• Iran’s top Quran reciter to face court over child rapes

    The spokesman for Iran’s judiciary , GholamHussein Mohsseni Aaiiji said that the case against Said Tossi , the prominent Quran reciter accused of raping 19 children of his students , was passed to an expert judge to decide and rule . During a press conference, Aiiji emphasized that the court charged Tossi with “ advocating corruptions” , after 4 victims filed complaints against him . While Iran's judiciary aide confirmed that the trial will not be made public, sources close to the reformists say that the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution is planning to assassinate Tossi , to preserve the leadership reputation and put an end to the scandal. In a statement issued two days ago , Tossi denied all the charges against him , which resulted in a massive circulation of court documents such as the audio testimonies of the victims, and children talking about how he raped them when he was overseeing their participation in international Quaranic competitions .

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  • Kim Kardashian resumes filming 'KUWTK' after Paris robbery

    Kardashian's family has said that she's badly shaken up since the jewelry heist. "She's not doing great. I think we're all really still shaken up," Kourtney Kardashian said in an interview for Australia's TODAY Extra last week. "She has a big supportive family and I know that all the traumatic things that we've been through, we get through them together as a family. And that's what family's all about."

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  • US: Philippines’ Duterte sparking distress around the world

    MANILA, Philippines: America’s top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the US and other countries.Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said he also relayed to Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. international concern over continuing killings under Duterte’s crackdown against illegal drugs. Russel’s visit to the Philippines, part of a three-nation trip to Southeast Asia, comes amid increasing uncertainty about Washington’s treaty alliance with Manila. The brash Duterte, who took office

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  • Egypt media company removes Khamenei billboards

    An Egyptian security source confirmed to Al Arabiya the removal of a billboard displaying the Iranian Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, the move came amid resentment towards the image from al Azhar. The official said another billboard for Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was also removed alongside Khamenei’s. The billboards have been placed around the streets of Cairo, as part of an advertising campaign for “al Ghad al Arabi” satellite channel. Abdul Latif al Minaawi, Chief Executive of al “Ghad” channel acknowledged the removal of the billboards saying they were part of an advertising campaign for one of the television programs.

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  • Many Aramco staff tender resignations

    Many Saudi Aramco employees have submitted their resignations because of reported changes in allowances and incentives, Al-Hayat Arabic daily reported on Saturday. The newspaper also reported about rumors that the company’s HR executive director and personnel manger have sought early retirement. Last month a senior Aramco official said that the company plans to invest a total of about $334 billion by 2025, including spending on infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity. Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, vice president for procurement and supply chain management, told a conference in Bahrain that the figure included spending on exploring for and developing unconventional resources, such as shale gas.

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  • 'Nasty' women take ownership of Donald Trump's words

    "Nasty woman" merchandise becomes Hillary Clinton's badge of honor. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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  • From King Abdulaziz to King Salman, everyone is under the rule of law

    The Saudi prince who was executed last week has been punished for his crime! The reaction to the punishment was normal - people felt the rule of law and realized that no one was above it. Saudi King Salman is known for his “law purges.” After he assumed governance, he voiced support for every citizen’s right to file a lawsuit against any official, even the king and the crown prince. This takes us back to the influence of late King Abdulaziz al-Saud in forming the character of his son, King Salman, and in teaching him about the judiciary and confirming its integrity and justice.

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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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  • Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons into Kingdom foiled

    Saudi Gazette report United Nations — In its efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons, Saudi Arabia has busted terrorist cells related to Iran which smuggled weapons and explosives into the Kingdom, Bahrain and Kuwait. This was announced by Deputy Permanent Representative of Saudi delegation to the UN Counselor Saad Al-Saad in a speech at the UN on Monday. He reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the UN program of action to combat illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. He said that the Kingdom expresses deep concern at the extremely dangerous humanitarian, economic and social effects of illicit trafficking operations in small arms and light weapons. “Saudi Arabia has suffered from the

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  • Dubai billionaire Alabbar plans messaging app for Middle East

    DUBAI: Billionaire Mohamed Alabbar, one of Dubai’s most prominent businessmen, plans a phone messaging service for the Middle East that aims to compete with services such as WhatsApp.Alabbar, who made his fortune as the chairman of Dubai’s largest listed property developer, Emaar Properties, has been moving into other areas, in particular technology. Asked on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai on Tuesday if he was considering launching a messaging app akin to WhatsApp, Alabbar replied: “Yes, soon,” adding “it’s regional” when asked if the service would be designed for an Arabic-speaking audience. He declined to give any further details. Mobile phone penetration in the Gulf region is among

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  • 'The Biles' and other famous moves named after Olympic athletes and footballers

    Even if you don't consider yourself a gymnastics "fan" you've probably heard of Simone Biles. At Rio 2016 the 19-year-old won the individual all-round gold by a larger margin than 1980 to 2012 combined. The American is credited by many for turning the artistic gymnastics world upside down and even has a move named after her. Here's her move and some of the other famous sporting moves you may, or may not, know are named after an athlete. In gymnastics, if you do a double layout with half turn then you're doing a 'Biles' No idea what we're talking about? Us neither... It was officially recognised in 2013 at the Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp. Simone isn't the first gymnast to have her

