• Iran using children for Syria and Iraq propaganda

    In a propaganda campaign, the Iranian regime broadcasted a video tape urging Iranian children to participate in the war in Syria and Iraq. The video shows children singing a song about their readiness to go to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq at the order of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and that is to defend the holy sites and the Sayeda Zeinab shrine. Al Arabiya’s Kifah Al-Zain reports.

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  • Maimed maid face of human trafficking

    CHENNAI: When Kasthuri Munirathinam crawled out of the window of a second floor apartment in Riyadh, she was scared for her life. The 55-year-old Indian housemaid from the southern state of Tamil Nadu was determined to escape from her employer’s apartment where she worked as a domestic help. She had been in Saudi Arabia for just two months, one of thousands of Indians heading to the Gulf states every year for work, but was terrified she would never see her family again. “I thought they would kill me. I had to escape. I wasn’t given enough to eat. They had my wages, my passport, my phone,” Munirathinam told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview in her home in Vellore, 150 km from Chennai.

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  • Construction firm Saudi Binladin sheds 77,000 jobs

    Saudi Binladin Group, a Saudi-owned construction company, has laid off about 77,000 foreign workers and plans to cut thousands of jobs held by Saudi nationals, according to a local newspaper report. Binladin has issued 77,000 final exit visas to foreign workers so that they can leave Saudi Arabia, and is expected to lay off 12,000 of 17,000 Saudis in supervisory, administrative, engineering and management jobs, Al Watan newspaper quoted an unnamed source in the company as saying on Monday. While Saudi construction companies regularly cut or expand their foreign staff in response to changing demand in the industry, they rarely lay off large numbers of Saudis, partly because it is legally difficult and expensive.

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  • Nick Jonas album, Last Year Was Difficult, 'inspired by Olivia Culpo break-up'

    Nick Jonas says his break-up with Olivia Culpo last year is a "major theme" on his new album, Last Year Was Difficult. He was talking about the inspiration behind the new music while playing his new single Close on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. Nick says after dating the model for two years, the time after their split has been "challenging" for him. But he says he's tried to "draw a line" at how much is revealed in his music. Nick's also solved the mystery of what one of the tracks called Bacon really means and why Jay Z changed his album title. Jay Z changed his album title "The title basically stems from a conversation I had with Jay Z. I went and played him the music and he

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  • No more fresh veggies for expats!

    In a move that defies logic, common sense and only serves to turn mild-manner vegetable lovers into raging carnivores, an official with too much time on his hands at the Department of Slaughterhouses and Public Markets deemed the sale of fresh vegetables to expats would threaten Saudization. You know, because all those Saudis clamoring to sell carrots under the noonday sun will be out of job. Now the most obvious question is how would banning expats from the Jeddah vegetable market promote Saudization. The only possible explanation is the vegetables are sold at wholesale prices, then rude expats come in with their beat-up Hiluxes, fill the cargo bed with string beans and enough carrots to seduce even the hardboiled Bugs Bunny, and run off to make a profit at the expense of some poor Saudis.

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  • Saudi minister confirms warning on proposed US law on 9/11

    Saudi Arabia has warned the United States that a proposed US law that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks would erode global investor confidence in America, its foreign minister said on Monday. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, which mainly focused on Syria, denied that Saudi Arabia had "threatened" to withdraw investment from its close ally. The New York Times reported last month that the Riyadh government had threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of American assets should the US Congress pass a bill that would take away immunity from foreign governments in cases arising from a "terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil".

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  • From Pakistan to Dubai: Behind a migrant worker's dream

    I was 10 years old when, in 2002, my family migrated to the United Arab Emirates from Islamabad, Pakistan. I spent my teenage and university years in the UAE and Qatar, and in the 14 years that I've lived in the region, I have heard the stories of many migrants. My father voluntarily ran a small South Asian community centre in the city I grew up in. It was a place where everyone was welcome. For many, it went some way towards filling the void that came from being so far from home and family. The majority of those who came to the centre were what the media commonly refers to as "migrant workers", but I grew up knowing them as my uncles and brothers. We'd celebrate Eid together, share personal

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  • New photos of Princess Charlotte released

    London (CNN)Four new pictures have been released of Princess Charlotte, taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, ahead of the princess' first birthday. "The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do," Kensington Palace said.

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  • Met Gala: Glam-tech looks rule the red carpet

    NEW YORK: Hollywood stars, music moguls and fashion models strutted tech-inspired glam at the Met Gala Monday, working their friend-of-fashion poses on the giant staircase of the “Oscars of the East.”From pop icons Beyonce, to Lady Gaga, and a cheeky Madonna, to a goth-looking Taylor Swift, and almost unrecognizably intergalactic Katy Perry, it was the most glamorous night of the year in a city that likes to dress up. Supermodel Gigi Hadid posed with pop star significant other Zayn Malik, who wore a metallic arm contraption. Hollwood heavy hitters Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper, also turned out looking more old-school than sci-fi. Hosted by American Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna

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  • South Korea and Iran to sign major trade deals

    South Korea and Iran are expected to sign several trade deals worth billions of dollars and discuss sensitive subjects like North Korea following President Park Geun-hye's arrival in Tehran with a large group of business leaders. Iran's official state news agency IRNA said that more than 230 business executives accompanied Park who, along with several ministers, met Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday and held meetings with Iranian officials. Park asked for Iran's help in implementing UN Security Council resolutions calling for the nuclear disarmament of the Korean peninsula. Iran and North Korea are allies. Tehran and Pyongyang have long been suspected of being close partners in developing

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  • 9 Unexpected Reasons You Could Get Detained in Egypt

    In every country certain rules are implemented, and while no country is like its neighbours, Egypt is especially exceptional when it comes to its laws and there are some very strange things that can get you arrested here. Here are nine unexpected acts that will get you detained in Egypt. You're all probably familiar with these tales but just in case you're not, each headline will lead you to the full story with all the glorious details of what happened and how and why the people involved got into hot water... Drawing Doodles Just recently Islam Gawish was arrested for publishing a satirical doodle of President Sisi. Moral of the story: it's best to doodle flowers and rainbows, not presidents.

