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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.

Yemeni men inspect the site where a Saudi diplomat and his bodyguard were killed in Sanaa's southern district of Hada, where embassies and diplomats' residences are located

Saudi diplomat shot dead in Yemeni capital

Gunmen killed a Saudi diplomat and his Yemeni bodyguard on a busy street in the capital here Wednesday, the latest in a string of assassinations of government figures in this impoverished Middle Eastern country.

Brookfield may seize Pinnacle site for unpaid bills

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Arab shopping spree boosts UK shops

Well-heeled Middle Eastern shoppers increased their spending by half in the UK last month, making them the most important group for retailers from outside the European Union.

Saudi Arabia's women allowed to join country's main advisory body but must be separated from men by a screen

It was heralded as a big step for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia – but when women join the country’s main advisory body, they will be separated from the men by a screen.

Iranian nuclear ambitions will be top of the agenda for David Cameron in Saudi Arabia

Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be top of the agenda when David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia tomorrow during a three-day visit to the Gulf and the Middle East.

David Cameron defends Middle East visit insisting he WILL raise concerns about hosts' human rights records

The Prime Minister hopes to win billions of pounds of defence contracts during his visit

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Defence contracts on the agenda as Prime Minister arrives in UAE

David Cameron will tomorrow arrive in the United Arab Emirates on a mission to sell Britain's expertise in producing everything from bombs to hospitals.

Prime Minister David Cameron is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf amid rising tension in the region

Britain meets Gulf allies over growing tensions in Iran

Saudi Arabia and the UAE fear there may be attempts to block a vital oil supply route

Bahrain bans all protests in new crackdown

Sunni monarchy breaks its pledge to reform and steps up repression of the island's Shia majority

Editorial: Time to call Saudi Arabia's bluff

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BAE strives to calm its backers after deal fails

BAE Systems launched a charm offensive yesterday as the defence giant promised to hold meetings with investors to discuss its strategy following the collapse of its proposed £30bn merger with EADS.

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