• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Iranian vessels ‘harassed’ US ship in Strait of Hormuz

    Four vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “harassed” a US destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a “high speed intercept” in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a US Defense official told Reuters on Wednesday. Tuesday’s incident comes after Iran detained 10 US sailors on Jan. 12 after their boats entered its territorial waters because of what they said was a navigational error. The US military’s concerns about Iran’s behavior in places like the Strait, one of the world’s most important oil shipping channels, have persisted despite the nuclear deal signed in April last year under which Tehran curbed its disputed atomic program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

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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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  • 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 Arabia vs Dubai: The 2020 Race For The World’s Tallest Tower

    It seems like Dubai is bored of smashing Guinness World Records, as flagship developer Emaar Properties announces plans to construct the world’s tallest tower, surpassing the Burj Khalifa that currently holds the current world record, but will Saudi Arabia steal the title? The race is on as property developer Emaar has announced plans to build a new tower, with an estimated cost of $1 billion, that will stand a ‘notch’ taller than 830-metre Burj Khalifa. The proposed project expects completion by 2020, which coincidentally will be the same year that Dubai will host the World Expo Trading Fair. The announcement explained that Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls is expected to devote

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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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  • 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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  • Kashmir: Arrest of separatist leader causes uproar

    A Kashmiri separatist leader has been arrested in Indian-administered Kashmir while leading a peaceful demonstration. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, from All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), was initially held in the Nigeen Police Station after being arrested in front of his residence on Thursday, before he was transferred to Chashma Shahi Sub-Jail on Friday, the APHC said in a statement. Local media reported that Farooq was taken into custody for violating the terms of his house arrest by trying to participate in a march to the Martyrs' Graveyard along with his supporters to pay tribute and protest against the recent killings of civilian Kashmiris. Mirwaiz Umar has been under house arrest for nearly two months for speaking out against "the continuing violence and oppression by the Indian Security Forces," APHC spokesman Shahidul Islam said in a statement.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane. Russia was suspended on Aug. 7 over what International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven called a ''medals over morals'' culture with evidence of state-sponsored doping. The ban was confirmed Tuesday when the Court of Arbitration of Sport rejected a Russian appeal. Speaking to Olympic athletes at the Kremlin on Thursday, Putin says the ''decision to disqualify our Paralympians is outside the bounds of law, morality and humanity.'' Special competitions will be organized in Russia for banned Paralympic athletes with winners getting the same prizes they would

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  • Egyptian Restaurant Owner in New Zealand Prevents Robbery by Ignoring Gunman

    Said Ahmed is starting this week as a winner. Most of us would freak out if a masked man with a gun approached us, but this Alexandrian-born restaurant owner living in New Zealand is apparently far more collected than the rest of us. According to Al-Arabiya, Said Ahmed was working the front counter at his Egyptian Kebab House restaurant in Christchurch when a masked man with a gun in hand approached. In the video you can see the masked man demanding money. What does Ahmed does? He simply walks away from the counter and continues to serve customers.  The local Canterbury Police force were so impressed by his complete and total disregard for this 'customer' or would-be robber, that they have since

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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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  • Turkey allows policewomen to wear Muslim headscarf

    Turkey has lifted a ban on policewomen wearing the Islamic headscarf. Female officers will be able to wear a headscarf under their caps or berets, provided it is plain and is the same colour as the uniform. Headscarf bans on university campuses and state institutions - except for the judiciary, military and police - have also been lifted in recent years. The garment has been controversial in Turkey for years. Secularists regard it as a symbol of religious conservatism. Since the 1920s, Turkey has had a secular constitution with no state religion. The opposition have accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) of trying to reinterpret secularism.

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  • Turkey sends more tanks into Syria - Ceasefire efforts between Russia, US advance

    KARKAMIS: Turkey yesterday sent more tanks into Syria to bolster a military offensive against jihadists and Kurdish fighters, as a diplomatic push for a new ceasefire in Syria gathered pace. An AFP photographer in the village of Karkamis on the Turkish side of the border saw six more tanks roll over the frontier as mop-up operations continued in a town wrested from the Islamic State group (IS). The deployment was the latest phase in Turkey’s military operation inside Syria-codenamed “Euphrates Shield”-to oust IS from the border region and also counter advances by a Kurdish militia opposed by Ankara. As Turkey stepped up its biggest operation in Syria since the start of the war, the US and Russia announced progress in talks on agreeing a new ceasefire.

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