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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.

Olympic teams fail to bring doctors to treat their athletes

Some Olympic and Paralympic teams are not bringing any doctors to treat their athletes should anything go wrong during the Games.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Terry verdict makes racist jibes cool

I've been trying to avoid the cloudburst, the torrent of questions and comments following the John Terry case. Broadcasters, here and abroad, wanted my reactions, so did readers. What did I think of the case? What of racism in football? And racism in Britain generally? Was Anton Ferdinand a fool for taking things so far? Did I admire Ashley Cole for standing by Terry? Why do we blacks have such a chip on the shoulder? They should sack all black footballers, nothing but trouble.

Cairo nights: Some Egyptian girls are being sold by their families

Scandal of 'summer brides'

Milena Veselinovic on Egyptian schoolgirls married to foreigners for a price, and for a season only

Sarah Attar: The 17-year-old based in the USA will compete after lengthy talks with the IOC

Saudis bow to pressure and field women for first time

For the first time in Olympic history, all 204 participating nations will include female athletes after Saudi Arabia belatedly bowed to pressure and added two women to its team for the London Games.

Sarah Attar: The 17-year-old based in the USA will compete after lengthy talks with the IOC

Every Olympic nation will field women as Saudi Arabia caves in

Martial artist and 800m runner will become first females to represent their country

Andre Villas-Boas has been linked to the managerial vacancy at Roma

Tottenham appoint Luis Martins as new first team coach

Tottenham have announced the latest recruit to Andre Villas-Boas’ team at White Hart Lane as the new manager brings a Portuguese feel to the coaching staff.

Women allowed to join Saudi Olympic team

Women athletes will be allowed to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time in the kingdom's history. The decision follows intense international criticism over Saudi Arabia's previous refusal to allow its women to take part in the Games, which start in London next month.

The News Matrix: Monday 25 June 2012

Blair dismisses spin doctor's war claim

Wife of the deposed Tunisian dictator says husband was victim of plot security officials plot

The reviled wife of the deposed Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dictator says her husband was the victim of plot hatched by top security officials - not a revolution.

Saudi Arabia appoints new successor to King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed Defence Minister Prince Salman as crown prince and heir apparent, ensuring a smooth succession at a time of tough challenges for the world's biggest oil exporter.

Royal Death: Nayef, who many thought would roll back reforms

New successor sought as hard-line Saudi Crown Prince dies

Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, the hard-line interior minister who led the crackdown on al-Qa'ida in Saudi Arabia after the 9/11 attacks before rising to become next in line to the throne, died in Geneva yesterday. He was in his late seventies.

Ben Ali jailed in absentia by Tunisian court

A military court has convicted the ousted President in absentia of inciting violence and sentenced him to 20 years.

Iran and Saudi Arabia tensions threaten to erupt after Saudi authorities execute four Iranians for drug trafficking

Simmering tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are threatening to erupt into a full-blown diplomatic showdown after Saudi authorities executed at least four Iranians for drug trafficking.

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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill at centre of transfer battle

The future of Everton midfielder Tim Cahill remains unclear after clubs in Saudi Arabia and China became the latest to make a move for the Australia international.

Emirati team Eyal Zayed compete inlast year’s Arabs Got Talen

The XY Factor: Saudi Arabian talent show Buraydah's Got Talent bans singing. And women.

Saudi Arabian starlets hoping the latest spin-off of the popular Got Talent franchise will launch their careers are likely to be disappointed, with both women and music strictly banned from proceedings.

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Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

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From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

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Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

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