous record was set at 120 metres - can he beat that feat?

  • Tensions simmer as Turkey struggles with burden of refugees

    By Jonny Hogg KARAPURCEK, Turkey (Reuters) - When 46-year-old Hamed fled bombs and snipers in the Syrian city of Aleppo, he ended up in the Turkish capital Ankara, opened a grocery store and began what he hoped would be a better life. With its Arabic signs and women wearing the niqab face veil, Karapurcek feels like it could be in Syria but, like many other Syrian refugees in Turkey, Hamed faces hostility from local residents and dreams of moving on to the European Union. If I can't survive I'll go back to Syria and die with dignity.

  • Oil up as Russia mulls OPEC talks, rig count drops

    By Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose on Monday after Russia said it was ready to meet other producers to discuss the market, where prices have more than halved from last year's highs due to a supply glut. Russia, one of the world's top three oil producers, has been unwilling to cut output to support prices and last November declined to cooperate with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in order to defend its market share. Russian oil output hit a new post-Soviet monthly high of 10.74 million barrels per day in September, despite a drop in global crude prices to 6-1/2-year lows in August.

  • The differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims

    The conflicts between Shia and Sunni Muslims go back to the seventh century and the death of...

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  • Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen govt, Gulf troops, mosque

    (refiles to fix editing credit) * 4 suicide bombings against government, Gulf troops in Aden * Islamic State suicide bomber hits mosque in capital Sanaa * Eleven Yemeni, 4 Emirati troops killed in Aden bombings * Yemeni PM says attacks will not stop government activity By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Islamic State suicide bombers killed 22 people in attacks on Yemen's government and its Gulf Arab coalition ally in the port city of Aden and on a Houthi-run mosque in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, the jihadist group and state media said. It was the first known direct Islamic State assault on the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the country's civil war in March against Iranian-backed Houthi forces who had seized large areas of the country to that point.

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  • Antonio Banderas, Maisie Williams in Dubai in October

    Spanish star Antonio Banderas and Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams are among the actors to attend a gala event hosted by TV network OSN in Dubai on October 12, tabloid! can reveal. The gala will be hosted by Bassem Yousuf with Arab stars Hayat Al Fahad and Ahmad Helmy also in attendance.

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  • 33 arrested for gambling in Sharjah

    Tip-offs from residents have led to more crackdowns on gambling, police said. There have been several complaints from the public against roadside gambling, leading to police raids. As a result, there is less gambling on the streets this year, Sharjah Police said.

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  • Venezuela hits back at U.S. for questioning its democracy

    Venezuela's foreign minister on Monday blasted her U.S. counterpart John Kerry for questioning the country's democratic credentials ahead of legislative elections the ruling socialists are forecast to lose. In an interview broadcast by CNN en Espanol on Monday, Kerry described Venezuela as "troubled" and said December's elections would be a "measure of the type of democracy that exists in the country." Responding on Twitter on Monday night, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Venezuela rejected Kerry's comments."The electoral register in the United States is founded on discrimination... Our political system is founded on democracy." Venezuela and the United States have had difficult relations since late president Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998.

  • Saudi Arabia donated $115 billion to help 90 countries

    Faisal bin Hassan Trad, the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Office in Geneva, said the Kingdom has been the most generous country in the world in the field of development and humanitarian aid over the past four decades. “Saudi Arabia donated, during this period, more than $115 billion to more than 90 countries all over the world,” said the Saudi ambassador to the UN during a symposium at the Geneva Press Club in the Swiss capital, which was managed by the Swiss Foreign Ministry. The ambassador gave a detailed briefing during the event on the vision, goals and the nature of work of the center, adding that Saudi Arabia has always led other countries in terms of the application of humanitarian values and principles in relief and support.

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  • Emirati heart transplant recipient dies

    A 21-year-old Emirati, who became the UAE’s first recipient of an artificial heart three months ago, died in Chicago where he was sent to have a natural heart transplant, Gulf News can exclusively reveal. Senior officials confirmed that Salem Juma Mohammad Al Junaibi’s condition had worsened and he suffered a brain stroke, leading to his death on September 12. The hospitals in the UAE and Chicago did their best for my brother.

