• Refinery wars: China and India win; South Korea, Japan and Singapore lose

    LAUNCESTON, Australia: There is little doubt that China’s surging exports of refined fuels have cut profit margins for Asia’s refiners, but the pain is unlikely to be shared equally across all the region’s exporters of oil products. Given the scarcity of detailed official data on oil product imports and exports among many Asian countries, it’s nigh impossible to build a completely accurate picture of the likely winners and losers. The overall picture for Asia’s refiners is that profit margins appear to have shifted structurally lower as a result of China’s massive exports of diesel and gasoline. China’s exports of 370,000 barrels per day (bpd) of diesel in July were 181.8 percent higher than the same month last year, and year-to-date exports are up a staggering 223 percent.

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  • Syrian child 'treated with mud' for severe burn wounds

    Upsetting images have been released of a badly burned child in a rebel-held area of Syria being treated with mud for wounds allegedly sustained by a weapon similar to napalm. The footage, released by the Homs Media Centre on Sunday, purports to show the aftermath of several air strikes on Saturday night on the besieged al-Waer neighbourhood of Homs, the country's third largest city. "After the bombing by war planes stopped, they began firing napalm," a doctor in the district said. "Some of the patients were burned." One video shows a young boy writhing in pain as a man rubs mud on to the child's head before removing his bandages and rubbing the thick sludge into his wounds. Nedal, a Homs-based

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  • India minister tells foreign tourists: 'Don't wear skirts'

    India's culture minister has been criticised after saying that the government was advising foreign tourists not to wear skirts in India. Mahesh Sharma said "a list of dos and don'ts" given to tourists at airports also advised them not to venture out alone at night in small towns. He later clarified that he was speaking "in the context of religious places", and that he spoke out of "concern". Mr Sharma has also been criticised in the past for controversial comments. He's often made provocative statements blaming "westernisation" for India's ills and last year, he said "nights out for girls was not part of Indian culture". His latest offending remark was made on Sunday when he told reporters that

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Egyptian Girl Sold Into Slavery at the Age of 8 Publishes Her Memoirs

    Despite having been heavily covered by western media, the sad saga of an Egyptian girl who was robbed of her childhood in the cruelest way possible is only just beginning to become known here in Egypt after one Facebook user took to the social network to share her story, which is rapidly going viral  Although born in 1991, Shyima Hall’s life didn’t really begin until 2002 when she was freed from the shackles of slavery her own parents had sold her into for the mere price of $30. Born in grinding poverty, little Shyima lived with her parents and ten siblings in an Alexandria slum until she was traded to a rich family for whom her older sister used to work as a maid. The wealthy employers accused

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  • Declining oil prices threaten expansion of Mideast airports

    With the declining oil prices challenging the Middle East government budgets, the continuing expansion of airport infrastructure across the region will require alternative financing solutions. Deloitte’s latest report on the construction industry in the region highlights the alternative forms of funding available to deliver the required infrastructure across Middle East airports and to counteract the potential reduction in the ability to raise necessary finance. “Airport privatization and the appeal of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have long been talked about in the region with varying application of PPPs as a financing solution,” explained Dorian Reece, Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited Middle East’s Head of Aviation.

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  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks to the East

    It seems that in the 21st Century, we will see a shift toward Asia and the Pacific Rim. The first speaks specifically of the Asian Far East and the second refers to the Americas. Geography, demographics and the economic output of the various countries which sit on the Pacific Rim are best suited to enjoy the benefits of the dynamic economic activity that one can reasonably see beginning to rise. (Design by:Craig Willers) The Saudi royal was greeted at the airport by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (SPA) Last Update: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 KSA 15:49 - GMT 12:49 Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Uber suspends services in Abu Dhabi

    Taxi-hailing company Uber has suspended its service in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Rival service Careem has also put its service there on hold, after some of its cars were stopped by authorities. Uber, which has been operating in the Emirates since 2013, did not explain why it had suspended its service, but did say the move was "temporary". An Emirates newspaper, The National, reported that as many as 50 drivers had been arrested over the weekend. The report quoted one industry source as saying there was confusion as to why the drivers had been detained. In a statement Uber said: ""This is a temporary suspension and we will let you know of any further updates." Both Careem

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  • Deputy crown prince visits Pakistan today

    RIYADH: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will embark on a several-nation tour, including China and Japan, Sunday, landing first in Pakistan to hold talks with top officials, including Premier Nawaz Sharif. The visit is significant keeping in view the role of Pakistan, which is seen critical to efforts directed to ensure peace and security in the Middle East and in its extended neighborhood. “A range of subjects including key bilateral and regional issues, will be discussed during the meeting of Prince Mohammed with high-ranking Pakistani officials,” said Pakistani Ambassador Manzoor Ul Haq, while expressing his joy and optimism on the royal visit. Prince Mohammed will also discuss issues related to mutual cooperation in different sectors, he added.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Syria war: Dozens killed while attending Aleppo funeral

    At least 24 funeral mourners have been killed and 30 others wounded in a barrel bomb attack in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, according to activists, taking the death toll of civilians in the northern Syrian city in recent days to more than 60.  The Syrian civil defence, a volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets, told Al Jazeera that Syrian government and Russian warplanes hit on Saturday a group of people gathered in the al-Maadi neighbourhood to mourn the death of 15 women and children killed in a raid earlier this week.  "The first round of barrel bombs came down during the funeral," said Ibrahim al-Hajj, the media centre director for the Syria civil defence.  "Those who survived

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  • Paul Walker's daughter gets $10m settlement over crash death

    Paul Walker's daughter has reached a $10.1m (£7.2m) settlement with the estate of the man driving the car in which he and the actor died in 2013. Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was being driven by Roger Rodas when it crashed. Travelling at speeds between 80 and 93 mph, the car crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, north west of Los Angeles. The money will be held in trust for Meadow Walker, 17. Rodas was only partly responsible for the crash, a statement from Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam, says. The settlement represents a "fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short". The

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  • Rita Ora confirms she's leaving The X Factor

    Rita Ora has confirmed that she's leaving The X Factor. The singer, who joined the show last year, tweeted: "I had a ball on The X Factor last year and will miss the team. "@simoncowell can't wait to work with you again... I'll be round for dinner soon. Thank you for the experience & love X" Rita took on the role after moving from The Voice UK, which is moving from the BBC to ITV. The singer mentored the girls category and went on to win the show with her act, Louisa Johnson. In a statement ITV told Newsbeat: "Rita brought a great energy to the show last year and did a brilliant job mentoring the girls' category, leading Louisa to victory. "We wish her all the best with her music and film plans

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