• Philippines Foreign Secretary: We're not leaving the U.N.

    "If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave," he said then in Tagalog, according to a translation by CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. "Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway." He accused the U.N. of ignoring the plight of the country. "When were you here last time? Nothing. Never. Except to criticize." The comments come days after the U.N. urged Duterte's administration to step back from its violent approach to drug crime. The crackdown since Duterte took office in late June has seen over 650 police killings -- deaths Duterte and his top police officer, Roland Dela Rosa, say are justified self-defense killings -- alongside as many as 900 unexplained

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  • Iran releases images of new missile defence system - Region - World

    Iran released images of its first domestically built long-range missile defence system on Sunday, a project started when the country was under international sanctions. Images on multiple state news agencies showed President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Defence Hossein Dehghan standing in front of the new Bavar 373 missile defence system. The system was designed to intercept cruise missiles, drones, combat aircraft and ballistic missiles, according to earlier statements by Dehghan. The project was launched as an alternative to the Russian S-300 system, the delivery of which was suspended in 2010 due to sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear programme. "We did not intend to make an Iranian version

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  • The American who turned Saudi lives upside down

    An American turned Saudi lives upside down. Perhaps many Saudis know that the first field in which oil was discovered was Dammam oil well number 7. A diligent American geologist was behind convincing the company where he worked to drill once again, after it was about to give up on the possibility of discovering oil in Saudi Arabia Turki Aldakhil Steineke’s passion Last Update: Monday, 22 August 2016 KSA 12:28 - GMT 09:28 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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  • 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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  • Turkey transgender murder prompts Istanbul protest

    Scores of Turks have taken part in a peaceful protest in central Istanbul calling for justice over the murder of a transgender woman, Hande Kader. They held signs and chanted slogans for Kader, 23, an LGBT activist, whose burned body was discovered in a forest after she went missing. According to one report, opposition MPs were among those who attended the rare protest by LGBT activists. Police with water cannon were on duty nearby, AFP news agency said. Ms Kader, a sex worker, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Her flatmate found her body in a city mortuary earlier in August. No arrests have been made so far in the case. "We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande

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  • LuLu Group to invest $300m in new mall in Kerala capital

    RIYADH — LuLu Group, the Abu Dhabi-based international retailer is developing its second LuLu Shopping Mall, hotel and international convention in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram. Spread over 19 acres of land located at the national highway in Akkulam, this will be the second biggest shopping mall in the country after the LuLu Mall in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation stone for the mixed use project in a glittering function presided over by the leader of opposition, Ramesh Chennithala and other prominent personalities including ministers, MPs, MLAs, said Yusuff Ali MA, managing director of LuLu Group. Slated to open by early 2019, it will house LuLu Hypermarket

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  • The ghost of Khomeini

    More than 17 years after his death, the man who led the mullahs to power in Iran, Khomeini, is still at the center of the post-revolution debate that has divided Iranians to the point of inciting some to violence against each other. Last week the debate over Khomeini’s decade in power reached a new flashpoint with the publication of the secret recording of remarks made in 1988 by his closest aide, and designated heir at the time, the late Hossein-Ali Montazeri. The audio file was made public by Ahmad, Montazeri’s surviving son, with the claim that it had been recorded in August 1988 during a meeting between his father and a delegation of mullahs sent to seek permission to carry out thousands of summary executions within a couple of days. The war had claimed over a million lives, at least two-thirds of them Iranians, without the “Army of the Imam” making a single inch of conquest.

