• Iran’s Kurdish party and the challenge of ethnicity

    The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), which kept its armed struggle with the government in Tehran suspended for 27 years, has suddenly announced the resumption of their “armed action”. Clashes during the last few weeks between KDPI members and Iran’s Security Forces have left several dead on both sides. The armed members of KDPI even crossed borders from Iraq’s Kurdistan in Erbil and entered into Iranian territories. Considering the fact that Masoud Barzani, the leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, has good relations with Tehran there are questions over whether he would have allowed the armed KDPI men to enter Iranian territory. This has also surprised political leaders, especially commanders

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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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  • Mud run health probe into diarrhoea outbreak

    Public Health England is investigating why dozens of people suffered bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea after taking part in an "extreme" obstacle race. About 3,000 people took part in the X-runner mud run, which involved open water swimming, at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on 9 July. The health body is trying to identify the cause of the illness which affected a number of competitors. Event organisers said water quality test results had been "normal". One runner named Sarah said she had been suffering from sickness, diarrhoea, headaches, fever and aching limbs and was still not well more than a week after the event. She said test results had ruled out food poisoning and still

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  • US Election 2016: Who are the next generation of Trumps?

    "Congratulations, Dad, we love you!" shouted Donald Trump Jr. His father had just clinched the presidential nomination at the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland. The 38-year-old was among four of Mr Trump's five children in attendance. His offspring are taking on an increasingly visible role in his campaign - but who are they? Time to meet the family. Donald Junior Donald senior has three children - Donald Jr, Ivanka, 34, and Eric, 32 - from his first marriage to Ivana Trump, a daughter - Tiffany, 22 - from his second marriage to Marla Maples and a son - Barron, 10 - with his wife Melania. He also has eight grandchildren. Ivana Trump, nee Zelnickova, was a Czech model and Donald Jr grew

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  • Saudi Aramco signs contracts to build $13b Fadhili gas project

    DHAHRAN/FADHILI — Saudi Aramco signed four engineering contracts to build its Fadhili gas processing project, the company said on Wednesday. The project is worth more than $13.3 billion (SR50 billion) and, when completed in 2019, will be the first program in the kingdom to treat gas from both onshore and offshore fields. Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser presided over a signing ceremony of the Fadhili gas project. Joining the Aramco management team at the ceremony were CEOs and executives from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, and other service providers involved in the development and execution of the gas project. The company signed a contract with Saudi

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  • Two Muslim Women Kicked Off JetBlue Flight for ‘Staring’ at Flight Attendant

    In what would have been a shocking but is now an all-too-familiar Islamophobic incident, two Muslim women were led off a passenger plane as a flight attendant did not like the way the women ‘stared’ at her, according to DailyMail. On Saturday, two Muslim women in hijabs onboard JetBlue Flight 487 between Boston and Los Angeles were escorted out of the airliner by police as one of the flight attendants was concerned about the way the two women were looking at her. A video showing the two women being escorted out for questioning was posted on YouTube on Monday by Mark Frauenfelder, taken by his friend Sharon Kessler. In regards to the incident, Kessler told DailyMail that "it was a terrible moment

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  • Acid victim Samir Hussain 'relives attack every day'

    A man left badly scarred when acid was thrown in his face has said he relives the attack 15 or 20 times every day. Samir Hussain said covering his face with his hands saved his sight but he was left unable to fully close one eye. The 28-year-old, who is backing calls for controls on the sale of corrosive substances, said he felt the acid "eating away" at his face. He now wears a facial mask and said customers at the Kent shopping centre where he works often ask what happened. 'A cold shock' "I work in a public-facing role and it is something I talk about on a daily basis," said Mr Hussain, who works in Tunbridge Wells. He must wear the mask all day and night for at least 18 months as part of

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  • Rebels: Boy beheaded in Syria 'a mistake'

    (CNN)- Gruesome video footage has emerged of Syrian rebels beheading a young boy, in what leaders of the group involved called an "individual mistake." The video that emerged on social media showed a visibly frightened boy lying in the back of a truck alongside what appeared to be several rebel fighters. The rebels claimed the boy was a prisoner from Liwa al-Quds -- a pro-regime militia force made up mostly of Palestinians in Syria -- and that he was captured from an unofficial refugee camp north of war-torn Aleppo. The footage then shows one of the men taking a knife to the child's head. The boy appears to be quite young, perhaps around 10, though CNN cannot verify his age or identity. 'Individual

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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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  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un loses access to Swiss watches

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's liking for expensive Swiss timepieces appears to have fallen foul of UN sanctions. The Swiss government has put an end to the export of luxury watches to North Korea, and have totalled zero for the last two months, US-backed Radio Free Asia reports. The North Korean Supreme Leader is often photographed wearing an expensive timepiece, and it's long been thought that they've reached the country despite United Nations sanctions. The UN bans the export of luxury items to North Korea due to its nuclear and ballistic missile projects. Kim and his sister Kim Yo-jong - now a senior party official - were both educated in Switzerland, and the Supreme Leader is known to

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  • George W. Bush: 'I'm worried that I will be the last Republican president'

