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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's attention span may be just seconds but his attention to detail is huge. Visitors sitting across the desk from the billionaire on the 66th floor of his office in the Saudi capital Riyadh have to fight for him to focus on them as opposed to the 20 televisions screening 24-hour Arabic and English news stations....

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Iran has arrested eight people working for online modelling agencies deemed to be "un-Islamic", the prosecutor of Tehran's cybercrimes court has said. The arrests are part of an operation that has seen women targeted for posting photos showing them not wearing headscarves on Instagram and elsewhere. Women in Iran have been required to cover their hair in...

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A huge monument has been discovered buried under the sands at the Petra World Heritage site in southern Jordan. Archaeologists used satellite images, drone photography and ground surveys to locate the find, according to the study published in the American Schools of Oriental Research. The large platform is about as long as an Olympic swimming pool and twice...

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Local authorities in Yemen's second city of Aden have banned the sale of the herbal stimulant khat on weekdays. Markets where khat leaves and shoots are sold were empty on Monday and pro-government forces prevented vehicles carrying them from entering the city. The ban was prompted by complaints from residents and due to "security, social and health" concerns,...

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Hacker-activist group Anonymous has broken into Twitter accounts linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) and flooded them with gay pride messages. The group infused pro-IS profiles with rainbow images and LGBT slogans. The hacks follow the recent shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed by a gunman who reportedly stated his allegiance to IS....

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When Iran's top civil defence official said his country was preparing for major cyber-attacks from Saudi Arabia, perhaps even he did not think it would take such a short time for his warnings to become reality. In mid-May, Gen Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's Civil Defence Organisation, said he saw the mainly Sunni kingdom as his chief threat...

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The Egypt Air disaster may have dropped out of the news briefly, but the investigation continues apace to find out why flight MS804 crashed. French investigators think they have heard locator-beacon signals from at least one of the "black box" flight recorders, and now salvage experts are heading to the site to take a closer look. Hearing the beacons...

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The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it's a slow-motion crisis - but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge. If there's one thing everyone knows about the Dead Sea...

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The Saudi cabinet has approved sweeping economic reforms aimed at moving the country away from its dependence on oil profits. Just over 70% of revenues came from oil last year but it has been hit by falling prices. One part of the plan will see shares sold in state-owned oil giant Aramco to create a sovereign wealth fund....

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Researchers in Israel have made what they say is the first discovery of a Philistine cemetery. The discovery, made in 2013 and finally revealed on Sunday, may yield answers to an enduring mystery surrounding the origins of the Philistines. It comes at the end of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition. Expedition leaders say they discovered 145...

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