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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.

Why exactly did Ikea remove pictures of women in its Saudi Arabia catalogue?

Commercial considerations led Ikea to omit women from its Saudi catalogue. But why does Saudi Arabia feel the need to "retouch" women from public life in the first place?

The Jimmy Savile abuse scandal means men across Britain will sleep uneasily, remembering past 'conquests'

Instead of faux-outrage and arse-covering about history, I’d be happier to hear strident plans to protect and listen to young women in the future. More of that, please

The Metro front page showing women removed from Ikea images

Ikea airbrushes women from its Saudi catalogue

Swedish furniture giant criticised for removing images in bid not to upset Arab customers

Women on haj without men are deported from Saudi Arabia

The expulsion has begun of 1,100 Nigerian women pilgrims who violated the kingdom's rule prohibiting Muslim women from travelling without a male guardian.

'Sars-like virus' man in stable condition

A man who contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus is now in a stable condition.

Candice Cohen-Ahnine with Prince Sattam, whom she met in London (left), and with her daughter Haya

French woman in custody fight with Saudi Prince dies in fall

Lawyer says 'this was no suicide' as mother was preparing to travel to see her daughter

Saudi king sends £32m to embattled Burma Muslims

King Abdullah has ordered $50m (£32m) in aid be sent to a Muslim minority in Burma, which a human rights group said had been targeted by the authorities since sectarian riots in June.

Being Modern: E-cigarettes

It all began with gum and skin patches in the early 1990s – ways of getting nicotine into the bloodstream without the need for a cigarette.

London 2012: Sarah Attar becomes Saudi Arabia's first female track Olympian

Sarah Attar became the first female track and field athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at an Olympics when she competed in the 800 metres heats today.

Soldier shot dead in Shi'ite area of Saudi Arabia

A Saudi soldier was shot dead patrolling an area populated by minority Shi'ite Muslims last night, the Interior Ministry said, and one of the gunmen was killed in the ensuing shoot-out.

Wojdan Shaherkani of Saudi Arabia (left) competes with Melissa Mojica of the United States in the Women's +78 kg Judo on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

London 2012: Wojdan Shaherkani makes history competing as Saudi Arabia's first ever female Olympic athlete

In the end her Olympic début lasted little more than a minute. But for the women of Saudi Arabia it was a revolutionary minute.

Liliane Bettencourt, 89, is the richest woman in France

L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt sells Seychelles island

A tiny Indian Ocean island which became a bone of contention in the L'Oréal family feud and political scandal has been sold for €49m to a Saudi philanthropist.

Can you enter Morocco with an Israeli passport stamp? Plus, the best currency for Greece

Q. I hope to travel to Marrakech next March and have been told by someone that if you have visited Israel you can't go to any Arab state. I passed through Israel briefly en route to Jordan several years ago. I have tried several holiday companies and they could not offer any assistance, and the Moroccan embassy has not responded. I obviously do not want to pay for a holiday only to be turned away. Judith Giles, Bolton

Second life sentence for former Tunisian dictator Ben Ali

Tunisia's former dictator has received his second life sentence in absentia from a military court after being convicted of complicity in the killings of protesters during last year's uprising against him.

Sales fall brings more woe to Mothercare

Mothercare has posted another set of dire, domestic trading figures as it pushes ahead with its store closures programme in Britain.

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