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  • Desert odds for the ice princess Zahra Lari

    The odds are not in favour of Emirati ice skater Zahra Lari qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The sport has been all but non-existent in the UAE until recently, which explains the third factor against her: she did not start professional figure skater training until she was 12, compared to the average age of three. In 2012, the Emirati national became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in the European Cup.

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  • Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says US ready to walk

    By Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking during a break from one of his four meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, Kerry said they had made "genuine progress" in talks over the last few days but "several of the most difficult issues" remain. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days, made quickly, we could get an agreement this week, but if they are not made we will not," he said in Vienna, where talks between Iran, the United States and five other powers are being held.

    Reuters
  • Prince Alwaleed to gift 10,000 homes, cars to Saudis in need

    Alwaleed Philanthropies, the foundation of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed which will channel his $32 billion fortune to charities, on Saturday announced it is to provide 10,000 homes and cars to Saudi citizens in need. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud said in a statement that the move was being made as "an expression of his gratitude to the Saudi nation and its people". The two Alwaleed Philanthropic projects will provide 10,000 housing units in addition to granting Saudis 10,000 cars.

    ArabianBusiness.com
  • Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

    Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast, cheered as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram. Following royal tradition, holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, was used for the baptism.

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  • Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Coach are making the same mistake — and it's undermining business

    (Getty) Many aspirational retail brands are in crisis.  Companies like Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Michael Kors have reported disappointing earnings recently. Shares for all three companies have declined in the past year.  Many of the companies' struggles

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  • Iranian boat intercepted in high seas off Kerala, brought in

    Thiruvananthapuram, July 5 (IANS) The Indian Coast Guard intercepted a suspicious Iranian boat in the high seas of Kerala early Sunday, escorted it to a berth near the famed Kovalam beach and handed it over to police, an official statement said. A Coast Guard press release issued here Sunday said that on Friday, the state police had informed them about movement of a suspicious fishing trawler, likely to be involved in transfer of high value contraband on the high seas, about 100 kms west of Alleppey. Before the break of dawn, a Coast Guard team of ICGS Samar boarded the suspected vessel and took control of it and its 12 crew members.

    IANS
  • ISIS is 'acting like the permanent government' in the capital of Iraq's largest province

    It doesn't look like Iraqi forces will be able to take back Ramadi from the Islamic State anytime soon. The terrorists are already laying roots down in the capital of Anbar province, The Washington Post reports. Militants are performing government functions such as fixing infrastructure and distributing fuel in addition to building up defenses around the city to deter attacks.

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  • U.S. triumph caps truly global Women's World Cup

    By Simon Evans VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States returned to the pinnacle of women's soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory. The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women's soccer is a vastly different sport than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite amid an unprecedented level of global interest. As Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd demonstrated with her astonishing 16 minute hat-trick in the final, including a goal from the half-way line, the women's game is delivering a level of excitement and quality that was non-existent in the 1990s.

    Reuters
  • Interpol help sought to arrest Jeddah flood convicts

    Interpol is looking for two Saudis — a former Jeddah mayor and former president of a sports club — who have been convicted in cases related to the 2009 flash floods here. The Kingdom sought Interpol's help after both of them jumped bail, local media has reported. The rulings against them are final as they have been upheld by the Jeddah Administrative Court of Appeals.

    Arab News
  • Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage

    Accused of urinating in public, spitting on the street, or kicking a sacred temple bell -- free-spending Chinese tourists are receiving a mixed welcome as their soaring numbers help the kingdom's creaking economy. Last month it was a photo of a young girl peeing in the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace that triggered the latest round of enraged, and sometimes racist, comments as Thai social media users claimed she was Chinese. In March a Thai model's video of tourists from China jumping the queue at an airport was viewed more than two million times and saw a similarly angry rant against Thailand's largest group of foreign holidaymakers.

    AFP
  • 'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office

    July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

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  • Turkey summons commanders to discuss Syria intervention: report

    The Turkish army has called a meeting of troop commanders stationed along its fortified border with Syria to discuss a possible intervention in Syria, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Sunday. Turkey has boosted its military defences on the volatile border over the past week, stationing tanks and anti-aircraft missiles there as well as bolstering troop numbers, as fighting between Islamist-led groups and Syrian regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo has intensified. The Turkish build-up has fed speculation that the government is planning to intervene in Syria to push Islamic State jihadists back from the border and halt the advance of Kurdish forces who have made gains against the extremists in the area.

    AFP
  • UAE, Qatar bid to host for world swimming championships

    The UAE and Qatar are to bid for the rights to host the FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships in 2021 and 2023. Representatives from the national swimming federations from Dubai/Abu Dhabi and Doha gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland this week for an information meeting on the bidding procedure for the two events. Also bidding are Buenos Aires, Fukuoka/Tokyo, Istanbul and Nanjing/Wuhan and all parties were briefed on the benefit, economic impact and legacy generated with the organisation of these championships.

    ArabianBusiness.com
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  • Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

    A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday. Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contact with have been traced. At least seven other people who had close contact with the patient were under home quarantine.

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  • Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

    New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods. Matthew LeBretton, New Balance's vice president of public affairs, is convinced the delays are deliberate "payback" for companies like New Balance that have been vocally lobbying for the change for years.

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  • Naturopathy doctor jailed for molesting woman patient

    A doctor, who molested a woman patient and touched her indecently at his house where he was practising unlicensed naturopathy and alternative medicine, has been jailed for six months. The 47-year-old Indian doctor, K.K., had been treating his 22-year-old countrywoman and touched her inappropriately while using naturopathy, a form of alternative medicine, in November 2014. The suspect, who had won awards in alternative therapies, entered a not guilty plea when he defended himself in court.

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  • Egypt's currency drops to new low against the dollar

    The Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the U.S. dollar, the second such drop in days, the country's central bank said Sunday, in a move that could help boost much-needed foreign investment. The central bank set a cutoff rate of 7.73 Egyptian pounds per dollar in an auction that sold $39.6 million on Sunday, compared to a previous low of 7.63 on Thursday. "It's welcome to have, within the current context, a weaker pound because the economy is shifting toward a growth mode so one of the key ways to push this growth forward is through foreign exchange," said Mohamed Abu Basha, an economist at regional investment giant EFG Hermes.

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  • Manila claim on Filipino expats refuted

    Migrant rights advocacy group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) has lambasted their country’s leadership over the claim that the number of overseas Filipino workers are declining due to sustained economic growth in the Philippines. The group has called on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to visit Saudi Arabia before his term ends next year to see for himself the situation of stranded Filipinos at various embassy shelter houses for both male and female OFWs. Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago spoke recently about President Aquino’s plan to visit Saudi Arabia, yet did not mention a specific date.

    Arab News
  • The story of Yamaha should terrify HP, Dell, Cisco, and anybody else who sells hardware

    "Cloud computing is going to change everything whether you like it or not," Vimal Thomas, vice president of Yamaha of America tells us. Nearly every company is using public cloud computing services like AWS these days (Microsoft, Google, and IBM also have similar services).

    Business Insider
  • In Women's World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

    A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today's adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World Cup, and even earlier when the buzz of soccer landed in the United States for the 1994 men's tournament. Now those grown-ups are tuning in to this Women's World Cup — with their kids alongside.

    Associated Press