• India: Some dangerous signs

    It is a measure of how far India has moved away from the liberal principles underlying its constitution that sedition charges have been slapped on an actor-turned-politician for saying something good about Pakistani people. All hell broke loose for 33-year-old Ramya for challenging Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s contention that “going to Pakistan is like going to hell.” The Kannada actor who recently visited Islamabad to attend the SAARC summit for young parliamentarians, was all praise for Pakistani hospitality to foreigners, especially Indians. Activists of Yuva Bharat, a pro-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organization in Mysuru, launched a postcard campaign urging Ramya to “shift to Pakistan.” Local TV channels aired scenes of demonstrations in which certain right-wing groups loudly and hysterically alternated between burning her pictures and stomping on them.

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  • Filipina-Saudi Olympian reflects on Arab support

    Born to a Filipina mother and Saudi father, Jasmine al-Khaldi’s success story of swimming first came as a child, when she nearly drowned at a friend’s pool. Jasmine al-Khaldi from the Philippines celebrates after winning the women's 100- meter freestyle during the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP) Saudi support Last Update: Friday, 26 August 2016 KSA 13:29 - GMT 10:29

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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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  • Philippines: 5-year-old girl killed in drug war, Human Rights Watch says

    MUST WATCH Philippines drug war sparks outrage, fear03:36 "We have a witness who came forward to identify the gunman," Dagupan police Chief Neil Miro told CNN. "I will withhold the name of the suspect, but it seems it may have something to do with illegal drugs, too. "We are still investigating the real motive, but since Maximo Garcia surrendered last Friday for drug use, we have reason to believe the attack was related to his drug activities." Authorities would not say it was vigilantism, however. Those suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade have become targets of a national war on drugs that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte launched after assuming office June 30. Human Rights

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  • Trump Calls Clinton Bigot!, Trump Backtracks on Immigration, US Warships Fire Warning Shots At Iran Vessels

    Explore topics and guests discussed in this episode: Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Republican Party Trump Backtracks CNN erin burnett US Iran

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  • Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update - All he had to do was click the link

    AJMAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor’s iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates’ prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link. Mansoor, a human rights activist, didn’t take the bait. Instead, he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog, setting off a chain reaction that in two weeks exposed a secretive Israeli cyberespionage firm, defanged a powerful new piece of eavesdropping software and gave millions of iPhone users across the world an extra boost to their digital security. “It feels really good,” Mansoor said in an interview from his sand-colored apartment block in downtown Ajman, a small city-state

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  • Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

    Two people have been rescued from an uninhabited Pacific island after a US Navy helicopter spotted their SOS sign. The pilots spotted the sign drawn into sand on East Fayu Island in Micronesia and alerted the US Coast Guard. It followed a week-long search for Linus and Sabina Jack, both in their 50s, who were reported missing when they failed to reach a nearby island. The couple left Weno Island with limited supplies and no emergency equipment, the Navy said. Teams looking for the couple searched 16,571 square miles, deploying 15 boats and two aircraft crews. A helicopter was sent to fly over East Fayu after a search vessel, British Mariner, reported seeing lights on the uninhabited island. "The

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  • 18 Egyptian workers injured, 1 Ethiopian killed in Mecca construction accident

    Eighteen Egyptian construction workers were injured in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday when the foundations of a building under construction collapsed, according to a Foreign Ministry statement on Friday. The incident took place in the Azizia neighborhood of Mecca, injuring 18 Egyptians and killing one Ethiopian worker, according to a report in the Al-Riyadh newspaper. The same report quoted Mecca Civil Defense official Major Nayef al-Sharif as saying that rescue units were deployed to free the workers, who were trapped under a large metal structure. Egypt's consul general in Jeddah, Adel al-Alfy, has sent a delegate to visit the injured workers and ensure they receive proper treatment, the Foreign Ministry statement 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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  • North Korea reportedly publicly executes two officials

    North Korea publicly executed two officials in early August for disobeying leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean newspaper reported on Tuesday, in what would be the latest in a series of high-level purges under the young leader's rule, if confirmed. Kim took power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and his consolidation of power has included purges and executions of top officials, South Korean officials have said. Citing an unidentified source familiar with the North, the JoongAng Ilbo daily said former agriculture minister Hwang Min and Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the education ministry, had been executed. The report could not be independently verified, and South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles North Korea-related matters, did not have immediate comment.

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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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  • Why ice cream won't help your sunburn but oatmeal will

    After catching some rays on the hottest day of the year, some of us may be feeling a bit pink today. Obviously the best way to avoid sunburn is to wear sunscreen but what if you forgot and got burnt? There's lots of advice on what to do and some of it can be a bit misleading. Newsbeat's been speaking to Dr Nisith Sheth from the British Skin Foundation who tells us what is good - and what isn't - for burnt skin. Ice cream When your skin is burning up, it may be tempting to cool off with the coldest thing you can find on the beach. But Dr Nisith Sheth says putting ice cream on your skin is not a good idea. "Whilst the cooling affect of the ice cream may reduce the inflammation, the contents of

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  • D-CAF: A Collision of Contemporary Art and Architecture In Downtown Cairo

    In a time when Egypt’s art spaces are being shut down and its authors arrested, this year’s edition of the Downtown Contemporary Art Festival (D-CAF) carries particular significance. This year is no different; from March 31st to April 22nd, art will once again sweep across the streets of Downtown Cairo in another colourful and vibrant celebration of art and architecture, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming and established local, regional, and international talents in various art disciplines - ranging from theatre to film, and visual arts to music – and bringing to life the architectural gems of Downtown Cairo with public contemporary dance through the festival’s Urban Visions programme. Holding performances in unorthodox venues is another one of D-CAF’s distinct attributes – a signature move, if you will, and a tradition they intend to keep alive this year as well. “We’re hoping to get the old French consulate again, and we’re going to use Radio Cinema in a completely different configuration.

