• Laptop ban: Emirates president Tim Clark says 'amazing' to suggest Dubai airport not safe

    Emirates President Tim Clark said Wednesday he believed the airline's home airport in Dubai was as safe as any other in Asia, Europe or the Americas. Speaking to CNNMoney a day after the U.S. banned passengers from bringing laptops and other large electronic devices on some flights from the Middle East and Africa, Clark said the U.S. must have "clear evidence" of a threat. But he said the measures would be "hugely disruptive" for Emirates and he questioned why some airlines and airports were affected by the new security measures, and not others. "After all, if these devices are viewed by the United States and the United Kingdom as potential instruments of threat, they can be loaded on any airplane

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • India: State leader raises concerns in Uttar Pradesh

    While he is popular with many Hindus, and has served five consecutive terms as a member of Parliament since 1998, his appointment caught many by surprise, said Shekhar Gupta, a veteran political journalist and former editor of the Indian Express newspaper who currently hosts "Walk the Talk", a political interview talk show on NDTV24x7. "There was a great degree of polarization in this election," Gupta said. "The Hindu vote is divided on the basis of caste, and the challenge (for BJP) was to try and use faith to reunite what caste has divided." BJP has defended Adityanath's appointment, with BJP minister and spokesman Venkaiah Naidu saying in a statement that the new chief minister "is a strong

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Messi double edges six-goal thriller Barca’s way

    MADRID: Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday. Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon. Barca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front. But the on-loan Manchester City defender was sent-off for pulling down Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan had levelled and Messi smashed home the resulting penalty. Munir El Haddadi briefly levelled for the 10 men before half time, but Messi and finally Andre Gomes

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  • King Salman arrives in Riyadh from China

    RIYADH – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Riyadh on Saturday night following a weeks-long Asian tour that took him to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan and the People’s Republic of China, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.   On arrival at the King Salman Airbase Airport here, the King was received at the aircraft stairs by Prince Bandar Bin Abdulaziz; Prince Abdulilah Bin Abdulaziz, adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz, emir of Riyadh Province; Prince Sultan Bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH); Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier

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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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  • 'My life was ruined by a typo'

    When Nigel Lang was wrongly arrested on suspicion of sharing indecent images of children, he says his life fell apart. It all stemmed from nothing more than a typing error by police. "When I was arrested, I feared what was going to happen to me. "What about my family, will they be targeted? Will they target my mum's house? Will they be getting sworn at and attacked in the street?" Speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, Nigel Lang recalls the questions racing through his head one July morning in 2011. Aged 44 at the time, he had been working as a drug recovery worker, helping young people combat substance abuse. But when police came to search his home and arrest him, on suspicion

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  • Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems - Region - World

    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah movement. Syria's military said it had downed one of the Israeli planes and hit another as they were carrying out the pre-dawn strikes near the famed desert city of Palmyra that

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  • ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to be re-released in cinemas to celebrate 15th anniversary

    "The Fast and the Furious", the first ever film in the franchise of the same name, is set to be re-released to mark the movie's 15th anniversary. Fans will be able to see the film on the big screen once again when it is released in around 1,500 cinemas on Wednesday June 22, the date when the original movie opened back in 2001. The original story follows a police officer in Los Angeles tasked with infiltrating and breaking up the street-racing scene, only to find himself hooked on the illegal sport. The film was a surprise hit at the time — partly due to a cast of mainly unknown actors and actresses — and has gone on to spawn six sequels to date. The original film featured male actors Paul Walker

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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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  • Egypt Named Among World's 32 Most Powerful Economies From Now Until 2050 by PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Business Insider UK has named Egypt among the 32 most powerful economies by 2030, citing a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report titled ‘The Long View: How Will the Global Economic Order Change by 2050?’ The predictions are based on these countries’ projected GDP by purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2030. China leads the pack with a projected GDP by PPP of $38 trillion, with the US coming as a distant second at $23 trillion, and Egypt ranks 19th with a projected GDP by PPP of $2 trillion.According to the PwC report, Egypt’s economy will grow at an average rate of 5% between 2016 and 2020. The country’s GDP by PPP is projected to reach $4.3 trillion, and its population is estimated to grow to 151.1

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  • Official: Paris airport attacker praised Allah

    A man holding a gun on a French female soldier at a Orly Airport shouted, "I am here to die for Allah. There will be deaths," before two of the soldier's comrades shot the attacker dead Saturday morning, a prosecutor told reporters.

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  • Saudi residents urged to take heed of premarital screening results

    JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia residents have been urged to go for premarital screening tests and pay attention to the results and any recommendations made by doctors. Despite a law that makes it mandatory for couples to get screened for genetic, infectious and blood diseases, many are said to ignore the results, with couples getting married regardless. Dr. Zuhair Rahbeeni, chairman of the Saudi Society of Medical Genetics (SSMG), said such medical examinations are important, and said doctors should pay close attention to the results. Failure to screen for potential genetic diseases can affect a couple’s married life and have negative effects on a child’s health, he added. He said the lack of interest

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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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