    (CNN)- Former President George W. Bush fretted to a group of former aides and advisers in April that he was worried he could be the "last Republican president." The 43rd president's remark, at a gathering in Dallas of his administration's staffers, reflected a dim view of the party's prospects at a time when the primary contest was realistically down to Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "I'm worried that I will be the last Republican president," Bush told a clutch of former aides and advisers. The comment was reported by Politico. Bush's office declined to comment to CNN. Bush -- as well as his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and his brother, 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush

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  • Jay Z, Beyonce, Drake, Nicki Minaj and will.i.am react to US shootings

    Celebrities have been reacting to the recent police shootings of black men in America. On Tuesday a video emerged showing two white police officers holding down and shooting Alton Sterling in Louisiana. The following day another video - which was live streamed on Facebook - claimed to show the aftermath of police shooting Philando Castile in his car in Minnesota. It's sparked debate about police brutality in the US. Jay Z has released a new song about the shootings. It's called Spiritual. He raps that he's "saddened and disappointed in THIS America - we should be further along". Chris Brown, Solange Knowles and Swizz Beatz have also released tracks. His wife Beyonce held a minute's silence at

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  • Why are others still accusing Saudi Arabia despite 9/11 report?

    The world waited months for the declassification of the most famous 28 pages in the world – the U.S. congressional report on the Sept. 11 attacks. Lobbies that opposed Saudi Arabia exploited those pages and considered them as carrying evidence of supposed involvement from Riyadh, and used it for years against the Saudi government, its ruling family and more than 20 million Saudis and hundreds of millions of those who love Saudi Arabia and its people and culture. Saudi Arabia's enemies, primarily the Iranian lobby in the US and those benefiting from hostilities against Riyadh as they seek political, electoral or popular gains, continued to talk about the 28 pages as if they were conclusive evidence to the Saudi government's involvement in the Sept. 11 twin attacks which struck the US in 2001.

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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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  • Egypt Becoming a Global Gas Giant After Another Massive Discovery In the Mediterranean Sea

    Although Egypt isn’t currently rich with tourists, it’s proving to extremely rich in resources from gold to gas. On Thursday British oil company BP and Italy’s Eni announced that they have discovered yet another ‘significant gas discovery off the coast of Egypt. According to Eni’s press release the latest discovery is located in the Baltim South West area which is 12 kilometres from the coast, 25 metres deep, and 10 kilometres north of the Nooros field, and will be jointly owned by both companies. "Baltim South West discovery further confirms the significant potential of the so called 'Great Nooros Area,' which is now estimated to hold 70-80 billion cubic metres of gas in place," read Eni's statement.

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  • Turkey-US: What's the problem?

    Turkey-United States relations are once again at a crossroads and could quickly deteriorate if presidents Barack Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogan don't move swiftly to restore trust. Tensions are rising rapidly as Turkish officials insinuate or openly accuse Washington of backing last week's failed military coup and demand that the Obama administration extradite Turkish expat Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of standing behind the coup. The Secretary of State John Kerry has rejected any such accusations as "utterly false and harmful", and he warned that Turkey's NATO membership could be in jeopardy if it continues to purge thousands of officials and civil servants. Will the failed coup and Erdogan's purge of the military and bureaucracy affect their relationship?

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  • Shakespeare Lives - Ballet, Opera and the Bard

    Great music and performance from the world of ballet and opera, presented by Ore Oduba. We join Royal Ballet stars Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson as they rehearse The Winter’s Tale. Also featured; the potion scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s classic Romeo and Juliet and music from Verdi’s two great Shakespearean operas Otello and Falstaff. Watch live and on demand via the BBC Live page

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  • Melania: the good, the bad and the beautiful

    Melania Trump may have made her name as a model, but she's not used to being the center of attention, at least not on the campaign trail. To date, she's done little but stand by her man, on occasion taking the podium at her husband's prodding to say a few quick words, but leaving most of the stumping to her stepdaughter, Ivanka. So when it was announced that she was to take the stage at this year's convention, the cards were stacked (gently) against her. But few — even the most ardent Trump opponents — went so far as to doubt she had anything worthwhile to say. It's hard to imagine there wasn't a faction hoping she'd fail, for any number of reasons — because she's a woman, because she's a beautiful

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  • Amir Khan: Boxer happy to face Conor McGregor in 'massive' UFC fight

    Boxer Amir Khan has said he would be willing to "put friendship aside" and fight Conor McGregor in the UFC. The 29-year-old Briton, who lost to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May, said he had enough time left in his career to train in mixed martial arts. McGregor was unbeaten in six years before losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196. "McGregor is a massive name in MMA and I'm a big name in boxing, so, globally, I think it would be a massive fight," Khan told Flocombat.com Khan, a financial stakeholder in Indian MMA promotion Super Fight League, later told his Twitter followers that he had "never backed away from any fight". Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather was rumoured to be facing an MMA fighter, possibly

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  • South China Sea: Philippines turns down talks not based on court ruling

    (CNN)- The Philippines has turned down bilateral talks with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute, after China's foreign ministry insisted a landmark court ruling against them could not even be mentioned at the meeting. Perfecto Yasay, Foreign Affairs Secretary, told local broadcaster ANC that Chinese officials had asked them for talks, but only if Manila disregarded last week's ruling, which went overwhelmingly in the Philippines favor. "They had asked us also to open ourselves for bilateral negotiations but outside of and in disregard of the arbitration ruling," Yasay said in an interview. "I told him that this is something that was not consistent with our constitution and our national interest."

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