• India ranks below Pakistan, Nepal among world’s happiest countries

    India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal. Nations such as China (79), Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110), Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better than India on the ranking. Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

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  • Philippine diplomat sent to Saudi Arabia to lead search for missing woman

    JEDDAH: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sent a special representative to Saudi Arabia to lead the search for a Filipino woman who has been reported missing for more than a year. Mohammed Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, a special assistant at the Office of Migrant Workers’ Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), identified the missing worker as Diosalyn Fabian Seva, 36, a mother of two young children. Lomondot, who once served as Philippine consul general in Jeddah, said Seva quit her job as teacher at Dupax Del Norte High School in Nueva Vizcaya, northern Philippines, to try her luck as a maid in Saudi Arabia. She arrived in the Kingdom in October 2015 and was supposed to work for

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  • Saudi Arabia’s 450-km Haramain train project nears completion

    The company, implementing the constructional work for the Haramain Express Train, has completed the construction of 430 km of rails out of 450km, which is the distance between Makkah and Madinah, the project sources said. The sources said the remaining kilometers to be constructed are part of the railway leading from Jeddah to Makkah at the main station at Al-Rusaifah district in the holy city.

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  • US waiter fired after asking diners for proof of residency

    Four women in Southern California were asked to prove they were legal residents by a waiter in a restaurant. Managers of Saint Marc, in Huntington Beach, later apologised and said they had fired the staff member. The original Facebook post about the incident has been shared more than 1,000 times and gained hundreds of comments. But the women have also received a backlash from people dubbing the story "fake news". Diana Carrillo, who has Mexican ancestry, told the BBC: "I've never faced discrimination like this in the past. The four of us who went to the restaurant were all born in the United States." The incident happened when they visited the restaurant on 11 March. 'In shock' Ms Carrillo said:

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  • Indian Muslims need a new road map

    THE spectacular BJP show in Uttar Pradesh has set the cat among the pigeons.  For the struggling opposition and nearly 20 percent Muslims, this victory seems even more defining than the outcome of 2014 elections. In many ways, it is. The BJP’s victory margin in the battle for India’s largest state has been highest so far. The party couldn’t manage such numbers – 312+13 out of 403 seats — even at the height of Ayodhya agitation. The credit for this landslide victory goes to Modi and his doppelganger Amit Shah. But does this represent a success of the facetious “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” (together with all, development for all) mantra? What explains the BJP’s loss in Punjab, Goa and Manipur?

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  • Eric and Lara Trump announce pregnancy

    President Donald Trump's son Eric has announced that he and his wife, Lara, are expecting their first child. They posted on social media that the baby is due in September, saying: "It's been an amazing year. We are blessed!" The couple got married at the Trump family's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in 2014. The baby will be President Trump's ninth grandchild. His son Donald Jnr has five children and his daughter, Ivanka, has three. Eric revealed in an interview with People magazine that they are expecting a boy, but said the couple have not decided on a name yet. Lara Trump also told the magazine: "[Eric's] dad is so excited that we were worried he'd blurt it out at a press conference."

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  • The sequels that should never have been made

    Gladiator is the latest film which might be receiving the sequel treatment. The film, which was directed by Ridley Scott, won the best picture Oscar in 2000. Before now, many of us thought a sequel was out of the question because Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by the film's star, Russell Crowe, you know, died at the end of the last one. But by the sound of it, Scott's not going to let such minor details stand in his way. "I know how to bring him back," he said at South by South West (SXSW) recently. "Whether it will happen I don't know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell's changed a little bit. He's doing something right now but I'm trying to get him back down here." Sequels often make a lot of

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  • Philippine bishops preach against restoring death penalty

    MANILA: Philippine Catholic bishops fired back against efforts to restore the death penalty with a special prayer read at all masses yesterday. The church leaders of the country which is about 80 percent Catholic issued the special homily in response to an effort spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte to bring back capital punishment which was abolished in 2006. “Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, let us not allow our wells to be poisoned by bitter water. Let us uphold the sanctity of life and make a stand against death penalty,” the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines said in the special pastoral statement. The bishops argued that there was no evidence that capital punishment deterred crime,

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  • US-bound Saudia passengers can’t carry electronic devices in cabin

    JEDDAH — Saudi Arabian Airlines’ US-bound passengers flying from Riyadh and Jeddah airports will not be allowed to carry in their cabin baggage any electronic devices bigger than a cell phone or a smart phone. The measure follows a new announcement by US Department of Homeland Security that requires passengers coming to the United States from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar to place in checked baggage all personal electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a smart phone, travel printers/scanners. Senior US officials told reporters that nine airlines from

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  • Japanese navy boosts overseas force projection capability with second big helicopter carrier

    YOKOHAMA: Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation’s military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China’s growing influence in Asia. Accompanied by a military band, Maritime Self Defense Force commanders took possession of the 248 meter (813.65 ft) long vessel at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama near Tokyo, where it was docked next to its sister ship the Izumo. “China is attempting to make changes in the South China Sea with bases and through acts that exert pressure is altering the status quo, raising security concerns among the international community,” Vice Minister of Defense Takayuki Kobayashi

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  • China dinosaur egg theft suspect arrested

    China has arrested four suspects over the theft of about 80 fossilised dinosaur eggs. The eggs are alleged to have been stolen from a collector in eastern Zhejiang province. One of the suspects, known only by his surname of Wang, is alleged to have visited the collector while feigning interest in making a purchase. All four suspects are all now in custody. They are accused of dividing the eggs between them, Xinhua reported. Mr Wang is accused of taking taking 27 eggs to his home in Heilongjiang province where they were recovered by police. But the remainder - about 50 eggs - are not accounted for. Three of the suspects are accused of helping Mr Wang steal the eggs on the evening of 9 January

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  • Is Modi moving towards a Hindu India?

