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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.

Manal al-Sharif in New York in April after she was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people

Saudi regime protester Manal al-Sharif cancels US trip over death threats

Manal al-Sharif forced to pull out of ceremony to honour her activism

Revealed: Saudi royals' secret $1bn US empire

BP and BAE Systems among the tenants of portfolio of properties associated with king's son Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd

Revealed: Saudi royals' secret US property empire

A secret $1bn US property empire amassed by members of the Saudi royal family is the subject of a bitter legal dispute that threatens to reveal the extent of the family's American business interests.

Trending: Greatest flits collection

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Suicide bomber kills 12 at school in northern Yemen

A suicide bomber drove into a school in northern Yemen's al-Jawf province where members of a Shi'ite Muslim rebel group had gathered for Friday prayers and killed 12 people, the defence ministry said.

Tunisia: Death penalty sought for Ben Ali

The prosecutor at a military tribunal has called for the death penalty for the former dictator over his role in the deaths of protesters during the uprising that overthrew him a year ago.

BAE signs £1.6bn Saudi jets deal

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £1.6 billion contract to supply Hawk aircraft to Saudi Arabia, preventing more than 200 potential job losses at one of its factories.

Gulf keeps close watch as Saudis hold union talks with Bahrain

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain discussed a political union at a meeting in Riyadh yesterday in a development that could see the tiny Gulf kingdom largely absorbed by its neighbour.

As with Iran and Syria, the usual clichés have been used in the reporting of Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri’s underpants bomb

Robert Fisk: Must we stand idly by while world leaders spout this codswallop?

Even Churchill told the Empire that Britain would 'not stand by idly and see Poland trampled'

The US wants to capture the bomb maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri

Leaks that revealed British agent's role in foiled bomb plot investigated by FBI

Consternation grew on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday at leaks in the US media over the foiled al-Qa'ida bomb plot – the latest of them that the key infiltrator into the terrorist organisation's Yemen network was a British citizen apparently of Saudi origin who was recruited, according to some accounts, by MI5.

Underwear bomber's plot was foiled by British agent

The undercover agent who foiled an an Al-Qa'ida plot to destroy an airliner by posing as a potential suicide bomber is British, it was reported in the US last night.

The 2009 bomb is believed to have been the work of al-Qa'ida bomb-maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri in Yemen

Mole who helped CIA foil al-Qa'ida underwear bomb 'was
British national'

An undercover agent who foiled an al-Qa'ida plot to blow up a airliner with an underwear bomb is a British national, it was reported tonight.

Mrs Clinton meets West Bengal’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, in Kolkata during her three-day visit to India

Hillary Clinton heaps more pressure on India to halt Iranian oil use

Delhi faces sanctions if the US determines it has not made a sharp reduction in imports

Bin Laden's widows 'have no terror links'

Saudi Arabia has no evidence that Osama bin Laden's three wives and and reportedly 11 children deported from Pakistan have been involved in terrorism, officials said yesterday in an apparent indication that they will allow the group to remain in the kingdom.

Syria Olympic chief may be blocked from London 2012 Games

Syria's Olympic chief could face being refused entry to Britain for the London 2012 Games.

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