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  • Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar

    A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group. Sabq news website, quoting unnamed Information Ministry officials, said the king also banned talk show host Abdullah al-Modifer and his guest Mohsen al-Awaji from appearing in the media. The controversial episode had aired earlier this week on the satellite television channel Rotana Khalijia, primarily owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

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  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. It wasn't until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to discover the full horror of the government that had fed her propaganda since birth. In a memoir published in London on Thursday, Lee gives a rare insight into the bizarre and brutal reality of daily life in the world's most secretive state.

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  • America's 'Plan B' for Iran comes with one huge problem

    Should negotiations ultimately fail and Tehran makes a break for a nuclear weapon, the US has signalled that it is ready to attack Iranian nuclear facilities with an awe-inspiring "plan B" — the 30,000-pound bunker busting Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP).

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  • An exercise scientist told us the 2 things everyone gets wrong about working out

    Exercise is filled with misconceptions. Recently, we chatted with Rutgers exercise scientist Shawn Arent and asked him what the two biggest misconceptions are about exercise. "I think one [misconception] is if you lift weights you'll get big and bulky.

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  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Celebrate Their First Wedding Anniversary By Sipping Pina Coladas In Bed

    If you like piña colada, and getting caught in the rain, you might be a little jealous of how Kim Kardshian and Kanye West decided to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. According to Us Weekly, Kim, 34, and Kanye, 38, spent their first anniversary (May 24) watching the mum-of-one’s favourite film Troop Beverly Hills in bed in their $20m Hidden Hills mansion in California. As if that doesn’t sound relaxing enough, a private bartender, who was hired especially for the occasion, served them piña coladas.

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  • Here's the manual that Al Qaeda and now ISIS use to brainwash people online

    The US and other Western countries have been alarmed at how the Islamic State militant group has been able to lure teenagers and young people to the Middle East to join its ranks. Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times recently wrote about a 23-year-old American woman from Washington state who has been communicating with Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) recruiters online. The woman, "Alex," showed Callimachi the messages and reading materials these recruiters had sent her, and their approach to grooming her seems textbook.

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  • Dubai named world's fourth most expensive hotel stay

    Dubai has been named the fourth most expensive destination in the world to spend a night in a hotel in a new index compiled by Bloomberg. San Francisco was ranked the world's most expensive with the average price for a hotel room in the US city jumping 88 percent in the past year to $397 a night. According to the index of the world’s top 100 financial centres, it ranked ahead of Geneva ($292 a night) Milan ($271) and Dubai ($255).

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  • The South China Sea is now a 'core interest' of Beijing — and that's a problem for its neighbors

    China’s aggressive posture toward the South China Sea has been stirring tensions in the region, and a new national security law suggests that Beijing is just getting started. In years past,  China's core interests were believed to mean specific and limited territorial matters, such as those regarding Taiwan and Tibet, that the communist country determined to be internal matters. The new law is reportedly an indication that the “core interests” have been stretched.

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  • Trump sues Univision for $500 million over Miss USA cancellation

    U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network's decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump. Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 19-page lawsuit accuses Univision of a "thinly veiled attempt" to stifle Trump's freedom of speech in order to boost Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton.

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  • X Factor 2015: Simon Cowell To Ditch Wembley Arena And Take Boot Camp BACK To Hotels And Manor Houses?

    Just when we thought all the X Factor speculation, rumours and general ‘what the HECK is going on??’ was over, new whisperings have emerged, claiming Simon Cowell is planning yet another shake-up - returning boot camp to manor houses and hotels. There have been more rumours in the build-up to this year’s X Factor than there were surrounding who nicked the last ice lolly in our freezer yesterday (OWN UP, CULPRIT), and now that we have the judges and Xtra Factor hosts all lined-up, we thought we could sleep easy.

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  • Photos from around the world of last night's rare close encounter between Venus and Jupiter

    Last night, the brightest planets in the night sky came together in a spectacular event called a conjunction, the likes of which won't be seen again until the year 2023. Venus and Jupiter, although hundreds of millions of miles apart, appeared to almost collide with one another as they inched incredibly close to each other in the sky on June 30. People from around the world got a chance to see the event. Peter Manins sent us this great shot from One Arm Point in Australia.

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  • Iraq Christians train to recapture homes from IS

    With wooden crosses around their necks and others tattooed on their arms, several dozen Iraqi Christians are training to recapture their homes overrun by the Islamic State jihadist group. A year ago, IS launched a fierce offensive in northern Iraq, quickly capturing second city Mosul, with its large Christian minority, and Christian-populated areas in the surrounding Nineveh province. Thousands fled, but some want to fight back, and are now training at a military base near the Baghdad airport.

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  • Apple Music will make Spotify totally irrelevant within a year — here's why

    Apple just killed Spotify's business on iOS. Assuming you've bought anything from Apple recently — an app, a song, a TV show, whatever — you will be able to sign up for the trial without entering your name, a credit card, or any other information. All you need is your Apple ID and password.

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  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday it was unclear if the busts were authentic or if the militants destroyed fake busts as a cover for the IS group's own antiquities smuggling.

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  • Secret tunnel used to send intel from China to the Soviet Union reportedly discovered

    A secret tunnel that was used by China and the former Soviet Union was reportedly discovered in China's Heilongjiang province, according to the Siberian Times. Back in the 1930s when both China and the USSR were at odds with the Empire of Japan, the two used the tunnel to exchange intel. A staff member at China's Dongning Fortress — which is close to the tunnel — visited North Korea a few years ago, and a "local expert" told him Koreans were involved in the construction of such a path.

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  • Chelsea sign Falcao on one-year loan

    Premier League champions Chelsea signed Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco on Friday with an option to make the deal permanent. The 29-year-old had an indifferent spell on loan at Manchester United last term, scoring four goals in 29 games. "I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe," Falcao told the club website.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner Makes It Onto BBC Woman’s Hour Power List Alongside Angelina Jolie And Nicola Sturgeon

    Caitlyn Jenner continues to prove that she’s one heck of a powerful, inspirational and downright incredible lady by nabbing a spot on BBC Woman’s Hour Power List 2015. The former Olympian revealed her transition on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine last month, and has been continuing to receive an amazing outpouring of support ever since. The 65-year-old is in good company on the Power List, with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nicola Sturgeon and Anna Wintour all featuring.

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  • Syria refugee child labour a 'growing, dangerous problem'

    A growing number of Syrian refugee children are being pushed into the labour market to support their families, exploited in often dangerous conditions, said a report released on Thursday. Syria's civil war has killed more than 230,000 people and forced around half the population from their homes. The United Nations says close to four million have fled Syria as refugees, mainly to neighbouring countries that struggle to cope with the influx.

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  • Russia calls new U.S. military strategy confrontational

    By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia denounced a new U.S. military strategy that accuses Moscow of failing to respect its neighbors' sovereignty as "confrontational" on Thursday, saying it would set back efforts to improve relations. The Pentagon has updated the U.S. National Military Strategy to take into account changes in the global security situation, which include a standoff with Russia over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

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  • The US upsets Germany, makes the Women's World Cup final

    (Elsa/Getty Images) In their best performance of the tournament, the US beat No. 1-ranked Germany 2-0 to make the Women's World Cup final. The US had been underwhelming relative to expectations going into the game. After getting outplayed for long stretches

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