    BJP wins biggest majority in 40 years NEW DELHI: A saffron-robed Hindu holy man was sworn in yesterday to lead India’s most populous state, sealing what appears to be a shift in course by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could redefine the world’s largest democracy as a Hindu nation. The choice as Uttar Pradesh chief minister of Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu ascetic with a history of agitation against minority Muslims, stunned observers who said it marked a departure from the platform of development for all on which Modi rose to national power in 2014. “Modi is saying India is a Hindu country and shall remain so,” veteran journalist and commentator Shekhar Gupta said. “Hindus will rule,

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  • Lorry driver Dariusz Tokarczyk jailed for killing Jodie Moss

    A lorry driver who killed a 21-year-old woman while selecting music on his mobile phone has been jailed. Jodie Moss died when Dariusz Tokarczyk's HGV smashed into her stationary car on the A34 at Chieveley, Berkshire, in March 2016. Tokarczyk, 47, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He was sentenced to four-and-half years in prison and banned from driving for 51 months. Reading Crown Court heard that Jodie, from Swindon, had turned her Vauxhall Corsa's hazard warning lights on after it had suffered engine failure. Tokarczyk, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, was selecting music on his mobile phone in the moments before impact, the court heard. Judge Angela Morris told Tokarczyk that

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  • Iraq war map: Who controls what

    After more than a decade of instability, parts of Iraq still lie in shambles, with several forces and groups fighting for control of large parts of the country. Supported by air strikes from US-led coalition warplanes, the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces have been trying to take territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group. Currently, Mosul is ISIL's only stronghold in the country, the group having suffered a number of territorial losses over the past few months. ISIL has been losing territory not only in Iraq, but also in Syria, as this map of the Syrian civil war shows. Source: Al Jazeera News

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  • The Engagement of 2 Children Aged 7 and 4 in Qaliubiyya Prompts Anger on Social Media

    Photos of an engagement ceremony held in Qaliubiya for a 7-year-old boy named Ziad and his 4-year-old cousin, Farida, went viral, sparking outrage on social media. Talking to Youm 7, Farida's father said that "everyone in the family was completely happy with the engagement." The father was also reported to have said that he had promised Ziad, who happens to be his nephew, that upon passing his second year of primary education, he can get engaged to Farida. EGP 18,000 worth of jewellery (shabka) was reportedly bought to Farida. According to a UNICEF 2016 report, 17% of Egyptians are already married before they turn 18.  Here's a sample of people's comments on the story: "I really can't understand

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  • 10 Saudi projects valued at $4.7bn win national honors

    Ten of Saudi Arabia’s highest quality projects have won national honors in the 2017 MEED Quality Awards for Projects. The combined value of KSA’s winning projects is estimated at $4.7 billion, Saudi Gazette reports. Now in its seventh year, MEED Quality Awards for Projects program has become the leading stamp of quality and achievement for top teams operating in the GCC projects sector.

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  • Conor McGregor: Irish fighter ready to 'shock the world' with Mayweather fight

    Media playback is not supported on this device UFC champion Conor McGregor says he will "shock the world" as talk of a fight with five-weight boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather intensifies. The Irishman, 28, was at Madison Square Garden to support compatriot and former Olympian Michael Conlan, who won on his professional debut. In an animated ringside interview, McGregor said the Mayweather fight was "close" to being finalised. "I'm going to stop Floyd and you're all going to eat your words," he said. "No-one in this boxing game knows what's coming. I'm the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing. "Trust me on that. I'm 28 years of age, and I'm long, rangy and dangerous with every hand." Listen:

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  • New Biopic About Egyptian-Born Superstar Dalida Set to Premiere This Month

    The French production was released in France today, opening to critical acclaim.Dalida rose to fame after she won the Miss Egypt pageant in 1954 when she was spotted by the French director Marc de Gastyne, who persuaded her to move to Paris to pursue a career in motion pictures. The move was a kick-start to Dalida's three decade long career, in which she performed and recorded countless international hits in more than 10 languages, including Arabic, French, English, and Italian, selling more than 130 million copies worldwide, before her tragic death in 1987. In a press statement by Bernard Regnauld-Fabre, the French Ambassador to Bahrain, he said, “We welcome the news that the world premiere of Dalida will take place here in Bahrain during So French Week.” So French Week is an annual week-long celebration of French culture, held by the French Embassy in Bahrain, a tradition which started in 2013.

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  • 'My zookeeper daughter was mauled to death by a tiger'

    The mother of a Scottish zookeeper mauled to death by a tiger at a zoo in Cumbria four years ago says she is still waiting for an apology. Fiona McClay's daughter Sarah, 24, suffered "unsurvivable" injuries when a Sumatran tiger walked through a door that was meant to be locked, and pounced on her in May 2013. Last year the zoo, now known as South Lakes Safari Zoo, admitted breaching health and safety laws. It emerged a "self-locking door" was poorly maintained and malfunctioned. The zoo, in Dalton-in-Furness, was fined £297,500 at Preston Crown Court for failing to ensure the safety of staff. This month, councillors refused a licence application for the zoo after hearing that almost 500 animals

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  • Corruption Perceptions Index Names Egypt the 68th Most Corrupt Country in the World

    According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Egypt ranks 108 out of 176 countries assessed for corruption in 2016, making it the 68th most corrupt country assessed. The Index uses a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), with the global median sitting at 43 – below the midpoint. According to this scale, Egypt ranked 34 – well below the midpoint.  Somalia, South Sudan, and North Korea were the top three most corrupt countries that were assessed, scaled at 10, 11, and 12 respectively. The least corrupt countries assessed were New Zealand, Denmark, and Finland scaled at 90, 90, and 89 respectively. The assessment was reported based on a country’s ability to

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