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My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time

'He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult'<p>Reform is beginning to creep through Saudi society; the ban on women drivers has been lifted, cinemas have opened<p>Osama's son Hamza may well cloud the family’s attempts to shake off their past<p>On the corner …

Osama Bin Laden

Machine learning predicts World Cup winner

The 2018 soccer World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday and is likely to be one of the most widely viewed sporting events in history, more popular …

Researchers Used This Genealogy Site to Build a 13 Million-Person Family Tree

In the last 20 years, genealogy websites have attracted more than 15 million customers by promising insights into your past. Maybe you’ll uncover a …

Zaha Hadid Architects’ futuristic KAPSARC named Saudi Arabia’s ‘smartest’ building

Despite its name, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) is big on renewable energy, as evidenced by its LEED Platinum …

Fly over Pluto and Charon in the latest NASA footage

The New Horizons spacecraft may have moved on from Pluto, making a long march to the Kuiper Belt, but we're still deep in the process of analyzing the data it sent back. Now, for the spacecraft's one-year anniversary of its Pluto flyby, NASA has released two new videos based on digital elevation …

The Internet Of Things Could Finally Get The Common Language It Needs

In the home and beyond, it’s more important than ever that gadgets get standard ways to talk to each other. And there are signs of progress.<p>Smart home gadgets were everywhere at the CES trade show in January, from useful iterations on connected light bulbs and door locks to odder endeavors such as …

Saudi to launch $30-50 billion renewable energy program soon: minister

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.<p>Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih gestures during the 2017 budget …

Saudi Arabia

Aleppo: Footage shows injured children so traumatised they have stopped crying

Some of the thousands of children caught up in the devastating siege of Aleppo are so traumatised that they have stopped crying.<p>According to the …

Exclusive: Syrian rebels get proposal to quit Aleppo, jihadists retake Palmyra

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels have received a U.S.-backed proposal to leave Aleppo along with civilians under safe passage guaranteed by Russia, rebel officials said as government forces closed in on Sunday, but Moscow denied a deal had been reached.<p>If the proposal were to be taken …

Middle East

Is there life on Mars? Evidence of aliens may have been found on the Red Planet – in 2007

Evidence of alien life on Mars may have already been found by Nasa’s rover but scientists failed to notice, a new study suggests<p>In 2007, the Spirit rover photographed intriguing finger-like rock formations at the Home Plate plateau, a 300 square foot area in the Gusev crater near the Martian …

Gang rape, torture claims as Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar

TEKNAF, Bangladesh: Horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder are emerging from among the thousands of desperate Rohingya migrants who have …

Stunning new theory of gravity suggests there's no such thing as dark matter

A new theory of gravity explains the way galaxies rotate without the need for the theoretical presence of dark matter, according to a renowned expert …

This India-Born MIT Scientist Has Cracked A 150-Year-Old Problem On Radio Waves

A 28-year-old Indian-origin MIT scientist has won a prestigious award for his research on radio waves, solving a problem that had stumped scientists …

British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes hajj after converting to Islam

A picture of Simon Collis in the traditional white robes worn by pilgrims during the hajj was posted on Twitter<p>The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia has converted to Islam and this week completed the hajj with his Syrian wife.<p>A picture of Simon Collis in the traditional white robes worn by …

These Earth-like planets may be better than Proxima b to look for E.T.

Last month, the world freaked out -- and justifiably so -- over the news that the nearest star to the sun is orbited by an Earth-like planet. But on Tuesday, a group of scientists quietly published a paper that could offer a much bigger boost to the prospect of finding life beyond our solar system …

On Eid al-Adha, Syria's children laugh again

<b>(CNN) —</b> The sounds of war, for now at least, have given way to the infectious laughter of children.<p>The celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which began on Monday, has provided a long-overdue respite for the littlest victims of Syria's devastating war.<p>Also known as the Feast of …

Syrian cease-fire holds as Aleppo awaits relief

BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia brought calm across much of Syria on Tuesday as residents of the northern city of Aleppo …

Middle East

New Research Confirms That Kids Get Their Intelligence From Mom

Science just proved what your mom has been saying all along.<p>When it comes to your IQ, "I got it from my mama" couldn't be more accurate. New research featured in <i>Psychology Spot</i> says people are born with conditioned genes that work differently depending on if they're from your mother or father — and …

‘Powerful’ cartoon praised for illustrating the 'choices for Syrian children'

A cartoon by Sudanese illustrator Khalid Albaih, adapting two famous images of Syrian children, has drawn widespread praise after being shared on social media this week.<p>Bearing the caption “Choices for Syrian children…” it depicts Omran Daqneesh – above text saying “if you stay” and Alan Kurdi - …

Sykes-Picot: Lines in the sand | Middle East

This is the story of the secret deal between the British and French, concluded in May 1916, which aimed to carve up the Middle East in ways that most benefited the two European powers.<p>Modern world history has been heavily influenced by events in the Middle East, whose strategic importance has been …

9/11 Disinformation: Saudi Arabia Attacked America : Information Clearing House - ICH

<b>9/11 Disinformation: Saudi Arabia Attacked America</b><p><b>By Paul Craig Roberts</b><p>May 27, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - The forever changing 9/11 story is …

How different networking standards are competing to connect the Internet of Things

BI Intelligence's new IoT Networks Report examines these different networking technologies, their pros and cons, and how well they are positioned for future growth in the IoT market. We also outline how different networks are best suited for connecting specific types of IoT devices, including …

Internet of Things

Why is Tunisia's Ennahda ditching political Islam?

<b>Tunis -</b> Is Tunisia's Ennahda party renouncing 'Islamism', its doctrinaire sine qua non and the basis of its foundational identity?<p>Over a three-day congress, the party's first since 2012, members discussed the question through heated but pluralist debates. Ennahda, a movement that emerged in the …

God Is Not Dead — but Our Ability to Be Aware of God Might Be

TIME’s 1966 cover story—which provocatively asked “Is God Dead?”—was and remains an ethnocentric proposition with …

This Computer Simulation Accurately Recreates 350 Million Light-Years of Our Universe

A literal virtual reality.<p>It sounds like something ripped straight from the pages of sci-fi novel, but researchers have created an accurate …

Astronomers say they've found biggest structure in universe

A newly identified cosmic feature is so enormous that it has left some of the finest minds in astronomy well and truly boggled. The BOSS—named after the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey—is a wall, or supercluster, of at least 830 galaxies connected by filaments of gas, which <i>Smithsonian</i> …

China to resettle more than 9,000 for building of world's biggest telescope

Authorities in China are planning to evacuate more than 9,000 residents in the southwest of the country because of the construction of what will be …

Pakistani researcher from Quetta contributed to gravitational waves discovery

QUETTA: As the story of one of the world’s most influential scientific discovery unfolds, it comes to the forefront that not one, but two Pakistanis …