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  • Sirens ring out as air strikes hit IS Syria stronghold

    In the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say. A US-led coalition and Russia have stepped up air strikes on the jihadists' de facto Syrian capital since IS claimed to have downed a Russian passenger plane over Egypt's Sinai in October and the deadly jihadist attacks in Paris two weeks later. "The sirens are on the roofs of high buildings, in the squares and in the streets," Taym Ramadan, a city resident and anti-IS activist, told AFP.

  • Jada Pinkett Smith Jumps On The Naked Dress Trend, Shows How It’s Done

    Jada Pinkett Smith has joined the long line of celebs to don a nearly-naked dress this year, but looks more elegant than ever. All three of the stars made a splash at the Met Gala 2015 in a trio of designer dresses that didn’t leave very much to the imagination. Kim Kardashian wore a white, fluffy Roberto Cavalli number, Beyonce a glittering Givenchy style and J Lo a red Versace gown with very strategically placed embroidery.

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  • Russia buries soldier killed in rescue of warplane pilot

    Russia on Friday buried with full military honours a soldier killed in Syria during the operation to rescue pilots of the warplane shot down by Turkey. Alexander Pozynich was killed on Tuesday when his Mi-8 helicopter was fired on by rebels and had to make an emergency landing in Syrian neutral territory, the defence ministry said. Pozynich, 29, a naval marine and contract soldier with 10 years' experience, was laid to rest in his hometown of Novocherkassk in southern Russia, state television reported.

  • Golfing hottie Paige set for Dubai Masters

    Spiranac's game trending in the right direction exuberance and a classical swing when she joins a star-studded field led by defending champion Shanshan Feng of China. Paige Spiranac will spearhead a new crop of social media-savvy players aiming to take the fairways by storm when she makes her maiden appearance in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club from December 9 to 12. With sporting prowess running in the family, Spiranac flashed a glimpse of her burgeoning talent, guiding her San Diego University to victory in the 2015 Mountain West Conference Golf Championship and winning the Colorado State Match Play Tournament.

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  • Bad Saudi PR fuels riyal devaluation talk

    By Andrew Torchia DUBAI (Reuters) - Speculation that Saudi Arabia could devalue its currency may owe more to a poor public relations effort by Saudi authorities than to the economic pressures on the kingdom. Riyadh has the tools available to protect itself as low oil prices push the current account and budget balances of the world's top crude exporter deep into deficit, senior bankers in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf said. In private conversations with Reuters this week, the bankers - many of whom are in contact with Saudi authorities - said Riyadh may detail a strategy to cope with an era of cheap oil as soon as next month, when the finance ministry presents the 2016 budget plan.

  • She Was Alone When He First Met Her, This Beautiful, Strange Girl #ShortFilm

    This article She Was Alone When He First Met Her, This Beautiful, Strange Girl appeared first on Viddsee BUZZ. Their first meeting is like a fairy tale come true. Charlie who is wandering along the river, comes across a random girl swimming alone in the river. She’s beautiful, that doesn’t escape his notice. So entranced, he sketches her and requests to meet her again the same day. But on his way out, he cross paths with […] Watch awesome short films at, or download our free iPhone and Android app now!

  • 9 Bollywood Khans Who Married Outside Their Religion Against All Odds

    Nobody comes close to our King Khan when it comes to his real life romance with wife Gauri (Read: Magical Love Story Of Bollywood’s King Of Romance Shah Rukh Khan And Gauri). Parent of two, Irrfan and Sutapa have been married for more than a decade now.
  • Sevdaliza Shares Two New Songs from ‘Children of Silk’ EP

    Listen to 'Children of Silk' in full. The post Sevdaliza Shares Two New Songs from ‘Children of Silk’ EP appeared first on Pigeons & Planes.

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  • Syrian paper recounts rescue of downed Russian pilot

    Syrian special forces launched an operation "behind enemy lines" to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday. Al-Atira is an area of Latakia province, around 12 kilometres (eight miles) from the border with Turkey. Syrian forces launched the operation after Turkey downed the Russian jet on Tuesday morning, forcing the two-man crew to eject over rebel-held territory.

  • He Did This Just To Make Her Happy. He Took Off His Skin. #ShortFilm

    This article He Did This Just To Make Her Happy. He Took Off His Skin. appeared first on Viddsee BUZZ. There was one thing she wanted, that would make her very, very happy.  He took off his skin for her, just to please him. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make. Soon, she realises that it’s taking a toll on their relationship. Of course, there’s the sheets, the heating, then there’s the problem […] Watch awesome short films at, or download our free iPhone and Android app now!

