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    Women's arrests cast doubt on Saudi Crown Prince's reforms

    One Saudi activist who previously supported the Crown Prince's ambitious reform agenda said he has felt disillusioned by him in recent weeks, canceling plans to return to the kingdom. Others staunchly opposed to the Crown Prince have said that the crackdown has "exposed the myth" of the reform agenda. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman outside 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018. The arrests come on the heels of Mohammed bin Salman's month-long tour of Western countries, where he was billed as a modernizer spearheading change in the ultra-conservative kingdom. They also come in the run-up to June 24, when Saudi Arabia is set to lift a notorious

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    Your pictures of Scotland

    A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 18 and 25 May. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or via Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics All images are copyrighted.

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    Tragic tale of nursing mother's snakebite

    A mother and her three-year-old daughter have been killed in India after the woman was bitten by a snake. Not realising she had been attacked, the woman began breastfeeding her child. Both died before they could reach a hospital. The news comes the same day as the World Health Organization declared snake bites a "global health priority". Between 81,000 and 138,000 people are killed by snake bites each year, with around half of all deaths in India. How big is the problem? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around five million snake bites occur each year, although venom is only injected in just over half of cases. From blindness to amputations, hundreds of thousands of people are

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    Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

    It's impossible to say with any level of precision what a US attempt to overthrow the Iranian government might cost, but our experience with Iraq offers some clues. Economic sanctions hurt millions of ordinary Iraqis. But Saddam Hussein was able to manipulate the shortages caused by sanctions to posture his regime as the sole source of sustenance for the population. As veteran journalist David Rieff noted in a detailed analysis of the 1990s sanctions regime, they "palpably failed to dislodge his [Saddam's] government and in fact strengthened him politically." After sanctions failed to displace Hussein's government, many proponents of regime change in Iraq placed their faith in Ahmed Chalabi and

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    The Muslims who fast for 22 hours a day

    Muslims in Iceland explain how they cope with one of the longest Ramadan fasts in the world, due to the long days caused by early sunrises and late sunsets. Video journalist: Jan Bruck. Producer: Athar Ahmad, Asian Network.

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus will receive Mark Twain Prize for comedy

    (CNN)One of the most decorated Emmy winners will soon have yet another award on her mantel. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will later this year be honored by the Kennedy Center with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an award given to the world's greatest humorists. The "Veep" star will be saluted at a gala performance on October 21. Louis-Dreyfus called the honor "insanely exciting" in a Tweet on Wednesday. After one commenter noted to the actress that the selection committee "must have seen the bit in episode two where you sh*t your pants and then everyone has to get in the car with you," she retorted: "I thought the same thing!" Last year, Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history when she took home her

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    Breast screen error 'dates back further'

    Tens of thousands more women in England may have missed out on breast screening invitations dating back further than previously thought, according to a leading cancer expert. Earlier this month, the health secretary said a 2009 computer failure may have shortened up to 270 lives. But Prof Peter Sasieni said the problems go back to 2005, and could have been spotted earlier. Public Health England said his analysis was "flawed". And it said an independent review would look at all aspects of the breast screening service. PHE discovered in January that some women aged 68-71 had not received their final invitation for breast screening. Jeremy Hunt told the Commons that 450,000 women were affected between