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  • Meet the world's richest young billionaires as Hugh Grosvenor inherits £9bn

    He had three daughters but only one son, 25-year-old Hugh Grosvenor, who is heir to the dukedom. Hugh has now inherited "half of London" after his father's estate covers most of Belgravia and Mayfair - the most expensive area on the Monopoly board. He hasn't had to work for his father's money. But he does have a job as an account manager for Bio-bean - a green technology company. According to the 2016 Forbes Rich List there are nine other under-30s worth more than $1bn - so we thought we'd find out who some of them are. At 20 and 21, Alexandra and Katharina Andresen are the youngest Johan, a Norwegian industrialist and investor, transferred his fortune to his two daughters in 2007. Norway is

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  • Saudi FM briefly summarizes to a reporter how the whole Yemen crisis began

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir explained and summarized in almost five minutes to a reporter on Thursday how the crisis in Yemen unfolded following a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh. Jubeir said Gulf countries attempted to “minimize bloodshed” through an initiative following Yemenis’ protest against deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, which later led to the now internationally recognized government of President Abedrabu Mansour Hadi.

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  • Two Muslim Women Kicked Off JetBlue Flight for ‘Staring’ at Flight Attendant

    In what would have been a shocking but is now an all-too-familiar Islamophobic incident, two Muslim women were led off a passenger plane as a flight attendant did not like the way the women ‘stared’ at her, according to DailyMail. On Saturday, two Muslim women in hijabs onboard JetBlue Flight 487 between Boston and Los Angeles were escorted out of the airliner by police as one of the flight attendants was concerned about the way the two women were looking at her. A video showing the two women being escorted out for questioning was posted on YouTube on Monday by Mark Frauenfelder, taken by his friend Sharon Kessler. In regards to the incident, Kessler told DailyMail that "it was a terrible moment

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  • Traders, citizens remain split on proposal for early shop closure

    Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — Traders and citizens are divided over the impact of the proposal for closing shops across the Kingdom by 9 p.m., according to a newspaper survey. The traders had voiced concerns that if the proposal was implemented it would have serious consequences because it would negatively affect their sales with a drastic reduction in shopping hours. They also said the decision would add to the already stifling traffic congestion in Saudi cities and trucks would find it hard to deliver merchandise to sales outlets. However, a survey conducted by Al-Madina Arabic daily showed that 53 percent of respondents supported the proposal to close the shops at 9 p.m. while 45 percent rejected

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  • United Kurdistan and a partitioned Middle East

    The sudden move by Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the city of Al-Hassakah, north eastern Syria, was really interesting both in terms of the target chosen and the timing. The regime has launched air raids against Kurdish militias inside the city and its environs while there are increasing signs of a scaling down of tension between Turkey and Iran, specifically after the visit of Mohammad Jawad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister to Turkey. Contrary to Washington’s silent approval of a “Greater Kurdistan”, it is obvious that neither Ankara nor Tehran accept such a project; indeed, it is where their interests converge. In the meantime, since the failed coup attempts Turkish leaders have been sending ambiguous signs regarding Ankara’s current views on the Assad regime which may be construed as indirect messages to influential regional players.

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  • Beautiful Baha, tantalizing Taif

    Saudi Gazette report Southern Saudi Arabia has many tourist spots with breathtaking beauty and mesmerizing nature. Aside from the Asir region, prominent among them include Baha and Taif. Al-Baha province is full of tourist spots, including forests and parks. The best places to visit in summer are Mandaq, Baljurashi, Bani Hassan and Al-Aqeeq and in winter Mikhwah, Gilwah, Ghamid, Al-Zenad and Al-Hajrah. Because of its fascinating nature and historical sites dating back to thousands of years, Al-Baha is the favorite destination for many Saudi and Gulf tourists. There are streams, waterfalls, valleys and plains that captivate visitors and hold them in awe. With over 100 activities lined up for the

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  • “I Flew to the USA Not Knowing I Would Be Sharing a Stage With Barack Obama”

    It was the aftermath of the January 25th uprising when Mai Medhat’s startup idea sparked, while she was heading off to 'crash' Egypt’s Startup Weekend with her now business partner Nihal Fares. “I wasn’t invited, but we crashed the event because we really wanted to see it,” says the determined 28-year-old entrepreneur, who shattered the glass ceiling shaped by apathy, powerlessness, and traditional social mandates by crafting her own startup, Eventtus, in the midst of a convulsed, post-revolutionary Egypt. In less than five years, her online event management company set up its second office in Dubai, racked up 8,000 events under its belt, and raised two rounds of investment led by giants including the likes of Vodafone.

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