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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.

The Business Matrix: Friday 23 August 2013

SABMiller pulls out stops in Africa

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sends aircraft to take 96-stone man to hospital

Ultra-obese 20-year-old weighs the same as two baby elephants

The US consulate in Lahore, along with the Yemen embassy, remains closed

Drones still flying as US reopens most embassies in the Arabian Peninsula

Most US embassies that were shut after a wave of global terror threats from al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula will reopen today, but Washington warned that its Yemen outpost would remain closed due to "ongoing concerns" in the region.

Passengers fight and vomit as British Airways flight turns back for two emergency landings in 24 hours

One member of cabin staff tried to deal with 300 travellers at Riyadh airport as others reportedly 'hid' in a back office

Indyplus video: Maisah Sobaihi - Head Over Heels

Maisah Sobaihi is the only South Arabian woman ever to appear at the Edinburgh Festival, whose shoe focuses on what it means to be a woman in Saudi.

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BAE shrugs off dip and raises outlook on sealing Saudi deal

BAE Systems today said it is close to wrapping up key talks with the Saudi government over a multi-billion pound jets deal as cuts in US military spending dented its profits during the first half of 2013.

Shaker Aamer: 'I refuse to do what they tell me, even though I know I am about to get beaten up'

Guards are sexually assaulting me, says the last Briton in Guantanamo Bay

Shaker Aamer, who is on hunger strike after being detained by US for 11 years, tells of brutal daily cell searches

Saeed al-Shihri, deputy leader of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula

Confirmed: US drone strike killed key al-Qa'ida leader Saeed al-Shihri in Yemen

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner was hit last year but Yemen branch has just announced death

Meshael Alayban: She was freed on $5m bail and fitted with a tracking device

Saudi princess living in the US charged with human trafficking

Meshael Alayban was arrested in California and charged with allegedly holding a Kenyan maid against her will. She could face up to 12 years in prison

The first female-only college is due to open in Saudi Arabia this September

A small step for female education in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announces plans to open first female-only colleges - run by British universities

Members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) attend the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces meeting

Syria's opposition rebels to appoint new leader amid fears of radical Islamist involvement

The Syrian National Council will meet today to reassure anti-government backers they can be trusted with weapons

TV review: The Greatest Shows on Earth, Arab World (Channel 4) was shocking, not titillating

Something revealing turned up at the end of the preview version of last night's The Greatest Shows on Earth. It was a trailer for the programme that actually opened the series, the one about Brazil that headlined on semi-naked women. That rather suggests that there'd been a late change to the transmission order of the programmes.

Saudi Ministry of Health will send 20 doctors for specialist training in the NHS from August this year

Controversial plans for Saudi Arabia to buy specialist NHS training for doctors 'compromises Britain's commitment to human rights'

Saudi Ministry of Health will send 20 doctors for specialist training in the NHS from August this year

There are currently 166 prisoners still at the Guantanamo facility

Revealed: The 44 Guantanamo Bay inmates too dangerous to release

Freedom of Information request forces authorities to name terror suspects held for the last 12 years

Viber offers free calls and texts using internet data

Saudi Arabi bans free internet messaging service Viber

Ban follows a warning from government regulator in March due to unspecified 'infringement'

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