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My stomach has endured the full scope of awful foods this planet has to offer Trying adventurous food is a big part of travelling, but India, where I'm travelling through now, has more problems with [food] hygiene than anywhere else in the world. It's a cultural problem, as eating meat is a rarity in rural areas, so they treat it like a vegetable, keeping it in a cupboard. So when the occasional Westerner passes through, by the time it's pulled out, it's been in there for a few months. When travelling across poorer parts of India now, I try to survive off rice and dahl.

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A monitoring system which sends text alerts to Saudi women’s male 'guardians' when they cross the border has been temporarily suspended.

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Powers call for humanitarian aid as rebels fight each other

Nearly half the people surveyed in Lebanon thought no head covering should be worn by women

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Police unable to confirm if incident is related to emergency landing of Saudi flight suffering landing gear malfunction on same day

Saudi man sentenced to 80 lashes for accusing Kuwaiti pop singer of adultery on Twitter

The unidentified Saudi national allegedly accused pop singer Shams of adultery 'without providing proof' of her affair

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A Saudi prince who murdered a fellow Saudi may be executed, a newspaper reported on Sunday, in a rare example of a member of the kingdom’s ruling family facing the death penalty.

This Lebanese woman was among those injured in the explosion which claimed the life of Mohamad Chatah in Beirut

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West suspends aid for Islamist rebels in Syria, underlining their disillusionment with those forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad

A spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army said the move was rushed and mistaken

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A man who decided to offer ‘free hugs’ in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh has been arrested by the state’s religious police.

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