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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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  • We’ve hired lawyers to ensure unpaid workers’ dues are settled: Al-Haqabani

    RIYADH: Several distressed local firms, including Saudi Binladin Group, have now started paying overdue wages, according to Mufrej Al-Haqabani, labor minister.Saudi Binladin Group executives promised him that payments would be completed by September, he said. Saudi Oger is the only company still broadly withholding payments, and the ministry will press foreigners' wage claims through the Kingdom's labor dispute system, Al-Haqbani said. "Saudi Oger — now we'll take it to the courts. Now we are responsible for that. We've hired lawyers," he said. "As the ministry, we will go through the labor dispute courts to go after Saudi Oger and to collect the claims." He also said the troubles at Oger were

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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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  • Buraidah dates festival sales reach SR230m in two weeks

    Saleh Fareed Saudi Gazette BURAIDAH — Sales in the world’s largest dates festival reached SR230 million in two weeks and more than 15,600 trucks carrying 200 tons of dates come to the market every day, according to organizers. Abdulaziz Al Mahous, executive director of Buraidah Dates Festival 2016, confirmed the numbers and said, “the figures are monitored and analyzed daily by a professional team that works in two shifts to monitor daily sales and track the number of cars entering the yard.” He added, “The first two weeks of the festival recorded a financial value exceeding SR230 million pumped by 15,600 trucks loaded with variety of dates, during the 12 days since the start of the festival.”

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  • Poor behavior of Saudi travelers deplored

    A NUMBER of Saudis have expressed their anguish over the shameful and irresponsible behavior of some compatriots, including tourists, students, diplomats and official representatives when they visit foreign countries, giving a bad name to the Kingdom and its people. At least 4.5 million Saudi tourists take at least one holiday each year and they spend as much as six times as Western holidaymakers, according to statistics published in local media. “Some Saudis think that they have the freedom to do anything when they are outside Saudi Arabia. This attitude is ridiculous,” said one Saudi, who requested anonymity. He stressed the need to punish such individuals who tarnish the Kingdom’s image by

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 'IS child bomber' kills 51 at Turkey wedding - Victims include women and children - Kuwait condemns attack

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey: A suicide bomber as young as 12 killed at least 51 people at a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday, pointing the finger at the Islamic State group. Erdogan said Saturday’s blast in Gaziantep near the Syria border “was the result of a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 who either detonated (the bomb) or others detonated it”. The explosion was the latest attack to rock the key NATO member in a horrific year that has seen strikes blamed on Kurdish and Islamist militants as well as a bloody July 15 botched coup. The president said the Islamic State group was the “likely perpetrator” of the bomb attack, the deadliest in 2016, that targeted a celebration attended by many Kurds.

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  • Suarez, Messi share 5 goals as Barca starts title defense

    BARCELONA: Luis Suarez scored a hat trick and Lionel Messi added two more goals as Barcelona started its Spanish league title defense in style by routing Real Betis 6-2 on Saturday.Suarez, who led scoring in La Liga with 40 goals last season, helped to put the result beyond doubt before halftime and struck twice afterward to complete the demolition. Even better for the Catalan club, Messi destroyed any hopes of title rivals that a difficult summer could have affected his game. Messi was found guilty in June of tax fraud in Spain — he is appealing — and lost another Copa America final with Argentina. But he was his normal brilliant self at Camp Nou. With the score at 1-1, Messi restored Barcelona’s

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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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  • Saudi fights compatriots’ derision and makes it to US TV

    WASHINGTON: “Your face is not that of an anchorwoman.” This is what Saudi scholarship student in the United States Malak Al-Dawood first heard. However, it is also what made her work harder and become a television reporter on one of the American satellite channels, MT10 news.She also presents programs on UIndy TV, where other students also work. Al-Dawood left the Eastern Province for the US, and completed her secondary schooling with excellent grades. She is now specializing in media and television and expects to complete her studies in the middle of next year. She said study and life in the US is generally exciting. “Every day I learn something new in my studies and personality and I feel being

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  • Saudia launch customer of Airbus A330-300 Regional

    SAUDI Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the versatile and successful A330 family. The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow, and joins Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of 12 A330-300s and 50 A320 Family aircraft. Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level. The A330-300 Regional also represents the lowest-cost alternative and easiest fleet addition due to its high commonality with the A330s already operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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