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World disasters cost $71 billion in first half of 2016

From earthquakes in Japan to wildfires in Canada, disasters cost the world economy $71 billion (62 billion euros) in the first half of the...

Burkini banned in France, PM supports

France's prime minister is expressing support for local bans of burkini swimsuits, saying the swimwear is based on the "enslavement of women" and therefore...

Saudi King Salman returns from holiday

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz returned home on Sunday after a month-long holiday in Morocco, and ordered a month's extra pay for Saudi...

Syrian refugees invent app for Germany's bureaucracy maze

Interminable queues, impenetrable paperwork, unpronounceable German words -- the hurdles for any newcomer to Europe's top economy can be daunting but now there's an...

Saudi Princess Reema vows to involve women in sport

A U.S.-raised Saudi Arabian princess freshly appointed to increase female participation in sport plans to help licence gyms and modify outdoor spaces for women...

Saudi trial opens over Mecca crane collapse

A trial is underway for 14 people over a deadly crane incident in Saudi Arabia that killed more than 100 people at Islam's holiest...

49,000 children dying of malnutrition linked to Boko Haram

The U.N. children's agency warns that some 49,000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by northeastern Nigeria's Islamic extremist uprising...

Saudi stops 31 African refugees in Red Sea

Saudi maritime patrols have intercepted 31 illegal migrants, mostly from Sudan, trying to reach the kingdom by sea, official media said on Tuesday, the...

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid

Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Wednesday, marking the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. Like the start of Ramadan,...

Mother killed in Saudi Arabia by twin sons fleeing to Syria, sparks debate

Driven by radical beliefs, twin brothers allegedly killed their mother in Saudi Arabia after she tried to stop them from joining Islamic State in...

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