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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

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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

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

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BAE strives to calm its backers after deal fails

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