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  • Hungarian fighter jets intercept BA flight from Dubai

    A British Airways flight from Dubai to Heathrow was intercepted over Hungary by two fighter jets after it lost communication with air traffic controllers over Hungarian airspace. Two Hungarian Air Force Gripens were dispatched to escort the Boeing 777 on Saturday after the British Airways flight (BA108) failed to communicate with air traffic controllers when it passed into Hungary’s airspace. Airlive reported that the highest level alert was ordered, with the fighter jets sent to intercept and identify the aircraft and secure its safe passage. The BA flight eventually made contact with air traffic controllers on the ground, and the Gripens were ordered to stand-down after its 25-minute operation.

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  • 9 Of The Hottest Spots To Karaoke Around Town

    Karaoke is either the time to share your talents with the world or pierce a hole through your friend’s ears - either way, both are fun. Most of us think we can actually sing, but the sad truth is that, well, we can’t. It’s usually just annoying shrieking like that golden egg in Harry Potter. Maybe we should be put underwater to sound like beautiful mermaids, too… Whether you want to belt out your favourite Shakira song or sing a little 60s tune, the stage is your oyster! We've gathered a list of the nine best spots to hit for karaoke. Shriek away! *buys earplugs*Johnny's In Zamalek Located on the fancy Le Pacha 1901 boat, Johnny's has a karaoke night every Sunday accompanied with live DJs. The

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  • Trump: 'We can't continue to allow China to rape our country'

    Sunday marks the first time in this campaign that Trump has used the term "rape" to refer to what he views as China's dominance in trade with the U.S. "We're going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don't forget it. We're like the piggy bank that's being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China," Trump said Sunday before referring to China's relationship with the U.S. as rape. Trump added that he is not "angry at China," but with U.S. leaders whom he accused of being "grossly incompetent." Trump previously claimed in 2011 that "China is raping this country" as he toured a defense manufacturer in New Hampshire. Rape controversy Trump's use of the analogy come as Trump

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  • GCC single visa to boost tourism

    JEDDAH — A unified tourist visa for the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, similar to Europe’s Schengen visa system, should be prioritized by regional governments to lure international travelers despite increased security concerns, said David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). A unified visa would enable tourists and expatriates living in the GCC to be able to move freely between any of the six member states – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain – mirroring the Schengen Agreement in Europe and visa developments in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). GCC nationals, who

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  • Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year

    Malia Obama attends a state dinner at the White House on March 10. The dinner was in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and first lady Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau of Canada. Click through the gallery to see pictures of the first daughters through the years since their father was elected president in 2008.

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  • Saudi Binladin layoffs lead to worker protests

    Mass layoffs at one of the largest construction companies in the world - founded by Osama bin Ladin's father - has caused workers to protest and light fire to buses in Saudi Arabia, a rare sight.

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  • Video: The 6th Episode of Margot vs. Lily by NikeWomen Is Out

    This short and sweet episode of NikeWomen's original web series Margot vs Lily will leave you hanging from a cliff until the next one! Margot finally figures out Internet popularity, so - like the attention-seeker she is - she goes on her ex-boyfriend’s show to leech off of his Internet celebrity by bashing her own sister and calling her a "creepy human cyborg!" This just shows how low she would stoop for subscribers! Ikhs! Poor Lily was humiliated on the Internet but, as she was watching Margot’s video rant, feeling vulnerable and hurt, she makes a new friend - Glen, the director of her web series!      

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  • Qatar bank says some leaked customer data may be accurate

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Qatar’s largest bank acknowledged Sunday that some personal customer data that was leaked online may be authentic, and said it has hired an outside expert to review potential vulnerabilities to its computer systems. Files dumped online last week appeared to contain sensitive information involving thousands of Qatar National Bank customers, including bank logins, passwords, security questions and answers, credit card numbers, national identification numbers, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. “While some of the data recently released in the public domain may be accurate, much of it was constructed and contains a mixture of information from the attack as well as other non-QNB sources, such as personal data from social media channels,” the bank said Sunday.

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  • Vijay Mallya: India tycoon resigns from parliament

    Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is facing an investigation into money laundering, has resigned his parliamentary seat. Mr Mallya, who is said to have debts of about $1bn (£600m), left India in March and is believed to be in the UK. Last month, authorities in India revoked Mr Mallya's diplomatic passport and asked the UK to deport him after a court issued a warrant for his arrest. He has denied any wrongdoing and said he is being subject to a "witch hunt". A spokesman for Mr Mallya told the AFP news agency that "he has resigned from Rajya Sabha (upper house) of the Indian parliament". The resignation comes a week after the ethics committee of the Rajya Sabha asked the businessman to explain

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