  • Qatar launches probe after rains exposed poor construction

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has launched an investigation after heavy rains exposed poor construction in a country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a deluge that saw water cascade through the roof of its $15 billion main airport.

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  • Philippine forces kill 8 suspected to have IS sympathies

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a clash in the southern Philippines on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.

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  • Comet fragments likely to blame for dimming of star KIC 8462852, not aliens

    What exactly caused star KIC 8462852 to dim by as much as a quarter in 2011 and 2013? Some researchers believe the mysterious dimming of the distant star may be due to the simultaneous destruction of a group of comets, instead of the far fetched theories that briefly grabbed headlines last month. Iowa State University physics and astronomy associate professor Massimo Marengo and two colleagues took a renewed look at infrared data on the star from NASA’s Sptizer Space Telescope. Their findings have been published in the journal  Astrophysical Journal Letters, and conclude that the most likely reason for the drop in the star’s brightness is comet fragments. “The scenario invoking the fragmentation of a family of comets on a highly elliptical orbit is instead consistent with the lack of strong infrared excess found by our analysis,” the researchers wrote. Other researchers have come to the same conclusion, including Yale University’s Tabetha Boyajian, who also argued comet fragments were to blame for the dimming. Related: SETI looking for alien signals around the mysteriously dim star KIC 8462852 Marengo’s findings will come as somewhat disappointing to supporters of a theory first postulated by Penn State researcher Jason Wright. In his own paper, he argued that the dimming is consistent with what would be expected of an alien megastructure — similar to the theorized Dyson Sphere — orbiting the star. Wright’s paper set the physics and astronomy world afire, and even triggered SETI to start looking closer for alien signals emanating from KIC 8462852. But Marengo still believes his theory is the most likely. His research shows that there was not enough excess infrared to suggest some type of asteroid or planetary collision, or any debris field. The comets likely came in from a steep orbit that briefly dimmed the star. As the cloud moved away, the brightness of the star was restored. Will Marengo completely reject the megastructure theory? No, he told in an interview, and his research could not confirm or deny Wright’s theories. “What the star is doing is very strange,” he adds. “It’s interesting when you have phenomena like that – typically it means there’s some new physical explanation or a new concept to be discovered.” Also watch: Raimond de Hullu's vision for Oas1s green buildings Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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  • Woman cleared of hugging, kissing, robbing man

    Prosecutors lost their appeal on Wednesday against a woman who was acquitted of hugging and kissing an employee in the corner of a lift and stealing Dh4,500 from him. The Dubai Appeal Court rejected prosecutors’ appeal in which they sought a cancellation of the woman’s acquittal and wanted her jailed.

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  • OPEC to stay the course despite fears of $20 oil

    By Alex Lawler and Rania El Gamal LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - OPEC is determined to keep pumping oil vigorously despite the resulting financial strain even on the policy's chief architect, Saudi Arabia, alarming weaker members who fear prices may slump further towards $20. While Moscow may consult OPEC oil ministers before their six-monthly meeting next week, the chances of it helping to halt the price slide remain slim. "Unless non-OPEC say they are willing to help, I think there will be no change," said a delegate from a major OPEC producer.

  • Seth Meyers shreds Donald Trump: He's no longer funny, he's dangerous

    "Late Night" host Seth Meyers has had enough of Donald Trump's inability to admit when he's...

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  • Residency official on trial in Dubai for taking bribe

    An Emirati sergeant with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) allegedly took Dh540,000 in bribes for processing 349 family visas illegally, a Dubai court has heard. Some applications also lacked tenancy contracts that are required by law for processing family visas.

    Khaleej Times
  • China urges US, Japan not to flex muscles on South China Sea

    Beijing, Nov 26 (IANS) China on Thursday urged the US and Japan not to show off military might and create tension in the South China Sea. Japan's Defence Minister General Nakatani and US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris agreed to continue joint drills between the US military and Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force, as well as helping Southeast Asian countries increase their capabilities, Xinhua reported. "We call on relevant countries to do things that contribute to peace and stability on the South China Sea and refrain from flexing muscles, creating tension or militarising the area," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news briefing.

  • The turkeys we eat today weigh twice as much as they did a few decades ago

    Planning a Thanksgiving dinner this week?  Your turkey will almost certainly look...

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  • Gold drops on dollar rebound after strong U.S. data

    By Marcy Nicholson and Clara Denina NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices dropped on Wednesday, hovering just above the lowest level in nearly six years on pressure from a rebounding dollar after strong U.S. economic data heightened expectations of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve next month. Manufacturing output rose well above economists' expectations in October and a gauge of U.S. business investment plans surged. "The orders number is surprisingly positive and that's what's weighing on the market," said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist for U.S. Bank Wealth management in Seattle.