• If Hollywood made an Iranian anti-US revenge fantasy

    It has the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster and the heightened emotion of a Bollywood musical, but the message couldn't be more anti-American. An extraordinary eight-minute music video/revenge fantasy called "We are standing to last drop of blood" has been regularly shown on on Iran's national TV this month and set social media buzzing. The film shows patriotic youths magically destroying an American invasion fleet which has targeted an idyllic Iranian seaside town and its peaceful nuclear power plant. When the civilians come under unprovoked attack the Iranian heroes unite to use the power of their national flag to create a tsunami that destroys the US ships and aircraft. It ends

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  • Saudi women at Olympics: Winners without medals

    No medals were won at the Rio Olympics by either men or women in the Saudi team made up of 13 athletes. For Saudi Arabia, it was the second time for women to participate since the last Olympic Games in London in 2012. Their performance did not get them far past the first rounds, however. “Our early departure in the competition will have a big impact on the renaissance of Saudi athletics that otherwise wouldn’t happen if we’d won gold medals,” said Lubna Al-Omair in a tweet last week after her defeat in women’s fencing against Brazilian competitor Tais Rochel. “It’s a long path and we’re still in the beginning but what’s important is that we will get there. Very optimistic about the future of

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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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  • The woman who says that it's not only men who like to look

    "You don't get pregnant from eye contact". One of the memorable lines from a Facebook post that has been liked more than 10,000 times. Its origin is the southern Indian state of Kerala. Its author a part-time teacher and accountant named Vanaja Vasudev. Her post, written in the local language Malayalam, was a response to a bizarre comment by a local official, Kerala excise commissioner Rishiraj Singh, who claimed in a speech that a man who stares at a woman for more than 14 seconds could be jailed for harassment. There is no such law and Singh's assertion has caused much amusement on social media. Though one news outlet published a video of a man's eyes staring for 14 seconds to give its viewers

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  • Australia backpacker murder: Man charged over Mia Ayliffe-Chung death

    A man has been charged with the murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung at a hostel in Australia. Queensland Police Service earlier named the suspected murderer as 29-year-old Frenchman Smail Ayad. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder, 12 counts of serious assault and one count of serious animal cruelty. Miss Ayliffe-Chung died after being stabbed in Home Hill, near Townsville, on Tuesday night local time. The 21-year-old from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, died from multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination confirmed. Mr Ayad is due to appear before Townsville Magistrates Court on Friday by video-link. Police said the possibility that Mr Ayad had an unrequited romantic

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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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  • Oil prices fall as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

    Oil prices fell on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month, and as analysts pointed to an ongoing supply overhang that was weighing on markets. International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.46 per barrel at 0658 GMT, down 21 cents from their previous close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 10 cents at $47.23 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that "we don't believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us", adding that the "market is moving in the right direction" already.

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  • U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel - International - World

    A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. "They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters. Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States. Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran in January after a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions but serious differences still remain over Iran's ballistic missile program, Syria and Iraq.

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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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  • 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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  • Hillary Clinton's flaws

    It must be tempting for Hillary Clinton to do little but count down the clock to the election in November. She is so far ahead in the polls and in key battleground states like Virginia and Colorado, her lead is in double digits. This week she has attended a string of fundraisers, filling her war chest to bombard key states with commercials as the election nears. She has already reserved slots worth $80m (£60.7m). And yet two-thirds of the American people say they do not find her honest or trustworthy. And that is her flaw. This week she has been on the defensive. The nagging question is whether, when she was Secretary of State, she traded access to herself and others in government in exchange

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  • 'World’s largest' pearl emerges in Philippines

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines: A poor Philippine fisherman found what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth, local authorities said. The man found the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl inside a giant clam that was snagged by his anchor as he waited out a storm at sea, according to local tourism department chief Cynthia Amurao, who is also his aunt. Not knowing it could be worth tens of millions of dollars, he kept the 30-centimeter by 60-centimeter (12-inch by 24-inch) pearl in his thatch hut on the western island of Palawan, tucked under a wooden bed as a good-luck charm, Amurao added. In July, the nephew moved to a new address and took the object to his aunt in a tricycle, asking her to hide it for him, said Amurao, the city tourism officer for Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital.

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  • Philippines: Death toll in Duterte's war on drugs

    Halfway through President Rodrigo Duterte's first 100 days in office, his top police commander said that 1,900 drug-related killings have been recorded, drawing sharp criticism from human rights groups who denounced the Philippine leader for "steamrolling the rule of law". Philippine police chief Ronald dela Rosa said during a Senate hearing that at least 750 of the incidents were linked to police operations. More than 1,100 other cases are still being investigated, he said. Duterte said that of the three million suspected drug dependents in the country, 600,000 have turned themselves in to authorities.  While saying that it does not condone extrajudicial killings, the office of the president

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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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  • Newspaper headlines: Italy earthquake and Camber Sands deaths

    Many of the papers feature images of devastation from central Italy on their front pages. The Guardian shows rescuers carrying a woman from rubble in Amatrice where - it writes - the town's 13th Century clock tower survived, with the time frozen at 3.39am, three minutes after the quake struck. The Times quotes the grandmother of a family of four killed in Accumoli when their house collapsed. She blames God, saying "he took them all at once". The Daily Telegraph shows a bloodied nun checking her mobile phone, after her convent collapsed. On its front page, the Daily Mail calls on the government to "Ban the Toxic Beads Now!" - following calls from MPs to prohibit the the use of tiny balls of plastic

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  • Syrian war: Government regains Darayya after last rebels leave

    The Syrian government has retaken control of the town of Darayya, after the last rebels left under a deal ending a four-year siege. Buses containing the final remaining fighters left on Saturday, and are heading towards rebel-held Idlib city. BBC Arabic reported that the town, near the capital Damascus, is completely empty of rebels, who handed over their heavy weapons before leaving. Elsewhere at least 15 people died in barrel bombings in Aleppo, reports say. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two barrel bombs struck minutes apart in a rebel-held part of the city. The first struck crowds mourning child victims of a similar attack earlier this week, while a second hit

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  • India: Scorpene submarine data leak 'no security threat'

    India has said that a massive data leak from French shipbuilder DCNS of submarines designed for India's navy did not "pose any security compromise". The leak of more than 22,000 pages exposes secrets about the combat capabilities of Scorpene-class vessels. The confidential documents were made public by the Australian media. India signed a $3.5bn (£2.6bn, €3.1bn) deal for six Scorpene vessels in 2005. They are being built in cooperation with a state-owned Mumbai shipbuilder. France was asked to investigate the data leak to an Australian website and share its findings with the Indian side. It is not clear who first obtained the confidential documents. "The documents that have been posted on the

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  • Surface water shifting around the Earth

    Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth's surface has changed over 30 years. They found that 115,000 sq km (44,000 sq miles) of land is now covered in water and 173,000 sq km (67,000 sq miles) of water has now become land. The largest increase in water has been on the Tibetan Plateau, while the Aral Sea has been the biggest conversion of water to land. The team said many coastal areas have also changed significantly. The research, carried out by the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands, is published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The researchers analysed satellite images recorded by Nasa's Landsat satellites, which have observed the Earth for

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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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  • 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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