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  • Recruitment agents flout laws, hire housemaids from GCC

    Saudi Gazette report Jeddah — Some recruitment offices are hiring housemaids through middlemen in Gulf countries by circumventing the law, Al-Madina Arabic daily reported on Saturday quoting sources. They either bring housemaids on visit visas or pay a Gulf citizen to hire them then letting them work for Saudis. The visit visas of these maids are renewed every six months, the sources claimed. This recruitment process takes up to six months and costs $8,000, according to the sources. Housemaids are hired from countries from where Saudi recruitment offices are not allowed to hire domestic workers. The salaries of housemaids hired through such illegal means are based on negotiations between recruitment

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  • The worst for Saudi economy is probably now over: Study

    LONDON: Banks in Saudi Arabia have coped well so far with the fallout from lower oil prices, according to Capital Economics.‘We think the sector is in a strong position to confront the ongoing economic headwinds over the coming years,” commented Jason Turvey, Middle East economist of Capital Economics. The statement added: “The worst for the Saudi economy is probably now over. The majority of the necessary public spending cuts have already happened and we expect the pace of austerity to be eased over the coming years. This should support a gradual recovery in Saudi non-oil sector. Meanwhile, there are already signs that last week’s bumper $17.5 billion international bond issuance is enabling

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  • Wanted Saudi man surrenders to police after stint abroad

    Wanted Saudi man Osama Ali Abdullah Damjan surrendered himself to police in early October, the Saudi Interior Ministry stated Tuesday. The ministry said he “had contacted the security authorities in the Kingdom and expressed his wish to return and surrender himself to security authorities,” according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency. Damjan arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 4, 2016. Saudi Arabian authorities have exerted effort in following up on wanted individuals who have travelled abroad, calling on them to return home and surrender themselves.

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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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  • Russia withdraws request for Syria-bound warships to refuel in Spain amid NATO objections

    MADRID: Russia has withdrawn a request for a carrier battle group to refuel in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said, after NATO allies criticized Madrid for assisting warships they believe could be used to target civilians in Syria.“The Russian Embassy in Madrid has just informed us that it is withdrawing the request for permission for stopovers for these ships and these stopovers have therefore been canceled,” the ministry said. The Russian Embassy in Spain also confirmed that Moscow had withdrawn the request, the RIA news agency reported. It did not give a reason for the change of heart. NATO is monitoring the eight-strong carrier battle group from northern

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  • Untold story of a Soviet diplomat in Jeddah

    JEDDAH: Kazakhstan, an important Central Asian country, became independent after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, Saudi Arabia’s connection with Kazakhstan dates much further back — to 1927, when a prominent Kazakh was appointed as the Soviet ambassador to Jeddah. The ambassador’s name was Nazir Turekulov. Not much would have been known about him but for Madiyar Ismailov, the current head of the Kazakhstan Consulate in Jeddah. Turekulov was in fact his great-grandfather.Talking to Arab News on Saturday — ahead of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s two-day state visit beginning on Monday — Ismailov said Turekulov had played a key role in establishing friendly relations

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  • The government's launched a crackdown on illegal downloading

    Do you ever get suspicious that more people in your school or office talk about Game of Thrones than subscribe to Sky? Well you're not alone. The government's launched a new crackdown on illegal downloading, and as part of it they're planning to introduce tougher sentences for internet pirates. It comes days after claims the company behind Game of Thrones has started sending out its own warnings to people who steal episodes. What does the law say? Your "intellectual property" is anything you create, like a song or a video, that you can't hold in your hands. And some of it's worth big money. The government estimates that all the intellectual property rights in the UK combined are worth more than

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  • Mosul: Turkey-Iraq row over ISIL operation

    Turkish military in Mosul Support Peshmerga with artillery, tanks Bashiqa camp training Kurdish, Arab fighters Barzani: US-led air support insufficient Iraq: Turkey risks "triggering a regional war" Ongoing tensions between Turkey and Iraq have intensified after Turkey said its troops fired artillery rounds at ISIL targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, following a request by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Binali Yildirim, Turkish prime minister, said on Sunday that Turkish troops stationed outside Mosul had provided support "with artillery, tanks and howitzers" following a request by Peshmerga forces. However, Iraq's joint-operations command on Monday denied Turkey's claims. "The spokesman

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  • Will Bulgaria move closer to Russia?

    Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has told BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur that he stands behind the president's recent comments when he described Russia as a "nationalist, aggressive state". "We have always tried to build an equal partnership with Russia based on mutual respect, unfortunately in recent years, not only towards us but also towards the whole European Union, this is not happening," said Mr Mitov. Asked about the economic ties between Russia and Bulgaria, Mr Mitov explained that it was well known that Bulgaria was almost 100% dependent on Russian gas, but it was looking to diversify by investing in pipelines with Greece and Romania as well as investing in liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.

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