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  • Donald Trump's classmates share their memories about his 'Lord of the Flies' days in military school

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has cited his high school experience at the New...

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  • Models, not celebrity guests, turn heads in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Forget the celebrity guests; it's all about the models at this season's Paris Fashion Week. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid dominated the Elie Saab catwalk, while icy blonds Doutzen Kroes and Lily Donaldson — both in black — caused a stir at Mugler.

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  • How this Russian spacecraft sparked a revolution for space travel as we know it

    Exactly 58 years ago, the former Soviet Union shocked the world by launching the first artificial...

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  • Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine Senate

    Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said Monday he plans to run for a post in the influential Philippine Senate despite a lacklustre stint as a congressman. "Yes, I'm going to run for (a) Senate post this coming 2016 election. The boxer popularly known as "Pac-Man", said President Benigno Aquino's ruling Liberal Party had been courting him but added that he is also close to the leaders of rival parties.

  • Malaysia PM urges Indonesia to tackle fires, haze drifts to Thai sky

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has called on Indonesia to take action against people setting fires that have caused choking smoke to drift across the region, with the sky over southern Thailand the latest to be clouded by the pollution. Indonesia has come under pressure in the past few weeks to contain the annual haze crisis, which is caused by slash-and-burn agriculture on Sumatra island and its part of Borneo island. "If this is done by people or by farming companies, Indonesia needs to take decisive action against the perpetrators," Najib said on Twitter late on Sunday.

  • Typhoon roars into south China, killing 9

    BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in China and the Philippines said Monday that a typhoon that tore through the northern Philippines before roaring ashore in southern China has killed at least nine people and left dozens of fishermen missing.

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  • EURO BITES: Great weekend for Andalucia but Moyes’ time in Spain might be up

    It was a day to remember for Sevilla fans as they finally beat Barcelona in the league – the first time they’ve done so since March 2007 when none other than Dani Alves scored the winning goal for the Sevillians. In fact, the curse of Barcelona extended even further for manager Unai Emery who hadn’t beaten Los Cules after 21 attempts. Barcelona’s performance was actually pretty impressive.  Sevilla had the woodwork to thank (twice) for them going in at half time level.  Neymar was causing all sorts of problems and it felt like a matter of when as opposed to if Barcelona would take the lead.  How wrong I was.

    Andrew Gaffney
  • Exclusive: Syrian Director of Antiquities Welcomes Russian Bombing of Palmyra

    Updated | The Syrian director of antiquities, Maamoun Abdulkarim, has told Newsweek that, while he can't confirm the reports, he welcomes the news that Russia is targeting the ancient city of Palmyra, to save the ancient city from militant group ISIS. Syrian state TV reported on Tuesday that Russian jets have started bombing ISIS targets in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. "The Russian air force in coordination with the Syrian air force targeted positions held by ISIS in and around the city of Palmyra," Syrian state TV reported, citing a Syrian military source, according to AFP news agency.

    Newsweek UK
  • Why iPhone owners only sometimes see accept/decline buttons when receiving calls

    iPhone owners: Have you ever noticed sometimes when you receive a call you have an option to...

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  • Wish I never met this man: Kris on Caitlyn Jenner

    Los Angeles, Oct 6 (IANS) Reality TV star Kris Jenner blasted her former husband Caitlyn, who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition, after reading an interview, which was published earlier this year. In scenes aired on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" this weekend, Kris hit out at her ex-husband following comments made about their marriage in a Vanity Fair interview, reports After reading the article - which saw Caitlyn unveiled after her transition into life as a woman - Kris sobbed to her daughter Kim Kardashian.

  • Learning more about Google's self-driving cars made me terrified to ever drive again

    I knew that Google's self-driving cars looked adorable, but the full scope of how dramatically...

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